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February 10, 2015
HEADLINES: The spruce beetle is outpacing the mountain pine beetle in Colorado forests says a recent report by the U.S. Forest Service and the Colorado Forest Service. Blow-downs, drought, and warmer temperatures are to blame as well as a plethora of old-growth spruce. And, the BLM has released a scoping report, which is the first step in a new environmental analysis of 65 illegal oil and gas leases on the White River National Forest. The agency originally leased the minerals in the 1990s without the proper environmental review. See the KDNK home page for a link to the report.
And, an alleged mugging and robbery on Mardi Gras Friday in Carbondale could be unsubstantiated. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling says the woman who made the report was intoxicated and some of the items she reported stolen were recovered nearby. FEATURE: As part of our collaborative series on marijuana and Colorado schools with Rocky Mountain Community Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News, Bente Birkeland reports on how some schools are talking to students about the benefits and consequences of pot.
February 11, 2015
HEADLINES: A man was shot and killed by law enforcement yesterday afternoon, following a high-speed vehicle chase on I-70 from the Parachute area to Canyon Creek, just west of Glenwood Springs. A Garfield County Sheriff press release says that the suspect's car came to a stop at the Canyon Creek exit where the driver left the vehicle while holding a gun to his head. Shots were fired after the suspect ignored orders from law enforcement. The man was pronounced dead at Valley View hospital. No officers were killed or injured. The name of the deceased has not yet been released. KDNK's January Jones reports on a case of pot edibles at Coal Ridge High School. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at what Roaring Fork High School is doing to reduce drug incidents at the school.
February 12, 2015
HEADLINES: The Carbondale and Rural Fire District expects to nearly max out their budget for the upcoming Master Plan and split the work between more than one consulting group. Eagle County Commissioners joined Basalt Town Council at a meeting Tuesday. Brian P. Fritze, 45, of Parachute, is the man who was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon by law officers. FEATURE: Coloradoans pride themselves on the quality of their drinking water, most of which originates high up in the Rocky Mountains. But many communities on the Eastern plains have water that not only tastes bad, it is out of compliance with federal drinking water standards. As part of our year long series on water issues in the state, Maeve Conran reports for Connecting the Drops.
February 13, 2015
HEADLINES: This weekend is the deadline to enroll in health insurance through Connect for Health Colorado and there are free walk-in enrollment clinics this Saturday and Sunday throughout the KDNK listening area. Colorado College has released the results of its 5th annual Conservation in the West survey.Club Rotario has donated a school bus to Two Rivers Community School in Glenwood Springs. FEATURE: This week’s News Brief features Aspen Times reporter Rick Carroll, and a look at crime in Parachute.
February 16, 2015
HEADLINES: A 16-year old Aspen High School student, whose videotaped arrest went viral last week, has been charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer and a petty offense of underage possession of marijuana. Rifle Housing Authority director Natalie Bowman talks with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about senior and low-income housing needs in Garfield County. The spring grant cycle for the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District is now open. FEATURE: KDNK's collaboration with Rocky Mountain Community Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News continues with a report from KVNF's Laura Palmisano about marijuana use in Mesa County schools.
February 17, 2015
HEADLINES: CO Dept of Revenue reports that Garfield County received almost $437,000 from recreational pot taxes in 2014. Pitkin County got about $349,000. Medical marijuana revenue in December was low for the year with $8200 for Garfield County and $2300 for Pitkin. KDNK's January Jones reports on a workshop in Glenwood Springs Saturday that will help landowners maximize the use of their land. And, slick roads contributed to 2 accidents in Snowmass Canyon Monday, which snarled rush-hour traffic and sent two people to AVH with non-life-threatening injuries. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is seeking individuals who were driving on I-70 last Tuesday between Parachute and Glenwood Springs, specifically between mile markers 81 and 109, who may have witnessed the law enforcement chase and subsequent shooting. Anyone with info is asked to call the CBI at 970.248.7455. FEATURE: Recently-released data show that in the last school year, drug incidents in Colorado middle and high schools reached a ten-year high. Certain districts stand out, including the Mesa County Valley School District. Officials there say they're addressing the problem with more education and special programs. KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports in the second of two stories about drug use in Mesa County schools.
February 18, 2015
HEADLINES: The Garfield County Coroner is declaring a homicide after a Carbondale woman was found dead on Monday afternoon in an apartment on Cooper Place. Carbondale non-profit Youth Entity’s culinary program is putting kids in the kitchen for a fundraiser this weekend. The White House announced this morning that President Obama will designate Colorado’s Browns Canyon in Chayfee County as a national monument. Ski and Road Report. FEATURE: KDNK has been airing a series of stories about teen drug use and the impact it’s had on schools. Today we hear a little different kind of story, directly from youth here in the roaring fork valley. KDNK invited six students in for a candid discussion about drug use. They asked each other questions, including what they are hearing from parents. This story is part of a statewide collaboration with Rocky Mountain Community Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News. NON PROFIT INTERVIEW: Jim Calaway for CARE (Colorado Animal Rescue, www.coloradoanimalrescue.org)
February 19, 2015
HEADLINES: Lift-Up Food Pantry has just received a grant of $7,500 from the Aspen Community Foundation. The Aspen Times is reporting today the number of traumatic injuries suffered by skiers and snowboarders on the Aspen slopes is up only modestly from last year. In State legislative news KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports a bill aimed at helping volunteer fire departments heads to the Governor’s desk. Bente Birkeland says a bill that would give Colorado school children access to more fresh food from local farms cleared its first committee Wednesday. FEATURE: Carbondale Town Trustee Frosty Merriot summarizes the Tuesday night work session. NON PROFIT INTERVIEW: Amy Kimberly of Carbondale Council on Arts (www.carbondalearts.org).
February 2, 2015
HEADLINES: Developer Snowmass Acquisition Co will introduce a Base Village plan today at a joint meeting of Snowmass Town Council and the Snowmass Planning Commission. A statewide school survey shows that the amount of students at Roaring Fork High School who have ever used alcohol or marijuana is greater than the state average. FEATURE: Avid gardners know it's the time of year to start thinking about seeds for spring. Listen to this excerpt from KDNK's Living Permaculture with Bill McDorman and Bell Star of the Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance about seed saving.
February 20, 2015
HEADLINES: Garfield County Coroner identifies Monday's homicide victim as local resident Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya.Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork plans to open a new Restore in Basalt this spring. Snowpack is down to 79% of normal in the Roaring Fork watershed, says the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Snowpack in the Crystal River watershed is shrinking, with levels at 32% below normal.FEATURE: KDNK's January Jones presents a special News Brief, featuring highlights from this week's interviews with local journalists.