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Today's show features music and conversation with the Crystal River Ukuladies followed by expressions of love by the Andy Zanca Youth News Team.

Funding for Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission and the Division of Civil Rights is uncertain following a vote in the legislature Thursday, Feb. 8. The Joint Budget Committee deadlocked in a 3-3 vote – which effectively shuts off funding to the agencies starting July 1. Gov. John Hickenlooper criticized the decision, saying it “sends the wrong message to Coloradans and businesses looking to move here.”

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Marianne Goodland of Colorado Politics and Ed Sealover of the Denver Business Journal about the politics behind the vote, and how it may impact other business at the capitol.

Lani Kitching

 


Lani Kitching is one of five candidates for four seats in the upcoming Carbondale Board of Trustees election. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Lani to learn more about why she is running. KDNK, the Sopris Sun and Carbondale Chamber of Commerce host a live-broadcast candidate forum at the Third Street Center on March 5th at 6pm.

Morgan Hill of the Middle Colorado Watershed Council joins host Bill Kight to talk about the Wild and Scenic Film Festival later this month.

Garfield County Sheriff: Don't Touch Toxic "River Bottles"

Feb 13, 2018

UPDATE: 2/13/2018, 3:05 pm by Amy Hadden Marsh

Similar-looking bottles found in late January in the Roaring Fork River near Basalt could have been a cold-cooking method for making methamphetamine.

UPDATE: 2/13/2018, 2:08 pm by Amy Hadden Marsh

Sen. Randy Baumgardner is now facing a second formal sexual harassment complaint at the Colorado Capitol. Megan Creeden, who served as an intern for another lawmaker, said she filed the complaint "hoping it will trigger something to happen."

An earlier investigation into allegations against the Republican from Hot Sulphur Springs concluded that “it appears more likely than not that Baumgardner grabbed and slapped a legislative aide’s buttocks four times during the 2016 legislative session.” 

CIRC

Over 17,000 “dreamers” in Colorado await resolution as the US Senate begins the immigration debate this week. Although Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is central to the discussion, the implications for federal immigration policy are even greater. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

AH Marsh Photo

 


Climate change and drought are taking a toll on pinyon pine and juniper woodlands, especially in the southwestern U.S.  Dr. Miranda Redmond, an assistant professor at Colorado State University, has researched this ecosystem. She is this week’s Naturalist Nights speaker and talked with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the pinyon pine and why it’s disappearing. Dr. Miranda Redmond will be at Carbondale’s Third Street Center Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

KDNK's beloved Geeks return to discuss the latest and greatest in tech.

In 2014, the Colorado River did something it hadn’t done in decades. For a few short weeks that spring, the overdrawn, overallocated river reached the Pacific Ocean.

Instead of diverting the river’s last bit of water toward farm fields, the final dam on the Colorado River at the Mexican border lifted, and water inundated nearly 100 miles of the dry riverbed. It was called the pulse flow, meant to mimic a spring flood.


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Originally from Mexico, El Javi is now a resident of Colorado, and he finally made it up to the mountains, despite bald tires, to play a few gigs in the valley and to appear on Flow Diggity with DJ Rickdiculous on KDNK. He played solo flamenco guitar and chatted about his art and his life. We heard several songs from his five CDs, and he played four songs live: Trip, Olivia, California and Recuerdo a Paco.

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Guam Slam Poet Meta Sarmiento

Meta Sarmiento is a Filipino poet and rapper from Guam. He is a National Poetry Slam semifinalist with Slam Nuba from Denver, a TEDx speaker and winner of the Spoken Word for the World 2015 where he was flown to Paris to perform during the UN Climate Negotiations. He is a born teacher and an old soul, and he is capable of motivating ghetto kids and old hippies alike. Meta appeared on Express Yourself to tell us how he does it.

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