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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On Tuesday night, Carbondale Town Trustees considered yet another aspect of marijuana in the midvalley. They approved $20,000 for the Roaring Fork School District for mental health counseling, and to educate kids and parents about pot. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with with the District’s Chief Academic Officer, Rob Stein.

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Carbondale’s marijuana industry is growing, and once again, the Doctor’s Garden is at the forefront. In 2014, the business opened the first retail marijuana store in the Roaring Fork Valley. Now, a new branch of that business has gotten the go-ahead to extract marijuana oil and make edibles with it.

  CenturyLink has restored cell coverage after a severe outage in Aspen and the midvalley. Service problems were especially affecting Carbondale residents. Centurylink spokesman Sara Spaulding says service was restored before 10 a.m. She sent this update earlier Wednesday morning.

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Officials in the midvalley are trying to find a way to join forces on two big issues: childcare and affordable housing. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was at an unusual collaborative meeting last night and has this report.     

Today is Memorial Day, and recent changes for veterans aim to make it easier for former service members to get medical care in rural areas, like the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this update.

Pitkin County

  Pitkin County is looking at buying more property. The County says it’s considering purchasing the Deer Creek Ranch parcel in Snowmass Canyon. The nearly 40 acre property is listed for sale at $2.9 million but the County is looking at offering $2.5 million. If purchased, it would be managed by the County’s Open Space and Trails program.

Figuring out when, or how, to retire can be daunting, and one Snowmass Village resident is hoping to make it a little easier for people her age. Donna Davis is the author of “Retirement Basics, Help for Broke Baby Boomers.” She talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher about the most common issues readers write to her about.

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The rental housing shortage in the mid Roaring Fork Valley is ratcheting up. As Aspen Public Radio has reported, rapidly increasing prices and restrictions are having a significant impact on residents. In our second story in our series, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher takes a look at the subsidized housing options in the Mid-Valley.

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Aspen Public Radio held a live debate last night between Aspen City Council candidates Bert Myrin and Mick Ireland, who are battling it out in the spring runoff election. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this overview of what went down, and a full recording of the debate.

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A new bus drivers’ union in the area is stretching its wings. Full time drivers with the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority voted in February to start a local chapter of a national transit worker union. Ed Cortez is the President and business agent for the Aspen Local 774 of the Amalgamated Transit Union He sat down with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher to talk about where the union is now.

Garfield County

Carbondale community members and Garfield County Commissioners are one step closer to resolving an access dispute. On Monday County commissioners were supposed to put the issue to rest, but those involved hadn’t collaborated on a solution.

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Ballots for Aspen’s runoff election go in the mail this Friday, and early voting begins on Monday at City Hall, as residents choose between grassroots activist Bert Myrin and longtime civil servant Mick Ireland. They’re battling it out for an Aspen City Council seat. The election will be run nearly identical to the one that ended earlier this month.

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Former Carbondale resident Hamilton Pevec is in the middle of the aid effort in Nepal. After the country’s second major earthquake, he and his wife, Devika, are going back out to villages where people are trying to recover. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Pevec.

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Glenwood Springs is a contender for being one of Outside magazine’s best towns. Such listings can be music to the ears of town promoters, but can also increase the demand for local resources, like housing. As Aspen Public Radio is reporting this month, the lack of rental housing in the Roaring Fork Valley is having a significant effect on locals. Jonah Ogles is Senior Editor with Outside Magazine, and talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher. He says Outside often gets criticism for listing communities as desirable.

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Finding decent housing in Aspen and parts of the Roaring Fork Valley has always been difficult. But the increasing shortage in rentals, especially in the Mid-Valley, is having a significant impact on residents. In the first in our series about housing in the Valley, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has this story.

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The lease for Krabloonik Fine Dining and Dogsledding could be officially confirmed this week. Snowmass Town Council has approved most of the updated lease, but a few more details are being added in.

Roaring Fork Conservancy

  Cattle Creek has a problem. The stream crosses under Highway 82 at the Cattle Creek intersection southeast of Glenwood Springs, and there are signs it’s not healthy. Heather Lewin is Watershed Action Director with the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The organization recently started a study to figure out what’s wrong in the creek. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Heather Lewin.

Mountain Edition - May 7th, 2015

May 8, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Aspen voters take a historic step, amending their city charter.

Voters also chose to keep their mayor and a city council member, but a runoff is likely to fill a second council seat.

A baseball field is named for the late Willard Clapper, a well-known Aspen community member.

Pitkin County is on the hunt for more 911 dispatchers.

And, Pitkin County has a plan for how to protect the popular North Star Preserve east of Aspen.

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Two Aspen political allies will have to definitely battle it out for a City Council seat. Longtime political servant Mick Ireland and grassroots organizer Bert Myrin will face off in June for a four year city council seat. Neither got enough votes in the spring election to land the post outright.

Hamilton Pevec

Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley have been eager to help out with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal. One effort has raised more than $38,000. Some of that money is going toward a micro aid effort in the Himalayan country. Carbondale native Hamilton Pevec and his Nepali wife Devika live near the epicenter of quake, and are working with friends to deliver food and shelter to villages that were hit the hardest. Pevec's group has encountered a troubling trend, also highlighted by Nepali and international news reports. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Pevec.

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