Elise Thatcher

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

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Arts
4:23 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Recreating the Colorado River… in Chicago

Onlookers play on Kurt Wenners recreation of the Colorado River.
Silk/Reunite the River Facebook album

Artist Kurt Wenner is known for brain-defying creations. He makes drawings on pavement that feel 3D, often from the perspective of looking down into a scene struggle or chaos. Wenner recently took on a topic central to the Western United States: the Colorado River. He recreated the river's winding path... across the marble floor of Chicago’s Union Station. It’s part of an environmental campaign by an almond and soymilk manufacturer.  Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with Kurt Wenner, from his home in Washington State….

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Independence Pass
10:40 am
Tue July 2, 2013

State Patrol, Garmin Angling for Truck Drivers' Attention

Screenshot of portable GPS device for commercial truckers
Credit Garmin International

More commercial truckers are navigating Independence Pass... even though they’re not supposed to. That’s according to the Colorado State Patrol. This summer, officers are doing more to bring those numbers down. And the effort comes as a worldwide GPS company is also trying to get the attention of more drivers.

When traveling east of Aspen on Highway 82, there are several signs warning drivers, saying:

“No trucks over thirty five feet in length can drive up and over Independence Pass.”

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Mountain Edition
3:41 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Mountain Edition - June 27th, 2013

In a matter of days, it’ll be illegal to give family or friends a gun... without having them getting a  background check. Today we’ll hear about confusion over details of the new transfer law.

That and other new Colorado laws have frustrated local enforcement officials--enough that they’ve filed a federal civil rights lawsuit. We’ll talk with a Roaring Fork Valley sheriff about why he signed on with that effort.

Our science reporter delves into the tricky question of how air quality is monitored... even when pollution is coming from hundreds of miles away.

A major group of wildfires continues to burn in southwestern Colorado. That’s as Stage One fire restrictions kick into place for parts of the Roaring Fork Valley. We’ll find out why many in Pitkin County are at risk if a wildfire does break out nearby.

We’ll take a tour of one of the most energy efficient houses in the world. Amory Lovins is Chief Scientist for Rocky Mountain Institute. He takes us on a tour of his Old Snowmass home... spoiler alert, it has bananas, too.

Environment
12:27 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Congresswoman DeGette Tries Again for Wilderness

Map of additional wilderness areas proposed by Congresswoman Diana DeGette.
Credit Congressional Office of Diana DeGette

Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette is again trying to expand wilderness in the state. The Democrat, whose district largely includes Denver, hopes to preserve more than thirty places around Colorado including land in Eagle County. DeGette announced her proposal legislation Monday, June 24th.  She has introduced similar versions for more than a decade.

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Mountain Edition
5:14 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Mountain Edition - June 20th, 2013

The pipeline leak in Parachute several months ago has been repaired but the resulting spill is continuing to cause worries. On Sunday, levels of the chemical benzene went up. We ask officials why.

Our science reporter tells us about some heart irregularities that appear to be unique to high level snow skiers.

The Roaring Fork Valley has among the highest number of residents without health insurance in Colorado. As the rollout of Obamacare begins they may… or may not… get insured.

Some black bears seem to be choosing food from town again this year. We’ll talk with an expert about bear behavior and if coming to town is passed down to cubs.

All that and a conversation with painter Don Nice

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