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April 1, 2015
HEADLINES: Look for detours in Aspen today due to road construction. North Mill between Bleeker and Main will be closed until April 10. And, CDOT is replacing traffic signals at Main and Mill. KDNK's January Jones reports on where Aspen will put city offices. The Roaring Fork Regional Planning Commission wants members. Applications due by April 4. Call 328.8746 for more info. FEATURE: Oil and gas severance funds could be used to balance the Colorado state budget. Bente Birkeland reports. And, local ecologist Delia Malone talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about wolf and livestock conflicts.
April 10, 2015
HEADLINES: The Crystal River Caucus met last night in Redstone about proposed natural gas drilling between Paonia and McClure Pass. Tomorrow, Valley View will host a free and low-cost health screenings at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale. January Jones has this update. Flows in the Fryingpan River and water levels at Ruedi Reservoir could be impacted if a proposed lease is approved by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. FEATURE: This week’s news brief looks at Snowmass Village development and the Glenwood Springs Police Department.
April 13, 2015
HEADLINES: A strip mall in Carbondale caught fire on Sunday. Carbondale firefighters were able to douse the fire. No occupants were injured. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. Bente Birkland reports that a bill to redirect $20M in severance taxes passed the state House last week. Four top criminal cases in Aspen, involving the owner of Krabloonik, the Aspen High School student whose take-down arrest went viral, and two motorists responsible for the death of two people, are coming to an end. Read the whole story at aspentimes.com. Basalt Town Council takes public comment on a proposed redevelopment of a former trailer park site Tuesday at 5:30 PM at the Basalt Regional Library. FEATURE: KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks to locals about the state water plan.
April 14, 2015
HEADLINES: Pitkin County judge not ready to dismiss criminal charges against 89-year old John Walls, who killed a Basalt man last August while driving on the wrong side of Highway 82. Read the story at aspentimes.com. In two other long-running legal cases, the Aspen High School student, whose take-down arrest video last year went viral, was sentenced to a year of supervised probation. And, Dan MacEachen, previous owner of Krabloonik, was sentenced to 30 monhts of unsupervised probation, 120 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine for his misdeameanor animal neglect conviction. Read these stories at aspendailynews.com. The National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning and a wind advisory from Aspen to Rifle, beginning at 11 AM today. Those with dust sensitivities or respiratory illnesses should stay inside. Be bear aware. Check out the Living With Wildlife page at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife webstie for tips on how to keep bears out of your backyard. And, a van traveling eastbound on I-70 Monday crossed the median, two oncoming lanes of traffic, plowed through a fence, crossed the frontage road and a sidewalk before coming to a halt outside of a car dealership, reports the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. No one was seriously injured. FEATURE: Water in Reudi Reservoir may be sent downstream to help fill Lake Powell and rescue endangered fish. Local officials meet tonight to talk about it. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports. The meeting is at 7 PM at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale. The public is invited. And, Bente Birkland takes a look at some of the hot button topics up for legislative debate.
April 15, 2015
HEADLINES: Republican Congressman Scott Tipton plans to introduce the Water Rights Protection Act this week, accusing the USFS of hijacking water rights and federalizing water resources. KDNK’s January Jones has an update on grants that have just been awarded to local public organizations from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District. The Colorado Department of Transportation is getting in on the 4/20 marijuana celebrations by rolling out its “Drive High, Get a DUI” campaign. The state will launch several public awareness events this week, including a presence at the Cannabis Cup in Denver on April 18 and 19. FEATURE: Houston-based SG Interests plans to drill for natural gas across 20,000 acres of mostly private land between McClure Pass and Paonia. Members of the Crystal River Caucus met in Redstone last week to talk about possible impacts of the project on the Crystal River Valley. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.
April 16, 2015
HEADLINES: The White River National Forest has approved plans for the White BAnks alabaster, gypsum, and marble quarry at Avalanche Creek. The mine is also known as the Mystic Eagle mine and will begin minimal work in May, reports the Sopris Sun. Residents of Swiss Village, which is near the mine, are worried about noise, dust, and other potential problems. Pitkin County shares the residents’ concerns and is also worried about impacts on wildlife. The approval means the mine can operate for 4 years to allow mine operators to prove their claims. Read the whole story by John Colson in this week’s Sopris Sun. The Carbondale Town Trustees approved several housekeeping items Tuesday night, including a trustee library liaIson and construction of a shelter at the 3rd Street Center's community bread oven. But Carbondale Mayor Stacey Patch-Bernot (ber-KNOTT) says most of the meeting's discussion focused on town ordinances for retail marijuana businesses. Newly-elected Glenwood Springs City Council members Kathryn Trauger and Steve Davis along with incumbents Todd Leahy and Mike Gamba will be sworn in tonight at the City Council meeting. Their first action item will be a review of a proposed retail marijuana grow operation on Devereux Road. FEATURE: KDNK’s January Jones speaks with Leadville Mayor Jamie Stuever, who is a business owner and former alligator hunter.
April 17, 2015
HEADLINES: The Spring Clean up in Glenwood Springs continue next week, residents should have items to the curb by 7 am. The Roaring Fork Conservancy is reporting that the Roaring Fork Watershed snow pack is currently at 50 percent of average. CDOT has road improvements on SR 133 between Carbondale and Redstone scheduled and they are holding a public meeting about the project on Thursday April 23rd at Carbondale Town Hall. FEATURE: For this week's News Brief, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh speaks with Ryan Hoffman, new editor of the Rifle Citizen Telegram about his visions for the paper and local issues.
April 2, 2015
HEADLINES: The Garfield County Combined Courts have unsealed the arrest affadavit regarding a homicide in Carbondale on February 16th. Sunlight Mountain closed on Wednesday for the season due to a power failure. Tax Day is nearing and taxpayers can see if they qualify for free filing at www.freefile.irs.gov. E- Waste items are being accepted for recycling at Glenwood Springs Subaru all through the month of April. FEATURE: Ballots were mailed to Glenwood Springs voters in mid-March for next week’s municipal election. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has some procedural details from Glenwood Springs City Clerk Catherine Mythen. Then, a look at the candidates for Glenwood City Council Ward 1.
April 20, 2015
HEADLINES: Friday night a fatal crash occurred on I-70 near Rifle. A 15-year old was killed and the 17-year old driver sustained serious injuries. The 44th Carbondale Mountain Fair Poster Design contest is underway. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports a bill for birth control access cleared its second reading in the House on Friday. Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has compiled a list of figures that paint of picture of cannabis in Colorado today. FEATURE: National Crime Victims Rights Awareness Week is April 19 - 25 this year and the 9th Judicial District is hosting a candlelight vigil at Sayre Park on April 22 to commemorate victims of violent crimes. Ninth Judicial District Victim Witness Assistants Stephanie Sarabia and Jessica Gonzalez, and Ninth Judicial District Chief Investigator Lisa Miller joined Amy Hadden Marsh on Valley Voices on April 9th to talk about the victims of violent crimes and their rights. Listen to the entire show at kdnk.org. Click on the Public Affairs button.
April 21, 2015
HEADLINES: The North Face Bike Park in Carbondale is nearing full completion. The Aspen Times is reporting that Lowe Enterprises is putting their plans for a hotel and condos in Basalt on hold. A look at Carbondale Police activity for the last month. The Colorado Department of Transportation is starting up their Bustang-- express bus service on July 13th that will do a run between Glenwood Springs and Denver daily. FEATURE: Over the years Boulder and Denver have become hubs for tech start-ups, and the region is home to widely respected scientific research institutions – often drawing comparisons to Silicon Valley. But a new report from Colorado State University suggests northern Colorado is poised to receive the same recognition – but with an agrarian twist. KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon has more.