Elise Thatcher

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

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Mountain Edition
3:30 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Mountain Edition - September 18th, 2014

Good afternoon and welcome to Mountain Edition.

Ahead of the mid-term election in November, polls differ on who’s ahead in Colorado’s most contested races.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is asking local governments to help pay for Glenwood’s Grand Avenue bridge. Garfield County has agreed to contribute millions.

Colorado Mountain College administrators are turning their focus to what kids are learning before they walk in the door.

And, a new preschool program serving low-income kids is using lessons about the brain to encourage learning.

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APR Local News
3:28 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Pastor Takes Helm at Aspen Community Church

Pastor Mike Nickerson of the Aspen Community Church.
Credit Elise Thatcher

The Aspen Community Church has a new leader. Reverend Mike Nickerson has settled in after about two months on the job, and is excited to be in the Roaring Fork Valley. Nickerson, who goes by "Pastor Mike," has lived in a variety of places, most recently on the Front Range and the Pacific Northwest. At previous churches, he’s been successful at bringing in new members, and he says he’s already noticed there’s a spiritual undertone to the Valley. Nickerson talks with APR’s Elise Thatcher.

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APR Local News
7:02 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Colorado Mountain College: K-12, employer training new focus

Colorado Mountain College President Carrie Hauser.
Elise Thatcher

Colorado Mountain College is turning its focus to what kids are learning before they walk in the door. Right now more than half of incoming students are severely lacking in certain subjects, usually math and English. So now the community college… the largest such network in the state… is working on finding a way to improve what kids are learning in elementary, middle, and high school. It’s part of a larger effort to better serve mountain communities.

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Grand Avenue Bridge
6:19 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

GarCo Approves First Big Local Check for New Bridge

Rendering of proposed Grand Avenue Bridge, connector with Interstate 70 and pedestrian bridge. Perspective taken from the northeast side of Glenwood Springs, near the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool & Spa.
CDOT

A new Grand Avenue Bridge is one step closer to becoming a reality. Garfield County Commissioners have voted to contribute three million dollars towards the project -- the first big check from a local government. The support is becoming essential for the project-- and Commissioners were quick to say the Upper Roaring Fork Valley should also pitch in. 

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APR Local News
10:52 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Airport Director Elwood Says Goodbye to Aspen

Credit Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

Aspen Airport Director Jim Elwood has moved on to new horizons. After leading Pitkin County’s airport for more than a decade, he’s taken the helm at Jackson Hole Airport. Elwood led the Aspen air hub through many challenges, including resolving runway extension problems and helping draft the first master plan in two decades. The Aspen-Pitkin County the airport is now conducting a national search to find a new Director. Elwood talks with Aspen Public Radio’s Roger Adams.

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