Garfield County

Thompson Divide
5:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Coalition Heralds Garfield County; GarCo Denies Position

Garfield County Commissioner John F. Martin, center, stands with two other Garfield County Commissioners
Credit Garfield County

   The Thompson Divide Coalition announced yesterday that Garfield County is supporting proposed legislation to protect the Thompson Divide. Hours later, the County denied that description… and said Commissioners said no such thing. 

 It was a day of dueling press releases. Around eleven A.M., the Coalition announced that commissioners with Pitkin, Gunnison and Garfield Counties are making a plea... to Republican Representative Scott Tipton to support pending legislation that would limit oil and gas development on the Thompson Divide. 

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APR Local News
7:21 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

State Investigating Why Health Care So Expensive in Pitkin, Nearby Counties

Commissioner Marguerite Salazar, Colorado Division of Insurance.
Credit http://justforthehealthofit9hf.blogspot.com/

    

Following complaints from customers and local officials about the high premiums for health care in resort mountain communities, state officials now say they will look into why health care prices are so high in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. The Colorado Division of Insurance announced Monday, February 3rd it’s launching a study to get to the bottom of that big question… despite the announcement, they don’t plan to lower premiums soon.

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Helicopter Crash
10:36 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Helicopter Crash Kills Three Near Silt

Larry Shaffer, Holy Cross Energy employee killed in Monday January 27th, 2014 helicopter crash south of Silt, in undated photo.
Credit Holy Cross Energy facebook page

Update - Tuesday January 28th, 2014 at 10:34pm:

Holy Cross Energy releases a photo and name of one of their employees who died in Monday's crash south of Silt as Larry Shaffer.

Post from the Holy Cross Energy facebook page:

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APR Local News
11:57 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Governor Open to Helping Bring Down Insurance Premiums

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.
Credit Office of Governor John Hickenlooper

    Governor John Hickenlooper says he could get involved with bringing down health insurance prices. That could have a real impact for residents of the Roaring Fork Valley and other mountain towns. Garfield County asked the state's top official earlier this month to intervene with high premiums. The County believes Colorado officials did a sloppy job earlier this year when coming up with prices. But some experts say the state didn't make any mistakes.

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APR Local News
11:12 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Expert: Why Are Healthcare Prices So High in the "Resort" Area?

Alan Weil, Executive Director of National Academy for State Health Policy in Washington, DC.
Credit Rick Reinhard

  Healthcare premiums under the Affordable Care Act are more expensive in the Roaring Fork Valley than in many parts of the state. They’re high in other mountain counties, too. Governor John Hickenlooper may get involved in bringing down those prices. Garfield County has asked him to intervene, arguing state officials did a bad job earlier this year when coming up with rates. Aspen Public Radio asked a national healthcare expert if the state failed to follow the rules. Reporter Elise Thatcher spoke with Alan Weil.

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