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NCAR Releases New Ozone Study

May 15, 2014
The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO says that ozone pollution across the U.S. will worsen as the climate warms. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh speaks with NCAR scientist and author of the study, Gabrielle Pfister.

Health

Colorado Division of Insurance working to lower area insurance premiums

May 6, 2014
On Friday, the Colorado Division of Insurance or D.O.I. announced proposals that could reduce health insurance premiums for residents of Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin, and Summit counties who purchase individual or small-group insurance plans. KDNK's Ed Williams has more.
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Energy development in Western Colorado

New BLM policy could prevent negative impacts to public land, but not everyone is on board

May 5, 2014
In April, the Bureau of Land Management's Colorado office announced new policy for oil and gas lease nominations proposed for public lands that could have other values. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
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The Weekly News Brief

High-profile Denver pot raids and arrests involve alleged Colombian ties

May 2, 2014
The Drug Enforcement Agency recently raided several Denver marijuana sites, and indicted 4 men for allegedly laundering and funneling Colombian money into Colorado in order to purchase a Denver warehouse for marijuana cultivation. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Denver Post reporter Eric Gorski, who's been covering the story of VIP Cannabis and operators Gerardo and Luis Uribe since last fall.
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Health

Jonathan Foley proposes steps to solve the world's food dilemma

Jonathan Foley proposes steps to solve the world's food dilemma May 2, 2014
This month National Geographic Magazine kicks off a series on the Future of Food. KDNK's Ed Williams talked with Jonathan Foley, Director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment and author of this month's National Geographic cover story, titled How to Feed 9 Billion.
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The Weekly News Brief

Local fire board elections competitive for first time in years

April 25, 2014
Fire board elections are in full swing in the Valley, with a wide spread of new candidates challenging incumbents in Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Andrew Travers of the Aspen Daily News about this year's unusually competitive race.
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Wildlife

Robins wintering locally in recent years

April 21, 2014
The American robin usually doesn't spend the winter in Colorado. But, over the past 40 years, the bird has been moving north. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with ecologist Delia Malone to find out why.
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Carbondale trustees considering a new round of proposals for the old library building

April 18, 2014
Carbondale trustees are again discussing what to do with the former Gordon Cooper Library building. After a new round of proposals, the board heard several presentations at a recent work session. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to John Colson, who wrote about the meeting in this week's Sopris Sun.
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Sounds of the High Country

Horror stories about traveling the wild West

Horror stories about traveling the wild West April 17, 2014
Sometimes when you set off across the west in search of adventure, you find a bit more than you bargained for. The annual travel issue of High Country News is out this week, and to mark the occasion the magazine held a "Western Travel Horror Story" contest that prompted more than 50 readers to submit stories about trips in the west that went terribly—and hilariously—wrong.

For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with High Country News, KDNK's Nelson Harvey had three readers tell him their stories. He spoke to Will Toor about getting stripped of his dignity on a hitchhiking trip, to Sheyna Maytum about breaking down in the desert, and to Bruce Drogsvold about a tow truck driver who will live in infamy. Here are their stories.
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Energy development in Western Colorado

BLM holding local meetings to hear public comments on gas leases in the Thompson Divide

April 16, 2014
A series of Bureau of Land Management meetings kicked off Tuesday, with the agency getting public comments on an Environmental Impact Statement--or EIS--analyzing existing oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest. And that includes controversial leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. The BLM is engaging the public on this scoping process to help identify the issues the local communities want to see addressed in the EIS.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the BLM's David Boyd about the meetings, and how the agency is responding to local requests to void oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide.

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