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Capitol Coverage

Redistricting dispute in the hands of the courts

May 20, 2011
Now that the state legislature has failed to redraw new congressional lines, it'll be up to a judge to pick a congressional map for Colorado to help determine future members of Congress. Republicans and Democrats have filed lawsuits in Denver District Court and expect the process to move fairly quickly. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Camp teaches local kids to fly fish

May 20, 2011
Kids in the Valley will see its first fly fishing camp this weekend. Matt Burmaster will be teaching the kids how to fly fish on the Frying Pan River. KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with him about the program, along with camper Brandon Williams.
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Native Cultures of the West

Big Mountain native reflects on decades of fighting

Big Mountain native reflects on decades of fighting May 19, 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. Danny Blackgoat lives on Big Mountain and has been involved in the conflict for the better part of his life. KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Blackgoat, along with Carbondale local Ellie Davis about the ongoing conflict
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The Cloudy World of Medical Pot

Possible hits to sales tax, employment if medical pot disappears

May 18, 2011
With the Department of Justice threatening to crack down on medical marijuana across the country, many local dispensaries are bracing for impact. In theory, many could shut down, eliminating a multi-million dollar industry. KDNK's Mathew Katz took a look at the possible economic impacts of the end of medical marijuana.

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Snowmass Village: 50,000 BC

Fossil dig resumes in Snowmass

May 18, 2011
Last fall, construction workers discovered a fossil while expanding a reservoir outside Snowmass Village. Turns out that bone lead researchers to what's become one of the world's most significant fossil discoveries. As KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports, this week the Denver Museum of Nature and Science resumed the dig.
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A look behind Carbondale's new library deal

May 18, 2011
The Garfield County Library District is in the process of building several new facilities. Last night Carbondale Trustees discussed what level of financial commitment the District wants from the town. Following the discussion, KDNK's Conrad Wilson sat down with Amelia Shelly who runs the library district, to talk about the nuts and bolts behind the deal.
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The Cloudy World of Medical Pot

Justice Department may soon crack down on medical pot

May 17, 2011
Over the last two years, medical marijuana has boomed in Colorado, in part because of the Obama administration has turned a blind eye to it. But as KDNK's Conrad Wilson reports, the federal government now appears to be backtracking.
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Bike Project teaches locals to be grease monkeys

May 17, 2011
This week Carbondale celebrates the bicycle with Bone Dale Bike Week. But some locals get their peddle on, all year long.

On Sunday afternoons, Aaron Taylor of the Bonedale Bike Project teaches locals how to how fix their own bikes at a Carbondale gear shop. It's not an official non-profit, but the program aims to get more people passionate about cycling. KDNK's Stacy Stein reports.

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Capitol Coverage

Legislative leaders reflect on this year's session

Legislative leaders reflect on this year's session May 13, 2011
Now that the state's annual 120-day legislative session is finished, legislative leaders and the Governor took time on Thursday to reflect on how things went. And while all agree on the major accomplishments and disappointments, they don't always agree on who should get the credit or blame. KDNK's Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Business & Economy

Businesses shuffle under uncertain economic times

May 11, 2011

Data out of Washington seems to suggest that the economy is slowly improving. Businesses in the Roaring Fork Valley have spent the last several years adjusting to a new economic reality that might take years to get back to what it once was. KDNK’s Conrad Wilson spoke to local business owners about how their fairing in the new economic climate.

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