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October 6, 2015
HEADLINES: A panel of 8 professionals addressed a standing room-only crowd Monday night at the GWS Community Center about homelessness - the causes, the people, and what to do about it. GWS City Councilwoman Kathryn Trauger organized the event to open a community dialog about what some perceive as a growing problem with transients in the downtown core. Panel comments included concerns about the safety and cleanliness of downtown Glenwood, the difference between those who are simply behaving badly and those who are truly homeless, and whether providing services attracts more transients and homeless people. The panel identified causes of homelessness as mental health and substance abuse issues, poverty, the economy, and high housing prices, and agreed that community involvement is the first step toward a solution. Garfield Pitkin, and Eagle counties are among Western Slope counties with the highest, average gasoline prices in Colorado. Pitkin County has the highest at $3.59 per gallon of regular. The average price in Garfield County is $2.70, according to Gas Buddy, which is about ten cents lower than Eagle and Rio Blanco counties. Colorado's overall average is about ten cents higher than the national average. Bente Birkeland reports that Gov. John Hickenlooper is leading a trade mission to the Middle and Far East to promote Colorado exports, investments, and business. Carbondale PD Chief Gene Schilling says many are misusing the roundabout, including cars, bikes, and pedestrians. Vehicles inside the roundabout have the right of way. Cars waiting to enter must yield until it's safe to enter. Cyclists inside the roundabout must obey the same laws as vehicles and not dart across the crosswalks. Pedestrians should use the flashing lights at the yellow safety crossings and children should get off and walk their bikes across the crosswalk. The PD will soon start a campaign to get both kids and adults to walk their bikes at the crosswalks. FEATURE: The RF School District wants voter approval for a $122M bond to fix up buildings in GWS, Carbondale, and Basalt. The measure includes an affordable rental housing component, which District Supervisor Dr. Diana Sirko explains to KDNK's January Jones.
OCTOBER 5, 2015
HEADLINES: GWS City Council and Partners4Glenwood invite the public to attend a panel discussion and community meeting tonight at the GWS Community Center from 6 -8 about the effect of the growing homeless and transient population in GWS. The panel includes representatives from Garco Health and Human Services, LiftUP, Feed My Sheep, Valley View Hospital, Mind Springs Health, the GWS Chamber Resort Association, the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool, and Terry Wilson, GWS Police Chief. The Garco Commissioners meet today at 8 AM in GWS. The agenda inclused updates on the CR 106 right-of-way through CRMS in Carbondale, the RFTA Draft Corridor Access Control Plan, and a request for a land use change permit for an animal processing plant north of Eagle Springs Organic in Rifle. The U.S. EPA recently change the threshold at which ground-level ozone is considered harmful to human health. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about levels in CO. And, Aspen has been challenged by Park City, UT to a "Ski Town Showdown". Whoever installs the most smart thermostats and LED light bulbs during October, wins. The community can participate by installing LED light bulbs and/or smart thermostats at home. Commercial and municipal entities are welcome to participate, too. More information at aspenenergychallenge.com. FEATURE: Neonicotinoid insecticides have devastating impacts on bees and other pollinators. But, a new report exposes the full scope of their threat to our waters, food chains, and ecosystems. In a special report from H20 Radio, a non-profit media organization in Denver, CO, Frani Halperin and Jamie Sudler have more.
oCTOBER 2, 2015
HEADLINES: Gavan Brouillette, 20, of Glenwood Springs died Wednesday night in a hit-and-run traffic accident on I-70 near Bair Ranch, about 14 miles east of Glenwood Springs, closing eastbound I-70 for nearly five hours. Colorado State Patrol and the Garfield County Coroner report that Brouillette crashed into the guardrail; then, got out of his car and was hit by another vehicle. He died at the scene from his injuries. CSP has not identified the other vehicle, which left the scene of the crash. CSP is asking the public to contact them with any information. Amtrak travel just got a little more expensive for certain travelers. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. The Roaring Fork Conservancy has been tracking repairs needed at Grizzly Reservoir since it was drained this summer due to a break in the gate. Repairs begin today and could be finished by October 12. FEATURE: This week's News Brief features Will Grandbois, Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter, talking with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about a crime wave in Glenwood Springs and Garfield County. Grandbois' story appears in today's GWS Post Independent or at postindependent.com.
October 1, 2015
HEADLINES: The FFA and the Garfield County Sheriff say the single engine Cessna 182G that crashed south of Glenwood Springs Sunday seemed to have engine problems shortly after take-off from the GWS Airport. The pilot was attempting an emergency landing when the plane flipped onto its back. The passenger was able to leave the plane but responders had to free the pilot from the wreckage. The Carbondale Library hosts its 2nd Annual LIT Crawl, Friday October 2. KDNK's January Jones gets the details from librarian Maura Masters. Colorado Parks and Wildlife awarded $30,000 to the Town of Rifle for a new boat ramp as part of CPW's "Fishing is Fun" program. A total of $200,000 was awarded for 6 projects around Colorado to improve angling opportunities. FEATURE: congress did not reauthorize the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund this week. KDNK's January Jones talks to Will Roush of Wilderness Workshop about what that means for Colorado.
September 30, 2015
HEADLINES: Just after noon Tuesday, the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to Distinguished Boards & Beams at 698 Merrill Avenue for a report of a structure fire.Pitkin County is announcing they now have a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) on staff after sharing an officer with Garfield County since 2000. A climber who fell to his death at Christiana Peak on Monday has been identified as 41 year old Travis Boyle, a resident of Union Kentucky. Glenwood Springs Police are looking for 46 year-old Rogelio “Rocky” Mendez in connection with an alleged sex assault on a child. A landscaper in the Aspen area, Mendez has not been seen since he left work Sept. 25. Anyone with information is encouraged to call 970-384-6500 or visit glenwoodpolice.com/crime-tips. FEATURE: The Bureau of Land Management’s main method of managing the nation’s wild horses and burros has been to round them up off the range, adopt them out, and, since the mid-1980s, place them in long-term holding facilities. The agency uses roundups – or what it prefers to call “gathers” - mainly to cull the herds. But, in mid-September, the BLM began to round up the West Douglas mustangs in northwestern Colorado for a different reason. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh went to the round-up as a media observer and has this story from the range.
September 29, 2015
HEADLINES: Mountain Rescue Aspen has been conducting rescue and recovery operations in the Capital Peak area over the last 24 hours. January Jones has the latest news from the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. Just after noon today, the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District was paged to Distinguished Boards & Beams at 698 Merrill Avenue for a report of a structure fire. The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission is looking for new members. KDNK’s January Jones has the details. In public meeting news, the Basalt Town council convenes tonight at 6 pm. There is an open house in Aspen to introduce new floodplain maps to home and business owners in Pitkin County. In Carbondale tonight, the Roaring Fork School District is holding it’s second bond election information meeting at Bridges High School. FEATURE: The Bureau of Land Management’s main method of managing the nation’s wild horses and burros has been to round them up off the range, adopt them out, and, since the mid-1980s, place them in long-term holding facilities. The agency uses roundups – or what it prefers to call “gathers” - mainly to cull the herds. But, in mid-September, the BLM began to round up the West Douglas mustangs in northwestern Colorado for a different reason. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh went to the round-up as a media observer and has this story from the range.
September 28, 2015
HEADLINES: A cessna crashed outside of the Glenwood Springs Airport on Sunday, two people were injured but there were no fatilities. The Roaring Fork School District is kicking off a series of community meetings to answer questions about their bond election. The first meeting is tonight at Glenwood Springs Elementary School. Pitkin County and the City of Aspen are holding a public open house on Tuesday to introduce new floodplain maps to home and business owners. FEATURE: The town of Basalt has been in the news primarily dealing with development questions around the Pan and Fork river site. But, many other issues are moving forward too like Kayak Park and affordable housing. KDNK’s January Jones has this preview of Tuesday’s Basalt Town Council Meeting with Town Manager Mike Scanlon.
September 25, 2015
HEADLINES: A male hiker died on Mt. Sopris Thursday. The Pitkin County Sheriff received a call from 2 female hikers around 1 pm, who had come across an adult man who was unconscious just below the false summit of the mountain. The man's identity and cause of death have yet to be released. The Garco Sheriff notes an uptick of mail thefts recently from western Garfield County through GWS and Carbondale and into Pitkin County, targeting rural mailboxes, secure mailbox banks that serve neighborhoods, private mailboxes and mail collection boxes. The Sheriff warns against putting outgoing mail in a personal mailbox. Anyone with info about the mail thefts can contact Garfield County Crimestoppers at 945.0101. LiveWell Garfield County has awarded fall grants of nearly $20,000 to the Town of New Castle, Sopris Elementary School, the Bookcliffs Arts Council and the Roaring Fork and Garfield County School Districts. Bente Birkeland reports about how next year's budget debate will address the TABOR Amendment. FEATURE: A 6-hour Garfield county Planning Commission meeting Wednesday night to consider a special use permit application from Ursa Resources to drill for natural gas inside the Battlement Mesa PUD resulted in a continuation. Over 70 people attended the meeting, mostly urging the Commission to deny the permit. KDNK brings voices from the meeting, including Battlement Mesa residents, industry representatives, and questions from the Planning Commission. To listen to all public comments, go to kdnk.org. Click on the Public Affairs tab and scroll down to KDNK Specials.
September 24, 2015
HEADLINES: A 6-hour Garco Planning Commission meeting last night to consider a special use permit application from Ursa Resources to drill for natural gas within the Battlement Mesa PUD resulted in a continuation. Close to 70 people, mostly Battlement Mesa residents, attended the meeting. The Commission heard presentations from county staff, recommending approval of the permit with conditions. And,from Ursa Resources, defending its work record and best management practices. All but 2 members of the public urged the Commission to deny the permit. The public hearing is closed but the next Planning Commission meeting to discuss the application is scheduled for October 28. Benter Birkeland reports that Gov. Hickenlooper kicked off a ballot campaign Monday that will determine if Colorado keeps almost $60M in marijuana tax money. The Garco Cornoer has identified a man killed in an ATV accident near DeBeque on Sunday at David S. McDonald of Grand Junction. McDonald, 63, had a head-on collision with his son while they were driving ATVs. The Roaring Fork Conservancy presents a free screening of The Great Divide, tonight at 6 the Crystal Theatre. More at roaringfork.org. Garfield Clean Energy and other groups host a free workshop Friday September 25 at CMC in Rifle from 10:30 AM to 1 PM about how government and special districts can save money with solar arrays.
September 23, 2015
HEADLINES: The Garfield County Planning Commission holds a public hearing tonight in Glenwood Springs about Phase One of Ursa Resources’ plan to drill for natural gas in Battlement Mesa.Last night the carbondale town trustees continued their on-going revisions of town marijuana regulations. They also voted for an increase in pay for council members that will take affect for any trustee elected in the spring of 2016. Firefighters from the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire Unit are planning prescribed fires in Eagle and Garfield counties. Expect intermittent closures on I-70 between Grizzly Creek and Hanging Lake Tunnel on today and Tuesday, Sept. 29, for helicopter operations. CDOT anticipates between 5 and 7 stops. Colorado’s latest revenue forecast released Monday says employment is growing, along with wages and salaries. But despite the good news, the state still faces budget challenges. Bente Birkeland has more. FEATURE: The U.S. Department of Interior decided today/Tuesday that the greater sage grouse does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The bird spans eleven western states including Colorado, where it lives in pockets along the western slope, but is mostly concentrated in the northwest part of the state. Governor John Hickenlooper was one of the many people working to avoid a federal listing for the bird. Bente Birkeland sat down the Governor to talk about the sage grouse and some other initiatives in the works.