In November, Colorado voters will decide whether or not to triple the tax on tobacco products. Gavin Dahl talks to Ross Brooks, CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers, to find out more about the ballot initiative effort.

Brent Gardner-Smith from Aspen Journalism talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about his latest article. The "bathtub ring" in Lake Powell shows declines in water levels. Another drought could shut down hydropower production at Glen Canyon Dam, with widespread impacts.

Carbondale was the scene of two reported assaults on women this summer. Some residents are angry that Town Trustees have yet to discuss or implement new precautions. Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

Courtesy of Chalkbeat Colorado

School is back in session across the state, so Gavin Dahl got up early and called education reporter Ann Schimke to talk about her latest article in Chalkbeat Colorado on school start times for this week’s news brief.

Scott Braden, Wilderness and Public Lands Advocate at Conservation Colorado, says funding shortages and privatization schemes are the biggest threats national parks face, as the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service is celebrated August 25th. Thanks to KGNU Community Radio for sharing this audio with KDNK.  

Chelsea Green

Living Permaculture celebrates two anniversaries this month -  Jerome Osentowski's 75th birthday and Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute turns 30.

ProPublica has discovered a tax loophole that allows ranchers in parts of the Colorado River Basin to get bigger tax write-offs the more water they use. On this week's news brief, Gavin Dahl speaks to Abrahm Lustgarten, senior reporter for ProPublica, about his article, “Gimme a Break! IRS Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-stricken West.”

Amy Hadden Marsh

August 18th was the final Carbondale Wild West Rodeo of the season at Gus Darien Arena. Amy Hadden Marsh has been producing Rodeo Moments since the rodeo opened in June. She produced this extended segment to wrap up the year.

Election results this November could shift the power at the top of the Colorado's higher education system for the first time in nearly 30 years. For this week's News Brief, KDNK's Gavin Dahl talks with Colorado Independent reporter Corey Hutchins about each of the candidates in the statewide Board of Regents race.

Click here for Corey Hutchins article in the Colorado Independent and find out all you need to know about the race.  

Thirsty Denver residents could get more of Grand County’s water because of a deal signed with Denver Water back in 2014. The Moffat Collection System would divert more water from the Fraser River through the Moffat Tunnel to Boulder County. The state approved a key permit in June, followed by a nod from Gov. Hickenlooper. But, in the current issue of High Country News, Sarah Tory writes about how the deal could be headed for a lawsuit. On Sounds of the High Country, Amy Hadden Marsh learns about the deal and the controversies. Tory begins with what Grand County agreed to.

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Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Turns 13

AH Marsh photo

Rodeo in Carbondale!

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is full of cowboys, bull-riding cowgirls, horses that can turn on a dime and riders who don't fall off. Cowboy hats are de riguer in the chutes and so is a certain sense of polite machismo. It's a small town rodeo so all the cowboys say "Yes, Ma'am" and "No, Ma'am" and some even tip their hats. The crowd goes wild for the hide race, the mutton busters, and when the kids chase the calves around the arena. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has been covering CWWR for several years, both for radio and with photographs. Enjoy the slide show and enjoy the rodeo - every Thursday night. Slack is at 6. Grand Entry at 7:30.

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ARTIST INTERVIEWS

John McEuen live at KDNK

John McEuen Live at KDNK

John McEuen dropped by the Wholly Bozos show on KDNK with his musical buddy Matt Cartsonis. They brought some nitty and some gritty along with great big smiles, not to mention a beautiful guitar. John played a couple tunes live and told a few stories about Aspen in the early 70s, his new CD Made in Brooklyn , and about his show at the Wheeler commemorating the Will The Circle Be Unbroken sessions. John McEuen and community radio go together like banjo and that high lonesome sound. Come back soon, John!

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Toluwanimi Obiwole

Three Slam Poets

Photo by Gavin Dahl

Paper Bird Live on KDNK

EXPRESS YOURSELF

Frank Martin In-Studio

Frank Martin, guitar slinger and singer/songwriter has produced a new CD Blue on Blue on Blue. He joins Express Yourself with his producer Dave Taylor, of Cool Brick Studios, to talk about the project and play a couple tunes from the album, Pick Up Your Feet and Leaving Cheyenne. More info at frankmartinmusic.com .

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