Elise Thatcher

Reporter

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

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1:07am

Fri January 24, 2014
X Games 2014

Snowmobile Freestyle Goes On, New Safety Precautions May Have Already Made a Difference

Sam Rogers crashed during the Snowmobile Freestyle.
Elise Thatcher

One year ago today, Caleb Moore crashed during the Snowmobile Freestyle event of the X Games. He later died from his injuries. The crash led to some changes in how that event was run. Still, despite the inherent dangers, the Snowmobile Freestyle contest goes on.
 

Editor’s note: below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher’s story.

Announcer: “It all comes down to the score… oh my gosh! He’s going to pick up where he left off, the gold…”

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3:29pm

Thu January 23, 2014
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - January 23rd, 2014

The X Games are in full swing, with eye popping jumps and bright lights. And, it’ll be on the calendar for five more years, thanks to a new agreement.

Hometown favorite Gretchen Bleiler is competing in this week’s event-- her last X Games before she retires.

Aspen Police say a so-called skimming device was discovered at a local ATM. We’ll find out what that means for locals.

Cell service can be a real pain in Snowmass Village. But improving coverage can be tricky.

We’ll hear how a state senator hopes to expand broadband internet in the Valley….

Whether there’s more snow coming any time soon…

And the long view from a decorated athlete... about his experience at the Olympics.

8:03am

Thu January 23, 2014
X Games 2014

Winter X Games Get Started In Aspen

Workers put the finishing touches on the tower and park features at the Winter 2014 X Games.
Elise Thatcher

The X Games will be a big part of January in Aspen at least until 2019.  On Wednesday, ESPN and the Aspen Skiing Company reached an agreement to keep the games in town for another five winters.  What would become of the Games in Aspen had been an open question until the agreement was announced.  They’ve been been held in Aspen for thirteen years, longer than any other X Games host city. Also... on Wednesday, snowboarder Shaun White did an on-again, off-again routine settling on “off.”  The Flying Tomato said he will not compete at Buttermilk this year.

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7:51am

Thu January 23, 2014
APR Local News

Better Cell Service May Be Coming to Snowmass Village

Visitors relax at Base Village in Snowmass Village.
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Depending on where you are in Snowmass Village...and what phone provider you have, It’s easy… and frustrating… to lose a cell phone signal.  There are efforts underway to reduce the rate of dropped calls.  One obvious solution is to erect more cell towers. But that can be difficult to do.

Editor’s note: below is a transcript of reporter Elise Thatcher’s story. 

Reporter: Sloan Campi is a planner for the town of Snowmass Village. The cell signal problem-solving effort, he says, is a conundrum.

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9:56pm

Wed January 15, 2014
APR Local News

Jury Not Convinced Aspen Brewing Company Was Too Loud

Natalia Shvachko and a translator answer questions during a jury trial.
Elise Thatcher

Aspen Brewing Company was not too loud last summer. Yesterday six jurors found the micro brewery not guilty of breaking Aspen’s noise ordinance.  The decision comes amid ongoing friction between businesses on Restaurant Row and the owners of two penthouses right in the core. 

“How many of you go to bars in the downtown core?” 

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