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February 27, 2015
HEADLINES: A bi-partisan bill aimed at reducing traffic problems on I-70 during winter won voice-vote approval Thursday in the Colorado legislature. Representative Diane Mitsch-Bush (D-Steamboat Springs) wants passenger vehicles to have adequate tread depth on their tires or carry chains or other traction devices. The law would apply from November 1 to May 15 and cover I-70 from Morrison to Dotsero. Republican Bob Rankin of Carbondale is a co-sponsor. Bente Birkeland reports on forest health. Elevated levels of radon gas were discovered in the lower level of the Pitkin County library. Mitigation is underway. The library will not be closed. The radon testing was done in preparation for a remodeling project. The City of Aspen and Pitkin County environmental health office are providing free radon home test kits for residents. And, the Third Street Center in Carbondale hosts a Youth Poetry Slam at 6:30 tonight. The event is part of the Aspen Words program, which brings poets to 16 local schools for performances and bi-lingual workshops. Winners from tonight's slam will perform Saturday night at the Wheeler Opera House. The Aspen Words program reaches over 3,000 students. Events are free and open to the public. FEATURE: Today's News Brief features highlights from this week's interviews with local journalists. Non-Profit Interview: The Aspen Hope Center.
February 26, 2015
HEADLINES: Tonight, the Downtown Development Authority will hold a public meeting in Glenwood Springs to priorize designs for downtown improvements. The Pitkin County Landfill’s SCRAPS food composting program is looking to expand. A development firm will unveil a proposal to build a hotel and 52 condominiums near downtown Basalt. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will open Highline Lake State Park to boating on March 1st. FEATURE: The Town of Silt cancelled a controlled burn Wednesday of a wetlands area within city limits. The burn was cancelled due to unsafe weather conditions but officials hope to reschedule it later this spring. Local activist Peggy Tibbits says the burn is dangerous and the town has avoided public input. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
February 25, 2015
An arrest warrant has been issued for Arturo Navarrete Portillo of Carbondale for his alleged role in the death of his wife on February 16th at 30 Cooper Place. Pitkin County officials have identified the victim of an avalanche on Monday as John Martin Gancsos. The governor's oil and gas task force wrapped up 5 months of meetings on Tuesday, February 24th with nine recommendations for the governor. Task force member and former Colorado Speaker of the House Russell George comments. FEATURE: The Garfield County Public Health office runs many programs that go unnoticed but are a safety net for people who need services.GCPH director Yvonne Long detailed the work in a year-end report to the Garfield County Commissioners.
February 24, 2015
HEADLINES: The Pitkin County Sheriff reports that an avalanche on Aspen Mountain in the Castle Creek Valley Monday took the life of one skier. No arrests have been made in the death of Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya, whose body was found in an apartment on Cooper Place in Carbondale last week. Bente Birkeland reports that the Colorado Senate initially passed a bill that would require cities and counties to compensate mineral owners who aren't able to develop oil and gas because of local regulations. FEATURE: Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Project student Adele Craft talks to Stacy Craft of the Roaring Valley Home Schooling Network.
February 23, 2015
HEADLINES: The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors is looking for up to 7 citizens to serve on a steering committee for the Master Plan Study, which runs through mid-summer.The Roaring Fork Conservancy hosts a field day Saturday 2/28 to teach people about snowpack. FEATURE: The Governor's Oil and Gas Task Force wraps up its work this week. Bente Birkeland takes a look at how state lawmakers are preparing for the report, and examines some of the other big issues coming up at the state legislature as part of our weekly Capitol Conversation.
February 20, 2015
HEADLINES: Garfield County Coroner identifies Monday's homicide victim as local resident Maria Carminda Portillo-Amaya.Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork plans to open a new Restore in Basalt this spring. Snowpack is down to 79% of normal in the Roaring Fork watershed, says the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Snowpack in the Crystal River watershed is shrinking, with levels at 32% below normal.FEATURE: KDNK's January Jones presents a special News Brief, featuring highlights from this week's interviews with local journalists.
February 19, 2015
HEADLINES: Lift-Up Food Pantry has just received a grant of $7,500 from the Aspen Community Foundation. The Aspen Times is reporting today the number of traumatic injuries suffered by skiers and snowboarders on the Aspen slopes is up only modestly from last year. In State legislative news KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports a bill aimed at helping volunteer fire departments heads to the Governor’s desk. Bente Birkeland says a bill that would give Colorado school children access to more fresh food from local farms cleared its first committee Wednesday. FEATURE: Carbondale Town Trustee Frosty Merriot summarizes the Tuesday night work session. NON PROFIT INTERVIEW: Amy Kimberly of Carbondale Council on Arts (www.carbondalearts.org).
February 18, 2015
HEADLINES: The Garfield County Coroner is declaring a homicide after a Carbondale woman was found dead on Monday afternoon in an apartment on Cooper Place. Carbondale non-profit Youth Entity’s culinary program is putting kids in the kitchen for a fundraiser this weekend. The White House announced this morning that President Obama will designate Colorado’s Browns Canyon in Chayfee County as a national monument. Ski and Road Report. FEATURE: KDNK has been airing a series of stories about teen drug use and the impact it’s had on schools. Today we hear a little different kind of story, directly from youth here in the roaring fork valley. KDNK invited six students in for a candid discussion about drug use. They asked each other questions, including what they are hearing from parents. This story is part of a statewide collaboration with Rocky Mountain Community Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News. NON PROFIT INTERVIEW: Jim Calaway for CARE (Colorado Animal Rescue, www.coloradoanimalrescue.org)
February 17, 2015
HEADLINES: CO Dept of Revenue reports that Garfield County received almost $437,000 from recreational pot taxes in 2014. Pitkin County got about $349,000. Medical marijuana revenue in December was low for the year with $8200 for Garfield County and $2300 for Pitkin. KDNK's January Jones reports on a workshop in Glenwood Springs Saturday that will help landowners maximize the use of their land. And, slick roads contributed to 2 accidents in Snowmass Canyon Monday, which snarled rush-hour traffic and sent two people to AVH with non-life-threatening injuries. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is seeking individuals who were driving on I-70 last Tuesday between Parachute and Glenwood Springs, specifically between mile markers 81 and 109, who may have witnessed the law enforcement chase and subsequent shooting. Anyone with info is asked to call the CBI at 970.248.7455. FEATURE: Recently-released data show that in the last school year, drug incidents in Colorado middle and high schools reached a ten-year high. Certain districts stand out, including the Mesa County Valley School District. Officials there say they're addressing the problem with more education and special programs. KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports in the second of two stories about drug use in Mesa County schools.
February 16, 2015
HEADLINES: A 16-year old Aspen High School student, whose videotaped arrest went viral last week, has been charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer and a petty offense of underage possession of marijuana. Rifle Housing Authority director Natalie Bowman talks with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about senior and low-income housing needs in Garfield County. The spring grant cycle for the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District is now open. FEATURE: KDNK's collaboration with Rocky Mountain Community Radio and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News continues with a report from KVNF's Laura Palmisano about marijuana use in Mesa County schools.