On Monday, a group of local governments and conservation organizations filed appeals against the Bureau of Land Management's recent decision to allow oil and gas companies to hold on to expiring leases in the Thompson Divide. KDNK's Ed Williams has more.
Amy Roggie, a sergeant in the Glenwood Springs Police Department, talks about the challenges legalization poses to law enforcement.
Colorado Senator Michael Bennet stopped in Carbondale late last week for a Thompson Divide Coalition event, to shake some hands and to have a burger. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Bennet to get an update on a bill he recently introduced that would prevent future drilling in the Thompson Divide.
The Aspen mayoral and city council elections are right around the corner... for this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism for a look at the mayoral race so far.
At a meeting with state environmental regulators Monday night in Parachute, well over 100 people gathered to hear the latest on the Parachute Creek hydrocarbon spill. The spill was first reported to regulators in early March, and at Monday's meeting officials updated the crowd on how much contamination has been found in groundwater and in the creek. They also gave their first indication of just how long it could take to finish cleaning up the spill. KDNK's Nelson Harvey reports.
(More coverage of the Parachute Creek spill is available in our news archives.)
With forecasters calling for another hot and dry summer across the western United States, fire crews are gearing up for a busy season of fighting wildfires on public lands. But some ranchers whose grazing lands are threatened by wildfires aren't content to wait for the firefighters to show up.
For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News, Nelson Harvey talked to High Country News editorial fellow Emily Guerin about a group of ranchers in southern Idaho who have taken firefighting into their own hands.
This episode of Project 64 features Michael Zimmerman, the student resource officer for Carbondale's schools. He recently moved to the Western Slope from Indiana, where medical and recreational marijuana are still illegal.
Dust storms wreak havoc on mountain snow, attracting the sun which then makes the snow melt faster. But, the impacts don't stop there, says Chris Landry of the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies in Silverton, Colorado.
KDNK took part in Crime Victim Awareness Week this week in Garfield County by sponsoring events organized by Two Rivers Coalition for Victim Advocacy. Valley Voices host Amy Hadden Marsh aired a special, hour-long show on 4/25, with guests Lee Martin and Meghan Hurley of Riverbridge Regional Center in Glenwood Springs and Emma Bielski of Advocate Safehouse. The show also featured interviews with survivors of violent crimes. All names have been changed to protect identities.
Click on the headline above for an additional interview featuring "Bob," who spent 30 years as a police officer and was severely injured 12 years ago after being assaulted on the job. The assault cost him his career.
On this episode of the weekly news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams and Eric Skalac talk about the recent arrest of a Carbondale man on charges of child sex abuse.