Elise Thatcher

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

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Skiing & Snowboarding
3:11 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Court: Avalanches In Ski Areas OK

Christopher Norris, left, and his wife Salynda Fleury. Norris died after being caught in an avalanche inbounds at Winter Park Resort in 2012.
CBS

There’s a lot of concern over avalanche danger in Colorado’s backcountry right now. That includes the Aspen area. But skiers and boarders also have to keep this in mind: avalanches can occur inside ski areas… and if they do, the resort isn’t necessarily at fault. That’s a new ruling by the Colorado Appeals Court. 

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Thompson Divide
5:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Coalition Heralds Garfield County; GarCo Denies Position

Garfield County Commissioner John F. Martin, center, stands with two other Garfield County Commissioners
Credit Garfield County

   The Thompson Divide Coalition announced yesterday that Garfield County is supporting proposed legislation to protect the Thompson Divide. Hours later, the County denied that description… and said Commissioners said no such thing. 

 It was a day of dueling press releases. Around eleven A.M., the Coalition announced that commissioners with Pitkin, Gunnison and Garfield Counties are making a plea... to Republican Representative Scott Tipton to support pending legislation that would limit oil and gas development on the Thompson Divide. 

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Ice Age Fossils
8:40 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Paleontologists Still Unveiling Snowmass Ice Age Fossils

Tom Temme, Paleontologist with the Ice Age Discovery Center and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, scrapes clay off a mastodon tusk.
Elise Thatcher

   Scientists are still examining some of the mammoth bones found at a big dig in Snowmass.  The discovery took place more than three years ago-- but the painstaking review of the ice age fossils means that it could take years to thoroughly examine everything that was found. The Ice Age Discovery Center recently unveiled a mammoth tusk that’s been wrapped up in a protective jacket.

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APR Local News
5:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

VA to Veterans: You May Already Qualify For Health Care

United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit United States Department of Veterans Affairs

The Affordable Care Act has forced residents along the Roaring Fork Valley to figure out what to do about insurance… whether it’s sign up for a plan, or pay a fine. But many in the Valley can already get discounted or free care. That's because Veterans Affairs, or the VA, has opened up its doors to more military veterans who served in the Vietnam War or the Persian Gulf War (also called Operation Desert Storm).

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APR Local News
8:51 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Suicides Prompt Meeting On Better Prevention

Michelle Muething, left, listens to participants at a meeting on how to improve suicide prevent.
Elise Thatcher

A string of suicides  has sparked a community meeting on the subject. After three deaths in period of ten days, the Aspen Hope Center held a gathering yesterday on how to better tackle the troubling problem. Counselors, law enforcement, residents, and others met in Basalt.  

 

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