The number of community gardens in the U.S. has been growing in recent years as more people take an interest in producing at least some of their own food. Yet in some western communities, a new and radical approach to communal agriculture is taking root: the edible forest garden.
In the current issue of the High Country News, the writer Kevin Taylor describes these patches of Edenic edibility that are cropping up on public land across the west. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the environmental magazine High Country News, KDNK's Nelson Harvey spoke with Taylor, and checked in with the backers of an edible forest garden right here in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The former Gordon Cooper library building is once again open for new uses now that the team behind the James Surls museum has announced plans to look elsewhere in Carbondale for the site of their new building. The process won't kick off for a few weeks, but this time around, things may be a little different. After last night's town trustee meeting, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot to find out more.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages a herd of about 70 bighorn sheep above Basalt. And, in early January, state wildlife officials moved some to Grand County. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh was there and has this report.
Late last year, the Department of the Interior made permanent a two percent administrative fee, charged to states that receive Federal oil and gas royalties. In Colorado, that could mean up to a three million dollar loss in annual funds.
Congressman Scott Tipton introduced a bill to counter that fee last May and hopes to see it through to a Presidential signature this year. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently spoke with the congressman about the Federal OIl and Gas Leasing program and his take on energy production in the West.
The town of Basalt recently put forward three new options for relocating displaced residents at the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park. For this week's news brief KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about the town's plans.
Click here for Nelson's story about Basalt's affordable housing in the Aspen Daily News.
The first recreational marijuana shop west of Breckenridge is now open for business in Carbondale. KDNK's Ed Williams reports long lines and high taxes are not detering a steady stream of customers at the Doctor's Garden on Main Street.
The bipartisan budget deal passed by Congress in December cuts hundreds of millions of dollars of oil and gas royalty payments to western states over the next decade. Colorado could lose as much as $3M annually. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about how the cuts could impact Garfield County.
The National Transportation Safety Board's official report on the recent crash of a private jet at the Aspen airport is 12 to 18 months from being released, but pilots and flight experts say heavy winds were in play at the time of the plane's landing. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams and Brent Gardner Smith of Aspen Journalism talk about the initial stages of the investigation.
To see Aspen Journalism's photos and coverage of the crash, click here.
The booms and busts of the oil and gas industry have taken a toll on many communities in the West. In Wyoming, the coalbed methane bust in the last 10 years left about 1200 abandoned gas wells behind, sometimes right in the middle of once prosperous ranch land.
On this episode of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Wyoming Public Radio's Irina Zhorov about her article in the most recent issue of the High Country News on Wyoming's abandoned gas wells.
The Government Accountability Office released a report in late last year, criticizing the way the Department of Interior has been handling its oil and gas leasing program both on and off-shore.
The report is a follow-up to earlier GAO investigations,which found that the US government has one of the lowest rates of return on oil and gas leases, and that DOI has not evaluated the oil and gas revenue system for more than 25 years.
DOI has taken steps to improve the program. But, it's still on a list of programs that are at high risk of fraud, abuse, waste, or mismanagement.
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Frank Rusco, GAO's director of natural resources and environment, about the list and why DOI is on it.