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May 30, 2016
HEADLINES: Expect half-day Colorado River closures next month in Glenwood Springs due to Grand Ave Bridge work. KDNK's January Jones talks to CDOT Project Public Information Mgr Tom Newland about what will happen when the bridge closes down in 2017 for three months. FEATURE: On April 15, 1981, an explosion at the Dutch Creek Coal Mine #1, near Redstone, killed 15 men. Thirty-five years later a small group hiked up to the mine to honor the dead. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh went along and has this story.
May 27, 2016
HEADLINES: On Tuesday, May 24, around 4:25 PM, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a kayak floating upside down in the Colorado River. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Gypsum Fire Department followed the kayak as it travelled from Eagle County into the Glenwood Canyon. Two Glenwood Springs firemen swam out to it as it neared the Hanging Lake rest area and pulled it to shore around 5:15 PM. No one was trapped inside the boat. The kayak is a Pelican Premium Odyssey 100 X. If you think the kayak is yours and you can identify it, please contact the Glenwood Springs Fire Department. Basalt controls 61 housing units for sale or rent in the town’s affordable housing program. The new town council has decided to look over how it’s run and consider changes. January Jones reports. FEATURE: For this week’s News Brief, graduating Roaring Fork High School seniors and editors-in-chief of the Rampage, Fiona Laird and Grace Brown talk to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about their time at the helm of the school's newspaper. Plus, the river report and weekend weather.
May 26, 2016
HEADLINES: Colorado has its first consortium of cities and counties advocating for action on global warming called Colorado Communities for Climate Action. Founding members include City of Aspen, Pitkin County, Boulder, Boulder County, Fort Collins, Golden, Vail, Eagle County and San Miguel County. A proposed change in BLM rules has Garfield County Commissioners worried about losing local decision-making power. In a formal letter issued last week, commissioners state why they object to BLM’s “Planning 2.0” process. BLM says their overhaul is needed for more transparency and public participation. The letter is published on the county website at garfield-county.com. For this week’s Eye on Crime, Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at Carbondale. FEATURE: The Environmental Protection Agency has issued stricter guidelines for two perfluorinated chemicals - P.F.O.A. and P.F.O.S - which have been linked to adverse health effects, including cancer. In Colorado, three water districts were found to have the chemicals in their systems. Frani Halperin of H20 Radio in Denver reports. BONUS: Land use attorney John Sullivan and his firm represented the City of Fort Collins in the recent State Supreme Court case about local fracking regulations. KDNK asked him to comment on the Supreme Court’s rulings, which struck down Longmont’s ban on fracking and the 5-year moratorium enacted by Fort Collins.
May 25, 2016
HEADLINES: A woman died while rafting the Arkansas River over the weekend. KRCC's Dana Cronin reports. Tonight the Carbondale Board of Trustees meet at 6pm. Governor Hickenlooper is still considering a special session to try again to reclassify hospital provider fees. The Grand Junction Sentinel’s editorial board wrote earlier this month that the issue is quote “too important to die without comment.” There is widespread support for the shift in accounting because the move could free up hundreds of millions of dollars in the state budget for education and transportation. According to ColoradoIndependent.com, just one lobby group opposed the move over the course of the 2016 session. Americans for Prosperity, backed by the billionaire Koch Brothers convinced Senate President Bill Cadman and other powerful Republicans to block the idea after it passed with bipartisan support in the House. Attorney general Cynthia Coffman and her predecessor John Suthers, both Republicans, say the conversion would be constitutional. FEATURE: A proposed bill that would have legalized physician-assisted dying in Colorado failed again this year. Dr. Matt Wynia, director of the University of Colorado’s Center for Bioethics and Humanities, told KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh that this kind of law is a reflection of poor end-of-life medical care. He joins Glenwood Springs chaplain Sean Jeung and Ira Bedzow of New York Medical College to talk about physician-assisted end of life options at the Aspen Jewish Community Center, Thursday from 5 to 7 PM. BONUS: The annual State of the River meeting takes place tonight in Rifle from 6 to 8. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl spoke to Dan Ben-Horin from the Middle Colorado Watershed Council.
May 24, 2016
HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork School District Board of Education has their regular meeting on Wednesday including student awards, at the main offices in Glenwood Springs. Graduation ceremonies begin this weekend. Bridges students walk on Friday evening, Roaring Fork High and Glenwood Springs High on Saturday. Tuesday May 31st, the district will celebrate renovations starting at Glenwood Springs Elementary with a ceremony in the Courtyard at 2:45 pm. Then on June 1st, there will be a party to launch construction of the new $34 million Eastbank School from 6:30-8PM. The district has already hired a new principal for Eastbank, Adam Volek from Denver, who will start in August. New figures show that obesity rates among Colorado children ages 2 to 4 have dropped in the last three years. KRCC's Holly Pretsky reports. The Basalt Town Council meets tonight and continues work on two topics that helped shape the recent council elections, development of the Pan and Fork Site and affordable housing. They’ll have dedicated work sessions on each before the regular meeting begins at 7 pm.
Hanging Lake Trail will be closed for trail maintenance on May 25 and 26th. CDOT will close Exit 125 and the off-ramp both days. Meanwhile, CDOT says Independence Pass is on schedule to open for the season on Thursday at noon. Cottonwood Pass should open Friday. Kebler Pass will remain closed for the time being, due to road damage.
Aspen Mountain will be open for skiing through Memorial Day. Anyone with information about Sunday’s fire at Fort Frog on Buttermilk Mountain is encouraged to contact the Aspen Fire Department, the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, or the Forest Service. The children’s center was a total loss, burning right down to its foundation. FEATURE: Town Trustee Katrina Byars continues working on some creative approaches to affordable housing for Carbondale. She talked with KDNK's Marty Rynearson and Amy Hadden Marsh about the local housing shortage and some potential solutions.
May 23, 2016
This morning we feature a segment from Giving Community, one of KDNK’s many public affairs shows. Amy Barr spoke with Julie Olson, Executive Director of Advocate Safehouse, about their work with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. PLUS, a new state study will look into the cost of health care on the Western Slope and possibly change how insurance rates are calculated. KVNF’s Jake Ryan reports. AND Garfield County is seeking public input on internet speed and reliability for area businesses and residents. You can participate in a survey and learn more about their Broadband Needs Assessment study in partnership with Mesa County at Garfield-County.com.
May 20, 2016
HEADLINES: This week's Eye on Crime takes a look at police activity in Carbondale, Aspen, and El Jebel from May 5 through the 18th. FEATURE: On KDNK’s weekly news brief, Gavin Dahl talks with reporter Kelsey Ray about The Invisible Plume, her investigation into coal methane, for The Colorado Independent.
May 19, 2016
HEADLINES: Glenwood Springs City Council is expected to take action tonight on a land swap with the Roaring Fork School District that will allow RFSD to move forward with renovations at Glenwood Springs Elementary. Also on the agenda: smart meters and their potential health impacts. Following up on our reporting from earlier this month, Garfield County is now ready for public input on internet speed and reliability for area businesses and residents. Meetings are scheduled in June at libraries across Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Rifle and New Castle. You can learn more about the Broadband Needs Assessment study and participate in their survey at Garfield-County.com. FEATURE: Dr. Diana Sirko is nearing the end of her time as superintendent of Roaring Fork School District. She stopped by KDNK and Gavin Dahl asked her about her career and future plans, as well as teacher housing, solar power, and the district's next boss, Dr. Rob Stein.
May 18, 2016
HEADLINES: Carbondale Town Trustees hold a special meeting tonight to discuss short-term vacation rentals, extending 2nd street around the Rio Grande Trail, RFTA's new Integrated Transportation Systems Plan, plus boards and commissions. Grand Avenue Bridge project information manager Tom Newland talks about impacts on the river this summer. Colorado's new Lt. Gov Donna Lynne takes over. FEATURE: Hanging Lake has been a tourist destination since 1910 and it's more popular than ever. District Ranger Aaron Mayville spoke with January Jones about upcoming maintenance and the Forest Service's plans to manage the crowds.
May 17, 2016
HEADLINES: A car crash on I-70 near Canyon Creek killed a teenager this weekend. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. The Aspen Board of Education reported last night that nine applicants are interested in the district’s open school board seat. Interviews begin immediately. The Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities announced the lineup for Mountain Fair. State Senator Morgan Carroll of Aurora, who is taking on U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, and former State Senator Gail Schwartz of Crested Butte, who hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, have both been added to a short list of candidates the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will focus its resources on. FEATURE: AARP Colorado represents more than 650,000 residents over the age of 50. Communications Director Kelli Fritts talked with KDNK’s Gavin Dahl about their biggest battles of the legislative session, including an attempt by phone and cable companies to deregulate 911 service in Colorado.