One person is dead and two others are wounded following the crash of a private jet at the Aspen Airport Sunday afternoon. Crews successfully removed the plane's wreckage from the tarmac Monday night, and flights in and out of Aspen resumed Tuesday morning. KDNK's Ed Williams reports federal agents from the National Transportation Safety Board are in the preliminary stages of what could be an 18-month investigation into the causes of the crash.
Recreational pot shops are scheduled to go live on January 1. But most businesses are falling behind in opening by that time—and for small towns like Silt, recreational pot is an even more distant reality. KDNK's Ed Williams reports.
Obamacare's first major deadline passed recently, and for this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks with Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about the Roaring Fork Valley's insurance enrollment numbers as of late December.
Under the Affordable Care Act, Garfield County has been combined with Summit, Pitkin, and Eagle counties to form Rating Area Eleven, which has some of the highest insurance rates in Colorado. County officials claim this discriminates against rural citizens. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Garfield County Attorney Frank Hutfless to find out what kind of action the county plans to take. Hutfless recommended against legal action against the state. Instead, he wants to open up the discussion.
Caring for an exotic pet is nothing like caring for a dog or a housecat. Their behavior can be erratic, and bites can cause serious injury. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, these animals can transmit diseases, like salmonella, rabies, TB, and hookworm. And, sometimes pet owners will release them into the wild, which can wreak havoc on native species. But, how do Coloradans know which animals are considered exotic by state wildlife regulators and which ones are legal to own? KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with CPW's Mark Caddy to find out.
For a list of pets allowed in Colorado, head to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website.
Phase One of the Garfield County Energy Master Plan is complete. Fred Jarman, county community development director, and members of the Lakewood, Colorado-based TRC Solutions consulting team gave an overview of the project to County Commissioners on Monday. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
There are some changes coming to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's bus service in CDale. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about discussion of those changes at this week's Carbondale trustee meeting.
New research shows that trees in the Western U.S. are much more sensitive to warming temperatures than previously thought, and that recent increases in average temperature may already be affecting tree mortality across the west.
For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the environmental magazine High Country News, Nelson Harvey spoke with the magazine's assistant editor Cally Carswell about some of that new research.
He found out that what scientists are learning about tree mortality today could have major impacts on how we prepare for the future effects of global warming.
Last week, nine families soon to be evicted from Basalt's Pan and Fork mobile home park to make way for the town's renovation of the area formed a coalition called Workers for Justice and Diversity in Basalt. With help from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, the group hopes to stave off their removal from the trailer park until the town finds alternative housing for them in or near Basalt. At a meeting Monday night, Basalt Town Manager Mike Scanlon announced he would try and build a new housing project for the town's displaced residents. KDNK's Ed Williams reports.
At last week's Energy Advisory Board meeting, Garfield County again brought out its study of the Mamm Creek area that concludes methane in water wells probably is not related to gas drilling. However the study's authors were peppered with questions from residents unhappy with the study's limitations. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason has this report.