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April 28, 2016

HEADLINES: Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch Bernot has resigned. She made the announcement at last night’s Carbondale Trustee meeting. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that newly-elected trustee Dan Richardson was unanimously chosen by trustees as Mayor Pro-Tem and will act as Mayor when Bernot leaves office next month until a replacement is elected. Bernot said she is moving to Redstone. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports on Carbondale PD for this week’s Eye on Crime. FEATURE: The Governor's Commission, studying American Indian representations in public schools released a report earlier this month. The group recommends that public schools do not use American Indian mascots. Bente Birkeland talks to Ernest House Junior, Executive Director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and a member of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation and has this report.
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April 27, 2016

HEADLINES: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has an update on the fire that destroyed a home on County Road 117 on Monday. A Fruita man is guilty of several charges of illegal big game hunting on the Uncompaghre Plateau. According to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife press release, 59-year old Melvin Weaver has lost his hunting and fishing privileges and must pay close to $15,000 in fines. Top fire officials say Colorado is expected to have an average or below average wildfire season, reports Bente Birkeland . The Frontier Historical Society will have a new director in May along with a new name. Bill Kight, formerly of the USFS and a KDNK public affairs show host, will helm the non-profit, now called the Glenwood Springs Historical Society. Cindy Hines is stepping down as director after 17 years. FEATURE: Three new Carbondale Town Trustees were sworn into office last week. That means three are stepping down. On Tuesday, KDNK presented a conversation with out-going trustee John Hoffman. Today, Allyn Harvey begins by talking about why he ran for office 4 years ago.
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April 26, 2016

HEADLINE: Democracy Now host Amy Goodman spoke to a Carbondale crowd Saturday about the importance of independent media. Here, she talks about the beginnings of Pacifica Radio. FEATURE: Three new Carbondale Town Trustees were sworn into office last week. That means three are stepping down. Over the next week, KDNK will present conversations with John Hoffman, Allyn Harvey, and Pam Zentmyer, reflecting on their time in office. Today, John Hoffman begins by talking about why he ran for office 8 years ago.
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April 25, 2016

HEADLINES: A woman was injured Saturday morning during a parachute jump near Heather Lane and CR 119, southeast of Glenwood Springs. The Garco Sheriff reports that two parachutists were preparing to land in a field when one chute folded over, causing the woman to fall the last 15 feet to the ground. No helicopters were available so a ground crew was sent to rescue the woman. She was safely transported to Valley View Hospital around 1 PM. State lawmakers in both parties have unveiled a proposal to bring the presidential primary back to Colorado. Bente Birkland reports. The GWS City Council has narrowed the field for finalists for the City Manager position to three candidates: Debra Figueroa of Carlisle, PA, Joe Hannan of Palmer, AK, and James Nichols of Minden, NV. The public is invited to meet them from 7 - 9 PM Thursday, April 28, at the GWS Community Center. FEATURE: Colorado State University and the state's Department of Agriculture are teaming up this summer to certify hemp seeds. This will help legitimize a cash crop that's been taboo for decades. KOTO's Caitlin Ketel reports.
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April 22, 2016

HEADLINES: The Democratic House overwhelmingly passed a bill Thursday, requiring public schools to allow students with medical marijuana prescriptions to take the medication at school. Bente Birkeland reports. It's Earth Day and Garfield County residents can bring old paint, oil, insecticides, pesticides and other haz waste to the Garfield County Landfill Saturday, April 23, from 9 AM to 3 PM. Do not mix products and keep them in original, labeled containers when possible. The landfill will not accept some kinds of haz waste to call before you go and to make an appointment. 625.2516 or find out more at garfield-county.com. This week's Eye on Crime takes a look at Carbondale. FEATURE: This week's News Brief features Ryan Hoffman, editor of the Rifle Citizen Telegram, for an update on local air quality studies.
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April 21, 2016

HEADLINE: This year's 5 Point Film Festival begins today with events and films all weekend long in Carbondale. Earlier this month, KDNK's Luke Nestler spoke with filmmaker Hilary Oliver and 5 Point Film Fest executive director Sarah Wood about Hilary's debut film "Being Here" and some of the finer points of spending time outside. Film Fest schedule and tix are at 5pointsfilm.org. FEATURE: The 160-acre proposed River Edge development between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale - formerly known as Sanders Ranch, Bair Chase, and Cattle Creek Crossing - was dealt a blow Monday by Garfield County Commissioners. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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April 20, 2016

HEADLINES:The Garfield County Sheriff warns of a jury duty phone scam. The caller claims to be with the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. He'll say you've missed jury duty and there's a warrant out for your arrest. Then, he'll say he wants money to make the warrant go away. He'll instruct you to take a cashier's check to the Sheriff's Office in Glenwood Springs and then call him on his personal cell phone as you're approaching the building. That way he can easily and quickly assist you. If you get this call, hang up and then contact local law enforcement. And, watch out for IRS scams about quick refunds or faster ways to pay your tax bill. Distracted driving is on the rise in Colorado. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. FEATURE: Three new Carbondale Town Trustees take office this week. Today, in the last of a three-part series of conversations with the trustees-elect, January Jones speaks with Dan Richardson. Trustees-elect will be sworn in tonight at 6:10 PM at Carbondale Town Hall.
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April 19, 2016

HEADLINE: A proposed bill from Congressman Scott Tipton would swap gas leases in the Thompson Divide for leases in Delta County. Groups that previously championed a similar lease swap are condemning the new plan. KVNF’s Jake Ryan spoke with Alex Johnson of the Western Slope Conservation Center to find out why.FEATURE: Three new Carbondale Town Trustees take office this week. And, KDNK will feature interviews with each of them. Today, January Jones speaks with Marty Silverstein.
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April 18, 2016

HEADLINES: Garfield County Commissioners will consider an amendment today to the approved River Edge PUD, across Highway 82 from the entrance to Cattle Creek. The current owner is Texas-based Carbondale Investments LLC. The proposal includes 366 homes, over 50 of which would be affordable units, and 30,000 square feet of public or commercial space. Commissioners will also consider a request from the company’s subsidiary to rezone 43 acres next door to the PUD from residential/suburban to commercial use. The Town of Carbondale and the Garfield County Planning Commission recommend that Commissioners deny the rezoning request. It will be legal for Colorado hunters to be pretty in fluorescent pink next hunting season, after Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law late Tuesday. Bente   Birkeland has more. Grand Avenue Bridge update. FEATURE Three new Carbondale Town Trustees take office on Wednesday, April 20. And, KDNK will feature interviews with each of them. Today, January Jones speaks with Ben Bohmfalk.
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April 15, 2016

HEADLINE: Garfield County Crime Stoppers issued a notice this week about a homeless man named Emmanuel Johnson, who went missing late last August. Rumors have added a twist to his disappearance. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. If you have any information about Johnson’s disappearance, contact Detective Michael Yorty with the Glenwood Springs PD at 970.384.6500. FEATURE: On April 15th, 1981, Mid-Continent’s Dutch Creek Mine #1 blew up, killing 15 miners. Pat Noel was then-editor of the Valley Journal, Carbondale’s weekly newspaper. He and his small staff covered the events that day. For a special News  Brief, Noel talks with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about what happened on April 15th -  35 years ago.
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