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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.

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The National Environmental Protection Act is 50 years old this year and under attack by the Trump Administration. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jayson O’Neill, deputy director of Western Values Project, a Montana-based public lands watchdog group, about NEP, the proposed changes, and what that might look like for future federal lands projects. Click the headline for more information about upcoming hearings and a public comment period.

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Close to 250 people turned out on a cold Saturday morning, January 18, for the Women’s March and Rally in Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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.

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Garfield County voters gave themselves a tax increase last fall to provide more secure funding for the Garfield County Library District. Carbondale Branch Manager Lacy Dunlavy told KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh that she’s excited about what patrons will get for their money...and how fast the improvements are happening.

 


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.

 

Carbondale Voters to Decide Tobacco Tax in April

Jan 16, 2020
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Carbondale Town Trustees approved the April ballot measure to put tobacco taxes to the voters but new student trustee says it might not work to keep youth away from nicotine. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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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  Last week, news of escalating tensions with Iran dominated headlines and online discourse. But the day-to-day lives of most remained the same. In the Roaring Fork and Colorado River Valleys, temperatures dropped, snow fell, and traffic lined up in all the usual spots.

 

Meanwhile, Carbondale Resident Sarah Klingelheber stood in front of Centennial Park in Glenwood Springs, protesting. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

The City of Glenwood Springs took one more step last week in opposition to the proposed expansion of the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Pitkin County

Cathy Hall is the manager of the Pitkin County Landfill. Last Friday she was appointed to the State Solid and Hazardous Waste Commission by Governor Jared Polis. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Town of Carbondale

This week KDNK is exploring the concept of citizen engagement in local government decision-making. KDNK’s Lucas Turner starts the series by speaking to Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson about the importance of engagement, and how the public can effectively advocate for changes in their community.

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The new year brought some changes to Rocky Mountain Resources, owner of the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry near Glenwood Springs. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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  A new study by media and analysis firm Corporate Knights reveals that Colorado's Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA) lost over 1.7 billion in retirement savings since 2009 by continuing to invest in fossil fuels. Climate activists hope the new data could convince PERA's Board of Trustees to take divestment action.

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Sunlight Mountain’s Skier Appreciation Day on January 10th will feature brand new hike-out runs on the mountain's east ridge. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

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Since Christmas, residents in northeast Colorado and western Nebraska have seen mysterious lights in the sky every night. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Eagle County

Eagle County's regional public transportation provider ECO Transit is offering free rides tonight. Operations Manager Jeff Wetzel says the rides are available on all Eco Transit routes from midnight until approximately 2 AM.

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 Carbondale resident and graduate student Genevieve J. VIllamizar is developing an Integrative Environmental Management Plan for Carbondale’s Nature Park, also called the Delaney Dog Park. KDNK's Lucas Turner reports on what that means.

Jarid Rollins

As part of a KDNK series on opioid addiction and treatment,  Jarid Rollins -- director of the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition - sat down with Jessica Eaddy from the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention to talk about Drug statistics, physician accountability, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, treatment in the Roaring Fork Valley, and more.

Kroger Art Project Comes to New Carbondale City Market

Dec 20, 2019
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The new City Market in Carbondale will feature local art. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about the Kroger Art Project and an opportunity for local artists.

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Members of 5 local religious congregations met in Glenwood Springs Wednesday at the Garfield County courthouse to stand in solidarity with immigrant families in the community. KDNK's Lucas Turner has the details.

Eagle County Joins Class-Action Lawsuit Against JUUL

Dec 19, 2019

Eagle County joined a federal lawsuit this week against JUUL Labs, Inc. for developing products targeting youth. The multi-district litigation aggregates all federal cases filed by individuals and states against JUUL into a single class-action suit to be heard in San Francisco. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Eagle County Commissioner Jeanne McQueeney to find out more.

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

Congressman Scott Tipton has a new primary challenger from Rifle Colorado. Lauren Boebert is the owner of Shooter's Grill, where wait-staff openly carry guns during their shifts. She announced her campaign last week, saying that Congressman Tipton has failed to lead on conservative issues. KDNK’s Lucas Turner reports.

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Early season snowfall means good news for resorts and winter recreation enthusiasts, but it’s not all sunshine and powder days. October storms in Colorado mean increased avalanche risk throughout the state. KDNKs Lucas Turner spoke to the Director of Forest Service National Avalanche center Karl Birkeland to find out more.

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