The KDNK Labor of Love Auction and Community Mixer is Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Carbondale Rec Center! We have many hundreds of wonderful donations from this incredible Wayne Kramer Fender Stratocaster guitar to art, dining, services and local labors of love! This free event goes from 6:30-9:00 and will feature delightful finger foods from Konnyaku, a bar with beer and wine and live jazz from the Walt Smith Trio.
The 2012 presidential election is just around the corner. Carbondale resident Randy Udall is a regular commentator on energy issues for KDNK. He also comes from a famous political family. On this week's edition of NRG with MG, Randy Udall meets with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason to explore the nexus of energy and politics in the context of the upcoming election.
Swedish documentary filmmaker Fredrick Gertten rose to prominence when the Dole banana company launched a multimillion dollar campaign to suppress the release of a film he made that was critical of the company's work in Central America. KDNK's Ed Williams spoke to Gertten about the film, which shows at the Aspen Film Festival this week.
On September 27th, the Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative and Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a Candidate Forum on Water for Eagle, Pitkin & Garfield county commissioner candidates at the Third Street Center.
Aspen Public Radio's Carolyne Heldman moderated the forum, which was composed of John Young and Steve Child of Pitkin County; John Martin, Sonja Linman, Aleks Briedis and Mike Samson of Garfield County; and Courtney Holm and Jon Stavney of Eagle County.
(Click through to listen to the forum)
The Carbondale board of trustees approved a resolution this week that allocated $80,000 dollars to an upcoming energy efficiency campaign. Two area non-profits CORE and CLEER will be starting a new program this fall to aid and educate both private citizens and businesses in ways to decrease their energy usage. They plan to do this in part by using rebates and incentives, as well as coaching and community engagement.
On this week's News Brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about the board's response to the program and about why the mayor voted against it.
This week county authorities put up an air quality monitoring station near the Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale. KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with Garfield County Environmental Health Manager Paul Reaser about air monitoring in the area.
Watercourse: Conversations with a Moving Element. An evening with literary adventurer & nature writer Craig Childs, on his experience of the planet's rivers. Click on the story to hear the talk.
Early this year, the Bureau of Land Management published a draft Environmental Impact Statement and amendments for opening lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming to tar sand and oil shale extraction. The new plan reduced an earlier 2008 allocation of almost 2 and a half million acres.
Unsurprisingly, the plan was controversial on all sides. For the last few years, a handful of oil companies have tried hard to prove that oil shale is a viable energy source, using test plots on public land in Colorado to experiment.
Today on NRG with MG, Colorado State Geologist Vince Matthews is back to talk with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason about oil shale and its relatives further down the the resource pyramid.
Earlier this year the Aspen Community School was awarded a competitive state grant called Building Excellent Schools Today—also known as the BEST grant—to renovate its aging campus in Woody Creek. ACS has to raise matching funding before it can get the grant money from the state, and last week teachers and faculty kicked off a capital campaign to raise those funds. KDNK's Ed Williams talked with COMPASS executive director Skye Skinner about the grant and its importance to the school.
Last weekend, KDNK and the Aspen Daily News presented an afternoon with Amy Goodman, host of Democracy Now! She stopped at Carbondale's town hall as part of their 100 city "Silenced Majority Tour."
Goodman spoke about police brutality, the narrow focus of mainstream media, voices absent in the 2012 elections and the vital role of independent media.
(Listen to Amy Goodman's full discussion)