Elise Thatcher


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


Affordable Care Act
7:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Concerns About Doctors, Hospitals Treating Patients for Less

Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts is President of the Colorado Medical Society.
Credit Colorado Medical Society

Health insurance in the Roaring Fork Valley will be cheaper next year for some residents. The average premium will cost about seven percent less. For someone paying three hundred dollars a month, that’s about twenty dollars less for each payment. One reason for that is some doctors and hospitals are treating patients for less. And the state’s top association for physicians is worried that may have unintended consequences.

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Affordable Care Act
9:53 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Valley Health Insurance Less Expensive Next Year, On Average

Image released Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014.
Credit Colorado Division of Insurance

Health insurance in the Glenwood Springs area will go down by nearly ten percent next year. That’s on average, and it’s compared to an overall average increase of about one percent across Colorado. State officials gave final approval for the lower rates this week. This comes after concerns about especially high insurance in the Roaring Fork Valley, and an earlier flawed attempt to let consumers review rates beforehand. 

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APR Local News
10:40 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Fall Colors In Full Swing

Fall colors begin at the Maroon Bells.
Credit Bill Grasse

This week is likely the best time in Colorado for seeing the most brilliant fall colors. Aspens and other trees are turning gold, orange and red, and drawing throngs of tourists. The Roaring Fork Valley is listed this autumn in two major travel guides as a top destination for seeing the leaves change. APR’s Elise Thatcher stops by one iconic location.

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Grand Avenue Bridge
7:00 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Local Support Already Helping CDOT With Bridge Replacement

CDOT Program Engineer Joe Elsen stands next to the aging Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs.
Credit Elise Thatcher

The Colorado Department of Transportation has gotten a lot of attention for asking for money. The agency’s put in requests to local governments up and down the Roaring Fork Valley in recent weeks, all for raising funds to replace the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs. Although only Garfield County has fully committed chipping in a certain amount, the promise of some kind of help from Pitkin County, Glenwood Springs, and others has made a difference. CDOT recently checked in with the main funders of the project, and got the green light to keep moving ahead, in part because of that local support. CDOT Program Engineer Joe Elsen is leading the effort, and talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

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Mountain Edition
3:30 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mountain Edition - September 18th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Ahead of the mid-term election in November, polls differ on who’s ahead in Colorado’s most contested races.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking local governments to help pay for Glenwood’s Grand Avenue bridge. Garfield County has agreed to contribute millions.

Colorado Mountain College administrators are turning their focus to what kids are learning before they walk in the door.

And, a new preschool program serving low-income kids is using lessons about the brain to encourage learning.

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