Elise Thatcher

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

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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.

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.

Elise Thatcher

  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.

Elise Thatcher

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

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