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Combating the Troublesome Tamarisk

Combating the Troublesome Tamarisk October 6, 2011
Stream flows are slow this time of year throughout much of the west, making it the ideal time to go after one of Colorado's most tenacious and troublesome weeds. As KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports, it's taking imported insects and innovative equipment just to make a dent.

This report is part of a partnership between KDNK and Aspen Public Radio to better cover the environment. Stay tuned for more environmental coverage in this ongoing series.
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Wednesday last day for public to weigh in on Avalanche Creek Mine

October 6, 2011
Next Wednesday, October 12, is the last day for the public to send comments to the Forest Service regarding the proposed alabaster mine near Avalanche Creek south of Carbondale. KDNK's Ed Williams has more.

To see the environmental assessment and send your comments to the forest service, click here.
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Old Snowmass Wildfire Not Threatening Public

Old Snowmass Wildfire Not Threatening Public October 5, 2011
A wildfire continues to burn on federal land near Old Snowmass after being ignited by lightning Saturday. The blaze has grown five times its size since it started, but as KDNK's Ed Williams reports, officials say that's not a bad thing.
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New EPA Rules Look to Limit Fracking Emissions

New EPA Rules Look to Limit Fracking Emissions September 29, 2011
In western states like Colorado, there are growing concerns that pollution from oil and gas drilling is posting risks to public health. To that end, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new rules to help curb the problem. The agency held a day long hearing in Denver on Wednesday to get input on the changes. As KDNK's Bente Birkeland reports, environmental groups praised the proposal, while industry representatives say they're too broad.
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Lawmakers push to limit water use in toilets

September 27, 2011
For years, Colorado officials have been urging homeowners to curb their water use outdoors in order to save some of the precious resource. But now a proposal being considered by state lawmakers could start scaling back the amount of water used indoors... starting in the bathroom. As part of KDNK's continuing collaborative environmental coverage with Aspen Public Radio, Luke Runyon reports.
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Forest Service weighs options for Avalanche Creek mine, neighbors voice concerns

Forest Service weighs options for Avalanche Creek mine, neighbors voice concerns September 22, 2011

Today, we begin an ongoing cooperative reporting project with our sister station, Aspen Public Radio. The project will focus on environmental issues.  Yesterday, Forest Service officials met with community members at the site of a proposed gypsum mine near Avalanche Creek. In the first of our cooperative reports, KDNK reporter Ed Williams has more on what the proposed mine could mean for local residents. You can read the environmental report and add your public comment here.

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As dead trees pile-up, state looks to Europe for biochar lesson

As dead trees pile-up, state looks to Europe for biochar lesson September 6, 2011
Huge clusters of dead lodge pole pines and other trees killed by insects can now be found on over four million acres of land in Colorado. And regional and local forest managers are looking into whether those dead trees can be used to create green energy. Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism has more.
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Shifting Gears: Theo Colborn Part 3

August 5, 2011

In part three of our interview series, host William Evans will speak with, Theo Colborn, who explains how natural gas is used not only to heat homes but also to make plastics, pesticides and chemicals. The conversation suggests, if we knew toxic chemicals can result in boy babies with more birth defects, we might not be so easily distracted from the immediate need for clean, renewable energy.

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Shifting Gears: Theo Colborn Part 2

August 4, 2011
William Evans, host of KDNK's Shitfting Gears, brings this three part interview with Theo Colborn. In part two of our interview series, Colborn will explain the potential consequences of small doses of toxic chemicals used in oil and gas extraction.
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'Dem bears getting hungry as summer becomes fall

'Dem bears getting hungry as summer becomes fall August 3, 2011

Bears have been a bit of a problem this year ... But nothing we haven't seen before. Now they're getting to the point in the summer where they're trying and gain weight to prepare for hibernation. To talk about the issue of bears, KDNK's Conrad Wilson called up Mike Porras with the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

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