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District court judge voids CMC lease for SourceGas compressor

May 7, 2013
Colorado Mountain College announced Monday that a district court judge has ruled that a controversial lease between the college and natural gas company SourceGas is void and unenforceable. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more
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County health officials confirm Whooping Cough cases in Carbondale

April 11, 2013
Last December, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment declared a pertussis, or whooping cough, epidemic in Colorado.

And this week, officials confirmed several cases of whooping cough, all in the Carbondale area.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Sara Brainard, Immunization Director for Garfield County Public Health to find out what symptoms to be on the lookout for, and what precautions Carbondale residents can take.
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BLM temporarily suspends Thompson Divide leases pending environmental review

BLM temporarily suspends Thompson Divide leases pending environmental review April 10, 2013
The Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that several gas leases in the Thompson Divide will be suspended. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
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Parachute Creek, groundwater contaminated by hydrocarbon spill (Updated 5/1)

Parachute Creek, groundwater contaminated by hydrocarbon spill (Updated 5/1) March 27, 2013
Investigation continues into the source of a spill of liquid hydrocarbons near Parachute Creek, but Williams officials now believe the source to be a failed pressure guage on a pipeline owned by Williams Partners. 

Several monitoring wells around the creek have shown benzene levels greatly exceeding the EPA standards for drinking water. 

KDNK News has provided ongoing coverage of the spill, which you can listen to in our news archives.

Jobs still tough to come by despite improving market

March 25, 2013
A few bright spots are emerging in the Roaring Fork Valley's economy: local unemployment rates have fallen in the last two years, and in some towns, like Carbondale, permit applications for new construction are picking up.

But how does the valley's economy look from the bottom of the labor market ladder? KDNK's Nelson Harvey caught up with some day laborers in Carbondale recently to find out.
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Public involvement important to CDale code rewrite

March 20, 2013
Carbondale's planning and zoning commission outlined their plan for the town's coming development code rewrite, emphasizing the public's role in the process. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the commission chair Charlie Kees to find out more.
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Hickenlooper in Glenwood Springs for RFTA natural gas buses

March 7, 2013
Governor Hickenlooper made a visit to Glenwood Springs today to commemorate the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's new natural gas bus system. KDNK's Ed Williams was there and filed this report.
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Full house at Thompson Divide Meeting

February 28, 2013
The controversial oil and gas leases in the pristine Thompson Divide area are due to expire in the coming months. In the wake of a recent application by two Houston-based energy companies to suspend their lease expirations and to drill for gas in the Divide, the Pitkin County Commissioners along with local conservation groups held a town hall meeting last night to discuss the issue with the public. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, the turnout for the meeting was huge.

(Click on the story for the full audio of the meeting)
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Roundabout options for Hwy 133 and Main Street

February 27, 2013
An upgrade of Highway 133 is in the works, and part of that process is a new roundabout at the intersection of 133 and Main street.

Carbondale is working with the Colorado department of transportation to engineer the new highway and intersection and after recommending a two-lane "offset design" roundabout, CDOT is going through a peer review process to judge the design.

But after members of the town's board of trustees questioned the need for a two-lane roundabout, town staff explored other design options. At last night's town trustee meeting, Public Works Director Larry Ballenger described one potential alternative, provided by the Walkable, Livable Communities Institute, and roundabout specialist Michael Wallwork.

KDNK's Eric Skalac caught up with Ballenger after the meeting and asked about the difference between the roundabout designs.
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Town looking to adopt commercial green building code

February 13, 2013
Last night, Carbondale trustees again voiced their opposition to gas drilling in the Thompson Divide. They voted unanimously to send a letter to the Bureau of Land Management and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation commission emphasizing the inappropriateness of the area for gas development.

They also talked about adopting the international green construction code--a code aimed at making commercial construction more energy efficient. In that discussion, it was clear the board saw a link between the issues in the Thompson Divide and the energy requirements the town imposes on new buildings. They peppered Carbondale town building official John Plano with questions about renewable energy requirements for new and remodeled structures.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Plano to find out more.
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