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As Sen. Faith Winter pushes forward a bill to create a paid family leave program, she's thinking of employees who are stuck at work during some of the most challenging moments of their lives.

"We have cancer patients who are skipping their second round of chemotherapy because they can't afford to lose their paycheck," Winter said Monday. "And there's a heartbreaking story of a woman who took her dad off life support in a break room instead of being by her father's side."

Red Flag Bill Close to a Vote

Mar 27, 2019
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A controversial measure that would temporarily seize weapons from people deemed a risk could get its final vote in the state Senate any day, putting it on the path to for Governor Jared Polis to sign it. Mark Duggan reports.

Colorado Introduces New State Logo

Mar 27, 2019
Scott Franz

The new logo, complete with mountains, an evergreen tree and the letter C centering the state flag, replaces one that was introduced in 2013.

Raleigh Burleigh

The former Steamboat Springs-based newspaper reporter is settling into his first year covering the Colorado Legislature. His reports are heard on KDNK and other member stations of the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition. KDNK's Mark Duggan talked to Franz about how he keeps up with the many bills that have been introduced this year. They also discussed the continued importance of local journalism and holding elected officials accountable.

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The Glenwood Springs City Council signed a resolution Thursday night, calling for a thorough Environmental Impact Statement, Congressional support, and more. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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Crews this week are repairing what Glenwood Springs Public Works Director Matt Langhorst claims is the worst roadway in the city. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Langhorst to talk about short- and long-term repair plans for South Midland Avenue.

It’s prom season and that could mean shelling out hundreds of dollars for dresses and tuxedos. But, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out, there is a less expensive option.

Glenwood Springs Student Says Future is At Stake

Mar 15, 2019
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Youth around the world today raised their voices against climate inaction, including students from Glenwood Springs High School.  Senior Hannah Juul organized the noon protest and spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh.

The Youth Climate Strike in Denver has been cancelled for Friday but Lobbying Day at the Capitol is still planned as are strikes in Boulder and Ft. Collins. KDNK spoke with Thomas Lopez Jr, communications director and adult mentor for the International Indigenous Youth Council, to find out more about their demands and what to expect on Friday.

Gunnison Energy plans to use 65 acre-feet of water per well to frack 35 new natural gas wells, 12 miles north of Paonia. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Alexander Forkes-Gudmundson with Paonia-based Citizens for a Healthy Community to find out more about the plan, its water source, and how it could impact Paonia's drought-starved supply.

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Western Slope residents weighed in on State Bill 181, which would change state oil and gas regulations.

Sutey Management Plan Ready for Public Comment

Mar 5, 2019
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The Bureau of Land Management has released the final environmental assessment and management plan proposal for the Sutey Ranch and Haines Parcel just north of Carbondale. Local equestrians and mountain bikers say they like what they see. The plan is open for public comment until March 18. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

Jordan Cove, Pacific Connector Pipeline Project Stalled

Feb 25, 2019

The Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector Pipeline Project, which would ship natural gas from Colorado and Canada to a liquifaction plant in Coos Bay, Oregon, has been mired in the permit process for more than a decade. It was dealt another blow recently by a Circuit Court Judge. Amy Hadden Marsh has an update.

Colorado lawmakers are renewing an effort to prevent accidents and travel headaches on Interstate 70 in the mountains.

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday would require drivers to carry chains or have tires with sufficient tread throughout the entire winter season on the interstate.

AspenJournalism.org

The Colorado River Water Conservation District is facing some funding problems but hopes a recent successful effort by Colorado Mountain College to free up tax money will also benefit them. To dive deeper into a slightly murky issue, Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism joins Mark Duggan for this week's KDNK News Brief.

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Commissioners now oppose withdrawing the popular area southwest of Carbondale from oil and gas leasing.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser is planning to join at least 10 other states in a lawsuit that will try to stop President Donald Trump from using an emergency declaration to build a border wall.

On Monday afternoon, Weiser was the lead speaker at a protest against the emergency declaration held at the state Capitol.

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Three of the four avalanche victims in Colorado this winter have been from the Roaring Fork Valley. But behind this statistic lies another sobering reality: Record numbers of people are reporting being involved in snow slides this year.

Two Valley Men Die in Avalanche Near Crested Butte

Feb 18, 2019

Colorado's high country has again claimed the lives of Roaring Fork Valley residents, as two local men were killed in an avalanche near Crested Butte Saturday. Michael Goerne, 37, of Carbondale, and Owen Green, 27, of Aspen, were training as partners for the Grand Traverse, an extended backcountry ski race across the Elk Mountains next month.

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Two citizen's groups - Battlement Concerned Citizens and the Grand Valley Citizen's Alliance recently filed suit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in Denver District Court. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Leslie Robinson of the Grand Valley Citizen's Alliance about why they were forced to sue the COGCC.

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Perry Will is leaving Colorado Parks and Wildlife after 43 years to assume Bob Rankin's seat as representative for Colorado's 57th District, which includes Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Carbondale. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will recently. Listen to the interview in three parts.

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Perry Will leaves Colorado Parks and Wildlife this month after 43 years to take Bob Rankin's seat as representative for Colorado's 57th District. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently met with Will for an in-depth interview. In Part 1, they talk about about his experience as a wildlife manager and how that will inform his new role.

Longmont resident Ingrid Moore went to the state Capitol on Tuesday carrying a stack of maps she said illustrates why Colorado should change the way it chooses U.S. presidents.

"Over 57 percent of all the 2016 campaign events were held in just four states," she said as lawmakers on the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee reviewed the map. "Virtually all campaign events ... were held in just 12 states. And those 12 states just have 30 percent of the population."

The area around Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Silt was once 'Teddy Roosevelt country.' A century after his death, he's still remembered as a larger-than-life figure - in both American history and that of Western Colorado.

Lawmakers in Colorado say they're seeing a growing number of cases where patients visit a hospital in their insurance network but unknowingly get treated by an out-of-network specialist or surgeon.

Then the patients get sent a surprise bill, and the worrying starts.

Scot Gerdes

Local photographer Scot Gerdes brings the wild horses of Sandwash Basin in northwest Colorado to Glenwood Springs this week in a new exhibit at Morgridge Commons. He spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his work.

Mark Duggan

Recently, a group of about 30 parents and educators met in the lunchroom at Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs to plot out the future of the school. The "Future of SES" initiative, as it's known, is meant to build on the school's existing merits. Mark Duggan reports.

Last year, the town of Avon got little resistance from its residents when it asked them to approve a $3 tax on every pack of cigarettes sold in the town.

Town Council member Scott Prince said it was supported by more than 70 percent of voters.

"There was zero campaigning done on behalf of that tax measure," Prince said. "It really speaks volumes about the residents and how much people see the impacts of tobacco and cigarette products."

Mark Duggan

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.

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