Last week's 16-hour telecom outage took out landline, cell phone, internet, and 911 services for much of the upper Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh and Marty Rynearson talk with Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter Will Grandbois about why the blackout happened and how local officials handled the situation.
At 6:30 am this morning, KDNK spoke with Centurylink represenatative Sara Spaulding. She said the damage to the fiber optic cable was finally identified this morning at 5 am. No time yet on when services will be restored. Cellular phone, landline phones and internet communications are cut off today throughout parts of the Roaring Fork Valley since Tuesday at 5PM. AT&T, Verizon and Centurylink customers were all left with no service. If you have a 911 emergency you must physically go to a local police or fire department until phone service resumes. Outage is in parts of Aspen, Snowmass, Basalt and Carbondale.
At 7:30 AM WED- Centurylink Spokesperson Sara Spaulding said they have discovered additional damage to the fiberoptic line. No esitmated time of repair. The main fiberoptic cable providing internet, cell and landline phone services was damaged Tuesday at 5 PM for much of the Roaring Fork Valley from Carbondale to Aspen. The cable was not cut but got damaged when it was intertwined with a conduit cable during a boring operation done by a third party contractor.
UPDATE: 9:15- Cell phone, internet and landlines are restored now-- KDNK will continue to follow-up
The upper Roaring Fork Valley lost landline, cell, internet, and 911 services for 16 hours between Tuesday, May 26, at close to 5 PM and Wednesday, May 27, around 9:15 AM. KDNK's round-the-clock coverage may well have been the only way many locals knew about what was going on. Here are some highlights of that coverage, including interview with Carbondale Fire Chief Ron Leach, Carbondale Police Lieutenant Chris Wurtsmith, and Technology Systems Consultant's Barry Cryer.
The News Brief features Ryan Hoffman, editor for the Rifle Citizen Telegram, with an update on walkability upgrades happening in Rifle.
The Clean Water Act requires all states to make a list of waters that are impaired beyond water quality standards. The Upper Colorado River Basin has 65 streams on the list, including a portion of Cattle Creek in the Roaring Fork Valley. The Roaring Fork Conservancy has launched a study to find out why the creek starts off healthy and winds up in trouble as it flows into the Roaring Fork River. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
Garfield County Commissioners will hold another public meeting this afternoon about the county right-of-way that runs through the Colorado Rocky Mountain School campus. Many local residents joined commissioners at the school last week for a walk along the route. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with some of them to find out what they think of what has become a contentious issue between the school and local residents.
On this week's News Brief, KDNK's January Jones speaks with Randy Essex of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent about his first year on the job.
About 50 people joined Garfield County Commissioners Thursday to walk the county right-of-way through the CRMS campus. A public meeting about the right-of-way along County Road 106 will be held Monday May 18th at 1 PM during the regular Garfield County Commissioners meeting in Glenwood Springs.