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Colorado Farm & Food Alliance

The Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo was hosted this past weekend at the Solar Energy International campus in Paonia, CO. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report, Peter Kolbenschlag of Colorado Farm & Food Alliance explains how the event was conceived and what it intends to cover. 

In this interview, KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl is joined on the phone by ticketing industry veteran David Sher. He's the founder and CEO of Fan Central Station, a new app now available for iPhones and coming to Android later this year. 

courtesy Boulder Weekly Art Department

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.

Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd District.

Republican Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, expressed support for several federal initiatives this past week. KDNK News Intern Jensen Platero has the update.

Earthworks photo, courtesy From the Styx

On May 10, the US Senate voted against a debate that could have repealed the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which updates restrictions on methane venting, flaring, and leaking during oil and gas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.

Bob Gish

Rev. Shawna Foster of Two Rivers Unitarian Church announced this past Sunday at a Mother’s Day Vigil for Immigrant Families that her congregation in partnership with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition will offer sanctuary in the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK News intern Jen Platero reports.

Carbondale Arts

 

Dance Initiative is sponsoring a residency the week of May 22 to May 27, for two special guests. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with professional performer Marielis Garcia who, along with David Norsworthy of Toronto, Canada, will be co-leading two community dance workshops at the Launchpad. The artists seek to choreograph an essential "snap-shot" of Carbondale to weave into a larger, internationally-inspired creative endeavor. Registration is at danceinitiative.org.

Nathan Anderson

Last May, Colorado became the first state in the country to recognize the value of our Public Lands with a holiday, signed into law by governor Hickenlooper. Leadville and Lake County will celebrate the first annual Public Lands Day with a community clean-up event. City Council Member David Mohrmann provides the details.

Station manager Gavin Dahl interviews Natalie Rae, a volunteer coordinator for this year's Dandelion Day, about educational opportunities at the event. Carbondale's Dandelion Day is this Saturday, May 13th, beginning with a parade down Main Street at 10am with live music, crafts, drinks, and more in Sopris Park until 5pm. 

Environmental Protection Agency

 

Dr. Robert Richardson is an environmental economist and Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency declined to renew his seat on their scientific advisory board. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh called Dr. Richardson, who is a KDNK member, to learn more about this shift away from science toward industry perspectives at the EPA.

Cory Gardner

KDNK News intern Jen Platero, a senior at Roaring Fork High School, returns with another round of updates compiled from the press releases that we receive from Colorado Senators and Representatives. This week, we take another look at what U.S. Senator Cory Gardner has been up to.

Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College is committed to an ambitious set of sustainability goals to meet by 2050. Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Adrian Fielder, Assistant Dean of Instruction, for details about CMC’s actions towards sustainability.

To view the full Sustainaibility Action Report, click here.   

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.

Brent Gardner-Smith

Brent Garnder-Smith of Aspen Journalism talks about his new article, River management plan surfaces for public input, with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl.

First Hantavirus Case of 2017 in Garco

May 3, 2017
Deer Mouse by John Good, National Park Svc


Spring cleaning can sometimes mean exposure to hantavirus, a disease carried by rodents. One case has already been reported in Garfield County this year. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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.

Carbondale Arts

Carbondale Arts is designing a Latino Folk Art Garden installation along the new Rio Grande ARTway. Raleigh Burleigh reports.

AH Marsh photo


E-waste is expensive to recycle but Carbondale residents get one day a year to responsibly rid themselves of old computers, TVs, batteries and more. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Jason White, of the town’s Environmental Board, talk about Waste Diversion and Spring Clean-Up Day, starting with how the day is funded. You can find out more about what's accepted and what's not accepted by clicking here. New this year: recycling mattresses.

Will Grandbois/Sopris Sun


The Roaring Fork School Board just hired a new principal for Roaring Fork High School. For this week's News Brief, Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the hiring process and where the controversy stands. Read the whole story by clicking here.

Kay Brunnier

This Saturday at 9am in Miner's Park, the Carbondale Tree Board will plant four new trees to celebrate Arbor Day, including a tree sponsored by Ascendigo to honor National Autism Awareness Month. Raleigh Burleigh reports.  

People's Climate Movement

KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh interviewed Maura Masters, editor of AlicetheMag.com, about her initiative to bring national and global marches to Carbondale. The Alice March for the Climate Change, a sister march to the national People's Climate Movement, meets in the parking-lot of the Goat Restaurant in Carbondale this upcoming Saturday at 10am.

Amy Hadden Marsh photo

Garfield County Republicans gathered Friday night at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs for a dinner to raise funds for local candidates. On the guest list was Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner, who has yet to hold a public town hall meeting in the county. Over 100 people protested peacefully outside the hotel. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Mission: Wolf

Students of the Carbondale Community School are learning about wolves and current efforts to bring the species back to Colorado in preparation for their stay at Mission: Wolf, in Southern Colorado. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh, also an employee at the school, reports.

March for Science

Estimates of at least 180 people joined in Carbondale’s Alice March for Science on Saturday, April 22. This was one of over 600 demonstrations across the world, including a March for Science in Aspen, to demand scientifically-informed, political decision-making. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh reports. 

News Brief: RFHS Rampage Goes to Big Apple

Apr 21, 2017

The Roaring Fork High School Model UN students visited New York City this spring. Freshman reporter Rex Hamilton wrote an article about the trip for the Rampage, the school’s newspaper. KDNK News Intern Jensen Platero spoke with Hamilton for this week’s News Brief.

Students at Grand Valley Middle School in Battlement Mesa were evacuated last Wednesday due to the presence of a potentially poisonous gas in the building. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Grand Valley Fire District Deputy Chief Rob Ferguson for an update.

Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd District.

Republican Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado’s 3rd District, which includes most of the Western Slope. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with him earlier this month. In Part 2 of the conversation, Tipton talks about health care and when he’ll have a Town Hall meeting in Garfield County. 

Mindful Schools

Apr 19, 2017
Roaring Fork Insight

Lisa Goddard, founder of the non-profit Roaring Fork Insight, is bringing mindful practices into local schools, beginning with a kindergarten class at the Carbondale Community School. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh reports.


Garfield County Commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to approve a rezoning request by Ursa Resources to allow the company to apply for an injection well inside the Battlement Mesa PUD boundaries. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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.

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