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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.
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.
About 50 people attended a joint meeting with Garfield County Commissioners and officials from Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and New Castle Wednesday night at the Glenwood Springs Community Center to talk about the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's draft Access Control Plan. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
After six months of statewide meetings, Governor Hickenlooper's Oil and Gas Task Force came up with 56 draft recommendations. Only nine recommendations made it to the governor's desk. Jim Ramey is the Director of Citizens for a Healthy Community. He says the task force failed to achieve its mission. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Ramey about his disappointment and what he thinks would have worked better.
The Aspen City Council held work sessions on Monday and Tuesday night to hear development proposals for what is known as “the Old Powerhouse”- the former location of the Aspen Art Museum. Assistant City Manager Barry Crook outlines the next steps with KDNK's January Jones.
The Garfield County Public Health office runs many programs that go unnoticed but are a safety net for people in need of services. They give vaccinations, secure fresh food, get kids dental care and administer many other preventative and environmental health programs. Last week, Public Health Director Yvonne Long detailed the work in a year-end report to the county commissioners.
The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program hosts a monthly public affairs show where youths explore issues meaningful to them. Last week, Adele Craft brought moms and kids who are homeschooled into the studio. In this excerpt, she talks with her own mom, Stacy Craft, who moderates the Roaring Fork Valley Homeschooling Network.
The Town of Silt cancelled a controlled burn Wednesday of a wetlands area within city limits. The burn was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions but officials hope to reschedule it later this spring. Local activist Peggy Tibbits says the burn is dangerous and the town has avoided public input. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
On Saturday, February 28th, the Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a field day to teach people about snowpack. Education Outreach Coordinator Sarah Johnson says it not just for weather nerds. To register visit roaringfork.org
Youth Entity’s ProStart Culinary program is taking over Allegria in Carbondale on Sunday for a fundraiser.