Elise Thatcher

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

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The Roaring Fork School District has added another new principal to the roster. Jennifer Ellsperman is taking over as Principal for Basalt Middle School. She previously taught fifth grade there, and most recently was assistant principal at Basalt Elementary School.

Voters on Tuesday chose a critic of city hall to fill a city council seat.

A review finds Glenwood’s Grand Avenue Bridge replacement doesn’t need an extra-detailed environmental review.

And, a funny looking bird is at the center of a debate about energy development.

There’s a housing shortage in the midvalley and some developers are trying to fix that.

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  Teachers and students at Aspen’s Middle School are still adjusting to life without Kellie Schenck. She passed away on May 20th, at the age of 46, after a long battle with cancer. Schenck taught fifth grade for more than twenty years, inspiring a legion of students and fellow teachers. On Sunday, family and friends are holding a community celebration in her memory at the Benedict Music tent in Aspen. Principal Craig Rogers was a friend and colleague from the early years, and spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher.

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Today is a big day for a new Carbondale resident. The sculpture called “Sewing the Future,” is being dedicated. The twenty foot tall piece is planted in the middle of Carbondale’s new roundabout on Highway 133. Created by artist James Surls, it shows needles, a tree, and other elements arranged in a vase.

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The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission will review a proposed housing development in El Jebel today. It’s a project that could bring needed affordable homes to an area seeing barely any inventory and skyrocketing prices. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher continues our series on the housing shortage today with an exploration of new proposed developments, and some already in the works.

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  The Roaring Fork School District has a problem. There isn't enough room in schools for all their students, and some buildings are in bad shape. The District may ask voters this fall for money to fix those issues. The measure would also make sure the District can keep something called a BEST grant. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Assistant Superintendent Shannon Pelland about the grant and the possible fall funding measure. The District is expected to decide this summer whether to put the measure on the ballot.

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Replacing the Grand Avenue Bridge will not have  a significant impact on the Glenwood Springs community. That's the finding after a federal review of the plan to replace the aging structure.

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Voters have chosen a winner for Aspen’s last City Council seat. Bert Myrin handily won in a runoff election that ended Tuesday night. In preliminary results, Myrin snagged 65% to Mick Ireland's 34%.

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Last night, Aspen City Council approved a second affordable lodge proposal by prolific land owner Mark Hunt. Councilmembers gave the go-ahead for what’s called Base 2. It would replace a Conoco gas station on Main Street, and off-site parking has been a point of contention.

Pitkin and Garfield Counties are trying to figure out why 911 systems went down during a communications blackout last week. Pitkin County Emergency Dispatch Director Bruce Romero wants answers on a couple of issues. First, why wasn’t it possible to at least call 911?

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