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More than 70 people sat through a 6-hour meeting in GWS Wednesday night as the Garfield County Planning Commission considered a special use permit application from Ursa Resources to drill for natural gas within the Battlement Mesa PUD. The meeting resulted in a continuation until October 28, but not before Battlement Mesa residents and others spoke up about the project. KDNK's January Jones talks with reporter Amy Hadden Marsh about the meeting and introduces some of the voices of concerned citizens and industry representatives. Click here to listen to all public comments.
On Tuesday night, Carbondale Town Trustees voted 4 - 1 in favor of their first pay raise in 15 years. Trustees elected after spring 2016 will receive a $300/month pay hike and the Mayor will get $500/month more. Trustee Pam Zentmeyer had the only dissenting vote. But, before the vote, the public was invited to speak. KDNK's January Jones was there and captured both praise and pan for the board.
The Roaring Fork School District is asking voters for $122M this fall for critical repairs and upgrades to local schools. KDNK's January Jones talks with school board member Matt Hamilton. Click here for details and costs of some of the school projects.
The Bureau of Land Management will proceed with a helicopter-driven, wild horse roundup today of the West Douglas herd, about 5 miles south of Rangely. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
At last week’s meeting, Carbondale Town Trustees discussed a possible cat ordinance to deter domestic felines from killing songbirds. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh was there and caught some of the public comments. Trustees have formed a committee to discuss components of a town cat ordinance. It includes two trustees, Police Chief Gene Schilling, a member of the town staff, a representative of the Audubon Society and a member of the Street Cats Coalition.
Longtime Roaring Fork Valley ranchers John Nieslanik, son Marty, and Bill Fayles were part of a crowd that greeted the U.S. Forest Service, the BLM, and SG Interests up on the Thompson Divide on the morning of September 1st. SG has staked out a well pad in the middle of a meadow in the middle of a grazing allotment heavily used by local cattlemen. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talked to the ranchers about their concerns.
True Nature's Eaden Shantay explains Kirtan music that will be heard at the 2nd annual Sacred Fest on Saturday, September 12th.
Will Glenwood Springs join the ranks of smoke-free cities? City Council has begun discussions about a smoking ban. Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with council member Stephen Bershenyi about what started it all.
Local ballots are filling up with development and funding questions. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District is one of the public agencies asking voters for a funding increase. January Jones has more from Chief Ron Leach.
For most of August, US crude oil prices remained below $50 a barrel, more than half what it was this time last year. Motorists throughout the South and Midwest, and all along the Atlantic coast, have been pumping gas at $2 or less a gallon. But, not so the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Will Speer, Senior Petroleum Analyst at gasbuddy.com, to find out why.