The Colorado Department of Corrections is warehousing prisoners in solitary confinement--a practice that's leading to an increase in mental illness among inmates, according to a documentary released this week by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with ACLU attorney Rebecca Wallace about the documentary.
Click here to see the documentary on solitary confinement in Colorado.
For a link to Andrew Cohen's article on prisoner Sam Mandez in the Atlantic, click here.
For years, the Roan Plateau has ignited conflicts between gas drillers, environmentalists and hunters. The Roan and the Greater Sage Grouse that live there were the topic of the most recent Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason was there and brings this report.
Colorado voters support taxing recreational marijuana, but gave a crushing defeat to a proposed billion-dollar tax increase for public schools. What do the election results mean for school reform in the state? On this week's news brief, Bente Birkeland of Capitol Coverage breaks down Colorado's 2013 election results with a political reporter roundtable.
It is time for our annual board elections and all members are encouraged to vote. This is your digital ballot.
In addition to the board election there are some proposed bylaws changes that must be approved by the membership. The proposed changes are here.
Please fill out the ballot and:
A. E-mail it back or
B. Print it and fax it to 963-0810 or
C. Print it and mail it to P.O. Box 1388 or
D. Print it and drop it off at 76 S Second Street or
E. Attend the annual meeting and pick up or submit a ballot there.
Make sure you put your name on the ballot! Deadline is December 5, 2013 at 6 p.m.
Find short interviews with the candidates here.
In this year's election, Carbondale's marijuana taxes passed by a margin of more than 2 to 1. A property tax increase proposed by the Carbondale and Rural Fire protection district failed by a narrow margin of about 400 votes.
In Basalt, a bond issue raising money for the redevelopment of the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park passed by a margin of around 2 to 1.
Ballot questions proposing two property tax increases to fund the controversial Crown Mountain indoor recreation center failed by a wide margin of more than 4 to 1.
Elsewhere in Colorado, ballot measures banning or severely restricting fracking passed in Fort Collins, Boulder, Broomfield and Lafayette.
And on the state level, voters overwhelmingly approved taxes for recreational marijuana, setting the rates at 15 percent for excise taxes and an initial 10 percent for sales taxes on the drug.
Voters also rejected Amendment 66, a tax hike that would have injected nearly a billion dollars into Colorado schools. KDNK's Ed Williams has more on how the Amendment's failure will affect schools in the Roaring Fork Valley.
The cost of living in Aspen has made it difficult for the town's Post Office find and keep a Postmaster. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Nelson Harvey of the Aspen Daily News about his story on Aspen's postmaster problems.
As Colorado voters consider a new education funding mechanism with Amendment 66, a decade-old law in Alaska is closing rural schools. On this episode of Sounds of the High Country, our collaboration with the High Country News, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Krista Langlois--in the most recent issue of the High Country news, Langlois writes about the law and about how school closures are affecting rural Alaskan communities.
Local gardeners are putting up the last of the summer harvest and some are giving it away to those in need. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about Plant a Row for Hunger.
Basalt officials have long cited the potential for flooding at the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park as a driving factor behind the town's plan to relocate the residents living there. After the residents are moved out, the town plans to do environmental restoration and flood mitigation work at the site of the former mobile home park. But as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, some residents of the Pan and Fork are moving to other flood-prone mobile home parks in the Valley.
(Click here for a link to this story in the Aspen Daily News).
This November, area voters will weigh in on Ballot Question 4B. The question asks for a tax hike that will bring in an extra 1 million annually to the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District covering decreased revenue and expected cost increases. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talked to Lynn Burton of the Sopris Sun about the community debate over the question.