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April 16, 2015
HEADLINES: The White River National Forest has approved plans for the White BAnks alabaster, gypsum, and marble quarry at Avalanche Creek. The mine is also known as the Mystic Eagle mine and will begin minimal work in May, reports the Sopris Sun. Residents of Swiss Village, which is near the mine, are worried about noise, dust, and other potential problems. Pitkin County shares the residents’ concerns and is also worried about impacts on wildlife. The approval means the mine can operate for 4 years to allow mine operators to prove their claims. Read the whole story by John Colson in this week’s Sopris Sun. The Carbondale Town Trustees approved several housekeeping items Tuesday night, including a trustee library liaIson and construction of a shelter at the 3rd Street Center's community bread oven. But Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch-Bernot (ber-KNOTT) says most of the meeting's discussion focused on town ordinances for retail marijuana businesses. Newly-elected Glenwood Springs City Council members Kathryn Trauger and Steve Davis along with incumbents Todd Leahy and Mike Gamba will be sworn in tonight at the City Council meeting. Their first action item will be a review of a proposed retail marijuana grow operation on Devereux Road. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Leadville Mayor Jamie Stuever, who is a business owner and former alligator hunter.
April 15, 2015
HEADLINES: Republican Congressman Scott Tipton plans to introduce the Water Rights Protection Act this week, accusing the USFS of hijacking water rights and federalizing water resources. KDNK’s January Jones has an update on grants that have just been awarded to local public organizations from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District. The Colorado Department of Transportation is getting in on the 4/20 marijuana celebrations by rolling out its “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign. The state will launch several public awareness events this week, including a presence at the Cannabis Cup in Denver on April 18 and 19. FEATURE: Houston-based SG Interests plans to drill for natural gas across 20,000 acres of mostly private land between McClure Pass and Paonia. Members of the Crystal River Caucus met in Redstone last week to talk about possible impacts of the project on the Crystal River Valley. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
April 14, 2015
HEADLINES: Pitkin County judge not ready to dismiss criminal charges against 89-year old John Walls, who killed a Basalt man last August while driving on the wrong side of Highway 82. Read the story at aspentimes.com. In two other long-running legal cases, the Aspen High School student, whose take-down arrest video last year went viral, was sentenced to a year of supervised probation. And, Dan MacEachen, previous owner of Krabloonik, was sentenced to 30 monhts of unsupervised probation, 120 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine for his misdeameanor animal neglect conviction. Read these stories at aspendailynews.com. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning and a wind advisory from Aspen to Rifle, beginning at 11 AM today. Those with dust sensitivities or respiratory illnesses should stay inside. Be bear aware. Check out the Living With Wildlife page at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife webstie for tips on how to keep bears out of your backyard. And, a van traveling eastbound on I-70 Monday crossed the median, two oncoming lanes of traffic, plowed through a fence, crossed the frontage road and a sidewalk before coming to a halt outside of a car dealership, reports the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. No one was seriously injured. FEATURE: Water in Reudi Reservoir may be sent downstream to help fill Lake Powell and rescue endangered fish. Local officials meet tonight to talk about it. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports. The meeting is at 7 PM at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale. The public is invited. And, Bente Birkland takes a look at some of the hot button topics up for legislative debate.
April 13, 2015
HEADLINES: A strip mall in Carbondale caught fire on Sunday. Carbondale firefighters were able to douse the fire. No occupants were injured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Bente Birkland reports that a bill to redirect $20M in severance taxes passed the state House last week. Four top criminal cases in Aspen, involving the owner of Krabloonik, the Aspen High School student whose take-down arrest went viral, and two motorists responsible for the death of two people, are coming to an end. Read the whole story at aspentimes.com. Basalt Town Council takes public comment on a proposed redevelopment of a former trailer park site Tuesday at 5:30 PM at the Basalt Regional Library. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks to locals about the state water plan.
April 10, 2015
HEADLINES: The Crystal River Caucus met last night in Redstone about proposed natural gas drilling between Paonia and McClure Pass. Tomorrow, Valley View will host a free and low-cost health screenings at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. January Jones has this update. Flows in the Fryingpan River and water levels at Ruedi Reservoir could be impacted if a proposed lease is approved by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. FEATURE: This week’s news brief looks at Snowmass Village development and the Glenwood Springs Police Department.
April 9, 2015
HEADLINES: LiveWell Garfield County’s spring mini-grant cycle will support a range of projects from nutritional programs, bike racks and trails. Snowpack across the state is at 65% of normal and is almost 20% lower than this time last year. Tonight there’s a meeting in Redstone at the Church begining at 7 pm to get feedback for the master plan process for the Carbondale and Rural Fire District. FEATURE: The Glenwood Springs City Council election wrapped up with a 34% voter participation rate - sixteen-hundred votes were mailed in. The winner in the 3-way race for the at-large seat is Kathryn Trauger with just over one thousand votes. KDNK's January Jones spoke with Trauger about what’s needs to get done at the council this year. Steve Davis was the winner in Tuesday’s Glenwood Springs City Council race in Ward 1. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh yesterday about his vision for the city.
April 8, 2015
HEADLINES: The Glenwood Springs City Council at-large seat winner is Kathryn Trauger. Steve Davis won the Ward 1 seat with 247 votes, Carbondale's Spring Cleanup and Waste Diversion Day is coming up on Saturday. There's a candidate forum tonight for the Aspen elections at 4:30 pm. FEATURE: Carbondale government relies on many volunteer led commissions to make progress on town goals. KDNK’s January Jones spoke with Darryl Fuller from Carbondale’s Bike, Pedestrian and Trails Commission about how they improve connectivity for residents.
April 7, 2015
HEADLINES: The Garfield County Coroner has identified the person who died Friday April 3 as result of a one-car accident on I-70 between Glenwood Springs and West Glenwood Springs as 72-year old John Hutchings of Pioche,NV. KDNK's January Jones reports on a proposed lease swap that could impact natural gas drilling on the Thompson Divide. And, New Castle and Basalt Town Councils meet tonight at their respective locations. FEATURE: Senate Bill 255 passed the Colorado State Senate last week and is on its way to the House. The bill would take $20M off the top of the state Oil and Gas Severance Tax Fund and transfer it to the State General Fund to fulfill the TABOR refund requirement. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with State Representative Bob Rankin, whose district includes Garfield County, to find out why he opposes the bill and what he plans to do to protect severance taxes in the future.
April 6, 2015
HEADLINES: Garfield County Commissioners will decide this morning whether or not to support an oil/gas lease swap that would protect the Thompson Divide from energy development. Local fire officials want private residents to start wildfire mitigation on their properties. Pitkin County begins its own mitigation this week in Snowmass Village, Red Mountain, and Brush Creek Village. More mitigation is expected next month. Glenwood Springs residents have until Tuesday, April 7, at 7 PM to return ballots for the City Council election. Ballots can be dropped off at the Glenwood Springs City Clerk's office in City Hall at 101 8th St. You can also register and vote on Tuesday. More info at the GWS clerk's office 384.6403. FEATURE: Both NASA and NOAA agree that 2014 was the warmest year on record. And, so far, 2015 has set heat records in CA, AZ, UT, and CO. Some in the Roaring Fork Valley have enjoyed the warm temps for the past couple of months but others aren't so sure. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
April 3, 2015
HEADLINES: The second module of the code is now posted at the town’s planning website at carbondaleudc.com. The Roaring Fork Conservancy says snow pack for the Roaring Fork Watershed is currently at 69% of normal. A former bookkeeper in the Garfield County Clerk’s office will face 4 to 9 years in prison with fines up to $600,000 for theft and embezzlement. The head of of the U-S Department of Veterans Affairs was in Snowmass Village Thursday. FEATURE: This week on the News Brief, Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter Will Grandbois has been covering the February homicide of a Carbondale woman. The newspaper was instrumental in bringing details of the crime to light this week. SKI AND ROAD REPORT.