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The ninth Aspen Ideas Festival attracted fame, fortune and expertise to the Aspen Institute for a week of talks, panels, films, mingling and more. Energy was one of a dozen tracks at the festival, offering participants the chance to delve deeper into a subject. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason brings a sampling of "Ideas "on energy.
The White Banks mine at the entrance to Avalanche Creek has been the source of controversy for years now. Supporters say alabaster from the mine could attract sculptors and revenue to the area, while opponents say it could disrupt wildlife and recreation. KDNK's Ed Williams visited the mine and filed this report.
On Tuesday night, Carbondale trustees agreed to contribute 10,000 dollars towards an in-school clinician for Roaring Fork High School. According to principal Drew Adams, the position is needed at Roaring Fork for several reasons, and he looking for help covering the 30,000 dollars needed to make it happen. KDNK’s Eric Skalac caught up with Adams after the meeting to find out more about why the position is needed in his--and in any--high school.
Last month, Garfield County Commissioners banned the sale and use of fireworks in unincorporated parts of the county. But, earlier this week, they voted 2-1 to allow sales for 6 days only, from June 29th through July 4th. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
And ear-piercing fire alarm interrupted Tuesday's Garfield County commissioner hearing about the proposed revisions to the county's land use code. In the thick of an extended conversation about water protections, a scheduled fire drill forced participants to evacuate the building. But as KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports, that didn't stop commissioners and conservationists from compromising on water body and wetland protections.
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Army Corps of Engineers biologist weighs in on Federal protection of wetlands and water bodies in GarCoJune 11, 2013
Garfield county Commissioners are in the process of revising the county land use code. Public hearings about Phase II of the revisions began in May. One section of the code pertains to county standards for wetlands and water body protections, which may be deleted if the current recommendations are approved, including the existing 35-foot construction setback. Commissioners say that state and Federal regulations are enough.
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Army Corps of Engineers biologist Leslie McWhirter about Federal regulations and found out that no setbacks are required.
Related: GarCo land use code revisions could mean big changes for county, GarCo revising county land use codes
Last night, Carbondale trustees voted in favor of a new art museum for main street... but not before acknowledging the community's need for the other proposal vying for the space. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
Carbondale trustees and staff are working on a plan to increase the town's solar energy, with the help of power purchasing program from Xcel Energy. They're looking at three locations around town to offset energy usage and have chosen Carbondale solar energy company SunSense to help them make it a reality.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Katharine Rushton of SunSense to find out about why the town is building more solar, and how they selected the potential locations.
Less than a dozen people other than county employees attended the second public hearing last Monday about proposed changes to the Garfield County Land Use Code. Commissioners want a shorter, more user-friendly version that streamlines county development procedures and eliminates unnecessary regulatory barriers to economic development. But, critics say some of the changes endanger public health and safety, and fail to protect the environment. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
Carbondale trustees held a lengthy public hearing Tuesday night on the proposed uses of the soon to be vacant Gordon Cooper Library building on Main Street. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.