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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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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  A woman who caused a fatal accident on Highway 133 last summer is raising questions about her sentence. Christine Tinner must complete 360 hours of community service as part of her punishment for accidentally killing one person and injuring another in a car crash.

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  An Aspen resident faces federal charges after being caught with a stash of weapons at the town’s post office. 56-year-old Mauro Emilio Pennini already faces local charges. Now the Department of Justice is prosecuting Pennini. Earlier this month he was busted for stockpiling knives, a handgun, ammunition, and handcuffs at Aspen’s post office.

Mountain Edition - June 18th, 2015

Jun 18, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Snowmelt combined with recent rains have boosted rivers to dangerous levels.

It takes a lot to get Aspen ready for the Food and Wine Classic. We’ll hear about the final preparations.

And, the publisher of Food and Wine magazine says Aspen’s fest is different from others held around the country.

A conservation group is concerned about a proposed oil and gas lease swap in the Thompson Divide.

And, a local non profits helps low income homeowners become energy efficient.

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  The Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, has been working with homeowners for years to help bring down energy use. The nonprofit has expanded to specifically help homeowners on a limited budget. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

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Participants in this year’s Food & Wine Classic are beginning to arrive in Aspen. There’s usually a big push to get ready for the event among city workers and event planners alike. This year that includes buttoning up construction projects too. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this report from the final stretch.

Part of Highway 133 will be closed for several hours this Friday. The Colorado Department of Transportation has already been running a construction project on the highway south of Carbondale. On Friday, that’ll expand to a closure near the south end of the Paonia reservoir. 

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A public trail will continue to exist through the campus of a wealthy private school in Carbondale. Garfield County Commissioners decided Monday to keep a public right of way at the Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Officials there are in a dispute with neighbors over the access.

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  The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority will decide in September whether to approve an updated approach for preserving its rail corridor. RFTA’s Board of Directors had planned on voting on the matter this summer, but instead they’ll delay and spend more time addressing questions and concerns.

If a major catastrophe were to happen in the mid or upper Roaring Fork Valley, emergency workers say they’re now better prepared to handle it. Wildfires and other dire circumstances often require a state team of emergency experts. Now, law enforcement, paramedics, and fire departments in the Valley are rebooting their own disaster management effort.

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A fire department in the Upper Valley says efforts this weekend to keep people out of high waters was successful.

The Aspen Fire Protection District wants people to be careful around high water this weekend. They’re putting officials at popular recreation spots this weekend to warn visitors and locals of the danger. The Roaring Fork River is the highest Fire Chief Rick Balentine has seen for years, and he expects river levels next week to be high as well, as the snow continues to melt up high.

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  The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is gathering feedback about what residents want. And one of the key questions is whether voters still want a very high level of medical care when an ambulance shows up. Those details are important because the District probably will go to the voters and ask for more funding.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation says Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon has now reopened. After rock slide cleanup today, traffic is once again moving in both directions.

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Basalt’s police chief is on a mission to make sure his department is meeting the community’s needs. Town Council heard about the beginning phases of that effort earlier this week. Chief Greg Knott is taking input from community members on how Basalt police can improve.

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