Last week, nine families soon to be evicted from Basalt's Pan and Fork mobile home park to make way for the town's renovation of the area formed a coalition called Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt. With help from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, the group hopes to stave off their removal from the trailer park until the town finds alternative housing for them in or near Basalt. At a meeting Monday night, Basalt Town Manager Mike Scanlon announced he would try and build a new housing project for the town's displaced residents. KDNK's Ed Williams reports.
New research shows that trees in the Western U.S. are much more sensitive to warming temperatures than previously thought, and that recent increases in average temperature may already be affecting tree mortality across the west.
For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the environmental magazine High Country News, Nelson Harvey spoke with the magazine's assistant editor Cally Carswell about some of that new research.
He found out that what scientists are learning about tree mortality today could have major impacts on how we prepare for the future effects of global warming.
At last week's Energy Advisory Board meeting, Garfield County again brought out its study of the Mamm Creek area that concludes methane in water wells probably is not related to gas drilling. However the study's authors were peppered with questions from residents unhappy with the study's limitations. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason has this report.
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Last week, nine families soon to be evicted from Basalt's Pan and Fork mobile home park to make way for the town's renovation of the area formed a coalition called Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt. With help from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, the group hopes to stave off their removal from the trailer park until the town finds alternative housing for them in or near Basalt. KDNK's Ed Williams met with the group, and brings this report.
Increasing water demands on the Front Range have long been filled by water originating on the Western Slope, but recent comments from officials in charge of the Colorado River basin show a growing dissatisfaction with that arrangement. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism about his recent story on Colorado's water conflicts.
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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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.
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.