Elise Thatcher

Reporter

Elise Thatcher joined Aspen Public Radio in 2013. Previously she worked as a freelancer, covering Southwestern Colorado, as well as with Colorado Public Radio, National Public Radio, KBOO Portland, and KWCW Whitman College. Elise is an award-winning journalist who relishes digging deep into complex issues, as well as covering day to day stories. When away from the microphone, she enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and other outdoor opportunities.

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Jacque Whitsitt

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age?  Jacque Whitsitt, 62

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here?  Basalt was my husband’s childhood vacationland. His family traveled from Kansas City to spend many summers riding horses and recreating in Emma. No arm twisting was needed when he suggested that we leave corporate jobs in Denver to relocate here.  The rural, laid back nature of the midvalley is still what keeps us here.  Living on the river in Basalt is a dream come true.

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Jennifer Riffle

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Jennifer Riffle, 37

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? Affordable housing, small-town character and temperate climate brought me to Basalt and keeps me here. I’m invested in Basalt with my service-based business (estate manager/chef), homeownership, my husband’s business (owner’s representative for construction management; Rocky Mountain Institute is one of his projects) and it’s heaven.

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Katie Schwoerer

Mar 11, 2016

Name? Katie Schwoerer (no age given)

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? Basalt is my home because I enjoy the town’s historic, small-town character; the readily accessible recreational opportunities of the mountains, rivers and trails; and, the passionate, intelligent residents who care about preserving  our exceptional town and valley.

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Leroy Duroux

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Leroy Duroux, 66 

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? I was born in Aspen and my family moved to Basalt in 1963. My wife Janice was also born in the Basalt area. We raised two children — Amy French and Darren Duroux. We have family members who settled here 100-plus years ago and we have not found a more desirable place to live.

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Rick Stevens

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age? Rick Stevens, 64

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here?  We came to Basalt after 11 years in Aspen in 1987 because the community offered a chance to stay in the valley and raise a family. Basalt was affordable, friendly and unified. It was also promising to young families, it had good schools that were getting better and it’s close to the mountains.

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Rob Leavitt

Mar 11, 2016

Name and age?  Rob Leavitt, 51

What brought you to Basalt and what keeps you here? I moved to Basalt from Aspen after my second daughter was born. Though I was initially anxious about the move, I quickly came to love living in the midvalley and would never trade the quality of life we have here.

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Elise Thatcher

A big snowstorm hit during the X Games this winter, making it hard to get around on the event’s biggest day. But as Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority still saw record ridership that weekend.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt Town Council members are paid less than people in similar positions with other towns in the Roaring Fork Valley. Council members are now looking at increasing their pay. The review comes with an April election on the horizon.

Elise Thatcher

If you spend enough time in the Roaring Fork Valley, you’ll hear this sentence: the White River National Forest is the busiest, most visited National Forest in the country. But as the agency’s budget keeps dropping, officials say there will be significant changes down the road.

Elise Thatcher

  Traffic will likely be affected dramatically today. Crews are working in Glenwood Canyon and taking down the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.

Elise Thatcher

The Aspen Pitkin County Airport is working on an Environmental Assessment of a new runway and terminal. The airport plan has been through several rounds of comment and review.

Elise Thatcher

As the Grand Avenue Bridge work is underway, Garfield County is trying to address another location where the roadway is vulnerable to river runoff.

Elise Thatcher

Pitkin County’s election workers have settled into their new home. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher swung by Thursday to check it out.

  Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

Democrats in the Roaring Fork Valley vote for Bernie Sanders as their early presidential pick.

A Pitkin County Commissioner is trying to figure out who left a wad of cash in front of her house.

Elise Thatcher

It’s been a little trickier getting around the Aspen Pitkin County Airport, ever since officials expanded the secure passenger lounge. As Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher reports, the change has also prompted a big bump for one business inside the airport.

Elise Thatcher

Democrats in the Roaring Fork Valley chose Bernie Sanders last night. Participants in the 2016 caucuses also turned out in record numbers in two counties.

Jimmy Thomas

  Glenwood Canyon has been one of the hottest topics in the Roaring Fork Valley for the last two weeks, but there was barely a peep about one of the fastest ways to avoid closures or detours.

Elise Thatcher

The Roaring Fork Valley’s political landscape will be active Tuesday night, as neighbors gather to caucus for their candidates. Campaigns for the top two Democratic presidential contenders are especially fired up.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

CDOT has opened up another lane for cars and trucks trying to get through Glenwood Canyon.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says it will open two-way traffic through Glenwood Canyon around 4pm today.

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