Elise Thatcher

Reporter

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

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Officials in the mid valley are continuing to look at a major development proposal near Whole Foods. The controversial Tree Farm plan could mean as many as 400 hundred residential units and more than a 130,000 square feet in commercial development. But if the property was a few football field lengths to the southeast, it would go through a whole different set of requirements.

 

One nonprofit provides medical care for thousands of low income residents in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now the group wants to expand, and leaders are hoping for support from Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and others. The Mountain Family Health Center in Basalt is in a building owned by Aspen Valley Hospital, which at night doubles as the mid valley’s urgent care center.

 

Glenwood Springs is looking at charging locals who rent out their homes with Airbnb. City officials are considering requiring a business license and a permit, which adds up to more than $150.

 

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The Pitkin County Sheriff's Department confirmed today that a recent body recovery involved missing Aspen local William Graham.

Good afternoon, it's Mountain Edition.

Emergency crews recover two bodies from a tent in the Maroon Bells Snowmass wilderness. Lightning may be to blame.

After too many bear-human conflicts, the Forest Service mandates bear-resistant containers for backpackers.

Secretary of the Interior and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI) Sally Jewell in conversation with Aspen Institute Senior Fellow Mike Boots.   Jewell discusses her work in the conservation of public lands and the importance of building a connection between America’s youth and the great outdoors.

Elise Thatcher

It’s a cloudy summer day, and man named Paul is dropping off some cans and glass bottles at Basalt’s recycling site. He declines to give his last name, but shares a few thoughts about the drop off site. Like, “stay open later so the working man can get here.”

Carolyn Sackariason

  Aspen has city rules preventing employees and elected officials from accepting certain kinds of gifts. At the same time, employees accept expensive passes to one of the biggest events of the summer.

Ursa Resources Group held what it called an education meeting last night. The Battlement Mesa gathering was about a proposal for new natural gas drilling. Ursa wants to drill around 50 wells in the coming year or two.

Marci Krivonen

  Basalt’s Town Council is considering changes to its marijuana regulations to make then more similar to alcohol rules. Elected officials may allow medical and recreational pot shops to be open on Sundays and extend operating hours.

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