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Communities mourning after helicopter crash

January 31, 2014
Three people died in a tragic helicopter crash south of Silt earlier this week. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about his coverage of the crash over the last several days.
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Local News

Helicopter crashes south of Silt

January 28, 2014
According to the Garfield County officials, a fatal helicopter crash occurred late Monday morning. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
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The Weekly News Brief

Surls museum looking elsewhere for site

January 24, 2014
The James Surls museum will no longer be housed in the former Gordon Cooper Library Building, meaning the town is now looking for new tenants for the space. On this episode of the weekly news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about why the Surls team moved on, and about what's next for the building.
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Sounds of the High Country

Edible food forests appearing in the West

Edible food forests appearing in the West January 23, 2014
The number of community gardens in the U.S. has been growing in recent years as more people take an interest in producing at least some of their own food. Yet in some western communities, a new and radical approach to communal agriculture is taking root: the edible forest garden.

In the current issue of the High Country News, the writer Kevin Taylor describes these patches of Edenic edibility that are cropping up on public land across the west. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the environmental magazine High Country News, KDNK's Nelson Harvey spoke with Taylor, and checked in with the backers of an edible forest garden right here in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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Local News

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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Wildlife

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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