Elise Thatcher

Reporter

Elise Thatcher is a reporter with Aspen Public Radio since 2013. 

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Skiing & Snowboarding
6:07 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Avalanche Forecasters Hoping to Expand Outreach

Credit Photo by Dale Atkins/RECCO

It’s been a big avalanche season this winter, with some of the most powerful Colorado slides experts have seen. Now, the state’s hub for avalanche forecasting is hoping to add ways to help people avoid getting caught in avalanche accidents. The non-profit  Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is aiming to raise a hundred and fifty thousand dollars for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. To find out exactly what that money would go towards, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Ethan Greene, Executive Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. 

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APR Local News
8:13 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Survey Says: Life’s Pretty Good in Pitkin County, But With Some Worries

Credit Pitkin County

Residents of Pitkin County have given a thumbs-up for county government and services. That’s according to a survey done by a private firm, which presented its findings to Pitkin County Commissioners on Tuesday, March 11th. The survey had residents fill out a questionnaire. It covered a wide variety of topics. And despite overall satisfaction, residents say there are some issues they are concerned about.

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APR Local News
8:31 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Aspen Has “Unusual” Culture of Not Paying Overtime

Credit US Department of Labor

    "In Aspen, almost no employer was in compliance." Those are the words of Amy Debisschop, Assistant District Director at the US Department of Labor office in Denver, and she's referring to restaurants in the upper Roaring Fork Valley. Debisschop supervises agency investigators who reviewed the books of the Aspen Skiing Company, restaurants, and other businesses. 

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APR Local News
6:33 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Pitkin County Surveys Residents

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Pitkin County wants to know what residents think about a variety of issues, such as rural internet access. Several hundred locals received surveys in the mail in recent weeks, the county will make results public tomorrow, Tuesday March 11th. To learn more, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with County spokesman Pat Bingham. She started by asking  Bingham what the main goal of the survey is.

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Valley Roundup
3:28 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Valley Roundup - March 7th, 2014

Joining us today are Carolyn Sackariason of the Aspen Daily News, Michael Miracle of Aspen Sojourner magazine and Andy Stone of the Aspen Times.

This week, the community processes the murder of a lifetime local.  Homicide is rare here and it is especially difficult when the victim is so well know.

Also this week, Aspen Valley Hospital parts ways with a longtime surgeon and signs up with a new surgical team.

And, a new Limelight in Snowmass is off the table…maybe.

One of NPR’s top international correspondents visited the valley this week.  Phillip Reeves gave audiences the backstory to Ukraine, Russia and Crimea.  Reeves sat down for interview with us and you’ll hear it just ahead on this week’s Valley Roundup.

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