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Carbondale voters will see a new tax question on the ballot later this year. Carbondale trustees finalized a ballot question last night for a 5 percent sales tax on recreational marijuana and a 5 percent excise tax on wholesale marijuana. Trustees also said that if approved, they may end up lowering the tax if they feel it's not necessary.
In the audience was James Leonard, co-owner of the Doctor's Garden dispensary on Main Street. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Leonard after the meeting to find out how these taxes and other recent marijuana policy decisions could impact his business.
Tuesday night the Basalt Planning and Zoning Commission met for their regular work session. Part of their discussion focused on the ongoing issue of the relocation of residents of the Pan and Fork mobile home park. KDNK's Ed Williams was there and filed this report.
The Red Canyon fire is in its 5th day and has burned about 390 acres south of Lookout Mountain near Glenwood Springs. Over 200 firefighters and air support from all over the West have helped battle the blaze. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh checked out the fire earlier this week and spoke with operations manager Win Robertson, public information officer Bill Kight, helicopter pilot Matt Richter, and air operations manager Hugh Carson.
As of Thursday evening, the Red Canyon Fire had burned an estimated 390 acres and was 75 percent contained. There had been no fire growth Thursday, nor any injuries or structures lost. Evacuees from Lookout Mountain Road were allowed to return to their homes at 9 a.m. Friday, though the road will be open to residents only. Pre-evacuation orders were also be lifted Friday morning.
Residents with Holy Cross as their electric provider should expect to not have electricity until later Friday afternoon.
On Wednesday, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh provided a live update on the fire with News Director Eric Skalac.
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Colorado State Senator Randy Baumgardner and Colorado State Representative Bob Rankin, both Republicans, showed up at the Garfield County Commissioners meeting Monday, urging the Board to support a lawsuit brought by sheriffs from around the state against two new state gun laws. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
Construction on the more than $6 million overhaul of Highway 133 in Carbondale is set to begin next year. The plan to improve the road includes new roundabouts, trail connections and pedestrian crossings. KDNK's Ed Williams went to a CDOT presentation of the road improvements in Carbondale last night to hear what residents think about the plan.
Carbondale's Wild West Rodeo is bucking its way into its 11th summer at the Gus Darien Arena. Every Thursday night at 7:30, cowboys and cowgirls of all ages mix it up at the locals' version of one of the world's most popular spectator sports. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently took in the fun and brings us this audio postcard.
Last week search teams located the body of well-known Carbondale resident Randy Udall a week after he went missing where he had been hiking in Wyoming's Wind River Range. He is the brother of Colo. Sen. Mark Udall. He founded the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, and was a regular guest on KDNK. Marilyn Gleason remembers Udall's contributions.
A Carbondale-based mobile preschool program run by the Valley Settlement Project recently doubled in size, thanks to the donation of a school bus from the Roaring Fork School District. The bus was converted into a mobile classroom a few weeks ago, and has been cruising 12 low-income neighborhoods in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, educating about 45 children along the way. KDNK's Nelson Harvey hopped on recently to see if he could learn a thing or two.
KDNK news is sad to report that according to the Udall Family, the body of James "Randy" Udall was found Wednesday in a remote area of the Wind River Range in Wyoming.
In a press release issued last night, the Udall family writes that though an autopsy is forthcoming, it appears Randy died of natural causes. They go on to thank the Sublette County Sheriff Dave Lankford, his staff, Tip Top Seach and Rescue, the United States Forest Service, the Wyoming Air National Guard and all other involved in their tireless effort over the past several days.
The family writes "Randy left this earth doing what he loved most: hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world... The entire Udall family is touched beyond words by the tremendous outpouring of support from people around the county. Randy's passing is a reminder to all of us to live every day to its fullest, just as he did."
He will be missed.