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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Pope Francis has generated headlines worldwide for his unorthodox approach to the papacy, public acts of humility, and renewed emphasis on compassion.

Feature speakers: Michael Gerson, Matt Malone, Garry Wills, Nancy Gibbs

Immigrants play an important role in the economy as consumers, taxpayers, workers, and business owners.

Feature speakers: Ronald Brownstein, Grover Norquist, Cristina Jiménez, Deepak Bhargava

Low natural gas prices are prompting a major Garfield County producer to cut back on drilling even more. Tulsa-based WPX Energy is downshifting to one rig in the Garfield County area. 

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More workers at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority may be joining a union. Sixteen operations supervisors with RFTA say they’re interested in either starting their own chapter, or joining one created this spring by full time bus drivers. About half of supervisors also spend some working hours behind the wheel.

 

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Garfield County's Manager is out, and there’s already a replacement. Deputy County Manager Kevin Batchelder has taken the reins. Drew Gorgey says he doesn’t know what he’s doing next, aside from continuing some side projects. On Wednesday morning, he and Garfield County Commissioners formalized what’s being called “mutual separate agreement,” and Gorgey was officially finished as of 5pm Wednesday evening.

Congressman Paul Ryan was a special guest at the Pitkin County Republicans’ annual gathering last night. More than 250 people dined during the Lincoln Day Dinner at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village. The ballroom swelled with laughter and good-natured teasing among local party representatives. Visiting speaker and former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan talked about his connection with the Roaring Fork Valley.

Featured Speakers: Jeffrey Rosen, Tracey Meares, Joe Nocera, Michele Norris, Clifton Kinnie, Connie Rice

Ferguson has changed the way Americans now see violence and those committed to protect us.  

  Garfield County's Manager is out, and there’s already a replacement. At a meeting this morning, Commissioners and outgoing Andrew “Drew” Gorgey formalized what’s being called “mutual separate agreement.” He’s officially finished as of 5pm this evening.

Featured speakers: Katie Couric, Ted Sarandos

Is "netflix-ing" the way of our future? Wall Street sure thinks so.

Featured speakers: Kathryn Sullivan, Andrew Revkin

 While the basics of greenhouse-driven global warming are clear, translating these into specific local and regional impacts remains challenging — including how warm it will get and what will happen to regional weather patterns, particularly precipitation. 

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A Florida development company wants to build a new Four Seasons Hotel near Aspen’s “S” curves, but there’s a major hurdle first. Miami-based Cisneros Real Estate wants to annex nearly seven acres of County land at the base of Shadow Mountain in a residential neighborhood.

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  Former residents Carrie and John Morgridge have their names on a lot of buildings, including the Colorado Mountain College campus in Aspen and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The former Aspen residents live on the Front Range now and are prolific philanthropists. Mrs. Morgridge recently penned the book “Every Gift Matters: How Your Passion Can Change the World.”

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The Roaring Fork Valley broke records for visitors last summer. So far Aspen and Snowmass Village are on track to be even busier, and more expensive, this summer. Resort tracker DestiMetrics says overnight bookings across the West are up about 8.5% compared to last year. Aspen and Snowmass Village are seeing about the same numbers.

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An Aspen man is being held without bond in the Grand Junction area. He faces charges after illegally having a gun at Aspen’s Post Office, where he was an employee. A Grand Junction magistrate denied fifty-six-year old Mauro Emilio Pennini bond on Thursday, saying he poses a danger to people in the Aspen area.

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Supporters for more protection for the Crystal River are hitting the road again. The goal is a Wild and Scenic River designation, but that takes an Act of Congress. Supporters have crafted a bill and want to get approval from local governments. And yes, they’ve already done something similar.

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Residents in the Roaring Fork Valley pedaled their support for Colorado’s bike to work day yesterday. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher stopped by a RFTA booth with fortification for riders.

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Basalt officials are working with the District Attorney’s office regarding a pending marijuana business deal in that town. Officials are trying to figure out what business arrangements may be behind a Craigslist ad that appeared late last month. It was for marijuana "medical and recreational permits and license for sale."

On Tuesday night, Carbondale elected officials began discussing a proposed new City Market in town. Town Trustees decided to waive a layer of community review of the project.

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  Health insurance rates for the Roaring Fork Valley area will increase again next year. But for most companies, monthly fees are not going up by as much as they have in the past. That’s according to the Denver nonprofit, Colorado Consumer Health Initiative.

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A creative sentence for a fatal car accident is partially on hold. Aspen judge Erin Fernandez Ely had decided this spring to have Christine Tinner spend some of her community service doing something that would qualify restorative justice. There's a growing trend in Colorado to reintegrate perpetrators back into their communities and reduce the prison population. Ely decided Friday that Tinner should just volunteer at the Thrift Shop of Aspen for now, as the court and Pitkin County figure out how to define what Tinner should do to meet the restorative justice requirement.

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