Valley Roundup - February 14th, 2014

Feb 14, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Valley Roundup, a review of the week’s top news stories in Aspen and beyond.

We are joined today by Curtis Wackerle of the Aspen Daily News.

We’ll discuss Garfield County’s intention to sue the State of Colorado over the high cost of health care premiums in mountain communities.  If the county were to win the effects could be felt up and down the valley.

Also this week the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled against a developer who challenged Aspen’s affordable housing program requirements.

Retail marijuana will soon be for sale in Aspen.  To assure a smooth rollout in the community, local officials have created the Valley Marijuana Council.

This week a top executive of Colorado’s health care exchange was put on leave after she was indicted for fraud and embezzlement in Montana.We’ll talk with Clair Johnson, the Billings Gazette reporter who broke the story of the indictments.

And, on the download with Rob St. Mary – What to do about reporting Olympics results from Sochi, Russia.  Does social media require spoiler alerts?

Its all on this week’s Valley Roundup.

Topics and links on this week’s program 2-14-2014:

Clair Johnson Interview: Christa McClure Indicted

From Billings Gazette:

http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/indicted-ex-housing-director-also-worked-for-state-auditor-s/article_12cea5be-bf06-5e38-b06b-aa8f25ef8dd2.html

http://billingsgazette.com/search/?k=%22christa%20ann%20mcclure%22&t=&l=20&d=&d1=&d2=&f=html&s=start_time&sd=desc&sHeading=Christa%20Ann%20Mcclure

From Denver Post:

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25129590/colorado-health-exchange-officials-say-indicted-director-was?IADID=Search-www.denverpost.com-www.denverpost.com

Curtis Wackerle Interview Topics:

Garco Suing State Over High Health Care Premiums

From Aspen Daily News:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/160863

From Aspen Public Radio:

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/garfield-county-asks-governor-intervene-insurance-rules

Aspen Hydro Still Alive

From Aspen Daily News:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/161201

From Aspen Public Radio:

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/golden-based-energy-lab-working-aspen-renewables

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/hydro-project-west-central-colorado-will-provide-aspen-power

From Aspen Times:

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/10142198-113/permit-hydro-council-energy

Court of appeals Upholds Aspen Affordable Housing

From Aspen Daily News:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/161190

Valley Marijuana Council

From Aspen Daily News:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/161210

From Aspen Times:

http://www.aspentimes.com/news/10186448-113/marijuana-alcohol-aspen-lewis

Airport Underpass Contractor’s Fines

From Aspen Daily News:

http://www.aspendailynews.com/section/home/161192

The Download with Rob St. Mary

The Olympics - Spoiler Alerts, Local Bloggers & Selfies:

Lolo Jones
Lolo Jones

http://aspenpublicradio.org/term/ruthie-brown

http://aspenpublicradio.org/term/bart-garton

http://www.thedailybeast.com/galleries/2014/02/12/sochi-selfies.html

Valentine’s Day – Tech vs. Sex vs. Cars?

http://www.latimes.com/nation/shareitnow/la-sh-technology-sex-infographic-20140211,0,2131701.story#axzz2t3czCABr

ATM skimming scams – local and international:

http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/aspen-police-release-pics-video-atm-scammer

http://www.freep.com/article/20140212/BUSINESS07/302120068/PayPal-president-s-credit-card-hacked-for-shopping-spree