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Communities mourning after helicopter crash

January 31, 2014
Three people died in a tragic helicopter crash south of Silt earlier this week. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about his coverage of the crash over the last several days.
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Surls museum looking elsewhere for site

January 24, 2014
The James Surls museum will no longer be housed in the former Gordon Cooper Library Building, meaning the town is now looking for new tenants for the space. On this episode of the weekly news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about why the Surls team moved on, and about what's next for the building.
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News Brief: wind eyed as factor behind plane crash

January 10, 2014
The National Transportation Safety Board's official report on the recent crash of a private jet at the Aspen airport is 12 to 18 months from being released, but pilots and flight experts say heavy winds were in play at the time of the plane's landing. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams and Brent Gardner Smith of Aspen Journalism talk about the initial stages of the investigation.

To see Aspen Journalism's photos and coverage of the crash, click here.

Early Obamacare numbers for the Roaring Fork Valley

December 27, 2013
Obamacare's first major deadline passed recently, and for this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks with Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about the Roaring Fork Valley's insurance enrollment numbers as of late December.
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Controversial changes coming to RFTA bus service in CDale

December 13, 2013
There are some changes coming to the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's bus service in CDale. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about discussion of those changes at this week's Carbondale trustee meeting.
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West Slope water officials tell Front Range to look somewhere else for water

December 6, 2013
Increasing water demands on the Front Range have long been filled by water originating on the Western Slope, but recent comments from officials in charge of the Colorado River basin show a growing dissatisfaction with that arrangement. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism about his recent story on Colorado's water conflicts.
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Trustees considering a possible energy tax in Carbondale

November 29, 2013
Carbondale trustees are talking about asking voters for a tax increase to fund renewable energy projects in town. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about the initiative.
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Latest on the Ouray mine accident

Latest on the Ouray mine accident November 22, 2013
A deadly accident at the Revenue-Virginius mine near Ouray left two miners dead and 20 injured. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Samantha Wright of the Watch Newspapers in southwest Colorado to get the latest on the accident investigation.
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ACLU challenges Colorado's use of long-term solitary confinement

November 14, 2013
The Colorado Department of Corrections is warehousing prisoners in solitary confinement--a practice that's leading to an increase in mental illness among inmates, according to a documentary released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with ACLU attorney Rebecca Wallace about the documentary.

Click here to see the documentary on solitary confinement in Colorado.

For a link to Andrew Cohen's article on prisoner Sam Mandez in the Atlantic, click here.
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Political reporter roundtable on 2013 elections

November 11, 2013
Colorado voters support taxing recreational marijuana, but gave a crushing defeat to a proposed billion-dollar tax increase for public schools. What do the election results mean for school reform in the state? On this week's news brief, Bente Birkeland of Capitol Coverage breaks down Colorado's 2013 election results with a political reporter roundtable.
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