Elise Thatcher

Reporter

Elise Thatcher joined Aspen Public Radio in 2013. Previously she worked as a freelancer, covering Southwestern Colorado, as well as with Colorado Public Radio, National Public Radio, KBOO Portland, and KWCW Whitman College. Elise is an award-winning journalist who relishes digging deep into complex issues, as well as covering day to day stories. When away from the microphone, she enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and other outdoor opportunities.

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Aspen’s grand plan to open up more parking has gotten strong reactions. Aspen Public Radio checked in with workers and tourists to find out what their feedback is, now that the effort is more than a month old.

  In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

  Carbondale Trustees are getting ready tackle the affordable housing question again. Trustees are considering key questions: What is the town government’s role in dealing with affordable housing? What are median and average prices of homes in Carbondale, and how are current policies are affecting housing affordability?

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  Five million of 29 million households with school­-age children don't have the Internet at home. Lacking high­-speed access takes its toll on children and teens by making it unduly difficult to complete school assignments that are heavily dependent on Internet access—creating a homework gap that’s keenly felt by low­ income families.

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The Garfield County Coroner’s office said Wednesday that an emergency department physician has died after a hiking accident near Glenwood Springs. Dr. William Bevins tripped while hiking the Grizzly Creek Trail in Glenwood Canyon on Monday.

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  When Obama drew his now infamous “red line” in August of 2012, the world closely observed. Chemical weapons and barrel bombs strangled the streets of Damascus and Aleppo while the intervention-cautious Obama administration furiously calculated its next steps.

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    A Carbondale resident didn’t come close to beating a current U.S. Representative in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District. Same goes for a Republican Garfield County Commissioner candidate. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports.

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  Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

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  City of Aspen officials want to have more parking available in front of shops and businesses downtown. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, it appears to be working.

The Grand Avenue Bridge project in Glenwood Springs is on time, after chugging along for more than five months. A key goal now for the Colorado Department of Transportation is making sure river users know about upcoming closures.

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  Health insurance companies have submitted what coverage they want to offer in 2017. Only one carrier, Anthem, wants to sell individual plans in the Roaring Fork Valley through the state’s online marketplace.

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  As high-profile episodes of violence have highlighted the issue of use of excessive force and mistreatment of people of color by police, what is the way forward for law enforcement and the communities they are duty bound to “serve and protect”?

The average annual cost of cancer drugs in the US now exceeds $100,000 and the price of more than 200 generic drugs doubled from 2013 to 2014. That puts them far out of reach for countess ailing people, including many with decent insurance.

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Basalt may look at allowing marijuana businesses in a few more locations around town, after officials tightened up restrictions last summer.

 

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A fire north of the Roaring Fork Valley is getting lots of attention. The Beaver Creek Fire is near the Wyoming border and the town of Walden. Firefighters from Carbondale and Aspen are hoping to help put the blaze out. Crews from Aspen and Carbondale left Wednesday and Thursday after receiving a call for assistance.

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  The Forest Service has been gearing up for the busy summer season. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher sat down with Aspen-Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer about changes that visitors and locals can expect this summer, besides a price increase for visiting the Maroon Bells.

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  Driving for Uber can be hit or miss in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a ride with a local who’s doing that with an electric twist.

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Wildlife experts confirmed Monday which mountain lion was involved in last week’s attack on a child in Woody Creek.

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  There’s one week to go in Colorado’s statewide primary. In the Roaring Fork Valley area, voters are largely choosing between congressional candidates and county commissioners.

  In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

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