Services for veterans, especially in Colorado's mountain communities, are often difficult to access. But, as KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh found out, veterans service officers are available in Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties. Here, Pat Hammon, VSO for Eagle County, talks about her work, challenges facing vets in Colorado's resort counties, and how the Western Slope Veterans Coalition wants to help.
Pat Hammon, Eagle County VSO, 970.390.4686
Joe Carpenter, Garfield County VSO, 625.9484
Scott Ring, Pitkin County VSO, 920.5235
Conservation groups who want to keep natural gas extraction out of the Thompson Divide are looking to Congress to help broker a compromise with energy companies. Garfield County Commissioners are in the forefront of bi-partisan efforts. KDNK's January Jones has this report.
The Colorado Department of Transportation is making some changes for motorists along I-70 this winter. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report on how they'll enforce traction laws that are already on the books.
The Garfield County Commissioners decision to defund the Planned Parenthood Glenwood Springs Health Center Monday prompted public outcry and a godfundme campaign, which surpassed its goal of $15,000 Friday. KDNK has been following the story and for this week's News Brief, January Jones and Amy Hadden Marsh talk details.
KDNK presents a special broadcast about the Garfield County Commissioners' decision to defund Planned Parenthood Glenwood Springs Health Center, including an interview with RMPP director and CEO Vicki Cowart. Click HERE to listen.
Come on down to KDNK's annual Labor of Love Auction and Community Mixer tonight November 20 from 6-9 at the Carbondale Rec Center. Do your holiday shopping and support KDNK at the same time. Gift certificates, labors of love, musical instruments and much more await in a sumptuous silent auction. Enjoy bluegrass from the Smuggler Mountain Boys and food and drink from the Pour House, Village Smithy, Peppinos, Mi Casita, Roaring Fork Beer Company, and Marble Distillery. Supported by Alpine Bank. See you there!
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Last week, the Garfield County Planning Commission voted 6 - 1 to recommend approval of a plan to drill for natural gas in Battlement Mesa. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why the commission voted in favor of the plan.
Unofficial election results are in and voters overwhelming gave support to multiple public agencies seeking funding increases. In Garfield County, voter turnout was 37.8 percent. The Roaring Fork School District was approved for a $122 million dollar bond to fund school repairs throughout Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. The two most visible ones will be upgrades to Glenwood Springs Elementary School and a new school called Eastbank between Glenwood and Carbondale. The district also had an affordable housing plan that will kick off in each community. Current RE-1 School Board Member Karl Hanlon lost his seat to Jennifer Rupert for a two-year term. Three people ran uncontested as well for RE 1 - Matt Hamilton, Mary Elizabeth Geiger and Daniel Biggs- will retain their seats. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District was approved for a two-year mill levy increase- 2,358 voted yes and 1,300 voted no. Garfield County Voters approved Colorado Mountain College’s ask to opt out of a state law restricting broadband providers. They also had a say in Colorado Mountain College’s Board of trustees. Kathy Goudy defeated Jon Warnick, locally and across the 6 counties CMC serves in it’s only contested race. Three other people were elected to their board of trustees, uncontested. In Pitkin County, 5,681 people voted with a turnout of 39 percent. Mark Hunt’s Base 2 development was turned down by 1,792 voters, while 1,060 people voted for it. The proposal was for a hotel on Main Street that sought zoning variances. Aspen residents were also asked what should be done with city hall after new facilities are built. 51.5 percent said they would like to see a “community use” and 48.4 said “offices.” The Basalt Fire District also got a yes on their funding ask with 478 people supporting it and 243 voting against an increase. The Aspen School District got support for funding with 68.7 percent saying yes- that’s about 3,100 people. About 1,400 said no to the district’s ask. For the Aspen School District Board of Education, Sandra MacMillan Peirce and Sheila Kennedy Wills won seats. Aspen Valley Hospital got an extension for their current tax. The only statewide ballot measure, Proposition BB, passed allowing Colorado to keep marijuana tax revenues.
Colorado voters passed local and statewide ballot initiatives yesterday. KDNK's January Jones has this wrap-up of the 2015 election.
The Planned Parenthood Glenwood Springs Health Center lost funding from a Garfield County grant program on Monday. KDNK's January Jones has more.