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Construction on the more than $6 million overhaul of Highway 133 in Carbondale is set to begin next year. The plan to improve the road includes new roundabouts, trail connections and pedestrian crossings. KDNK's Ed Williams went to a CDOT presentation of the road improvements in Carbondale last night to hear what residents think about the plan.
Carbondale's Wild West Rodeo is bucking its way into its 11th summer at the Gus Darien Arena. Every Thursday night at 7:30, cowboys and cowgirls of all ages mix it up at the locals' version of one of the world's most popular spectator sports. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently took in the fun and brings us this audio postcard.
Last week search teams located the body of well-known Carbondale resident Randy Udall a week after he went missing where he had been hiking in Wyoming's Wind River Range. He is the brother of Colo. Sen. Mark Udall. He founded the Community Office for Resource Efficiency, or CORE, and was a regular guest on KDNK. Marilyn Gleason remembers Udall's contributions.
A Carbondale-based mobile preschool program run by the Valley Settlement Project recently doubled in size, thanks to the donation of a school bus from the Roaring Fork School District. The bus was converted into a mobile classroom a few weeks ago, and has been cruising 12 low-income neighborhoods in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale, educating about 45 children along the way. KDNK's Nelson Harvey hopped on recently to see if he could learn a thing or two.
KDNK news is sad to report that according to the Udall Family, the body of James "Randy" Udall was found Wednesday in a remote area of the Wind River Range in Wyoming.
In a press release issued last night, the Udall family writes that though an autopsy is forthcoming, it appears Randy died of natural causes. They go on to thank the Sublette County Sheriff Dave Lankford, his staff, Tip Top Seach and Rescue, the United States Forest Service, the Wyoming Air National Guard and all other involved in their tireless effort over the past several days.
The family writes "Randy left this earth doing what he loved most: hiking in his most favorite mountain range in the world... The entire Udall family is touched beyond words by the tremendous outpouring of support from people around the county. Randy's passing is a reminder to all of us to live every day to its fullest, just as he did."
He will be missed.
The ninth Aspen Ideas Festival attracted fame, fortune and expertise to the Aspen Institute for a week of talks, panels, films, mingling and more. Energy was one of a dozen tracks at the festival, offering participants the chance to delve deeper into a subject. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason brings a sampling of "Ideas "on energy.
The White Banks mine at the entrance to Avalanche Creek has been the source of controversy for years now. Supporters say alabaster from the mine could attract sculptors and revenue to the area, while opponents say it could disrupt wildlife and recreation. KDNK's Ed Williams visited the mine and filed this report.
On Tuesday night, Carbondale trustees agreed to contribute 10,000 dollars towards an in-school clinician for Roaring Fork High School. According to principal Drew Adams, the position is needed at Roaring Fork for several reasons, and he looking for help covering the 30,000 dollars needed to make it happen. KDNK’s Eric Skalac caught up with Adams after the meeting to find out more about why the position is needed in his--and in any--high school.
Last month, Garfield County Commissioners banned the sale and use of fireworks in unincorporated parts of the county. But, earlier this week, they voted 2-1 to allow sales for 6 days only, from June 29th through July 4th. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
And ear-piercing fire alarm interrupted Tuesday's Garfield County commissioner hearing about the proposed revisions to the county's land use code. In the thick of an extended conversation about water protections, a scheduled fire drill forced participants to evacuate the building. But as KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports, that didn't stop commissioners and conservationists from compromising on water body and wetland protections.
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