Public Lands

Bill Kight interviews local land activist Steve Smith about current threats to public land.

Jeremiah Hutchens

 

Dance Initiative is producing a film intended for state representatives showcasing in a blend of artistic medium the inherent role of wild places for human sanity. Choreographer Deborah Colley spoke with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh about the performance, captured by Jeremiah Hutchens. More information about the project is available here, tickets to an upcoming showcase, August 25 & 26, are available here.

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Results of a 17-year study of oil and gas drilling impacts on mule deer in Wyoming shows that energy development is not as benign for wildlife as some scientists previously thought. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Ed Arnett, senior scientist at the Loveland, Colorado-based Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a Federal and state lands policy group, to find out more.

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Pitkin County wants to build part of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail up through the Crystal River Valley. It’s still in the design stages but Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop hopes to get ahead of the curve with an independent study of the impacts of a trail on wildlife. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Wilderness Workshop’s Will Roush talk about the significance of the study results which will be released Monday.  Rick Thompson is the biologist behind the study and presents his findings to the public Monday June 10 at the Church at Redstone at 5:30, and Tuesday at 5:30 at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.

April Crow

Wilderness Workshop hosted Wildfest this past weekend at Hunter S. Thompson's Owl Farm. Raleigh Burleigh caught the pulse. A big thanks to Colorfulcrow Photography for the slideshow. April Crow will be displaying photos at KDNK's open house this Friday, July 7, from 3 to to 7pm.

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council works to protect the Colorado River and its tributaries, except the Roaring Fork River, from the border of Garfield and Eagle counties downstream to the east end of Debeque Canyon.  Today's show features Laurie Rink, executive director of the Council, and Morgan Hill, Board vice-president.

On Friday, June 9, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet hosted three public town halls along the I-70 corridor. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl attended the final stop at the Glenwood Springs Public Library where local reporters were given a brief opportunity to speak with the Senator. The first question you’ll hear is from Aspen Daily News reporter Chad Abraham. The second question is Jim Williams of radio station KSNO. Click here to listen to the full hour of audio from U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s Town Hall at the Glenwood Springs Library.

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US Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) answered unscreened questions from the public for one hour on Friday evening at Glenwood Springs Public Library. Former Carbondale mayor Stacy Bernot moderated, transparently choosing three names for questions at a time out of a large box, and controlling one microphone for public comment. You can read Aspen Daily News coverage here and Glenwood Springs Post-Independent coverage here.

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Independent reporter Rico Moore has been taking an in-depth look at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s so-called Predator Control Study, which proposes to kill up to 40 mountain lion and bear this month in the Piceance Basin and more next year in the Upper Arkansas Basin. The agency blames predation for a drop in mule deer fawn survival rates, and is trapping and shooting targeted animals. Moore’s series, Off Target, is published in the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to him about Part 5 and why there’s more to the problem than lions and bears.

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On May 10, the US Senate voted against a debate that could have repealed the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which updates restrictions on methane venting, flaring, and leaking during oil and gas exploration on public lands. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Joshua Mantell, Deputy Director for Energy and Climate for the Wilderness Society, about the importance of the rule and how it narrowly escaped repeal.

Mesa County

The Bureau of Land Management is requesting public comment on a proposal to offer 27 parcels of federal minerals in northwestern Colorado in the December 2017 competitive oil and gas lease sale. The proposal includes about 5,000 acres in western Garfield County and more than 22,000 acres in Mesa County. The State of Colorado would receive 49 percent of the proceeds with the remainder going to the U.S. government.

Rep. Scott Tipton

 

 

KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl spoke with Congressman Scott Tipton about his willingness to compromise on the federal budget, his apparent support for the American Health Care Act, and his views on national monuments.

Protestors at the SG Interests' proposed natural gas well pad site on Thompson Divide. AH Marsh photo

Last fall, the Bureau of Land Management canceled 25 natural gas leases in the Thompson Divide. In February, SG Interests, which held 18 of those leases, filed suit to challenge that decision. The judge has not made a ruling on SG's complaint. But, now, conservation group Wilderness Workshop and Pitkin County have filed a separate suit. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why this suit and why now.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s controversial Predator Control Study is set to begin in May. The agency wants to kill a certain amount of mountain lion and bear in the Piceance Basin and in the Upper Arkansas area to see if this helps increase the mule deer population. Wild Earth Guardians, a New Mexico-based environmental group, filed suit in January and March to stop the so-called study. And, last week, the group filed a separate lawsuit against Wildlife Services, the Federal agency that often exterminates predators and other species across the country in the name of resolving wildlife damage to livestock and protecting human health and safety. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Bethany Cotton, Wildlife Program Director for Wild Earth Guardians, to find out why.

KDNK's Monthly Talk with Tipton Part 1

Apr 13, 2017
Rep. Scott Tipton

Republican Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd District in Washington DC. KDNK talks with him each month about his work and local, regional, and national issues. In Part 1 of this month's conversation, Amy Hadden Marsh talks with him about the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act, President Trump’s American Energy Independence Order, and climate change.

Host Bill Kight refreshes our memories of Ed Abbey and introduces him to the next generation of land lovers.

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The White River National Forest released a draft environmental analysis this week for a proposed plan to manage overnight visitors to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The Forest Service hopes to reduce resource damage to certain popular sites that District Ranger Karen Schroyer says comes from a lack of backcountry education and guidance. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. The Forest Service will hold a public meeting about the plan on Wednesday, April 5th in Basalt at the Rocky Mountain Institute Conference Room from 5 – 7 PM. You can find a link to the EA and other plan documents right here

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The Interior Board of Land Appeals on Monday denied an appeal of the Sutey Land Exchange near Carbondale. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more on the decision.


Last month, just before the Sutey/Two Shoes land exchange was scheduled to close, the Interior Board of Land Appeals granted a “stay,” based on an appeal filed by a local watchdog group. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why the opponents want to stop the swap.

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Karen Schroyer is the Aspen/Sopris District Ranger for the White River National Forest. She joins host Bill Kight to talk local public lands issues.

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Ryan David Montoya was found Tuesday after surviving the storm earlier this week on Pyramid Peak. Independent journalist Hamilton Pevec goes behind the scenes to bring us a glimpse of Green is the New Black fashion show.  

Methane Leaks by Earthworks

On today's local newscast, Amy Hadden Marsh reports on a panel discussion hosted by the CLAW Caucus at the state capitol about Colorado Parks and Wildlife's plan to kill predators this spring. Bente Birkeland reports on a Republican-led effort making its way through the state legislature to change how the Taxpayers Bill of Rights is calculated so Colorado can keep more of the tax money it collects. The measure could free up millions of dollars for transportation, education and healthcare.

Today's newscast features Wilderness Workshop Conservation Director Will Roush on Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary. Congressman Scott Tipton on opioid abuse and the fate of Colorado pot laws under the Trump Administration.

KDNK's local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41, and again at 5:34 PM.

KDNK's local newscast airs weekdays at 6:41 and 7:41 and again at 5:34 PM.

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KDNK's local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41, and again at 5:34 PM.

Middle Colorado Watershed Council

KDNK's local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 and at 5:34 PM.

KDNK's local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 and again at 5:34 PM.

Local ecologist Delia Malone talks to Bill about the importance of wildland predators.

Peter McBride

On today's local newscast, Gavin Dahl speaks to Laurie Cipriano, press secretary for Sen. Michael Bennet, about five new, bipartisan public lands bills introduced by Sen. Bennet and Sen. Gardner. Then, award-winning photographer Pete McBride and author Kevin Fedarko talk to Amy Hadden Marsh about their epic trip through the Grand Canyon for National Geographic ahead of their sold-out event at Paepcke Auditorium tonight. Plus, Eric Galatas reports on a new bill at the Capitol that would require taxpayer-funded agencies to provide digital, searchable files under the Colorado Open Records Act. While Bente Birkeland reports that a Republican bill to encourage school districts to increase the use of concealed-carry guns has passed the Colorado Senate, but will likely fail in the House.

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