Elise Thatcher

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

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3:36pm

Thu January 9, 2014
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - January 9th, 2014

Governor Hickenlooper says Colorado dealt with a lot in 2013 including massive fires and biblical floods. He delivered his State of the State address today.

Aspen saw its first plane crash in more than 20 years earlier this week. One died, two were injured and there were a lot of witnesses.

We talk with an expert who explains which pilots get extra training for flying into Aspen’s tricky airport.

We get the latest on efforts to grow and sell recreational pot in the Upper Valley.

Aspen is trying to alert residents and businesses about two big X Games concerts later this month.

And, we’ll hear just how easy it is to break the city’s noise ordinance.

Finally, there’s sobering news about what happens when big mountain skiing and snowboarding go terribly wrong. Our latest Road to Sochi looks at the documentary The Crash Reel.

6:33pm

Tue January 7, 2014
X Games

Aspen to Locals: X Games Concerts = Some Road Closures

Axwell
Rukes.com

This month’s Winter X Games will mean more road closures in Aspen than in previous years.  That's because the city wants to make way for music concerts downtown, in Wagner Park. Aspen is taking pains to make sure businesses and residents know what to expect…including a recent meeting at City Hall. 

 

Below is a transcript of Reporter Elise Thatcher's story:

Axwell: “Center of the Universe”

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9:40am

Tue January 7, 2014
ASPEN PLANE CRASH

Expert: Pilots Likely Well Trained, Maybe Not for Difficult Aspen Airport

The airplane involved in a crash at Aspen's airport was a Bombardier Challenger 600.
Roger Adams

Aspen can be a particularly difficult airport to fly in and out of, especially in bad weather... and pilots get the final say about whether or not to land. Some pilots get extra training for a tricky airport like Aspen, but it's not clear whether the pilots in the crash did.  To learn more about how pilots are trained, Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher spoke with Aleks Udris. He’s co-partner in a pilot training business in Boulder called Boldmethod, and recently wrote about Aspen's airport.

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5:00am

Mon January 6, 2014
APR Local News

New President & CEO for Aspen Historical Society

Credit Elise Thatcher

 

For the past several years, Kelly Murphy has been swimming in legalese. Now, she's diving into the world of photo archives, renovations, and plumbing. Murphy is the new President & CEO of the Aspen Historical Society, which she describes as her dream job. She recently spoke with Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher… and explained a little more about what it was like coming from the legal world.

 

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10:40am

Fri January 3, 2014
APR Local News

Aspen Skiing Company: No Big Financial Hit From Gondola Closure

The Silver Queen Gondola on Aspen Mountain.
Credit Aspen Skiing Company

The last ten days of the year is the busiest part of the ski season in Aspen. And smack in the middle of it, the Aspen Skiing Company was forced to close the fastest way to the top of Aspen Mountain. The Silver Queen Gondola was out of commission for three days, thanks to a broken bearing. Skiers had to take several lifts to the top, creating a kind of “Aspen unplugged” experience. That is, until the Ski Co had a private jet deliver the replacement part.  

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