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Today was the third annual Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit. Students from six local schools met at Third Street Center in Carbondale to share presentations on topics like Health of the Roaring Fork River, Impacts of Snowmaking, Hydro Power, Grey-Water Use and more. Sarah Johnson is the director of the Youth Water Leadership Program, the group that organizes the event. She spoke about what makes this year’s summit stand out.

Colorado Department of Agriculture

The Colorado Department of Agriculture annually publishes the Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide, an online directory about products made in the state. KDNKs Lucas Turner spoke with Colorado Agriculture marketing specialist Wendy White to find out more.

For the last 4 years, a group called Carbondale Homeless Assistance has been making efforts to help the homeless population in the area. Lynn Kirchner started the group and took some time to tell KDNK about their approach.

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  As part of our series on opioid addiction and treatment, Jarid Rollins, director of the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition sat down with Janelle Duhon of Recovery Resources to talk about detox, family support, and treatment for those struggling with addiction.

 

Americas Chamber of Commerce

The Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys have a new chamber of commerce seeking to integrate and empower Spanish-speaking residents. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh met Americas Chamber of Commerce President and Founder Paulina Navas, Executive Director John Lopez and Vicepresident Susana Salamun.

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners voted Monday to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21, joining other counties and municipalities in the state.

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  This week US Senators Michael Bennet, Cory Gardner, and 37 other Senators asked the House and Senate Appropriations Committee for increased election security funding ahead of the 2020 election. This action comes after the Colorado County Clerks Association, which represents all 64 counties in the state, sent a letter urging the Senate to increase funding to address ‘critical vulnerabilities’ in election systems.

 

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Next year in addition to elections, there will be political conventions. You can be a delegate to those conventions. KDNK’s Tactile Traveler reporter Nick Isenberg explains how.

English In Action

English In Action hosts “Immigrant Voices,” a live storytelling event, at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale Saturday. KDNK's Lucas Turner spoke with Sarah Kelly, program director of English In Action, and Alya Howe the event’s curator to find out more.

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Debra Figeruoa, City Manager for Glenwood Springs, shared details on the city’s proposed 2020 budget last Wednesday. KDNK’s Lucas Turner was there and has the details.

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Heather McGregor from Glenwood Springs Citizens Alliance gave an update Wednesday on the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry expansion south of Glenwood. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

 

 

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The Garfield County Library District is asking voters to decide on Proposition 6A next week. The initiative would raise property taxes within the District to provide permanent baseline funding for six libraries from Carbondale to Parachute. In the final story of our series, here’s more about the needs of the Silt and New Castle libraries.

Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages hosts a fair trade craft fair next week at the Good Sheperd Lutheran Church in Glenwood. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with event coordinator Rachel Carcaterra to learn about the meaning of fair trade, and what products you might find at the four-day event.

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In part two of our series on the Garfield County Library District KDNK's Lucas Turner speaks with Amy Shipley and Kim Benson of Rifle and Parachute libraries. The story covers maintenance and technology needs at both library branches, district priorities, and opinions from residents in Rifle and Parachute.

The Stuttering Foundation

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), stuttering is a speech disorder that affects roughly 3 million Americans. It happens most often in children aged 2 to 6 as they develop language skills. KDNK's Lucas Turner spoke with the President of The Stuttering Foundation Jane Fraser to learn more about this condition.

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Poachers who killed a bull elk in Game Management Unit 2 in Moffat County last month are still at-large. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has details from Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokesman Mike Porras.

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Last Tuesday Carbondale Trustees voted to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. The vote came after Carbondale residents John Hoffman and Rita Marsh presented a case for the proclamation. KDNK’s Lucas Turner was there and has more..

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Colorado legislators including Governor Jared Polis and Senator Cory Gardner have been using Leadership PACs to raise money outside of their campaign committees. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Sandra Fish, whose story on how Leadership PACs work and what they pay for was published in the Colorado Sun last week.

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Basalt Town Council and Carbondale trustees Tuesday night voted unanimously to oppose the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry expansion in Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Lucas Turner attended the Carbondale meeting.

Glenwood Springs mayor Pro-tem Shelley Kaup, Councilor Paula Stepp, and City Manager Debra Figueroa presented to Carbondale trustees prior to the vote.

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KDNK is partnering with the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition to produce a series of interviews that bring awareness to opioid use and addiction. This week Coalition Director Jarid Rollins speaks with Mary Mike Haley, clinical director of Aspire Recovery for Women in Carbondale. Jarid and Mary Mike discuss outpatient programs, how somatic experiences are used to treat underlying trauma, and the stigma many women face in seeking help for addiction.

A strike for Climate Action at Sopris Park tomorrow will feature speeches from students, local government officials, climate activists and more. The event is one of more than 800 actions across the country, ahead of next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York. Fred Malo, a volunteer for 350 Roaring Fork, is the primary organizer of the event.

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KDNK is partnering with the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition to produce a series of interviews that bring awareness to opioid use and addiction. In this interview, Coalition Director Jarid Rollins speaks with Griffin Jarzombek, Program Supervisor for the Outpatient Program at Jaywalker Lodge. Jarid and Griffin discuss myths about opioid abuse, Jaywalker's treatment approach, and life after recovery.

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The proposed road realignment project at the base of Red Hill road in Carbondale has been postponed until next spring. Carbondale's Public Works Director Kevin Schorzman gave us details on what the project will entail, why it was postponed, and where stakeholders can go for more information.

City of Rifle

Last Tuesday Rifle City council voted to support Glenwood Springs City Council by opposing the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry expansion on BLM land outside of Glenwood. KDNK News Director Lucas Turner has this report.

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After 28 years as the voice of StarDate, Sandy Wood's 10,166th and final episode will air on Tuesday, July 16.

The drive behind a massive water development project in southwestern Utah, the Lake Powell Pipeline, shows no signs of slowing even after the Colorado River Basin states signed a new agreement this spring that could potentially force more conservation or cutbacks.

Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

Early next week, the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission meets to begin implementing changes in accordance with SB 181, signed into law in April. COGCC Assistant Director Julie Murphy described the changes to come at a recent Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Water Quality / Quantity Committee meeting.

The Colorado River is short on water. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at a slate of proposed water projects in the river’s Upper Basin states of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

The river and its tributaries provide water for 40 million people in the Southwest. For about the last 20 years, demand for water has outstripped the supply, causing its largest reservoirs to decline.

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At the Colorado Creative Industries summit in Salida last week, Amy Kimberly of Carbondale Arts and the Carbondale Creative District was honored with the Governor's Creative Leadership Award. After an extended ovation, she called Carbondale her muse and humbly shared the spotlight with staff members Laura Stover, Brian Colley, Staci Dickerson, Kat Rich, and Rachael Manning. She ended the speech by raising her fist and declaring, "Together, we are a force!"

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