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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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Crime & Cops

Aspen murder suspects make first appearance in court

March 4, 2014
Local law enforcement teams arrested two suspects Monday in connection to the recent murder of Aspen native Nancy Pfister. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
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The Weekly News Brief

Aspen businesses to pay almost 1 million dollars in back wages

March 3, 2014
On this week's news brief, a U.S Department of Labor investigation shakes up Aspen's hospitality industry. KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Chad Abraham of the Aspen Daily News about his coverage of the story this week.
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Energy in the West

Local govs respond to Local Control oil and gas initiative

Local govs respond to Local Control oil and gas initiative February 27, 2014
A coalition of groups recently submitted a ballot initiative for state review that would amend the state constitution and give more control over oil and gas extraction to municipal and county governments. Proponents say state regulations aren't strict enough and that local governments should have more of a say in how and where energy extraction takes place.

While Roaring Fork Valley officials agree with the importance of local input on energy exploration, they say the proposed ballot language is too vague. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Roaring Fork Valley officials to get their responses to the initiative.
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Energy in the West

Local Control Colorado preparing fracking ballot measure for November

February 25, 2014
Voters in November may get to decide whether local governments within Colorado could place their own restrictions on oil and gas extraction, including whether to frack or not to frack. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about a ballot initiative sponsored by Local Control Colorado.
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The Weekly News Brief

New developments in Pan and Fork mobile home park

February 21, 2014
For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about the recent developments on the evictions of residents from Basalt's Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park.
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Sounds of the High Country

Buyout program in the Gila could help ranchers and environmentalists

Buyout program in the Gila could help ranchers and environmentalists February 20, 2014
Out in the Gila National Forest, ranchers and environmentalists are working together to protect endangered wolves, while also protecting ranchers' livelihoods. In the current issue of the High Country News, writer April Reese investigates the surprising new strategy for endangered wildlife protection being tried in New Mexico.

For this episode of Sounds of the High Country, our collaboration with the High Country News, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Reese about how two usually antagonistic groups are working on a solution that could make everyone happy.
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Energy development in Western Colorado

Silt natural gas study comes to a close

February 17, 2014
Garfield County Commissioners recently closed the door on a nine-year study of the potential impacts of natural gas drilling on groundwater in areas south of Silt. Wyoming-based hydrologist Dr. Geoffrey Thyne, who weighed in on the results of Phase III of the study, had previously voiced concerns about a possible link between natural gas exploration and groundwater contamination. Now, he says there is none. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
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