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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Marci Krivonen

The Bureau of Land Management is open to canceling more than half of the undeveloped oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide. The leases in question are for Forest Service land but the BLM manages the mineral rights underneath. The BLM is reviewing the environmental impacts of what can be done with those leases, and has released the list of management options.

Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30pm

From the Garfield County Coroner’s Office:

On Monday November 16, 2015 at 3:50am, doctors at Children’s Hospital pronounced 12-year old Amelia Bradley’s death. Amelia was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash in the morning hours of October 26, 2015.

Amelia’s mother, Lori Rink, a Rifle Elementary teacher, was pronounced dead on scene.

Amelia’s cause of death is multiple injuries and manner of death is accident. The Garfield County

Coroner’s Office offers its condolences to the family and friends of Lori and Amelia.


Allison Johnson

Science students from Basalt Middle School will once again square off with their peers from around the state. They’re heading for a statewide robotics championship this winter.  The team of seven students will compete in Denver in January, to test their skills in programming robots to pick things up and carry out a variety of other tasks.

Stay Aspen Snowmass

  Aspen and Snowmass Village had a record-setting amount of hotel reservations this fall. But winter bookings are still lackluster. This fall hit a high water mark with overnight bookings, following on a busy summer. A long stretch of good weather plus last-minute reservations in October played a big role.

Elise Thatcher

  More than $25,000 has been raised for Planned Parenthood in Glenwood Springs, after a whirlwind local fundraising campaign. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the money was presented to the nonprofit on Monday morning.

Elise Thatcher

  The presidential election may be a year away, but Bernie Sanders supporters have their eyes on this spring. The first Democratic caucus is March 1st. And many attracted to Sanders’ platform don’t know what it is-- or how it works. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher stopped by a recent local campaign event and has this story.

Elise Thatcher

Hundreds of area residents attended a health insurance forum in Basalt on Thursday night. The last-minute event was co-coordinated by State Senator Kerry Donovan and the state’s health exchange, after thousands of locals found out this fall that their coverage will end in January.


Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County’s Clerk and Recorder will be in Denver on Friday, to report back about new election machines. The County is one of several testing out machines that could be used in next year’s general election.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Aspen Mountain will open early thanks to recent storms.

Hundreds honor veterans at an annual ceremony in the upper valley.

One in ten kids in Pitkin County is living in poverty.


  District Attorney Sherry Caloia is cracking down on fraud. She’s hired and trained an investigator who’s focused on sniffing out embezzlement and other white collar crime. Caloia is no stranger to the issue. Before she was District Attorney, an employee at her private practice stole tens of thousands of dollars in the late 2000’s, and also used Caloia’s office to launder money from the Town of Marble.