Elise Thatcher

Reporter

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

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State
5:32 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Hick: Drilling Rules Safe, Oil & Gas Is Temporary

Governor John Hickenlooper talks with Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund, at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30th, 2014.
Credit Screenshot from aspeninstitute.org

Colorado residents can vote this fall on whether communities can limit oil and gas drilling. The state supreme court approved four ballot measures Monday, June 30th, that allows such questions. The decision comes as Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is in Aspen, speaking at the Ideas Festival about existing rules for the industry. He was joined yesterday by the head of the Environmental Defense Fund, Fred Krupp.

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Cycling
10:27 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Armstrong, Mercier On Cycling & Doping: What Happened, What Now

Lance Armstrong demonstrates how to fix a flat tire, for Outside Magazine, in one of his first media appearances after confirming doping accusations.
Credit Outside Magazine

   As the cycling world gears up for the Tour de France start this coming Saturday, July 5th, the sport is still dusting itself off. A generation of riders were found guilty of cheating in the late nineties through mid-two thousands. One of the most well-known riders was part-time Aspen resident Lance Armstrong who is now stripped of his many wins and banned from the sport. Organizers and riders alike say the sport is far cleaner now. Armstrong and two other former pro cyclists took some time to look back on the choices they made, and what comes next.  

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Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Mountain Edition - June 26th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

This week, Republicans decided who’s going to run against Democratic governor John Hickenlooper this fall.  Bob Beauprez is a former Congressman and wants to put government red tape on ice.

Republicans also chose to keep Representative Scott Tipton as their candidate for the sprawling 3rd Congressional District and we’ll hear from his Democratic opponent, Abel Tapia.

Finally, to get a break from all the politics, we’ll take a tour of Aspen’s Smuggler Mountain and its profitable mining history.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition, right now.

Pfister Murder Case
3:13 pm
Sun June 22, 2014

Audio: Carpenter's Lawyers Argue Innocence

Greg Greer shows video of District Attorney investigator Lisa Miller and Colorado Bureau of Investigation agent John Zamora questioning Kathy Carpenter. June 20th, 2014.
Elise Thatcher

Court appointed lawyers for Kathy Carpenter strongly believe she is innocent in the case of Nancy Pfister’s death. On Friday, June 20th, attorneys Greg Greer and Kathleen Lord held an unusual meeting with reporters. Greer said, “in thirty two years, I have not had a case like this.” You can hear audio of the meeting here.

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Pfister Murder Case
10:25 am
Sun June 22, 2014

More Questions Than Answers After Sentencing in Pfister Case

District Attorney Sherry Caloia and Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo discuss guilty plea and sentencing for William Styler, and a continuing investigation into Kathy Carpenter. June 20th, 2014
Elise Thatcher

Last Friday saw a strange turn in the case of what happened to Aspen native Nancy Pfister. One of the three defendants pled guilty in court and was sentenced.  Murder charges were dropped against the third and last defendant, but she wasn’t completely cleared, and attorneys raised questions about what they say were major mistakes in the investigation. 

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