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Deadline approaching for USDA claims program

April 20, 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.
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New advances in technology may bring extinct species back to life

New advances in technology may bring extinct species back to life March 27, 2013
It's been almost 20 years since scientists cloned a sheep named Dolly, and since then, technological breakthroughs have made cloning more viable than ever before. And those breakthroughs have made it possible to consider reviving extinct plant and animal species like passenger pigeons and woolly mammoths.

In April's issue of National Geographic, science reporter and frequent Radiolab contributor Carl Zimmer writes about the scientific, ethical and conservation issues emerging from this new, groundbreaking field of science.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Zimmer to find out what's changed in the technology world to make this extraordinary field a reality.

(Zimmer had much more to say about de-extinction--including how some researchers in Korea and Siberia hope to clone the woolly mammoth, an animal who once played a vital role in the Siberian ecosystem. You can hear the full, unedited interview in our news archives.)
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Roundabout Likely Says Carbondale Mayor

October 31, 2012
Carbondale trustees again discussed safety improvements to highway 133 at last night's special meeting. Representatives from the Colorado department of Transportation were on hand to answer the trustees' and the public's questions and though no actions were taken, movement on the project was made. Including taking steps to address the concerns of business owners on the corner of 133 and Main Street where a two-lane roundabout is planned.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke Carbondale mayor Stacey Bernot after the meeting about some new ideas the town asked CDOT to look into.
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Conservancy Gets Grant for Restoration Work

October 16, 2012
The Roaring Fork Conservancy announced yesterday that they'd received $316,000 in grant money for restoration of Coal Basin. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to the Conservancy's Heather Tattersall to find out more.
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RE-1 Update with Interim Superintendent Diana Sirko

October 3, 2012
Earlier this year, former Aspen Public School superintendent Diana Sirko was selected as the interim superintendent for the RE-1 school district. Sirko took the job after superintendent Rob Stein stepped down from the position in July.

KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently spoke with Sirko to get an update on her tenure as superintendent.
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Public Library District Director Talks About Censorship During Banned Book Week

October 2, 2012
This week is National Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Censored books have included works by Steinbeck, Faulkner, Alice Walker, and even Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. The Garfield County Public Library District is participating in Banned Books Week with displays about the books and the impacts of censorship on art and literature.

KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Amelia Shelley, director of the Garfield County Public Library District, last week. Here they talk about what books have been censored and the extreme actions people have taken to keep information off the shelves.
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Longmont Letter Was About Municipal Control

September 19, 2012
Carbondale trustees recently sent a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper asking that he withdraw a state lawsuit filed against the front-range city of Longmont. That town's city council passed rules in July that banned oil and gas drilling in residential areas within the town's jurisdiction. Later that month, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commision sued Longmont for allegedly making rules that trespassed into the realm of state control.

The letter asking that the lawsuit be withdrawn was sent by several Colorado municipalities and after discussion at last week's regular meeting, Carbondale mayor Stacey Bernot signed and sent the letter as well.

KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Bernot following last night's trustee work session to find out why what's happening in Longmont is relevant to Carbondale.
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Mayor, Trustees Concerned About Garbage Facility

August 29, 2012
A controversial waste transfer station proposed for the old Mid-Continent site on County Road 100 was the subject of a lengthy discussion at Tuesday night's Carbondale board of trustees meeting. Around 45 people were in the audience for hours of public comment.

Both the board and the public expressed concerns about the potential for fire, for water contamination and for traffic issues both in town and out the other direction. KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Carbondale mayor Stacey Bernot after the meeting about her concerns and about the town's limited role in the approval process.
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Former Colo. Governor Richard Lamm in Carbondale

Former Colo. Governor Richard Lamm in Carbondale May 21, 2012
Former Colorado Governor Richard Lamm was in Carbondale recently as part of the Roaring Fork Cultural Council's speaking event series. Lamm served as governor in the 70s and 80s, and then as now, he was outspoken on the issues of immigration and health care. KDNK's Eric Skalac caught up with Lamm after the event to ask the former governor about some of his more incendiary statements.
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Jeff Dickinson of CLEER on Mandated Mitigation and Community Solar Gardens

May 9, 2012
Here in Carbondale, houses over 5000 square feet are required to mitigate the impact that their energy consumption has on the climate. Many homeowners do that by installing photovoltaic panels on the roof of their house. But Tuesday night, the Carbondale trustees were presented with another option: community solar arrays, or solar gardens.

A representative from the Carbondale clean energy company, the Clean Energy Collective gave a brief presentation to the board on the benefits of community arrays. By their model, a home-owner buys part of the array, which is installed off-site in a field of panels.

For context, the board asked local energy consultant Jeff Dickinson to do some research on rooftop panels versus community arrays. Dickinson is part of the renewable energy team for local energy consultant group CLEER and KDNK's Eric Skalac caught up with him after his presentation to find out about how solar works in Carbondale and about why the prospect of a new option for homeowners is a complicated proposal.
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