Elise Thatcher

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. 

Read more

8:40pm

Mon February 17, 2014
Ice Age Fossils

Paleontologists Still Unveiling Snowmass Ice Age Fossils

Tom Temme, Paleontologist with the Ice Age Discovery Center and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, scrapes clay off a mastodon tusk.
Elise Thatcher

   Scientists are still examining some of the mammoth bones found at a big dig in Snowmass.  The discovery took place more than three years ago-- but the painstaking review of the ice age fossils means that it could take years to thoroughly examine everything that was found. The Ice Age Discovery Center recently unveiled a mammoth tusk that’s been wrapped up in a protective jacket.

Read more

5:00am

Mon February 17, 2014
APR Local News

VA to Veterans: You May Already Qualify For Health Care

United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit United States Department of Veterans Affairs

The Affordable Care Act has forced residents along the Roaring Fork Valley to figure out what to do about insurance… whether it’s sign up for a plan, or pay a fine. But many in the Valley can already get discounted or free care. That's because Veterans Affairs, or the VA, has opened up its doors to more military veterans who served in the Vietnam War or the Persian Gulf War (also called Operation Desert Storm).

Read more

8:51am

Fri February 14, 2014
APR Local News

Suicides Prompt Meeting On Better Prevention

Michelle Muething, left, listens to participants at a meeting on how to improve suicide prevent.
Elise Thatcher

A string of suicides  has sparked a community meeting on the subject. After three deaths in period of ten days, the Aspen Hope Center held a gathering yesterday on how to better tackle the troubling problem. Counselors, law enforcement, residents, and others met in Basalt.  

 

Read more

8:28am

Thu February 13, 2014
APR Local News

Coalition, Industry Clash Over Thompson Divide Report

Credit Thompson Divide Coalition

 

There isn’t enough natural gas in the Thompson Divide to make it worth drilling… that’s the conclusion of a report by consultants hired by the Thompson Divide Coalition. The Carbondale group has been trying to buy oil and gas leases from drilling companies. An industry group, however, says there aren’t enough facts to say if Thompson leases would be a bust, and it accuses the Coalition of being disingenuous about its intentions. 

 

Read more

Pages