The town of Basalt is in the process of moving residents out of the Pan and Fork mobile home park, hoping to finish some time next spring. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News talk about some of the recent developments in that process.
As water demands grow throughout the Colorado River Basin and supplies dry up, municipal and industrial uses are coming into conflict with agricultural water needs. In Colorado, cities and industry have been leasing and buying water rights from farmers and ranchers.
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently spoke with Kathay Rennels, life-long rancher and Assistant Vice President of Community and Economic Development at Colorado State University. She says this can be hard on those who work the land.
The Roaring Fork School District is holding a series of community meetings to trade ideas on developing a roadmap for the future of education in the district. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, the meetings are bringing in large crowds of parents.
While the full impact of the government shutdown won't be determined for some time, right here in the Roaring Fork Valley the public is experiencing one immediate effect in the closure of many popular Forest Service recreation sites... most notably the immensely popular Maroon Bells area.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Scott Fitzwilliams, forest supervisor for the White River National Forest to find out more about what the shutdown means for the Valley.
Year by year, the evidence of global warming mounts, ratcheting up the threat of catastrophe. Some practical-minded scientists are looking for shortcuts to curtail soaring temperatures. One scheme is to cool the planet with artificial volcanoes. Jeff Goodell wrote about this in his recent book "How to Cool the Planet." On today's episode of NRG with MG, KDNK's Marilyn Gleason begins by asking Jeff Goodell to retrace his path from a previous book on coal, to writing about geo-engineering.
Colorado House Bill 13-1303, passed last May, has changed the face of elections in Colorado. This coming November's coordinated election will be the first election conducted by mail. Earlier this week, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Garfield County clerk Jean Alberico about what the new rules mean for local voters.
For more information about the November coordinated election, contact the Garfield County clerk's office in Glenwood Springs or Rifle, or go to www.sos.state.co.us
Authorities are just beginning to ascertain the extent of the recent floods' damage to the vast network of oil and natural gas operations on the Front Range. KDNK's Ed Williams flew with Ecoflight over the damaged areas in Weld County, where thousands of oil and gas sites were swamped by the flood water and brings this report.
Related: St. Vrain River now flows through Front Range town of Lyons; Former EPA official sees a lesson in unprecedented floods; Devastated communities struggling with historic floods
The recent historic floods have displaced countless front-range residents, affected more than 200 miles of roads and left at least 5 dead. And as floodwaters recede, questions arise about contamination and about how affected communities will rebuild. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Maeve Conran, co-director of news for KGNU, about what she's seen over the last week.
The town of Lyons in Boulder County is one of the areas hardest hit by recent floods. The entire population of just over 2000 people were asked to leave as all services have been destroyed. There is no water, sewage, electricity or gas in the town and most of the bridges that connect the town north and south have been destroyed. All residents have been asked to leave to allow officials to assess damage and begin reconstruction. KGNU's Maeve Conran spoke with town administrator Victoria Simonsen by the banks of the St. Vrain, which now charts a new course through the town.
Click through to our news archives to hear more about the recovery efforts in Lyons.
Thousands of natural gas wells in Weld County remain inundated by floodwater, days after the devastating rains that decimated much of the front range. As of noon today, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was tracking 10 oil spills in flood-affected areas. Two of those the COGCC classifies as "notable". Both are spills from Anadarko storage tanks, and together have spilled almost 20 thousand gallons of oil into the floodwaters.
Ecoflight flew KDNK’s Ed Williams over Weld County to report on the damage to the fracking infrastructure. Here he talks to Weston Wilson, former EPA official and natural gas expert, about the impact of the floods.