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February 8, 2016
HEADLINES: This week’s news on the Grand Avenue Bridge is periodic lane closures in each direction from 9 am to 3 pm for the rest of the month. Contractors will also be doing demolition work at night this week from 9 pm to 6 am on the south side of the bridge on 7th Street. 7th Street will be closed completely between Colorado and Cooper. Clean Energy Economy for the Region or CLEER hosted a transportation forum last Friday in Glenwood Springs. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh was there and has this report. Tomorrow, Snowmass kicks off Fat Tuesday with the “Mother of All Ascensions Race” - an uphill climb from the Base Village Plaza at the bottom of Fanny Hill to Gwyn’s High Alpine. Then the party gets going at 3pm with a bead toss, parade and then evening fireworks- gosnowmass.com. FEATURE: State lawmakers are debating whether terminally ill patients with less than six months to live should be allowed to take medication to end their own lives. It’s just one of several controversial bills being debated under the gold dome. Bente Birkeland talks to state house reporters about it as part of our weekly capitol conversation.
February 5, 2016
HEADLINES: It's Ski Spree weekend, with a treasure hunt at Sunlight Resort on Saturday, along with competitions on Sunday and the chili cook-off and fireworks in town in Glenwood Springs on Saturday night. This week’s Eye on Crime looks at Carbondale. Monday there is a public meeting from 5:30 to 7 pm about the upcoming whitewater park on the Roaring Fork River at Basalt Town Hall. The Roaring Fork Conservancy Snowpack in the roaring fork watershed is currently 114% of normal. FEATURE: CLEER or Clean Energy Economy for the Region hosts today’s Mobility, Fuels, and Funding Forum in Glenwood Springs. KDNK spoke with Heather MacGregor, CLEER communications director, about the forum’s speakers and panels, and possible take-aways.
February 4, 2016
HEADLINES: The Glenwood Springs City Council meets for work sessions and the regular meeting tonight at 7. They will have a work session on snow removal and one about water and sewer impact fees. Council is also expected to approve a contract for Clarion consultants to overhaul the city code. A bill that would have given terminally ill patients the option to take medication to end their lives failed in a Senate committee on Wednesday on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more. The Environment Foundation, Aspen Skiing Company’s employee-run nonprofit charity, is accepting grant applications. FEATURE: Today's local news feature takes a look at the work of the Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire. He took office in January, 2015 and was elected for a four year term. He worked for the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office for 12 years with six of those as an investigator. But you don’t have to be a medical doctor to be the coroner; that expertise is hired out to a forensic pathologist. An issue that Glassmire said will be a challenge for the Western Slope in the next few years. Here in this update to the Garfield County Commissioners, Glassmire talks about the work his office did in 2015. SKI REPORT.
February 3, 2016
HEADLINES: In Glenwood Springs, bridge construction this week will restrict access to River Street as the contractor begins staging in the Glenwood Hot Springs parking lot. The House passed a bill Tuesday to increase public awareness of winter tire laws along I-70. And, as Bente Birkeland reports, a similar bill passed last year - but failed in the Senate. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has new restrictions on antler shed hunting. In Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, and Routt counties, antler shed hunting is prohibited through March 14. The Aspen Historical Society screens Films from the '40s for its Time Travel Tuesday winter film series tonight at 5:30 at the Isis Theatre. FEATURE: A housing forum convenes today at the 3rd Street Center to talk through challenges and solutions facing people in the mid-valley. KDNK's January Jones spoke with CCAH’s Amy Kimberly and Randy Essex of the Post Independent to learn why they got involved in organizing the housing discussion. SKI AND WEATHER REPORT.
February 2, 2016
HEADLINES: Schools are closed again today. A housing forum will convene at the Third Street Center on Wednesday to talk through challenges and solutions facing people in the mid-valley. Sponsored by The Carbondale Creative District, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Community Builders and The Third Street Center- There will be presentations, panel discussions and audience comments. The director of the Garfield County Housing Authority and the town managers for Carbondale and Glenwood Springs are on the panel. CCAH’s Amy Kimberly is taking a lead role in organizing the event and told KDNK how it came about.
Snow removal is the subject of a special work session for the Glenwood Springs City Council on Thursday. The Colorado Department of Transportation on Sunday announced a new snow plow monitoring system, which provides near real-time location information for CDOT’s snow plow fleet at cotrip.org. FEATURE: The Carbondale and Rural Fire District is staying busy with emergencies during this winter storm. Yesterday afternoon, KDNK's January Jones checked in with Deputy Chief Rob Goodwin to hear how they’ve been handling the weather and about the 2015 volunteer awards for the district.
February 1, 2016
HEADLINES: RE-2 Schools in Garfield County, RE-2 Roaring Fork School Distict and the Aspen School District are closed today. Many daycare centers and preschools follow school closures, so check with your provider this morning. Colorado Mountain College locations in Aspen, Spring Valley, the Glenwood Center and the Lappala Center in Carbondale are closed. The Rifle campus is still open but on a delayed schedule opening at noon. Dr. Diana Sirko is leaving her position as superintendent of the Roaring Fork School District in June of 2016. Garfield County Commissioners meet this morning at 8 am in Glenwood Springs for the morning session. They’ll approve their own 2016 list of policies directives that cover all areas from human services to economic development. Tomorrow they’ll meet again and hear an update from CDOT about the Grand Avenue Bridge and in the afternoon on Tuesday, they are scheduled to have a joint meeting in New Castle with the town board. Colorado’s aspen trees are resilient... but susceptible to defoliation and discoloration, brought on by blight and insects. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about the results of an aerial survey of the state’s forests. FEATURE: Roughly three weeks into Colorado’s annual legislative session a lot of bills are starting to get their first hearings. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the upcoming week and how politics impacts the bills being heard in committees. SKI AND WEATHER REPORT.
January 29, 2016
HEADLINES: Yesterday, Roaring Fork High School cut the ribbon on its new solar array. Carbondale Mayor Stacey Bernot was at the event and says the project fits in with Carbondale’s clean energy goals. Grand Aveune Bridge construction is slowly expanding. Work may continue into weekends because of weather delays. Next week, the contractor will demo the catwalk from the existing pedestrian bridge to the traffic bridge overnight from 9:00 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. with 7th St. fully closed during that time. The construction has changed bus routes in Glenwood Springs with RFTA downvalley buses detouring on 9th and eliminating the stop at 9th and Grand Avenue. The stop will still be serviced by Ride Glenwood. It’s property tax time in Garfield County. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. Gas prices are still dropping - even Carbondale prices have finally dropped just below $2/gal. FEATURE: Teens at the Roaring Fork High School Energy Club were behind the schools' new solar array that was unveiled yesterday. KDNK was there and has this audio, featuring students Fiona Laird, Emily Mata and Tavia Teitler. SKI AND WEATHER REPORT.
January 28, 2016
HEADLINES: X-Games is in Aspen Snowmass for the 15th year today through Sunday at Buttermilk. All sporting events are free and open to the public but the concerts and other hospitality are ticketed. Live feeds of the events are going to be available all weekend at xgames.espn.go.com. Roaring Fork School administrators have announced they have chosen architects for the two major projects funded by the 122 million dollar bond they received in the fall -remodeling for Glenwood Springs Elementary School and building a new elementary school between Carbondale and Glenwood springs. This week’s Eye on Crime with Carbondale PD reports.
A housing forum will convene at the Third Street Center on Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 to talk about what is affordable housing in the mid-valley. Sponsored by The Carbondale Creative District, Glenwood Springs Post Independent, Community Builders and The Third Street Centere there will be presentations, panel discussions and audience comments. The organizers are trying to kick up ideas that could lay the groundwork for future developments, including a possible application to the state to be a pilot community for a rural housing initiative that incorporates live/work space for people working in creative industry. FEATURE: With the legalization of marijuana in various states and forms, conservation groups and others are asking how much legal grow operations affect water consumption. In Colorado, water managers and researchers are working together to answer that question. As part of Connecting the Drops, our statewide series on water issues, Maeve Conran reports.
January 27, 2016
HEADLINES: Monday was the filing deadline to run for a seat with the Carbondale Town Trustees. Carbondale Town Clerk Cathy Derby said that there are eight candidates for 3 seats: Ben Bohmfalk; Michael Durant; Allyn Harvey; Wayne Horak; Doc Philip; Dan Richardson; Marty Silverstien and Patricia Warman. Trustees meet tonight at 6. Colorado is one a handful of states that prohibit the sale of full strength beer and wine in grocery stores. A coalition of residents and supermarkets is trying to change that. KRCC’s Holly Pretsky reports. Thursday there is a ribbon cutting at Roaring Fork High School at 11:15 am for a new solar array. FEATURE: The Carbondale Town Trustees meet tonight at 6 pm. This year, meetings are on Wednesday nights. Earlier this month, they approved an ordinance that puts a Climate Excise Tax on this spring's ballot. More information on Carbondale's 2020 Energy Plan and energy efficiency programs is at carbondalegov.org. Click on Town Departments, Public Works, then Energy Efficiency. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.
January 26, 2016
Basalt Town Council meets at tonight at 5 to discuss the Whitewater Park and River Recreation Plan. At 6, Pitkin County Commissioners join the discussion. The public meeting starts at 7. Multiple ordinances are also up for first and second readings, including a citizen-initiated ballot question that would have the town purchase part of the Pan and Fork site and preserve it as a park. The Basalt Town Council has an election coming up for mayor and four council seats. Current Basalt Mayor Jacque Whitsitt is running again, opposed by Rick Stevens. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved three new rules yesterday that increase the role of local governments in siting large oil and gas facilities near communities. U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell proposed new rules restricting venting methane on public lands. CDOT postponed previously-announced lane closures on the Grand Avenue bridge in GWS until later this week. But, beginning tomorrow, the I-70 eastbound lane at Exit 116 will be reduced to one lane of traffic and reduced speed limits for the next year. A proposal aimed at improving enforcement of snow tire tread for vehicles driving I- 70 gets its first hearing at the capitol on Wednesday. Bente Birkeland reports. FEATURE: Congressman Scott Tipton swung through the Roaring Fork Valley on a tour of western Colorado last Thursday. One of his stops was Carbondale. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.