Elise Thatcher

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

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If someone has a heart attack-- or breaks a leg-- in the Aspen area, there’s a small fleet of ambulances ready to pick them up. Even if the  person is up a dirt road near Independence Pass or on top of Aspen Mountain. But there’s a key part of that access that’s becoming a big problem. And the ambulance district is asking for a half million dollar budget increase to pay for it.

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Many fractivists across Colorado felt deeply betrayed by Governor John Hickenlooper this summer, when he announced a grand bargain over fracking. After meeting with members of the oil and gas industry and environmental groups, everyone agreed to drop ballot measures for and against drilling… instead agreeing to a statewide task force. Now fractivists are faced with a tough choice in the upcoming election. The gubernatorial race has turned razor thin, and they must decide whether to vote for Hickenlooper, or accept a more drilling friendly Republican administration.

The Glenwood Springs City Council has given a thumbs up for another hot springs development. The proposal came from owners of an amusement park attraction. Glenwood Springs currently has one hot springs-- named the same as the town and about as old. In last night’s meeting, city council members pushed for explanation on some of the details, but overall were enthusiastic about adding a second hot springs development for the town.

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Hospitals in the Roaring Fork Valley are keeping an eye on how they should be prepared for Ebola cases.

New construction gears up in Basalt on two different projects.

There’s one contested Pitkin County Commissioners’ race this election. We hear from both candidates.

A poll of Latino voters shows this group is leaning toward Democratic candidates… but a large chunk believe that party may be taking them for granted.

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As officials track down Frontier flight passengers connected with an Ebola case, state health workers say they're making sure Colorado is as prepared as possible to respond to the virus. 

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An investigative report by NBC about the Nancy Pfister case will air tonight, Friday October 10th, at 7pm Mountain Time. The two hour long Dateline special includes unusual interviews with former defendants Kathy Carpenter and Nancy Styler. Network reporter Keith Morrison says the characters in the case made it worth an extended look at what happened before and after Nancy Pfister died earlier this year. 

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Another major marijuana grow site has popped up in the Roaring Fork Valley area. Eagle County officials say many plants were found near Cottonwood Pass. About a thousand plants were on private property, located approximately twenty minutes from El Jebel. The land is unincorporated Eagle County, so that sheriff’s office has destroyed the greenery and growing equipment. 

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On Sunday, October 5th, Aspen High School hosted just under three thousand students and parents from Lake City, Durango, and other far flung Colorado towns. They quizzed University representatives and took workshops as part of the Colorado Western Slope College Fair. It’s been around for years, but this time, the focus was on helping students with the details, like essay writing and affordability.

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 Currently there’s no bus service to Spring Valley, which is about two and a half miles from Highway 82. That’s the closest point to connect with public transportation up and down the Roaring Fork Valley. Colorado Mountain College, or CMC, says it’s now providing a free shuttle service from Spring Valley to Highway 82, as well as Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. It does not continue to more far flung campuses, like Rifle or Aspen.

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Public transportation is expensive, and officials can have a hard time keeping up with costs. But making sure bus and other services simply continue as they are, is a big goal for officials in Colorado’s Intermountain region. 

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