Last year, when Amendment 64 legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, it also legalized hemp and since then, for the first time in decades, farmers around the state are considering growing the industrial fiber. On this episode of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to reporter Allen Best, who wrote about Colorado hemp in the most recent issue of the High Country News.
A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state. Along the Colorado River, farms, cities & towns, and the recreation industry are all big players, but everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that's over one hundred years old. As part of the year-long series Connecting the Drops, Rocky Mountain Community Radio's Maeve Conran brings us this report on the Shoshone Generating Station and the critical role it plays on the Upper Colorado.
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December 2nd is the final day for public comment on the Bureau of Land Management's draft plan for managing the Greater Sage Grouse in northwest Colorado. Garfield County Commissioners are disappointed that the plan they submitted last spring is not an official alternative in the BLM's document. And, they claim the agency has violated the law. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
Carbondale trustees are talking about asking voters for a tax increase to fund renewable energy projects in town. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about the initiative.
One of the most prominent parts of the highway 133 improvement project is the addition of a roundabout at the intersection of 133 and main street. At last night's Carbondale trustee meeting, representatives from DHM Design presented the final conceptual plan for landscaping at that intersection, and along the highway the intersection with highway 82.
KDNK's Eric Skalac caught up with Charlie Kees of DHM after the meeting to find out more about what kind of flora Carbondale residents could see, and how cattle drives fit into the equation.
Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron, along with several Pitkin County Commissioners and Roaring Fork Valley business leaders held a press conference Thursday calling for congressman Scott Tipton to pass an immigration reform bill that includes a pathway to citizenship. KDNK's Ed Williams reports.
A deadly accident at the Revenue-Virginius mine near Ouray left two miners dead and 20 injured. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Samantha Wright of the Watch Newspapers in southwest Colorado to get the latest on the accident investigation.
Wildlife fences along Highway 82 and I-70 were completed in 2009 and reduced roadkill over the following two years by almost 30 percent. The barriers are built within wildlife migration corridors and some officials say they interfere with herd sizes and genetics. So, how do the fences work? KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Randy Hampton of Colorado Parks and Wildlife to find out.
Small western towns that fall victim to the boom and bust cycles of mining or oil and gas often try to reinvent themselves through tourism or other lower impact industries.
But in the latest issue of High Country News, reporter Marshall Swearingen tells the story of one South Dakota mining town that's refashioned itself as a center for cutting edge physics research.
KDNK's Nelson Harvey spoke to Swearingen for the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, and he learned that while scientific research may not pack the economic punch of the mining industry, it has all sorts of unintended educational benefits.