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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  Students at Roaring Fork High School will soon be just down the hall from a doctor. A clinic is opening at Carbondale’s High School, after three successful locations in the Basalt schools. Haidith Ramirez-Leon is overseeing the expansion. She says Medicaid or private insurance are billed first.

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  Carbondale’s Third Street Center is five years old this summer, and it might be due for an upgrade. The Center is home to several nonprofits and other entities, and hosts lots of public events.

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  This past weekend, there were extra eyes watching drivers in Glenwood Springs. Cameras were set up as part of a traffic flow study, which will influence stop light changes this winter. It all started because of complaints about crossing -- and getting onto-- Highway 82 in Glenwood.

  The Buddy Program is expanding into Carbondale. The mostly Aspen-based nonprofit has served 3100 kids, mainly in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. Now it’s opened an office in Carbondale. The Buddy Program matches high school or adult mentors with youth aged 6 through 18 years old. The nonprofit has been working with kids in Carbondale since 2010, but only this summer did the the Buddy Program move into the 3rd Street Center.

  Basalt resident Christine Tinner has been ordered to pay tens of thousands of dollars in restitution. She accidentally killed an Illinois woman in a crash last summer. Tinner must pay more than thirty thousand dollars to the family of Meleyna Kistner.

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  It’s now more likely that Aspenites will decide the future of a lodge on Main Street. Aspen City Clerk Linda Manning says there are more than enough valid signatures to have a ballot measure in the fall. Petition organizers want Aspen residents to decide whether to allow the “Base 2” project.

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Garfield County Commissioners are willing to take legal action to prevent oil and gas trucks from using a popular road near Glenwood Springs. Commissioners and other officials are reacting to news there may be drilling on the controversial Thompson Divide. At Monday’s meeting, the GarCo leaders said the County will try to convince the Forest Service to bar drilling companies from using Four Mile Road, which leads to Sunlight Mountain Resort.

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  The Town of Basalt has hired a financial firm to find out how much money a developer could make near downtown. The proposed redevelopment is controversial, and officials have been hashing out what would be a good fit.  Basalt is now working with a Minnesota firm on reviewing four different redevelopment options.

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Update (8/02/2015): The Garfield County Coroner says Mr. Myers died after having a heart attack.

Earlier (7/31/2015): The Rifle community is mourning the death of a city councilman. Sixty-one-year-old Dirk Myers was found in his home Thursday morning. The Rifle Police Department is investigating, but so far Myers’ passing doesn’t look suspicious.

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  This summer is the fourth anniversary of a program in the Roaring Fork Valley that’s dedicated to helping mostly low income kids maximize summer school. There are about 200 hundred students attending class at Crystal River Elementary School.

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  A developer has asked Carbondale officials to consider a key issue for a senior housing development. The proposed Sopris Lodge would be located near the Rio Grande Trail and Main Street. There isn’t a formal application just yet, but the developer has asked the town of Carbondale to improve the quiet residential road closest to the property.

A significant chunk of workers in Aspen have high blood pressure.That’s according to data from health fairs last fall, coordinated by the five biggest employers in the Upper Roaring Fork Valley. They’re part of the Valley Health Alliance, a new nonprofit aimed at improving health in the Upper Valley.

  An Aspen retail marijuana shop was robbed on Tuesday. As of that night, the man is still at large. At 12:30pm Tuesday, a twenty something year old man stole marijuana from a store downtown called Stash. Owner Garrett Patrick calculates more than 400 grams were stolen, but declines to say what the value is.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain talks with journalist Lesley Stahl about what’s wrong with the Obama National Security Strategy. U.S. Senator McCain, along with other leaders on the United State’s Homeland Security front, spoke during the four-day Aspen Security Forum held at the Aspen Institute.

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  Aspen’s High School has a new principal.  45-year-old Tharyn Mulberry has been described as dramatically improving academics at the Pueblo high school where he’s principal now. Mulberry says he’s inspired to continue the already high achievement in Aspen.

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  Starting today, there’s roadwork on Highway 82, either on Main Street in Aspen or between the roundabout and the airport. It’s a paving project during Aspen’s busiest month for car traffic at the entrance to the resort community. This July there’s an average of 27,000 cars coming in or out of town each day

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  The coroner’s office is getting its first full time position. The office now is a hodgepodge. The coroner and his employees are all part time. That can make handling a multitude of tasks difficult. Commissioners have approved paying for a full time deputy coroner.

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  Aspen's School District may choose a final candidate for high school principal today. There are three candidates left. All were grilled Monday by more than 30 parents, teachers, students and board members.

Officials in the mid valley are continuing to look at a major development proposal near Whole Foods. The controversial Tree Farm plan could mean as many as 400 hundred residential units and more than a 130,000 square feet in commercial development. But if the property was a few football field lengths to the southeast, it would go through a whole different set of requirements.

 

One nonprofit provides medical care for thousands of low income residents in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now the group wants to expand, and leaders are hoping for support from Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and others. The Mountain Family Health Center in Basalt is in a building owned by Aspen Valley Hospital, which at night doubles as the mid valley’s urgent care center.

 

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