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Wildfire During Mountain Fair

Wildfire During Mountain Fair August 1, 2016
An exploding electrical transformer ushered in the 45th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair but this time, it started a wildfire that evacuated the BRB/KOA campground along Highway 133, closed the highway, and worried fire officials. Fire crews from as far away as Montana raced to put it out. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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Compost Trashed at 2015 Mountain Fair

Compost Trashed at 2015 Mountain Fair July 28, 2016
Compostable waste from last year's Carbondale Mountain Fair did not end up where it was supposed to. This year, Green Team volunteers, Mountain Waste and Recycling, and Pitkin County are working together to make sure it doesn't happen again. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
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Carbondale Commits to Broadband Vote

July 28, 2016
At their meeting on July 26th, Carbondale Town Trustees approved ballot language for the November election, asking residents to opt-out of a state law that restricts local governments from addressing the need for affordable high-speed Internet. Gavin Dahl reports.
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New GarCo Sex Assault Nurse Program

July 27, 2016

A new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program is in the works for Garfield County. Right now, victims of sexual assault have to travel to Grand Junction or Summit County for an essential exam, which makes it difficult for them to follow through. And, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out, SANE exams are not just for collecting evidence to help bring these cases to justice.

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Tough to Hire Cops in C'Dale

July 26, 2016
Carbondale and other communities in the KDNK listening area face challenges retaining police officers. KDNK's January Jones spoke with Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling recently about what factors affect his department. We’re now hearing that Carbondale PD has made a conditional job offer to a candidate in the police academy at Spring Valley.
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C'Dale Mayor on Affordable Housing

July 25, 2016
After last week’s nearly 3-hour study session with planning experts, KDNK’s Gavin Dahl sat down with Carbondale Mayor Pro Tem Dan Richardson to learn about the current approach to affordable housing. Trustee meetings are moving back to Tuesdays at 6pm. Garfield County officials will be in attendance July 26th to discuss the pursuit of affordable housing and affordable high-speed Internet in our valley.
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'Slanted' Hearing on Thompson Divide

July 22, 2016
Aspen Daily News staff writer Collin Szewczyk wrote two important articles about a hearing held by Republicans in Congress last week on Thompson Divide oil and gas leases that Pitkin County commissioners say were slanted. On this week's news brief, Gavin Dahl asks him to explain what happened. His must-read articles are here and here.
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Can Leadville Save Tabor Opera House?

July 21, 2016
Leadville has launched a campaign to save the Tabor Opera House. January Jones reports. Learn more about the effort here.
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New Plaque Honors Ro Mead

New Plaque Honors Ro Mead July 21, 2016
Carbondale community members honored the life of Ro Mead, who passed away last fall, with a new plaque at the memorial wall maintained by Carbondale Rotary Clubs at the Evergreen Cemetery. Brenda Buchanan, Amy Kimberly, Leslie Johnson, Lynn Kirchner and Noreen Steiner shared their memories of her with KDNK’s Gavin Dahl. An artist, teacher, community organizer and friend, Mead is credited with leading the charge to start First Fridays in downtown Carbondale.
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RFTA Grows WE-Cycle Partnership

July 20, 2016
RFTA is growing it’s partnership with We-Cycle, a new bike sharing program already deployed in Aspen and Basalt. RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship told KDNK it’s a natural complement to their bus services. Glenwood Springs City Council will vote on a commitment to engage WE-Cycle as the city’s bikeshare partner Thursday night at 6 PM.
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