Elise Thatcher


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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  Carbondale Trustees decided this week to give themselves a pay raise. But it won’t go into effect until at least next year. Trustees are currently paid $600 a month, and at a meeting Tuesday night they voted to bump that up to $900 a month.

Elise Thatcher

There are several proposals for development in the mid Roaring Fork Valley, and a little known plan is a key factor as officials decide whether to approve them.

Elise Thatcher

Homelessness is a big topic in Glenwood Springs. This summer, the town’s Police Department and social service providers reported an uptick in transients spending the warmer months in Glenwood. Aspen Public Radio visited one spot where people can get a free hot meal.


Elise Thatcher

A group of Roaring Fork Valley officials has continued its review of a large development project for the mid valley. For several months the Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission has been examining the project, which is being proposed by landowner Ace Lane.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

Carbondale’s Fire Department says a fire at a community center has raised concerns. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District responded early Wednesday to a small structure fire at the Third Street Center. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is now analyzing what may have happened.

Elise Thatcher

  State officials say a new “Bustang” bus connection to Denver is going well. The Colorado Department of Transportation, or CDOT, rolled out the uniquely named service in July, offering one round trip from Glenwood Springs to Denver each weekday. Tickets are $28 dollars one way.

Elise Thatcher

  Getting kids to play outside is a hot topic, and that also applies to youth living in the Roaring Fork Valley. Colorado’s wildlife agency is working to add archery to the list of options for kids and their P.E. teachers.

Elise Thatcher

  The Basalt Town Council has decided to support a fall funding measure by the Roaring Fork School District. Town Council members voted unanimously last week to endorse the $122 million bond question.

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An Aspen man has decided to change his plea regarding federal weapons charges. Mauro Emilio Pennini had pleaded not guilty to two charges, after getting caught with a loaded gun, ammunition and several knives in his locker at Aspen's post office. Now his Grand Junction attorney has alerted the court that Pennini would like to plea differently.