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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  A variety of numbers show booming business in Aspen, whether it’s hotel reservations, an increase in commercial flights, or the price of renting retail space downtown. Another metric is home sales.

Elise Thatcher

The price of renting commercial space in Aspen is some of the highest rates the resort has seen in years, and there have been questions about whether it’s affecting business owners renting office space.

Garfield County

  Another health insurance carrier has announced it’s working with Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs, but the company's coverage won’t be available to most people living in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners have chosen to hire Kevin Batchelder as County Manager. Batchelder has been Acting County Manager for several months. Commissioners said Monday his expertise with budget matters was a big selling point.

  The Town of Basalt’s plan to share sales tax revenue would not cover a more than $10 million dollar gap faced by the developer of Willits Town Center. Basalt Town Council has given initial approval to share a maximum of $5 million in sales taxes.

Elise Thatcher

Elected officials approved oil and gas drilling in Battlement Mesa on Thursday. Garfield County Commissioners unanimously ok’ed certain permits, though with nearly thirty conditions.

Mountain Edition - December 17th, 2015

Dec 17, 2015

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

There could be a lawsuit over plans for Aspen’s Old Power House.

Residents in Pitkin County could soon get a doctor’s visit at home.

Hundreds attend BLM events about the Thompson Divide.

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The Bureau of Land Management is deciding what to do with dozens of oil and gas leases, including some on the Thompson Divide. The agency finished a series of public meetings this week to find out what residents want.

Elise Thatcher

  Garfield County Commissioners are considering whether to allow a permits for a drilling proposal in Battlement Mesa. Commissioners have gotten hours of public testimony this week, and are taking another look on Thursday.

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  Aspen is bustling much more than in mid December last year. But that’s not true for Snowmass Village. Occupancy rates in Aspen on Tuesday were at or near 46%, compared to 23% the same day last year.

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