Elise Thatcher

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Elise Thatcher is a reporter with Aspen Public Radio since 2013. 

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Proponents of a land use referendum were the most vocal attendees, at a town hall forum in Aspen last night. Aspen Public Radio arranged the event, which had a panel of speakers for and against the referendum. Of the approximately sixty people in attendance, those in favor of the ballot question, and further restricting development, were more likely to ask questions.

  Standing on stage and telling a very personal story can take nerves of steel. Tonight, more than a handful of locals are giving it a try. The event is similar to the radio show The Moth. It’s part of a new local series by Justice Snow’s and Colorado Mountain College. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

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There is no formal opposition so far to Referendum 1, which would change Aspen’s City Charter. Aspen Public Radio is hosting a moderated forum tomorrow night on the referendum, featuring proponents and opponents of the measure. The town hall starts at 5:30 at the Belly Up and is free and open to the public. It will be broadcast live and online, at aspenpublicradio.org.

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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health on Aspen Public Radio. This is the third episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we hear from the doctor who keeps an eye on infectious diseases for the National Institutes of Health. With the measles outbreak in December, he’s tackling the vaccine controversy head on by getting the word out to parents who have not already vaccinated their kids.

“I would try and convince them by, first of all, not attacking them.”

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Vaccines have gotten a lot more attention in the last few months. Officials, parents, and others are grappling with a measles outbreak that started in Disneyland, in late December. Doctor Anthony Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. That’s at the National Institutes of Health. Fauci spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher. He says there could be more measles outbreaks, because there are so many unvaccinated people in the United States.

This week, Snowmass Village is hosting a police skiing competition. The North American Police Ski and Snowboard Championships is an international gathering. Officers from Europe and North America are battling it out on the slopes. 

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The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has released the latest on job numbers in the Roaring Fork Valley. The unemployment rate dropped in Pitkin, Eagle, and Garfield counties, from last January to this January.

Voices for the Krabloonik Dogs is changing its name. The group has been raising concerns about sled dogs in Snowmass Village for many years, and now plans to focus more on state and national regulations. 

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The Red Brick Center for the Arts will be Aspen’s second vote center for this spring’s election.

All registered voters will receive mail in ballots, which can be mailed back or dropped off at City Hall. On election day, residents can also cast their ballot at the clerk’s office in City Hall or the Red Brick Center for the Arts. 

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Rifle will soon be home to a new wildland firefighting training center. The Rifle - Garfield County Airport has been chosen to house what’s being called the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting. It’s planned to be a research location for testing out aerial firefighting techniques, and will be used by local, state, and federal entities.

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