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Head of CO ACLU in CDale Friday 3.20

March 19, 2015
Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, director of the ACLU of Colorado, will speak at the Thunder River Theatre on Friday March 20 at 7 PM. But, as KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports, the ACLU isn't the first time he's been involved in social justice issues.

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GarCo Public Health Studies Top 3 Death Causes in County

March 18, 2015
Garfield County Public Health recently received a state wellness grant to take a look at cardiovascular disease, cancer, and pulmonary disease - the top three causes of death in Garfield County. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
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The Economic Side of CPAC's Public Art

The Economic Side of CPAC's Public Art March 17, 2015
The Carbondale Public Arts Commission’s Art Around Town Program is in its 13th year with a $28,000 budget, most of which comes from town coffers. But, is the town’s outlay for the project worth it? KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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Gas Wells Too Close to Homes

Gas Wells Too Close to Homes March 12, 2015

Over 50 Battlement Mesa residents attended another meeting hosted by Ursa Resources Tuesday night at the Grand Valley Firehouse. Ursa is currently drilling for natural gas just outside the Battlement Mesa PUD boundaries and some residents are upset. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.


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Wilderness Workshop on FS O/G Plan

March 12, 2015
Wilderness Workshop filed an objection to the White River National Forest draft oil and gas leasing plan that protects most Forest lands on the Thompson Divide from future leasing. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh speaks with WW's Peter Hart.
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CDALE Water Efficiency Plan

CDALE Water Efficiency Plan March 11, 2015
The Town of Carbondale is looking for public input on their newly drafted water efficiency plan. Carbondale Utilities Director Mark O’Meara spoke with KDNK’s January Jones about water demands from population that’s expected to keep growing. Public comments on the plan will be accepted until March 17th. Click here for a link.

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Plea Deal in CDALE Poisoning Case

March 10, 2015

Maria Alvarado-Gomez of Carbondale entered a plea deal on Monday. She was arrested in June of 2104 and charged with attempted murder of her daughters after she fed them rat poison. The children were not injured from the poisoning. She plead to one count of child abuse. She’ll face at least 4 years in prison if convicted. Another hearing is scheduled in April. She’s been held in the Garfiled County Jail since June on a three-hundred thousand dollar bond.


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Aspen Strong Mental Health Panels

March 10, 2015

Aspen Strong is a new organization aimed at increasing awareness and dialog about mental health. Executive Director Christina King spoke with KDNK’s January Jones about their monthly panel discussion, happening tonight at the Carbondale Library.


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COGCC Response to O/G Task Force

March 9, 2015
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports from last week's Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum in Rifle about COGCC's response to the Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force recommendations.
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I-70 Traction Bill: Safety and Economics

I-70 Traction Bill: Safety and Economics March 9, 2015

Driving the I-70 Mountain Corridor in the winter is unpredictable. Big storms can come on fast and weather-related accidents frequently close the road. But the great irony of I-70 is that when the roads are the worst is when the ski conditions are the best. This puts more recreational drivers on I-70 and not all of them are prepared. The Colorado Department of Transportation says delays from accidents caused by non-commercial vehicles has gone up significantly over the last few years. 

Colorado lawmakers are seeking to address this problem through the I-70 Traction Law. The law clarifies requirements for traction for passenger vehicles. Sponsored by Diane Mitch-Busch of Steamboat Springs and Bob Rankin from Carbondale, House Bill 1127 has already made it through it’s first hurdle and passed out of the Colorado House of Representatives.

This new bill seeks to mimic the decrease in semi-truck accidents that the Commercial Vehicle Chain law has had since going into effect in 2009. Mitch-Busch has provided statistics from CDOT for the number of hours I-70 closed due to accidents. The winter of 2010/11, saw 109 hours of closure from commercial vehicle accidents. But after five years of the commercial vehicle chain law, closures dropped to just 43 hours for the winter of 2013/14.

Representative Rankin says the Passenger Vehicle Traction bill is about getting CDOT to educate the public to prepare. It tasks the department of transportation to erect signs at appropriate places, notifying the public of the traction requirement for passenger vehicles.

As of March 8th, CDOT estimates 112 hours of unplanned closures this winter, just in the stretch of I-70 from from Denver’s C-470 to Vail. That same section of road had 364 weather related crashes last winter.

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