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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CDOT

Starting this morning, Monday, July 13th, it’s possible to hop on a CDOT bus to Denver, with a few stops in between. But there isn’t any weekend service. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with the agency’s top transit person and has this story.

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Law enforcement and community members are putting together a memorial service for a parachute child who died on June 20th. Sarah Ogden was four weeks old when she was pronounced dead at the Grand River Hospital in Rifle.

 

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Public transportation in the Roaring Fork Valley could include light rail once again. The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority is reconsidering the service. RFTA is putting long term goals into something called an Integrated Transportation Plan.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Garfield County Commissioners are demanding a long list of emails and other federal documents. The elected officials are upset with the Department of Interior and the Bureau of Land Management over new plans to protect a controversial bird. 

Aspen residents and visitors will have a little more elbow room this week. The July 4th stretch is one of the busiest on the resort’s calendar, and the epicenter last week was the Aspen Institute’s campus. It’s home to the Aspen Ideas Festival, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. And one longtime local was on the front lines directing the thousands of people passing through there.

 

Petitioners are getting signatures in an attempt to stop a hotel from being built in Aspen. As of last week, organizers have beyond the 680 signatures needed to get on the ballot for a public vote later this year. The question would be whether a hotel, called Base 2, should move forward.

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.

Twitter/Carrie Morgridge

  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.

Aspen Police Department

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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