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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Mountain Family Health Centers

  One of the biggest health care providers for low income folks is having a busy spring. Mountain Family Health Centers has kicked off capital campaigns while also deciding between new locations for Basalt.

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  Eighty WE-cycle bikes are now at stations across Basalt and Willits. The Aspen-based bike sharing program rolled out the expansion over the past week.

  Two local governments are joining other Colorado cities and counties to collectively lobby for climate change legislation.

  In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

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The Town of Basalt has released key information in a recent lawsuit and open records request.

In the fourth episode of our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with two guests about the value of truly being yourself, even when it’s challenging or dangerous.

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  Republican congressional candidate Alex Beinstein has been crisscrossing the state in preparation for his challenge of incumbent U.S. Congressman Scott Tipton in the June primary.

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  The Aspen Skiing Company said Aspen Mountain will be open Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day, in a press release that came out Monday.

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A Basalt woman said the Town of Basalt filed a lawsuit under the wrong statute. The town sued resident Mary Kenyon April 29 over her previously filed open records request.

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    Garfield County Libraries doesn’t have a new executive director just yet. Trustees with the Public Library District decided Wednesday to continue the search.

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A supervisor can have a bigger impact on a worker’s health than a primary care doctor. That’s according to the The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The federal office recently sent experts to Aspen to teach managers how to handle that power wisely.

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Garfield County is taking a look at broadband, and officials want to know what internet access is like for residents and business owners.

  In the third episode of our our spring series on critical health issues, host Elise Thatcher talks with guest BJ Miller about managing pain, and how we can change the experience of dying. Miller is senior director and advocate at the Zen Hospice Project.

Colorado Division of Insurance

It’s official: Colorado is going to look at a simpler way of calculating health insurance rates. Gov. John Hickenlooper approved the move Tuesday.

Third Street Center

There are lots of plans in the works for Third Street in Carbondale. That includes new affordable housing, parking and other changes. A new collaboration to pool resources could snag more funding for those improvements.

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  More than $36,000 in campaign spending was racked up in the Roaring Fork Valley this spring. That was for elections in Basalt, Carbondale and for Aspen Valley Hospital.

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As the Roaring Fork School District lines up new rental affordable housing units, officials must also come up with the rules about who can live where and under what guidelines. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the District hopes to have those regulations in place this fall.

 

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Carbondale effectively has a new mayor. Freshly elected Trustee Dan Richardson is now also leading the town’s Board of Trustees as Mayor Pro Tem.

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Construction for Basalt’s underpass could start in a little more than three months. Town Council formally approved the building contract this week.

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Today is the last day Stacey Bernot will have the title of Carbondale mayor. The longtime resident and public servant is relocating to Redstone, outside city limits.

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