Source Gas will build its natural gas compressor station in the hills outside Glenwood Springs after all. Garfield County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to approve a new site just south of County Road 115 on property owned by the Nieslanik family. And, compromise is what made it work. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
It's been about a year since the Obama Administration introduced Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an immigration policy change granting young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children a two year reprieve from deportation.
The program also allows young people to get a work permit and a chance at a driver's license, and in Sunday's edition of the Aspen Daily News, staff writer Nelson Harvey explored how it's affecting the lives of young immigrants in the Roaring Fork Valley. Today he brings KDNK this report.
Parachute Creek received attention this spring when a hydrocarbon leak caused a spike in benzene levels in the creek. But an investigation by KDNK's Ed Williams turned up several more facilities in the area with a history of alleged clean air act violations.
Agriculture uses over 80% of Colorado River water but as cities from Colorado's Front Range to southern California continue to grow and water supplies continue to dwindle, this could change. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University, about the impacts of changing water needs on agriculture and the communities that depend on it.
Recently state regulators announced that benzene contamination on Parachute Creek has slowed to a trickle at the site of the Williams processing plant that leaked natural gas into the groundwater earlier this year. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, another gas facility just miles away is under investigation for multiple alleged violations of the Clean Air Act--including rules regulating benzene emissions.
(Click on the story for an interactive map of Clean Air Act violations in Garfield County)
Tonight the Basalt town council will give a final vote on a measure that will permanently change the town's affordable housing rules. The move is part of the town's ongoing effort to relocate the residents of the Pan and Fork mobile home park in order to do restoration work to the riverbank, and to build a recreational park and possibly a hotel at the site. KDNK's Ed Williams went to the Pan and Fork to talk to residents living there, and find out what the change in affordable housing would mean for them.
On Sunday September 15th from 5-6pm, KDNK is participating in a state-wide call in show called Connecting the Drops.
In collaboration with KGNU in Boulder and KRCC in Colorado Springs we host an hour-long discussion with listener calls focusing on the plight of the Colorado River. Taylor Hawes, Nature Conservancy's Colorado River program director who recently testified before a Senate committee on the Colorado River will be the guest in studio at KGNU. Jim Pokrandt with the Colorado River District will be the guest at KDNK and a representative from Colorado Springs Utilities will join us by phone.
Join us for this state-wide simulcast on Sunday, September 15 from 5-6pm on KDNK.
Harvard scientist Daniel Nocera has focused his life's work on discovering and unleashing the secret energy system of plants. His Artificial Leaf mimics nature to release hydrogen from water in a repeating cycle, which can be used to heat or power vehicles. Today on NRG with MG, Daniel Nocera tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how he imagines photosynthesis revolutionizing how we use energy.
A recent Bureau of Reclamation study showed that Colorado River water demands are outpacing supplies, which could create a conflict of values between agriculture and municipal and industrial use. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Reagan Waskom director of the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University, to find out more.
The debate over the new gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing is heating up this fall, as several cities along Colorado's Front Range prepare to vote on fracking bans or moratoriums.
In a story in the current issue of High Country News, the writer Josh Zaffos documents the groundswell of Front Range opposition to fracking, and he also describes how some of Colorado's more rural communities actually want to loosen fracking rules.
As Zaffos told KDNK's Nelson Harvey in the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, voters on both sides of the drilling debate are jockeying for more local control over gas exploration in Colorado.