Elise Thatcher

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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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  Garfield County is once again lobbying state leaders to improve health insurance options in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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  Carbondale voters will consider two tax increases this spring. One would be on some utilities, the other would raise property taxes.

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An oil and gas company says it’ll wait until 2017 to drill inside Battlement Mesa boundaries.

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There’s a whitewater park in the works near Basalt, and the key is now figuring out how many amenities it should have.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition. I’m Elise Thatcher.

A snowboarder gets shoved off a chairlift at Aspen Highlands.

Aspen and communities around the world are mourning the death of musician Glenn Frey, who had a colorful history in Aspen.

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UPDATED: Blue Lake Preschool will reopen locations in El Jebel and Carbondale on Friday.

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The US Attorney’s office announced Wednesday that Glenwood Springs resident Luis Alfonso Aragon Gallegos has pleaded guilty to twenty-two counts of creating child pornography.

Elise Thatcher

  Eagle County Commissioners are getting together to talk about big issues, and they want to do that in the Roaring Fork Valley. Housing, climate change, and early childhood development are the first topics for what are being called “Community Conversations.”

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The CEO of Aspen Valley Hospital resigned Monday after two years in the position. The hospital announced the resignation, saying Bonk wanted to spend more time with his family.

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Among the busses, Audi’s, and construction vehicles that define Aspen’s busy streets is a maroon Chevy Suburban with a mission. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher bring us this report from within the notorious non profit taxi service.

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It’s “go” time for the Grand Avenue Bridge, and CDOT representatives say they’re doing everything possible to get the word out about the biggest regional construction project in decades.

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  Building a home or other development in Carbondale can get complicated quickly. There’s lots of rules and guidelines sprinkled throughout town laws, but the town may change that.

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  Three teams completed snow sculptures on Sunday as part of Aspen Winterskol festivities, and only one came away a winner. As time began to run out, contestants made final touches to their pieces.

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  There’s a ribbon cutting this month in Carbondale for the largest new solar power array on a school with Roaring Fork School District.

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  Basalt could see some relief when it comes to affordable housing. Basalt Town Manager Mike Scanlon says there’s a long list of new projects on the horizon, which could alleviate some of the increasing demand for homes and apartments.

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Aspen Valley Hospital is switching around how it hires orthopedic surgeons. Three surgeons who have already cared for patients at AVH are now working directly for the hospital, instead of contracting from their private practice.

Elise Thatcher

Basalt’s Town Council has decided against sharing up to $5 million in sales tax dollars with the developer at Willits Town Center. Mariner Real Estate Management asked for that financing in order to attract more business tenants.

 

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Students in the Roaring Fork Valley can take a test this April that’s called the ACT.

Colorado’s Department of Education confirmed that on Monday, after weeks of confusion.

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  On Tuesday night, Basalt’s Town Council is taking up some weighty issues. First is spending tax dollars to help build out Willits Town Center. The other is whether to ask voters to pay for a new park.

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  The BLM is sorting through tens of thousands of comments on what to do about certain oil and gas leases. The 65 leases include 25 on the Thompson Divide.

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