Elise Thatcher

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

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APR Local News
12:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Artifacts Sometimes of Interest to Aspen Historical Society

Credit Elise Thatcher

If you find something really, really old, the Aspen Historical Society might be interested in taking a look at it. But they’ll only come knocking in certain cases. 

 

This came up after the recent news of an old watch found on Pearl Pass, south of Aspen. Lisa Hancock is Curator of Collections with the Aspen Historical Society. She says if something like that pops up in the news or by word of mouth, the first question that comes to her mind is… who owns the land where the artifact was found?

 

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APR Local News
7:21 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

State Investigating Why Health Care So Expensive in Pitkin, Nearby Counties

Commissioner Marguerite Salazar, Colorado Division of Insurance.
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Following complaints from customers and local officials about the high premiums for health care in resort mountain communities, state officials now say they will look into why health care prices are so high in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. The Colorado Division of Insurance announced Monday, February 3rd it’s launching a study to get to the bottom of that big question… despite the announcement, they don’t plan to lower premiums soon.

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APR Local News
11:50 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Snowmass Monk Highlighted In Film

Father Thomas Keating speaks with the Dalai Lama.
Credit Aspen Film

The St. Benedict's Monastery in Old Snowmass has long been a place of quiet reflection.  That peacefulness is now getting international attention with a film that focuses on one Catholic monk living there.  Father Thomas Keating helped pioneer a type of prayer that has similarities to meditation found in other religions. According to Rabbi Lewis Bogage, "he's not speaking Catholic doctrine. [Keating is] using Catholic doctrine to speak universally."

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Mountain Edition
3:28 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Mountain Edition - January 30th, 2014

With just eight days until the Olympics start in Sochi...the Aspen community sends off four local athletes who will compete.

Health care prices in the Valley have been rising for years. Now, a handful of local employers are trying to improve worker’s health--and bring down costs.

Basalt’s setting a path for its future...in a non-traditional way. It’s using a method called “crowd-sourcing” to gather input on urban planning.

A new group in Aspen wants to make it easier for young people to stay in Aspen. City council approved the Next Generation Advisory Commission this week.

And, as Colorado’s population grows, the state’s water supply can’t keep up. A Basalt organization is involved in a statewide water plan.

Terrain parks are ubiquitous at ski resorts around the country. Now, there’s an effort to make them safer.

Finally, Aspen’s Torin Yater-Wallace is heading to the Olympics. The freeskier is recovering from injuries...but, says he’s ready to compete.

APR Local News
5:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Big Aspen Employers Join Forces to Improve Health, Lower Costs

Martie Edwards is Interim Executive Director of the Valley Health Alliance.
Martie Edwards

Five big employers in Aspen are joining forces to improve health care in the Valley. They’re part of a new group, the Valley Health Alliance, which enlists the help of doctors, hospitals, and other health-related professionals. The idea is to help bring down skyrocketing costs--while making sure employees get better care than before. To learn more, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with Martie Edwards, Interim Executive Director of the Valley Health Alliance, and Pitkin County Manager Jon Peacock.

 

 

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