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September 3, 2015

HEADLINES: Authorities are looking for help identifying the person who broke into Iron Mountain Hot Springs early Monday and got away with a small safe. Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson described the crime as a “smash and grab” and said the department is following up on several leads. The burglar appeared to have arrived and left the scene on foot, but a stolen vehicle was later recovered nearby, and a similar theft was reported at Catherine Store. Anyone with information can submit a tip at glenwoodpolice.com/crime-tips or call Garfield County CrimeStoppers at 945-0101. Agenda items for tonight’s Glenwood Springs City Council meeting include a discussion of a no smoking ordinance for the downtown core and a notice of staking access from SG Interests. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. The 2015 Colorado Health Access Survey results released September 1st show that only 6.7% of Coloradans are without health insurance, down from 14.3% last year. Most are covered by employer-based insurance and one in three Coloradans is now covered by some kind of public insurance. The West Slope has higher uninsured rates than the eastern plains or the Front Range. The 2015 Colorado Health Access Survey is online at coloradohealthinstitute.org  And, Amelia Shelley is leaving her position as director of the Garfield County Public Library District. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that Shelley is taking a job in Vancouver, Washington to be closer to family. Read the whole story by John Stroud at postindependent.com. FEATURES: SG Interests is one step closer to sinking an exploratory natural gas well on the Thompson Divide. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports about a peaceful demonstration at the proposed well site earlier this week. Leaky infrastructure could make natural gas as bad or worse for the climate than the coal and oil it’s replacing. Nelson Harvey spoke with High Country News Senior Editor Jonathan Thompson for KDNK's Sounds of the High Country.
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September 1, 2015

HEADLINES: A Grand County judge fined Robert Johnson, 55, of Granby, over $11,000 and sentenced him to 50 hours of community service in late August for illegally hunting and killing a bull elk on private property last fall. Johnson was found guilty of one count of hunting without permission, one count of third degree criminal trespass and one count of illegal possession of wildlife, with an additional penalty for killing the elk. The others received fines. All three could lose hunting and fishing privileges in Colorado and 43 other states. The 2015 Colorado deer and elk hunting season opened over the weekend. Basalt is working on a plan to reduce its affordable-housing requirements for new development, reports the Aspen Times, despite a recent study showing that the town needs 200 more units to meet the coming demand. Commercial and residential projects could see a reduction of of 10% of current total square footage requirements for affordable, deed-restricted housing. Read the whole story by Scott Condon at aspentimes.com. A new scientific review of research on the health effects of unconventional oil and gas operations that combine directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing was published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives Friday. The review team included Dr. Susan Nagel, associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology and women's health at the University of Missouri's School of Medecine. Dr. Nagle has studied the effects of fracking chemicals on human reporductive hormones around the country, including Garfield County in 2013. In an interview last year, Nagle told KDNK about the results of the 2013 study. Summer isn’t officially over until the local swimming pool closes and for Carbondale, that means September 7th or Labor Day this year. Until then, the John M. Fleet pool will be open from 10 to 5 every day with a modified schedule. Four thousand six hundred and eighty people (4,680) have taken a dip since the pool opened this year on May 24. Find the pool schedule at carbondalerec.com.FEATURE:For most of August, U.S. crude oil prices remained below $50 dollars a barrel, less than half of what it was this time last year. Motorists throughout the South and the Midwest, and all along the Atlantic coast have been pumping gas at two dollars or less a gallon. But, not so the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh found out why.
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August 31, 2015

HEADLINES: Gary Ketzenbarger, associate professor of speech and theatre at CMC, has been selected to present his one-man show, A Resume for Immortality, at the United Solo Theatre Festival, the world’s largest festival of solo performances, in New York City on September 27. Aspen Elks Lodge #224 is looking for a disabled veteran from Colorado’s West Slope to match with a trained service dog. More info at 948.5600. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports that Battlement Mesa residents have two opportunities this week to express concerns about Ursa Resources plans to drill for natural gas in their neighborhoods. The first meeting is tonight at 6, hosted by Battlement Concerned Citizens. The second is Wednesday night at 6, hosted by Ursa. Phase One of the plan includes two pads, 53 wells, and approximately 2.5 miles of pipeline. This week’s meetings are at the Grand Valley Fire Station, 124 Stone Quarry Rd, in Battlement Mesa. A public hearing is set for September 23rd with the Garfield County Commissioners. White River National Forest officials and industry representatives will conduct a site visit to SG Interests' proposed natural gas well in the Thompson Divide September 1st. Environmental groups Wilderness Workshop and the Thompson Divide Coalition are organizing a camp-out tonight at the site and will greet the Forest Service and SG representatives Tuesday morning. This week's Eye on Crime takes a look at the Carbondale PD. FEATURE: The oil and gas industry was recently in Denver for the annual Rocky Mountain Energy Summit. One discussion centered on how to improve relations between industry and the public. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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August 27, 2015

HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork School District’s Board of Education approved a resolution last night seeking voter approval for $122 million in bonds to cover critical school infrastructure. Mountain Summit Film Festival, an offshoot of Telluride's Mountain Film Festival, marks its 7th year in Aspen this weekend. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about what's in store. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is working on a Strategic Plan and are having a public open house tonight from 6 to 8 pm at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. FEATURE: Veteran’s are taking a lead role in protecting wilderness areas through an organization called the Vet’s Voice Foundation. KDNK’s January Jones has this interview with Garett Reppenhagen.
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August 26, 2015

HEADLINES: The developers who hope to put a new City Market grocery store on the west side of Highway 133 have scheduled an informal open house to present the project to the public at the Third Street Center from 5 to 7 pm tonight. Senator Michael Bennett told the Colorado Water Congress last week that it would take an all-of-the-above strategy to meet Colorado’s future water needs. The Roaring Fork School District is just one of the many public agencies who are discussing what they want to put forward on the November ballot. The RFSD Board of Education meets tonight to decide if they should ask for a bond so they can leverage grants and pay for capital improvements needed district wide. A program to provide long acting reversible contraceptives to low-income women has been funded for another year. Several foundations in the state have stepped up to provide money after it ran out earlier this summer. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol. Around Carbondale, work continues on SH 133 south of town with a 2.5 mile lane closure alternating east and westbound lanes. Expect delays. Up in Aspen, CDOT is starting night time work over 15 miles of State Highway 82. Beginning on Wednesday and Thursday night, weather permitting, crews will be installing new HOV lane stencils. FEATURE: On today’s feature, KDNK’s Public Affairs show Living Permaculture explains graywater. Colorado laws are changing and host Stephanie Syson interviewed Avery Ellis. Ellis is a certified graywater installer. He was in town teaching at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in July. RIVER REPORT
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August 25, 2015

HEADLINES: Broadband was on the minds of Colorado’s top state officials at a community forum in Montrose last week and is an issue across the western slope. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. Today is the first day of school for middle and high school students at RFSD. RFSD Elementary students will start on Thursday, August 27th. FEATURE: Students are heading back to school, but the road to graduation for this year’s incoming crop of seniors actually varies from school to school. That’s because unlike other states, Colorado does not have a set requirement for what it takes to get a high school diploma. Bente Birkeland reports, educational officials are addressing the issue. RIVER REPORT
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August 24, 2015

HEADLINES: Tularemia has been confirmed in a second Mesa County woman last week who was likely exposed through a bite from a deer fly or tick while on public lands in the Ruby-Horsethief section of the Colorado River. This week’s Eye on Crime takes a look at Basalt. In Carbondale, SH 133 at Weant Blvd and Lewie’s Lane will be striped today and work will continue on SH 133 south of town with a 2.5 mile lane closure. FEATURE: Colorado’s South Platte River basin is a powerhouse for crops and cattle. Massive reservoirs quench the region’s thirst, with farm fields generally first in line. Wildlife? It’s often last. But a small win-win is giving waterfowl a little more room at thewatering hole. It’s a program that creates warm winter ponds for migrating ducks — then gives the water back, in time for summer crops. For Connecting the Drops, Shelley Schlender reports.RIVER REPORT
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August 21, 2015

HEADLINES: As part of our summer membership drive, KDNK News takes a look at Glenwood Springs. The Glenwood Springs Farmer’s Market is a great place to find out what locals think are the big issues facing the town. Today's segment features artist and longtime Glenwood resident Mary Noone. If you have livestock, the Colorado State Veterinarian’s office is warning of a rapid increase in Vesticular Stomatitis. There are currently 91 locations in 11 counties under quarantine after horses, mules and cattle herds have tested positive.Carbondale and Rural Fire District has voted to go forward with asking for a funding increase on the November ballot. On Wednesday night the board voted 4 to 1 to ask for $600,000 in additional funding for 2016 and 2017. If approved, the funding increase would expire in 2018. There is a red flag warning for today, that means conditions are favorable for a fire with high temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds. The Red Flag warning is in effect from noon to 8 pm today. FEATURE: Garfield County property values are up this year. These assessments help the County determine its budget and help set tax rates for school districts, fire districts and other special tax entities. For this week's News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and John Stroud of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent talk about the valuation process and what this year's increase means for Garfield County.
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August 20, 2015

HEADLINES: As part of our summer membership drive, KDNK News takes a look at Glenwood Springs. The Glenwood Springs Farmer’s Market is a great place to find out what locals think are the big issues facing the town. Today's segment features Pat Jones. Glenwood Springs made Outside Magazine for one of the best places to live in America. Glenwood ranked number 5. The Glenwood Springs City Council meets tonight at 6. Council will likely approve a new marijuana business ordinance, which includes increased setbacks between pot businesses and new special review criteria. Garfield County offices will be closed today from 11 am to 2 pm for an annual employee appreciation picnic. Emergency, safety and essential functions will remain open. Smoke filling the Roaring Fork Valley is coming from wildfires in Washington and Oregon. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction says a northwesterly air flow is pushing the smoke east, and that the amount of smoke will fluctuate over the next few days. FEATURE: This Fall Judge Richard Gabriel will be sworn in as Colorado’s next State Supreme Court Justice. He currently serves on the Colorado Court of Appeals. He received his undergrad degree at Yale University and went to the University of Pennsylvania School of Law. He talked to statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland about his view of politics in the judicial process, why he became a lawyer, and some of his significant cases.
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August 19,2015

HEADLINES: The Pitkin County Commissioner are telling the Bureau of Land Management that they must cancel the 25 oil and gas leases located in the Thompson Divide that fall within Pitkin County’s boundaries. Stage 3 of the US PRO CHALLANGTE race will finish today at Paepcke Park on Main Street in Aspen. Independence Pass will be closed today from 1 pm to 5:30 pm as the riders come over. Bente Birkeland reports that business groups in Colorado are urging state regulators to finalize oil and gas rules recommended by a task force created by the Governor. FEATURE: As part of our summer membership drive, KDNK News is taking a look at Glenwood Springs. Amy Hadden Marsh visited the Glenwood Springs Farmer's Market to find out what locals think are the big issues facing the town. Today's segment features three Glenwood residents, from age from 20 to 60.
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