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May 22, 2015

HEADLINES: Garfield County Public Health officials are investigating a recent case of hantavirus exposure in the western part of Garfield County. Hantavirus is carried in the saliva, urine and droppings of certain infected mice. Colorado Mountain College is now offering two more bachelor degrees- the Bachelor of Applied Science in leadership and management and the Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies for elementary education. This Saturday is a second planting day for Carbondale’s first edible landscape at the Nature Park. A bill reducing the number of standardized tests Colorado schoolchildren take is now law. Many camping areas are now open locally- in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, all campgrounds managed by White River Recreation are open for except for Lost Man and Chapman-South loop Campground. FEATURE: The News Brief features Ryan Hoffman, editor for the Rifle Citizen Telegram with an update on walkability upgrades happening in Rifle. RIVER REPORT
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May 21, 2015

HEADLINES: The Glenwood Springs City Council meets tonight at 6 at City Hall to discuss the city’s marijuana ordinances and the sale of city property that is home to the recycling center.  That decision could be left up to voters this fall.  The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that the town has concerns about the number of new retail pot shops and related facilities proposed within city limits. Council expects a high turn-out at tonight’s meeting. KDNK's January Jones reports on a shred-a-thon in Glenwood Springs tonight, benefiting the Advocate Safehouse Project. Garfield and Eagle County offices will be closed Monday, May 25 for Memorial Day. In Aspen, ceremonies will be held at noon at the Roaring Fork Veterans Memorial on the east side of the Pitkin County Courthouse, followed by a community picnic at Connor Park next to City Hall. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on a study of Cattle Creek, which has been listed as one of the Upper Colorado River Basin's 65 impaired streams.
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May 20, 2015

HEADLINES: John Walls, who struck and killed Basalt resident Patrick Dunn last August, will not be charged with any crime, reports the Aspen Times. Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely threw out the case after hearing that Walls was court- ordered last month not to drive. Read the whole story by Rick Carroll at aspentimes.com. New snow and changing temperatures brings challenges and dangers to backcountry travelers. KBUT's Chad Reich reports. The Rifle City Council meets tonight at 6 to discuss an inmate transportation agreement with the Town of Parachute, an amendment to the Rifle municipal code regarding drug paraphernalia and other items.The Tree Farm in El Jebel hosts an open house this afternoon from 4 - 7 at the Kodiak Ski Club on Tree Farm Lane to discuss a new residential and commercial development project, which includes 400 residences and more than 127,000 square feet of commercial space. FEATURE: CCAH holds a public drop-in session tonight from 4:30 to 6:30 at the Third Street Center to get feedback on the Creative Arts District strategic plan. KDNK’s January Jones and CCAH's Amy Kimberly talk about the project.
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May 19, 2015

HEADLINES: A hunter near Kremmling may have shot a gray wolf late last month. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is conducting DNA tests on the animal, reports the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Gray wolves in Colorado are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Read the whole story by Drew Munro at postindependent.com. Carbondale hosted the first-ever Bonedale Bike Jam on Saturday at North Face Park. The winners were Atlin Mason, Quinn Carpenter, Iziah Bell, and Sean Shuman. Kevin Gonzalez won first place for Best Trick Jam Session. KDNK’s Eye on Crime looks at Basalt. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder say that  U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase by four to six times by mid-century. A study released Monday in Nature Climate Change says that the increase is due to a warming climate and a  population that’s growing especially fast in the warmest regions of the country. FEATURE: The County Road 106 right-of-way issue at Colorado Rocky Mountain School has yet to be resolved. But, Garfield County Commissioners said yesterday that a plan has to be in place by mid-June. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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May 18, 2015

HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork School District has hired Peter Mueller as the new principal for Basalt High School. Matthew Koenigsknecht will be the new principal for Crystal River Elementary School. Aspen High School Principal Kim Martin has resigned after three years. Tonight the Colorado Department of Transportation will close eastbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon beginning at midnight and continuing until 5:00 AM Tuesday morning. Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order on Friday to increase conservation efforts for the Greater Sage Grouse. The Governor wants to prevent the bird from being listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. FEATURE: Garfield County Commissioners will hold another public meeting this afternoon about the county right-of-way that runs through the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus. Many local residents joined commissioners at the school last week for a walk along the route. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with some of them to find out what they think of what has become a contentious issue between the school and local residents. RIVER REPORT.
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May 15, 2015

HEADLINES: Beginning today and running through May 21st, Carbondale is taking over Visit Colorado’s Instagram account. The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is asking that locals participate by taking pictures of their favorite things around town. Photos should be tagged with #VisitCarbondaleCO and posted to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. The Roaring Fork Conservancy says the recent precipitation has brought the snowpack levels in the Roaring Fork basin to 76% of average, A measure to study how to avoid closures and ease congestion on I-70 was signed into law Wednesday. KVNF in Paonia is reporting on another bill signed this week dealing with water intensive, invasive plants. FEATURE: About 50 people joined Garfield County Commissioners Thursday to walk the county right-of-way through the CRMS campus.
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May 15, 2015

HEADLINES: Beginning today and running through May 21st, Carbondale is taking over Visit Colorado’s Instagram account. The Carbondale Chamber of Commerce is asking that locals participate by taking pictures of their favorite things around town. Photos should be tagged with #VisitCarbondaleCO and posted to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. The Roaring Fork Conservancy says the recent precipitation has brought the snowpack levels in the Roaring Fork basin to 76% of average, A measure to study how to avoid closures and ease congestion on I-70 was signed into law Wednesday. KVNF in Paonia is reporting on another bill signed this week dealing with water intensive, invasive plants. FEATURE: About 50 people joined Garfield County Commissioners Thursday to walk the county right-of-way through the CRMS campus.
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May 14, 2015

HEADLINES: The Post Independent reports that the Carbondale Board of Trustees approved the Thompson Park Master Plan for the 10-acre parcel on the south end of town between Triangle Park and Keator Grove on Highway 133. It includes the historic Thompson House and the future site of Ross Montessori School. More at postindependent.com. At 9 AM today, the Garfield County Commissioners and Colorado Rocky Mountain School lead a community walk-through of the public right of way through school property. At 10 am, RFTA meets at Carbondale Town Hall to discuss the Carbondale Circulator bus route. Governor John Hickenlooper was in Rifle yesterday to help get the new aerial firefighting research center off the ground and to sign two bills. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. Volunteers are needed to help Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers work on the trails at Wulfsohn Open space in Glenwood Springs today at 4 PM. More information at rfov.org. FEATURE: Melissa Lineberger is the new director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting in Rifle. Here she talks with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about her experience with wildfires and her vision for the program.
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May 13, 2015

HEADLINES: Governor John Hickenlooper joins other officials this morning at the Garfield County Airport in Rifle for the grand opening of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District Board Meeting is tonight at 5:30. The district has been holding a series of meetings from Redstone to Missouri Heights for the past month as part of a master planning process.KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on the Roaring Fork Conservancy's study of the state of Cattle Creek. The Aspen Times reports that a marijuana grow operation off Highway 82 near the Roaring Fork Club and Holland Hills in Basalt is upsetting neighbors. Pitkin County Commissioners may not renew the license in September if the stink persists. Read the whole story in today’s Aspen Times. A federal court in Colorado ruled Friday that the U.S. Department of the Interior was wrong to approve the expansion of the Colowyo and Trapper coal mines near Craig. Environmental group WildEarth Guardians sued the federal government for failure to include the public in its decision and to protect the environment. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson ruled that the government violated the National Environmental Policy Act, and ordered the Department of Interior to fix its decision within six months or the Colowyo Mine will be closed.  FEATURE: Governor Hickenlooper recently signed a bill to reduce human/bear conflicts. Bente Birkeland reports. Finding enough water to meet the demands of Colorado’s booming Front Range has city planners looking closely at how new developments can conserve water.  And, with the second draft of the State Water Plan scheduled for release in July, many water advocates want to talk about land use.  For Connecting the Drops, Maeve Conran reports.
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May 12, 2015

HEADLINES: The Basalt Town Council and the Carbondale Town Trustees have meetings tonight. The Basalt Basalt Council meets at Willits Town Center at 5 pm to go to the grand opening of Valley View Hospital's Willits Care Center and then return to Town Hall at 6:30 for a work session. Carbondale Town Trustees also meet at 6 at Carbondale Town Hall. Garfield County Commissioners approved open-air pits for remote fracking sites in Garfield County on Monday, against the unanimous recommendation of the county Planning Commission. Energy company WPX wants the flexibility to use either tanks or pits, depending on the situation. Read the whole story in today’s Post Independent. KDNK’s Eye on Crime looks at the Carbondale PD. The White River National Forest will begin reconstruction on the Eagle-Thomasville Road for the Catawampus Salvage Timber Sale as soon as ground and weather conditions allow. The 2015 Carbondale Mountain Fair line-up has been announced. The full schedule is at carbondalearts.com. FEATURE: Solar energy is taking off in the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s January Jones has more about Solar Rollers.
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