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June 30, 2016
HEADLINES: Dr. William Blevins, an ER doctor at Valley View Hospital and Grand River Health in Rifle, died as result of injuries from a fall during a hike up the Grizzly Creek Trail just outside Glenwood Springs Monday. Wednesday the Garfield County Coroner released the identity of the body of a middle-aged man found floating in the Colorado River Saturday, 49-year old Jonathan Rounsaville. FEATURES: KDNK’s January Jones spoke with Carbondale Trustee A. J. Hobbs, who just announced he’s leaving the Board of Trustees at the end of the summer to pursue other career goals. For the first time in the history of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, a woman is riding bulls and competing with the big boys. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh was on hand for Tianna Davis’ debut ride last week and has this story. PLUS: Aspen Ideas Fest continues through the weekend, attracting notable politicians from both sides of the aisle. Secretary of State John Kerry was there on Tuesday. Wednesday former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke. Vice President Joe Biden will close out the events on Saturday. Meanwhile, another notable Republican, Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels attended Ideas Fest and KDNK’s January Jones asked him about his role as President of Purdue University.
June 29, 2016
HEADLINES: Tomorrow from 8 to 10 am at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, representatives from local groups CLEER, CORE and Energy SMART will join the director of Colorado’s C-PACE program for a workshop about how local businesses and nonprofits can benefit from financing for clean energy in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin Counties. Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy financing or C-PACE, is a mechanism that provides 100% up-front financing for energy efficiency, renewable energy and water conservation measures. Eagle County is adding 500 kilowatts of solar power to its portfolio of renewable energy through a new investment in community solar. The county is purchasing 4,445 panels at Clean Energy Collective’s array at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle. Garfield County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to exercise their right to play what’s called a consultation role in connection with a proposal by Ursa Resources to drill 22 wells from a pad just 750 feet from Grand Valley High School in Parachute. The school doesn’t have any right to consult on the fracking project so commissioners are taking advantage of new rules that afford them more input. Wilderness Workshop’s executive director Sloan Shoemaker issued a statement yesterday about the Bureau of Land Management’s release of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Roan Plateau.
FEATURE: KDNK’s Gavin Dahl sat down with Pitkin County management analyst Kara Silbernagel to learn more about their plans to invest about $5 million in high speed Internet infrastructure. The project, which is expected to be fully approved by the end of the summer, will bring new service to 2000 residents in rural parts of the county including Castle Creek, Maroon Creek, Redtone and Marble.
PLUS: Election results are in. Here in Garfield County John Martin retained his County Commissioner seat in the Republican primary, and he will face Democrat John Acha in November. In Pitkin County, Democrat Greg Poschman got the most votes for County Commissioner and will face independent Scott Writer in November. In the Republican primary for US Senate, Darryl Glenn defeated 4 other candidates for the right to challenge Michael Bennet in the general election. And in the 3rd Congressional district Republican primary, incumbent Scott Tipton defeated challenger Alex Beinstein. Congressman Tipton next faces Democratic opponent Gail Schwartz in November. She discusses her “all-of-the-above” approach to energy development with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh in this clip.
June 28, 2016
FEATURES: Jill Lancelot from Taxpayers for Common Sense attended a public hearing in Grand Junction last week about the federal coal program, led by the Bureau of Land Management. Gavin Dahl has more. Aspen Ideas Fest is happening this week, bringing together some 350 presenters in 200 sessions with nearly 3,000 attendees discussing broad topics from Brexit to healthcare and gun violence. KDNK's January Jones has this report. PLUS: Carbondale’s Wednesday afternoon Farmers Market is now in its third week. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl spoke with market manager Jewel Campbell and then got the scoop on the new evening market that starts next week from organizer Terri Anzini.
June 27, 2016
HEADLINES: Smoke from wildfires as far away as western New Mexico and Arizona have affected air quality in the Roaring Fork Valley and on the Front Range. On Saturday, two commercial rafts discovered a middle aged man floating in the Colorado River just west of downtown Glenwood Springs. His identity is still unknown. Anyone with information on the possible identity of the man, can contact the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. The Garfield County Commissioners meet this morning at 8 am. They are expected to approve a small grant of $2,500 towards reinstating a program that provides sexual assault exams. FEATURE: On a new edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK News Director Gavin Dahl speaks to Auden Schendler who wrote a piece for their editorial column, "Writers on the Range" this month.
June 24, 2016
HEADLINES: Lightning reportedly started a fire on the south side of Canyon Creek, west of Glenwood Springs last night. Crews went to the scene to assess it. No other details are available yet. Teen use of marijuana has not spiked in Colorado since legalization, according to new data. One in five teens told the 2015 Healthy Kids Colorado survey they had consumed cannabis in the previous month but 62% of middle and high school students say they have never tried it. Pitkin County Commissioners discussed the possibility of leaving the Colorado Counties organization. According to the Aspen Daily News, Commissioner Rachel Richards cautioned that the statewide lobby group has moved in a very conservative direction this year. Support for privatizing or deregulating public lands, by first transfering control from the federal government to states is growing at CCI. Boulder County already dropped out of CCI in February. Pitkin County is made up of 83% federal land. Eagle County Commissioners have indicated they plan to seek voter approval for new sales tax increases on the November ballot. The goal is to fund affordable housing and early childhood development but its still unclear exactly how the money would be spent. Commissioners estimate that an additional 3/10ths of a cent in sales tax could generate upwards of $4.5 million annually. FEATURE: For this week’s KDNK News Brief, Gavin Dahl speaks with Sopris Sun reporter John Colson about the 2016 Congressional race to represent Carbondale and the rest of the 3rd district in Washington DC. Primary ballots must be returned by Tuesday June 28th. PLUS: For this week’s Eye on Crime, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at Carbondale Police activity from June 10 through the 16th, and arrests in Aspen and Eagle County.
June 23, 2016
HEADLINES:Aspen Ideas Fest launches today and runs through July 3rd. Today, the Bureau of Land Management hosts an all-day public meeting to review, identify and evaluate potential reforms to the federal coal program in Grand Junction. Residents in Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin Counties might get a call from the Colorado Department of Transportation today. CDOT is hosting regional telephone town halls. State and local CDOT officials will be on the calls and people can just listen in or add comments about transportation issues. FEATURES: State legislators are making the rounds locally to update voters on what happened in the Colorado General Assembly this year. KDNK’s January Jones has this report. Bob Randall is the recently appointed head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. The department oversees everything form state parks and wildlife, to oil and gas drilling, mining and water conservation. Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with Randall to discuss his priorities in his new role and the challenges ahead.
June 22, 2016
HEADLINES: Town Trustees meet tonight at 6 pm. They’ll be hearing the results of the 2015 audit and approving planning items around the Thompson Park housing subdivision. The Carbondale Farmers Market is open today from 10 to 3 downtown. New sculptures are in for Carbondale’s Art Around Town and it’s time to vote for the “Best in Show.” The Carbondale Public Arts Commission will award an $1,000 honorarium to the winning artist. You can vote for on the town's webpage at carbondalegov.org. Also on the town’s website is a link for a survey from the Environmental Board. They are asking residents to share what you think should be the community’s environmental priorities. FEATURE: Today KDNK news director Gavin Dahl speaks with Katherine Mulready, Vice President of Legislative Policy for the Colorado Hospital Association, about their opposition to ColoradoCare. Ballot initiative Amendment 69 seeks a new system of universal health coverage in Colorado. PLUS: Garfield County will include a ballot question this November seeking approval for broadband planning. The final round of Garfield County’s community input meetings on high speed Internet took place in Carbondale and New Castle last week. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl reports. Garfield County’s broadband needs assessment is still underway. You can participate in the survey at Garfield-County.com.
June 21, 2016
HEADLINES: Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed the lion killed Friday evening is the same one that attacked and injured a young child at a home in Lower Woody Creek that day. The child will recover. Officials say both lions killed were not old enough to survive on their own. The City of Aspen hopes to better align the Aspen Area Community Plan with the land use code. Express your opinion at aspencommunityvoice.com. Glenwood Springs Farmers Market begins tonight, running Tuesdays from 4 to 8pm through late September. With Double Up Food Bucks Colorado, if a family spends $20 in SNAP benefits, they will get an additional $20 to buy Colorado-grown fruits and vegetables. The Market also partners with the Garfield County WIC program to allow clients to buy grains, fresh fruits and veggies at the Market. More info at GlenwoodMarket.org. FEATURE: KDNK News Director Gavin Dahl speaks with ColoradoCare YES spokesperson Jeanne Nicholson. Thanks to the Glenwood Springs Library branch for making space available for the interview. Tomorrow KDNK will explore the NO side of the debate with a policy expert from the Colorado Hospital Association. PLUS: Glenwood Springs City Council ran through a full slate of issues on Thursday night. KDNK’s January Jones reports.
June 20, 2016
HEADLINES: Sunday afternoon, a brush fire burned 50 acres and one house near the Rulison exit on I-70. It was the second one in the area in the last week. On June 15th, 30 acres burned, halting westbound traffic on I-70 for serveral hours. Nearly 300 libraries across the state are offering a new program called "Check Out State Parks” that provides a free pass to all of the state's 42 parks. The Pitkin County, Basalt and all branches of the Garfield County libraries are participating. Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s office are investigating a lion attack on a five-year-old-boy that occurred Friday evening at a residence in Lower Woody Creek.Connecting the Drops is a series about Colorado water issues co-hosted by KGNU in Boulder and KDNK. In this excerpt from the 5th episode, Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism explored Aspen’s programs for water conservation. Hear the full episode at kdnk.org. And locals can get a tour of Aspen’s stormwater filtration system at Rio Grande Park on Thursday, June 23rd at 5:30 pm. More information at roaringfork.org. There are many hiking and biking guides for Colorado, but the state doesn’t have its own… at least not a comprehensive one. That’s about to change. There’s a new website and in the coming months it will turn into a catalog of just about every trail in Colorado. Bente Birkeland has more.
June 17, 2016
HEADLINES: (1) The 13th Annual ARE Day Summit opens Sunday in Snowmass. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Chip Comins, founder, chairman, and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute, about this year's themes and trends. Info and tickets at areday.net. (2) Carbondale is officially a Certified Creative District. And, one of six new districts around the state. Colorado Creative Industries and The Boettcher Foundation made the announcement Thursday. Along with official designation, each district receives $40,000-worth of financial support, technical assistance, and more. Certification is for five years.(3) River flows in the Roaring Fork watershed dropped over the past week but remain near or above-average for this time of year. Water diversions to Twin Lakes decreased Tuesday and Wednesday, sending more water down the Roaring Fork. Near Aspen, the river was flowing at 140% of average. The Frying Pan dropped from 618 cfs to 220 cfs this week because of planned Reudi Reservoir operations. (4) The 119th annual Strawberry Days Festival opens today at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs. The parade down Grand Avenue begins at 10 Saturday morning, This year's theme is "Back to the Future".The Strawberry Shortcut begins at 10 AM Sunday. More information at glenwoodchamber.com. (5) Eye on Crime takes a look at a cold case in Garfield County, a murder trial in Glenwood Springs, and Carbondale police activity from June 3 - 9. FEATURE:For this week’s News Brief, KDNK's Gavin Dahl speaks with Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reporter Charles Ashby about whether Governor Hickenlooper will call the General Assembly back to Denver for a special session.