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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Construction is underway for a second compressed natural gas station in Glenwood Springs. When finished, the CNG filling stop will be the first in Glenwood that's open to the public.  Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher examines the economics behind natural gas cars and trucks, and who might use such a station.

We-Cycle could open bike stations in Basalt and Willits next spring. Basalt will pay $17,500 dollars to the bike sharing nonprofit, to review the feasibility of expanding into the midvalley. We-Cycle operates in Aspen now and has been exploring adding locations throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.

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The Roaring Fork School District will have a bond measure on the fall ballot. The District is asking voters to fund a 122 million bond measure to pay for a long list of capital improvements. If passed, it would come out an average about $22 a month for homes worth $500,000. 

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City Market is looking at building a new store in Carbondale. It would replace an existing aging facility at Highway 133 and Main Street. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this report from a town hall meeting last night about the proposal.

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  Basalt’s Town Council has reversed its decision on the Pan and Fork parcel. Officials decided last night to move forward with something called a predevelopment agreement. The majority of council members said they need more details about the range of development options for the land near the Roaring Fork River.

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Starting a small business isn’t for the faint of heart. But it can be a key way for residents to make ends meet in the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story of one longtime local who’s trying a new restaurant venture this summer in a unique place: a horse trailer.

        

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  People renting out their homes in Glenwood Springs have to register with the City. It’s a new requirement for residents using the home sharing service, Airbnb. Users must get a business license and permit, adding up to more than $150, plus pay more than 6% in local taxes.

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  Carbondale’s fire district will spend time talking with voters before a funding measure this fall. In November, the Carbondale and Rural Fire District will ask taxpayers for about $600,000 in property taxes. That’s after an outside review by two consulting firms, which found the District is doing a good job overall, but running out of money.

Mountain Edition - August 20th, 2015

Aug 20, 2015

The USA Pro Challenge returns to Aspen with help from a small army of volunteers.

Hazy air also arrived this week, from fires in the Pacific Northwest.

We hear from a painter who also wrote lyrics for Elton John.

The Aspen Music Festival and School gets ready to wrap up another season.

Carbondale commuters deal with a restricted popular park and ride.

And an Aspen developer drops an affordable lodge plan to avoid a ballot measure.

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  More than a hundred professional cyclists are getting ready to pedal out of the Roaring Fork Valley. They’re racing in the fifth year of the USA Pro Challenge. Pro riders will take off from Aspen mid morning for a demanding day back up and over Independence Pass to Breckenridge.

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  Basalt residents may consider buying land downtown. But they won’t be able to vote until April. That’s because the measure would require raising taxes, which has lots of requirements.

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  Glenwood City Council is looking at making marijuana stores and other related operations harder to open. Officials are considering adding the planning commission as another review for new retail and medical stores. That would also apply to manufacturing and testing pot products.

Mountain Edition - August 13th, 2015

Aug 13, 2015

  Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. I’m Elise Thatcher.

And, I’m Marci Krivonen. Governor Hickenlooper visits Aspen and talks about climate change.

A man arrested for stealing pot from an Aspen dispensary gets transferred to a local jail.

General Wesley Clark was in Aspen for AREDay. He discussed renewable energy, national security and climate change.

A new Colorado law around DUIs might make life a little safer in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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  Carbondale-area fire fighters are heading to Oregon to help tackle a wildfire. Three firefighters from the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District have headed west with a small firetruck. They’ll lend a hand with the Bendire Fire in Eastern Oregon. The crew was requested by the US Forest Service, which put out a call for help from Colorado fire stations.

Carbondale-area fire fighters are heading to Oregon to help tackle a wildfire. Three firefighters from the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District have headed west with a small firetruck. They’ll lend a hand with the Bendire Fire in Eastern Oregon. The crew was requested by the US Forest Service, which put out a call for help from Colorado fire stations.

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The Town of Basalt has stepped up to temporarily fund a popular recycling center. Waste Management runs the site now, but says the estimated operating cost is unsustainable without outside funding. The company met with Pitkin County and Basalt officials this week, on Monday August 10th.

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  Basalt officials hit the pause button Tuesday on a preliminary review of development options for a controversial parcel. How—or whether— to develop the land could go to a public vote.

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  A new Colorado law might make life a little safer in the Roaring Fork Valley. If someone is caught driving drunk for the fourth time, a new statewide law makes a that a felony offense.

Aspen Public Radio's coverage of AREDay 2015 continues with a discussion about divesting in fossil fuel technology. Moderated by John Powers, President of the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado.

Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District

  Residents and businesses in Carbondale, and in the surrounding areas, are in a bind. Their fire district is running out of money. After hiring local and national consultants, the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is now reviewing a new Master Plan. The Board of Directors for the fire district will meet on Wednesday to consider the inch-thick document, which came with a less than $90,000 price tag.

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