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May 21, 2016
This morning we feature a segment from Giving Community, one of KDNK’s many public affairs shows. Amy Barr spoke with Julie Olson, Executive Director of Advocate Safehouse, about their work with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. PLUS, a new state study will look into the cost of health care on the Western Slope and possibly change how insurance rates are calculated. KVNF’s Jake Ryan reports. AND Garfield County is seeking public input on internet speed and reliability for area businesses and residents. You can participate in a survey and learn more about their Broadband Needs Assessment study in partnership with Mesa County at Garfield-County.com.
May 20, 2016
HEADLINES: This week's Eye on Crime takes a look at police activity in Carbondale, Aspen, and El Jebel from May 5 through the 18th. FEATURE: On KDNK’s weekly news brief, Gavin Dahl talks with reporter Kelsey Ray about The Invisible Plume, her investigation into coal methane, for The Colorado Independent.
May 19, 2016
HEADLINES: Glenwood Springs City Council is expected to take action tonight on a land swap with the Roaring Fork School District that will allow RFSD to move forward with renovations at Glenwood Springs Elementary. Also on the agenda: smart meters and their potential health impacts. Following up on our reporting from earlier this month, Garfield County is now ready for public input on internet speed and reliability for area businesses and residents. Meetings are scheduled in June at libraries across Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Rifle and New Castle. You can learn more about the Broadband Needs Assessment study and participate in their survey at Garfield-County.com. FEATURE: Dr. Diana Sirko is nearing the end of her time as superintendent of Roaring Fork School District. She stopped by KDNK and Gavin Dahl asked her about her career and future plans, as well as teacher housing, solar power, and the district's next boss, Dr. Rob Stein.
May 18, 2016
HEADLINES: Carbondale Town Trustees hold a special meeting tonight to discuss short-term vacation rentals, extending 2nd street around the Rio Grande Trail, RFTA's new Integrated Transportation Systems Plan, plus boards and commissions. Grand Avenue Bridge project information manager Tom Newland talks about impacts on the river this summer. Colorado's new Lt. Gov Donna Lynne takes over. FEATURE: Hanging Lake has been a tourist destination since 1910 and it's more popular than ever. District Ranger Aaron Mayville spoke with January Jones about upcoming maintenance and the Forest Service's plans to manage the crowds.
May 17, 2016
HEADLINES: A car crash on I-70 near Canyon Creek killed a teenager this weekend. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. The Aspen Board of Education reported last night that nine applicants are interested in the district’s open school board seat. Interviews begin immediately. The Carbondale Council on Arts & Humanities announced the lineup for Mountain Fair. State Senator Morgan Carroll of Aurora, who is taking on U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, and former State Senator Gail Schwartz of Crested Butte, who hopes to unseat U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, have both been added to a short list of candidates the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will focus its resources on. FEATURE: AARP Colorado represents more than 650,000 residents over the age of 50. Communications Director Kelli Fritts talked with KDNK’s Gavin Dahl about their biggest battles of the legislative session, including an attempt by phone and cable companies to deregulate 911 service in Colorado.
May 16, 2016
HEADLINES: The White River National Forest carried out the Hunter Creek Prescribed Fire successfully across 900 acres on Saturday. A seat on the RFSD Board of Education has opened up. The newly planned Evening Farmer’s Market will start up on July 6th in the parking lot behind the Rec Center, Wednesdays from 4 to 8pm. A Kids’ Bike Safety Rodeo today from 4 to 6:30 at the Rec Center will feature an obstacle course and other challenges. And this Saturday the Bonedale Bike Jam competition kicks off at 10:30 in the morning at the North Face Bike Park. More info at carbondalerec.com. FEATURE: Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their legislative session last Wednesday, after introducing nearly 700 bills over four months. As part of Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network’s capitol conversation, Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters Ed Sealover from Denver Business Journal and Grand Junction Sentinel’s Charles Ashby about some highs and lows of the session.
May 13, 2016
HEADLINES: It will soon be legal for Coloradans to collect rain that falls from their roofs. As Bente Birkeland reports Colorado is the final state in the country to sanction rain barrels. This week’s Eye on Crime takes a look at Carbondale, Aspen, and Eagle County between April 22 and May 5. Tomorrow is Arbor Day in Carbondale and Aspen. From 9AM to Noon Carbondale encourages you to bring work gloves and meet at the Launch Pad on 4th Street. Three trees will be provided by the Kay Brunner Tree Fund and the Carbondale Tree Board, at the Launch Pad, at the Thompson House and at Miner’s Park. Aspen will provide information and tree giveaways for residents from 10 AM to Noon in Paepcke Park. FEATURE: On this week's News Brief, Gavin Dahl speaks to investigative journalist and Boulder Weekly editor Joel Dyer about his Society of Professional Journalists award-winning feature Behind the Curtain. Dyer provides context for the recent State Supreme Court decision repealing Longmont's fracking ban and the 5-year moratorium in Fort Collins.
May 12, 2016
HEADLINES: Basalt Town Council met this week to discuss how to move forward on downtown planning. Republicans in the State Senate have defeated one of the Governor’s top priorities this legislative session, a bill that would have reclassified a fee worth hundreds of millions of dollars that hospitals pay, to free up more money for the state budget.
The Post Independent reports today that the Carbondale Branch Library will receive a significant legacy gift from local philanthropist Jim Calaway. He told the paper his latest gift will total at least $150,000. The Garfield County Library District hasn’t decided how to spend the money yet as the board wraps up interviews with executive director candidates this week. FEATURE: Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch-Bernot began her town government service 12 years ago. Now, she's stepping down. In the third and final installment of our series, Bernot talks with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about some of the challenges she faced as Carbondale’s first woman mayor.
May 11, 2016
HEADLINES: The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors meet tonight at 5:30 pm at the fire station. Fire Chief Ron Leach will present the 2017 budget. So far this year, the district has responded to about 350 calls for service. And the Carbondale Board of Trustees meet tonight at 6pm at Town Hall. KDNK’s January Jones contributed an update from the Garfield County Commissioners meeting on Monday. Expect one-lane closures this week on the Grand Avenue Bridge from 9am to 3pm. Meanwhile, lane closures have begun in Glenwood Canyon. Permanent rockfall fences on the slope where the rockslide occurred in February are the reason for up-to-45-minute traffic delays both directions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays this summer. FEATURE: Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch-Bernot began her town government service 12 years ago. Now, she's stepping down. She sat down with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about her time in office, the issues, and challenges. In Part Two of our series, Mayor Bernot talks about the Thompson Divide Coalition.
May 10, 2016
FEATURE: Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch-Bernot began her town government service 12 years ago. Now, she's resigning. She sat down with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about her time in office, the issues, and challenges. In Part One of our series, Mayor Bernot begins with why she's resigning. HEADLINES: Glenwood Springs City Council has announced a new City Manager. Debra Figueroa will start in June. Figueroa leaves her position as assistant borough manager for Carlisle, PA. She has also worked for the City of Sarasota, Florida and at the city manager’s office in Salem, Oregon. A bill to create a public lands day in Colorado is now headed to the Governor’s desk. Bente Birkeland has more. Officials have charged a Rifle teenager with careless driving resulting in death, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel. Rifle High School senior Kyle Scholla died last month after accidentally falling off the hood of a car driven by Alexander Brown. 9th Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia indicated that prosecutors plan for Brown enter a diversion program. Garfield County Commissioners meet again this morning at 8 for a work session and updates from county department heads. The Basalt Town Council meets tonight at 6 for a discussion about the “Our Town” planning process. Council is expected to move forward on contracts for the construction of the State Highway 82 Pedestrian Underpass. And this week CMC campuses and administrative offices – from Rifle to Steamboat to Aspen, and all points between – will close at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, and reopen at 8 a.m. Friday, May 13 for a professional development event in GWS.