Elise Thatcher

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

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The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is losing $600,000 a year from its savings account—and the District could run out completely by the end of 2016. That’s a dire situation for the service, whose firefighters put out blazes and respond to medical calls for a huge area. Now the Board of Directors is reviewing next year's $2.6 million dollar budget. APR’s Elise Thatcher talks with Chief Ron Leach about cuts and the upcoming master plan.

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Mother Nature delivered enough snow recently to crank up the lifts on Aspen Mountain...for an early opening.

Some athletes are already skiing and riding. A new training venue opened at Aspen Highlands.

The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is hammering out how much money to spend next year as it’s running out of cash.

A new sculpture goes up in the middle of Carbondale’s roundabout this week. We talk to the artist.

Elise Thatcher

A suicide prevention organization is unveiling a new campaign tonight. The Hope Center, now based in Basalt, is also hosting an expert on healing communities.  Michelle Muething is Executive Director of the small nonprofit, which offers a hotline and counseling for people with suicidal thoughts. Muething says the new effort is called the "Erase the Stigma" campaign, and it’s based on feedback gathered since last spring.

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition. Wintry weather descends on the Roaring Fork Valley this week closing Independence Pass and prompting locals to break out their cold weather gear. Two Roaring Fork Valley residents are renamed to the U.S. Ski Team. Aspen holds its annual Veterans Day service. The Forest Service highlights crowds over-loving backcountry spots, big employers move forward with a plan to make their workers healthier, and politicians in Denver put their ducks in a row after a surprising election.

Getting your blood checked can mean making an appointment, getting to a doctor’s office, and fees. But for older folks in Pitkin County, regular senior health fairs make it much easier. They’re part of a wider variety of fairs put on by Aspen Valley Hospital, which hosted one on a recent Friday.

Five employers efforts to improve health care and lower insurance costs is shifting into high gear. The group, known as the Valley Health Alliance, has a new Director and was part of a forum yesterday. Details on what the Alliance may try in the next year were discussed-- and mental health will be at the top of the list.

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This week’s elections saw high drama and voting problems in Pitkin County.

Colorado’s governor’s race wasn’t decided until the morning after Election Day and a State Senate race took far longer than usual to know who won and who lost.

The Roaring Fork Valley approves money for ambulances, more pot taxes, and other measures while re-electing all of its sitting state house representatives.

We’ll find out what it was like being in the center of the election excitement in Denver.

And take some time to hear about the latest on kids and immigration.

Elise Thatcher

The results are not final for Colorado’s governor’s race, but experts say Governor John Hickenlooper likely will be re-elected. In the Roaring Fork Valley, delays and glitches made for late night vote counting for Pitkin County election workers. As of this morning, results indicate Democrat Patti Clapper has won the race for Pitkin County Commissioner District 1. It’s not clear yet who has won a state senate race. For Senate District 5, at last count Democrat Kerry Donovan has a one percent lead over Republican Don Suppes.  

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Each county in the Roaring Fork Valley has places where resident citizens can register to vote and fill out a ballot…. as long as it’s before polls close at 7pm. Here’s a list of those locations in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties.

Elise Thatcher

  Tomorrow is election day and polls will open at 7am in the Roaring Fork Valley and across the nation. Because of early voting and mail-in ballots, more than a million Coloradans have already cast their ballots.

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