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Business Briefs: Discounts offered for plug-in electric vehicles for Roaring Fork Valley drivers

Electric vehicles on sale

The Electric Vehicle Sales Event, aimed at drivers in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties, will offer discounts for the purchase or lease of plug-in electric vehicles from six auto dealerships for a 90-day period.

“We are building on the success of last year’s EV Sales Event, which led to sales of 42 plug-in electric vehicles,” said Matthew Shmigelsky, electric vehicle expert with CLEER.

For the 2018 sales event, running through Oct. 31, local auto dealerships are offering discounts of $515 to $1,950 on seven models of electric vehicles.

Participating dealers are Audi Glenwood Springs, Mountain Chevrolet, Berthod Motors, Phil Long Honda and Bighorn Toyota, all in Glenwood Springs, and Red Rock Nissan in Grand Junction.

The Electric Vehicle Sales Event is led by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER and Refuel Colorado, and sponsored by Holy Cross Energy, city of Glenwood Springs, city of Aspen, town of Vail, Eagle County, CORE, Walking Mountains Science Center, Alpine Bank and Colorado Mountain News Media.

The dealer discounts are for plug-in electric-gasoline hybrid models and for plug-in all-electric vehicles. The discounts can be combined with the state of Colorado’s $5,000 tax credit for purchase or $2,500 tax credit for lease, and a federal tax credit of up to $7,500.

More information about the vehicles, dealerships, discounts and tax credits is available on the Garfield Clean Energy website,, or call CLEER at 970-704-9200.

Institute screening focuses on health care industry

The Aspen Institute will present “The Bleeding Edge” as the final film of the 2018 the Eisner | Lauder New Views Screening Program.

Set for 7 p.m. today at Paepcke Auditorium on the Institute’s Aspen Meadows campus, the film addresses America’s technologically advanced health care system and how preventable medical harm has become one of the leading causes of death, and the overwhelming majority of high-risk implanted devices never require a single clinical trial.

In “The Bleeding Edge,” Academy Award-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering (“The Invisible War,” “The Hunting Ground”) focus on the $400 billion medical device industry, examining lax regulations, corporate cover-ups and profit-driven incentives that put patients at risk daily.

Dick also will participate in a post-screening conversation.

Tickets are $20 and are available at, 970-920-5770, or through the Wheeler Opera House box office. Early ticket purchase is encouraged, as a full-capacity audience is expected for this event.

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