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Garfield county's ballot question 1A asks voters to weigh in on a new sales tax that would go towards the county purchasing land for conservation. Those spaces may be chosen to preserve water quality and quantity, wildlife habitat, ranches and open lands and other areas important to recreation and tourism. The measure has attracted endorsements from diverse organizations like the West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association, the Roaring Fork Sierra Club and as of last night, the Carbondale board of trustees.
Despite criticism of the measure by Mayor Stacey Bernot and other board members, Carbondale trustees unanimously approved a motion to endorse 1A.
KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke with Bernot after the meeting to find out how the open space measure fits with the goals of the town's ongoing Comprehensive Plan process but also about why the source of funding was a concern.
On Monday, the Garfield County Obama Campaign held a Spanish debate watch party in Glenwood Springs. As KDNK's Ed Williams reports, local candidates are hoping to get as many Latino votes as they can.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services for the Obama administration, the director of the EPA and the founder of Emily's List were in Glenwood Springs yesterday on a brief stump for President Obama. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
Two Republican members of the Garfield County Commission are facing Democratic challengers in the November election. Today on NRG with MG, we continue a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers.
Martin has been a commissioner for 16 years and is running for a fifth term. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason asked John Martin what concessions he might ask from gas drillers to improve their practices during the current slowdown in drilling.
Two Republican members of the Garfield County Commission are facing Democratic challengers in the November election. Today on NRG with MG, we continue a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers focusing on energy issues.
Last week we kicked it off with Aleks Briedis. He's running against today's guest, incumbent commissioner Mike Samson of Rifle. KDNK's Marilyn Gleason started by asking about the day 30 years ago known as Black Monday. Mike Samson was serving as the mayor of Rifle at the time, and remembered how he learned Exxon was pulling out of oil shale development that was fueling a boom in the Grand Valley.
Following the birth of SuperPACs, many expected Colorado to be flooded with big money from outside groups this election season. But a new story from I-News says that while big spending from SuperPACs is an issue, the state's traditional power players still hold the most sway. For this week's news brief, KDNK's Ed Williams talked to Sandra Fish of I-News about her investigation into who's spending what in the November elections.
Click here for the I-News breakdown of election spending.
With a presidential election just around the corner and Colorado labeled a swing state, election campaigning has been relentless. But local candidates will also be seeking approval in voting booths and on mail-in ballots come November. Two members of Garfield all-Republican commissions are facing democratic challengers. Today on NRG with MG, we kick off a series of interviews with the incumbents and the challengers focusing on energy issues. This week, KDNK's Marilyn Gleason questions Aleks Briedis of Rifle. Briedis moved from Chicago to Rifle 13 years ago where he is the recreation director.
When the boundaries of Colorado House District 57 were redrawn over the last year, Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties were left with an open race and no incumbent. As the 2012 elections approach, the district 57 candidates have used this opportunity to shape the discussion around issues like education reform, balancing the state's budget and the health and economic impacts of energy extraction.
Republican candidate Bob Rankin stopped by the KDNK studio this week to discuss some of those very issues.
KDNK's Eric Skalac asked Rankin about his stance on the efforts of the Thompson Divide Coalition to restrict or eliminate gas drilling leases and about the broader issue of balancing multiple uses on land coveted by diverse interests.
When the boundaries of district 57 were redrawn over the last year, Garfield, Rio Blanco and Moffat counties were left with an open race and no incumbent. As the 2012 elections approach, the district 57 candidates have used this opportunity to shape the discussion around issues like education reform, balancing the state's budget and the health and economic impacts of energy extraction.
Democratic candidate Jo Ann Baxter came by the KDNK studio on First Friday to talk about the important issues this campaign season. And in Garfield County, few issues capture the public's interest like gas drilling.
KDNK's Eric Skalac asked Baxter about the controversy surrounding municipal regulations for mineral extraction, and the state's lawsuit against the town of Longmont for defining their own gas drilling rules.
For Baxter's views on education reform, water conservation and medical marijuana, click here.
Colorado is thick with debates and forums as the 2012 elections approach. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac and Ed Williams hash out the take-aways from two recent local candidate forums.