Elise Thatcher

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

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5:00am

Mon February 24, 2014

5:00am

Mon February 24, 2014
Road to Sochi

Aspen Nordic Skier Noah Hoffman Competes as Olympics Wrap Up

Noah Hoffman, right, chases Alexander Legkov of Russia, in an impressive performance Sunday at the 50k cross country race. Legkov went on to win the race; Hoffman finished 26th.
Credit Getty Images-AFP-Pierre-Philippe Marcou

Aspen athlete and Nordic skier Noah Hoffman competed yesterday in the last day of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The US Ski Team praised Hoffman’s performance in the taxing 50 kilometer race. Afterwards, Hoffman told NBC News he felt good about how the event went.  As the crowd cheered in the background, Hoffman explained he’s focused on the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea: “This is definitely a step in the right direction for me, and looking forward to progress in the World Cup Circuit and coming back in four years and winning a medal here.”

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3:40pm

Thu February 20, 2014
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - February 20th, 2014

The Thompson Divide prompted conflicting statements by environmental groups and Garfield County this week. Avalanche danger has been sketchy lately because of certain unusual factors.  And if a snow slide happens inside a ski area, turns out the resort isn’t to blame. A Basalt advisor wins an award for her work with female investors. We say goodbye to a member of the Aspen Public Radio family, lost too soon.  And, we’ll wrap up our coverage of Aspen area athletes going to the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

3:11pm

Wed February 19, 2014
Skiing & Snowboarding

Court: Avalanches In Ski Areas OK

Christopher Norris, left, and his wife Salynda Fleury. Norris died after being caught in an avalanche inbounds at Winter Park Resort in 2012.
CBS

There’s a lot of concern over avalanche danger in Colorado’s backcountry right now. That includes the Aspen area. But skiers and boarders also have to keep this in mind: avalanches can occur inside ski areas… and if they do, the resort isn’t necessarily at fault. That’s a new ruling by the Colorado Appeals Court. 

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5:00am

Wed February 19, 2014
Thompson Divide

Coalition Heralds Garfield County; GarCo Denies Position

Garfield County Commissioner John F. Martin, center, stands with two other Garfield County Commissioners
Credit Garfield County

   The Thompson Divide Coalition announced yesterday that Garfield County is supporting proposed legislation to protect the Thompson Divide. Hours later, the County denied that description… and said Commissioners said no such thing. 

 It was a day of dueling press releases. Around eleven A.M., the Coalition announced that commissioners with Pitkin, Gunnison and Garfield Counties are making a plea... to Republican Representative Scott Tipton to support pending legislation that would limit oil and gas development on the Thompson Divide. 

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