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July 22, 2016
HEADLINES: 1. The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to do some rock mitigation work in the Glenwood Canyon next week, which could impact Mountain Fair. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this story. 2. The Rio Grande Trail mountain lion closure between Rock Bottom Ranch and Catherine Store Bridge was lifted Wednesday morning. No lions have been sighted there since July 13th. 3. Glenwood Springs City Council approved a town smoking ban Thursday night...with an exception. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. 4. Colorado is taking part in a national effort to get more Latinos out into the state's open spaces, parks and forests. Eric Galatas reports for Colorado News Connection. FEATURE: On this week’s News Brief, Gavin Dahl speaks to Aspen Daily News reporter Collin Szewczyk about Republicans in Congress holding a hearing on Thompson Divide leases that Pitkin County commissioners say were slanted.
July 21, 2016
As firefighters continue to battle wildfires that have consumed 35-thousand acres so far in Colorado this year, experts in environmental restoration are gathering in Breckenridge to discuss damage mitigation. Stephanie Carson reports for Colorado News Connection. On Wednesday morning, Carbondale community members honored the life of Ro Mead, who passed away last fall, with a new plaque at the Evergreen Cemetery. Brenda Buchanan, Amy Kimberly, Leslie Johnson, Lynn Kirchner and Noreen Steiner shared their memories of her with KDNK’s Gavin Dahl. An artist, teacher, community organizer and friend, Mead is credited with leading the charge to start First Fridays in downtown Carbondale. Leadville has launched a campaign to save the Tabor Opera House. January Jones reports.
July 20, 2016
HEADLINES: Noam Chomsky endorses Amendment 69, the statewide ballot initiative that would create a new system of health coverage in Colorado. Panelists at the Colorado Farm Bureau issues summit in Glenwood Springs advocated against Amendment 69, against new fracking regulations expected to be on the ballot, and in favor of the so-called Raise the Bar initiative, which would make it harder to get initiatives on the ballot. Climate change’s effect on a common Rocky Mountain plant is driven by sex. Colorado News Connection reporter Eric Galatas explains. FEATURE: Tuesday’s Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission hearing in Glenwood Springs attracted industry workers and Battlement Mesa residents, presenting opposite sides when it comes to drilling within the Battlement Mesa development. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. RFTA is growing it’s partnership with WeCycle- a new bike sharing program already deployed in Aspen and Basalt. RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship told KDNK it’s a natural complement to their bus services. Glenwood Springs City Council are expected to vote on a commitment to engage WE-cycle as the city’s bikeshare partner tomorrow night at 6 PM. The plan would allocate a $75,000 local match to secure federal funding and $25,000 for implementation.
July 19, 2016
NEWSCAST: El Paso County Commissioner and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn spoke in prime time during opening night at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Bente Birkeland from Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network reports. KDNK’s January Jones traveled to Denver earlier this month to the Western Conservative Summit, to get a feel for what the next generation of evangelicals are thinking about GOP Presidential Nominee, Donald Trump. On a nature hike along Maroon Creek Saturday, Brandon Jones explained why Wilderness Workshop would like to see the City of Aspen abandon its water right instead of developing a new dam that would impact the wilderness area.
July 18, 2016
HEADLINES: Former Rifle resident Robin McMillan is in the headlines again, this time from inside prison. 9th Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia told KDNK that her office got a tip on July 8th that McMillan had stashed money to avoid having it garnished for restitution from a 2015 case. McMillan was convicted last year of embezzling over $400,000 from the Garfield County Clerk’s office. Caloia said the tip turned out to be correct. And, investigators combed through prison phone records, which led them to $46,000 held at McMillan’s son’s home in Rifle. He then led them to an additional $10,000, held by McMillan’s husband. KDNK will follow the story.
The Town Council in Basalt will discuss costs and next steps for their new River Park in a work session tonight at 6. Live streaming video will be available on GrassrootsTV.org. Colorado's 37 delegates to the Republican National Convention are in Cleveland, Ohio this week. As Rocky Mountain Community Radio’s Bente Birkeland reports, the state went for Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and many Republicans remain skeptical of Donald Trump. The latest drought outlook for Colorado shows conditions are good. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke with climatologist Brian Fuchs from the National Drought Mitigation Center. FEATURE: Pitkin County's Open Space and Trails is one of the nation's most successful programs protecting open space. On last month’s edition of the KDNK public affairs show For Land’s Sake, host Bill Kight spoke to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails program director Dale Will. Here, they talk about the history of some of the county’s purchases and the controversies surrounding a few. PLUS: The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved part of Ursa Resources’ plan to drill inside the Battlement Mesa Planned Unit Development. A state hearing was delayed until August with residents ready to go to Denver to present their concerns. Leslie Robinson, chair of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, tells KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh now they'll take a different tack.
July 15, 2016
HEADLINES: Bustang has been on the job for one year now in Colorado. Dana Cronin from Rocky Mountain Community Radio station KRCC reports. Final repairs to Rifle’s water delivery infrastructure have been completed, restoring water utilities to normal operations. The City has lifted the water restrictions that have been in place since June 1st. This November, Colorado voters could decide to increase the tax on cigarettes. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. The deadline to fill out Garfield County’s broadband survey is today. The County wants to know how you use the Internet, what you pay, for what level of service, and what you’d like to subscribe to in the future. More info at Garfield-County.com. Families who have relied on coal mining are facing tough new realities in Western states. Eric Galatas from Colorado News Connection reports. FEATURE: On this week’s News Brief, we catch up on Basalt’s new plan to allow retail marijuana shops in more prominent locations around town. News director Gavin Dahl speaks to Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon. PLUS: The Roundabout in Carbondale has been in place for nearly 2 years. But as KDNK's January Jones found out from Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, it's still causing confusion, and potentially dangerous situations for some pedestrians and cyclists.
July 14, 2016
HEADLINES: Carbondale Town Trustees met last night with a packed agenda. Trustees voted to appoint a replacement to serve out the final 18 months of AJ Hobbs’ term. The board approved the water and wastewater master plan. They also voted to award a contract to AV Experts for broadcast equipment and services and intend to begin airing meetings on the City of Glenwood Springs’ TV channel by the end of the summer. For over an hour, the Trustees discussed amending marijuana regulations, including rules about odor mitigation, limits on retail shops within neighborhoods, requiring higher than the current standard of 30% carbon offsets and establishing a new license for a cannabis club. Discussions will continue at future meetings, but the trustees voted on lowering the total number of cultivation facilities in Carbondale to 3. The town approved permits for Colorado Medical Supply to produce and sell infused marijuana products along highway 133. And Senor Taco Show was granted a liquor license. Town of Carbondale also approved a land swap with the Nieslanik family that will allow an expansion of the cemetery. As of an evening report from the White River National Forest last night, the Red Table Fire area is at 20 acres. The response team is working toward containment. Located at Anton Cabin Springs Drainage southwest of Sylvan Lake, the blaze is burning in heavy subalpine fir and spruce and smoke is visible from Eagle. Meanwhile, the Cold Springs Fire in Nederland, just west of Boulder, was 80% contained as of yesterday and remaining evacuation orders are expected to be lifted by the end of the day today. At least eight residences were lost as the fire burned nearly 600 acres. Suspects from Alabama who allegedly caused the blaze by failing to extinguish a campfire in windy conditions were arrested last week. Final repairs to Rifle’s raw water delivery infrastructure have been completed, restoring water utilities to normal operations. The City is lifting the water restrictions that have been in place since June 1st. Garfield County’s broadband surveys wrap up tomorrow. The County will be placing an opt out of state restrictions on broadband development by local governments on the November ballot so they want to know how you use the Internet, what you pay, for what level of service and what you might like to subscribe to in the future. All answers are kept confidential. More info at Garfield-County.com. FEATURE: Garfield County is at the epicenter of natural gas development and fracking. A new Colorado State University study looks at air toxins from early phases of well development. KDNK’s January Jones spoke with Professor Jeff Collett about his results. PLUS: Wildfires raging across the state mean trouble for trees and property, and they can also be bad for your health. Eric Galatas from Colorado News Connection talks to Dawn Mullally with the American Lung Association in Colorado, who was KDNK’s former membership director. We wish her all the best at her new gig in Denver.
July 13, 2016
HEADLINES: Struggling Colorado families can now double their money to buy fresh produce, and help local farmers at the same time. Eric Galatas from Colorado News Connection has the story. For this week's Eye on Crime, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at arrests in Aspen and Carbondale. FEATURE: As Maeve Conran of KGNU reports for our Connecting the Drops series, climate change means spring runoff is coming earlier, and that creates new challenges for farmers. PLUS: RFTA is one of the few transit agencies in the country to offer Bus Rapid Transit in a rural community. CEO Dan Blankenship talks to KDNK's January Jones about ridership numbers.
July 12, 2016
HEADLINES: 1. Ursa Resources holds a community meeting tonight about plans to drill for natural gas 700 feet from Parachute’s Grand Valley High School on a fracking site that could total 53 wells. The meeting begins at 6 PM at the Grand Valley Fire Department in Parachute and is open to the public. 2. Roaring Fork Valley residents will soon face dramatic changes to individual health insurance plans. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl spoke to investment and insurance adviser Mark Devlin to learn more. 3. LGBT Coloradans who had a gut feeling about a "vast right-wing conspiracy" to limit their rights may not be too far off base. Eric Galatas from Colorado News Connection has more. FEATURE: Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton today. Sanders handily won the Democratic caucus in Colorado and KDNK’s Gavin Dahl asked local Bernie organizers about their experience with the campaign. Michael Gibson was field organizer for 22 counties in western Colorado. Alex Damaso was involved in outreach to Hispanic voters around Glenwood Springs.
July 11, 2016
HEADLINES: 1. Tomorrow evening, Ursa Resources holds a community meeting about plans to drill for natural gas 700 feet from Parachute’s Grand Valley High School. The meeting begins at 6 PM at the Grand Valley Fire Department in Parachute and is open to the public. 2. Larger food-stamp benefits would not be wasted on fast food, according to a new study. Eric Galatas from Colorado News Connection reports. 3. It might not be too long before "No Smoking" signs appear on the sidewalks and in outdoor public spaces in Glenwood Springs. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. FEATURE: Carbondale has been named a Creative District by the state of Colorado. KDNK news director Gavin Dahl sat down with Amy Kimberly, executive director for Carbondale Arts, to learn more about the new distinction.