Based in Carbondale and Paonia, non-profit organization Solar Energy International is in the process of determining if they will be able to afford their office at the Third Street Center in Carbondale, according to interim director Kathy Swartz. Despite recent layoffs, Swartz says SEI will continue to have staff in Carbondale. KDNK's Eric Skalac reports.
UN Climate talks in Copenhagen and Cancun set a 2-degree target for limiting climate change. Some experts including NASA's Jim Hanson think that's still too high, but it's a number that has been widely accepted. On this episode of NRG with MG, energy expert Randy Udall is back with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason from Bonfire Coffee in Carbondale to discuss the science behind the 2-degree cap on global warming.
Governor John Hickenlooper was in Aspen yesterday to talk about health and wellness in Colorado. KDNK's Ed Williams was there and sent this report.
(Click on the story for the governor's full keynote speech)
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Amy Hadden Marsh talk about the recent naming of the Crystal River as an endangered river.
A Roaring Fork valley entrepreneur is pioneering a new idea to encourage people to commit to renewable energy. The Clean Energy Collective is breaking ground, literally and figuratively, on large solar arrays and access to renewable solar electricity. Only about 400 of Holy Cross Electric's 10,000 customers now use solar energy. Dave Wiedemyer explains to KDNK's Marilyn Gleason how finessing tax policy, laws and utilities on the one hand, and building solar farms on the other, is making it simple and economical to own your own solar panel – somewhere else.
The Crystal River was named one of the top ten most endangered rivers in the nation earlier this month by national conservation group, American Rivers. At issue is whether or not to build a dam and reservoir between Redstone and Marble. Pitkin County officials, local groups, and American Rivers say the dam will ruin the river. But, the West Divide Water Conservancy District and the Colorado River Conservation District say their project will improve the river's health and ensure water for downstream uses during dry years.
Brent Gardner-Smith has been covering the story and other local water issues for Aspen Journalism. He joined KDNK"s Amy Hadden Marsh recently for a conversation about the proposed dam.
KDNK's Ed Williams is joined in the studio by Silt resident Lisa Bracken to talk about her experience dealing with the state and county after a botched fracking operation contaminated her property.
The Colorado River Valley and Grand Junction field offices of the Bureau of Land Management issued stringent fire restrictions for Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin, Mesa and portions of southern Routt and northern Delta and Montrose counties on May 24th. The ban is in place until further notice.
Click here to download the BLM's detailed restrictions document.
For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams and Eric Skalac talk about the controversy over the Garfield County Sheriff Department turning in domestic violence victims to federal immigration authorities.
Carbondale trustees talked water conservation and community solar arrays at their regular meeting this week. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Carbondale Town Attorney Mark Hamilton and the Clean Energy Collective's Mark Boyer to find out more.