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March 5, 2015
HEADLINES: Arturo Navarrete-Portillo, the suspect in the carbondale homicide that took place on February 16th has been released from the hospital in Grand Junction and taken to the Garfield County Jail.The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meets tonight and is currently requesting letters of interest to fill a citizen seat on the board representing the Una Bridge/Wallace Creek/Spring Creek areas. Bente Birkeland reports about a controversial amendment to a public safety bill. The Aspen Times is reporting that the Roaring Fork Transit Authority bus drivers have voted to unionize. FEATURE: About 50 people attended a joint meeting with Garfield County Commissioners and officials from Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, and New Castle Wednesday night at the Glenwood Springs Community Center to talk about the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority's draft Access Control Plan. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. SKI AND ROAD REPORT
March 4, 2015
HEADLINES: I-70 was closed twice last night in Glenwood Canyon for multiple spin-offs and slide-offs. The Aspen Police Department is warning of credit card fraud throughout the valley and in other Colorado Ski towns. Aspen City Council is reviewing development proposal for the old Power House building. The Garfield County Commissioners are holding a special meeting tonight with the Glenwood Springs City Council and the Carbondale Town Trustees regarding the RFTA Access Control Plan. FEATURE: After six months of statewide meetings, Governor Hickenlooper's Oil and Gas Task Force came up with 56 draft recommendations. Only nine recommendations made it to the governor's desk. Jim Ramey is the Director of Citizens for a Healthy Community. He says the task force failed to achieve its mission. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Ramey about his disappointment and what he thinks would have worked better.
March 3, 2015
HEADLINES: An Aspen High School student, whose take-down arrest for possession of marijuana was the highlight of a video gone viral in early February, pled guilty to underage possession of marijuana and resisting arrest on Monday. Colorado's biggest pot sales came from edibles, according to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division's first annual report. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has an update of arrests in Carbondale between 2/19 and 2/26/2015. And, the Telluride Ski Patrol voted 47 - 1 in favor of unionizing last week. FEATURE: Capitol Conversation with Bente Birkeland focuses on the next steps for oil and gas legislation this session.
March 2, 2015
HEADLINES: Pitkin County and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center warn of a considerable avalanche risk. The Roaring Fork School District has completed contract negotiations for the district's executive team. And, on Sunday, March 1 at 3:06 AM, the Garfield County Coroner's office responded to a death investigation at mile marker 98 on I-70 at Silt. FEATURE: A recent survey of voters in six western states showed 68% believe that Federal lands belong to all Americans. But, lawmakers in some of those states are working hard to transfer public lands to state ownership. For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with High Country News editorial intern Kindra McQuillan about the Land Transfer Movement and a Utah bill that could set a legal precedent across the West.
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. 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. And, the Third Street Center in Carbondale hosts a Youth Poetry Slam at 6:30 tonight. 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.