James Leonard, owner of the Doctor's Garden medical dispensary in Carbondale, talks about the impacts legalization could have on medical marijuana businesses in the state.
Less than a dozen people other than county employees attended the second public hearing last Monday about proposed changes to the Garfield County Land Use Code. Commissioners want a shorter, more user-friendly version that streamlines county development procedures and eliminates unnecessary regulatory barriers to economic development. But, critics say some of the changes endanger public health and safety, and fail to protect the environment. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
Earlier this week, the Carbondale trustees received public comments on how the Gordon Cooper library building should be used when the library moves to it's new home this summer. On the week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun break down some of the issues that will factor into the trustees' impending decision on the building.
Related: Public comments on library building split between Surls museum and family enrichment center
Months after discovering a toxic pipeline leak at a natural gas plant on Parachute Creek, industry workers are continuing efforts to clear the creek water of chemicals. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, area scientists are raising questions about the dangers the cleanup methods pose to the health of on-site workers.
(Click on the headline for a response to this story from Williams)
Carbondale trustees held a lengthy public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed uses of the soon to be vacant Gordon Cooper Library building on Main Street. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
Drought conditions persist across Colorado despite last month's moisture. According to Friday's USDA Colorado Department of Agriculture Market News, high winds in the southeastern part of the state mimicked Dust Bowl conditions, damaging an estimated 100,000 acres of topsoil and dirt-covered pasture.
On this week's Drought News, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Pat McCarty, agricultural agent for Garfield County's CSU Extension Office, about what the drought means for ranchers and their communities.
The political polarization now gripping the United States didn't originate in Washington D.C. It took root in small communities across the country, places that over the last several decades have been populated by people with increasingly homogenous and extreme political views.
For this episode of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's ongoing collaboration with the Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News, Nelson Harvey asked Sierra Crane Murdoch about her cover story on the radical conservative politics of northern Idaho, and what happens in a place where a single political party has complete control.
Wildfire season is coming and on this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Andrea Chalfin, news director for KRCC in Colorado Springs, about Flash Point, their recent series on devastating wildfire in Colorado.
The entire series, including videos, images and an interactive timeline are available in KRCC's archives.
Snowpack levels for the Roaring Fork watershed as of May 7th were at 90 percent of the median and almost one thousand percent of this time last year. The drought seems to have loosened its grip in some parts of the state but it's too soon to tell if that means the end is in sight. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
Colorado Mountain College announced Monday that a district court judge has ruled that a controversial lease between the college and natural gas company SourceGas is void and unenforceable. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more