On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Marilyn Gleason talk about president Obama's campaign stop in Grand Junction earlier this week.
Garfield County resident Rick Roles has been a thorn in the side of gas companies and regulators alike, ever since gas development began on his property almost two decades ago. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, Roles says industry activity near his home has compromised his health and his livelihood.
(CLICK ON THE STORY FOR PICTURES OF GAS DEVELOPMENT ON THE ROLES PROPERTY)
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has written draft legislation to permanently protect the Thompson Divide area from oil and gas extraction. Recently, energy company SG Interests took steps toward drilling on leases in the area and the Thompson Divide Coalition welcomes Bennett's efforts. Energy trade groups, however, have written a letter opposing the measure.
The bill is open for public comment and is available by clicking here.
Local energy expert Randy Udall is back to discuss solar energy for this week's edition of NRG with MG. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason asked Randy Udall how governments help or hinder the economic viability of solar power.
Garfield County's Energy Advisory Board met in Rifle late last week. About 30 citizens and politicians turned out for updates on gas drilling and a presentation on hydraulic fracturing. As KDNK's Marilyn Gleason reports, several also attended in order to voice criticism, complaints and concerns before the board.
Presumptive presidential candidate Mitt Romney made another stop in the Roaring Fork Valley Thursday. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Ed Williams discuss the republican governor's interest in the valley.
The drama continues over the possibility of leasing large portions of the Thompson Divide area west of Carbondale to energy companies for natural gas development. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, the town of Redstone is particularly worried about the economic fallout from potential gas drilling.
Have you even wondered how the Roaring Fork Valley was formed? Or pondered as you soaked in Penny Hot Springs how that water got so hot? Have you debated why that back road between Carbondale and Glenwood is such a bumpy drive? The answers to these questions may surprise you. KDNK's Riley Skinner spoke to Kayo Ogilby, local geologist and teacher at Colorado Rocky Mountain School, to find out more about the fascinating landscape we live in.
Last week, Tanny McGinnis, public information and community relations deputy with the Garfield County Sheriff's Department, sent an email to a list of undisclosed recipients, inviting them to a Republican Party candidate meet-and-greet on July 26th. She did this while on duty and Democrats say she violated the Free Campaign Practices Act. But, as KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports, this may not be the case.
In 2008, Tim DeChristopher rose to prominence among environmentalists and protesters when he ingeniously scuttled a BLM gas leasing auction of scenic lands surrounding Utah National Parks. The story of his impromptu civil disobedience is told in the new documentary film "Bidder 70" by Telluride filmmakers George and Beth Gage. Today on NRG with MG, the couple tells KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how his commitment to stopping climate change guided Tim DeChristopher to take action that led to fame and jail time.