Elise Thatcher

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

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6:47am

Tue October 15, 2013
Energy

Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine

Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, Colorado.
Elise Thatcher

Two weeks ago, the coal mine near Paonia owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers.  In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.

Mike Ludlow: “It’s very sad time around the mine, you know to lose your income and lose your job is real traumatic, so it’s very painful decision for us.”

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9:06pm

Sun October 13, 2013
Oil & Gas

New Air Regs Could Be in Colorado’s Oil & Gas Future

Jennifer Richardson, Garfield County resident after an October 9th meeting held by Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, Roaring Fork Sierra Club, Wilderness Workshop, Western Colorado Congress, and Conservation Colorado.
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Colorado has a problem with air pollution… levels of ozone have been going up, and that can cause health problems. So the state is taking a look at tightening up air regulations for drilling companies. But, some say much is being done already. 

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3:25pm

Thu October 10, 2013
Mountain Edition

Mountain Edition - October 10th, 2013

The government shutdown trudges on but Pitkin County is working to alleviate the pain by increasing access to a local attraction on federal land.

A proposal for funding public education has been called historic by Colorado’s governor. But, the ballot measure could stretch wallets.

The Aspen Skiing Company hopes to catch the eye of up and coming skiers from certain Asian countries.

And, changes may be in store if the USA Pro Challenge bike race returns to the upper Roaring Fork Valley next year. We talk with an economist who says big sporting events may not mean more money for the towns hosting them.

Finally, we get an update on local athletes training for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia.

2:36pm

Tue October 8, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

Fewer Road Closures for Bike Race Next Year?

One of many road closures in Aspen during the 2013 USA Pro Challenge.
Elise Thatcher

The USA Pro Challenge finished just over a month ago, and planning for next year’s edition has already begun. Aspen plans to apply to host the race again in 2014... and officials have started looking at whether to improve on how things went during the 2013 edition of the race. Discussions range from road closures to conversations with international cycling officials in Europe.

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9:16pm

Sun October 6, 2013
APR Local News

ETA for Amtrak Train Service Unknown; Busses Continue

Maria Troxler, right, and her friend Mildred Oliver wait for an Amtrak bus back to Denver. Both are from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Elise Thatcher

Officials are pushing to rebuild the Front Range after devastating floods That includes a direct line to the Roaring Fork Valley… a railroad line, that is. Tracks west of Denver were washed out-- and that means changes for Amtrak service to Glenwood Springs. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher has more.

Reporter: Jeff Hershenson, who lives in Snowmass Village, is at the Glenwood Springs Amtrak station on a recent gorgeous fall day. He says the competitive fare prompted him to buy a ticket to Denver.

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