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August 4, 2015
HEADLINES: Progress was made last week to protect part of the southern border of the Thompson Divide from natural gas drilling with Gunnison Energy. But SG Interests continues to push ahead on existing leases. And, on Monday, Garfield County Commissioners are standing firm that they'll be no drilling access via Four Mile Road. Tonight is “National Night Out” - a yearly effort to improve community and police relations in a block party setting. In Basalt, education, activities and a free dinner provided by the Lions Club will happen at Lions park with police, fire and emergency responders in attendance from 5 to 7 pm. In Battlement Mesa, The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a large gathering at the Battlement Mesa Shopping Plaza from 4 to 7:30 pm. The Aspen Times is reporting that 325 signatures were submitted to recall councilman Chris Jacobson. he Pitkin County Sheriff’s Department reported only 2 rescue missions in the last few days. On Saturday afternoon, a 54 year old woman needed medical assistance at Sunnyside Trail and Monday a 15 year-old female hiker was evacuated at Conundrum Creek. FEATURE: I SeeChange is a nationwide citizen journalism project that answers questions about the natural world. KVNF's Jake Ryan has this report about the challenges of the fruit harvest this year. Bente Birkeland reports that Colorado’s top health official says the state will need to be more determined in reducing carbon emissions by the year 2030 to meet the standards under the federal Clean Power Plan unveiled Monday. RIVER REPORT.
August 3, 2015
HEADLINES: Energy company SG Interests filed a Notice of Staking last week with the Bureau of Land Management for a well and well pad in the Thompson Divide area. This kind of notice is the first step in submitting an application for a permit to drill. Garfield County Commissioners will discuss the use of 4 Mile Road as an access road for the well this morning at 9 at its regular meeting in Glenwood Springs. Leadville/Lake County Fire Rescue has been awarded a one-hundred and eighty thousand ($180,000) dollar grant from the US Department of Homeland Security. The firefighting grant will be used to replace 23 outdated, self-contained breathing apparatus equipment. Beginning this morning, CDOT will be paving up on Independence Pass from 7:30 am to 4:oo pm, until Thursday. SH 133 between Redstone and Carbondale will continue having doing intermittent lane closures this week. FEATURE: Dan Haley is the new president and CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the state’s largest oil and gas industry trade group. He took the helm earlier this summer and sat down with statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland to talk about his new role and his hopes for the organization and the industry. RIVER REPORT
July 31, 2015
HEADLINES: A man who allegedly stole eleven-thousand dollars worth of marijuana from an Aspen dispensary has been arrested after a high-speed chase in Missouri. KDNK’s science public affairs show, Radio Physics, is a partnership with the Aspen Center for Physics. This month, Astrophysicist Arjun Dey explained the origins of galaxies to host Patty Fox. A Rifle City Council member was found deceased in his home early on Thursday morning. FEATURE: Thompson Divide Coalition and other partners have announced a new agreement with Gunnison Energy, focused on the southern boundary of the Thompson Divide. Coalition Director Zane Kessler, spoke with KDNK’s January Jones about the news. RIVER REPORT.
July 30, 2015
HEADLINES: Hayden May of Georgia was arrested in St. Louis, MO Wednesday in connection with Tuesday’s robbery of an Aspen marijuana dispensary. After 5 years as superintendent of the Garfield Re-2 School District, Susan Birdsey is stepping down. The Rifle Citizen Telegram reports that Birdsey will receive a $220,000 severance package. Read the whole story by Ryan Hoffman at postindependent.com. The National Wildlife Federation reports that a new, independent, bipartisan survey of sportsmen nationally and in Colorado shows broad support for applying the same rules and standards of the Clean Water Act to smaller streams and wetlands. A San Francisco based startup is expanding in Colorado. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. The Aspen Times reports that Kevin Rutter has been arrested for allegedly breaking into the Aspen Brewing Company last week and making off with $400 in cash, including $100 from a cancer research fund donation jar. The Carbondale Town ditch will be off today between 2nd Street and Weant Blvd and along Sopris Avenue west of Weant from noon until 7:30 PM, due to utility work in Thompson Park. And, expect single lane restrictions along Highway 133 between Redstone and Carbondale due to road work. FEATURE: Carbondale Town Trustees Tuesday granted 2 event liquor licenses, approved an expansion at White House Pizza and an extension of a license for a marijuana testing lab, and appointed a noxious weed task force. Here, Trustee Allyn Harvey talks with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about pay raises for trustees and the mayor, domestic cat regulations, and other highlights.
July 29, 2015
HEADLINES: Aspen Police responded to a robbery yesterday at a retail marijuana store on E. Durant Avenue. Employees reported that a man entered the store wielding a hammer before stealing around $11,000 worth of product. A warrant for the suspect’s arrest is pending. Police do not believe the man is a threat to the public. The West Nile virus struck a Boulder County horse over the weekend and a Mesa County man earlier this month. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about the disease. Almont Associates present their segment of the 2015 Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District’s Master Plan today at noon to the district’s board of directors and at 6:30 pm to the Steering Committee. Both meetings are at the Fire Administration Building and are open to the public. A copy of the working draft of the plan is at Carbondalefire.org. FEATURE: The COGCC has begun the rulemaking process for two recommendations that came out of last year’s state task force meetings. Local citizen groups Western Colorado Congress and Grand Valley Citizens Alliance have their first-ever meeting with the COGCC tonight in Rifle. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Leslie Robinson, GVCA director, about what the group expects from the meeting.
July 28, 2015
HEADLINES: Pitkin County Deputy Coroner Audra Keith says the deaths of a father and son in Maroon Bells earlier this month was caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. Mountain Fair brought thousands of people to town over the weekend. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said that it was mostly calm, until a fight broke out on Sunday night at 6:00 pm resulting in an arrest. Later today, both Carbondale and Basalt town boards meet. The Town Council of Basalt will first have a work session at 4:30 pm that is expected to shed new light on the town’s direction for dealing with the former Pan and Fork mobile home site downtown. FEATURE: For 40 years, the Buddy Program been matching kids with adult mentors in the Roaring Fork Valley. Lindsey Lafaro is their program director. In July she was a guest on “Non-Profit Spotlight: Battlement to the Bells”-- KDNK’s newest public affairs show. In this clip, host Amy Barr talks with Lafaro about how they find the right mentors for their kids.
July 27, 2015
HEADLINES: It was a busy weekend for mountain rescue crews- Pitkin County Sheriff says there were an unusual total of six rescue missions conducted on Saturday July 25th. A 74-year-old man was air-lifted off of Mount Sopris from an elevation of 12,900 feet.The Pitkin County Sheriff and Mountain Rescue Aspen found lost or injured hikers at Betty Bear Hut, Capital Cree, the top of West Maroon Pass and found an overdue horseman in East Creek. This year’s Mountain Fair opened with a blessing from the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery in India. Coming up on Tuesday, they will begin a sand mandala at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale. In this clip from Valley Voices last week, John Bruna runs down the week of Buddhist events. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is notifying livestock and horse owners that they have confirmed a case of West Nile in a Boulder County horse. CDOT will be paving 82 headed into Aspen. The paving area is from Seventh Street to Garmisch Street in the right, inbound lane. Two lane traffic restrictions continue on I-70 east through Glenwood Canyon. FEATURE: For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s collaboration with High Country News, Nelson Harvey spoke with reporter Sarah Tory about a battle over Bandit Mountain bike trails near Sedona, Arizona, and how the sport is beginning to come of age.You can read Sarah Tory’s story on Sedona’s Bandit Mountain bike trails at HCN.org. RIVER REPORT
July 24, 2015
HEADLINES: Mountain Fair begins today at 4:00 pm and KDNK will have live coverage all weekend. Portions of a few streets in Carbondale will close this weekend but Main Street is NOT one of them. RFTA will be running its usual bus schedule during the Fair, including the Carbondale Circulator, with a stop on Main Street just north of Sopris Park.The Colorado River Day event is at Colorado Mountain College’s Blake Street building in room 301 at 11 am today. The US Forest Service, working with Garfield County Sheriff officers, busted a underage drinking party off of Four Mile Road in Glenwood Springs last Friday night. FEATURE: And in the KDNK daily feature, this morning we gear up for a weekend of live Mountain Fair coverage. Here’s an audio postcard from last year’s Mountain Fair broadcast, beginning with the annual blessing.
July 23, 2015
HEADLINES: The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that police are looking for a suspect in a stabbing incident at the Playa Azul restaurant in El Jebel Sunday night. The suspect has been identified as 30 year old El Jebel resident Jose Oscar A. Romero Zelaya. He may also go by Jose Romero, Jose Zelaya, Oscar Romero and other aliases. He is described as an Hispanic male, between 5’ 5” and 5’ 7”, weighing 170 to 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about the suspect or this crime should call the Eagle County Sheriff at 970-328-8500. Read the whole story at postindependent.com. A committee of state lawmakers studying water issues is wrapping up a tour in Durango, Montrose and Craig this week. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. Seven candidates are running for four, at-large City Council seats in Rifle this fall. The election is Tuesday, September 8. A 45-year-old Rifle man was cited for DUI and careless driving Wednesday morning after his pickup truck struck a traffic light at 14th and Grand in Glenwood Springs. The light pole, along with the attached electrical box, was sheared off. No one besides the driver of the truck was injured. Read more at postindependent.com. Best-selling author Dr. Temple Grandin, comes to Carbondale on Tuesday, July 28. She will give two presentations, beginning at 5 PM at the Third Street Center, on humane livestock management and improving the lives of people with autism. Dr. Grandin will also visit two non-profits in the area. For more information, contact Alta Otto at 927.3143. FEATURE: I SeeChange is a nationwide citizen journalism project that answers questions about the natural world. A recent post on the website mentioned strange sounds coming from a listener's pine tree. KVNF's Jake Ryan reports.
July 22, 2015
HEADLINES: Carbondale Town Trustees met with Garfield County Commissioners Tuesday night for a 2-hour work session. No decisions were made but topics discussed included the Thompson Divide, county zoning for marijuana grow operations, the entrance to the Gus Darien Arena during the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, the status of the MRI transfer station on County Road 100, the county right-of-way through CRMS, and more. Commissioner Mike Samson said the board wants to preserve the public right-of-way through CRMS and have people use it without being hassled. But, he added, they do not want to spend a lot of money on it. Mayor Stacey Bernot said she would like to see proper signs and that trustees would consider helping maintain the right-of-way. Vice President Joe Biden toured a manufacturing center at the Community College of Denver on Tuesday. Bente Birkeland reports. KDNK's January Jones takes a look at Carbondale police activity for the first half of July. FEATURE: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell met with western Colorado officials in Glenwood Springs Friday evening to talk about coal mines and sage grouse. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.