Elise Thatcher

Mountain Edition
3:26 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Mountain Edition - June 12th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

A judge has released hundreds of pages of court documents in the Nancy Pfister case. We’ll have a quick review.

The sheriffs are in town-- for a statewide conference. This is a chance for Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo to show off his work in Aspen.

Officials and local representatives are tackling how to get faster internet access in rural areas.

Aspen wants to get more people to build hotel rooms...

And, Garfield County may have to help pay for some improvements near Glenwood’s Grand Avenue Bridge.

An Aspen nonprofit is heralding the cancelation of a mega dam project in Chile.

And a hydropower plant in southwest Colorado is now officially up and running… we’ll hear what that means for the Aspen.

That’s all coming up on Mountain Edition... right now.

APR Local News
4:32 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

GarCo May Pay For Some Grand Bridge Add-Ons

Aerial rendering of the replacement Grand Avenue Bridge planned for Glenwood Springs.
Credit Tsiouvaras Simmons Holderness

Paying for big construction projects gets really expensive really quickly. So the Colorado Department of Transportation often has a limited amount to spend on new roads or interchanges. But as planning for the new Grand Bridge in Glenwood Springs continues, lots of related improvements are creeping in, and CDOT can’t necessarily pay for all of them. Joe Elsen is the agency’s lead engineer on project. He recently spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher, and says Garfield County may have to pitch in.

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APR Special
3:36 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

APR Special: Spotlight Health, Show #6

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Good afternoon, you’re listening to Spotlight Health, on Aspen Public Radio.

This is our final episode in our series on critical health issues.

Today we’ll hear about a program to get more humanities students to become doctors, even if they major in, say philosophy.

“And then come to medical school without having had to take many of the traditional science requirements, and without having to take the MCAT.”

That’s the Medical College Admission Test, for all of you who’ve avoided the rigors usually required to become a doctor.

And those more well-rounded physicians could end up working in what Doctor Kenneth Davis calls the hospital of the future

“The providers of health care have no choice but to change. What we have to ask ourselves is with those changes, will we be improving access, and will we be improving quality.”

That’s this hour, on Spotlight Health.

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APR Local News
4:54 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

More Pfister Documents To Be Released Later This Week

Pitkin County Courthouse
Credit Picture Ninja

An Aspen judge has decided to release most of the court documents related to an Aspen murder case. They'll be made public this Thursday, June 12th. The decision comes as attorneys on all sides are getting ready to argue what they believe happened to Aspen native Nancy Pfister, who died earlier this year. 

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APR Local News
4:34 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Mudslides, Shifting Land Common in Glenwood Springs Area

Jonathan White is Senior Engineering Geologist with the Colorado Geologic Survey.
Credit Colorado Geologic Survey, Colorado School of Mines

Officials continue to assess a mudslide southwest of Carbondale. That’s where a miles long flow may have killed three men, and another there’s a risk of another slide coming down. Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, mudslides are also a factor-- especially in the Glenwood Springs area. Jonathan White is Senior Engineering Geologist with the Colorado Geologic Survey in Golden. He spoke with APR’s Elise Thatcher on how common mudslides are.

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