Elise Thatcher

Reporter

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

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Mountain Edition
3:27 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Mountain Edition - June 19th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

There were surprising new developments this week in an Aspen murder case. We’ll have the latest.

The Pitkin County Commissioners approve a stop-gap measure to prevent mega events in environmentally sensitive areas. A huge wedding on the back of Aspen mountain prompted the move.

In Aspen Governor Hickenlooper apologizes to law enforcement for mistakes made with the state’s new gun laws.

Several sheriffs in Aspen for a conference are concerned about legal marijuana.

And, employers are figuring out pot and drug policies for workers.

Finally, we check in with newly insured locals who purchased health insurance plans through the state exchange.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

Pfister Murder Case
6:29 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

New Evidence To Be Revealed Friday in Pfister Case

Pitkin County Courthouse
Credit Picture Ninja

There have been major developments in the Nancy Pfister case this week. First the District Attorney’s office decided to drop charges against one of three murder defendants. Now, it’s considering doing the same for another defendant, who’s scheduled to appear in court Friday morning.

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Pfister Murder Case
7:09 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

UPDATED: Charges Dropped Against One Defendant in Pfister Case

Nancy Styler has been held without bond in the Eagle County Jail until now.
Credit Pitkin County Sheriff's Office

Several charges have been dropped in the case against defendant Nancy Styler. Styler is one of three charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder against Aspen native Nancy Pfister.  Pitkin County Judge Gail Nichols ordered Styler's charges be dropped on Tuesday, June 17th, after the 9th Judicial District Attorney's office filed a motion the same day, saying the DA's office believes "there is insufficient evidence to prove the defedent's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and the [DA's office] do not believe there is a reasonable likelihood of success on the merits at trial."

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APR Local News
11:09 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Locals Adjust to New Health Care Plans

Angus Morrison holds up information about the insurance plan he and his wife, Ally, purchased to be in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
Elise Thatcher

     Adjusting to new health insurance rules has been a big shift for just about everyone involved in health care--whether it's patients, nurses or insurance workers. Six months ago the Affordable Care Act started requiring nearly everyone have insurance. We were curious to do a check-up and find out how patients are getting used to new healthcare plans. 

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CO Governor's Race
9:15 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

Governor Apologizes for Gun Law Mistakes

Governor John Hickenlooper talks with county sheriffs at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen on Friday, June 13th.
Credit Elise Thatcher

 As the campaigning for governor heats up, Governor Hickenlooper is facing lingering anger over new gun regulations he signed in to law.  Last week, on a visit to Aspen, Hickenlooper faced some of his toughest critics over the new laws; county sheriffs. Fifty-six of them have sued the governor to rescind the gun restrictions.  

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