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Journalist Heather McGregor vividly remembers the night the South Canyon Fire blew up

July 4, 2014
This weekend, Glenwood Springs hosts a memorial for the firefighters who died in the South Canyon Fire of 1994. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Heather McGregor, administrative manager and technical writer for CLEER, about her experience reporting on the fire for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel 20 years ago.
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Barber blues

June 27, 2014
Carbondale's priorities were questioned by residents of Barber Drive earlier this week. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to reporter John Colson who wrote about the state of Barber Drive in this week's Sopris Sun.
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Large wedding in Little Annie Basin draws the ire of some valley residents

June 20, 2014
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Brent Gardner Smith of Aspen Journalism about a large wedding last weekend that has some locals out of sorts and prompted an emergency ordinance in Pitkin County.

Head to Aspen Journalism's website for photos of the wedding site and impacts to the area.
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Three Collbran locals caught in massive Grand Mesa mudslide

May 30, 2014
A massive mudslide tore through the countryside near Collbran last Sunday. Three men are missing, and another mudslide is likely. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to KVNF reporter Laura Palmisano about the disaster and how the community of Collbran is getting through it.
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Large-scale construction coming to Carbondale

May 23, 2014
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about the safety improvement construction starting on Highway 133 on May 27th. More information about the construction project is available at www.carbondale133.com
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High-profile Denver pot raids and arrests involve alleged Colombian ties

May 2, 2014
The Drug Enforcement Agency recently raided several Denver marijuana sites, and indicted 4 men for allegedly laundering and funneling Colombian money into Colorado in order to purchase a Denver warehouse for marijuana cultivation. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Denver Post reporter Eric Gorski, who's been covering the story of VIP Cannabis and operators Gerardo and Luis Uribe since last fall.
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Local fire board elections competitive for first time in years

April 25, 2014
Fire board elections are in full swing in the Valley, with a wide spread of new candidates challenging incumbents in Carbondale, Basalt, and Aspen. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Andrew Travers of the Aspen Daily News about this year's unusually competitive race.
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Carbondale trustees considering a new round of proposals for the old library building

April 18, 2014
Carbondale trustees are again discussing what to do with the former Gordon Cooper Library building. After a new round of proposals, the board heard several presentations at a recent work session. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to John Colson, who wrote about the meeting in this week's Sopris Sun.
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Follow-up visits and a KDNK News update

April 11, 2014
On this episode of the weekly news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Ed Williams talk about follow-up visits after oil and gas chemical spills, and an update on a KDNK story from last month.
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Wealth gap growing in Aspen

April 4, 2014
According to local officials, the wealth gap in Aspen is growing, and at a recent meeting with local leaders, Pitkin County commissioners discussed the challenges faced by the area's working class and super wealthy. On this news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Aspen Journalism Editor Brent Gardner Smith who attended the meeting.
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