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May 4, 2016
HEADLINES: Governor John Hickenlooper signed the state’s 27 billion dollar budget on Tuesday. Legislative leaders from both parties and members of the bi-partisan joint budget committee were on hand for the signing ceremony. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. The Colorado Creative Industries Summit begins here in Carbondale today through through Friday. Around 300 people are expected to participate from communities across Colorado. FEATURE: Water rights can be a touchy topic for Colorado families whose livelihoods are tied to its availability. But in the tight-knit community of San Luis in southern Colorado, a group of farmers and ranchers uses old methods of cooperation to help ensure healthy livestock and a good harvest in the arid region. For Connecting the Drops, Katherine-Claire Nynas has more.
May 3, 2016
HEADLINES: Big News yesterday on the fight against fracking in Colorado. The Colordo Supreme Court struck down fracking bans in two colorado cities on Monday. Among those applauding the decision was Governor John Hickenlooper. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol. The Garfield County Sheriff’s office was called out to remove explosives, after a new homeowner found them in an out building on County Road 293. The annual Dandelion Day Parade down Main Street is Saturday, May 7th, starting at 10:00 am.The parade will end at Sopris Park where the annual Dandelion Day celebration continues with music, entertainment, environmental displays, vendor booths, and food booths until 4:00 pm. Snowmass has announced the lineup for the "Summer of Free Music Series." This year there will be 12 free concerts. FEATURE: Colorado's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is largely the final word in the state when conflicts arise between residents and industry. Lauren Swain represents 350 Colorado, a group working to stop climate change. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh questioned her about why their group thinks the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission should be decommissioned.
May 2, 2016
Carbondale hosts a statewide creative summit this Wed through Friday. CCAH's Amy Kimberly spoke with KDNK's January Jones about how locals can get involved. The Elk Creek Mine in Gunnison County was once one of Colorado’s most productive coal mines. Its coal silo stood tall for 50 years, but last Friday it was demolished. While just another step in the mine’s shutdown, its collapse was symbolic. KVNF's Jake Ryan was there and has this report.
April 29, 2016
HEADLINES: Tomorrow is Carbondale’s annual Spring Clean-Up and Waste Diversion Day - 8 AM to 4 PM across from Town Hall. KDNK spoke with Julia Farwell, chair of the town Environmental Board, about what kinds of items will be collected and more. Details at carbondalegov.org. FEATURE: Garfield County Commissioners along with other Colorado lawmakers support a proposed natural gas liquefaction plant in Coos Bay, Oregon and a pipeline that would connect Piceance Basin natural gas to Asian markets. The plant has been in various stages of approval for 12 years and has kicked up controversy from the coast to the Rockies. Blogger Peggy Tibbetts, author of From the Styx, has been following the issue and for this week’s News Brief, she talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh.
April 28, 2016
HEADLINES: Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot has resigned. She made the announcement at last night’s Carbondale Trustee meeting. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that newly-elected trustee Dan Richardson was unanimously chosen by trustees as Mayor Pro-Tem and will act as Mayor when Bernot leaves office next month until a replacement is elected. Bernot said she is moving to Redstone. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on Carbondale PD for this week’s Eye on Crime. FEATURE: The Governor's Commission, studying American Indian representations in public schools released a report earlier this month. The group recommends that public schools do not use American Indian mascots. Bente Birkeland talks to Ernest House Junior, Executive Director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation and has this report.
April 27, 2016
HEADLINES: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has an update on the fire that destroyed a home on County Road 117 on Monday. A Fruita man is guilty of several charges of illegal big game hunting on the Uncompaghre Plateau. According to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife press release, 59-year old Melvin Weaver has lost his hunting and fishing privileges and must pay close to $15,000 in fines. Top fire officials say Colorado is expected to have an average or below average wildfire season, reports Bente Birkeland . The Frontier Historical Society will have a new director in May along with a new name. Bill Kight, formerly of the USFS and a KDNK public affairs show host, will helm the non-profit, now called the Glenwood Springs Historical Society. Cindy Hines is stepping down as director after 17 years. FEATURE: Three new Carbondale Town Trustees were sworn into office last week. That means three are stepping down. On Tuesday, KDNK presented a conversation with out-going trustee John Hoffman. Today, Allyn Harvey begins by talking about why he ran for office 4 years ago.
April 26, 2016
HEADLINE: Democracy Now host Amy Goodman spoke to a Carbondale crowd Saturday about the importance of independent media. Here, she talks about the beginnings of Pacifica Radio. FEATURE: Three new Carbondale Town Trustees were sworn into office last week. That means three are stepping down. Over the next week, KDNK will present conversations with John Hoffman, Allyn Harvey, and Pam Zentmyer, reflecting on their time in office. Today, John Hoffman begins by talking about why he ran for office 8 years ago.
April 25, 2016
HEADLINES: A woman was injured Saturday morning during a parachute jump near Heather Lane and CR 119, southeast of Glenwood Springs. The Garco Sheriff reports that two parachutists were preparing to land in a field when one chute folded over, causing the woman to fall the last 15 feet to the ground. No helicopters were available so a ground crew was sent to rescue the woman. She was safely transported to Valley View Hospital around 1 PM. State lawmakers in both parties have unveiled a proposal to bring the presidential primary back to Colorado. Bente Birkland reports. The GWS City Council has narrowed the field for finalists for the City Manager position to three candidates: Debra Figueroa of Carlisle, PA, Joe Hannan of Palmer, AK, and James Nichols of Minden, NV. The public is invited to meet them from 7 - 9 PM Thursday, April 28, at the GWS Community Center. FEATURE: Colorado State University and the state's Department of Agriculture are teaming up this summer to certify hemp seeds. This will help legitimize a cash crop that's been taboo for decades. KOTO's Caitlin Ketel reports.
April 22, 2016
HEADLINES: The Democratic House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday, requiring public schools to allow students with medical marijuana prescriptions to take the medication at school. Bente Birkeland reports. It's Earth Day and Garfield County residents can bring old paint, oil, insecticides, pesticides and other haz waste to the Garfield County Landfill Saturday, April 23, from 9 AM to 3 PM. Do not mix products and keep them in original, labeled containers when possible. The landfill will not accept some kinds of haz waste to call before you go and to make an appointment. 625.2516 or find out more at garfield-county.com. This week's Eye on Crime takes a look at Carbondale. FEATURE: This week's News Brief features Ryan Hoffman, editor of the Rifle Citizen Telegram, for an update on local air quality studies.
April 21, 2016
HEADLINE: This year's 5 Point Film Festival begins today with events and films all weekend long in Carbondale. Earlier this month, KDNK's Luke Nestler spoke with filmmaker Hilary Oliver and 5 Point Film Fest executive director Sarah Wood about Hilary's debut film "Being Here" and some of the finer points of spending time outside. Film Fest schedule and tix are at 5pointsfilm.org. FEATURE: The 160-acre proposed River Edge development between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale - formerly known as Sanders Ranch, Bair Chase, and Cattle Creek Crossing - was dealt a blow Monday by Garfield County Commissioners. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.