Elise Thatcher


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


APR Local News
9:27 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Formal Charges, Hearings In Pfister Homicide

Kathy Carpenter, as identified by the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, is an Aspen resident.
Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

   Three people accused of  the murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister appeared in court yesterday: a Front Range couple was formally charged and a long time Aspen resident and friend of Pfister’s was advised of the charges against her. All three  are being held without bond. 


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Recreational Marijuana
6:10 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Keeping Teens From Driving Stoned

Law enforcement is adjusting to legal marijuana in the Roaring Fork Valley and around Colorado… and that includes making sure people aren’t on pot behind the wheel. The Colorado Department of Transportation recently announced a new campaign this month to crack down on high drivers… and for at least one local drivers education company, it also means taking more time to talk with students about pot.

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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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