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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  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.

Elise Thatcher

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

Elise Thatcher

  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.

Elise Thatcher

  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.

Elise Thatcher

  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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There will be a memorial service in two weeks for well-known Carbondale man who died while ice climbing last week. Donations and meals have also been quickly organized the family of Ryan Jennings.

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Law enforcement and a local attorney have cut a deal for a troubled postal worker. 57-year-old Mauro Emilio Pennini is being held in a federal immigration center in Denver, where he’s in the process of being deported.

 

Elise Thatcher

  The Valley Health Alliance is reviewing new information showing the top three medical problems workers are dealing with. A recent report looks at health fair data from workers with the City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Aspen Valley Hospital, and the Aspen School District.

Elise Thatcher

  Democrats have gained registered voters in the Roaring Fork Valley area over the last year.

  Hundreds of dollars have been raised to help homeless people in Carbondale. As of Monday evening, about five hundred dollars were on hand.

Elise Thatcher

Rocky Mountain Institute has opened the doors to its new offices in Basalt. And for the first time, the think tank is settling into its own brand new energy efficient building. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a tour and has this report.

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  Garfield County is tightening its belt. With oil and gas revenues projected to drop significantly in 2017, the normally wealthy County is preparing for lean times.

  After years of preparation and hashing out the details, work is beginning on a new Grand Avenue Bridge. CDOT and contract workers will be focusing on the area underneath the bridge downtown, from 7th street.

Elise Thatcher

  Carbondale’s planning commission will have a public hearing this month about whether to allow a new City Market is on Highway 133.

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

A man from Carbondale has died while ice climbing.

During this holiday week, Aspen is bursting at the seams, and the airport is barely keeping up.

Elise Thatcher

  Three adult males have been formally charged with robbing a Carbondale marijuana shop.  The men appeared in court Wednesday.

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Thursday, December 31st 6:07 pm: Deceased climber identified as 42 year old Ryan Jennings of Carbondale.

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