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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.

Jane Pargiter, Ecoflight

The state Air Quality Control Commission meets in Denver this week to begin the formal review process of new rules for limiting methane and ozone pollution from oil and gas operations in Colorado. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more, featuring Christine Berg, former mayor of Lafayette, CO and consultant for Moms Clean Air Force, Gwen Lachelt, La Plata County Commissioner and head of the Western Leaders Network, and Matt Garrington of the Environmental Defense Fund.

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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.

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Over 600 people filled the stands at the Rio Blanco Fairground on September 6 for the inaugural Meeker Mustang Makeover horse show and auction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more in this final installment of the series.

Equine Virus Peaks Statewide, New Cases in Garco

Sep 14, 2019
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Vesicular Stomatitis, a virus that causes blisters on the mouth, hooves, and other are horses and livestock, has reached its summer peak in Colorado. But, new cases have recently popped up, including in Garfield County. KDNKs Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with state veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr to find out more.

Ghosts to Haunt Glenwood's Linwood Cemetery Next Month

Sep 13, 2019
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The Ghost Walk returns this year to the Linwood Cemetery in Glenwood Springs after a year's hiatus. KDNKs Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Bill Kight, director of the Glenwood Springs Historical Society, and Clara Miller, this year's organizer, to talk about the event and what revived it. Tickets go on sale October 1.

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.

Climate Change Sparks Shift in Colorado River Management

Sep 9, 2019
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Christian Mehlführer

Water officials across the West are talking about a Grand Bargain that would change the 1922 Colorado River Compact. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Andy Mueller, director of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, to find out more about the deal. In this clip, he explains the Bargain’s background. 

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Garfield County Commissioner Mike Samson was part of a group of county officials who attended meetings in Washington DC in March with Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and a lobbyist for the Jordan Cove Project. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Parrish, whose story on the meeting and possible ethics violations was published in the Guardian US Edition last week.

Julie Albrecht

Garfield County Commissioners are joining and creating local government coalitions in response to SB-181. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more on why the county is involved in more than one group and how some activists say the county does not represent all of the Western Slope.

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Planned Parenthood, with over 600 locations nationwide, withdrew from the Title Ten program Monday. Title X has provided federal funding for health care services for five decades. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Adrienne Mansanares, CXO of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, to find out more about what the decision means. The conversation begins with a definition of Title X. 

Lucas Turner

Andrew Romanoff, democratic candidate for US Senate in 2020, joined a group of citizens wednesday evening at Bonfire Coffee to talk policy priorities and politics. Primary topics included climate change, gun reform, and mental health. KDNK's Lucas Turner joined the crowd to learn more about this candidate.

Jarid Rollins

A local coalition is forming around how to address opioid addiction and substance abuse in our communities. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Jarid Rollins of Midvalley Family Practice about this initiative. The first public meeting is on Wednesday, August 28 at Carbondale Library at 6pm.

Oil & gas-dependent economies could take a hit in the future as investors grow tired of losing money on fracking operations. KDNK News Director Lucas Turner interviews Justin Mikulka, a writer for DesmogBlog about overspending, investor woes, and a shortage of tier-one acreage.



The Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association, founded in 1972, sports the legacy of stopping a ski resort from being developed in Marble and more recently ending the West Divide Project, two dams holding conditional water rights that would have flooded Redstone and other parts of the valley. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with John Armstrong, the organization’s president, about current issues of interest and upcoming opportunities for involvement. CVEPA's annual meeting, open to the public, is on August 24th at Propaganda Pies in Redstone at 5pm.

Downvalley Road Work Continues Through September

Aug 20, 2019
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The best thing to do with all the road work going on in Glenwood Springs and on Highway 82 is be patient and don’t run over the flaggers. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Laura Supalla Gilchrist

Electric school buses could become a reality in Colorado thanks to new funding sources, but local school districts say they need more information before moving forward. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Mill Levy Increase on 2019 Ballot for Garco Libraries

Aug 15, 2019
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The Garfield County Library District is asking for a mill levy increase on the ballot this fall to keep funding local. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Executive Director Brett Lear to find out more.

BLM: Quarry Expansion Proposal "Complete"

Aug 14, 2019
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Rocky Mountain Resources came one step closer Monday to expanding the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry, north of Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update.

CMKB "Head Mom" Jen Clanahan

A statewide network of parents advocating for Colorado’s outdoor quality of life will testify tomorrow at the Air Quality Control Commission meeting in support of the proposed Zero Emission Vehicle program. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Colorado Moms Know Best “Head Mom” Jen Clanahan to learn more.

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Shake-ups in the US Interior Department and the Bureau of Land Management could have far-reaching effects on public lands in Colorado and the West. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Chris Saeger, director of the Western Values Project, a public lands watchdog group based in Montana, to talk about some of the issues.

In Part Two of a conversation with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the 2020 Census, Phillip Supino, long-range planner for the City of Aspen, talks about "address canvassing" and gives an update on the controversial citizenship question.

Lake Christine Road Closed to Vehicles in Wake of Flood

Aug 8, 2019
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Recent flooding and debris flow from the Lake Christine burn scar caused evacuations in Basalt. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is involved in clean-up. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Matt Yamashita, CPW Area Wildlife Manager, to find out more.

News Brief: Man Shot by Police in Rifle

Aug 7, 2019
Lucas Turner/KDNK

A Rifle man died Monday after being shot by Rifle police. The Garfield County Coroner said Wednesday that two gunshot wounds to the chest caused the death. The two police officers are on administrative leave. For this week’s News Brief, Amy Hadden Marsh talks with KDNK News Director and Rifle resident Lucas Turner about what happened on Monday before the investigation began.

Census 2020: Colorado Could Pick Up a Congressional Seat

Aug 7, 2019

The 2020 Census is coming up and counties across the state are already preparing. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Phillip Supino, long-range planner for the City of Aspen, who is working in the Roaring Fork Valley for the Complete Count Committee. Here he talks about how the census could add a new Congressional seat in Colorado.

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Garfield County Commissioners recently agreed to join county governments within the Piceance Basin to write up Basin-wide rules for state oil and gas regulations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Small Fire South of Rifle Benefits Ecosystem

Jul 31, 2019
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US Forest Service officials are monitoring a lightning-caused wildfire near the headwaters of Middle Mamm Creek. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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Rocky Mountain Resources has filed two lawsuits against Garfield County, contesting the county’s notice of permit violations at the limestone quarry north of Glenwood Springs. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter Thomas Phippen for an update.

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The Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission made a decision Tuesday night to deny ANB Bank’s application to build a branch in the 900 block of Grand Avenue. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.