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This has been a weird year for weather in Colorado. With a winter so warm and dry that trees bloomed in January, hay farmers started having flashbacks to the drought of 2012. The rains did come to Colorado, and the wet weather has been good news. But, not for everybody. As part of a special iSeeChange collaboration, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and KVNF’s Jake Ryan have this report.
iSeeChange is a groundbreaking environmental reporting project that combines citizen science, participatory public media, and cutting-edge satellite and sensor monitoring of environmental conditions. The iSeeChange Almanac allows audiences to document environmental shifts happening right in their backyards. Got a question or an observation? Go to iseechange.org.
Conservationists and government officials alike are relieved that the Greater sage grouse stayed off the Endangered Species List this year. But, a government scientist claims that Colorado Parks and Wildlife research used by the BLM to determine the bird’s population and habitat in the state is flawed. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
For the News Brief this week, hear about Leadville's struggle to keep their hospital.
Click here to listen the KDNK and Sopris Sun Community Election Forum, broadcast live on October 15, 2015. Tonight we have invited representatives of the Roaring Fork School District and the Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District to the airwaves for a public forum. Both entities are asking for funding increases in the election that is officially on now. This is a mail-in election and ballots went out this week, so keep an eye on the mailbox.
Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District Board Director Bob Emerson, Fire Chief Ron Leach and Secretary/Treasurer Louis Eller www.carbondalefire.org
Roaring Fork School District Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Shannon Pelland and Board of Education Member Matt Hamilton www.rfvbondtogether.org
Tom Goode won Chris Jacobson's Snowmass Town Council seat in a landslide recall election Tuesday night. KDNK's January Jones talks to Aspen Daily News reporter Madeleine Osberger about the race and other Snowmass issues.
Communities in the KDNK listening area are changing all the time. Many listeners attend public meetings and keep an ear on for news about what the local council is doing. Those who take the next step, often start from a passionate place and end up on a town advisory board. Then things really start to happen and they are hooked- they’ve become a public servant in the truest sense. One of those very people have just been recognized here in the Roaring Fork Valley- meet Basalt's Julie Kolar.
Dr. Vince Savage is the director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter and was in the audience at this week's community forum on homelessness in Glenwood Springs. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh caught up with him after the forum to get his thoughts about homelessness in one of the world's most affluent towns and solution ideas.
The Roaring Fork School District wants voter approval for a $122M bond to fix up its buildings in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, and Basalt. The measure includes an affordable rental housing component that would provide $5M to each of the three communities for employee housing. KDNK's January Jones spoke with District Superintendent Dr. Diana Sirko after a community meeting in Carbondale last week about the affordable housing component.
The Bureau of Land Management's main method of managing the nation's wild horses and burros has been to round them up off the range, adopt them out, and, since the mid-1980s, place them in long-term holding facilities. The agency uses round-ups - or what it prefers to call "gathers" - mainly to cull the herds. But, in mid-September, the BLM began to round up the West Douglas mustangs in northwestern Colorado for a different reason. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh was on the scene and has this report.
The Carbondale Planning and Zoning Commission is looking for new members. KDNK’s January Jones has the details.