Sometimes when you set off across the west in search of adventure, you find a bit more than you bargained for. The annual travel issue of High Country News is out this week, and to mark the occasion the magazine held a "Western Travel Horror Story" contest that prompted more than 50 readers to submit stories about trips in the west that went terribly—and hilariously—wrong.
For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with High Country News, KDNK's Nelson Harvey had three readers tell him their stories. He spoke to Will Toor about getting stripped of his dignity on a hitchhiking trip, to Sheyna Maytum about breaking down in the desert, and to Bruce Drogsvold about a tow truck driver who will live in infamy. Here are their stories.
Carbondale trustees are again discussing what to do with the former Gordon Cooper Library building. After a new round of proposals, the board heard several presentations at a recent work session. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to John Colson, who wrote about the meeting in this week's Sopris Sun.
A series of Bureau of Land Management meetings kicked off Tuesday, with the agency getting public comments on an Environmental Impact Statement--or EIS--analyzing existing oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest. And that includes controversial leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. The BLM is engaging the public on this scoping process to help identify the issues the local communities want to see addressed in the EIS.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the BLM's David Boyd about the meetings, and how the agency is responding to local requests to void oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide.
Springtime in the Rockies means the return of broad-tailed hummingbirds. But, warming planetary temperatures are creating a confusing environment for these tiny birds, which could permanently alter the population. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
KDNK has rescheduled our birthday party here at the station to Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. We have burgers and brats from Sustainable Settings Ranch, birthday cake and beer and wine and pop ... free for all current KDNK members! Feel free to bring a side dish or something for the grill.
On this episode of the weekly news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Ed Williams talk about follow-up visits after oil and gas chemical spills, and an update on a KDNK story from last month.
Tuesday night, new Carbondale trustees Katrina Byars and AJ Hobbs were sworn in... along with returning trustee Frosty Merriott and Mayor Stacey Bernot who were re-elected. The board also said goodbye to long-serving trustee John Foulkrod and Elizabeth Murphy, who was elected to the board in 2010. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Murphy after the meeting to find out which issues from the last four years really stood out for her.
Water's necessity in energy development is a hot-button topic, and this month's Energy Advisory Board meeting addressed the issue... the results were predictably volatile. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason was there, and brings this report.
According to local officials, the wealth gap in Aspen is growing, and at a recent meeting with local leaders, Pitkin County commissioners discussed the challenges faced by the area's working class and super wealthy. On this news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Aspen Journalism Editor Brent Gardner Smith who attended the meeting.
According to unofficial final election results, Carbondale's new trustees will be Katrina Byars and Alexander Hobbs. Trustee Frosty Merriott was re-elected to his seat. Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot ran unopposed for re-election.
In Silt, mayoral candidate Rick Aluise won over Mark Anderson. Silt voters also elected D Aron Diaz, Dylan Lewis and Bryan Fleming to the Board of Trustees. They also voted on whether the Town Administrator should have the power to designate the town clerk, police chief and treasurer, voting against the question 318 votes to 212.
In Basalt, Mark Kittle, Bernie Grauer and Gary Tennenbaum were elected to Town Council. Basalt voters also approved a ballot question establishing a 2 consecutive term limit for the offices of mayor and town councilor.