Elise Thatcher

Colorado Mountain College

 Currently there’s no bus service to Spring Valley, which is about two and a half miles from Highway 82. That’s the closest point to connect with public transportation up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. Colorado Mountain College, or CMC, says it’s now providing a free shuttle service from Spring Valley to Highway 82, as well as Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. It does not continue to more far flung campuses, like Rifle or Aspen.

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Public transportation is expensive, and officials can have a hard time keeping up with costs. But making sure bus and other services simply continue as they are, is a big goal for officials in Colorado’s Intermountain region. 

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The White River National Forest wipes out a multi-million dollar marijuana grow site near Ruedi Reservoir.

The City of Aspen and a condo developer are battling it out in court this week, arguing about access to a downtown building.

And dark money is flowing into a state senate race in our region.

Republicans are going after the millennial vote in the hotly contested US Senate Race... that pits Mark Udall against Cory Gardner.

Elise Thatcher

Garfield County is looking at how much money it can spend-- and save-- next year. Officials introduced the proposed 2015 budget… and it's a lot like the playbook officials had this year, in 2014. But there are some key changes. 

Garfield County Sheriff's Office

Wednesday will see some degree of resolution for a murder case in Garfield County. A judge in Glenwood Springs will decide how to sentence a man who pleaded guilty to killing his stepdaughter’s boyfriend. 

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This week, the city of Aspen is going toe to toe with a developer and townhouse owners, over access to a building downtown. The City requires builders to make sure they provide access for affordable housing tenants and people with disabilities. Now, town attorneys are arguing in court the developer JW Ventures and two of their condo owners failed those mandates…. by letting the condo owners keep everyone else from using the main entrance.

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The Roaring Fork Valley is awash with fall colors this week.

Basalt puts together a commission to decide on a way to revitalize old town.

Health insurance rates are going down next year for some residents in the Glenwood Springs area. And that’s partly because some doctors and hospitals have agreed to get paid less.

U.S. Senate candidates in Colorado battle it out for the women’s vote in the November election.

And we look at the 35th annual Aspen Film Fest, opening this weekend.

Colorado Medical Society

Health insurance in the Roaring Fork Valley will be cheaper next year for some residents. The average premium will cost about seven percent less. For someone paying three hundred dollars a month, that’s about twenty dollars less for each payment. One reason for that is some doctors and hospitals are treating patients for less. And the state’s top association for physicians is worried that may have unintended consequences.

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Health insurance in the Glenwood Springs area will go down by nearly ten percent next year. That’s on average, and it’s compared to an overall average increase of about one percent across Colorado. State officials gave final approval for the lower rates this week. This comes after concerns about especially high insurance in the Roaring Fork Valley, and an earlier flawed attempt to let consumers review rates beforehand. 

Elise Thatcher

The Colorado Department of Transportation has gotten a lot of attention for asking for money. The agency’s put in requests to local governments up and down the Roaring Fork Valley in recent weeks, all for raising funds to replace the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs. Although only Garfield County has fully committed chipping in a certain amount, the promise of some kind of help from Pitkin County, Glenwood Springs, and others has made a difference. CDOT recently checked in with the main funders of the project, and got the green light to keep moving ahead, in part because of that local support. CDOT Program Engineer Joe Elsen is leading the effort, and talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

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