Energy companies reported some 90 spills of hydrocarbons and oil and gas byproducts in Garfield County last year. Many of those spills took place on private property, where residents leased their land to drilling companies. But a KDNK news investigation reveals some of those residents were unaware that spills had taken place on their property—and that state regulators aren't checking to make sure landowners are properly informed of spills. KDNK's Ed Williams reports.
(Click on the story for an interactive map of oil and gas spills in Garfield County)
In the early March issue of High Country News, contributing editor Sierra Crane Murdoch tells a sprawling tale of contamination, cancer and cover up as she tries to unravel the unsolved mystery of the Fallon, Nevada cancer cluster. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Nelson Harvey spoke with Murdoch about what she found.
On Monday, March 10 the Sopris Sun, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, KDNK and Grassroots TV hosted a Candidate Forum for the April election in Carbondale. Competing for three open seats, four town trustee candidates participated: Katrina Byars, Alexander Hobbs, Wayne Horak, and incumbent Frosty Merriott. Mayor Stacey Bernot runs unopposed and will remain mayor for another term.
You can listen to KDNK's live broadcast of the forum in our news archives.
The murder of well-known Aspen native Nancy Pfister has shaken up the Roaring Fork Valley. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Aspen Times Editor Rick Carroll about recent developments in the homicide investigation
Local law enforcement teams arrested two suspects Monday in connection to the recent murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
On this week's news brief, a U.S Department of Labor investigation shakes up Aspen's hospitality industry. KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Chad Abraham of the Aspen Daily News about his coverage of the story this week.
A coalition of groups recently submitted a ballot initiative for state review that would amend the state constitution and give more control over oil and gas extraction to municipal and county governments. Proponents say state regulations aren't strict enough and that local governments should have more of a say in how and where energy extraction takes place.
While Roaring Fork Valley officials agree with the importance of local input on energy exploration, they say the proposed ballot language is too vague. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Roaring Fork Valley officials to get their responses to the initiative.
Voters in November may get to decide whether local governments within Colorado could place their own restrictions on oil and gas extraction, including whether to frack or not to frack. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about a ballot initiative sponsored by Local Control Colorado.
For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about the recent developments on the evictions of residents from Basalt's Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park.
Out in the Gila National Forest, ranchers and environmentalists are working together to protect endangered wolves, while also protecting ranchers' livelihoods. In the current issue of the High Country News, writer April Reese investigates the surprising new strategy for endangered wildlife protection being tried in New Mexico.
For this episode of Sounds of the High Country, our collaboration with the High Country News, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Reese about how two usually antagonistic groups are working on a solution that could make everyone happy.