Elise Thatcher

Reporter

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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Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A bank has taken over an Aspen building surrounded by controversy.

City officials get ready for affordable housing building proposals.

Planned Parenthood in Glenwood Springs receives tens of thousands of dollars in donations.

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.

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  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.

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  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.

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

 

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.

Mountain Edition - November 12th, 2015

Nov 12, 2015

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.

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  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.

City of Glenwood Springs

Of the many government websites in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Glenwood Springs portal has the most clunky in recent years. Like other entities trying to get on the cutting edge, namely the Town of Basalt and Pitkin County, Glenwood is putting in tens of thousands of dollars to catch up.

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GrassRoots TV is broadcasting twenty-four hours of veteran interviews to celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday. The conversations have been recorded over the last several years as part of the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project, which started in 2007 and has included more than sixty veterans.

Basalt Chamber of Commerce

There will be two large events in Basalt and El Jebel this week aimed at tackling big questions about health insurance. Basalt resident Robin Waters originally had hoped to arrange one event. She’s received so many questions and support, she and a variety of officials are now coordinating a forum and what she’s calling an enrollment fair.

 

Elise Thatcher

  Planned Parenthood in Glenwood Springs says it will be able to offer more doctor’s appointments because of spontaneous fundraising in the Roaring Fork Valley. As of Sunday night, close to $18,000 had been raised.

Elise Thatcher

Planning commissioners cast votes against the sizable Tree Farm proposal on Thursday night. That decision took hours as commissioners weighed their concerns. It was a unanimous recommendation of denial by the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Development proposals in the mid Roaring Fork Valley have prompted law enforcement officials to discuss whether more officers are needed. The Basalt Police Department and Eagle County Sheriff’s office have been talking for a while now about staffing in the El Jebel area. The two agencies often trade off handling cases, based on which has more officers on duty.

LANDWEST Planning

The proposed Tree Farm development has gotten a lot of attention in the last several months, and it’s not even in the final review yet. On Thursday night, planning commissioners responsible for what’s developed in the El Jebel area will consider whether to support the project.

Elise Thatcher

Voter turnout in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties ranged from 33% to 39%. That’s based on the number of people voting versus those who received a ballot.  In Eagle and Garfield, about 10,000 people voted in each county, and more than 5,000 turned out in Pitkin. Residents in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood voted to pay more in property taxes to support schools and a sizable fire district.

 

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A vote today will decide if the Roaring Fork School District can borrow $122 million. That funds would come from a property tax increase. 

 

The proposed bond on ballot issue RE-1 would pay for renovating Glenwood Springs Elementary and other schools, and pay for teacher affordable housing, among many other things.

Amy Spradlin dropped off her ballot this afternoon near Garfield County’s election headquarters in Glenwood Springs. She voted for the proposal.

 

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