Elise Thatcher

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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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  The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is asking voters for a property tax increase in this fall’s election. The group campaigning for the measure missed the latest campaign finance filing because they didn’t know about the deadline. The representative in charge of submitting that information wasn’t aware of the campaign finance reporting schedule, nor the date of the election.

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  Supporters of the Roaring Fork School District’s bond measure spent tens of thousands of dollars last month. But it’s not clear how much has been raised-- or spent-- by a committee supporting a bond measure for the Carbondale area fire district ballot question.

  Eighth graders are deciding between different professions, as part of a new career mentoring program with Glenwood Springs Middle School and a Carbondale-based nonprofit. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher attended a career expo for the program and has this story.

  A state senator is hoping to help people in the Roaring Fork Valley who have to get a new insurance plan for next year. About seven thousand residents in the Pitkin, Eagle, Garfield and Summit counties will have to shop for new health coverage, after the state dropped the ax on the health insurance carrier Colorado HealthOp.

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  Battlement Mesa residents say they’ll continue fighting a proposal to drill near homes, a golf course and other areas nearby. Ursa Resources wants to drill two pads in Battlement Mesa, with a total of more than fifty wells combined.

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Something called a virtual guardrail could make it safer-- and faster-- to drive on Interstate 70. The Colorado Department of Transportation unveiled a push this week to use more technology on Colorado’s roadways. CDOT hopes to start by increasing how connected drivers are when they’re out on the road.

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Colorado’s top election official and local county clerks are asking voters to drop-off their fall ballots by hand if they haven’t already put them in the mail. The issue is whether the postal service can deliver ballots back to county officials in time for the election.

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  A Basalt High School teacher is one of of the best in the state, and her main focus is working with students learning English as a second language. At a surprise assembly on Monday, Colorado Education Commissioner Elliott Asp spoke glowingly about Leticia “Ticia” Guzman Ingram.

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  The Valley Health Alliance will be hearing from a national expert on worker health and safety on Thursday, October 15th. Researcher Doctor Casey Chosewood is with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control.

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  Glenwood Springs and Garfield County could see a new detox center. But it all depends on finding a place to put it. There hasn’t been one for the last few years, and that’s been hard for people struggling with substance abuse.

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One of the newest, biggest buildings in Carbondale is a school. Administrators, teachers and parents at Ross Montessori have been working for years to make the new location a reality. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a tour of the new building, which is slated to open in a matter of months.

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  Two Garfield County groups are calling on Governor John Hickenlooper, after reviewing draft oil and gas rules. The proposed regulations are supposed to address major concerns, like how much drilling to allow near homes and schools.

Mountain Edition - October 8th, 2015

Oct 8, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A developer in Snowmass Village is stepping away from Base Village and selling its assets.

Both sides of a heated election campaign in Aspen are focusing on parking.

Glenwood Springs leaders and businesses mull over how to address homelessness.

The life of a long-time Aspen local and former ski shop owner is remembered.

And, we talk budget with a state legislator who represents communities in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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  The old Sopris Restaurant south of Glenwood Springs could be replaced by businesses instead of houses. Most recently home to Dos Hermanos, the empty restaurant sits south of the intersection of Spring Valley Road and Highway 82, on land that’s been zoned for homes.

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A new hotel in Willits Town Center already has more applicants than job openings. Hotel management held a job fair Tuesday, screening people who want to work there. Called the "Element by Westin Basalt-Aspen," the establishment is expected to open in early December.

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Glenwood Springs charity leaders took small steps towards addressing concerns about homelessness. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this look at how businesses are reacting to a gathering held earlier this week.

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  Charlotte Graham is curious what people remember about days gone by. She’s the author of “Memoirs of a River… Up the Crystal: People and Places in the Crystal River Valley.” Her second volume is out and it’s all about Carbondale’s history.

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  Colorado Mountain College is looking at offering a new graduate program. But it would be through a school known for student loan debt.

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  There’s a community meeting in Glenwood Springs tonight about what some say is a growing homeless problem. This summer, Glenwood saw more transient visitors than usual, coming to town for panhandling, hot meals, and other activities normally associated with homelessness.

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  State Representative Millie Hamner is getting ready to take on a big job. Starting in November, she’s overseeing a committee that puts together Colorado’s budget. Hamner spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher while on a recent listening tour. A hot topic was the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights, or TABOR. The state constitutional amendment limits how taxes are collected in Colorado.

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