An exploding electrical transformer ushered in the 45th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair but this time, it started a wildfire that evacuated the BRB/KOA campground along Highway 133, closed the highway, and worried fire officials. Fire crews from as far away as Montana raced to put it out. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
This week Gavin Dahl speaks with journalist Daniel Glick, co-founder of The Story Group, who is following the money spent on TV ads, mailers and billboards to persuade residents not to support iniatitives. Concerned moms say the industry is targeting them for gathering signatures. Glick's Colorado Independent article with Kelsey Ray is “Who’s Behind Decline to Sign.”
Compostable waste from last year's Carbondale Mountain Fair did not end up where it was supposed to. This year, Green Team volunteers, Mountain Waste and Recycling, and Pitkin County are working together to make sure it doesn't happen again. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
At their meeting on July 26th, Carbondale Town Trustees approved ballot language for the November election, asking residents to opt-out of a state law that restricts local governments from addressing the need for affordable high-speed Internet. Gavin Dahl reports.
A new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program is in the works for Garfield County. Right now, victims of sexual assault have to travel to Grand Junction or Summit County for an essential exam, which makes it difficult for them to follow through. And, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out, SANE exams are not just for collecting evidence to help bring these cases to justice.
The Colorado Community Rights Network’s volunteer-based effort to create a statewide ballot amendment giving local communities more control over fracking, toxic waste and factory farms has run out of gas. Gavin Dahl spoke to organizer Cliff Willmeng.
Carbondale and other communities in the KDNK listening area face challenges retaining police officers. KDNK's January Jones spoke with Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling recently about what factors affect his department. We’re now hearing that Carbondale PD has made a conditional job offer to a candidate in the police academy at Spring Valley.
Check out KDNK's Mountain Fair music page. We've loaded it up with past archives and a look at the artists involved in Mountain Fair 2016.
After last week’s nearly 3-hour study session with planning experts, KDNK’s Gavin Dahl sat down with Carbondale Mayor Pro Tem Dan Richardson to learn about the current approach to affordable housing. Trustee meetings are moving back to Tuesdays at 6pm. Garfield County officials will be in attendance July 26th to discuss the pursuit of affordable housing and affordable high-speed Internet in our valley.
Aspen Daily News staff writer Collin Szewczyk wrote two important articles about a hearing held by Republicans in Congress last week on Thompson Divide oil and gas leases that Pitkin County commissioners say were slanted. On this week's news brief, Gavin Dahl asks him to explain what happened. His must-read articles are here and here.