Elise Thatcher


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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Elise Thatcher


  Glenwood Springs City Council will review whether to hire a familiar face for its new interim City Manager. In a press release put out Wednesday night, Glenwood Springs announced that elected officials are looking at choosing Andrew "Drew" Gorgey to temporarily carry out the City Manager’s position.

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  Some of the fasted ski racers in the world will take on Aspen Mountain this weekend, when the resort once again hosts the women’s FIS Ski World Cup. We stopped by on Tuesday to see how the course is coming along.


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  Pitkin County has been spending millions of dollars on medical care for its workers. That’s dropped dramatically in recent years. Pitkin County is projected to spend more than $3.6 million in the 2015 calendar year, a significant drop from previous years.

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  The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is joining the review into what caused a fire in a garage in Glenwood Springs on Sunday. Glenwood Springs Fire Chief Gary Tillotson says bringing in the CBI doesn’t mean the fire was an arson, but it is a way to definitively rule out whether that played a role.


  Starting today, Mon November 23rd, White River National Forest guidelines kick in for winter travel. Certain roads are open to motorized winter travel, like snowmobiles.

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  Garfield County Commissioners will soon take up a controversial drilling proposal in the Parachute area. Many residents in Battlement Mesa are worried about the effects of possibly more than fifty wells within the housing development.

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  Starting Saturday, residents in need of a ride to Denver can snag a weekend trip on the Bustang service. CDOT unveiled the memorably named bus service this summer, but has been hesitant to add trips on Saturday and Sunday.

Good afternoon, it’s Mountain Edition.

A bank has taken over an Aspen building surrounded by controversy.

City officials get ready for affordable housing building proposals.

Planned Parenthood in Glenwood Springs receives tens of thousands of dollars in donations.

Marci Krivonen

The Bureau of Land Management is open to canceling more than half of the undeveloped oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide. The leases in question are for Forest Service land but the BLM manages the mineral rights underneath. The BLM is reviewing the environmental impacts of what can be done with those leases, and has released the list of management options.

Tuesday, November 17th, 6:30pm

From the Garfield County Coroner’s Office:

On Monday November 16, 2015 at 3:50am, doctors at Children’s Hospital pronounced 12-year old Amelia Bradley’s death. Amelia was seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash in the morning hours of October 26, 2015.

Amelia’s mother, Lori Rink, a Rifle Elementary teacher, was pronounced dead on scene.

Amelia’s cause of death is multiple injuries and manner of death is accident. The Garfield County

Coroner’s Office offers its condolences to the family and friends of Lori and Amelia.