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March 30, 2015
HEADLINES: The USDA warns that a new type of Avian Flu has been found in multiple kinds of birds in 8 states. No known case in CO but report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to the Colorado Avian Health Call Line at 970.297.4008. From Bente Birkeland in Denver, Colorado lawmakers will study close to 200 tax breaks designed to create jobs and help the economy. The Aspen Daily News reports that the number of inmates with mental health issues in the Pitkin County Jail tops the national average. Officials say the jail has no facilities to handle acute psychiatric episodes and sometimes sends inmates to Grand Junction or Pueblo. Read the whole story at aspendailynews.com. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on a new Federal plan to combat antibiotic-resistant diseases.
March 27, 2015
HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork Conservancy is reporting low snow pack levels for the watershed. A look at the Aspen Police Department’s recent activity. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will open Harvey Gap and Rifle Gap State Parks for boating on April 1. Bente Birkeland reports that public school teachers rallied at the state capitol Wednesday saying they are tired of standardized tests taking away from classroom time. FEATURE: After losing a lease at 918 Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs two years ago, the Salvation Army’s Roaring Fork Valley office has been camped out in cramped quarters in the basement of the Masonic Temple. But, Thursday, the "Sally" opened a brand new - and permanent - home on 14th Street in Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
March 26, 2015
HEADLINES: Last week, the Bureau of Land Management released long-awaited fracking rules. High schoolers could win a $3,000 college scholarship in the 3rd Congressional Art Competition. The Crystal River Caucus is meeting to talk about drilling plans in Bull Mountain is meeting on April 9th in Redstone. FEATURE: n the March 16th edition of High Country News, Jonathon Thompson writes about Farmington, New Mexico- an extreme example of a town that has locked fortunes with the oil and gas boom and bust cycles, for the last hundred years. KDNK’s January Jones spoke with Thompson in this edition of Sounds of the High Country. You can read Jonathon Thompson’s High Country News article at HCN dot org, and find past Sounds of the High Country episodes at KDNK dot org.
March 25, 2015
HEADLINES: Pitkin County property owners will recieve their valuations in the mail on May 1st. The Garfield County Library’s countywide Shop Locally, Support Libraries campaign encourages people to bring sales receipts from local shopping trips to the library for a chance to win prizes. The Aspen Times is reporting that Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt came out Tuesday night against a proposal to put a hotel and condominiums on property near downtown. FEATURE: his past weekend was the 15th annual Eckert Crane Days event. People from across Colorado came to Delta County to witness the spring migration of the sandhill crane. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports.
March 24, 2015
HEADLINES: Colorado’s childhood poverty rate has decreased for the first time in five years Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. Locally, the Kids Count data makes some interesting comparisons. KDNK’s January Jones has this report.The 26th Annual Garfield County Humanitarian Awards will be held on April 7th in Rifle. More information at the county’s website at www.garfield-county,com. FEATURE: Earlier this month, Valley Voices host Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Eloisa Duarte, director of the Valley Settlement Project’s Parent Mentor Program, and Alejandra Magana, principle of VSP's Lifelong Learning Program. In this segment, Eloisa describes the Parent Mentor Program and Alejandra talks about how it changed her life.
March 23, 2015
HEADLINES: Glenwood Springs City Council will consider extending business hours for recreational pot sales in the city until 10 PM, says the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. Right now, business hours for recreational and medical marijuana sales are from 8 AM to 7 PM daily. The matter has been referred to the city's Planning and Zoning Commission for review. Read the whole story by John Stroud at postindependent.com. Basalt Middle School is blazing educational trails. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh tells why. Joanne Borell, mother of a Basalt woman who died after being hit by a bus near Buttermilk in 2012, has dropped a lawsuit against RFTA. Read the whole story by Chad Abraham at aspendailynews.com. FEATURE: Colorado’s latest revenue forecast was good news for lawmakers, showing a healthy economy and more money for the state budget. As part of our Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about what it means for the state budget and other bills pending at the statehouse.
March 20, 2015
The Silt Town Board will meet Monday night to consider a retail marijuana cultivation license for Aurum Peak. Earlier this year, Aurum Peak’s application was rejected on the heels of a heated debate with a Silt citizen group opposing a different marijuana growing facility.The meeting begins at 7:00 pm. The Rifle-Garfield County Airport is the new center for aerial firefighting in Colorado. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. Garfield County has set up an online auction site to sell surplus items, including vehicles. They have six vehicles up for sale through March 23rd. The vehicles in this sale include two vans, two trucks and a two SUV’s. The portal is available at the Garfield County website at www.garfield-county.com/procurement. CPW licenses, permits, and registrations for 2015-2016 are now available. Anglers must purchase a 2015 fishing license in order to fish, beginning April 1. Mountain lion hunters can hunt through April but must buy a new license for the season starting April 1. Turkey season starts April 13. FEATURE: The weekly News Brief features Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter John Stroud talking with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the municipal election. Eye on Crime looks at Basalt PD.
March 19, 2015
HEADLINES: The Rifle-Garfield County Airport will be the new center for aerial firefighting in Colorado. Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, director of the ACLU of Colorado, visits Carbondale on Friday March 20th. Basalt Middle School was recently chosen as a “Colorado Trailblazer School to Watch” for the second consecutive time. FEATURE: KDNK’s newest public affairs show is the AAG REPORT. In today’s feature, host Jock Jacober speaks with meat packing plant owner Gary Basinger about getting local meat to market. That was a feature from the AG REPORT, KDNK’s newest public affairs show about local food culture in the Roaring Fork Valley. The AG REPORT airs the second Tuesday of the month. Five archived episodes can be found at kdnk.org.
March 18, 2015
HEADLINES: Pitkin County has found elevated radon levels in the Pitkin County Courthouse. Garfield County Public Health recently received a state wellness grant. The Aspen Daily News is reporting that Dwayne Romero is out as the president of Related Colorado as of April 1. FEATURE: Colorado lawmakers are considering a new law that clarifies traction requirements for passenger vehicles on I-70 during the winter. KDNK’s January Jones has more.
March 17, 2015
HEADLINES: The White River National Forest plans to conduct a prescribed burn ten miles south of Carbondale, in the Avalanche Creek area. Aspen is holding a meeting on Wednesday morning to get input from the business community about it’s Construction Mitigation Plan. The Aspen Times is reporting that the Aspen City Council made it’s choice for the redevelopment of the city-owned Old Power House building last night. New Castle Town Council meeting is tonight at 7:00 pm, they'll consider the Jolly Park Trail Spur extension. Bente Birkeland has more on a Colorado Senate bill that has initially advanced a repeal of Colorado’s high capacity magazine ban. FEATURE: The Carbondale Public Arts Commission’s Art Around Town Program is in its 13th year with a $28,000 budget, most of which comes from town coffers. But, is the town’s outlay for the project worth it? KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.