Elise Thatcher

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

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If a major catastrophe were to happen in the mid or upper Roaring Fork Valley, emergency workers say they’re now better prepared to handle it. Wildfires and other dire circumstances often require a state team of emergency experts. Now, law enforcement, paramedics, and fire departments in the Valley are rebooting their own disaster management effort.

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A fire department in the Upper Valley says efforts this weekend to keep people out of high waters was successful.

The Aspen Fire Protection District wants people to be careful around high water this weekend. They’re putting officials at popular recreation spots this weekend to warn visitors and locals of the danger. The Roaring Fork River is the highest Fire Chief Rick Balentine has seen for years, and he expects river levels next week to be high as well, as the snow continues to melt up high.

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  The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is gathering feedback about what residents want. And one of the key questions is whether voters still want a very high level of medical care when an ambulance shows up. Those details are important because the District probably will go to the voters and ask for more funding.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation says Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon has now reopened. After rock slide cleanup today, traffic is once again moving in both directions.

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Basalt’s police chief is on a mission to make sure his department is meeting the community’s needs. Town Council heard about the beginning phases of that effort earlier this week. Chief Greg Knott is taking input from community members on how Basalt police can improve.

  Carbondale is developing its own backup plan if there’s another communications blackout. The arrangements come after the Roaring Fork Valley suffered massive service disruptions two weeks ago.

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A change to Aspen’s development requirements is not retroactive. That’s the opinion of an attorney hired by the City after a recent charter amendment. Voters decided last month that an election is needed if developers want exceptions for how big a project can be, or how much affordable housing or parking is required.

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Aspen City Council swore in members new and old Monday night. That included a grassroots organizer known for criticizing the group. Newly elected Bert Myrin took an oath with returning councilman Adam Frisch.

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is saying goodbye to a key member of its Glenwood Springs office. Engineer Joe Elsen is retiring at the end of June, after working on some of the biggest highway projects in the Roaring Fork Valley area. Those include Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon, Snowmass Canyon on Highway 82, and now the Grand Avenue Bridge replacement in Glenwood Springs.

 

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