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July 29, 2015
HEADLINES: Aspen Police responded to a robbery yesterday at a retail marijuana store on E. Durant Avenue. Employees reported that a man entered the store wielding a hammer before stealing around $11,000 worth of product. A warrant for the suspect’s arrest is pending. Police do not believe the man is a threat to the public. The West Nile virus struck a Boulder County horse over the weekend and a Mesa County man earlier this month. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about the disease. Almont Associates present their segment of the 2015 Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District’s Master Plan today at noon to the district’s board of directors and at 6:30 pm to the Steering Committee. Both meetings are at the Fire Administration Building and are open to the public. A copy of the working draft of the plan is at Carbondalefire.org. FEATURE: The COGCC has begun the rulemaking process for two recommendations that came out of last year’s state task force meetings. Local citizen groups Western Colorado Congress and Grand Valley Citizens Alliance have their first-ever meeting with the COGCC tonight in Rifle. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Leslie Robinson, GVCA director, about what the group expects from the meeting.
July 28, 2015
HEADLINES: Pitkin County Deputy Coroner Audra Keith says the deaths of a father and son in Maroon Bells earlier this month was caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. Mountain Fair brought thousands of people to town over the weekend. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said that it was mostly calm, until a fight broke out on Sunday night at 6:00 pm resulting in an arrest. Later today, both Carbondale and Basalt town boards meet. The Town Council of Basalt will first have a work session at 4:30 pm that is expected to shed new light on the town’s direction for dealing with the former Pan and Fork mobile home site downtown. FEATURE: For 40 years, the Buddy Program been matching kids with adult mentors in the Roaring Fork Valley. Lindsey Lafaro is their program director. In July she was a guest on “Non-Profit Spotlight: Battlement to the Bells”-- KDNK’s newest public affairs show. In this clip, host Amy Barr talks with Lafaro about how they find the right mentors for their kids.
July 27, 2015
HEADLINES: It was a busy weekend for mountain rescue crews- Pitkin County Sheriff says there were an unusual total of six rescue missions conducted on Saturday July 25th. A 74-year-old man was air-lifted off of Mount Sopris from an elevation of 12,900 feet.The Pitkin County Sheriff and Mountain Rescue Aspen found lost or injured hikers at Betty Bear Hut, Capital Cree, the top of West Maroon Pass and found an overdue horseman in East Creek. This year’s Mountain Fair opened with a blessing from the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery in India. Coming up on Tuesday, they will begin a sand mandala at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale. In this clip from Valley Voices last week, John Bruna runs down the week of Buddhist events. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is notifying livestock and horse owners that they have confirmed a case of West Nile in a Boulder County horse. CDOT will be paving 82 headed into Aspen. The paving area is from Seventh Street to Garmisch Street in the right, inbound lane. Two lane traffic restrictions continue on I-70 east through Glenwood Canyon. FEATURE: For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s collaboration with High Country News, Nelson Harvey spoke with reporter Sarah Tory about a battle over Bandit Mountain bike trails near Sedona, Arizona, and how the sport is beginning to come of age.You can read Sarah Tory’s story on Sedona’s Bandit Mountain bike trails at HCN.org. RIVER REPORT
July 24, 2015
HEADLINES: Mountain Fair begins today at 4:00 pm and KDNK will have live coverage all weekend. Portions of a few streets in Carbondale will close this weekend but Main Street is NOT one of them. RFTA will be running its usual bus schedule during the Fair, including the Carbondale Circulator, with a stop on Main Street just north of Sopris Park.The Colorado River Day event is at Colorado Mountain College’s Blake Street building in room 301 at 11 am today. The US Forest Service, working with Garfield County Sheriff officers, busted a underage drinking party off of Four Mile Road in Glenwood Springs last Friday night. FEATURE: And in the KDNK daily feature, this morning we gear up for a weekend of live Mountain Fair coverage. Here’s an audio postcard from last year’s Mountain Fair broadcast, beginning with the annual blessing.
July 23, 2015
HEADLINES: The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that police are looking for a suspect in a stabbing incident at the Playa Azul restaurant in El Jebel Sunday night. The suspect has been identified as 30 year old El Jebel resident Jose Oscar A. Romero Zelaya. He may also go by Jose Romero, Jose Zelaya, Oscar Romero and other aliases. He is described as an Hispanic male, between 5’ 5” and 5’ 7”, weighing 170 to 190 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about the suspect or this crime should call the Eagle County Sheriff at 970-328-8500. Read the whole story at postindependent.com. A committee of state lawmakers studying water issues is wrapping up a tour in Durango, Montrose and Craig this week. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. Seven candidates are running for four, at-large City Council seats in Rifle this fall. The election is Tuesday, September 8. A 45-year-old Rifle man was cited for DUI and careless driving Wednesday morning after his pickup truck struck a traffic light at 14th and Grand in Glenwood Springs. The light pole, along with the attached electrical box, was sheared off. No one besides the driver of the truck was injured. Read more at postindependent.com. Best-selling author Dr. Temple Grandin, comes to Carbondale on Tuesday, July 28. She will give two presentations, beginning at 5 PM at the Third Street Center, on humane livestock management and improving the lives of people with autism. Dr. Grandin will also visit two non-profits in the area. For more information, contact Alta Otto at 927.3143. FEATURE: I SeeChange is a nationwide citizen journalism project that answers questions about the natural world. A recent post on the website mentioned strange sounds coming from a listener's pine tree. KVNF's Jake Ryan reports.
July 22, 2015
HEADLINES: Carbondale Town Trustees met with Garfield County Commissioners Tuesday night for a 2-hour work session. No decisions were made but topics discussed included the Thompson Divide, county zoning for marijuana grow operations, the entrance to the Gus Darien Arena during the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo, the status of the MRI transfer station on County Road 100, the county right-of-way through CRMS, and more. Commissioner Mike Samson said the board wants to preserve the public right-of-way through CRMS and have people use it without being hassled. But, he added, they do not want to spend a lot of money on it. Mayor Stacey Bernot said she would like to see proper signs and that trustees would consider helping maintain the right-of-way. Vice President Joe Biden toured a manufacturing center at the Community College of Denver on Tuesday. Bente Birkeland reports. KDNK's January Jones takes a look at Carbondale police activity for the first half of July. FEATURE: Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell met with western Colorado officials in Glenwood Springs Friday evening to talk about coal mines and sage grouse. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
July 21, 2015
HEADLINES: The Carbondale Parks & Recreation Commission is recommending that the Carbondale Board of Trustees pursue an increase to the recreation sales tax. Relatedly, the Carbondale Board of Trustees meet tonight for a work session with the Garfield County Commissioners. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is looking for people who want to help victims of crime as Victim Specialist Volunteers. Parachute Town Trustees voted 4-2 last week to approve retail recreational marijuana shops, cultivation centers, and pot-related businesses within town limits. FEATURE: Earlier this month, the US Forest Service approved a portion of Deep Creek, on the southeast corner of the Flat Tops, as suitable for Wild & Scenic status. This means the next step is Congressional designation. But, the process started three decades ago, when members of the local Sierra Club and other environmentalists, including Beverly Compton, noticed that Deep Creek needed some kind of protection. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently spoke with Compton about what makes Deep Creek worth protecting. RIVER REPORT.
July 20, 2015
HEADLINES: Federal, county, and municipal fire crews worked through the weekend to contain a wildfire above Highway 82 hear Red Canyon, just southeast of Glenwood Springs. A body recovered near the Weller Lake Trailhead, which is downstream from the Devil’s Punchbowl on Independence Pass has been determined to be missing local William Graham. KDNK’s Public Affairs Show, Ask the Vet dealt with the topic of allergies in animals this month. Mary Fox and Dr. Chad Roeber explain how they can present differently in pets than in people. FEATURE: A last-minute change to an indoor venue due to stormy weather couldn't keep folks away from a dedication ceremony Saturday for Colorado's newest National Monument. KRCC's Andrea Chalfin reports. RIVER REPORT
July 17, 2015
HEADLINES: The Pitkin County Coroner has identified the Maroon Bells campers found dead in their tent Wednesday morning as 41-year-old Jeffrey Beard and his son, 14 year- old Cameron Beard from Colorado Springs. They were found unresponsive by two other Beard children. The cause of death is still under investigation. There is speculation it could have been caused by lightning or carbon monoxide poisoning. Also in Pitkin County, the Sheriff’s Office is stating that a body was recovered from the Roaring Fork River on Thursday afternoon. Deputies found the body in a section of the river near the Weller Trailhead parking lot. The identify and cause of death is not known at this time. US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell is in Colorado today. First, at the Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen at 5:30 pm. Afterwards, she heads to Glenwood Springs for a private meeting with northwest Colorado officials to discuss the federal court ruling facing the Colowyo Coal Mine near Craig that could shut it down. On Saturday, she’ll be in Buena Vista to celebrate the designation of Browns Canyon as a National Monument. FEATURE: This week’s News Brief features Glenwood Springs Post Independent editor Randy Essex.
July 16, 2015
HEADLINES: The Pitkin County Sheriff's office says a lightning strike may have killed an adult male and a juvenile male, whose bodies were found on Wednesday July 15 in a tent south of Maroon Pass. Pitkin County Dispatch got a call around 10 AM, reporting the bodies. Rescue workers found two other juveniles walking towards the Maroon Bells parking lot and transported them to Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH). The bodies found in the tent were also taken to AVH. The identities of the deceased have not been released. And, it has just become more expensive to get a driver’s license in Colorado. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that GWS City Council will consider plans for a second marijuana cultivation facility and retail sales shop on Thursday. The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval for the almost 17,000 square-foot facility on Devereux Road, about half a mile west of the Green Dragon/Green Essentials building. Read the whole story by John Stroud at postindependent.com. If your summer plans include camping in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, make sure you take hard-sided, bear-resistant containers for food, garbage, and other items that could attract bruins. The Aspen-Sopris Ranger District has issued a special order that requires them. All containers must be certified by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and can be purchased at many local outdoor stores or online. FEATURES: The Carbondale and Rural Fire District is writing a new master plan to prioritize services and set a financial path for the next few years. KDNK’s January Jones has more. And, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has a Carbondale Town Trustees update from Mayor Stacey Bernot.