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July 3, 2015
HEADLINES: Many public offices are closed today for the 4th of July weekend. US Postal service is delivering mail today but not on Saturday, July 4. Tonight in Carbondale is First Friday and Main Street will be closed from 5 to 9 pm. Rifle will have fireworks on Friday night at Centennial Park at dusk. On Saturday, Carbondale and Aspen both have 4th of July parades. Carbondale's starts at 10:30 AM, followed by a community party at Sopris Park. In Aspen, the parade begins at 11 AM on Main Street. Fireworks over Aspen Mountain are expected to begin at dusk. You can also see fireworks at Appletree Park on Saturday at dusk.
This week’s Eye on Crime takes a look at police activity in Carbondale. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that Maria Viviana Alvarado-Gomez of Carbondale will serve six years in prison for poisoning her children last year. She was convicted of Class 3 felony child abuse with a controlled substance. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter Jessica Cabe about problems with the rules of the annual Miss Strawberry Days contest.
July 2, 2015
HEADLINES: A homicide suspect fleeing northern Colorado was tracked to Trappers Lake on Tuesday night. Twenty-one year old Cole Pollard is the person of interest in the death of Patricia Richmond, who was killed Monday night in Clark, Colorado, about 20 miles north of Steamboat Springs. Pollard was taken into custody and returned to Routt County. Drew Gorgey has left the Garfield County Manager's position. Amy Hadden Marsh reports. The Snowmass Sun reports that Snowmass Village Town Councilman Chris Jacobson was arrested last Friday on suspicion of DUI. He could face additional charges for damage he allegedly caused to the Pitkin County Jail. Police say he urinated on the floor, damaged lights, punched a wall, and wrenched a restraining chair in which he was being held out of the ground. Jacobson is up for re-election in 2016. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones explores an environmental presentation from this week's Aspen Ideas Fest.
July 1, 2015
HEADLINES: Garfield County Manager Drew Gorgey has announced he's leaving after four years on the job. Story 2 RUNS 0:35The Roaring Fork Valley Regional Planning Commission will continue their review of the Tree Farm Planned Unit Development (PUD) preliminary plan during their regular meeting on July 2. The state Supreme Court struck down a controversial school voucher program on Monday saying it violated Colorado’s constitution. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. Tonight and Thursday there’s free music in the valley. Many local government offices will be closed on Friday for observation of the 4th of July. FEATURE: The US Supreme Court on Friday declared same-sex marriage as legal across the country. And, over the following three days, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talked to men and women in the street about their thoughts on the decision. RIVER REPORT.
June 30, 2015
HEADLINES: Two suspects in a Parachute child homicide case were arrested Monday in Cass County, Minnesota. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. Xcel Energy says customers in Colorado will see a drop in electricty and natural gas bills, due to lower prices and lower use, for the third quarter of 2015. Carbondale is implementing a no-herbicide spray policy in the new North Face Bike Park. To keep it that way, Carbondale Recreation and Community Center Manager Eric Brendlinger says they need volunteers every Thursday night to help pull weeds. Summer road work projects continue. Paving on Highway 82 goes on for the second day. The downvalley side of Highway 82 from Aspen Glen to Cattle Creek will be reduced to one lane today for paving from 9 am to 4 pm. State Highway 133 between Carbondale and Redstone will also have intermittent lane closures for paving, 8 am to 7 pm. Further down 133, 7 miles east of Somerset, CDOT is doing rock scaling. FEATURE: The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission just approved 2 permits to drill in the Thompson Divide, which cannot progress until the Bureau of Land Management completes an environmental review of illegal leases in the area. But, a proposed Congressional lease exchange could make all of that moot. Thompson Divide Coalition director Zane Kessler and Carbondale Town Trustee Katrina Byars joined KDNK’s Valley Voices last week to clarify these developments. In this segment, Kessler explains the lease exchange and why it’s not a done deal. Listen to the entire edition of Valley Voices about what’s facing the Thompson Divide at our website kdnk.org. Click on Public Affairs and search for Valley Voices. RIVER REPORT
June 29, 2015
HEADLINES: Local author Paul Andersen and photographer David Hiser won a Colorado Book Award for High Road to Aspen - the story of Independence Pass from the late 1800s to present day. Andersen told KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh that researching the book was an historian’s dream come true, and it led to a surprising theory. State highway 133 is closed from 11 am to 4 pm today at MM 24, seven miles east of Somerset for rock blasting A second full closure of that section of 133 will happen again for 5 hours on Wednesday. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports two small wildfires in western Garfield County over the weekend - one by the Rifle-Garfield County Regional Airport on Sunday afternoon and another scorched over 2 acres east of White River Avenue behind the Rifle Police Station. The cause is still being investigated but no injuries or damages occurred. FEATURE: Sounds of the High Country is KDNK’s audio partnership with the respected environmental magazine, the High Country News. For this edition, KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Tim Heffernan about his cover story on the rare earth mineral boom that busted before it began.
June 26, 2015
HEADLINES: A campsite with exposed food, resulted in a bear bite at Ruedi Reservoir yesterday. Now the bear will be euthanized. Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are offering free blood pressure checks on Saturday, June 27 from 10 am until 2 pm at the City Market parking lot. The weekly Streamflow Report from the Roaring Fork Conservancy says this has been a unique runoff year. After releases from Ruedi Reservoir peaked at 772 cfs last week, Fryingpan River flows have dropped to 268 cfs. Get ready to rodeo Mexican style this weekend in Carbondale. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. FEATURE: It’s time for the weekly news brief. KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Chad Abraham from the Aspen Daily News.
June 25, 2015
HEADLINES: Wednesday afternoon, the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District responded to a wildfire on Meadow View Lane in Glenwood Springs. This week’s Eye on Crime takes a look at police activity in Glenwood Springs. The Sopris Sun is reporting that Carbondale’s Environmental Board has recommended that the town expand its ban on plastic shopping bags. The Aspen Ideas Festival kicks off today. FEATURE: Connecting the Drops is a radio series about Colorado water issues with the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and Rocky Mountain Community Radio stations. The 4th statewide call-in show that aired live on Sunday, June 14, 2015. It focusing on individual water conservation. Guest Louis Meyer said for conservation to really work, communities need incentives. RIVER REPORT.
June 24, 2015
HEADLINES: Garfield County Commissioners unanimously approved a land use application Monday for a 5,000 barrel-per-day injection well just outside of Battlement Mesa and Parachute, according to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Heavy weather in May boosted stream flows in the Upper Colorado Basin. But, what about downstream states? KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report on Lake Mead. The Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District & the Basalt & Rural Fire Protection District has started their annual wildfire patrol programs, offering homeowners free assessments if they live in wildfire risk areas. The Afro-Cuban Jazz Project opens the 2015 Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts’ Summer of Music series tonight at Two Rivers Park. The free concert starts at 6:30 with the Jazz Aspen/Snowmass Summer Camp opening the show. FEATURE: Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre and the Roaring Fork Cultural Council hosted former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter last night. Fielding questions from RFCC founder Jim Calaway and the audience, they covered topics ranging from violence against women, the Islamic State, and Palestine to mental health, migrants in Europe, and more. In this segment, the President talks about racism in the U.S. and what the recent South Carolina murders mean for the nation.
June 23, 2015
HEADLINES: The Post Independent is reporting that Carbondale may be getting a new City Market north of the current location. They are proposing a 58,000-square-foot grocery store, a 7,100-square-foot attached retail space, a fueling station and drive-through pharmacy. The Grand Junction kayaker that died on the Frying Pan River has been identified as Jerry Young. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalyn will be in Carbondale tonight. The event is sold out but KDNK will broadcast it live from the Thunder River Theater beginning at 6:00 pm. Last fall, Carter spoke at American Renewable Energy Day in Aspen. In this clip, he speaks about his 2014 book “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.” The Colorado Department of Agriculture is promoting their campaign- “Burn it Where You Buy It" - campers are urged to buy their firewood at their destination, preventing the spread of any insects or diseases. FEATURE: A program to provide free, long acting reversible birth control to young, low-income women in Colorado is being extended for another year. This comes despite state lawmakers failing to pass a bill to fund the effort. As Bente Birkeland reports, health officials have been scrambling to find a way to continue the successful initiative.
June 22, 2015
HEADLINES: A Grand Junction kayaker died on the Frying Pan River Sunday afternoon. The Basalt and Rural Fire Protection District’s Swiftwater Rescue Team was dispatched to the Pueblo Bridge in downtown Basalt after multiple reports of a body in the water. Two civilians jumped into the Frying Pan River, securing the victim, and attempted CPR efforts, to no avail. The kayaker has not yet been identified. Early Saturday morning, a 10-unit apartment building on Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs caught fire. All residents were evacuated and no injuries were reported. There was no central alarm system in the building and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. Carbondale hosts 800 cyclists overnight tonight as part of the 21st Annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado. Carbondale Chamber Director Andrea Stewart talks about events and what to expect. Aspen Postal employee Mauro Pennini, who was allegedly found to have weapons on him at work, has been arrested on Federal charges by the US Attorney’s Office, including possession of a firearm while the subject of a protection order and possession of a firearm at a Federal facility. If convicted, he faces up to 11 years in prison. FEATURE: Natural gas leases in the Thompson Divide are still tied up in a Federal review. And, some are part of a proposed Congressional lease swap. But, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission – or C.O.G.C.C. - recently approved two applications to drill wells near 4 Mile Park - on leases owned by Houston-based energy company SG Interests. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. Audio minutes of COGCC’s May 18th hearing are at the COGCC's website.