Elise Thatcher


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


Midterm Elections
12:03 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Interview: Senate Candidate Cory Gardner

U.S. Senate candidate and current Congressman Cory Gardner (4th Congressional District).
Credit http://gardner.house.gov/

Both candidates for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat have stopped by Aspen this summer. In July it was Democratic incumbent Mark Udall; this weekend it was Republican Congressman Cory Gardner, who currently represents much of Colorado's Eastern Plains. Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher sat down with Gardner, during a busy afternoon at the Hotel Jerome. They talked about many of the same issues we put to Senator Udall earlier this summer. [Click to open and listen to APR's radio edit and longer unedited interview.]

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APR Local News
6:08 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Gardner Wows Republicans At Lincoln Dinner

Republican Congressman, and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Gardner speaks at the Pitkin County Republicans 2014 Lincoln Day Dinner.
Elise Thatcher

Pitkin County Republicans gathered at the Hotel Jerome on Saturday to rally around a long list of local, state and national candidates running for election this fall. There was a strong turnout... especially for a county better known for its left leaning constituents. The main event was Congressman Cory Gardner, who’s taking on Democratic incumbent Mark Udall.

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APR Local News
10:12 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Aspen Welcomes New Chabad Jewish Community Center

Rabbi Mendel Mintz, and his wife, Leiba, co-direct the Aspen Chabad Jewish Community Center, at it's shiny new location on East Main. The center, which includes a synagogue, opens Thursday, August 7th.
Elise Thatcher

Part of Aspen's Jewish community is preparing for a major upgrade when it comes to events, classes, and services. The new Aspen Chabad Jewish Community Center and Synagogue opens to the public tomorrow, Thursday August 7th, in the evening. Rabbi Mendel Mintz and his wife, Leiba co-direct the center. Theirs is one of three Jewish congregations in the Aspen area. Aspen Public Radio sat down with Rabbi Mintz as workers were putting on the finishing touches.

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APR Local News
9:44 am
Mon August 4, 2014

A Stroll Through Aspen's West End

Nina Gabianelli, right, describes how to spot original Victorian homes.
Elise Thatcher

Aspen’s West End is filled with stately older homes. Many are empty during the off season, but during the summer the neighborhood picks up. And in that new life, the Aspen Historical Society holds regular walking tours to show off vintage beauty, and tell some good tales about years gone by. 

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Mountain Edition
3:27 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Mountain Edition - July 31st, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

The Wilderness Act turns 50 this year and we’re devoting this entire show to the topic.

First, we’ll look back on how the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness became protected. A group of local women had a hand in it.

The wilderness in our backyard is one of the busiest in the state. The Forest Service says some areas are being loved to death.

Another problem facing wilderness is private land smack-dab in the middle of these peaceful places. One local group is working to make wilderness more wild.

And, a group of local organizations is throwing a birthday bash for the Maroon Bells this weekend. We have the details.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition.