KDNK presents a special broadcast about the Garfield County Commissioners' decision to defund Planned Parenthood Glenwood Springs Health Center, including an interview with RMPP director and CEO Vicki Cowart. Click HERE to listen.
Come on down to KDNK's annual Labor of Love Auction and Community Mixer tonight November 20 from 6-9 at the Carbondale Rec Center. Do your holiday shopping and support KDNK at the same time. Gift certificates, labors of love, musical instruments and much more await in a sumptuous silent auction. Enjoy bluegrass from the Smuggler Mountain Boys and food and drink from the Pour House, Village Smithy, Peppinos, Mi Casita, Roaring Fork Beer Company, and Marble Distillery. Supported by Alpine Bank. See you there!
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Last week, the Garfield County Planning Commission voted 6 - 1 to recommend approval of a plan to drill for natural gas in Battlement Mesa. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why the commission voted in favor of the plan.
Unofficial election results are in and voters overwhelming gave support to multiple public agencies seeking funding increases. In Garfield County, voter turnout was 37.8 percent. The Roaring Fork School District was approved for a $122 million dollar bond to fund school repairs throughout Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt. The two most visible ones will be upgrades to Glenwood Springs Elementary School and a new school called Eastbank between Glenwood and Carbondale. The district also had an affordable housing plan that will kick off in each community. Current RE-1 School Board Member Karl Hanlon lost his seat to Jennifer Rupert for a two-year term. Three people ran uncontested as well for RE 1 - Matt Hamilton, Mary Elizabeth Geiger and Daniel Biggs- will retain their seats. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District was approved for a two-year mill levy increase- 2,358 voted yes and 1,300 voted no. Garfield County Voters approved Colorado Mountain College’s ask to opt out of a state law restricting broadband providers. They also had a say in Colorado Mountain College’s Board of trustees. Kathy Goudy defeated Jon Warnick, locally and across the 6 counties CMC serves in it’s only contested race. Three other people were elected to their board of trustees, uncontested. In Pitkin County, 5,681 people voted with a turnout of 39 percent. Mark Hunt’s Base 2 development was turned down by 1,792 voters, while 1,060 people voted for it. The proposal was for a hotel on Main Street that sought zoning variances. Aspen residents were also asked what should be done with city hall after new facilities are built. 51.5 percent said they would like to see a “community use” and 48.4 said “offices.” The Basalt Fire District also got a yes on their funding ask with 478 people supporting it and 243 voting against an increase. The Aspen School District got support for funding with 68.7 percent saying yes- that’s about 3,100 people. About 1,400 said no to the district’s ask. For the Aspen School District Board of Education, Sandra MacMillan Peirce and Sheila Kennedy Wills won seats. Aspen Valley Hospital got an extension for their current tax. The only statewide ballot measure, Proposition BB, passed allowing Colorado to keep marijuana tax revenues.
Colorado voters passed local and statewide ballot initiatives yesterday. KDNK's January Jones has this wrap-up of the 2015 election.
The Planned Parenthood Glenwood Springs Health Center lost funding from a Garfield County grant program on Monday. KDNK's January Jones has more.
The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to take over the parking lot at the west end of the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs Pool and close off part of North River Street in January to use as a staging area for the Grand Avenue Bridge Project. But, according to the Glenwood Springs City Council, they didn’t find out about it until they were told by hot springs staff. Last week, the council wrote a letter to CDOT with concerns about the bridge construction schedule. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
Jerome Osentowski is the guest on this week's Living Permaculture, talking about his recent European travels and his new book, The Forest Garden Greenhouse: How to Design and Manage an Indoor Permaculture Oasis. Listen to the show here. Find the book here.
According to a recent series in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, in 2010, TRIDENT made 65 narcotics arrests and seized 81 grams of meth. In 2014, arrests totaled 77 and police seized over 4,500 grams of the drug. Heroin busts were unheard of in 2012. But, so far this year, police have seized 61 grams of it. Post Independent reporter Will Grandbois and Rifle Citizen Telegram editor Ryan Hoffman wrote the series and join KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh for this week's News Brief. Here, they talk about obstacles facing Garco's efforts to control the problem and help those who are addicted to the drugs. Find the stories here and here.
Carbondale is updating its planning and zoning regulations into a unified development code, or UDC. KDNK’s January Jones spoke with Gavin Brook, chair of the Charbondale Planning and Zoning Commission, about what the new code means for the town. There’s a public meeting presenting the UDC at town hall Thursday night at 6 pm.