Summer Haeske is director of sales and marketing at EnviroTextiles in Glenwood Springs, one of the country's largest hemp importers. Haeske says legalized Colorado hemp could transform the state's economy.
Click here for more information on Colorado's state hemp bill, and the federal Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2013.
Since last September, the USDA has been operating a voluntary claims process for Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers who feel they were discriminated against in recent decades. And just last month, Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced an extension to that process.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the USDA to find out more.
Residents of the Pan and Fork mobile home park in Basalt met with the property owner this week in an ongoing effort to figure out what will happen if plans to redevelop the land go through. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Nelson Harvey talk about new developments in the ongoing story.
Colorado ranchers and farmers drew a collective sigh of relief this week as storms dropped much-needed rain and heavy, wet snow across the state. Statewide snowpack levels are at 77 percent of the median and 203 percent of last year.
It's difficult to say how this will impact Colorado water supplies later this summer but as KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh found out, it's great news for grasslands.
The idea of an environmentalist opposing a renewable energy project might sound counter-intuitive, but the upcoming issue of the Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News has two stories about how that can happen, including one set here in the Roaring Fork Valley.
For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's ongoing partnership with High Country News, Nelson Harvey spoke with the magazine's Associate Editor Sarah Gilman about what happens when competing environmental values clash.
On this week's episode of the KDNK News Brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talks to Dennis Webb of the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel about his article detailing problems with oil and gas pipeline regulation in Colorado.
Last December, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment declared a pertussis, or whooping cough, epidemic in Colorado.
And this week, officials confirmed several cases of whooping cough, all in the Carbondale area.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Sara Brainard, Immunization Director for Garfield County Public Health to find out what symptoms to be on the lookout for, and what precautions Carbondale residents can take.
The Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that several gas leases in the Thompson Divide will be suspended. KDNK's Eric Skalac has more.
On this episode of Project 64, we talk to Skyler, a Roaring Fork Valley teen who has a complicated relationship with marijuana, addiction and explaining it all to his young son.
State snowpack levels are up 4% from March, According to the Natural Resource Conservation Service, as of April 1st, Colorado snowpack is 74% of the median and 130% of last year. The Roaring Fork Basin is 76% of the median and 141% of last year. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.