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Voters in Colorado and other western states continue to support conservation policies for publicly owned lands, putting them at odds with the Trump administration's energy dominance agenda, according to the ninth annual Conservation in the West Poll from Colorado College.

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Jose Solis-Coyado was charged with sexual assault in Garfield County last fall. But, before he could be tried in the 9th Judicial District, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported him to Guatemala. Thomas Phippen has been covering the case for the Post Independent and joins KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh for this week's News Brief.

Seven Colorado Democrats advanced a comprehensive sexual education bill at the State Capitol on Wednesday, after a contentious hearing that ended just before midnight. The hearing included testimony from dozens of opponents and a flurry of attempted Republican amendments to the bill.

The legislation aims to expand sexual education curriculum at public schools to include such topics as consent, birth control and STD prevention.

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It was a win this week for Ursa Resources BMC A Pad in Battlement Mesa. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. 

The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association is going to court to try and put the brakes on regulations that will require all new cars sold in the state to run cleaner and with better gas mileage by 2025.

The state's Air Quality Control Commission voted unanimously in November to adopt the stronger emission rules, which come with a mandate that new cars average 36 miles per gallon.

Late last month, during the government shutdown, the US Department of the Interior announced proposed changes to the Freedom of Information Act. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why the changes might not be in the public’s best interest.

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State oil and gas regulators recently gave the nod to Ursa Resources’ A Pad at Battlement Mesa. But for citizen groups, the fight against the pad continues. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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A recent study found that a changing climate could cut the length of ski season in half in some parts of the US by 2050, and more by the end of the century. This could have significant impacts on Colorado’s ski industry, which generates almost $5 billion annually and creates more than 46,000 jobs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at two resorts on Colorado’s West Slope to find out what they’re doing to protect the snow and the bottom line.


The Naturalist Nights speaker series continues this week with retired biologist Van Graham talking about the latest research on sandhill cranes. The birds were listed as a Colorado endangered species in 1973. Graham began working with the cranes while in Steamboat Springs, which is where the core population of Colorado’s nesting and staging cranes is located. KDNK's Mark Duggan talked to Graham about what Naturalist Nights attendees can expect to learn at his presentation.

On January 19th, about 24 hours before a total lunar eclipse, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake rattled Tongoy, Chile. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh, who is in Chile, was attending an opera at the time. He sent us this lyrical dispatch describing the experience of riding out the shaking earth as the choir continued to sing:


The man who died in an avalanche above Aspen Monday is being remembered as a talented educator who had a deep understanding of environmental science. 48-year old Arin Trook was the Education Director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. In a statement, CEO Chris Lane said “This organization will forever be inspired by his work and his commitment to community, diversity, and family.” Trook leaves behind a wife and two children. ACES has set up two ways to support them.

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The federal government has been partially shut down for close to a month with no end in sight. What does that mean for food stamp – or SNAP – recipients in Garfield County and across Colorado?  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.  Click here for more information.

Amy Reyes Makes Lake County History as First Woman Sheriff

Jan 21, 2019
Leadville Today

Amy Reyes is the first woman elected sheriff in the history of Lake County... and, the second woman sheriff in Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh recently talked to the sheriff about why she ran and how she plans to restore confidence in the department.

Avalanche Near Aspen Leaves One Man Dead

Jan 21, 2019
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The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says emergency dispatchers received a call Monday morning from Mountain Rescue Aspen saying the man had been caught in a slide in the Express Creek area of the Castle Creek Valley. Rescuers were able to dig the man out of the snow and perform CPR, but he was confirmed dead a short time later.

It was a busy week at the State Capitol as lawmakers started debating an initial round of bills at committee hearings and Gov. Jared Polis issued his first executive order to promote electric vehicles.

Here are some highlights, and some things to look for when lawmakers come back on Tuesday.

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Alpine Bank’s program to offer loans to furloughed government workers began two days ahead of time this week – on Monday instead of Wednesday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Carbondale branch manager Garrett Jamarron to find out more.

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The Naturalist Nights Winter Series continues this week with a talk on the White-Tailed Ptarmigan. KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke with Amy Seglund of Colorado Parks & Wildlife about what makes the alpine bird special.

Weekly News Brief: Reimagining Gender in the West

Jan 11, 2019
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Liz Forster is a reporter for the Colorado Springs Gazette and for this week’s News Brief, she talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about her recent multi-media piece on women at Colorado’s San Juan Ranch. Here, Forster talks about her approach to the story.

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The Garfield County Library District created a list of the top 10 most-borrowed books of 2018. KDNK’S Amy Hadden Marsh went to the Carbondale Library to find out more.

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Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale), representative for Colorado's 57th District, has been appointed senator for Colorado Senate District 8, replacing Randy Baumgardner (R- Hot Sulphur Springs), who recently retired. Rankin spoke Friday with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his new job.


With vaping on the rise among youth, especially in Colorado, Youth Zone is piloting a project with the Roaring Fork School District to intervene before students are issued a ticket. To learn more about the program, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Youth Zone executive director Lori Mueller.

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It’s been more than three years since the Animas River near Durango turned orange from the release of toxic mining chemicals. But the Gold King Mine spill may be inspiring some long-sought-after changes. For Connecting the Drops, Hannah Leigh Myers reports...

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The proposed limestone quarry expansion near Glenwood Springs has been sent back to the drawing board. But that doesn’t mean it’s off the table. Reporter Amy Hadden Marsh has more:


As rural land is acquired for urban development throughout Colorado, some ranches are exploring alternative sources of income while sustaining local agriculture. For Western Slope Resources Reporting, KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has more...

Connecting the Drops

The American West is grappling with a water crisis.  The Colorado River Basin system is over allocated, meaning more water is being drawn out of the river than is being naturally replenished.

The region has been in a drought for almost two decades with more hot, dry weather is in the long-term forecast.

Yet demand for water is growing. Colorado’s population could increase add another 3 million people by 2050. The bulk of that growth will happen along the Front Range.

This leaves water managers struggling to quench the thirst of their customers. As we explore in this next installment in our Connecting the Drops series, some urban water providers are looking for ways to do more with less.

Utilities Tap into Once-Wasted Energy with Hydropower

Dec 20, 2018

Experts say that in order to reach climate goals we need to move away from fossil fuels and get our energy from renewable sources. While most assume that will mean more wind and solar, there’s a clean and environmentally sound way to generate electricity that’s been hiding in plain sight but only recently became affordable to harness. For H2O Radio, Frani Halperin reports.

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The Roaring Fork School District on Tuesday, December 18 celebrated the installation of a new solar array that will power Riverview School. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is expected to decide this week on a new rule that would allow 1,000-foot setbacks from school and childcare center property lines. Garfield County is weighing in on Tuesday's rulemaking hearings in Denver. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Colorado Governor-elect Jared Polis takes office on January 8, 2019. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh asked citizens at a public meeting in Rifle last week what he could do for them or for their part of the state.

Raleigh Burleigh

River Bridge Regional Center is expanding into a new building for enhanced child advocacy services and to offer a new home to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Alliance. While touring the new building, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with River Bridge Regional Center Executive Director Blythe Chapman.