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July 27, 2015

HEADLINES: It was a busy weekend for mountain rescue crews- Pitkin County Sheriff says there were an unusual total of six rescue missions conducted on Saturday July 25th. A 74-year-old man was air-lifted off of Mount Sopris from an elevation of 12,900 feet.The Pitkin County Sheriff and Mountain Rescue Aspen found lost or injured hikers at Betty Bear Hut, Capital Cree, the top of West Maroon Pass and found an overdue horseman in East Creek. This year’s Mountain Fair opened with a blessing from the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery in India. Coming up on Tuesday, they will begin a sand mandala at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale. In this clip from Valley Voices last week, John Bruna runs down the week of Buddhist events. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is notifying livestock and horse owners that they have confirmed a case of West Nile in a Boulder County horse. CDOT will be paving 82 headed into Aspen. The paving area is from Seventh Street to Garmisch Street in the right, inbound lane. Two lane traffic restrictions continue on I-70 east through Glenwood Canyon. FEATURE: For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s collaboration with High Country News, Nelson Harvey spoke with reporter Sarah Tory about a battle over Bandit Mountain bike trails near Sedona, Arizona, and how the sport is beginning to come of age.You can read Sarah Tory’s story on Sedona’s Bandit Mountain bike trails at HCN.org. RIVER REPORT
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July 24, 2015

HEADLINES: Mountain Fair begins today at 4:00 pm and KDNK will have live coverage all weekend. Portions of a few streets in Carbondale will close this weekend but Main Street is NOT one of them. RFTA will be running its usual bus schedule during the Fair, including the Carbondale Circulator, with a stop on Main Street just north of Sopris Park.The Colorado River Day event is at Colorado Mountain College’s Blake Street building in room 301 at 11 am today. The US Forest Service, working with Garfield County Sheriff officers, busted a underage drinking party off of Four Mile Road in Glenwood Springs last Friday night. FEATURE: And in the KDNK daily feature, this morning we gear up for a weekend of live Mountain Fair coverage. Here’s an audio postcard from last year’s Mountain Fair broadcast, beginning with the annual blessing.
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July 23, 2015

HEADLINES: The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that police are looking for a suspect in a stabbing incident at the Playa Azul restaurant in El Jebel Sunday night. The suspect has been identified as 30 year old El Jebel resident Jose Oscar A. Romero Zelaya. He may also go by Jose Romero, Jose Zelaya, Oscar Romero and other aliases. He is described as an Hispanic male, between 5’ 5” and 5’ 7”, weighing 170 to 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about the suspect or this crime should call the Eagle County Sheriff at 970-328-8500. Read the whole story at postindependent.com. A committee of state lawmakers studying water issues is wrapping up a tour in Durango, Montrose and Craig this week. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. Seven candidates are running for four, at-large City Council seats in Rifle this fall. The election is Tuesday, September 8. A 45-year-old Rifle man was cited for DUI and careless driving Wednesday morning after his pickup truck struck a traffic light at 14th and Grand in Glenwood Springs. The light pole, along with the attached electrical box, was sheared off. No one besides the driver of the truck was injured. Read more at postindependent.com. Best-selling author Dr. Temple Grandin, comes to Carbondale on Tuesday, July 28. She will give two presentations, beginning at 5 PM at the Third Street Center, on humane livestock management and improving the lives of people with autism. Dr. Grandin will also visit two non-profits in the area. For more information, contact Alta Otto at 927.3143. FEATURE: I SeeChange is a nationwide citizen journalism project that answers questions about the natural world.  A recent post on the website mentioned strange sounds coming from a listener's pine tree.  KVNF's Jake Ryan reports.
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July 22, 2015

HEADLINES: Carbondale Town Trustees met with Garfield County Commissioners Tuesday night for a 2-hour work session. No decisions were made but topics discussed included the Thompson Divide, county zoning for marijuana grow operations, the entrance to the Gus Darien Arena during the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, the status of the MRI transfer station on County Road 100, the county right-of-way through CRMS, and more. Commissioner Mike Samson said the board wants to preserve the public right-of-way through CRMS and have people use it without being hassled. But, he added, they do not want to spend a lot of money on it. Mayor Stacey Bernot said she would like to see proper signs and that trustees would consider helping maintain the right-of-way. Vice President Joe Biden toured a manufacturing center at the Community College of Denver on Tuesday. Bente Birkeland reports. KDNK's January Jones takes a look at Carbondale police activity for the first half of July. FEATURE: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell met with western Colorado officials in Glenwood Springs Friday evening to talk about coal mines and sage grouse. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
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July 21, 2015

HEADLINES: The Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission is recommending that the Carbondale Board of Trustees pursue an increase to the recreation sales tax. Relatedly, the Carbondale Board of Trustees meet tonight for a work session with the Garfield County Commissioners. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is looking for people who want to help victims of crime as Victim Specialist Volunteers. Parachute Town Trustees voted 4-2 last week to approve retail recreational marijuana shops, cultivation centers, and pot-related businesses within town limits. FEATURE: Earlier this month, the US Forest Service approved a portion of Deep Creek, on the southeast corner of the Flat Tops, as suitable for Wild & Scenic status. This means the next step is Congressional designation. But, the process started three decades ago, when members of the local Sierra Club and other environmentalists, including Beverly Compton, noticed that Deep Creek needed some kind of protection. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently spoke with Compton about what makes Deep Creek worth protecting. RIVER REPORT.
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July 20, 2015

HEADLINES: Federal, county, and municipal fire crews worked through the weekend to contain a wildfire above Highway 82 hear Red Canyon, just southeast of Glenwood Springs. A body recovered near the Weller Lake Trailhead, which is downstream from the Devil’s Punchbowl on Independence Pass has been determined to be missing local William Graham. KDNK’s Public Affairs Show, Ask the Vet dealt with the topic of allergies in animals this month. Mary Fox and Dr. Chad Roeber explain how they can present differently in pets than in people. FEATURE: A last-minute change to an indoor venue due to stormy weather couldn't keep folks away from a dedication ceremony Saturday for Colorado's newest National Monument. KRCC's Andrea Chalfin reports. RIVER REPORT
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July 17, 2015

HEADLINES: The Pitkin County Coroner has identified the Maroon Bells campers found dead in their tent Wednesday morning as 41-year-old Jeffrey Beard and his son, 14 year- old Cameron Beard from Colorado Springs. They were found unresponsive by two other Beard children. The cause of death is still under investigation. There is speculation it could have been caused by lightning or carbon monoxide poisoning. Also in Pitkin County, the Sheriff’s Office is stating that a body was recovered from the Roaring Fork River on Thursday afternoon.  Deputies found the body in a section of the river near the Weller Trailhead parking lot. The identify and cause of death is not known at this time. US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is in Colorado today. First, at the Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen at 5:30 pm. Afterwards, she heads to Glenwood Springs for a private meeting with northwest Colorado officials to discuss the federal court ruling facing the Colowyo Coal Mine near Craig that could shut it down.  On Saturday, she’ll be in Buena Vista to celebrate the designation of Browns Canyon as a National Monument. FEATURE: This week’s News Brief features Glenwood Springs Post Independent editor Randy Essex.
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July 16, 2015

HEADLINES: The Pitkin County Sheriff's office says a lightning strike may have killed an adult male and a juvenile male, whose bodies were found on Wednesday July 15 in a tent south of Maroon Pass. Pitkin County Dispatch got a call around 10 AM, reporting the bodies. Rescue workers found two other juveniles walking towards the Maroon Bells parking lot and transported them to Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH). The bodies found in the tent were also taken to AVH. The identities of the deceased have not been released. And, it has just become more expensive to get a driver’s license in Colorado. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that GWS City Council will consider plans for a second marijuana cultivation facility and retail sales shop on Thursday. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval for the almost 17,000 square-foot facility on Devereux Road, about half a mile west of the Green Dragon/Green Essentials building. Read the whole story by John Stroud at postindependent.com. If your summer plans include camping in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, make sure you take hard-sided, bear-resistant containers for food, garbage, and other items that could attract bruins. The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District has issued a special order that requires them. All containers must be certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and can be purchased at many local outdoor stores or online. FEATURES: The Carbondale and Rural Fire District is writing a new master plan to prioritize services and set a financial path for the next few years. KDNK’s January Jones has more. And, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has a Carbondale Town Trustees update from Mayor Stacey Bernot.
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July 15, 2015

HEADLINES: SCAM ALERTS! The Garfield County Sheriff’s Department warns of another phone scam in the area. This time, the caller claims to be from the IRS and will tell you that you owe back taxes.The caller further explains that your bill must be paid right away to avoid additional penalties or other consequences. Victims are then told to purchase Green Dot pre-paid debit cards and call in the number on the cards to pay the debt immediately. Tularemia or Rabbit Fever is on the rise in Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. And, the Mystery Shopper phone scam encourages you to be a part of a test market and a “mystery shopper.”  You then receive what appears to be a legitimate cashier’s check in the mail. You are instructed to deposit the check into your account, keep a portion for yourself and then, purchase money grams and mail them to a list of recipients. By the time you realize the cashier’s check is phony, you’ve already spent your own money on money grams and sent them out. FEATURE: As part of Connecting the Drops, KGNU’s Maeve Conran takes a look at how Colorado communities are re-thinking how they charge for services like water and how that could encourage smarter growth.
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July 14, 2015

HEADLINES: The Honorable Gail H. Nichols, Ninth Judicial District Judge, retires on October 31. And, the Ninth Judicial District Nominating Commission is looking for her replacement. The committee meets in Glenwood Springs on Aug. 31 to interview and select nominees for appointment by the governor to this position. Application forms are available locally from Lynn Reed, 109 8th St., Glenwood Springs. And, on the court’s home page at www.courts.state.co.us/Careers/Judge. The original application must be filed no later than 4 p.m. Aug. 12. Democratic State Representative Millie Hamner was the vice chairperson of the state Joint Budget Committee during the last legislative session and will chair the committee next year. Here, she talks to KVNF's Laura Palmisano about two unintended consequences of Colorado’s Taxpayer Bill of Rights. The Aspen Times reports that 25 mountain bikers, hikers and runners poached a popular trail outside of Snowmass Village between April and the end of June this year. The trail closes during spring to help wildlife. Four motion-detecting cameras recorded the poachers, including five dogs, who entered the Tom Blake Trail on Burnt Mountain. Two people have been cited so far. The number of poachers is up from two in 2014. Twenty-one poachers were caught by cameras in 2013 and 29 in 2012. Read the whole story by Scott Condon at aspentimes.com. Carbondale Town Trustees meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. Agenda items include continued public hearings on special use permit to manufacture retail marijuana infused products by S.P. Products at 500 Buggy Circle. FEATURE: The Colorado Department of Transportation launched Bustang-- an express bus service that runs round-trip from Glenwood Springs to Denver once a day. KDNK’s January Jones has more.
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July 13, 2015

HEADLINES: The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that Shannon Kunkel, 34, of Mesa County has gone missing with her one and a half year old son, Luke Kunkel Jr. Kunkel’s parents found a note from her at 5:30 AM Saturday, stating that she was going into town. Kunkel was last seen on G and Three-Eighths Road in Palisade and was reportedly driving a dark blue, 1992 Toyota Camry. Anyone with information should contact Mesa County non-emergency dispatch at 970.242.6707. Photos of Kunkel and her son are at postindependent.com. The Bustang officially launches this morning and will transportcommuters and travelers to and from Glenwood Springs, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins. The bus departs Glenwood for Denver’s Union Station weekdays at 7:05 a.m. from the South Glenwood stop at 27th Street and Grand Ave, and 7:15 a.m. at the West Glenwood stop. The bus also stops in Eagle, Vail and Frisco. One-way tickets to Denver cost $28. For more information, visit ridebustang.com. Bente Birkeland reports that an unused state tax credit for low- to moderate-income workers goes into effect for the next tax year. The Basalt Library hosts a free legal clinic today from 2 to 5 PM. Walk-ins are welcome, and everyone will be helped on a first-come, first-served basis. These free clinics are offered the second Monday of every month. After the high profile Krabloonik sled dog animal abuse case, the town of Snowmass Village has created a best practices advisory committee for the continued well-being of the animals. The committee is looking for volunteers who have experience with sled dogs and are residents of Snowmass. Applications for the committee are available on the Snowmass town website at tosv.com. The Silt Town Trustees meet tonight  at 7 at municipal council chambers and will take a look at residential trash collection fees among other issues. FEATURE: Fifteen-year old climate activist Xiuhtezcatl  (SHU-TEZ- CO-TIN-NOT-TU) Martinez, from Boulder, is Youth Director of Earth Guardians and spoke last week to the UN General Assembly in NYC.
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July 10, 2015

HEADLINES: Beginning on Monday the Colorado Department of Transportation launches Bustang-- an express bus service that will have a round-trip route running from Glenwood Springs to Denver once a day. They’ll be a ribbon-cutting at the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority’s 27th Street Station in Glenwood Springs to celebrate the launch. KDNK’s Eye On Crime summarizes Basalt Police activity for June. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office hosts a dog vaccine clinic Saturday at Veteran’s Park in Silt between 8:00 AM and noon. FEATURE: This week’s News Brief features Scott Condon from the Aspen Times, talking about the proposed Tree Farm development in El Jebel. RIVER REPORT
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July 09, 2015

HEADLINES: Colorado Mountain College is third on the U.S. Department of Education's list for most affordable colleges in the nation for earning a bachelor’s degree. KVNF reports that a Mesa County man, who was hospitalized after contracting West Nile virus, is now recovering at home. He’s the first person to be diagnosed with it in Colorado so far this year, according to the state. Beginning Friday, the use of all types of fires are outlawed along the Colorado River in McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area near Grand Junction. This restriction affect campers floating the Colorado River between the Loma boat ramp and the Utah border. Cook stoves equipped with an on-off switch remain legal. Camping in the area covered by the fire restriction is by permit only. This restriction does not apply to other public lands in northwestern Colorado. The Aspen Times reports that Snowmass Village Town Councilman Chris Jacobson was charged with felony criminal mischief Wednesday. Jacobson was arrested for drunk driving nearly two weeks ago. After he was transported to the Pitkin County Jail, he allegedly tore off sections of a rubberized wall in the jail’s isolation cell and damaged lights in the cell, causing between $14,000 and $15,000 in damage. Snowmass Village Town Charter states that if a member of the council is convicted of a felony charge, the person will be automatically kicked out of office. FEATURES: A memorial fund for Sarah Ogden is in the works. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. Bente Birkeland reports that Colorado continues to be a top vacation destination according to the latest figures from the state’s tourism office. The newest report shows a record-breaking year for the tourism industry with more people visiting. The tourism office also claims legalized marijuana is helping tourism.
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July 08, 2015

HEADLINES: Westbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon will close between mile markers 117 and 125 today. Eastbound lanes will handle all traffic. There is a 12-foot width restriction on vehicles. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that Matthew Ogden and Phyllis Wyatt, the Parachute couple suspected in the death of their one-month old infant daughter, will soon be returning to Garfield County from Cass County, Minnesota. The couple waived extradition Monday and are expected to return within 2 weeks. Ogden, 29, faces possible felony charges, including first-degree murder of a child by a person in a position of trust. Wyatt, 41, faces felony charges of criminally negligent child abuse causing death. The outdoor industry adds over $13 billion to Colorado’s economy and employs 125,000 workers. But, a warming climate could change all that. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. Aspen families can apply for financial aid to help defray childcare costs. The deadline for new applications is August 1, 2015 with assistance to begin September 1, 2015. Applications are available at Pitkin County licensed childcare programs, Kids First, or kidsfirst.aspenpitkin.com. FEATURE: Needle exchange programs are designed to keep illegal drug users from sharing used needles and spreading diseases. Not too long ago, these programs were illegal in Colorado. Now, they are expanding throughout the state. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano has this report.
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July 07, 2015

HEADLINES: The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District meets tonight at 5:30. The district is creating a new master plan that is expected to reveal its financial needs and could spur taxpayer funding. A key component of the plan has been public outreach and local consultant and former Fire Board member Mark Chain won the over $50,000 contract for the project. But, public response has been low. Beginning in April, a series of eleven community meetings took place from Marble to Missouri Heights. Three meetings were held in Carbondale but only one member of the public, who was not associated with the process, attended one of the meetings. The District is also working on two community surveys, one of which was mailed to 3,200 people. Only 510 surveys have been returned so far. The final report on the survey will be presented on July 15th. A successful family planning program in Colorado will be scaled back. Bente Birkeland has more. The Sopris Sun reports that Butch’s Lobster Shack, formerly of Basalt, will move to Carbondale. Read the whole story in this week’s Sopris Sun. FEATURE: Arthur Carhart worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1919 - 1922, and helped create the first protected wildlands in the nation at Trapper’s Lake. On this month’s Shifting Gears, host Will Evans and guest Bill Kight pay homage to Carhart. Here, Kight, in character as Carhart, talks about what may have happened at Trapper’s Lake a century ago. This and archived editions of the show are available at kdnk.org.
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July 06, 2015

HEADLINES: Wildlife officials have removed a trap set in late June for a bear that bit a camper on the arm near Reudi Reservoir. The Aspen Daily News reported Friday that there has been no sign of any bears at the Dearhamer Campground since the incident. Officials believe the bear has moved on. The U.S. Forest Service said the camper will not be cited. Today marks 21 years since the South Canyon Fire claimed the lives of 14 federal firefighters from Prineville, Oregon. The blaze overtook them as they ran to safety up the south flank of Storm King Mountain outside Glenwood Springs. A new state law went into effect last week that makes it illegal to use hazardous materials to make hash oil.  KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. On Wednesday, July 8, I-70 westbound through Glenwood Canyon will close for a construction project. Eastbound lanes will become a 2-lane highway to handle all traffic. CDOT is repairing more than 20 bridges along the interstate. Garfield County has closed the Treasurer and Public Trustee’s office in Rifle. The Clerk and Recorders office at the same location will remain open. FEATURE: Colorado’s population is expected to increase by two and a half million people in the next 25 years, most of them headed for the Front Range. As part of Connecting the Drops, Rocky Mountain Community Radio’s statewide water series, KGNU’s Maeve Conran looks at the impact on Colorado as its landscape changes from crops to houses.
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July 03, 2015

HEADLINES: Many public offices are closed today for the 4th of July weekend. US Postal service is delivering mail today but not on Saturday, July 4. Tonight in Carbondale is First Friday and Main Street will be closed from 5 to 9 pm. Rifle will have fireworks on Friday night at Centennial Park at dusk. On Saturday, Carbondale and Aspen both have 4th of July parades. Carbondale's starts at 10:30 AM, followed by a community party at Sopris Park. In Aspen, the parade begins at 11 AM on Main Street. Fireworks over Aspen Mountain are expected to begin at dusk. You can also see fireworks at Appletree Park on Saturday at dusk. This week’s Eye on Crime takes a look at police activity in Carbondale. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that Maria Viviana Alvarado-Gomez of Carbondale will serve six years in prison for poisoning her children last year. She was convicted of Class 3 felony child abuse with a controlled substance. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter Jessica Cabe about problems with the rules of the annual Miss Strawberry Days contest.
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July 02, 2015

HEADLINES: A homicide suspect fleeing northern Colorado was tracked to Trappers Lake on Tuesday night. Twenty-one year old Cole Pollard is the person of interest in the death of Patricia Richmond, who was killed Monday night in Clark, Colorado, about 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs. Pollard was taken into custody and returned to Routt County. Drew Gorgey has left the Garfield County Manager's position. Amy Hadden Marsh reports. The Snowmass Sun reports that Snowmass Village Town Councilman Chris Jacobson was arrested last Friday on suspicion of DUI. He could face additional charges for damage he allegedly caused to the Pitkin County Jail. Police say he urinated on the floor, damaged lights, punched a wall, and wrenched a restraining chair in which he was being held out of the ground. Jacobson is up for re-election in 2016. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones explores an environmental presentation from this week's Aspen Ideas Fest.
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July 01, 2015

HEADLINES: Garfield County Manager Drew Gorgey has announced he's leaving after four years on the job. Story 2 RUNS 0:35The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission will continue their review of the Tree Farm Planned Unit Development (PUD) preliminary plan during their regular meeting on July 2. The state Supreme Court struck down a controversial school voucher program on Monday saying it violated Colorado’s constitution. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. Tonight and Thursday there’s free music in the valley. Many local government offices will be closed on Friday for observation of the 4th of July. FEATURE: The US Supreme Court on Friday declared same-sex marriage as legal across the country. And, over the following three days, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talked to men and women in the street about their thoughts on the decision. RIVER REPORT.
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June 30, 2015

HEADLINES: Two suspects in a Parachute child homicide case were arrested Monday in Cass County, Minnesota. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. Xcel Energy says customers in Colorado will see a drop in electricty and natural gas bills, due to lower prices and lower use, for the third quarter of 2015. Carbondale is implementing a no-herbicide spray policy in the new North Face Bike Park. To keep it that way, Carbondale Recreation and Community Center Manager Eric Brendlinger says they need volunteers every Thursday night to help pull weeds. Summer road work projects continue. Paving on Highway 82 goes on for the second day. The downvalley side of Highway 82 from Aspen Glen to Cattle Creek will be reduced to one lane today for paving from 9 am to 4 pm. State Highway 133 between Carbondale and Redstone will also have intermittent lane closures for paving, 8 am to 7 pm. Further down 133, 7 miles east of Somerset, CDOT is doing rock scaling. FEATURE: The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission just approved 2 permits to drill in the Thompson Divide, which cannot progress until the Bureau of Land Management completes an environmental review of illegal leases in the area. But, a proposed Congressional lease exchange could make all of that moot. Thompson Divide Coalition director Zane Kessler and Carbondale Town Trustee Katrina Byars joined KDNK’s Valley Voices last week to clarify these developments. In this segment, Kessler explains the lease exchange and why it’s not a done deal. Listen to the entire edition of Valley Voices about what’s facing the Thompson Divide at our website kdnk.org. Click on Public Affairs and search for Valley Voices. RIVER REPORT
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June 29, 2015

HEADLINES: Local author Paul Andersen and photographer David Hiser won a Colorado Book Award for High Road to Aspen - the story of Independence Pass from the late 1800s to present day. Andersen told KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh that researching the book was an historian’s dream come true, and it led to a surprising theory. State highway 133 is closed from 11 am to 4 pm today at MM 24, seven miles east of Somerset for rock blasting A second full closure of that section of 133 will happen again for 5 hours on Wednesday. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports two small wildfires in western Garfield County over the weekend - one by the Rifle-Garfield County Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon and another scorched over 2 acres east of White River Avenue behind the Rifle Police Station. The cause is still being investigated but no injuries or damages occurred. FEATURE: Sounds of the High Country is KDNK’s audio partnership with the respected environmental magazine, the High Country News. For this edition, KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Tim Heffernan about his cover story on the rare earth mineral boom that busted before it began.
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June 26, 2015

HEADLINES: A campsite with exposed food, resulted in a bear bite at Ruedi Reservoir yesterday. Now the bear will be euthanized. Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are offering free blood pressure checks on Saturday, June 27 from 10 am until 2 pm at the City Market parking lot. The weekly Streamflow Report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy says this has been a unique runoff year. After releases from Ruedi Reservoir peaked at 772 cfs last week, Fryingpan River flows have dropped to 268 cfs. Get ready to rodeo Mexican style this weekend in Carbondale. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. FEATURE: It’s time for the weekly news brief. KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Chad Abraham from the Aspen Daily News.
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June 25, 2015

HEADLINES: Wednesday afternoon, the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District responded to a wildfire on Meadow View Lane in Glenwood Springs. This week’s Eye on Crime takes a look at police activity in Glenwood Springs. The Sopris Sun is reporting that Carbondale’s Environmental Board has recommended that the town expand its ban on plastic shopping bags. The Aspen Ideas Festival kicks off today. FEATURE: Connecting the Drops is a radio series about Colorado water issues with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and Rocky Mountain Community Radio stations. The 4th statewide call-in show that aired live on Sunday, June 14, 2015. It focusing on individual water conservation. Guest Louis Meyer said for conservation to really work, communities need incentives. RIVER REPORT.
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June 24, 2015

HEADLINES: Garfield County Commissioners unanimously approved a land use application Monday for a 5,000 barrel-per-day injection well just outside of Battlement Mesa and Parachute, according to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Heavy weather in May boosted stream flows in the Upper Colorado Basin. But, what about downstream states? KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report on Lake Mead. The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District & the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District has started their annual wildfire patrol programs, offering homeowners free assessments if they live in wildfire risk areas. The Afro-Cuban Jazz Project opens the 2015 Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ Summer of Music series tonight at Two Rivers Park. The free concert starts at 6:30 with the Jazz Aspen/Snowmass Summer Camp opening the show. FEATURE: Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre and the Roaring Fork Cultural Council hosted former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter last night. Fielding questions from RFCC founder Jim Calaway and the audience, they covered topics ranging from violence against women, the Islamic State, and Palestine to mental health, migrants in Europe, and more. In this segment, the President talks about racism in the U.S. and what the recent South Carolina murders mean for the nation.
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June 23, 2015

HEADLINES: The Post Independent is reporting that Carbondale may be getting a new City Market north of the current location. They are proposing a 58,000-square-foot grocery store, a 7,100-square-foot attached retail space, a fueling station and drive-through pharmacy. The Grand Junction kayaker that died on the Frying Pan River has been identified as Jerry Young. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn will be in Carbondale tonight. The event is sold out but KDNK will broadcast it live from the Thunder River Theater beginning at 6:00 pm. Last fall, Carter spoke at American Renewable Energy Day in Aspen. In this clip, he speaks about his 2014 book “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.” The Colorado Department of Agriculture is promoting their campaign- “Burn it Where You Buy It" - campers are urged to buy their firewood at their destination, preventing the spread of any insects or diseases. FEATURE: A program to provide free, long acting reversible birth control to young, low-income women in Colorado is being extended for another year. This comes despite state lawmakers failing to pass a bill to fund the effort. As Bente Birkeland reports, health officials have been scrambling to find a way to continue the successful initiative.
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June 22, 2015

HEADLINES: A Grand Junction kayaker died on the Frying Pan River Sunday afternoon. The Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District’s Swiftwater Rescue Team was dispatched to the Pueblo Bridge in downtown Basalt after multiple reports of a body in the water. Two civilians jumped into the Frying Pan River, securing the victim, and attempted CPR efforts, to no avail. The kayaker has not yet been identified. Early Saturday morning, a 10-unit apartment building on Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs caught fire. All residents were evacuated and no injuries were reported. There was no central alarm system in the building and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Carbondale hosts 800 cyclists overnight tonight as part of the 21st Annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado. Carbondale Chamber Director Andrea Stewart talks about events and what to expect. Aspen Postal employee Mauro Pennini, who was allegedly found to have weapons on him at work, has been arrested on Federal charges by the US Attorney’s Office, including possession of a firearm while the subject of a protection order and possession of a firearm at a Federal facility. If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison. FEATURE: Natural gas leases in the Thompson Divide are still tied up in a Federal review. And, some are part of a proposed Congressional lease swap. But, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission – or C.O.G.C.C. - recently approved two applications to drill wells near 4 Mile Park - on leases owned by Houston-based energy company SG Interests. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. Audio minutes of COGCC’s May 18th hearing are at the COGCC's website.  
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June 19, 2015

HEADLINES: Owners of one of two proposed new retail marijuana stores that were denied licenses last week by the City of Glenwood Springs intend to appeal the decision. Read the story by John Stroud at postindependent.com. KDNK's Eye on Crime looks at Carbondale police activity. It's Summer Solstice weekend and that means it's time for the 118th Annual Strawberry Days festival in GWS. More at strawberrydays.com. Tune in to KDNK today at 4 for an interview with longtime Strawberry Days parade announcer and television host Jeannine Ford Artaz. FEATURE: This week's News Brief features a conversation with Sopris Sun reporter John Colson about the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District. River Report.
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June 18, 2015

HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork on and around the Northstar Preserve east of Aspen was pushed to flood stage early Wednesday. Pitkin County says the river was flowing through town Wednesday at 1,680 cfs, up 500 cfs from Tuesday night. The Bureau of Reclamation is also monitoring the Frying Pan River. Releases from Ruedi Reservoir have increased since Wednesday. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act became law in 1918 to stop the trade in bird plumes that slaughtered millions of birds. Now, the Act could become an endangered species. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.The Glenwood Springs City Council meets tonight at 6 at City Hall. On the agenda are several land use items, including  a request for a major development at Glenwood Meadows. FEATURE: Robert F. Kennedy Jr was in Boulder recently and spoke to H20 Radio’s Frani Halperin and Jamie Sudler about the environment and democracy, and why the two are interdependent.
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June 17, 2015

HEADLINES: Xcel Energy says 460 customers were without power for a few hours on Monday due to a damaged fuse on Weant Boulvard in Carbondale. The City of Aspen is seeking its next Grand Marshal for the Fourth of July Parade. The 21st Annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado will be spending an overnight in Carbondale on Monday, June 22nd with as many as 1,000 people expected. City leaders from across the state are gathering in Breckenridge this week for their annual conference. The Governor will speak on Thursday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. Aspen Skiing Company employees have donated over ten thousand dollars to three charities delivering on-the-ground relief in Nepal after recent earthquakes. FEATURE: The 3rd Street Center turns five on Thursday. KDNK’s Diane Johnson spoke with director Colin Laird last week. Here he talks about the center’s unique blend of non-profit tenants.
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June 16, 2015

FEATURES: On Monday around 1:30 PM, Xcel energy customers experienced a power outage in the Carbondale area that appeared to affect residents living south of the Rio Grande Trail. Xcel representatives said that 583 customers reported a loss of electricity. The Aspen Daily News is reporting that two Aspen voters are initiating a petition, that could lead to a public vote on Mark Hunt's Base 2 Main Street lodge.The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is asking the public to complete a survey for their master plan. The Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that companies can fire employees for using medical marijuana, even when they’re off duty. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. FEATURE: Garfield County Commissioners voted 2 to 1 Monday to proceed with a proposal that will keep the “public” in the public right-of-way that bisects the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. RIVER REPORT
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June 15, 2015

HEADLINES: Eastbound I-70 closed for about an hour last night around 8:30 pm at mile marker 77 near Parachute due to a vehicle fire. SH 133 south of Carbondale will have intermittent lane closures in both directions while the contractor roto mills, heats and replaces the asphalt. Work hours will be 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and the closures will be one and a half to two miles in length. Further south on 133 near Paonia Reservoir, east of Somerset - there are closures from 7 am to 5 pm weekdays for rock blasting. They’ll be a full closure of that section of 133 on Friday 6/19. The Carbondale community Teens Giving Back program has begun for the summer and is looking for various projects for volunteer teenage students to complete. Several states have been discussing the transfer of some Federal lands to the states. Colorado is one of them, but current and former Federal officials say it’s a non-starter. Bente Birkeland has more.The Garfield County Commissioners are having a remote meeting beginning at 9 am this morning in at the Parachute branch library. The first item on the agenda is a discussion about a permanent air monitoring station in Battlement Mesa. They’ll move back to Glenwood Springs and reconvene at 1 pm. They are expected to make a decision about the request for a trail in the County Road 106 Right-of-Way through the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus. FEATURE: Valley Life for All has been an advocate for people with disabilities in the Roaring Fork Valley for over 4 years. They’re celebrating past successes and creating a plan for the future tonight at the Third Street Center. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with executive director Gary Bender to talk about the state of services in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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June 12, 2015

HEADLINES: The flood advisory for the Roaring Fork River is in effect until tonight. At 2 PM Thursday the river stage was 4.2 feet above bank fall. Flood stage is 5.0 feet and the forecast calls for the river to rise to 4.5 feet by midnight Friday. The continued rains contributed to a rock slide on interstate 70 yesterday in Glenwood Canyon. I-70 was closed in both directions from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. No vehicles were involved in the slide.This morning the Aspen Daily News is reporting that investigators from the U.S. Postal Service interviewed an Aspen post office employee who allegedly had a cache of weapons at the facility. The 2015 RFTA Summer Season starts on Saturday, June 13th, 2015. This means changes to times and some bus routes. Governor John Hickenlooper and former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar kicked off Colorado’s first-ever outdoor summit on Thursday. The goal is to help the state protect open spaces and create more bike trails. Bente Birkeland has more. FEATURE: This morning, KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Bob Ward from Aspen Journalism about education in the valley. RIVER REPORT
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June 11, 2015

HEADLINES: Seventeen people have been arrested so far in a Rifle area drug trafficking investigation. Law enforcement seized 10 pounds of methamphetamine, 1.5 ounces of heroin, three firearms and $30,000 in assets, reports the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and the Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team. Ten suspects remain at large. Read the whole story by Will Grandbois at postindependent.com. A flash flood watch is in effect for western Garfield County until this evening. In Pitkin County, a large tree is lodged in the “Entrance Exam” rapid near Slaughterhouse Falls in the Roaring Fork River about a quarter-mile below Slaughterhouse Bridge. A multi-jurisdictional team is watching the rivers from Aspen to Carbondale and Pitkin County and discussing water releases from Reudi Dam with the Bureau of Reclamation. Read the whole story by Collin Szewczyk at aspendailynews.com. QinetiQ, a UK-based global defense and security company, will conduct helicopter trials at Rifle Garfield County Airport this summer. A press release issued by Garfield County this week states that a Boeing C-17 Globemaster will transport the Puma helicopter from England to Garfield County. The public is invited to watch the scheduled arrival Wednesday, June 17, between 4:30-5:30 p.m.The City of Aspen hosts the first of a series of open house meetings on the future of affordable housing today from 4 - 6:30 at City Council chambers. FEATURE: Carbondale Town Trustees met on Tuesday night. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. And, the KDNK Eye on Crime takes a look at recent arrests in Aspen.
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June 10, 2015

HEADLINES: A multi-jurisdictional mud and flood incident management team includes officials from Aspen, Basalt, and Carbondale as well as Pitkin and Eagle counties and is planning for emergencies and possible evacuations if area creeks and rivers overflow. Citizens are encouraged to sandbag their properties if flooding could occur, and to sign up for Pitkin Alert at www.pitkinalert.org for email or text alerts. If evacuations are necessary or for other flood-related emergencies, residents will be notified with the reverse 911 system or with door-to-door warnings. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on last week's unveiling of the Art Around Town sculptures. The Carbondale Farmers Market opens today from 10 to 3 at 4th and Main for the summer.The Aspen Times reports that the Twin Lakes Reservoir and Canal Company is voluntarily foregoing diversion from the Roaring Fork River headwaters to save remaining storage space in the Twin Lakes Reservoir, east of Independence Pass. The Roaring Fork is running higher now but diversions will be timed to peak run-off, which is expected later this month. Read the story at aspentimes.com. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling about the May 26 telecom outage.
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June 09, 2015

HEADLINES: The Garfield County Coroner has identified a man who drowned Saturday after falling out of a raft on the Colorado River as Dennis W. Janes, age 56, from Warsaw, Illinois. Two males and one female were in the raft when Janes fell out near the Grizzly Creek Rest Area.The coroner states that Janes was wearing a personal flotation device and a helmet. A bill signed into law Friday broadens the state's three-year-old Cottage Foods Act. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. Basalt and Carbondale both have town council meetings tonight at 6 PM. The Watson Divide Road is closed to traffic through noon tomorrow for dust suppression. Paving segments of the Rio Grande, Brush Creek and Basalt-Old Snowmass trails begins today. Paving and shoulder repairs on the upper Brush Creek Trail, on the edge of Snowmass Village, are scheduled June 9-12 and June 15-16. Detours are in place nto Brush Creek Road. Smuggler Mountain Rd will also be closed to vehicular traffic through June 19 for repairs. FEATURE: The deadline for bills that passed during the state’s legislative session to become law or get vetoed was Friday. Measures are either signed by the Governor or become law without his signature. Bente Birkeland talks to state capitol reporters about some of the measures.
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June 08, 2015

HEADLINES: A flood advisory is still in effect for the Roaring Fork River in Pitkin County. The Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office is asking that the public stay out of the river. The warning comes after a search this weekend for Aspen Resident Will Graham, who is believed to have gone missing on Thursday afternoon at the Devil’s Punchbowl access area off 82 east of Aspen on the Roaring Fork River. Garfield County Sheriff’s office reported that a rafter drowned after falling from a raft on the Colorado River near the Grizzly Creek rest area on Saturday afternoon. Eye on Crime takes a look at the Rifle PD. Current Basalt Elementary School Assistant Principal Jennifer Ellsperman will move up to run Basalt Middle School this fall as the principal. In local road news, State Highway 133 south of Carbondale will have intermittent lane closures this week as crews continue to work on guardrail replacement. By Friday, CDOT says to expect one mile of single lane closure on the road during asphalting. FEATURE: It’s been a month since Colorado lawmakers wrapped up this year’s legislative session at the state capitol – but the work is far from over. Many of the bills that failed this year will likely be back next year. And, as Bente Birkeland reports, some long-standing issues are already poised to go before voters in 2016.
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June 05, 2015

HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork Conservancy says river levels are flowing above average this week. The Aspen Times is reporting the Eagle County planning staff have given initial approval “The Tree Farm“ - a proposal for 400 residences and nearly 135,000 sq ft of commercial space.A measure to eliminate immunity for public schools for shootings, deaths, sexual assaults and other serious injuries that happen to students on school grounds is now law. It goes into effect in July. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill on Wednesday, Bente Birkeland has more. For those that ride the bus, the 2015 RFTA Summer Season starts on Saturday, June 13th, 2015. This means changes to times and some bus routes. On June 13th, they’ll also reintroduce the Bike Express on Saturday and Sunday. Tonight is First Friday in Carbondale. Main Street will be closed between Weant to Snowmass Drive from 5pm to 9pm to accomodate. FEATURE: The Weekly News Brief features Jane Bachrach and Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun discussing the Roaring Fork High School Graduation outing of Emily Bruell.
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June 04, 2015

HEADLINES: Garfield County Public Health reports that a western Garfield County resident exposed to hantavirus last month is recovering at home. The Roaring Fork School District has made another new hire for the fall. Joel Hathaway from Asheville, North Carolina has accepted the position as principal at Glenwood Springs Middle School. Today at 4:30, KDNK is proud to premier a new public affairs show called “Non-Profit Spotlight: Battlement to the Bells”. In this excerpt from today’s show, Aspen Homeless Shelter Director Vince Savage explains how they serve the community. The Glenwood Springs City Council meets tonight at 5 pm with the Garfield County Board of Commissioners. They’ll have their regular meeting at 7pm and be talking about the marijuana shop moratorium again. FEATURE: The Carbondale Public Works Department has been hard at work setting up new public art this week, ahead of tonight’s Art Walk - the official unveiling of Carbondale’s 2015 Art Around Town exhibit. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
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June 03, 2015

HEADLINES: Bert Myrin has won the run-off election for a seat on the Aspen City Council against Mick Ireland. The Carbondale and Rural Fire District has completed a series of community meetings for their master plan process, the next step is a survey to community members. The Grand Avenue Bridge reconstruction project in Glenwood Springs over Highway 82 has just received final federal approval. The Carbondale Police Department says late on June 1st, several vehicles were entered and rummaged through in the Hendrick Ranch subdivision in Carbondale. FEATURE: he state collects severance taxes from companies that extract nonrenewable resources in Colorado. Some of this money goes to communities in the form of large grants. Most of these grants go to communities to help build fire stations, upgrade water systems, restore historic sites, and aid with other infrastructure or economic development projects. And as KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports, the program is also providing funds for a shooting range on the Western Slope. KDNK's Eye on Crime looks at Glenwood Springs Police activity. RIVER REPORT
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June 02, 2015

HEADLINES: Glenwood Springs Elementary School has been awarded a nearly 9 million dollar grant to help renovate and build onto the historic school. The New Castle Town Board meets tonight. A key topic is discussion of the Colorado River Fire & Rescue water billing. Pitkin County Government is moving forward with plans to remodel its downtown facilities and are holding a public tour during lunch tomorrow, June 3rd, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. In Basalt, today until Friday, Frying Pan Road will have intermittent road closures for rock removal. Trails are getting a touch-up too in Pitkin County- paving repairs on the upper Brush Creek Trail, on the edge of Snowmass Village, began yesterday and are scheduled until June 5th. Around Carbondale, the roundabout and medians are being planted ahead of the official dedication of the Surls roundabout sculpture on Friday. Today is the last day to vote in the run-off for the final Aspen City Council seat between candidates Bert Myrin and Mick Ireland. The Governor signed a felony DUI bill into law Monday. As Bente Birkeland reports, state lawmakers in both parties had tried for years to pass the measure. FEATURE: Tonight, the Western Slope Veterans Coalition (WSVC) is hosting its inaugural Dining Out for Vets event throughout the Roaring Fork and Eagle valleys with forty restaurants participating. Michael Conniff explained their work and how eating out on Tuesday can help vets in this community, to KDNK’s January Jones. RIVER REPORT
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June 01, 2015

HEADLINES: Aspen City Council candidate Bert Myrin leads opponent Mick Ireland in campaign spending for tomorrow's run-off election by nearly a third, reports the Aspen Times. Myrin reports raising a little $2,108. Ireland reports about nine hundred dollars less. Polls are open from 8 to 5 today at City Hall, and from 7 to 7 at City Hall and the Red Brick Building tomorrow. Read the whole story at aspentimes.com. This week’s Eye on Crime takes a look at Carbondale from May 8 through May 21. A contractor for the Town of Carbondale will place soil mix in the roundabout and medians starting this morning.  Expect delays as material is hauled in. Snowpack in mountains surrounding the Roaring Fork Valley is at 136% of the median, according to the Colorado Basin River Forecast Center. The current rate of snowmelt is point three inches a day. Colorado Rocky Mountain School officials, local residents, and Garfield County staff will sit down together this afternoon to try to resolve the County Road 106 right-of-way dispute. The meeting is closed to the public. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. KGNU’s Hannah Leigh Myers takes a deeper look at the some of the key water law elements that govern the Colorado River and how they are making it difficult to save the Colorado River Basin.
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May 29, 2015

HEADLINES: Former Garfield County bookkeeper Robin McMillan was sentenced Thursday to up to 10 years in prison for stealing money from the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder's office. Read the whole story by Will Grandbois at postindependent.com.The Pitkin County Library moves into the Old Power House this week until January, 2016. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.Crime Stoppers of Garfield County is offering up to $1,000 to help solve a crime that occurred in New Castle on Thursday May 15. Several homes, vehicles, schools, and businesses along Main Street and the north alley from City Market, including Elk Creek Elementary School, were tagged with black spray paint. Graffiti was also found in areas from West Main to 7th Street, north to Castle Valley Blvd. If you have information on this crime, call 945.0101. Tips will remain anonymous. FEATURE: For nearly a century, layers of laws and agreements have created a legal framework for how the Colorado River is controlled and allocated. KGNU’s Hannah Leigh Myers takes a look at the Law of the River.  
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May 28, 2015

HEADLINES: Glenwood Springs City Manager Jeff Hecksel is a finalist for the Delta city manager position, reports the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Read the story by John Stroud at postindependent.com. Colorado State Rep Bob Rankin speaks with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about some of the issues facing Western Colorado. Hear more today at 4:30 on Valley Voices. The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission holds the first public hearing for the Tree Farm Planned Unit Development on Thursday, June 4th. The 71-acre PUD proposal includes up to 400 residential units, about 135,000 square feet of commercial, office, lodging, or light industrial space, 42 acres of open space, and continued use of the property for tree farm and nursery operations. The June 4th review begins with a site visit at 2:30 p.m. at 401 Tree Farm Drive in El Jebel, followed by a public hearing at 4 at the El Jebel Community Center. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Barry Cryer of Technology System Consultants to find out more about fiber optics after Tuesday's telecommunications outage.
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May 27, 2015

HEADLINES: KDNK News Director January Jones joins Steve Cole for updates on the telecommunications outage that's impacting most of the upper Roaring Fork Valley. FEATURE: The Glenwood Springs City Council passed a moratorium Tuesday against new applications and licenses for marijuana facilities after hearing from local residents last week. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
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May 26, 2015

HEADLINES: The Colorado State Patrol reports that Michael Jensen died in a rollover crash around 1 AM today near Blue River Colorado, just south of Breckenridge. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board voted May 7th to recommend putting $2.5M towards the purchase of Deer Creek Ranch in Snowmass. The property would offer new access to the Roaring Fork River and national forest lands above the valley, via Arbaney Gulch. Pitkin County commissioners will consider the issue on Wednesday, May 27th. And, Pitkin County Commissioners have a joint meeting at 3:00 pm today with the Basalt Town Council, which will then meet at 6. KDNK's January Jones reports on the upcoming Mountain to Valley Race. The new Roaring Fork Fishing Guide Alliance wants to reduce boat launch time to 5 minutes at the Carbondale boat launch. Read the whole story at soprissun dot com. FEATURE: Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park has a problem with nitrogen pollution from industry and agriculture. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon and KUNC’s Stephanie Paige Ogburn have more on the unlikely partners working to preserve the park.
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May 25, 2015

HEADLINES: Today is Memorial Day. Government offices, including libraries are closed today. The American Legion Post 83 will be conducting its annual Memorial Day Commemoration at 11 a.m. at the Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs. Up in Aspen, Memorial Day ceremonies will be held today at noon at the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial, located on the east side of the Pitkin County Courthouse. Garfield County Public Health announced last week that one person in the western part of the county has been diagnosed with Hantavirus but health officials will not release specifics. Aspen City Council meets at 5:00 pm and they'll have the first reading of the town’s charter amendment, required by the recent vote by citizens on "Referendum One." Colorado has a new export grant program to help small and medium-sized businesses in Colorado that are minority or women-owned for up to $15,000. FEATURE: Throughout history, the eagle has symbolized strength and courage. And now the eagle is becoming a symbol of gratitude. Military Veterans on the Western Slope are hand making canes, decorated with the head of an eagle for fellow veterans. For this morning’s feature, KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports.
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May 22, 2015

HEADLINES: Garfield County Public Health officials are investigating a recent case of hantavirus exposure in the western part of Garfield County. Hantavirus is carried in the saliva, urine and droppings of certain infected mice. Colorado Mountain College is now offering two more bachelor degrees- the Bachelor of Applied Science in leadership and management and the Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies for elementary education. This Saturday is a second planting day for Carbondale’s first edible landscape at the Nature Park. A bill reducing the number of standardized tests Colorado schoolchildren take is now law. Many camping areas are now open locally- in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, all campgrounds managed by White River Recreation are open for except for Lost Man and Chapman-South loop Campground. FEATURE: The News Brief features Ryan Hoffman, editor for the Rifle Citizen Telegram with an update on walkability upgrades happening in Rifle. RIVER REPORT
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May 21, 2015

HEADLINES: The Glenwood Springs City Council meets tonight at 6 at City Hall to discuss the city’s marijuana ordinances and the sale of city property that is home to the recycling center.  That decision could be left up to voters this fall.  The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that the town has concerns about the number of new retail pot shops and related facilities proposed within city limits. Council expects a high turn-out at tonight’s meeting. KDNK's January Jones reports on a shred-a-thon in Glenwood Springs tonight, benefiting the Advocate Safehouse Project. Garfield and Eagle County offices will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. In Aspen, ceremonies will be held at noon at the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial on the east side of the Pitkin County Courthouse, followed by a community picnic at Connor Park next to City Hall. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on a study of Cattle Creek, which has been listed as one of the Upper Colorado River Basin's 65 impaired streams.
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May 20, 2015

HEADLINES: John Walls, who struck and killed Basalt resident Patrick Dunn last August, will not be charged with any crime, reports the Aspen Times. Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely threw out the case after hearing that Walls was court- ordered last month not to drive. Read the whole story by Rick Carroll at aspentimes.com. New snow and changing temperatures brings challenges and dangers to backcountry travelers. KBUT's Chad Reich reports. The Rifle City Council meets tonight at 6 to discuss an inmate transportation agreement with the Town of Parachute, an amendment to the Rifle municipal code regarding drug paraphernalia and other items.The Tree Farm in El Jebel hosts an open house this afternoon from 4 - 7 at the Kodiak Ski Club on Tree Farm Lane to discuss a new residential and commercial development project, which includes 400 residences and more than 127,000 square feet of commercial space. FEATURE: CCAH holds a public drop-in session tonight from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Third Street Center to get feedback on the Creative Arts District strategic plan. KDNK’s January Jones and CCAH's Amy Kimberly talk about the project.
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May 19, 2015

HEADLINES: A hunter near Kremmling may have shot a gray wolf late last month. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting DNA tests on the animal, reports the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Gray wolves in Colorado are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Read the whole story by Drew Munro at postindependent.com. Carbondale hosted the first-ever Bonedale Bike Jam on Saturday at North Face Park. The winners were Atlin Mason, Quinn Carpenter, Iziah Bell, and Sean Shuman. Kevin Gonzalez won first place for Best Trick Jam Session. KDNK’s Eye on Crime looks at Basalt. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder say that  U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase by four to six times by mid-century. A study released Monday in Nature Climate Change says that the increase is due to a warming climate and a  population that’s growing especially fast in the warmest regions of the country. FEATURE: The County Road 106 right-of-way issue at Colorado Rocky Mountain School has yet to be resolved. But, Garfield County Commissioners said yesterday that a plan has to be in place by mid-June. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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May 18, 2015

HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork School District has hired Peter Mueller as the new principal for Basalt High School. Matthew Koenigsknecht will be the new principal for Crystal River Elementary School. Aspen High School Principal Kim Martin has resigned after three years. Tonight the Colorado Department of Transportation will close eastbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon beginning at midnight and continuing until 5:00 AM Tuesday morning. Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order on Friday to increase conservation efforts for the Greater Sage Grouse. The Governor wants to prevent the bird from being listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. FEATURE: Garfield County Commissioners will hold another public meeting this afternoon about the county right-of-way that runs through the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus. Many local residents joined commissioners at the school last week for a walk along the route. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with some of them to find out what they think of what has become a contentious issue between the school and local residents. RIVER REPORT.
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May 15, 2015

HEADLINES: Beginning today and running through May 21st, Carbondale is taking over Visit Colorado’s Instagram account. The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is asking that locals participate by taking pictures of their favorite things around town. Photos should be tagged with #VisitCarbondaleCO and posted to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. The Roaring Fork Conservancy says the recent precipitation has brought the snowpack levels in the Roaring Fork basin to 76% of average, A measure to study how to avoid closures and ease congestion on I-70 was signed into law Wednesday. KVNF in Paonia is reporting on another bill signed this week dealing with water intensive, invasive plants. FEATURE: About 50 people joined Garfield County Commissioners Thursday to walk the county right-of-way through the CRMS campus.
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May 15, 2015

HEADLINES: Beginning today and running through May 21st, Carbondale is taking over Visit Colorado’s Instagram account. The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is asking that locals participate by taking pictures of their favorite things around town. Photos should be tagged with #VisitCarbondaleCO and posted to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. The Roaring Fork Conservancy says the recent precipitation has brought the snowpack levels in the Roaring Fork basin to 76% of average, A measure to study how to avoid closures and ease congestion on I-70 was signed into law Wednesday. KVNF in Paonia is reporting on another bill signed this week dealing with water intensive, invasive plants. FEATURE: About 50 people joined Garfield County Commissioners Thursday to walk the county right-of-way through the CRMS campus.
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May 14, 2015

HEADLINES: The Post Independent reports that the Carbondale Board of Trustees approved the Thompson Park Master Plan for the 10-acre parcel on the south end of town between Triangle Park and Keator Grove on Highway 133. It includes the historic Thompson House and the future site of Ross Montessori School. More at postindependent.com. At 9 AM today, the Garfield County Commissioners and Colorado Rocky Mountain School lead a community walk-through of the public right of way through school property. At 10 am, RFTA meets at Carbondale Town Hall to discuss the Carbondale Circulator bus route. Governor John Hickenlooper was in Rifle yesterday to help get the new aerial firefighting research center off the ground and to sign two bills. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. Volunteers are needed to help Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers work on the trails at Wulfsohn Open space in Glenwood Springs today at 4 PM. More information at rfov.org. FEATURE: Melissa Lineberger is the new director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting in Rifle. Here she talks with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about her experience with wildfires and her vision for the program.
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May 13, 2015

HEADLINES: Governor John Hickenlooper joins other officials this morning at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle for the grand opening of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District Board Meeting is tonight at 5:30. The district has been holding a series of meetings from Redstone to Missouri Heights for the past month as part of a master planning process.KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on the Roaring Fork Conservancy's study of the state of Cattle Creek. The Aspen Times reports that a marijuana grow operation off Highway 82 near the Roaring Fork Club and Holland Hills in Basalt is upsetting neighbors. Pitkin County Commissioners may not renew the license in September if the stink persists. Read the whole story in today’s Aspen Times. A federal court in Colorado ruled Friday that the U.S. Department of the Interior was wrong to approve the expansion of the Colowyo and Trapper coal mines near Craig. Environmental group WildEarth Guardians sued the federal government for failure to include the public in its decision and to protect the environment. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that the government violated the National Environmental Policy Act, and ordered the Department of Interior to fix its decision within six months or the Colowyo Mine will be closed.  FEATURE: Governor Hickenlooper recently signed a bill to reduce human/bear conflicts. Bente Birkeland reports. Finding enough water to meet the demands of Colorado’s booming Front Range has city planners looking closely at how new developments can conserve water.  And, with the second draft of the State Water Plan scheduled for release in July, many water advocates want to talk about land use.  For Connecting the Drops, Maeve Conran reports.
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May 12, 2015

HEADLINES: The Basalt Town Council and the Carbondale Town Trustees have meetings tonight. The Basalt Basalt Council meets at Willits Town Center at 5 pm to go to the grand opening of Valley View Hospital's Willits Care Center and then return to Town Hall at 6:30 for a work session. Carbondale Town Trustees also meet at 6 at Carbondale Town Hall. Garfield County Commissioners approved open-air pits for remote fracking sites in Garfield County on Monday, against the unanimous recommendation of the county Planning Commission. Energy company WPX wants the flexibility to use either tanks or pits, depending on the situation. Read the whole story in today’s Post Independent. KDNK’s Eye on Crime looks at the Carbondale PD. The White River National Forest will begin reconstruction on the Eagle-Thomasville Road for the Catawampus Salvage Timber Sale as soon as ground and weather conditions allow. The 2015 Carbondale Mountain Fair line-up has been announced. The full schedule is at carbondalearts.com. FEATURE: Solar energy is taking off in the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s January Jones has more about Solar Rollers.
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May 12, 2015

HEADLINES: The Basalt Town Council and the Carbondale Town Trustees have meetings tonight. The Basalt Basalt Council meets at Willits Town Center at 5 pm to go to the grand opening of Valley View Hospital's Willits Care Center and then return to Town Hall at 6:30 for a work session. Carbondale Town Trustees also meet at 6 at Carbondale Town Hall. Garfield County Commissioners approved open-air pits for remote fracking sites in Garfield County on Monday, against the unanimous recommendation of the county Planning Commission. Energy company WPX wants the flexibility to use either tanks or pits, depending on the situation. Read the whole story in today’s Post Independent. KDNK’s Eye on Crime looks at the Carbondale PD. The White River National Forest will begin reconstruction on the Eagle-Thomasville Road for the Catawampus Salvage Timber Sale as soon as ground and weather conditions allow. The 2015 Carbondale Mountain Fair line-up has been announced. The full schedule is at carbondalearts.com. FEATURE: Solar energy is taking off in the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s January Jones has more about Solar Rollers.
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May 11, 2015

HEADLINES: It’s Bonedale Bike Week with events every day through the weekend and a bike jam at the new bike park on Saturday at 9:30 am. Full schedule and info at bonedalebikeweek.com. Environmental group WildEarth Guardians has sued the U.S. Forest Service over a 20-square mile logging project near Leadville. The group claims it will destroy valuable lynx habitat. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. Governor John Hickenlooper visits the new Center of Excellence for Advance Technology Aerial Firefighting at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle for the official opening on Wednesday. The public is welcome to attend. FEATURE: KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports on how West Slope communities rely on mnieral severance taxes.
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May 08, 2015

HEADLINES: There will be a run-off for the remaining Aspen City Council seat between former mayor Mick Ireland and activist Bert Myrin. Aspen Ski Company’s Environment Foundation has just announced their spring 2015 grant recipients with over $129,000 going to 16 projects. Eye on Crime looks at Rifle Police activity. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. CDOT says in 2014 there were 92 motorcyclists who lost their lives in fatal crashes. FEATURE: On KDNK’s Weekly News Brief Post Independent Reporter John Stroud talks about the recent shake-ups in Glenwood Springs municipal government and in Garfield County.
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May 07, 2015

HEADLINES: Garfield County Frank Hutfless was retired last week after less than three years on the job. Current Assistant County Attorney Tari Williams will fill the gap for now. Last weekend saw the Western Colorado Climate Challenge in Paonia. It was a conference focused on the impacts of climate change on the Western Slope, and what could be done to address them. KVNF's Jake Ryan has more. The 17th annual Dandelion Days is this weekend and the schedule has expanded to include events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. FEATURE: State lawmakers waited until the last minute to decide some of the biggest issues hanging over the capitol this legislative session. They worked overtime this week to get everything wrapped up before a midnight deadline on Wednesday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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May 06, 2015

HEADLINES: Unofficial Aspen city election results show incumbent Mayor Steve Skadron has won by 400 votes. City Council member Adam Frisch will keep his seat. But, there could be a runoff between Bert Myrin and Mick Ireland. The town has  become the first in the state to put building exception issues to a public vote. Garfield County recently ordered Colorado Rocky Mountain School to stop work on a new entryway. A public meeting is scheduled for 9 AM Thursday, May 14 at Colorado Rocky Mountain School. Amy Hadden Marsh reports. Glenwood Springs is one of two Colorado cities among 64 cities in the running for Outside Magazine’s Best Town in America. Glenwood is up against Victor, Idaho in the first round and has garnered over 71% of the votes. Details at outsideonline.com. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones and Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason break down the results of the Aspen municipal election.
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May 05, 2015

HEADLINES: Voters in Aspen today will decide on mayor, two city council seats, and whether to support a public vote on development exceptions. People can vote in person or drop off ballots at the Red Brick Building or at City Hall from 7 AM to 7 PM. An avalanche on Mount Sopris Sunday morning caught one skier. According to the Aspen Daily news, the skier was on the edge of the slide path and caught up to her waist by the slide. Two other skiers were able to dig her out. No one was injured. Story and photo at aspendailynews.com. Garfield County property owners should receive property tax valuations in the mail this week. Notices were mailed Friday to all land owners. The protest period is open until June 1. Details at the Garfield County Assessor's Office 945.9134 or at garfield-county.com/assessor. KDNK’s Eye on Crime looks at recent police activity in Carbondale and Aspen. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones reports from last week's UDC public meeting in Carbondale.
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May 04, 2015

HEADLINES: A dispute between Colorado Rocky Mountain School and its neighbors has led to a stop-work order, reports the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. The problems is a new. landscaped entry to the campus, which neighbors say will block non-motorized use of an historic county right of way through school grounds. Some neighbors recently replaced a grate on the north end of the campus without approval from the Rockford Ditch Company or the county. GarCo Commissioners will discuss the issue at today's meeting in GWS. Read the full story at postindependent.com. KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports on how Shakespeare helps get kids talking about violence and bullying. Rockfall mitigation begins today on Highway 133, near Paonia Reservoir.  Expect up to 20-minute traffic delays with single-lane alternating traffic from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday until the project is complete. FEATURE: Bente Birkeland reports on how severance taxes are not always a stable source of funding for Colorado communities.
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May 01, 2015

5/01/2015: HEADLINES: The presence of E. coli has been confirmed in a small wastewater discharge near the Jess Weaver Trail along CR 129 (No Name Lane) in No Name. Garfield County is investigating the source and will seek mitigation measures. Questions or concerns? Call Garfield County Public Health at 665-6380. KDNK's January Jones reports on how Carbondale's Community Work Day on Saturday is an example of the town's sustainability efforts. CMC has chosen Dr. Heather Exby as the new director of its Roaring Fork Campus. Exby starts on June 1st. Read the whole story in this week’s Sopris Sun. Don’t forget to get in line early tomorrow for the Glenwood Springs Health Fair. Doors open at 7 AM at the Glenwood Springs High School. Those seeking a blood draw must fast 12 hours in advance. FEATURE: For this week's News Brief, KDNK's January Jones talks with Aspen Daily News Managing Editor Curtis Wackerle about the politics of Aspen's city elections. And, a special May Day Labor Report from Workers Independent News on the 1886 nationwide walk-out the spurred the 8-hour workday.
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April 30, 2015

4/30/2015: HEADLINES: The public comment period for the first draft of the Colorado Water Plan is  Friday, May 1. More information and details about the draft plan are at coloradowaterplan.com. The first Western Colorado Climate Challenge & Solar Fair starts Friday in Paonia. The event features presentations from water and energy experts. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks to event organizer Pete Kolbenschlag. A rockslide has destroyed a popular jeeping road over Schofield Pass between Marble and Crested Butte, reports the Aspen Daily News. Read the story by Collin Soo-Zik at aspendailynews.com. FEATURE: KDNK's January Jones talks with Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsett and local citizens about development along the Roaring Fork River where the Pan and Fork Trailer Park used to be.
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April 29, 2015

HEADLINES: Local non-profit YouthZone held its annual awards ceremony last week, recognizing outstanding young people and volunteers. Saturday's earthquake in Nepal has set locals in motion to help out. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh speaks with Carbondale resident Dawn Dexter about a fundraiser coming up on Sunday, May 3, at Sustainable Settings. Find out more at the Nepali Earthquake Relief page on Facebook. The Basalt Town Council took steps towards a community compromise on the controversial development of a former downtown trailer park site Tuesday night. Read the whole story in today’s Aspen Times. FEATURE: From KDNK's Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, Latinas Arribas produced this piece about what they say is an uncomfortable learning environment at Basalt High School. Listen to the whole show at www.kdnk.org/youthradio.
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April 28, 2015

HEADLINES: Carbondale town officials meet tonight to officially adopt the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and discuss the Carbondale Circulator Bus. The Basalt Town Council will deal with more issues surrounding development of the former trailer park site. The Rifle Citizen Telegram is reporting that a new senior housing project for 50 units in New Castle is moving forward with construction expected next year. KDNK's Eye on Crime looks at Garfield County Sheriff’s Office activity. The Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV) are working in Carbondale on Saturday, May 2nd on the Crystal River Riparian Trail. FEATURE: Aspen municipal elections are coming up on May 5th. Mail- in ballots went out on April 13th and early in-person voting opened on April 20th. Up to voters are city council seats, the mayor’s seat and an important public question about putting development questions up to public vote. Today we start with a look at the Mayors race. Incumbent Mayor Steve Skadron and challenger Torre faced off in a debate this month that aired on Grassroots TV. We present some of that now, in this edited segment. The first question is whether downtown prices are too high due to parking restrictions, no-growth policies and affordable housing demands.Torre responds first, followed by Mayor Skadron.
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April 27, 2015

HEADLINES: Tonight the Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority is hosting a community open house to share design ideas for a makeover of the area around the Grand Avenue Bridge. The Aspen Times is reporting that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the IRS are opposing bankrupt billionaire Samuel Wyly’s motion to sell his Woody Creek ranch. LIFT-UP food pantry is encouraging gardners to plant a row for the hungry this spring and now, gardeners who do can claim a tax credit. A measure to study whether Colorado should take control of Federal public lands cleared its first committee at the Capitol. Environmental and outdoor recreation groups strongly oppose the bill. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. FEATURE: As the Colorado Senate gets ready to debate Senate Bill 232, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talked to 5 Point Film Fest guests about what they think of transferring Federal public lands to state control.
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April 24, 2015

HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork Conservancy says that the watershed snowpack is currently at 61 percent of average-- up from last Thursday’s measurement of 50 percent. A book with photos from Glenwood’s glory days has just been released and there is a book signing on Saturday. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Frontier Historical Museum Director Cindy Hines for details. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling sent a memo with springtime reminders for residents. FEATURE: KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her story about women’s bull riding. On this week's News Brief, Amy talks about the story before an encore presentation of the winning feature, "Tianna Davis: Girls Just Want to Ride Bulls".
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April 23, 2015

HEADLINES: Carbondale Chamber Director Andrea Stewart runs the Boston Marathon in 3:54:10. Find her photo in this week's Sopris Sun. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on a new Gallup environment poll. Part 2 of the Carbondale UDC is open for public review at carbondaleudc.com and the public can come to a meeting about it at 7 PM Thursday 4/30 at Town Hall. FEATURE: Sounds of the High Country features a conversation with author and High Country News contributing editor Craig Childs and KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh.
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April 22, 2015

HEADLINES: It's the 45th annual Earth Day and the Earth Day Children's Parade gets a 10 AM start at Basalt Elementary School and heads down Midland. ACES, CORE, and the City of Aspen host an Earth Day party tonight from 5 - 7 at Hallam Lake. And, on Saturday, Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts the annual Frying Pan River Clean-Up. KDNK's January Jones gets the details from RFC's Christina Medved. WildEarth Guardians will argue in Denver court on Friday against the US DOI's approval of the expansion of the Colowyo and Trapper coal mines in NW Colorado. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with businessman Ken Burns about recycling e-waste. Bente Birkland reports about bears, and January Jones has an update on the proposed Thompson Divide natural gas lease swap.
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April 21, 2015

HEADLINES: The North Face Bike Park in Carbondale is nearing full completion. The Aspen Times is reporting that Lowe Enterprises is putting their plans for a hotel and condos in Basalt on hold. A look at Carbondale Police activity for the last month. The Colorado Department of Transportation is starting up their Bustang-- express bus service on July 13th that will do a run between Glenwood Springs and Denver daily. FEATURE: Over the years Boulder and Denver have become hubs for tech start-ups, and the region is home to widely respected scientific research institutions – often drawing comparisons to Silicon Valley. But a new report from Colorado State University suggests northern Colorado is poised to receive the same recognition – but with an agrarian twist. KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon has more.
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April 20, 2015

HEADLINES: Friday night a fatal crash occurred on I-70 near Rifle. A 15-year old was killed and the 17-year old driver sustained serious injuries. The 44th Carbondale Mountain Fair Poster Design contest is underway. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports a bill for birth control access cleared its second reading in the House on Friday. Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has compiled a list of figures that paint of picture of cannabis in Colorado today. FEATURE: National Crime Victims Rights Awareness Week is April 19 - 25 this year and the 9th Judicial District is hosting a candlelight vigil at Sayre Park on April 22 to commemorate victims of violent crimes. Ninth Judicial District Victim Witness Assistants Stephanie Sarabia and Jessica Gonzalez, and Ninth Judicial District Chief Investigator Lisa Miller joined Amy Hadden Marsh on Valley Voices on April 9th to talk about the victims of violent crimes and their rights. Listen to the entire show at kdnk.org. Click on the Public Affairs button.
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April 17, 2015

HEADLINES: The Spring Clean up in Glenwood Springs continue next week, residents should have items to the curb by 7 am. The Roaring Fork Conservancy is reporting that the Roaring Fork Watershed snow pack is currently at 50 percent of average. CDOT has road improvements on SR 133 between Carbondale and Redstone scheduled and they are holding a public meeting about the project on Thursday April 23rd at Carbondale Town Hall. FEATURE: For this week's News Brief, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh speaks with Ryan Hoffman, new editor of the Rifle Citizen Telegram about his visions for the paper and local issues.
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April 16, 2015

HEADLINES: The White River National Forest has approved plans for the White BAnks alabaster, gypsum, and marble quarry at Avalanche Creek. The mine is also known as the Mystic Eagle mine and will begin minimal work in May, reports the Sopris Sun. Residents of Swiss Village, which is near the mine, are worried about noise, dust, and other potential problems. Pitkin County shares the residents’ concerns and is also worried about impacts on wildlife. The approval means the mine can operate for 4 years to allow mine operators to prove their claims. Read the whole story by John Colson in this week’s Sopris Sun. The Carbondale Town Trustees approved several housekeeping items Tuesday night, including a trustee library liaIson and construction of a shelter at the 3rd Street Center's community bread oven. But Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch-Bernot (ber-KNOTT) says most of the meeting's discussion focused on town ordinances for retail marijuana businesses. Newly-elected Glenwood Springs City Council members Kathryn Trauger and Steve Davis along with incumbents Todd Leahy and Mike Gamba will be sworn in tonight at the City Council meeting. Their first action item will be a review of a proposed retail marijuana grow operation on Devereux Road. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Leadville Mayor Jamie Stuever, who is a business owner and former alligator hunter.
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April 15, 2015

HEADLINES: Republican Congressman Scott Tipton plans to introduce the Water Rights Protection Act this week, accusing the USFS of hijacking water rights and federalizing water resources. KDNK’s January Jones has an update on grants that have just been awarded to local public organizations from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District. The Colorado Department of Transportation is getting in on the 4/20 marijuana celebrations by rolling out its “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign. The state will launch several public awareness events this week, including a presence at the Cannabis Cup in Denver on April 18 and 19. FEATURE: Houston-based SG Interests plans to drill for natural gas across 20,000 acres of mostly private land between McClure Pass and Paonia. Members of the Crystal River Caucus met in Redstone last week to talk about possible impacts of the project on the Crystal River Valley. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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April 14, 2015

HEADLINES: Pitkin County judge not ready to dismiss criminal charges against 89-year old John Walls, who killed a Basalt man last August while driving on the wrong side of Highway 82. Read the story at aspentimes.com. In two other long-running legal cases, the Aspen High School student, whose take-down arrest video last year went viral, was sentenced to a year of supervised probation. And, Dan MacEachen, previous owner of Krabloonik, was sentenced to 30 monhts of unsupervised probation, 120 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine for his misdeameanor animal neglect conviction. Read these stories at aspendailynews.com. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning and a wind advisory from Aspen to Rifle, beginning at 11 AM today. Those with dust sensitivities or respiratory illnesses should stay inside. Be bear aware. Check out the Living With Wildlife page at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife webstie for tips on how to keep bears out of your backyard. And, a van traveling eastbound on I-70 Monday crossed the median, two oncoming lanes of traffic, plowed through a fence, crossed the frontage road and a sidewalk before coming to a halt outside of a car dealership, reports the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. No one was seriously injured. FEATURE: Water in Reudi Reservoir may be sent downstream to help fill Lake Powell and rescue endangered fish. Local officials meet tonight to talk about it. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports. The meeting is at 7 PM at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale. The public is invited. And, Bente Birkland takes a look at some of the hot button topics up for legislative debate.
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April 13, 2015

HEADLINES: A strip mall in Carbondale caught fire on Sunday. Carbondale firefighters were able to douse the fire. No occupants were injured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Bente Birkland reports that a bill to redirect $20M in severance taxes passed the state House last week. Four top criminal cases in Aspen, involving the owner of Krabloonik, the Aspen High School student whose take-down arrest went viral, and two motorists responsible for the death of two people, are coming to an end. Read the whole story at aspentimes.com. Basalt Town Council takes public comment on a proposed redevelopment of a former trailer park site Tuesday at 5:30 PM at the Basalt Regional Library. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks to locals about the state water plan.
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April 10, 2015

HEADLINES: The Crystal River Caucus met last night in Redstone about proposed natural gas drilling between Paonia and McClure Pass. Tomorrow, Valley View will host a free and low-cost health screenings at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. January Jones has this update. Flows in the Fryingpan River and water levels at Ruedi Reservoir could be impacted if a proposed lease is approved by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. FEATURE: This week’s news brief looks at Snowmass Village development and the Glenwood Springs Police Department.
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April 09, 2015

HEADLINES: LiveWell Garfield County’s spring mini-grant cycle will support a range of projects from nutritional programs, bike racks and trails. Snowpack across the state is at 65% of normal and is almost 20% lower than this time last year. Tonight there’s a meeting in Redstone at the Church begining at 7 pm to get feedback for the master plan process for the Carbondale and Rural Fire District. FEATURE: The Glenwood Springs City Council election wrapped up with a 34% voter participation rate - sixteen-hundred votes were mailed in. The winner in the 3-way race for the at-large seat is Kathryn Trauger with just over one thousand votes. KDNK's January Jones spoke with Trauger about what’s needs to get done at the council this year. Steve Davis was the winner in Tuesday’s Glenwood Springs City Council race in Ward 1. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh yesterday about his vision for the city.
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April 08, 2015

HEADLINES: The Glenwood Springs City Council at-large seat winner is Kathryn Trauger. Steve Davis won the Ward 1 seat with 247 votes, Carbondale's Spring Cleanup and Waste Diversion Day is coming up on Saturday. There's a candidate forum tonight for the Aspen elections at 4:30 pm. FEATURE: Carbondale government relies on many volunteer led commissions to make progress on town goals. KDNK’s January Jones spoke with Darryl Fuller from Carbondale’s Bike, Pedestrian and Trails Commission about how they improve connectivity for residents.
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April 07, 2015

HEADLINES: The Garfield County Coroner has identified the person who died Friday April 3 as result of a one-car accident on I-70 between Glenwood Springs and West Glenwood Springs as 72-year old John Hutchings of Pioche,NV. KDNK's January Jones reports on a proposed lease swap that could impact natural gas drilling on the Thompson Divide. And, New Castle and Basalt Town Councils meet tonight at their respective locations. FEATURE: Senate Bill 255 passed the Colorado State Senate last week and is on its way to the House. The bill would take $20M off the top of the state Oil and Gas Severance Tax Fund and transfer it to the State General Fund to fulfill the TABOR refund requirement. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with State Representative Bob Rankin, whose district includes Garfield County, to find out why he opposes the bill and what he plans to do to protect severance taxes in the future.
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April 06, 2015

HEADLINES: Garfield County Commissioners will decide this morning whether or not to support an oil/gas lease swap that would protect the Thompson Divide from energy development. Local fire officials want private residents to start wildfire mitigation on their properties. Pitkin County begins its own mitigation this week in Snowmass Village, Red Mountain, and Brush Creek Village. More mitigation is expected next month. Glenwood Springs residents have until Tuesday, April 7, at 7 PM to return ballots for the City Council election. Ballots can be dropped off at the Glenwood Springs City Clerk's office in City Hall at 101 8th St. You can also register and vote on Tuesday. More info at the GWS clerk's office 384.6403. FEATURE: Both NASA and NOAA agree that 2014 was the warmest year on record. And, so far, 2015 has set heat records in CA, AZ, UT, and CO. Some in the Roaring Fork Valley have enjoyed the warm temps for the past couple of months but others aren't so sure. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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April 03, 2015

HEADLINES: The second module of the code is now posted at the town’s planning website at carbondaleudc.com. The Roaring Fork Conservancy says snow pack for the Roaring Fork Watershed is currently at 69% of normal. A former bookkeeper in the Garfield County Clerk’s office will face 4 to 9 years in prison with fines up to $600,000 for theft and embezzlement. The head of of the U-S Department of Veterans Affairs was in Snowmass Village Thursday. FEATURE: This week on the News Brief, Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter Will Grandbois has been covering the February homicide of a Carbondale woman. The newspaper was instrumental in bringing details of the crime to light this week. SKI AND ROAD REPORT.
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April 02, 2015

HEADLINES: The Garfield County Combined Courts have unsealed the arrest affadavit regarding a homicide in Carbondale on February 16th. Sunlight Mountain closed on Wednesday for the season due to a power failure. Tax Day is nearing and taxpayers can see if they qualify for free filing at www.freefile.irs.gov. E- Waste items are being accepted for recycling at Glenwood Springs Subaru all through the month of April. FEATURE: Ballots were mailed to Glenwood Springs voters in mid-March for next week’s municipal election. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has some procedural details from Glenwood Springs City Clerk Catherine Mythen. Then, a look at the candidates for Glenwood City Council Ward 1.
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April 01, 2015

HEADLINES: Look for detours in Aspen today due to road construction. North Mill between Bleeker and Main will be closed until April 10. And, CDOT is replacing traffic signals at Main and Mill. KDNK's January Jones reports on where Aspen will put city offices. The Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission wants members. Applications due by April 4. Call 328.8746 for more info. FEATURE: Oil and gas severance funds could be used to balance the Colorado state budget. Bente Birkeland reports. And, local ecologist Delia Malone talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about wolf and livestock conflicts.
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March 31, 2015

HEADLINES: Carbondale's Nature Park, aka the Dog Park, was closed Monday and will be closed again today due to spring weed burning. Carbondale Town Trustees meet tonight at 6 at City Hall. On the agenda is the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and the Water Conservation Plan. The Aspen City Council holds a work session tonight from 4 to 8 about the affordable housing requirements and fee system. The Colorado State Patrol’s CLICK IT OR TICKET seat belt enforcement program starts today statewide through Sunday, April 5th. State representative Bob Rankin’s snow tire bill passed the Senate Transportation Committee Thursday. FEATURE: A little over 3 months ago, Coloradans got a first look at the state’s water plan. The draft sent to Governor John Hickenlooper came after more than 800 public meetings across the state. But, despite an extensive education and outreach campaign, how involved is the public in planning Colorado’s water future? As part of Connecting the Drops, our statewide series on water issues, KGNU's Maeve Conran reports.
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March 30, 2015

HEADLINES: The USDA warns that a new type of Avian Flu has been found in multiple kinds of birds in 8 states. No known case in CO but report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to the Colorado Avian Health Call Line at 970.297.4008. From Bente Birkeland in Denver, Colorado lawmakers will study close to 200 tax breaks designed to create jobs and help the economy. The Aspen Daily News reports that the number of inmates with mental health issues in the Pitkin County Jail tops the national average. Officials say the jail has no facilities to handle acute psychiatric episodes and sometimes sends inmates to Grand Junction or Pueblo. Read the whole story at aspendailynews.com. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on a new Federal plan to combat antibiotic-resistant diseases.
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March 27, 2015

HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork Conservancy is reporting low snow pack levels for the watershed. A look at the Aspen Police Department’s recent activity. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will open Harvey Gap and Rifle Gap State Parks for boating on April 1. Bente Birkeland reports that public school teachers rallied at the state capitol Wednesday saying they are tired of standardized tests taking away from classroom time. FEATURE: After losing a lease at 918 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs two years ago, the Salvation Army’s Roaring Fork Valley office has been camped out in cramped quarters in the basement of the Masonic Temple. But, Thursday, the "Sally" opened a brand new - and permanent - home on 14th Street in Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
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March 26, 2015

HEADLINES: Last week, the Bureau of Land Management released long-awaited fracking rules. High schoolers could win a $3,000 college scholarship in the 3rd Congressional Art Competition. The Crystal River Caucus is meeting to talk about drilling plans in Bull Mountain is meeting on April 9th in Redstone. FEATURE: n the March 16th edition of High Country News, Jonathon Thompson writes about Farmington, New Mexico- an extreme example of a town that has locked fortunes with the oil and gas boom and bust cycles, for the last hundred years. KDNK’s January Jones spoke with Thompson in this edition of Sounds of the High Country. You can read Jonathon Thompson’s High Country News article at HCN dot org, and find past Sounds of the High Country episodes at KDNK dot org.
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March 25, 2015

HEADLINES: Pitkin County property owners will recieve their valuations in the mail on May 1st. The Garfield County Library’s countywide Shop Locally, Support Libraries campaign encourages people to bring sales receipts from local shopping trips to the library for a chance to win prizes. The Aspen Times is reporting that Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt came out Tuesday night against a proposal to put a hotel and condominiums on property near downtown. FEATURE: his past weekend was the 15th annual Eckert Crane Days event. People from across Colorado came to Delta County to witness the spring migration of the sandhill crane. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports.
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March 24, 2015

HEADLINES: Colorado’s childhood poverty rate has decreased for the first time in five years Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. Locally, the Kids Count data makes some interesting comparisons. KDNK’s January Jones has this report.The 26th Annual Garfield County Humanitarian Awards will be held on April 7th in Rifle. More information at the county’s website at www.garfield-county,com. FEATURE: Earlier this month, Valley Voices host Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Eloisa Duarte, director of the Valley Settlement Project’s Parent Mentor Program, and Alejandra Magana, principle of VSP's Lifelong Learning Program. In this segment, Eloisa describes the Parent Mentor Program and Alejandra talks about how it changed her life.
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March 23, 2015

HEADLINES: Glenwood Springs City Council will consider extending business hours for recreational pot sales in the city until 10 PM, says the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Right now, business hours for recreational and medical marijuana sales are from 8 AM to 7 PM daily. The matter has been referred to the city's Planning and Zoning Commission for review. Read the whole story by John Stroud at postindependent.com. Basalt Middle School is blazing educational trails. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh tells why. Joanne Borell, mother of a Basalt woman who died after being hit by a bus near Buttermilk in 2012, has dropped a lawsuit against RFTA. Read the whole story by Chad Abraham at aspendailynews.com. FEATURE: Colorado’s latest revenue forecast was good news for lawmakers, showing a healthy economy and more money for the state budget. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about what it means for the state budget and other bills pending at the statehouse.
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March 20, 2015

The Silt Town Board will meet Monday night to consider a retail marijuana cultivation license for Aurum Peak. Earlier this year, Aurum Peak’s application was rejected on the heels of a heated debate with a Silt citizen group opposing a different marijuana growing facility.The meeting begins at 7:00 pm. The Rifle-Garfield County Airport is the new center for aerial firefighting in Colorado. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. Garfield County has set up an online auction site to sell surplus items, including vehicles. They have six vehicles up for sale through March 23rd. The vehicles in this sale include two vans, two trucks and a two SUV’s. The portal is available at the Garfield County website at www.garfield-county.com/procurement. CPW licenses, permits, and registrations for 2015-2016 are now available. Anglers must purchase a 2015 fishing license in order to fish, beginning April 1. Mountain lion hunters can hunt through April but must buy a new license for the season starting April 1. Turkey season starts April 13. FEATURE: The weekly News Brief features Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter John Stroud talking with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the municipal election. Eye on Crime looks at Basalt PD.
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March 19, 2015

HEADLINES: The Rifle-Garfield County Airport will be the new center for aerial firefighting in Colorado. Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, director of the ACLU of Colorado, visits Carbondale on Friday March 20th. Basalt Middle School was recently chosen as a “Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch” for the second consecutive time. FEATURE: KDNK’s newest public affairs show is the AAG REPORT. In today’s feature, host Jock Jacober speaks with meat packing plant owner Gary Basinger about getting local meat to market. That was a feature from the AG REPORT, KDNK’s newest public affairs show about local food culture in the Roaring Fork Valley. The AG REPORT airs the second Tuesday of the month. Five archived episodes can be found at kdnk.org.
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March 18, 2015

HEADLINES: Pitkin County has found elevated radon levels in the Pitkin County Courthouse. Garfield County Public Health recently received a state wellness grant. The Aspen Daily News is reporting that Dwayne Romero is out as the president of Related Colorado as of April 1. FEATURE: Colorado lawmakers are considering a new law that clarifies traction requirements for passenger vehicles on I-70 during the winter. KDNK’s January Jones has more.
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March 17, 2015

HEADLINES: The White River National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn ten miles south of Carbondale, in the Avalanche Creek area. Aspen is holding a meeting on Wednesday morning to get input from the business community about it’s Construction Mitigation Plan. The Aspen Times is reporting that the Aspen City Council made it’s choice for the redevelopment of the city-owned Old Power House building last night. New Castle Town Council meeting is tonight at 7:00 pm, they'll consider the Jolly Park Trail Spur extension. Bente Birkeland has more on a Colorado Senate bill that has initially advanced a repeal of Colorado’s high capacity magazine ban. FEATURE: The Carbondale Public Arts Commission’s Art Around Town Program is in its 13th year with a $28,000 budget, most of which comes from town coffers. But, is the town’s outlay for the project worth it? KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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March 16, 2015

HEADLINES: Alpine Bank in Aspen reported counterfeit $100 bills last week. Police encourage use of special marking pens. KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports on a Federal bill to legalize industrial hemp farming. No sentence handed down for Christine Tinner, who pled guilty to careless driving causing death and careless driving causing injury in the death of Meleyna Kistner last year. According to the Aspen Times, Tinner suffered a nervous breakdown Friday and was hospitalized. FEATURE: Colorado lawmakers are just past the midpoint of the current legislative session. Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about what's ahead.
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March 13, 2015

HEADLINES: White River National Forest employees return to recently remodeled headquarters in historic building in Glenwood Springs this month. The renovation cost close to $2M in Federal funds. The annual San Luis Valley Crane Festival starts today and goes through the weekend. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports. Governor John Hickenlooper says the state health insurance exchange has faced problems. Bente Birkeland reports. Snowpack is 88% of normal in Roaring Fork watershed. Crystal River watershed hovering near 2012 drought levels. U.S. Drought Monitor says western Colorado is under moderate drought conditions. FEATURE: The weekly News Brief features Sopris Sun reporter John Colson on how the RFTA AC Plan impacts Carbondale. Eye on Crime looks at New Castle stats.
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March 12, 2015

HEADLINES: 46- year -old James Damon was shot on Monday after allegedly taking a sheriff deputy and CPW officer hostage during a suspicious vehicle check near Dinosaur, Colorado. The Carbondale Town Trustees approved two development proposals on Tuesday night for Thompson Park/Ross Montessori School and a new 4-plex at 2nd and Sopris Ave. The Aspen Daily News is reporting that the Snowmass Village Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend Related Colorado’s base area project move to the next phase. FEATURE: Over 50 Battlement Mesa residents attended another meeting hosted by Ursa Resources Tuesday night at the Grand Valley Firehouse. Ursa is currently drilling for natural gas just outside the Battlement Mesa PUD boundaries and some residents are upset. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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March 11, 2015

HEADLINES: About fifty Battlement Mesa residents attended a meeting hosted by Ursa Resources Tuesday night at the Grand Valley Fire Station. The Aspen Police Department reported no arrests from February 19th to the 26th by the first week of March, things picked up with multiple arrests. spen City Hall had a standing-room-only crowd of nearly one-hundred people last night to comment on which business they want to see at the Old Power House. The Roaring Fork School District will meet tonight to complete contract negotiations for the district’s executive team. SR133 construction between Carbondale and Redstone started Monday and more construction work happening this week on 133 in Carbondale. FEATURE: The Town of Carbondale is looking for public input on their newly drafted water conservation plan. Carbondale Utilities Director Mark O’Meara spoke with KDNK’s January Jones about water demands from population that’s expected to keep growing. Public comments on the plan will be accepted until March 17th.
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March 10, 2015

HEADLINES: Maria Alvarado-Gomez of Carbondale entered a plea deal on Monday, avoiding charges of the attempted murder of her daughters after she fed them rat poison. Aspen, Basalt and Carbondale are all having council meetings tonight in their respective towns. Battlement Mesa residents are meeting with Ursa Resources. FEATURE: Aspen Strong is a new organization aimed at increasing awareness and dialog about mental health. Executive Director Christina King spoke with KDNK’s January Jones about their monthly panel discussion, happening tonight at the Carbondale Library at 6:30 PM. SKI AND ROAD REPORT.
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March 09, 2015

HEADLINES: Aspen Skiing Company has joined over 350 organizations calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm same-sex marriage.KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports from last week's Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum about COGCC's response to the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force recommendations. And, Congressman Scott Tipton visits Glenwood Springs today.FEATURE: State lawmakers are half way through the annual legislative session. Bente Birkeland discusses some of the bills legislators will tackle in the latter half of the session.
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March 06, 2015

HEADLINES: Thursday morning a skier was trapped in an avalanche on Pitkin Creek in Eagle County was recovered alive but with a broken leg. Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario sent out a statement to the press yesterday voicing his continued supported for a federal challenge to recreational marijuana. Beginning Monday, more road construction on SR 133 between Carbondale and Redstone. It’s time for the clocks to change on Sunday March 8th- spring forward. FEATURE: On the Weekly News Brief, Brent Gardner Smith of Aspen Journalism explains a water rights case that will be heard at the Colorado Supreme Court, that pits front range interests against the west slope and a look at Glenwood Spring Police activity in 2014. SKI AND ROAD REPORT
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March 05, 2015

HEADLINES: Arturo Navarrete-Portillo, the suspect in the carbondale homicide that took place on February 16th has been released from the hospital in Grand Junction and taken to the Garfield County Jail.The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meets tonight and is currently requesting letters of interest to fill a citizen seat on the board representing the Una Bridge/Wallace Creek/Spring Creek areas. Bente Birkeland reports about a controversial amendment to a public safety bill. The Aspen Times is reporting that the Roaring Fork Transit Authority bus drivers have voted to unionize. FEATURE: About 50 people attended a joint meeting with Garfield County Commissioners and officials from Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and New Castle Wednesday night at the Glenwood Springs Community Center to talk about the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's draft Access Control Plan. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. SKI AND ROAD REPORT
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March 04, 2015

HEADLINES: I-70 was closed twice last night in Glenwood Canyon for multiple spin-offs and slide-offs. The Aspen Police Department is warning of credit card fraud throughout the valley and in other Colorado Ski towns. Aspen City Council is reviewing development proposal for the old Power House building. The Garfield County Commissioners are holding a special meeting tonight with the Glenwood Springs City Council and the Carbondale Town Trustees regarding the RFTA Access Control Plan. FEATURE: After six months of statewide meetings, Governor Hickenlooper's Oil and Gas Task Force came up with 56 draft recommendations. Only nine recommendations made it to the governor's desk. Jim Ramey is the Director of Citizens for a Healthy Community. He says the task force failed to achieve its mission. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Ramey about his disappointment and what he thinks would have worked better.
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March 03, 2015

HEADLINES: An Aspen High School student, whose take-down arrest for possession of marijuana was the highlight of a video gone viral in early February, pled guilty to underage possession of marijuana and resisting arrest on Monday. Colorado's biggest pot sales came from edibles, according to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division's first annual report. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has an update of arrests in Carbondale between 2/19 and 2/26/2015. And, the Telluride Ski Patrol voted 47 - 1 in favor of unionizing last week. FEATURE: Capitol Conversation with Bente Birkeland focuses on the next steps for oil and gas legislation this session.
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March 02, 2015

HEADLINES: Pitkin County and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center warn of a considerable avalanche risk. The Roaring Fork School District has completed contract negotiations for the district's executive team. And, on Sunday, March 1 at 3:06 AM, the Garfield County Coroner's office responded to a death investigation at mile marker 98 on I-70 at Silt. FEATURE: A recent survey of voters in six western states showed 68% believe that Federal lands belong to all Americans. But, lawmakers in some of those states are working hard to transfer public lands to state ownership. For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with High Country News editorial intern Kindra McQuillan about the Land Transfer Movement and a Utah bill that could set a legal precedent across the West.
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February 27, 2015

HEADLINES: A bi-partisan bill aimed at reducing traffic problems on I-70 during winter won voice-vote approval Thursday in the Colorado legislature. Bente Birkeland reports on forest health. Elevated levels of radon gas were discovered in the lower level of the Pitkin County library. Mitigation is underway. And, the Third Street Center in Carbondale hosts a Youth Poetry Slam at 6:30 tonight. FEATURE: Today's News Brief features highlights from this week's interviews with local journalists. Non-Profit Interview: The Aspen Hope Center.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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