Elise Thatcher

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

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3:53pm

Wed August 7, 2013
Affordable Housing

Summit County Wants Act of Congress

Lake Hill Parcel, Dillon Ranger District, White River National Forest.
Credit Office of Senator Mark Udall

Summit County is angling for an Act of Congress. Not just any act-- one that allows the County to buy a chunk of Forest Service land. The idea is to use it for affordable housing... an unusual plan in Colorado.

The next time you drive through Summit County on Interstate 70, look southeast, towards Dillon Dam Road and Dillon Reservoir. Forty acres there could become home for local residents. County Commissioner Dan Gibbs, a big supporter of the plan, says the land has “lost its forest character.”

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6:48pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Oil & Gas

Lessons Learned from Colorado’s Roan Plateau

Garfield County's Roan Plateau.
Elise Thatcher

Less than a decade ago, an oil and gas boom in Colorado started to fire up... and with it came strong opinions on all sides. One of the first major controversies was over the Roan Plateau, a sweeping mesa in Garfield County. The discord centered on a Congressional mandate to drill-- and worries that doing so would destroy world class hunting and fishing, and the local economy. Colorado’s governor and two senators weighed in, and the Rifle area was featured in the documentary GasLand.

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9:54pm

Mon July 22, 2013
USA Pro Challenge

Snowmass Gets Ready for Bike Race

Sherry Flack, owner of Local Color and Local Rebels, two stores in Snowmass Village.
Elise Thatcher

In a month, more than a thousand pro cyclists, staff, and journalists will descend on Snowmass Village. That’s for the kickoff of the USA Pro Challenge, an international bike race. It’s the first time Snowmass has hosted part of the event. In past years, retailers across the state have said they don’t make much money from spectators. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher took a look at what Snowmass merchants are expecting.

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12:49am

Fri July 19, 2013
Security

NSA Lead Attorney Defends Phone Surveillance

Heavyweights in the security and intelligence world politely duked it out on stage yesterday. At the Aspen Institute’s annual security forum, the National Security Agency’s lead attorney defended a surveillance program. It one of those made public this summer by the now-famous former contractor Edward Snowden. On Thursday, longtime journalist and mediator Michael Isakoff got right to what has made it so controversial.

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11:05am

Sun July 14, 2013
Oil & Gas

Fractivists Push for Statewide Moratorium

Governor John Hickenlooper talks with Telluride resident Allison Wolff of Frack-Free Colorado. Photo taken at the Aspen Institute's Greenwald Pavilion.
Elise Thatcher

Oil and gas activists peppered Governor John Hickenlooper with questions this weekend. At first they protested outside the St. Regis hotel, hoping to catch Hickenlooper and other democratic governors in a conference. When Colorado’s governor didn’t come out to talk, demonstrators followed him to the Aspen Institute... where Hickenlooper appeared to get flustered after a barrage of questions.   

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