KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh recently joined Wilderness Workshop and Trout Unlimited on an EcoFlight over the Thompson Divide. This summer, the Bureau of Land Management released an environmental impact statement that protects most of the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas leasing. But, the decision leaves more than 46 square miles of roadless areas in the southern and western portions of the White River National Forest open to energy extraction. Learn more at EcoFlight.org.
As grades 1 through 12 head back to school today in the Roaring Fork School District, the board of education meets at 5:30pm in Carbondale at Bridges, 400 Sopris Ave. The meeting will include a presentation on the new Eastbank school in Glenwood Springs, a resolution on installation of a solar array at Glenwood Springs Elementary and an update on the school district’s strategic plan and key initiatives this school year from new superintendent Rob Stein. Also on the agenda is Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley's proposed development at Basalt High School. KDNK's Gavin Dahl talks with Habitat president Scott Gilbert about the project.
KDNK’s Amy Barr featured Mitzi Ledingham, deputy director of Pitkin County Human Services, on her latest Get Connected program. They discussed the Healthy Community Fund. Get Connected airs the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 on KDNK. Archives here.
ProPublica has discovered a tax loophole that allows ranchers in parts of the Colorado River Basin to get bigger tax write-offs the more water they use. Gavin Dahl speaks to Abrahm Lustgarten, senior reporter for ProPublica, about his article, “Gimme a Break! IRS Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-stricken West.”
August 18th was the final Carbondale Wild West Rodeo of the season at Gus Darien Arena. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has been producing rodeo moments weekly since CWWR opened in June. She produced this extended segment to wrap up the year.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife wants to study the effect of mountain lions and black bear on mule deer in the Piceance Basin. But, as KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh found out, the agency might be contradicting itself.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is holding public meetings around the state about its proposed Predator Control Study. The agency wants to hire USDA Wildlife Services to kill 5 -10 mountain lion and 10 - 15 black bear annually for the next 3 years on a portion of the Roan Plateau, north of Rifle. CPW says not enough mule deer fawns are surviving through the winter and wants to see if predation is a factor. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh attended a Rifle meeting on Tuesday, August 16, and talked to people in the audience about what they think of the proposal.
Results from a 2015 Cattle Creek study by the Roaring Fork Conservancy are a mixed bag. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Chad Rudow, who is actively involved in the work. Click here to listen to more about how the results will be used and how the study is heading into its second year. Click here to read the report summary.
For this week's News Brief, KDNK's Gavin Dahl talks with Colorado Independent reporter Corey Hutchins about the statewide Board of Regents race. Election results this November could shift the power at the top of the Colorado's higher education system for the first time in 30 years. Click here for Corey Hutchins article in the Colorado Independent and find out all you need to know about the Board of Regents.