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