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Cathy Kipp was at a recent back-to-school night at Kruse Elementary School in Fort Collins. She was handing out flyers and printed information about Amendment 73.

"This is game changing," said Kipp, a member of the Poudre School District Board of Education. "This would be the best increase in public school funding that we've been able to get in decades in Colorado."

In addition to electing a new governor this November, Colorado voters will also decide the fate of 13 statewide ballot questions, including two specifically aimed at funding transportation projects.

But beyond that shared goal, propositions 109 and 110 differ greatly.

Raleigh Burleigh

RFTA announced on Tuesday, October 2, that a federal grant will help to replace several aging rapid transit buses. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh reports...

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The Roaring Fork Conservancy recently released its 2018 Voters Guide to Water Issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond. Twenty-five out of around 30 candidates responded, including Democrats, Republicans, independents, unaffiliated, Unity Party, Green Party and Libertarians. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with the Conservancy’s Kristen Doyle to find out more.

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Local youth advocacy nonprofit YouthZone has departed from their longtime fundraiser, the annual Kiss ‘N Squeal, to explore a talent showcase for participants of the program. The Ascent Showcase is on Wednesday, October 3 at the Temporary, from 6 to 8 pm. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports…

A computer science major in college, 25-year-old Garrett Hause would fit in at a Silicon Valley startup. But he said he prefers to stay busy and work with his hands, so he decided to do something different.

Last year he took over his grandparents’ farm in Lafayette, Colorado and replaced the fields of alfalfa with five acres of hemp.

Dawn Dexter

Former Carbondale residents Ellie Davis and Dawn Dexter recenty returned from the U.S. Mexico border. They shared stories from the journey with KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh. Resources for helping refugees are available here.

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The Colorado River Basin Roundtable met in Glenwood Springs this week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about how “demand management” could play a big part in state drought contingency plans.

Colorado Succeeds

Last week, Carbondale Middle School received statewide recognition for its service to local students. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Principal Jennifer Lamont to learn more.

Toxic Algae Blooms in Blue Mesa Reservoir Near Gunnison

Sep 27, 2018
National Park Service

Blue-Green Algae blooms in parts of Blue Mesa Reservoir, 20 miles west of Gunnison, are producing unhealthy levels of cyanotoxins. KBUT’s Christopher Biddle has the story.

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Oregon activists were in western Colorado last week protesting the proposed Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas plant and Pacific Connector pipeline. But, what does western Colorado have to do with a project in Oregon? KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Garfield County Crimestoppers Ends After 32 Years

Sep 25, 2018

In an era of social media and surveillance, reporting a crime tip over the telephone has become obsolete. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about how Garfield County’s chapter of Crimestoppers is shutting down. Citizens can still pass information along to law enforcement in Garfield County through dispatch at 970-625-8095.

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Leadville’s historic Tabor Opera House has been chosen among 19 other historic sites in the country to compete for a 2018 Partners in Preservation Grant. The campaign kick-off party is this Friday at 6pm at the Tabor Opera House. To learn more, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Leadville Mainstreet Program manager Destinee Lukianoff. People can vote up to 5 times per day through October 26 at this link.

Aspen Community Foundation

Hotter, bigger and faster wildfires are becoming increasingly common across the West. To help Roaring Fork Valley residents prepare for this reality, Aspen Community Foundation presents a community forum and panel discussion on Tuesday, September 25, at The Temporary at Willits at 5:30; at the Glenwood Springs Community Center on Wednesday, September 26, at 6; and at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen on Thursday, September 27, at 5:30. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Gary Ferguson, the keynote presenter, about what to expect.

Longevity Project

For the past few months, The Post Independent has explored the trend towards an older population in Garfield County. The Longevity Project concludes on Monday with a panel discussion at Morgridge Commons. For this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh is joined by Post Independent editor John Stroud.

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The US Department of Interior announced this week the roll-back of the 2016 Methane Waste Prevention Rule that had tightened oil and gas regulations on Bureau of Land Management lands. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jayson O’Neill, deputy director of the Western Values Project, a Montana-based public lands watchdog group, about the costs of the rollback.

Raleigh Burleigh

Last Thursday, Western Colorado Independent Voters hosted a candidate forum for Colorado House District 57 candidates Bob Rankin and Colin Wilhelm. The most contention topic of the evening was Proposition 112, the 2500 foot setback initiative. This clip begins with Representative Rankin, the Republican incumbent. Audio of the full hour is available here.

True Nature Healing Arts

True Nature Healing Arts is hosting a screening of National Geographic’s Gender Revolution on Thursday, September 20, in the Kiva at 5:30pm. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Deva Shantay to learn more.

Last week, KDNK’s Spanish-language news host Crystal Mariscal interviewed Garfield County Commissioner candidates Paula Stepp and Tom Jankovsky. Here, both candidate respond to a question about the legalization of marijuana. The full interview with Republican incumbent Tom Jankovsky is archived here. The full interview with Democratic challenger Paula Stepp is available here.

Raleigh Burleigh

The Hotel Colorado and Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves celebrated 125 years of business over the weekend. As KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports, the event was also recognition of a deeper history. For full audio of the Ute blessing and presentation, click here.

Cliff Redish is a political exile. He lives in a world that's colored Republican red and Democrat blue. He used to be a Democrat, but now he's unaffiliated. Perched on a barstool in a pub in Carbondale on Colorado's Western Slope, he's hesitant to even talk about it.

"We're so divided," Redish said. "It's just unbelievable. It's hard to even bring this up in a bar right now."

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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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KDNK’s new Spanish-language news host Crystal Mariscal recently interviewed Garfield County Commissioner candidates Paula Stepp and Tom Jankovsky. Here, Paula Stepp, the Democratic challenger, responds to a question about diverse representation in government. The full interview is available here.

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KDNK’s new Spanish-language news host Crystal Mariscal recently interviewed Garfield County Commissioner candidates Paula Stepp and Tom Jankovsky. Here, Jankovsky, the Republican incumbent, responds to a question about diverse representation in government. The full interview is available here.

Sustainable Settings

Sustainable Settings celebrates 21 years with the Harvest Festival this Saturday, September 15. Brook LeVan stopped by KDNK to share about the event. A pair of tickets to Sustainable Setting’s Harvest Festival will be drawn from a pool of KDNK monthly donors to be given away this Friday during the Wild Rumpus show.

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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.

North Fork Valley Hosts Rise For Climate Action

Sep 10, 2018
Raleigh Burleigh

On Saturday, September 8, a crowd gathered in Paonia Town Park in coordination with Rise For Climate actions across the globe. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

Commenting on the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental assessment for the remaining North Fork parcels ends Tuesday, September  11. Rally for the Valley is on Sunday, September 16, at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss from 4 to 7pm. Carpooling is encouraged.

Physicians for a National Health Program

On Thursday, September 6, Physicians for a National Health Program screens Fix It: Healthcare at The Tipping Point at Carbondale’s Third Street Center. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with retired neurosurgeon George Bohmfalk about why he advocates for a single-payer healthcare system.

In early August three years ago, Barb Horn stood along the banks of the Animas River in the city of Durango, Colorado. Word had spread of a mine waste spill upstream near Silverton. She waited, alongside hundreds of others, for the waste to appear. But the plume took longer than expected and eventually arrived at night.

The next morning, she saw the change.

“It was absolutely surreal,” Horn says. “And I think that's why it went viral. It’s like somebody photoshopped the river orange.”

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