KDNK local newscast with Steve Cole and KDNK's news team.
February 26, 2015
HEADLINES: Tonight, the Downtown Development Authority will hold a public meeting in Glenwood Springs to priorize designs for downtown improvements. The Pitkin County Landfill’s SCRAPS food composting program is looking to expand. A development firm will unveil a proposal to build a hotel and 52 condominiums near downtown Basalt. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will open Highline Lake State Park to boating on March 1st. FEATURE: The Town of Silt cancelled a controlled burn Wednesday of a wetlands area within city limits. The burn was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions but officials hope to reschedule it later this spring. Local activist Peggy Tibbits says the burn is dangerous and the town has avoided public input. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
February 25, 2015
An arrest warrant has been issued for Arturo Navarrete Portillo of Carbondale for his alleged role in the death of his wife on February 16th at 30 Cooper Place. Pitkin County officials have identified the victim of an avalanche on Monday as John Martin Gancsos. The governor's oil and gas task force wrapped up 5 months of meetings on Tuesday, February 24th with nine recommendations for the governor. Task force member and former Colorado Speaker of the House Russell George comments. FEATURE: The Garfield County Public Health office runs many programs that go unnoticed but are a safety net for people who need services.GCPH director Yvonne Long detailed the work in a year-end report to the Garfield County Commissioners.
February 24, 2015
HEADLINES: The Pitkin County Sheriff reports that an avalanche on Aspen Mountain in the Castle Creek Valley Monday took the life of one skier. No arrests have been made in the death of Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, whose body was found in an apartment on Cooper Place in Carbondale last week. Bente Birkeland reports that the Colorado Senate initially passed a bill that would require cities and counties to compensate mineral owners who aren't able to develop oil and gas because of local regulations. FEATURE: Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Project student Adele Craft talks to Stacy Craft of the Roaring Valley Home Schooling Network.
February 23, 2015
HEADLINES: The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors is looking for up to 7 citizens to serve on a steering committee for the Master Plan Study, which runs through mid-summer.The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a field day Saturday 2/28 to teach people about snowpack. FEATURE: The Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force wraps up its work this week. Bente Birkeland takes a look at how state lawmakers are preparing for the report, and examines some of the other big issues coming up at the state legislature as part of our weekly Capitol Conversation.
February 20, 2015
HEADLINES: Garfield County Coroner identifies Monday's homicide victim as local resident Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya.Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork plans to open a new Restore in Basalt this spring. Snowpack is down to 79% of normal in the Roaring Fork watershed, says the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Snowpack in the Crystal River watershed is shrinking, with levels at 32% below normal.FEATURE: KDNK's January Jones presents a special News Brief, featuring highlights from this week's interviews with local journalists.
February 19, 2015
HEADLINES: Lift-Up Food Pantry has just received a grant of $7,500 from the Aspen Community Foundation. The Aspen Times is reporting today the number of traumatic injuries suffered by skiers and snowboarders on the Aspen slopes is up only modestly from last year. In State legislative news KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports a bill aimed at helping volunteer fire departments heads to the Governor’s desk. Bente Birkeland says a bill that would give Colorado school children access to more fresh food from local farms cleared its first committee Wednesday. FEATURE: Carbondale Town Trustee Frosty Merriot summarizes the Tuesday night work session. NON PROFIT INTERVIEW: Amy Kimberly of Carbondale Council on Arts (www.carbondalearts.org).
February 18, 2015
HEADLINES: The Garfield County Coroner is declaring a homicide after a Carbondale woman was found dead on Monday afternoon in an apartment on Cooper Place. Carbondale non-profit Youth Entity’s culinary program is putting kids in the kitchen for a fundraiser this weekend. The White House announced this morning that President Obama will designate Colorado’s Browns Canyon in Chayfee County as a national monument. Ski and Road Report. FEATURE: KDNK has been airing a series of stories about teen drug use and the impact it’s had on schools. Today we hear a little different kind of story, directly from youth here in the roaring fork valley. KDNK invited six students in for a candid discussion about drug use. They asked each other questions, including what they are hearing from parents. This story is part of a statewide collaboration with Rocky Mountain Community Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News. NON PROFIT INTERVIEW: Jim Calaway for CARE (Colorado Animal Rescue, www.coloradoanimalrescue.org)
February 17, 2015
HEADLINES: CO Dept of Revenue reports that Garfield County received almost $437,000 from recreational pot taxes in 2014. Pitkin County got about $349,000. Medical marijuana revenue in December was low for the year with $8200 for Garfield County and $2300 for Pitkin. KDNK's January Jones reports on a workshop in Glenwood Springs Saturday that will help landowners maximize the use of their land. And, slick roads contributed to 2 accidents in Snowmass Canyon Monday, which snarled rush-hour traffic and sent two people to AVH with non-life-threatening injuries. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is seeking individuals who were driving on I-70 last Tuesday between Parachute and Glenwood Springs, specifically between mile markers 81 and 109, who may have witnessed the law enforcement chase and subsequent shooting. Anyone with info is asked to call the CBI at 970.248.7455. FEATURE: Recently-released data show that in the last school year, drug incidents in Colorado middle and high schools reached a ten-year high. Certain districts stand out, including the Mesa County Valley School District. Officials there say they're addressing the problem with more education and special programs. KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports in the second of two stories about drug use in Mesa County schools.
February 16, 2015
HEADLINES: A 16-year old Aspen High School student, whose videotaped arrest went viral last week, has been charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer and a petty offense of underage possession of marijuana. Rifle Housing Authority director Natalie Bowman talks with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about senior and low-income housing needs in Garfield County. The spring grant cycle for the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District is now open. FEATURE: KDNK's collaboration with Rocky Mountain Community Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News continues with a report from KVNF's Laura Palmisano about marijuana use in Mesa County schools.
February 13, 2015
HEADLINES: This weekend is the deadline to enroll in health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado and there are free walk-in enrollment clinics this Saturday and Sunday throughout the KDNK listening area. Colorado College has released the results of its 5th annual Conservation in the West survey.Club Rotario has donated a school bus to Two Rivers Community School in Glenwood Springs. FEATURE: This week’s News Brief features Aspen Times reporter Rick Carroll, and a look at crime in Parachute.
February 12, 2015
HEADLINES: The Carbondale and Rural Fire District expects to nearly max out their budget for the upcoming Master Plan and split the work between more than one consulting group. Eagle County Commissioners joined Basalt Town Council at a meeting Tuesday. Brian P. Fritze, 45, of Parachute, is the man who was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon by law officers. FEATURE: Coloradoans pride themselves on the quality of their drinking water, most of which originates high up in the Rocky Mountains. But many communities on the Eastern plains have water that not only tastes bad, it is out of compliance with federal drinking water standards. As part of our year long series on water issues in the state, Maeve Conran reports for Connecting the Drops.
February 11, 2015
HEADLINES: A man was shot and killed by law enforcement yesterday afternoon, following a high-speed vehicle chase on I-70 from the Parachute area to Canyon Creek, just west of Glenwood Springs. A Garfield County Sheriff press release says that the suspect's car came to a stop at the Canyon Creek exit where the driver left the vehicle while holding a gun to his head. Shots were fired after the suspect ignored orders from law enforcement. The man was pronounced dead at Valley View hospital. No officers were killed or injured. The name of the deceased has not yet been released. KDNK's January Jones reports on a case of pot edibles at Coal Ridge High School. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at what Roaring Fork High School is doing to reduce drug incidents at the school.
February 10, 2015
HEADLINES: The spruce beetle is outpacing the mountain pine beetle in Colorado forests says a recent report by the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Forest Service. Blow-downs, drought, and warmer temperatures are to blame as well as a plethora of old-growth spruce. And, the BLM has released a scoping report, which is the first step in a new environmental analysis of 65 illegal oil and gas leases on the White River National Forest. The agency originally leased the minerals in the 1990s without the proper environmental review. See the KDNK home page for a link to the report.
And, an alleged mugging and robbery on Mardi Gras Friday in Carbondale could be unsubstantiated. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling says the woman who made the report was intoxicated and some of the items she reported stolen were recovered nearby. FEATURE: As part of our collaborative series on marijuana and Colorado schools with Rocky Mountain Community Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News, Bente Birkeland reports on how some schools are talking to students about the benefits and consequences of pot.
February 09, 2015
HEADLINES: Carbondale PD find suspected meth lab at 410 Garfield and make an arrest. Aspen PD contact with underage marijuana user who resisted arrest is video'd. PD claims officer's response to person resisting arrest was appropriate. KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports on a new bill that would give grants to schools for alternative energy. And, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports pay raises for GWS City Council members. FEATURE: In the first of a collaborative series with Rocky Mountain Community Radio stations and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News on marijuana and Colorado schools, Bente Birkland talks to Colorado State Representative Pauly Lawrence about a bill that would require schools to track marijuana incidents separately from other drug incidents.
February 06, 2015
HEADLINES: News state-commissioned study shows climate change will likely impact Colorado ag, recreation, and water. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has a report about the new Garfield County Public Library District policy that bans open-carry firearms on library property and at library events. FEATURE: This week's News Brief features Aspen Journalism's Bob Ward talking with January Jones about education in the Roaring Fork Valley. Eye on Crime looks at the Rifle PD.
February 05, 2015
HEADLINES: John Colson writes in today’s Sopris Sun that the Carbondale Fire District Board has issued a partial gag order. A new partnership has saved St. Vincent General in Leadville. Big game hunting rules in Colorado were just approved to change in November 2015. FEATURE: Reported drug incidents at Roaring Fork High School during the 2013/2014 school year were down from the year before, according to the Colorado Department of Education. In today’s feature, we have a look at those numbers and get an inside perspective on marijuana and teens from principal Drew Adams. KDNK will present more stories over the next few weeks looking a drug incidents in schools, through a collaborative project with Rocky Mountain Community Radio Stations and Rocky Mountain I-PBS.Ski and Road Report.
February 04, 2015
HEADLINES: Basalt resident Christine L. Tinner pleaded guilty to misdemeanors for killing a young woman and injuring her boyfriend in a car accident last year. Phone scams are spreading through the Roaring Fork Valley. Redstone Winter Fest is happening this weekend. FEATURE: Glenwood Springs City Manager Jeff Hexsel talks about the upcoming council meeting on Thursday.
February 03, 2015
HEADLINES: The Aspen Police Department is warning area residents against a phone scam. The idea of transferring federal lands to state control has reached Garfield County but the commissioners are not ready to commit. Lance Armstrong comes clean on parked car hit and run in Aspen. FEATURE: Democratic lawmakers in Colorado recently introduced a measure to allow terminally ill patients to take medication to end their lives. Bente Birkeland discusses the proposal as part of our capitol conversation series.
February 02, 2015
HEADLINES: Developer Snowmass Acquisition Co will introduce a Base Village plan today at a joint meeting of Snowmass Town Council and the Snowmass Planning Commission. A statewide school survey shows that the amount of students at Roaring Fork High School who have ever used alcohol or marijuana is greater than the state average. FEATURE: Avid gardners know it's the time of year to start thinking about seeds for spring. Listen to this excerpt from KDNK's Living Permaculture with Bill McDorman and Bell Star of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance about seed saving.
January 30, 2015
HEADLINES: Contracts for the two top administrators with The Roaring Fork school district are still in dispute. The U.S. Department of Labor has released national earnings reports that show gender wage gap. Two more weeks to sign up for health insurance. FEATURE: This week’s News Brief features Amy Hadden Marsh and Chad Abraham, reporter for the Aspen Daily News speaking about a case of a repeat DUI offender in Aspen. KDNK’s Eye on Crime looks at new Colorado State Patrol data on marijuana related DUI's.
January 29, 2015
HEADLINES: Property tax notices are in the mail for Garfield County. Carbondale town officials need a funding source to meet energy conservation goals. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol about powdered alcohol. FEATURE: The Garfield County Public Library District is drafting a new firearms policy that could prohibit open-carry guns inside library buildings. District director Amelia Shelley and Board president Nella Barker were guests on last week's Valley Voices. Here, Amelia Shelley discusses the policy with Valley Voices host Amy Hadden Marsh.
January 28, 2015
HEADLINES: Glenwood Springs chosen as the nation's number one small town for Southern Methodist University's Arts Vibrancy Index. Club 20 and Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado object to Gov. Hickenlooper's plan to set aside $47M in mineral severance tax collections. Longtime local rancher Carter Jackson died on Saturday January 24. FEATURE: Much ado about town noise levels at this week's Carbondale Town Trustee meeting. January Jones reports.
January 27, 2015
HEADLINES: Pressler trial in Glenwood Springs declared mistrial. Rocky Mountain National Park turns 100 this year. Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach tells January Jones about Thursday's Coffee with the Chiefs, an informal venue for the public to talk with town fire and police chiefs at the Village Smithy. FEATURE: Denver Post and Durango Herald reporters talk to Bente Birklund about partisan politics at the state capitol.
January 26, 2015
HEADLINES: Energy company SG Interests has plans for up to 146 natural gas wells in the Bull Mountain area north of Paonia on Highway 133. The plan is currently under BLM environmental review and open for public comment until March 2, 2015. Aspen Daily News says marijuana contacts at this year's X Games were five times what they were in 2014. Bente Birklund reports on statehouse quandary about drivers licenses for unauthorized immigrants. Carbondale Fire and PD host "Coffee with the Chiefs" Thursday 1/29 from 8 - 9 AM at Village Smithy. FEATURE: Excerpt featuring James Eklund, director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, about residential conservation measures such as grey water use from 1/25/2015 Connecting the Drops call-in show,hosted by KDNK/KGNU.
January 23, 2015
HEADLINES: Drone operator arrested and charged with reckless endangerment in Pitkin County for flying drone in flightpath of Pitkin County Airport. Silt water treatment plant goes 100% solar. Garfield County Energy Advisory Board makes improvements. FEATURE: The Weekly News Brief features a Carbondale 2014 review with Sopris Sun editor Lynn Burton and KDNK's Eye on Crime looks at Aspen PD.
January 22, 2015
HEADLINES: Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District will meet on January 28th to pick a consultant for the district’s 2015 master plan. Garfield County is opening up a new online auction site today to sell surplus items.In state news, Colorado’s Democratic Speaker of the House says Republican efforts to compensate mineral owners whose communities have banned fracking take the wrong approach. FEATURE: Ranchers have grazed livestock on national forests in the West for over a century. Jock Jacober, host of KDNK's Ag Report, talked to Bill Kight of the White River National Forest last week about this often contentious issue. Here, they talk about the history and economic significance of grazing on the national forests.
January 21, 2015
Games Apsen at Buttermilk 1/22 to 1/25. Conservation groups came to an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service bout a natural gas project in the Gunnison National Forest. Thursday at 6:30 the Glenwood Springs branch of the Garfield County library will hold an informational program with immigration attorney Jennifer Smith about new immigration programs.FEATURE: A new edition of Sounds of the High County with Ben Goldfarb who says that adding an economic value to environmental protection could change the way businesses evaluate their impacts. SKI REPORT.
January 20, 2015
HEADLINES: RFTA releases bus operation efficiency data says Aspen Times. GWS Chamber Resort Association gets ready for Economic Forecast Forum on Thursday, January 22. Municipal water plans are underway. FEATURE: Garfield County Sheriff Lou Valerio on challenges of enforcing state marijuana law.
January 19, 2015
HEADLINES: GWS City Council may be in for a pay raise of $500/month for council members and $700/month for the mayor plus benefits says the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Bente Birklund has an update on the state Oil and Gas Task Force. The BLM officially canceled 17 out of 19 leases on the Roan Plateau last week. Carbondale town news. FEATURE: In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr Day, KDNK's January Jones talks with Vern L. Howard, chair of the Colorado MLK Commission.
January 16, 2015
HEADLINES: Colorado Parks and Wildlife presents the state of local bear-proof trash containers to Pitkin County and,according to the Aspen Daily News, urges a unified, valley-wide approach to keeping bears away from dumpsters and other receptacles. January Jones presents highlights from Gov. Hickenlooper's State of the State address. FEATURE: This week's News Brief with Dr. Carrie Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, about President Obama's tuition-free community college initiative plus KDNK's Eye on Crime takes a look at Glenwood Springs.
January 15, 2015
HEADLINES: The Sopris Sun reports that the Garfield County libraries are creating a policy for firearms, which could mean patrons will be able to carry concealed and open-carry firearms in all of the libraries. Amy Hadden Marsh reports on the Carbondale Trustees weekly meeting. 700 oil and gas-related spills in 2014 dumped more than a million gallons of toxins in Colorado, mostly in Weld County and the Piceance Basin. Rifle ice fishing tourney cancelled due to warm weather and lack of ice. KDNK and Thunder River Theatre Company win Carbondale Chamber Non-Profits of 2014. FEATURE: January Jones and Laurel Henderson capture the perspectives of young, local immigrants.
January 14, 2015
HEADLINES: Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers have announced their volunteers of the year. Naturalist Night this week features the Western Yellow-billed cuckoo. At least 21 people have been hospitalized this winter with flu in Garfield County. FEATURE: Director of Sustainable Settings Brooke LeVan is an artist as well as a farmer. He was this month's guest on KDNK's Shifting Gears. In this excerpt from the show, he talks with host Will Evans about the art of farming.
January 13, 2015
HEADLINES: The Aspen Times is reporting that a new plan, drafted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, recommends curbing the number of black bear-human conflicts in by increasing the number of black bears harvested through seasonal hunts, while strictly enforcing trash ordinances.The Carbondale draft of the 10-Year Parks, Recreation & Trails Master Plan is ready for public review. Carbondale has placed a request into the CDOT Region 3 office to have school speed zone signs and flashing beacons along the 133 corridor near the schools re-installed. State lawmakers are expected to introduce a measure this week to allow physician assisted death in Colorado. FEATURE: Hemp is grown throughout the world for its oil and fiber, which show up in everything from beauty products to rope. Its chemical compounds might also hold the key to medical treatments for Parkinson’s and epilepsy. But scientists say they need more research to unlock hemp’s benefits. As KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, conflicting laws make it tough to get started. Harvest Public Media reports on farm and food issues and is a collaboration of KUNC and other public media stations in the Midwest.
January 12, 2015
HEADLINES: The Basalt Police Department is looking to the public for help identifying a man who robbed Jimbo’s Wine and Liquor on Friday; The Glenwood Springs Post Independent is reporting that plans for a controversial new FedEx facility that was approved by the Garfield County commissioners last year, are now on hold; Bente Birkeland reports that Colorado will put more money into programs that offer assistance to those who have been unemployed for more than six months.
FEATURE: State Representative Lori Saine from Colorado's 63rd District introduced a felony DUI bill into the state legislature last week. A similar bill failed last spring. Saine told KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh that this year’s bill includes prevention measures like extending the mandatory time frame for interlock devices, which keep cars from starting if the driver has been drinking.
January 09, 2015
For this week’s news brief, January Jones talks about hot issues for Glenwood Springs in 2015 with Randy Essex and Amy Hadden Marsh has her eye on crime with news from the Carbondale Police Department.
January 08, 2015
In today’s feature, KDNK’s January Jones wraps up a conversation with Carbondale Planning Director Janet Buck about the Unified Development Code. Buck discusses module 2, which opens up changes to development rules in existing zoning districts.
January 07, 2015
President Obama’s executive order on immigration reform makes significant changes to enforcement actions. In an interview with KDNK’s January Jones, immigration attorney Jennifer Smith explains the revised deportation priorities.
January 06, 2015
The Colorado House will have a new speaker when the legislature returns on January 7th. Bente Birkeland discuss the upcoming session with Boulder County Democrat Dickey Lee Hullinghorst.