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Native Cultures of the West

Valley residents give to embattled Big Mountain natives

April 25, 2011
For years, the Navajo elders living on Big Mountain in Arizona have been in conflict with Peabody Energy over the land they live on -- the elders want to use it for their tradition life, and Peabody wants to mine the area for coal. The dispute has sapped much of the community of both their money and their young people. For the past few years, Carbondale resident Ellie Davis has been making a trip down to Big Mountain with a car full of donations from the Roaring Fork Valley.

As part of our continuing series looking at the links between this valley and the native cultures of the West, KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Davis while she was on the road down to the Navajo Nation.

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Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign

Polis to reintroduce last year's wilderness bill

April 25, 2011
Hidden Gems is back. Congressman Jared Polis announced on Friday that he'll be re-introducing a bill that would give protection hundreds of thousands of acres of forest land in Eagle and Summit Counties. KDNK's Mathew Katz has more.
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outdoor life

Fly fishing legend on his time in remote Russia

Fly fishing legend on his time in remote Russia April 25, 2011
Carbondale's 5Point Film Fest takes to the screen starting Thursday. All this week on KDNK, we'll be speaking with the film makers and adventure seekers that make the festival happen.

Frank Smetherhurst is a pillar of the fly fishing world. And he's one of the main characters in the film Eastern Rises that chronicles a fishing trip to remote Russia. Smetherhurst spoke with KDNK's Conrad Wilson.

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Education

Carbondale and RE-1 at odds over education nonprofit

April 22, 2011
The Town of Carbondale and the Roaring Fork School District are at odds over an educational nonprofit in the Third Street Center. KDNK's Conrad Wilson explains everyone involved is trying to avoid a lawsuit that may come anyway.
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Capitol Coverage

Some goals still out of reach for Hick after first hundred days

April 22, 2011
Governor John Hickenlooper marked his first 100 days in office yesterday, praising his cabinet and staff for making the transition smooth. Hickenlooper wins high marks from lawmakers, but some of his top priorities for the legislative session are still up in the air. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Capitol Coverage

Redistricting deadline likely to be pushed back

April 21, 2011
A bi-partisan committee charged with redrawing Colorado's congressional districts held a tense meeting this week. The state legislature is required to draw new maps to coincide with the latest census figures. But so far Republicans and Democrats have come up vastly different proposals. The committee expects to push back its deadline to try to find common ground. KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports.
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Capitol Coverage

Capitol tense as redistricting hearings begin

April 20, 2011
The senate president is firing back at Republicans who say hears behind efforts to redraw congressional maps to favor his own political ambitions. A bipartisan committee charged with helping create new congressional maps blew up last week when the two parties came up with drastically different proposals. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has the story
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Local News

In letter, Santiago denies abuse allegations

April 20, 2011
The debate over Nino Santiago's innocence will likely never be settled. The officer who killed himself last month was under investigation for alleged sexual crimes against a minor. New records obtained by KDNK show that Santiago claimed to be innocent, but killed himself because he believed the system was designed to favor children making the allegations.. KDNK's Mathew Katz has more.
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Local News

Trustees look for more info on Carbondale's island property

April 20, 2011
Last night Carbondale Trustees discussed the Island Property. That's the 17-acre parcel of public land in the middle of the Roaring Fork River that two landowners have suited the town over a property line dispute. KDNK's Conrad Wilson was at the meeting and brings this report.
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Environment

Congressional Democrats slam fracing in report

April 19, 2011
Congressional Democrats are out with a report Monday that examines the chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing, or fracing process. As KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports, the chemicals used range from the nontoxic to harmful.
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