Xcel Energy is seeking a $157 million increase in electricity rates, but the company has been making so much money that state regulators and consumer advocates say it's time for a rate cut, not a hike.
The Aspen area is suffering from what some here describe as an epidemic of emotional crises and suicides. The suicide rate in Pitkin County is four times the national average. Four residents took their lives in 11 days early this year. Two more suicides have occurred since then.