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News: Shedding light on the Valley's high suicide rate

March 23, 2011
The victim found dead in the parking lot of the Crystal River Elementary School yesterday was Nino Santiago, an officer with the Carbondale Police Department.

The possibility of suicide in the case brings to light a disturbing trend: the high number of suicides throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK's Mathew Katz reports on why it may be a problem -- and why there's a stigma surrounding the topic.

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BREAKING: Probable suicide victim was Carbondale cop

BREAKING: Probable suicide victim was Carbondale cop March 22, 2011

Police are investigating a probable suicide in the parking lot of Crystal River Elementary School, near the Church of Carbondale. Late Tuesday, police announced the victim as Nino Santiago, an officer with the Carbondale Police Department.

Just before 6:00 Tuesday morning, the Roaring Fork School District closed the campus for the day. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation along with the Garfield County Sheriff are working to sort out what occurred.

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SXSW

Interview: Breaking into the US music scene

March 21, 2011
This morning we continue our coverage of the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin. Thousands of bands descend on the festival to try to break into the larger music scene, and also to discover new music themselves. One of the most prolific and popular bands at the festival is the Rural Alberta Advantage -- they headlined six shows with the mix of rock n roll and laments about small town life. KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with the band, along with music blogger Josh Penslar, about how they've found success at South By Southwest.
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Capitol Conversation: The politics of beer

March 21, 2011
For the third year in a row, the legislature will grapple with the debate over who can sell full strength beer. Two lawmakers have introduced bills to expand the sale of full strength beer to grocery and convenience stores. Similar bills have failed in the past. As part of our capitol conversation series, KDNK's Bente Birkeland explores the politics of beer.
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Environment

Interview: Threatened rivers for Colorado's future

Interview: Threatened rivers for Colorado's future March 18, 2011
Growing pressures on rivers both in the Valley and around the region are taking a toll on water quality and the overall health of streams. All that's raising questions about the future of water for the state. Ken Nubecker is director of the Western Rivers Institute. And earlier this week he presented to Carbondale Town Trustees. KDNK's had a chance to chat with Nubecker following the meeting.
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SXSW

Interview: South by Southwest through the eyes of a local musician

March 18, 2011

South By Southwest in Austin, Texas is one of the music industries premier events. Some 200,000 people from around the country are gathering for music on what seems like countless stages and venues. Not only is South by Southwest a showcase for new groups to make it big, but a place for musicians that have been around for a while to reinvent themselves. KDNK's Mathew Katz is in Austin covering the festival.

He met up with Lincoln Durham, an emerging artist who's played here at KDNK before, and in Redstone. His music is full of raw energy and gritty rock. The Austin-based singer is playing South by Southwest music festival for the first time.

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Business & Economy

Interview: Natural gas stations could fill in along I-70

March 17, 2011
With gas prices rising, there’s a renewed push to get more natural gas-powered vehicles on the road. But those vehicles need somewhere to fuel up. Denise McCourt is a spokesperson for Natural Gas Vehicles for America, and she spoke with KDNK’s Mathew Katz about a corridor of natural gas fueling stations that may soon be popping up along I-70.
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News: Immigrant tuition bill on back burner

March 17, 2011

Sponsors of a bill to give illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools in state college tuition are delaying the measure as they try to drum up support. The controversial bill is expected to pass the Democratic controlled senate, but getting it through the house will be a tougher challenge. KDNK’s Bente Birkeland has more.

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Local News

News: Carbondale weights lawsuit, debates selling river island

News: Carbondale weights lawsuit, debates selling river island March 16, 2011
Carbondale Town Trustees continued their conversation on what's been called The Island Property – a piece of land in the middle of the Roaring Fork River the town owns.

Trustees reviewed an ordinance that would sell the property for $100,000 to the parties that are suing the town over what's essentially a property dispute.

Typically public property is disposed of or sold via a vote of the people. But the state law allows communities to dispose of land via an ordinance if it hasn't been developed.

The town has been dealing with the property for years and more recently a law suit. The property is between 12 and 17 acres, depending on how high the river is. The only way to access the land is by boat. The property was originally donated to the town in 1981 as a tax write off.

Trustees heard from about a dozen people – all who spoke in favor of the town pursuing the lawsuit in favor of holding onto the land and resolving any property line disputes.

KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Carbondale Mayor Stacey Berton following last night's meeting about where the discussion goes from here.
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Interviews

Interviews: Nonprofit news org takes root

March 16, 2011
A new nonprofit investigative news organization has started in the Roaring Fork Valley. The group is called Aspen Journalism. It's based off a New York-based news organization called ProPublica. KDNK's Conrad Wilson spoke with Aspen Journalism's Brent Gardner-Smith about the idea and what the organization plans to contribute to the region.
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