Elise Thatcher

Elise Thatcher

If you have health insurance, you can now look up how much it might cost you next year. Colorado's insurance office has posted all rate changes for the coming year, to make sure residents know whether their premiums are going up--and why. But actually finding that information can take hours, and may not turn up results at all. 

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Cycling fans lined the streets of Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale this week for the USA Pro Challenge. The riders are making their way to Denver...we’ll have an update.

As of this morning, Aspen’s Tejay Van Garderen has the overall lead in the Pro Challenge. We spoke with him before the race started.

Candidates running for state and federal office made a stop in Snowmass Village this week...to talk about water.

Electric rates in Glenwood Springs are going up this month...just before colder weather gets here.

And, the Roaring Fork Valley has a problem...with substance abuse. Now, a sober society is springing up in Carbondale.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN)

  Starting this month, Glenwood Springs residents are paying 12% more for their electricity. The City of Glenwood Springs buys power from publicly owned Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska, or MEAN, and the co-op gets most of its energy from coal power plants. Andrew Ross is Manager of Engineering for MEAN, and he says the co-op had to increase its rates for several reasons. One of them is complying with nation-wide rules to shift away from coal power. Ross talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

Welcome to Valley Roundup a review of the top news stories in the valley.

This week - development plans up and down the valley.  The character of Aspen could be altered by a massive new ordinance passed by city council.  It will allow new and taller buildings

In Glenwood the future includes a big new bridge.

The bike race is back and so is the political junkie…at least on valley roundup.  Ken Rudin looks at the elections.

And on the Download with Rob St. Mary – recording sound without a microphone.

Arizona Public Media

Ken Rudin is a political reporting veteran. He’s keeping keen eye on this fall’s elections--including the battle Colorado’s U.S. Senate seat, and governor’s race. Formerly with the NPR, Rudin was perhaps best known for his segment called Political Junkie, on Talk of the Nation. Rudin continues to report on politics. He was recently in Aspen for an event with Aspen Public Radio, and he took a few moments to talk with reporter Elise Thatcher. 

    

The American Renewable Energy Day, or AREday, continues in Aspen. Participants are exploring all manner of angles about clean energy… and also what tactics to take against oil, coal, and other fossil fuel development. 

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Both candidates for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat have stopped by Aspen this summer. In July it was Democratic incumbent Mark Udall; this weekend it was Republican Congressman Cory Gardner, who currently represents much of Colorado's Eastern Plains. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher sat down with Gardner, during a busy afternoon at the Hotel Jerome. They talked about many of the same issues we put to Senator Udall earlier this summer. [Click to open and listen to APR's radio edit and longer unedited interview.]

Elise Thatcher

Pitkin County Republicans gathered at the Hotel Jerome on Saturday to rally around a long list of local, state and national candidates running for election this fall. There was a strong turnout... especially for a county better known for its left leaning constituents. The main event was Congressman Cory Gardner, who’s taking on Democratic incumbent Mark Udall.

Elise Thatcher

Part of Aspen's Jewish community is preparing for a major upgrade when it comes to events, classes, and services. The new Aspen Chabad Jewish Community Center and Synagogue opens to the public tomorrow, Thursday August 7th, in the evening. Rabbi Mendel Mintz and his wife, Leiba co-direct the center. Theirs is one of three Jewish congregations in the Aspen area. Aspen Public Radio sat down with Rabbi Mintz as workers were putting on the finishing touches.

Elise Thatcher

Aspen’s West End is filled with stately older homes. Many are empty during the off season, but during the summer the neighborhood picks up. And in that new life, the Aspen Historical Society holds regular walking tours to show off vintage beauty, and tell some good tales about years gone by. 

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