As people in the Roaring Fork Valley prepare for Independence Day picnics and other outdoor celebration, talk of the West Nile Virus on the Western Slope is increasing. The Colorado department of Public Health and Environment recently reported that mosquitoes carrying West Nile were collected in Adams, Boulder, Delta and Weld Counties. And Garfield County Vegetation Manager Steve Anthony expects to see more of the Culex mosquitoes that carry West Nile in the coming weeks.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Anthony to find out what to expect this summer and also about what precautions Garfield County residents can take to protect themselves.
Glenwood Springs Police are still seeking a suspect in last week's bank robbery in Glenwood Springs. The robbery took place at the Alpine Bank in West Glenwood at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 30.
Police are seeking a white male in his 50s who reportedly entered the Alpine Bank and demanded money after showing a bank teller a gun. The suspect received an undisclosed amount of money, at which point he left on foot towards the Glenwood Springs Mall. The suspect is described as a white male with salt and pepper stubble on his face. He is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall, medium build, with salt and pepper hair, blue eyes and no perceptible accent. At the time of the robbery, the suspect was wearing a blue shirt, dark ball cap, light checkered shorts, white tennis shoes and white socks.
Glenwood Springs Police encourage anyone with information, no matter how minor they feel it is, call Detective Matt Gronbeck at 970-384-6500.
Carbondale's priorities were questioned by residents of Barber Drive earlier this week. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to reporter John Colson who wrote about the state of Barber Drive in this week's Sopris Sun.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering taking grizzly bears in Yellowstone National Park off the endangered species list this fall. This will be the third attempt in seven years to delist the bears, but the Center for Biological Diversity says the agency is jumping the gun. On June 18th, the group filed a petition with the Federal government asking Fish and Wildlife to consider reintroducing grizzlies across their historic range, including Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh asked CBD’s Noah Greenwald for details.
Click through to hear more from KDNK's conversation about grizzly bears.
When it comes to water, Colorado's kids can expect to face a challenging future. A growing population and increasing demand may mean difficult trade-offs. That's one reason educators and policymakers say it's critical to teach young people about water management. As part of "Connecting the Drops"—our series on Colorado water—Sam Fuqua visited two water education programs to see how they're handling this complicated topic.
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Brent Gardner Smith of Aspen Journalism about a large wedding last weekend that has some locals out of sorts and prompted an emergency ordinance in Pitkin County.
Head to Aspen Journalism's website for photos of the wedding site and impacts to the area.
It's summertime and that means wild animals and birds are having babies. It may be tempting to pick up and cuddle a fuzzy gosling or come to the rescue of a lone fawn in the backyard, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife says any kind of contact with baby wildlife can cause more harm than good. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
In its quest to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol is running roughshod over huge swaths of desert wilderness with complete immunity from U.S. environmental laws. That's what Ray Ring, a senior editor for High Country News, discovered on a recent reporting trip to the border. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the magazine, Ring told Nelson Harvey about the tremendous environmental price we're paying at the border, and why it's tough to quantify what we're getting in return.
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it might seek more transparency when it comes to disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The announcement comes three years after environmental law group Earthjustice petitioned the agency on behalf of over 100 conservation groups. At first, Earthjustice thought this was good news but, part of the government's response came as a surprise: If EPA comes up with a new rule, it will only apply to oil and natural gas activities on private land. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why this could be a problem.
Famous sculptor James Surls recently unveiled the design for his sculpture to be installed in Carbondale's coming roundabout. And since then, some Carbondale residents have expressed dissatisfaction with the process for choosing what would be in that prominent spot. At Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting, Carbondale trustee Allyn Harvey brought up what he called a "poisonous atmosphere" out on Main Street regarding the sculpture. After the meeting, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Harvey about what he was hearing from the public.