A new year means a new news year and the First Friday skate party seemed like a good place for KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh to find out what locals think will be the big issues facing Carbondale and beyond in 2016.
Tis the season for the roaring fork valley to become everyone’s dream winter vacation. But many living here find it hard to afford housing, especially in Pitkin County. Garfield County stretches from Carbondale to the Utah border, and the housing situation is less extreme but the so called affordability line is steadily being pushed west. Katherine Gazunis runs the Garfield County Housing Authority. She spoke with Amy Barr, host of KDNK’s show about the non-profit community about the current housing landscape in the county.
The upper reach of Cattle Creek as it flows out of the White River National Forest has been designated "outstanding" by the state. But, the lower part of the creek, as it flows under Highway 82, is considered "impaired." The Roaring Fork Conservancy spent last summer and fall collecting samples from Cattle Creek as part of a study to pinpoint the problem. In Part 2 of KDNK's series on the study, Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
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In December, Garfield County Commissioners approved natural gas drilling in the residential neighborhood of Battlement Mesa. KDNK’s January Jones spoke with Leslie Robinson from the Grand Valley Citizen’s Alliance and Dave Devanney from Battlement Mesa Concerned Citzens, who have been fighting to stop the drilling. They both say they are disappointed with the commissioners' vote but that they aren’t surprised. They plan to take their opposition to the next level of state approval. Here is an excerpt from the interview.
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On the weekly News Brief, January Jones speaks with John Stroud of the Post Independent about the Glenwood Springs City Council.
The final public meeting for the Bureau of Land Management's draft environmental review of 65 pre-existing natural gas leases on the White River National Forest was held in Carbondale on December 16, 2015. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. Deadline for public comment is January 8, 2016.
Click here for more comments featured on Valley Voices, 12/31/2015.
Click here to find the BLM document.
Carbondale is proposing a carbon fee on electricity and gas bills to create a $300,000 fund for clean energy projects. Erica Sparhawk from CLEER and Carbondale Town Trustee Pam Zentmyer came into the KDNK studio last week after the first community meeting to explain how the program would work.
The BLM hosted the first of three community meetings about 65 leases on the White River National Forest yesterday in GWS. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this story.
This is the week of public meetings for the BLM’s draft analysis of 65 leases on the White River National Forest, including 25 on the Thompson Divide. Zane Kessler, director of the Thompson Divide Coalition, spoke to KDNK’s Steve Skinner and January Jones on the air Friday about what’s at stake. The BLM hosts the first meeting this afternoon at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Tuesday, the meeting is at the Debeque Elementary School and Wednesday, it’s Carbondale’s turn at Roaring Fork High School. All meetings begin at 4 PM with public comment beginning around 5:15.
For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Rifle Citizen Telegram editor Ryan Hoffman about his article on the state’s brand new Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program- which he says could be redundant here in Garfield County.