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Solar Rollers is a non-profit high school energy education program where student teams design, build and race high-performance, solar-powered R.C. cars. In May, the race comes back to the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

The Colorado legislature has passed a bill to repeal the death penalty. The decision comes after several days of emotional debates that put the spotlight on lawmakers' religious beliefs and their experiences of losing loved ones to gun violence and murder.

The final approval on Wednesday came despite opposition from some leading Democrats, including Sen. Rhonda Fields, whose son was killed by two of the three men currently on Colorado's death row.

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WildEarth Gaurdians

New research released last week by MJ Bradley & Associates shows that Colorado is off-course to meet emissions standards mandated in last year’s House Bill 1261. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Kathleen Shannon

Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) has invited four different valley artists to make 8-foot by 8-foot billboards for public display starting next week, and the pieces will have some things in common. They’ll all be black-and-white, bilingual, and contain the same slogan: “THIS ART IS
MADE FROM CARBON EMISSIONS / ESTA PIEZA ESTA HECHA CON
EMISIONES DE CARBONO.”

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  Colorado State University and Garfield County are partnering to create a new 12,000 square-foot 'education center' in Rifle. The two-story building will feature a shooting range, and spaces for the community and 4H members to explore woodworking, metal fabrication, cooking, gardening, quilting, sewing, robotics, and more.

 

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State lawmakers resume a debate this week on a bill to end the death penalty. As KDNK’s Scott Franz reports, talks in the House will likely be more heated than they were in the Senate..

Debbie Wilde is the executive director of Valley Life for All, and a community organizer who has been leading efforts to tackle homelessness, and establish a detox center in Glenwood Springs. She came into KDNK to speak with Jarid Rollins, director of the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition.

Aspen Fire Department

Fire officials in Aspen believe an explosion and subsequent fire Sunday morning was caused by a natural gas meter damaged by falling ice and snow. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

The Sopris Sun

Carbondale’s weekly newspaper, The Sopris Sun celebrates it’s 11th birthday today. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon has more.

The Town of Carbondale will be seeking public input on three major projects in the next few months. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more...

Counting every person in the United States is no small task, which is why the Census Bureau is hiring nearly half a million people. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Daniel Barr, area census office manager for Northern Colorado to learn more about census-related job openings in Garfield County.

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Presidential Primary ballots for Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin County residents go out in the mail today. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more details.

 


  In a letter sent to Colorado Oil and Gas Commission director Jeff Robins Thursday, activist group Colorado Rising for Communities and sister group Colorado Rising asked for clarification on the agency’s recent statement to the press. In the statement, the COGCC said it would not enforce penalties against oil and gas operators who failed to file over 50,000 required monthly well reports from 2016 through 2018.

Colorado lawmakers are considering a bill that would expand access to telemedicine through Colorado's community health centers, which provide care for 27% of the state's Medicaid clients

Colorado Senators Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner delivered remarks on Impeachment Wednesday. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

St. George Community Kitchen

In 1992, Leadville residents started a community kitchen at the Saint George Episcopal Church. 30 years later, they want to expand their mission by renovating the kitchen. On Thursday, they’ll host a concert featuring folk duo Story Hill to raise money for the project. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Amy Frykholm a community meal supervisor, about the fundraiser, and what the proposed renovation could mean for food access in Lake County.

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Carbondale Arts unveiled its strategic plan Monday after a year of work. It includes a revised mission statement, marketing and financial strategies, and clarification on the role of the Carbondale Creative District within Carbondale Arts. Executive Director Amy Kimberly says the new plan provides clarity and direction.

Utah Plans Water Pipeline from Lake Powell

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The Trump administration has fast-tracked one of the largest new water projects on the Colorado River. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

On Tuesday, Carbondale Trustees reviewed an update on the rollout of the town's new trash & recycling service. Public Works Director Kevin Schorzman and Mountain Waste & Recycling District Manager Mike Hinkley presented the report. So far complaints are low, and the landfill diversion rate is up, but Trustees could still make changes. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

Colorado Realtor's Association

The average cost of a single-family home in Carbondale rose more than 15 percent from 2018 to 2019, topping one-million dollars. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more on housing statistics, and how Carbondale Trustees, staff, and citizen volunteers are responding to the shortage of affordable options.

City of Glenwood Springs

To continue our series on citizen engagement, KDNK’s Lucas Turner speaks with Mayor of Glenwood Springs Jonathan Godes about how to effectively communicate with elected officials, good and bad effects of social media, and the crucial role citizens play in opposing the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry expansion.

Children's advocates in Colorado are working to ensure that all children are counted in the upcoming 2020 Census, even children younger than five years old and not yet in school. The once-a-decade population count, set for April 1, will determine how many federal tax dollars return to Colorado over the next 10 years.

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners unanimously approved $278,360 for the Town of Parachute Monday to boost the development of a new bus service that would connect the town with Battlement Mesa and Rifle. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has the details.

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority

Thursday marks the 19th consecutive year of Winter X Games in Aspen. That means increased traffic and crowded public transportation.  KDNK’s Lucas Turner reports on how the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority prepares to handle the crowds and keep services running smoothly.

Garfield County Democrats

Former Carbondale Town Trustee Katrina Byars is challenging Garfield County Commissioner John Martin for his District 2 seat this November. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more from her campaign announcement Saturday.

Colorado River Fire Rescue

 


The public drop-off recycling center in Willits will close for good at the end of January. Now Basalt staff and Trustees are considering alternative options. KDNK's Lucas Turner has the story.

 

LunaFest, a traveling festival of films made by women, returns to the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs on Saturday, January 18th. The festival benefits the Advocate Safehouse Project, helping survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence on the West Slope since 1987. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to executive director Julie Olson, who’s been with the Project for 25 years, about the work and the festival.

 


  This Thursday Garfield County hosts presentations by Summit County-based Peak Health Alliance. The non-profit health cooperative will provide information on the Peak Health program and its potential to lower health insurance premiums in Garfield County, which are some of the most expensive in the United States. Peak Health Alliance CEO Tamara Pogue explains how the program uses data to negotiate lower prices.

Pitkin County

The public comment period for the Penny Hot Springs management plan closes this Friday. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke to Planning and Outreach Manager for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Lindsey Utter about some of the items currently listed in the plan, and how you can submit comments before the deadline.

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