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New BLM plan will have range of effects from popular local trails to oil and gas drilling

March 25, 2014
The Bureau of Land Management recently released the latest draft of its Resource Management Plan for the Colorado River Valley area. KDNK's Ed Williams has more.
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Connecting the Drops

Colorado leading the way on small hydropower trend

Colorado leading the way on small hydropower trend March 20, 2014
Using the force of moving water to generate electricity is an old idea. For much of the 20th century, hydroelectric technology led to the construction of giant dams across the American West and around the world. But big hydro projects have a big impact on surrounding ecosystems, and Colorado is at the center of a growing move toward hydropower on a smaller scale. As part of our year-long Connecting the Drops series, Rocky Mountain Community Radio's Andrea Chalfin reports.
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The Weekly News Brief

Aspen murder update, law enforcement activity around the Valley

March 20, 2014
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams and Eric Skalac focus on the copshop with news from law enforcement in the Roaring Fork Valley this week.
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Local News

Carbondale initiates the discussion about allowing open containers in town

March 19, 2014
The consumption of alcohol out at Carbondale's Wild West Rodeo on county road 100 is a tricky situation for Carbondale's board of trustees. The town owns the land, but it's in Garfield County's jurisdiction outside Carbondale town limits. And while open consumption of a beer at a town park on Main Street is forbidden, it's a practice that happens often and without any significant incidents out at the arena... thanks to security guards and careful attention by the rodeo's organizers.

While the trustees didn't arrive at a solution at their weekly meeting, trustees Allyn Harvey and Pam Zentmyer did suggest the idea of allowing open containers in Carbondale and on town owned properties, like the rodeo arena.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Harvey after the meeting to find out more about what motivated he and Zentmyer to direct town staff to look into allowing open containers.
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Energy in the West

Local control over oil and gas development on the minds of Colorado voters

March 17, 2014
Ballot initiatives calling for county and municipal authority over oil and gas development are popping up in Colorado like spring flowers. Disputes and lawsuits over Front Range fracking bans have triggered the push for more local control. Despite new state oil and gas regulations, local officials from both sides of the Continental Divide want more say in how energy extraction plays out in their communities. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
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The Weekly News Brief

Carbondale trustee candidates talk grocery stores, highway construction at forum

March 14, 2014
The deadline to submit your ballot for April's municipal election is fast approaching. Four candidates are competing for three open trustee seats. Those candidates are incumbent Frosty Merriott, Katrina Byars, Wayne Horak and AJ Hobbs. Carbondale mayor Stacey Bernot is running unopposed for reelection. The candidates spoke out on the town's pressing issues at a Candidate Forum earlier this week.

And on this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the Sopris Sun's Lynn Burton about grocery stores, highway construction, and other subjects discussed at the forum.

You can listen to the Candidate Forum in our news archives.
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Sounds of the High Country

Unravelling the mystery of Fallon's cancer cluster

Unravelling the mystery of Fallon's cancer cluster March 10, 2014
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.
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Politics

Carbondale Candidate Forum 2014

March 10, 2014
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 Weekly News Brief

Suspects arrested in Aspen homicide case

March 7, 2014
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
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Energy in the West

Gas Spills on Private Property: Are some landowners left out of the loop?

Gas Spills on Private Property: Are some landowners left out of the loop? March 4, 2014
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.


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