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As we heard in an interview yesterday, river levels around the Roaring Fork Valley are set to be drastically lower this summer, even though they're high now. Part of the reason is a low snowpack that's melting and rushing away quickly because of warm temperatures. But increased water use is also draining rivers in the Valley and around the West. In the second part of our interview with Rick Lafaro and Sharon Clark from the Roaring Fork Conservancy, KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with them about what happens if our river levels keep getting lower.
Rafting season is here, and local rivers are rushing -- and even flooding. At the same time, you might have noticed how quickly snow's been melting off of Mt. Sopris. Well, what may look good for the rivers now may actually be hurting them. To explain more, KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Rick Lofaro and Sharon Clark from the Roaring Fork Conservancy about the challenges facing our rivers this summer.
Nearly a fifth of Colorado's children had trouble getting enough food in 2008. For years, the state has not participating in many federal programs meant to help those kids. Share Our Strength is a national group devoted to fighting child hunger, and has specifically targeted Colorado to get more kids eating regular, health meals. Courtney Smith is a program director at the organization, and spoke with KDNK's Mathew Katz about why they're helping Colorado in particular.
Folks in Carbondale will soon have a much easier time buying local food and art -- this summer, the town is putting together a Main Street Market that will run every Wednesday evening. Jeff Jackel is the town's recreation director and is spearheading the project. KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with him at Town Hall to see what he'd like the market to become.
Over the past few weeks, we've taken a look at a number of organizations that help people who can't afford to buy food. There's a nonprofit founded right here in Colorado that provides people in need with a new way to buy food for less, and help their community at the same time. It's called Food Share America, and KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with the organization's president, Bill McKnight.
It's that time of the month again - time to raise your energy consciousness with local expert Randy Udall. This month Randy looks at local initiatives that are helping to bring the price of solar way down. He spoke with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason.
Sustainable Settings is a historic homestead near Carbondale exploring the nexus between old and new methods to lead into the post-peak oil future. Brook Le Van is director of the demonstration farm and education center. He spoke with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason.
Local writer, photographer and filmmaker Pete McBride has spent the past two years following the Colorado River, and has put together a film and presentation documenting the journey for this weekend's 5 Point Film Festival. As part of our continuing coverage of the festival, KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with McBride about his travels above, below, and across the Colorado River.
Carbondale's annual 5 Point Film Festival
begins on Thursday and runs through Sunday. All this week we're bringing you interviews with organizers and filmmakers involved with the festival. The name 5 Point comes from a climbing grading system, but to festival founder Julie Kennedy the five points stand for something more: Respect, Commitment, Humility, Purpose, and Balance. Kennedy told KDNK's Conrad Wilson how the festival got its start.
The 5 Point Film Festival
kicks off on Thursday, and all this week we'll be featuring interviews with filmmaker, speakers, and organizers from the festival. Kelly Cordes is a writer and climber who will be giving a special presentation on Friday. KDNK's Mathew Katz spoke with Cordes about the lengths he goes to keep on climbing.