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The water has made development possible and is used for farms, homes and businesses. Meanwhile, recreation has risen to over 4 million annual visitors in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, with tourists bringing in over $420 million to local communities.

Western Colorado Water Purchases Are Stirring Up Worries About The Future Of Farming

Jun 10, 2020

For five years, Zay Lopez tended vegetables, hayfields and cornfields, chickens, and a small flock of sheep here on the western edge of Colorado's Grand Valley - farming made possible by water from the Colorado River.

Lopez has a passion for agriculture, and for a while, he carved out a niche with his business, The Produce Peddler, trucking veggies seven hours away to a farmers market in Pinedale, Wyoming.

Lopez also moonlights as a Realtor, with his finger on the pulse of the local real estate market. A few years ago, he noticed a strange new phenomenon. Much of the irrigated agricultural land sold in the valley - such as parcels just down the road from his farm - wasn't being bought by another farmer. Instead, his new neighbor was Water Asset Management, a New York City-based hedge fund with deep pockets.

Every year 5Point Adventure Film Festival’s Dream Project awards $1500 scholarships to students from Aspen to Parachute, encouraging them to explore personal boundaries and pursue their dreams. 2020 marks the 11th year of the project. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke to Dream Project director Tracy Wilson and a few of this year’s scholarship recipients to learn more.

Testing is considered a major requirement on the path back to normal, and as the president has made clear, it's largely up to the states to find the way. Are states in the Mountain West up to the task? By multiple measures, Utah and New Mexico are leading the way, while other states are still lagging behind. 

As the graph below shows, the number of COVID-19 cases reported by public health agencies in the Mountain West is climbing. But what do those numbers actually say? 

Carbondale Trustees voted Tuesday night to adopt the Town’s 2020 budget. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Town Manager Jay Harrington and Finance Manager Renae Gustine to get more information.

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.

Dig Deep and Us Water Alliance

A report released today from human rights non-profit Dig Deep and the US Water Alliance says more than two million Americans live without running water and basic indoor plumbing. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke to DigDeep CEO George McGraw about the report, titled ‘Closing the Water Access Gap In The United States

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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.

National Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center

Advocates of the 54 year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund are pushing Congress to pass a bill that would guarantee a permanent budget allocation. Lucas Turner spoke with Brian Kurzel from National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Regional Center about the fund and what a full budget allocation could mean for public lands.

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.

Rifle Community Television

Seven candidates seek council positions in Rifle's Municipal elections. On Tuesday August 20th, six of the seven candidates spoke in front of a crowd at Rifle City Hall on issues relating to the local economy, strategic plan, recreational marijuana, and more. KDNK's Lucas Turner shares some of their responses in this story. You can view the full forum by clicking here.

Carbondale's Jim Calaway on Philanthropy, Community

Dec 14, 2018
Jane Bachrach, The Sopris Sun

When Carbondale-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Jim Calaway died this week at age 87, he left behind a strong legacy of support and friendship in the Roaring Fork Valley. Last year, Calaway spoke at length with Steve Skinner on the podcast Echoes about his humble roots, how he made his fortune, and why he decided to give almost all of it away to causes in which he believes. Hear excerpts of the interview. KDNK will air it in its entirety Tuesday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m.

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The Colorado Air Quality Control Commission strengthened air quality standards last November for oil and gas operations on the Front Range. The Commission continues to seek public input on whether to apply these standards across the state. Those who plan to make a comment at the meeting must pre-register here. Written comments can be submitted at the state's website here or by visiting Wilderness Workshop here.