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November 24, 2015
HEADLINES: Carbondale Police found and disposed of a caustic bottle bomb near a pond at River Valley Ranch Monday. The bomb had been improperly mixed and did not explode. Two more bottle bombs were found on the thin ice of the pond. CPD chief Gene Schilling says to contact police if you see a bottle bomb and allow officers to dispose of it. Bottle bombs can explode if swollen or in the process of swelling up. The Basalt Town Council meets tonight and is expected to take a big step towards deciding on what will happen with the Pan and Fork site. Town staff and the P & Z recommend changing the site's land use designation. The meeting begins at 6 PM. Bustang began its weekend expansion Saturday. KRCC's Medeleine Schmidt has more. BLM has Christmas tree permits available for pinon or juniper at $10 each. Permits can be purchased at the Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt during regular business hours. If you have a 4th grader in your household, you can get a free permit at www.everykidinapark.gov. FEATURE: At a Colorado health insurance forum in Basalt earlier this month, Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovski spoke about the challenges of reducing health insurance rates on the West Slope, and his efforts to make changes. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
November 23, 2015
HEADLINES: The Aspen PD had an unusually high amount of arrests in the last week or so, mostly for drinking and fighting. The Glenwood Springs Fire Department responded to the 600 block of 8th Street for a fire Sunday. The fire caused moderate damage and is currently under investigation. The US Forest Service has closed Avalanche Creek Road to vehicles until June 21. The camping areas are closed to human occupancy and the entire area is closed to dogs until May 1. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are allowed, sans dogs. The White River National Forest’s winter motor vehicle use season begins today and ends May 20. Vehicles with wheels, including mountain bikes, are limited to plowed routes. Routes and areas open to motorized winter travel can be found online in the Winter Motor Vehicle Use Maps or at any USFS office. And, RFTA switches to the winter service schedule Thursday. Woody Creek service resumes, more buses will run from Aspen to Snowmass, and the BRT will resume daily service. The Carbondale Circulator resumes weekend service, beginning November 28. Colorado’s first ever statewide water plan was unveiled Thursday, with nearly 200 recommendations. Bente Birkeland has more. FEATURE: For the latest in the Connecting the Drops series, KVNF's Laura Palmisano takes a look at efforts to help endangered native fish survive in the Colorado River Basin.
November 20, 2015
HEADLINES: The state has given final approval for construction to proceed on the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs. Construction starts in January, 2016. This week’s Eye on Crime takes a look at Carbondale Police calls and arrests from October 31st to November 12th. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass open this Saturday, Nov. 21. The Garfield County Commissioners adopted the 2016 budget on Monday. The County will spend $107M in 2016 and has reduced spending by 19%. FEATURE: Many parents of young children in the KDNK listening area struggle with affordable childcare. Earlier this month on KDNK’s public affairs show “Non-Profit Spotlight: Battlement to the Bells”, host Amy Barr spoke with Jonathan Godes, director of the Early Childhood Network.
November 19, 2015
HEADLINES: The Bureau of Land Management released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement or D.E.I.S. Wednesday, analyzing 65 previously-issued, oil and gas leases on the White River National Forest in Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco counties. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District says it is on pace to have one of its busiest years ever. Fire Chief Ron Leach and Chief of Police Gene Schilling will be at the Smithy this morning from 8 to 9 for Coffee with the Chiefs. The Glenwood Springs City Council meets tonight for a work session at 5 to hear from consultants hired in June to look at development regulations. The council has set aside money in 2016 to rework part of their code. At 6:15, they’ll continue a hearing on a license for a marijuana operation seeking multiple purposes. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones has a new edition of Sounds of the High Country with Journalist Elizabeth Shogren.
November 18, 2015
HEADLINES: A second person has died from an accident that occured on I-70 near Silt last month. 12 year old Amelia Bradley of New Castle, passed on Monday from injuries sustained during the crash that killed her mother, Lori Rink and injured 3 others including Rink’s husband. Aspen Journalism has been doing in-depth reporting on the development of a new Colorado Water Plan. Journalist Brent Gardner-Smith told KDNK his take on the process and what the water plan really means. The Aspen Daily News is reporting that the bond has been set at $75,000 for a Carbondale man facing multiple charges stemming from the exploitation of a child. 24- year old Daniel Rodden can bound out of Garfield County jail if he posts about $11,000. FEATURE: The Bureau of Land Management has released the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement - or S.E.I.S. - for the Roan Plateau Resource Management Plan Amendment. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has the details.The Roan Plateau Draft S.E.I.S. is at www.blm.gov/co. Find the map and click on the Colorado River Valley field office.
November 17, 2015
HEADLINES: Governor John Hickenlooper says Colorado would be open to accepting Syrian refugees. This comes as several Republican governors say they don’t want them in their states. Bente Birkeland has more. The Carbondale Police issued an arrest warrant Friday for a 24 year old male suspected of exploitation of a 13-year old child. Monday, the subject of the arrest warrant- 24 year old Carbondale resident Daniel Rodden turned himself in and was transported to the Garfield County jail. Part of the case involves the suspect and victim exchanging photos and videos by cell phone. The charges against the suspect are Sexual Exploitation of a Child, a class 3 felony; Internet Luring of a Child, a class 4 felony; and Sexual Assault on a Child, a class 4 felony. More on how parents can protect their children during an interview with an investigator with the 9th Judicial District DA's office, coming up in today’s feature. Earlier this month, the Garfield County Commissioners defunded the Planned Parenthood Glenwood Springs Health Center. In response, Carbondale resident Ashley Johnson began a gofundme campaign to replace the $1,500 county grant. Since then, it’s taken on a life of its own and yesterday, Johnson and other supporters presented Planned Parenthood with close to $25,000 dollars in donations raised in the last 13 days. FEATURE: Monday, 24 year old Carbondale resident Daniel Rodden turned himself in to police for an arrest warrant issued on Friday for charges of sexual exploitation of a child. Part of the case involves the suspect and victim exchanging photos and videos by cell phone. KDNK’s January Jones spoke to Lee Damuth, investigator for the 9th Judicial District DA's office, about what parents can do to protect children online.
November 16, 2015
HEADLINES: Earlier this month, the Garfield County Commissioners yanked a grant intended for the Planned Parenthood Glenwood Springs Health Center to support wellness visits. In response, Carbondale resident Ashley Johnson and others began a gofundme campaign to replace the $1,500 county grant. Since then it’s taken a life of it’s own. This morning, she’ll present the funds raised to the health center. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Johnson and has this update. In Carbondale town news, manager Jay Harrington’s weekly report says that bike racks that are being removed from Main Street will be relocated elsewhere in the downtown corridor for winter use. Sopris and Miners Park are each getting an accessible swing for their playgrounds. LED lights are going up in the trees along Main Street for the December 4th First Friday and Light Up Carbondale event. The Carbondale Police Department have obtained an arrest warrent for a 24 year old male, suspected of exploitation of a 13 year old child. The Rocky Mountain Region of the U.S. Forest Service announced last week that it will be advertising more than 600 temporary positions throughout the region’s national forests and grasslands starting January 7, 2016 at www.fs.usda.gov. FEATURE: The American agriculture industry has a problem. Each year, fast-growing, high-tech food and agribusiness companies add more jobs than there are qualified college graduates to fill them. That’s left the industry with an uncertain future. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon has more.
November 13, 2015
HEADLINES: Last night's Colorado Rural Health Insurance Forum drew a large crowd and a litany of concerns for state insurance officials and others. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. Garfield County has selected three candidates to interview for the Garfield County Manager position - Kevin Batchelder, Garfield County’s acting manager and deputy county manager, Joseph Kerby, La Plata County Manager, and Tim Boyde, director of administrative services and chief clerk of Centre County, Pennsylvania. County staff and elected officials will interview candidates next week. Basalt Realty is accepting coats and winter clothing for the Salvation Army during business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 206 Cody Lane, just south of the Basalt Park and Ride. FEATURE: This week’s News Brief features a conversation with Aspen Journalism’s Brent Gardner-Smith about the state water plan as it heads to the Governor’s desk.
NOVEMBER 12, 2015
HEADLINES: Skiers will get a taste of the season this weekend when Aspen Mountain and Snowmass open Saturday and Sunday. The ski areas close Monday, then reopen for the season Saturday, Nov. 21 - five days ahead of schedule. A limited elk hunt that began yesterday will close the Airline, Skyline Ridge, Cozyline and Ditchline trails at Skyline Park until Sunday, November 15. A Front Range woman was fined $1,687 by Colorado Parks and Wildlife for hunting in a closed area after she allegedly shot at an elk on the Stein Open Space property near Starwood Wednesday. Read the whole story by Collin Szewczyk at aspendailynews.com. The Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA released a revised draft of the Digital Flood Insurance Rate maps and is accepting comments for specific portions of Garfield County. Find the maps at garfield-county.com on the Community Development page. Comments are due by Sunday, November 15. A public meeting is scheduled for December 3 at the Garfield County Administration Building in Glenwood Springs. Colorado Mountain Express 18th Annual Fill the Van Food Drive takes place Saturday, Nov. 14. Look for CME’s Sprinter Vans outside grocery stores in Aspen, Basalt, and Glenwood Springs in the Roaring Fork Valley. And in Eagle, Vail, Breckenridge, Frisco, and Dillon. Donations benefit Lift Up in the Roaring Fork Valley, the Salvation Army, and non-profits in Vail and Summit County. FEATURE: Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act began this month but Colorado residents no longer have the option of the Colorado Health Insurance Co-op or Health-OP. Insurance prices and health care costs are high in Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties, so what’s the option? Robin Waters, president of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, has organized a forum that she says will answer questions and help state insurance officials understand the difference between rural and urban insurance issues. Here she talks to KDNK’s January Jones about what to expect at tonight's forum, from 5:30 to 7 at Basalt Middle School. FEATURE: Conservation groups who want to keep natural gas extraction out of the Thompson Divide are looking to Congress to help broker a compromise with energy companies. Garfield County is in the forefront of bi-partisan efforts. January Jones has more from this week's commissioners meeting.
November 10, 2015
HEADLINES: The Carbondale and Rural Fire Department responded to a call from Fat Belly Burgers, the french fry fryer caught fire. The fire was quickly extinguished with little damage and no injuries.The Carbondale Town Trustees meet tonight at 6:00 pm. They’ll have a renewal hearing for a retail marijuana store license and are expected to come to a settlement on a Comcast Franchise Agreement. The Basalt Town Council meets at 7 pm and will also have a license renewal hearing for a marijuana retail store, as well as going over the 2016 town budget. This week Pitkin County assumed control over odor monitoring at High Valley Farm's marijuana growing facility near Basalt. A universal health care proposal for Colorado will go before voters next fall. Bente Birkeland reports, the Secretary of State’s office approved the measure for the ballot Monday. FEATURE: Garfield County has not had a freestanding detox facility for over a decade. But, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports, Garfield County Commissioners and local health and mental health providers would like to see that change.