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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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Postmaster problems in Aspen

November 1, 2013
The cost of living in Aspen has made it difficult for the town's Post Office find and keep a Postmaster. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about his story on Aspen's postmaster problems.
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News Brief: Community debate over Fire District tax increase

October 25, 2013
This November, area voters will weigh in on Ballot Question 4B. The question asks for a tax hike that will bring in an extra 1 million annually to the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District covering decreased revenue and expected cost increases. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talked to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about the community debate over the question.
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News Brief: Public School Funding on November Ballot

October 22, 2013
Amendment 66, a ballot measure up for vote in the November elections, would raise income taxes in order to give nearly $1 billion to Colorado's public school system. KDNK's Ed Williams talks with Rocky Mountain Community Radio capitol reporter Bente Berkeland about the growing political battles over Amendment 66 in Denver.
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News Brief: Shutdown could affect GarCo energy mitigation funding

October 11, 2013
Effects from the government shutdown are far reaching, and on this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Amy Hadden Marsh talk about Federal energy mitigation payments and how the sequester and now the government shutdown could affect Colorado and Garfield County.
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