Celebrate National Public Lands Day

Sep 24, 2016

Saturday is a great opportunity to join thousands across the country to experience the great outdoors. Eric Galatas has more.

The Community Calendar on KDNK is underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Click here for more information. Rotary: Service above self.

Amy Hadden Marsh

On Thursday night, September 22nd, Colorado Wild Public Lands hosted a candidate forum featuring a dozen candidates seeking to represent the area on county commissions, in the state legislature and in Congress. Wilderness Workshop and Roaring Fork Conservancy co-presented and KDNK setup and ran the audio. Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Post Independent, moderated. Over 150 people attended.

On this week’s news brief our guest is Ryan Summerlin, reporter for the Post Independent. His recent article "Colorado River Faces Flood of Challenges" was a reportback on the Annual Water Seminar in Grand Junction hosted by the Colorado River District. This year's keynote speaker was Abrahm Lustgarten of ProPublica, who KDNK interviewed last month about his series Killing the Colorado.

Rachel Chanoff is Director of Programming for Aspen Filmfest, underway now through Sunday. I caught up with her yesterday by phone in between screenings to get a feel for the 38th annual Filmfest. The Crystal Theatre in Carbondale screens festival films Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Members of the Acoma tribe are restoring wildlife habitat along the Rio Grande watershed this week. Eric Galatas reports.

Cdale Improves Raw Water Efficiency

Sep 22, 2016
Steve Skinner

Rivers and streams are not just for municipal and agricultural use; recreational and ecological values are now in the mix, like how much water is needed to maintain fisheries and to keep the river ecosystem intact? Parts of the Crystal River almost run dry in late summer due to diversions for agricultural use and to keep Carbondale's ditches running. So, the town is working on ways to become more efficient with its raw water use. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Tuesday night’s Board of Trustees study session included 90 minutes of discussion about safety in Carbondale, particularly for women and girls getting around without a car at night. Gavin Dahl reports.

Insurance Rates Will Increase 20% in 2017

Sep 21, 2016

The Colorado Division of Insurance has approved health insurance premium hikes for 2017. Individual plans are expected to increase by more than 20 percent on average. Eric Galatas reports.

The natural gas boom in Garfield County has gone bust and that means the county budget will be significantly smaller next year. For example, cuts to the library system are expected to be around 30%. GarCo Finance Director Ann Driggers, whose department was just given a national budgeting award from the Government Finance Officers Association, explains. KDNK thanks Rifle Community TV for sharing the audio from their recording of the Energy Advisory Board meeting on Sept. 1st.