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CDale to kick off new process for filling former library building

January 22, 2014
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.
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Basalt-area sheep help bolster sheep populations elsewhere in Colorado

Basalt-area sheep help bolster sheep populations elsewhere in Colorado January 21, 2014
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.
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Energy development in Western Colorado

Scott Tipton on oil and gas funds

January 16, 2014
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.
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Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park

News Brief: Basalt's affordable housing woes

January 16, 2014
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.
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Amendment 64: Communities in Transition

Valley's first recreational pot shop opens in Carbondale

Valley's first recreational pot shop opens in Carbondale January 15, 2014
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.
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What Washington's budget deal means for Garfield County

January 14, 2014
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.
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The Weekly News Brief

News Brief: wind eyed as factor behind plane crash

January 10, 2014
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.

Sounds of the High Country

The West's abandoned gas wells

The West's abandoned gas wells January 9, 2014
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.
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Energy development in Western Colorado

Fed's gas leasing program under scrutiny from Government Accountability Office

January 8, 2014
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.

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Plane crash in Aspen leaves one dead, two wounded

Plane crash in Aspen leaves one dead, two wounded January 5, 2014

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.


For Aspen Journalism's photos and coverage of the crash, click here.

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