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The Weekly News Brief

Wealth gap growing in Aspen

April 4, 2014
According to local officials, the wealth gap in Aspen is growing, and at a recent meeting with local leaders, Pitkin County commissioners discussed the challenges faced by the area's working class and super wealthy. On this news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Aspen Journalism Editor Brent Gardner Smith who attended the meeting.
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Elections

Unofficial final results for area municipal elections

Unofficial final results for area municipal elections April 1, 2014
According to unofficial final election results, Carbondale's new trustees will be Katrina Byars and Alexander Hobbs. Trustee Frosty Merriott was re-elected to his seat. Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot ran unopposed for re-election.

In Silt, mayoral candidate Rick Aluise won over Mark Anderson. Silt voters also elected D Aron Diaz, Dylan Lewis and Bryan Fleming to the Board of Trustees. They also voted on whether the Town Administrator should have the power to designate the town clerk, police chief and treasurer, voting against the question 318 votes to 212.


In Basalt, Mark Kittle, Bernie Grauer and Gary Tennenbaum were elected to Town Council. Basalt voters also approved a ballot question establishing a 2 consecutive term limit for the offices of mayor and town councilor.

The Weekly News Brief

Adjuncts upset over new CMC policy

March 28, 2014
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about his coverage of Colorado Mountain College, the Affordable Care Act and how some adjuncts are angry about a change in policy.
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2013 Flooding on the Front Range

State releases report on oil and gas in 2013 floods

State releases report on oil and gas in 2013 floods March 28, 2014

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission released a comprehensive report on the lessons learned from the catastrophic Front Range floods last September. KDNK’s Ed Williams spoke with COGCC flood response expert Alan Gilbert about the report.

Click here for a link to the report.
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Sounds of the High Country

Exporting the West's renewable energy commodity

Exporting the West's renewable energy commodity March 26, 2014
California's 38 million residents need energy, and since they don't want it from coal plants, communities in the West are trying to seize an opportunity to export their renewable energy California's way. In this episode of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Judith Lewis Mernit who wrote about California's energy needs and the west's renewable energy network in the most recent High Country News. As Mernit writes, the situation might mean economic development for small towns with big renewable energy resources.
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outdoor life

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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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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