It may not come as a surprise that many Native Americans living on mostly poor, remote reservations in the American West have come to rely heavily on payday loan companies offering cash at high interest rates when money is tight. Yet as Jonathan Thompson reveals in the current issue of High Country News, some tribes have also started getting into the payday lending business themselves, often by partnering with private companies and shielding them from state financial rules.
For this episode of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the magazine, Nelson Harvey asked Thompson whether these tribes could be mortgaging their futures in exchange for quick cash.
This weekend, Glenwood Springs hosts a memorial for the firefighters who died in the South Canyon Fire of 1994. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Heather McGregor, administrative manager and technical writer for CLEER, about her experience reporting on the fire for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel 20 years ago.
Twenty years ago this weekend, the South Canyon Fire claimed the lives of 14 firefighters from Prineville, Oregon. The blaze overtook them as they ran to safety up the south flank of Storm King Mountain outside Glenwood Springs.
A memorial is planned for Sunday in Glenwood Springs, honoring the sacrifice of these brave men and women. One of the speakers will be Daniel Jiron, regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region. Jiron was the U.S. Forest Service public affairs officer for the team that investigated the Storm King incident right after it happened.
In an interview with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh, Jiron talks about how the events on Storm King Mountain twenty years ago changed his life.
As people in the Roaring Fork Valley prepare for Independence Day picnics and other outdoor celebration, talk of the West Nile Virus on the Western Slope is increasing. The Colorado department of Public Health and Environment recently reported that mosquitoes carrying West Nile were collected in Adams, Boulder, Delta and Weld Counties. And Garfield County Vegetation Manager Steve Anthony expects to see more of the Culex mosquitoes that carry West Nile in the coming weeks.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Anthony to find out what to expect this summer and also about what precautions Garfield County residents can take to protect themselves.
Glenwood Springs Police are still seeking a suspect in last week's bank robbery in Glenwood Springs. The robbery took place at the Alpine Bank in West Glenwood at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 30.
Police are seeking a white male in his 50s who reportedly entered the Alpine Bank and demanded money after showing a bank teller a gun. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of money, at which point he left on foot towards the Glenwood Springs Mall. The suspect is described as a white male with salt and pepper stubble on his face. He is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, medium build, with salt and pepper hair, blue eyes and no perceptible accent. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a blue shirt, dark ball cap, light checkered shorts, white tennis shoes and white socks.
Glenwood Springs Police encourage anyone with information, no matter how minor they feel it is, call Detective Matt Gronbeck at 970-384-6500.
Carbondale's priorities were questioned by residents of Barber Drive earlier this week. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to reporter John Colson who wrote about the state of Barber Drive in this week's Sopris Sun.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering taking grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park off the endangered species list this fall. This will be the third attempt in seven years to delist the bears, but the Center for Biological Diversity says the agency is jumping the gun. On June 18th, the group filed a petition with the Federal government asking Fish and Wildlife to consider reintroducing grizzlies across their historic range, including Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh asked CBD’s Noah Greenwald for details.
Click through to hear more from KDNK's conversation about grizzly bears.
When it comes to water, Colorado's kids can expect to face a challenging future. A growing population and increasing demand may mean difficult trade-offs. That's one reason educators and policymakers say it's critical to teach young people about water management. As part of "Connecting the Drops"—our series on Colorado water—Sam Fuqua visited two water education programs to see how they're handling this complicated topic.
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Brent Gardner Smith of Aspen Journalism about a large wedding last weekend that has some locals out of sorts and prompted an emergency ordinance in Pitkin County.
Head to Aspen Journalism's website for photos of the wedding site and impacts to the area.
It's summertime and that means wild animals and birds are having babies. It may be tempting to pick up and cuddle a fuzzy gosling or come to the rescue of a lone fawn in the backyard, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife says any kind of contact with baby wildlife can cause more harm than good. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.