Elise Thatcher

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

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Roaring Fork Conservancy

  Cattle Creek has a problem. The stream crosses under Highway 82 at the Cattle Creek intersection southeast of Glenwood Springs, and there are signs it’s not healthy. Heather Lewin is Watershed Action Director with the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The organization recently started a study to figure out what’s wrong in the creek. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Heather Lewin.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Aspen voters take a historic step, amending their city charter.

Voters also chose to keep their mayor and a city council member, but a runoff is likely to fill a second council seat.

A baseball field is named for the late Willard Clapper, a well-known Aspen community member.

Pitkin County is on the hunt for more 911 dispatchers.

And, Pitkin County has a plan for how to protect the popular North Star Preserve east of Aspen.

Elise Thatcher

Two Aspen political allies will have to definitely battle it out for a City Council seat. Longtime political servant Mick Ireland and grassroots organizer Bert Myrin will face off in June for a four year city council seat. Neither got enough votes in the spring election to land the post outright.

Hamilton Pevec

Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley have been eager to help out with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. One effort has raised more than $38,000. Some of that money is going toward a micro aid effort in the Himalayan country. Carbondale native Hamilton Pevec and his Nepali wife Devika live near the epicenter of quake, and are working with friends to deliver food and shelter to villages that were hit the hardest. Pevec's group has encountered a troubling trend, also highlighted by Nepali and international news reports. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Pevec.

Elise Thatcher

There’s no answer yet on whether Aspen will have a runoff election in June. Election officials have until this evening to figure out whether twenty-three ballots are valid. They’ve already confirmed that three qualify to be counted.

Elise Thatcher

History was made last night when the majority of Aspenites changed the city’s home rule charter, stripping power away from elected officials. Referendum 1, also known as “Keep Aspen, Aspen” passed by a slim margin of 53% to 47%. The ballot count came in at 1297 to 1141 votes Tuesday night.

Elise Thatcher

Aspen voters re-elected their mayor and kept a city council member. A second council seat is to be determined. It was a night of awkward moments, as incumbent Mayor Steve Skadron once again bested Torre. The two went toe to toe in a runoff two years ago. This time, Skadron won handily, by about 400 votes.

Elise Thatcher

UPDATE - 11:21pm

Unofficial final results - Steve Skadron will keep his seat as Mayor against his second challenge from Torre. Skadron takes the win by about 400 votes.  

Carolyn Sackariason

If a governmental entity wants to build in Aspen's city limits, they have to get a review in 60 days. But that fast track does not apply to building projects by the City of Aspen. Confused? Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher explains.

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners are getting exasperated with an access dispute just outside Carbondale. They’re planning a public walking tour next week and meeting the week after to figure out how to resolve the matter.

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