Melissa Lineberger became the director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting in Rifle Wednesday, during the center's grand opening ceremony attended by Governor John Hickenlooper and other officials. Here she talks with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about her experience with wildfires and her vision for the program.
The popularity of solar energy is taking off in the Roaring Fork Valley. The technology is gaining efficiency and the teens of today will no doubt be innovating solar in the years to come. To that end, comes the Solar Rollers. KDNK’s January Jones has more.
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Environmental group WildEarth Guardians has sued the U.S. Forest Service over a 20-square mile logging project near Leadville. The group questions agency logic behind approval of the project and claims it will destory valuable lynx habitat. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
Carbondale is doing a major overhaul of it’s planning and zoning rules. The combination of rules ends up in the Unifed Development Code or UDC. The UDC is currently being written and is open for public review and comment. The second of three parts was presented last week at a public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Commission. KDNK’s January Jones reports from last week's meeting.
Garfield County recently ordered Colorado Rocky Mountain School near Carbondale to stop work on a new entryway. Neighbors claim it blocks the south end of County road 106 - an historic right-of-way through school property. And, after Monday's County Commissioners meeting, that order hasn't changed. A public meeting is scheduled for 9 AM Thursday, May 14, at CRMS. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
The town is the first in the state to put buildling exception issues to a public vote. KDNK's January Jones and Aspen Public Radio's Carolyn Sackariason break down election results.
As a former trailer park site on the Roaring Fork River is considered for redevelopment in Basalt, the Town Council is in the middle of a community conversation about what downtown should look like. Initial plans for a hotel and condos from Lowe Enterprises may have stalled while the discussion continues. KDNK's January Jones went to Saxy's for Coffee with the Mayor and spoke with Mayor Jacque Whitsitt. Then, she asked a few locals about what they’d like to see happen on the river.
On Saturday May 2 Carbondale is planting it's first edible landscape at the Nature Park around the solar array. Carbondale Arborist David Coon said volunteers are needed. He explained to KDNK's January Jones how the project helps meet Carbondale's sustainability goals.
Tuesday May 5th is the final day to vote in the Aspen City Elections. This is the first time the city has done an mail-in ballot system. Outside of voting for the mayor and city council candidates, Aspenites will also consider a significant referendum vote on development. The question is: Should the public - instead of city council- be the ones to decide about exceptions to development rules? The Aspen Daily News has come out in favor of Referendum 1. KDNK's January Jones spoke with Managing Editor Curtis Wackerle about the two campaigns to sway votes for the referendum.