Elise Thatcher

APR Local News
8:31 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Garfield County Asks Governor to Intervene on Insurance Rules

Amy Barr, Executive Director of United Way for Garfield and Pitkin Counties.
Elise Thatcher

Garfield County wants Governor John Hickenlooper to intervene with the state's new health insurance rules. The county has some of the highest premiums in Colorado under new guidelines, which are part of the Affordable Care Act. The state agency in charge of the new rules recently visited communities around the state to explain why premiums are so high. But Garfield County officials remain unconvinced.

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Valley Roundup
3:29 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Valley Roundup - December 13th, 2013

Welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. I’m Elise Thatcher.

Carolyn Sackariason and Andy Stone join us this week.

Basalt officials change course when it comes to helping residents kicked of a trailer park. It’s the latest in a years long saga to move residents out of a flood plain… and build more lucrative development.

“If there’s a piece of land that they could build on, why didn't they have that conversation several months ago?”

The local bus authority says they’re not going to put in seat belts to certain buses… several people were ejected during a bus crash this fall… but it’s really expensive putting belts in existing buses.

“The feds shouldn’t wait until 2016 for every bus to have seat belts. Just make it mandatory January 1st, and then every bus agency in the country has to figure it out.”

Also this week, Aspen announced what the city calls big cuts in green house gasses… and law enforcement plans to crack down on idling cars…

Later this hour we’ll talk with a reporter covering a wrongful death lawsuit in Vail… that’s after a teenager died in an in-bounds avalanche…

“I cannot imagine the pain and the heartache of sending a child skiing in the morning and getting that phone call from the authorities in the afternoon.”

And on the Download this week, our digital guru talks with perhaps the most dedicated public radio listener ever.

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Environment
3:05 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Helicopters Part of Annual Wildlife Count

Live mule deer captured with net-gunning.
Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

Most hunting seasons are winding down, but things are just getting busy at the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. The agency is starting up its annual survey of animals across the state, which can require something called “net-gunning.” Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Division Spokesman Mike Porras.

 

 

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APR Local News
6:19 am
Mon December 9, 2013

Seat Belts Could Have Prevented Major Injuries in RFTA Crash

Colorado State Patrol

Seat belts could have prevented major injuries in October’s major bus crash near Carbondale. A Roaring Fork Transit Authority bus rolled onto its side, sending at least ten people to the hospital. Less a month later, the federal government decided to require seat belts in exactly the kind of bus that wrecked. The requirement won’t start until 2016. In the meantime, an internal investigation and county traffic court are delving into what happened the night of the accident.

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Coal Energy
10:52 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

More Layoffs As Coal Mine All But Shuttered

Mike Ludlow, Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations, points to where managers hope to start coal mining at Elk Creek Mine with a new or rebuilt longwall miner. Those plans are on hold while Oxbow Mining tries to line up that equipment.
Credit Elise Thatcher

More coal miners in the North Fork Valley are being laid off. Oxbow Mining company… owned by part-time Aspen resident and billionaire Bill Koch… laid off more than a hundred employees yesterday at its Elk Creek mine. It makes for a tough start to the holiday season for Paonia and other neighboring communities. And it’s part of a powerful domino effect after fires at the mine early this year disrupted production.

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