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Water officials statewide are worried about what is now an 18-year drought wreaking havoc on water supply and water use along the Colorado River.  For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of Aspen Journalism, about “demand management” and more from the August water meetings in Vail.

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A Federal court in Denver dismissed a legal challenge against the Bureau of Land Management's 2016 Thompson Divide lease cancellations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Macy Rae Klein is a high school senior in Colorado Springs. She is also the founder of Project Reasons, a teen-run, non-profit organization, that helps suicidal teens. Macy Rae was a featured speaker at the Compassion Film Fest and Symposium in Carbondale in August. In a conversation with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh, she and her mother, Ginger, talk about Macy's struggle with self-harm and why she started Project Reasons as well as the impact her suicide attempt and recovery has had on Ginger.

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The Grand Mesa Observatory on Purdy Mesa has been in operation for about a year. Now, it’s home to one of a dozen telescopes around the world that make up the US Air Force Academy’s Falcon Telescope Network. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Terry Hancock, director of the GMO, to find out more. Click here to see more astro-photography from GMO.

The Gallagher Amendment was added to the state constitution 36 years ago to protect property owners from rising values. Now, it’s become a thorn in the side of some legislators, like Bob Rankin, who represents Colorado’s 57th District and who would like to see it repealed. He recently spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the amendment and its impacts on rural communities.

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Bob Rankin represents Colorado's 57th District in the state house. He dropped by the KDNK studio last week. In this clip, he talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about why a single geographic rating area for health insurers is good for Colorado.

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An underground fire that’s been burning along a coal seam for over a century has opened a vent south of New Castle. Officials from the state and Colorado River Fire Rescue surveyed the scene last week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this audio postcard.

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Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale) represents Colorado's 57th District in the state house. He dropped by the KDNK studio last week. In this clip, he talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the previous session and how the abuse scandals impacted his work.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosted at least 200 people at a second public meeting last night about the Basalt State Wildlife Area Shooting Range.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with several attendees, including a Basalt Town Council member who says the Council votes tonight on a resolution about the fate of the range. You can submit comments on the Basalt Shooting Range by clicking here.

Underground Coal Seam Fire Vents Near New Castle

Aug 24, 2018
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Smoke on Burning Mountain near New Castle last week came from a fire deep inside an abandoned coal mine. The origin of the fire is unknown but Tara Tafi, Mine Fire Specialist and Senior Project Manager with the state Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety, told KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh that the fire has been burning for a very long time.

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Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, member of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation, has been advocating for wild land for most of her life. She was a member of the Bears Ears Intertribal Committee in 2013, working to protect that area. She travels around the country, sharing Ute culture through song, dance, and presentations. She will be speaking Sunday night at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia as part of the Inspired: Art at Work Symposium.

Sandra Lopez Leaves Sanctuary After 10 Months

Aug 23, 2018
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Sandra Lopez was one of four immigrant women in sanctuary in Colorado. Now, she’s free. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. More information about the Peoples Resolution is here.

Candidate Jared Polis on Water, Winning, and Wild Horses

Aug 17, 2018
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Congressman Jared Polis is running on the Democratic ticket this fall for governor of Colorado. He spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh during a recent campaign stop in Willits. Here they talk about the state water plan, spiking suicide rates on the West Slope, wild horses, and how Polis plans to attract conservative voters in the western part of the state.

Wind, Heat, and Dry Timber Hinder Wildfire Containment

Aug 16, 2018
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Widespread smoke is coming from at least two wildfires. The Cache Creek Fire, southwest of Rifle, is at 2,544 acres and 40% contained.  The Cabin Lake Fire, 5 miles from Buford, is at 3,700 acres and 35 percent contained. But, wind, heat and dry fuels have hampered containment efforts. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update.

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If Democratic Congressman Jared Polis is elected Colorado’s next governor, he wants to bring Blockchain technology to the state. Here, he talks about Blockchain and rural broadband services to voters at a whistle stop in Willits last week.  

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Democratic Congressman Jared Polis from Colorado’s 2nd  District is now running for governor of Colorado. Polis visited Willits on Friday to answer questions from voters about shooting range management, statewide setbacks for oil and gas operations, education, health care, and more. In this clip, he responds to a question about sanctuary and immigration.

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Glenwood Springs is taking on voluntary water conservation measures and the town has gone to Level 2 of its Drought Management Plan. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Brad Zachman, superintendent of the city’s Water and Wastewater Department, about the city’s water supply and why restrictions are not mandatory.

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Many women in the US take for granted the availability of feminine hygiene products. In developing countries, women aren't so lucky. In 2008, Days for Girls began making and distributing feminine hygiene kits to women all over the world. Reba Winsinger is a part of the Colorado DfG team and told KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh that this one small change has made huge differences in women's lives. Winsinger will represent Days for Girls in Carbondale at the first annual Compassion Film Fest and Symposium at the Third Street Center, August 17 - 19. Click here for the full schedule of films and speakers.

Garfield County Suicide Deaths Spike in July

Aug 9, 2018

Six suicide deaths occurred in Garfield County last month, half of all suicides reported last year, bringing the 2018 total to 11. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Mason Hohstadt with the Garfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition to find out more.


***If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Aspen Hope Center at 970-925-5858 or text TALK to 38255. You can also go to Mental Health Colorado for more resources***

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The US Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response, or BAER, Team coordinates satellite imagess, maps, and field work to assesss damage caused by wildfires. Findings from the team's first assessment of the Lake Christine Fire suggest that there’s hope for the scorched earth on Basalt Mountain but flooding and hazardous trees could pose problems. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

4H: Heart of the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo

Aug 2, 2018

The green, 4H clover emblem stands for head, heart, hands, and health. Local clubs date back over a century and are still the center of the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Attorney Joe Salazar represents Colorado Rising, an anti-fracking group that is spearheading the effort to get Initiative 97 on November’s ballot. The measure would increase oil and gas setbacks to 2500 feet from schools, playgrounds and other areas. On July 26, the group went public about how petition-gathering firm Direct Action Partners absconded with boxes full of signed petitions. Joe Salazar spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh last week about the missing petitions, Initiative 97, and former Interior Secretary and attorney Ken Salazar’s connection to energy companies.

Colorado Rising is spearheading the effort to get Initiative 97 on November’s ballot to increase oil and gas setbacks to 2500 feet from schools, playgrounds and other areas. Last month, petition-gathering firm Direct Action Partners absconded with signed petitions. Attorney Joe Salazar represents Colorado Rising and spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the situation. In this clip, he explains the ballot issue and what happened to the petitions.  Tune in at 4 PM today for more of the conversation with Salazar.

Good News for 2019 Colorado Health Insurance Premiums

Jul 26, 2018

The Colorado Division of Insurance recently unveiled preliminary health insurance information for 2019. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and the division’s spokesperson, Vincent Plymell, talk about what appears to be a glimmer of good news for those in the market for health coverage.

Red Hill Trail Design Preserves Sense of Place

Jul 24, 2018
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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers begin building the new Red Hill hiking trail this afternoon at 4. DHM Design helped plan the trails, some of which are still moving through the approval process. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jason Jaynes, principle landscape architect with DHM in Carbondale. You can sign up to help build the hiking trail by clicking here.

Update: Lake Christine Fire at 11,459 Acres, 32% Contained

Jul 23, 2018

The Lake Christine Fire increased in size over the weekend. But, is less contained than it was on Friday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update. Fire updates are here and here. Sunday's public meeting was in English and Spanish and signed for the hearing impaired.

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Update Friday, July 20, 2018, 12:41 PM

As of 10:20 AM, the fire has burned 8,315 acres. 

The Lake Christine Fire has burned almost 7,000 acres and remains 59 percent contained. Officials from Eagle and Pikin Counties, the White River National Forest, and the Type 2 and Type 3 Incident Management Teams held a press conference Thursday, July 19, to talk about what's going on with the fire, why it grew by 500 acres in one day, and why the Type 2 team is coming back. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

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The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board and County Commissioners were in Carbondale late last month to hear public input about the draft Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail. Here are clips from that meeting. You can click here for a video of the meeting and all comments. The draft plan is here. The public comment period is open until July 27th. Thanks to Grassroots TV for providing audio of the meeting.

Compassion Film Festival

Carbondale's first annual Compassion Film Festival and Symposium opens August 17th at the Third Street Center. John Bruna, founder of the Way of Compassion Foundation, talks about films and speakers. Schedule and tickets are available by clicking here.

The Lake Christine Fire has not grown much today but drones continue to be a problem for aviation operations. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh got an update from Jennifer Costich, public information officer with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assigned to the fire. The Incident Management team will hold another community meeting tonight at 6 at Basalt High School.