Elise Thatcher


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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City of Glenwood Springs

Of the many government websites in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Glenwood Springs portal has the most clunky in recent years. Like other entities trying to get on the cutting edge, namely the Town of Basalt and Pitkin County, Glenwood is putting in tens of thousands of dollars to catch up.

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GrassRoots TV is broadcasting twenty-four hours of veteran interviews to celebrate Veterans Day on Wednesday. The conversations have been recorded over the last several years as part of the Roaring Fork Veterans History Project, which started in 2007 and has included more than sixty veterans.

Basalt Chamber of Commerce

There will be two large events in Basalt and El Jebel this week aimed at tackling big questions about health insurance. Basalt resident Robin Waters originally had hoped to arrange one event. She’s received so many questions and support, she and a variety of officials are now coordinating a forum and what she’s calling an enrollment fair.


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  Planned Parenthood in Glenwood Springs says it will be able to offer more doctor’s appointments because of spontaneous fundraising in the Roaring Fork Valley. As of Sunday night, close to $18,000 had been raised.

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Planning commissioners cast votes against the sizable Tree Farm proposal on Thursday night. That decision took hours as commissioners weighed their concerns. It was a unanimous recommendation of denial by the Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission.

Development proposals in the mid Roaring Fork Valley have prompted law enforcement officials to discuss whether more officers are needed. The Basalt Police Department and Eagle County Sheriff’s office have been talking for a while now about staffing in the El Jebel area. The two agencies often trade off handling cases, based on which has more officers on duty.


The proposed Tree Farm development has gotten a lot of attention in the last several months, and it’s not even in the final review yet. On Thursday night, planning commissioners responsible for what’s developed in the El Jebel area will consider whether to support the project.

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Voter turnout in Eagle, Pitkin and Garfield counties ranged from 33% to 39%. That’s based on the number of people voting versus those who received a ballot.  In Eagle and Garfield, about 10,000 people voted in each county, and more than 5,000 turned out in Pitkin. Residents in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood voted to pay more in property taxes to support schools and a sizable fire district.


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A vote today will decide if the Roaring Fork School District can borrow $122 million. That funds would come from a property tax increase. 


The proposed bond on ballot issue RE-1 would pay for renovating Glenwood Springs Elementary and other schools, and pay for teacher affordable housing, among many other things.

Amy Spradlin dropped off her ballot this afternoon near Garfield County’s election headquarters in Glenwood Springs. She voted for the proposal.


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  The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is asking voters for a property tax increase in this fall’s election. The group campaigning for the measure missed the latest campaign finance filing because they didn’t know about the deadline. The representative in charge of submitting that information wasn’t aware of the campaign finance reporting schedule, nor the date of the election.