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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.
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April 1, 2016

HEADLINES: SkiCo says heavy spring snowfall and deep base-depths will extend the season at Aspen Highlands for two weekends- April 23-24 and April 30-May 1. This week’s Eye on Crime with Carbondale PD.Castle Creek Bridge in Aspen will see temporary construction beginning on April 4th and continuing through July for a "living lab" study of traffic impacts from a wider side path. And it’s 1st Friday in Carbondale. This month’s theme is "Spring into Wellness." FEATURE: This week's News Brief features John Stroud from the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.
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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.
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April 11, 2016

HEADLINES:Garfield County Commissioners meet today, tomorrow and will hold a special meeting on Wednesday at 2pm about a proposed oil and gas lease swap in the White River National Forest. A new "discussion draft" of legislation was released by Congressman Scott Tipton’s office on March 24th. Colorado's black bears have begun emerging from hibernation across the state, which means people need to mind their garbage. The Grand Avenue Bridge will have lane closures from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm today. Later this week, the Exit 116 eastbound on-ramp will be CLOSED completely from Wednesday, April 13th at 7:00 AM to Thursday, April 14th at 5:00 PM. If you are heading on I-70 East from Glenwood, you’ll need to access it from Exit 114 in West Glenwood. RFTA spring route changes go into effect today. FEATURE: Colorado is debating whether to form an office of fantasy sports, to regulate and create rules around pay for play fantasy sports leagues. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about the possible new law that has backers in both parties.
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April 12, 2016

HEADLINES: In Basalt, The town council meets tonight for a short agenda and there's a public meeting April 14th, 4:30- 7:00 p.m. to review town floodplain maps to set the Flood Insurance Rate Map. Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District responded to 80 calls for service from March 6th to April 9th, 2016. A measure that would pave the way for students to take medical marijuana on public school grounds passed the House Agriculture Livestock and Natural Resources committee on Monday/this week on a bipartisan vote of 10 to 3. Bente Birkeland has more. The Colorado State Patrol is stepping up DUI enforcement for the next month. The increased DUI enforcement started April 9 and continues through May 15. FEATURE: The Carbondale Board of Trustees meets tomorrow night, Wednesdays now, and will discuss possible changes to laws about marijuana businesses. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report to catch you up on what’s happened so far.
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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.
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April 13, 2016

NEWSCAST: Colorado schools may soon be forced to allow students to use medical marijuana in a non-smokeable form while on school grounds. Bente Birkeland has more. KDNK's Public Affairs Show "Giving Community" profiles local non-profits. On April's show, Marian McDonough from Catholic Charities explained to host Amy Barr how they work with the immigrant community. Find this show and others at kdnk.org/publicaffairs.
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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.
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April 14, 2016

HEADLINES: Garfield County Crime Stoppers issued a notice yesterday about a homeless man named Emmanuel Johnson, who went missing late last August. There are rumors that Johnson may have been murdered and buried near the homeless camps above Doc Holliday’s Grave in Glenwood Springs. If you have any information about this situation, contact Detective Michael Yorty with the Glenwood Springs PD 384.6500. All lanes are open through Glenwood Canyon with no restrictions, following about 2 months of repair work. The emergency project came with a price tag of $5M. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports. Thirty-five years ago Friday, April 15th, Mid-Continent’s Dutch Creek Mine Number One blew up, killing 15 miners and shaking up the Carbondale community. Former Redstone resident and Mid-Continent employee, Rob Mulford, plans to lead a memorial hike up to the mine Friday. He spoke with KDNK’s Luke Nestler last week about why he wants to honor Carbondale’s miners. FEATURE: Former Leadville Chief of Police is going to trial in May for allegedly stealing money and guns from the town. KDNK's January Jones spoke with 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown for details on the case.
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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.
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