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On Election Day, Colorado's voters will weigh in on Amendment 64, which would de-criminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use among adults. A Denver Post poll done in mid-September showed that more than half of likely voters support the measure but opposition has emerged from some chambers of commerce as well as corners of the medical marijuana industry.
As KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports, many dispensary owners and growers in the Roaring Fork Valley remain unsure about how Amendment 64 would affect their business.
On Tuesday night, conflict between Carbondale trustees erupted over an application for a medical marijuana permit. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
This week is National Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Censored books have included works by Steinbeck, Faulkner, Alice Walker, and even Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The Garfield County Public Library District is participating in Banned Books Week with displays about the books and the impacts of censorship on art and literature.
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Amelia Shelley, director of the Garfield County Public Library District, last week. Here they talk about what books have been censored and the extreme actions people have taken to keep information off the shelves.
On September 27th, the Roaring Fork Watershed Collaborative and Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a Candidate Forum on Water for Eagle, Pitkin & Garfield county commissioner candidates at the Third Street Center.
Aspen Public Radio's Carolyne Heldman moderated the forum, which was composed of John Young and Steve Child of Pitkin County; John Martin, Sonja Linman, Aleks Briedis and Mike Samson of Garfield County; and Courtney Holm and Jon Stavney of Eagle County.(Click through to listen to the forum)
Watercourse: Conversations with a Moving Element. An evening with literary adventurer & nature writer Craig Childs, on his experience of the planet's rivers. Click on the story to hear the talk.
Impassioned comments made at a public hearing on Monday have landed one of Carbondale's advisory board members in hot water. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
Carbondale trustees recently sent a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper asking that he withdraw a state lawsuit filed against the front-range city of Longmont. That town's city council passed rules in July that banned oil and gas drilling in residential areas within the town's jurisdiction. Later that month, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commision sued Longmont for allegedly making rules that trespassed into the realm of state control.
The letter asking that the lawsuit be withdrawn was sent by several Colorado municipalities and after discussion at last week's regular meeting, Carbondale mayor Stacey Bernot signed and sent the letter as well.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Bernot following last night's trustee work session to find out why what's happening in Longmont is relevant to Carbondale.
On Monday, Garfield County commissioners conducted a multi-hour public hearing that lasted well into the night. Residents and representatives from all over the valley aired their concerns and support of a controversial waste transfer facility on CR 100 just outside of Carbondale. KDNK's Eric Skalac was there and has this report.
The Kellogg Foundation recently awarded $1.2 million to the Manaus Fund to underwrite a project aimed at helping low income residents from Aspen to Parachute. KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with George Stranahan and Rob Pew of the Manaus Fund about the award and the situation it's supposed to address.
Two weeks ago, the Carbondale board of trustees approved a medical marijuana license for Green Miracle Medicinals with a vote of 4 to 3. There was much discussion then as there was at last night's meeting about the town's medical marijuana ordinance and what some trustees see as shortcomings of it's regulations...(Click through to read more.)