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Diane Mitsch Bush won the primary to represent the Democratic Party in the race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh asked Diane to discern herself from Republican incumbent Scott Tipton. The full interview is posted here.

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Update Friday, July 20, 2018, 12:41 PM

As of 10:20 AM, the fire has burned 8,315 acres. 

The Lake Christine Fire has burned almost 7,000 acres and remains 59 percent contained. Officials from Eagle and Pikin Counties, the White River National Forest, and the Type 2 and Type 3 Incident Management Teams held a press conference Thursday, July 19, to talk about what's going on with the fire, why it grew by 500 acres in one day, and why the Type 2 team is coming back. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s December oil and gas lease sale includes nearly a quarter of a million acres in Colorado with nearly 8,000 in the North Fork Valley’s watershed and around Paonia Reservoir. Meanwhile, an internal memo has reduced opportunities for public participation in the process. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, to learn more.

Throughout the Western U.S., water conservation is in the toilet.

And that’s a good thing.

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Colorado Attorney General democratic candidate Phil Weiser describes the role of Attorney General as the lawyer for the people of Colorado. While visiting the Roaring Fork Valley, Phil stopped by KDNK for an interview. These are his comments on water. The full interview is posted here.

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Sandra Lopez has lived in the valley for twenty years but for the last nine months she has had to live in sanctuary to avoid deportation. Sandra and her son, Alex, describe how living in sanctuary has affected their family.

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YouthZone, with sponsorship from Community Health Initiatives, invites the community to “High in Plain Sight,” a presentation by Officer Jermaine Galloway about youth drug trends. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with the presenter and YouthZone director Lori Mueller to learn more. The presentation is on Monday, July 23rd, from 8am to noon at Glenwood Springs High School.

Public Welcome to Talk Trash with Town Officials Wednesday

Jul 16, 2018
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The Town of Carbondale wants to talk trash with residents on Wednesday. Trash disposal, that is. Town officials will have an informational table at the Carbondale Farmer's Market and then host a meeting at Town Hall from 5-8 PM. Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois spoke with Public Works Director, Kevin Schorzman, on KDNK’s Everything Under the Sun show last week to find out why. Here’s a clip from the show.

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Congressman Scott Tipton, along with Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Cory Gardner, and Colorado Representative Bob Rankin visited Basalt shortly after the Lake Christine Fire destroyed three homes. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Congressman Tipton about this visit…

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The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board and County Commissioners were in Carbondale late last month to hear public input about the draft Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail. Here are clips from that meeting. You can click here for a video of the meeting and all comments. The draft plan is here. The public comment period is open until July 27th. Thanks to Grassroots TV for providing audio of the meeting.

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Fire crews from all over the West have converged on Crown Mountain Park in El Jebel to tackle a wildfire near Basalt. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and news intern Mountain Maes visited the Incident Command Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the Lake Christine Fire.


Brooks Kelly stopped at a display of smart sprinkler-system controllers.

"This 6-station timer — it's got a rebate," said Kelly, who works the plumbing aisle at the St. George Home Depot. "You buy it [and the] Washington County water district gives a $99 credit to your water bill. So, this is free."

Community Composting Thrives in Ophir, CO

Jul 11, 2018
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Tucked into a corner of San Miguel County, one small community is embarking on a big endeavor toward sustainability. KOTO’s Katie Klingsporn has the story...

Raleigh Burleigh

The Lake Christine Fire exposed a well of generosity in the Roaring Fork Valley. Citizens quickly jumped to action, offering what they could to help those who had been forced from their homes. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh explored one facet on July 6, while visiting an impromptu refuge established at The Orchard.

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Wildfires have always been a part of life in the American West, but with climate change, it’s expected they will become more frequent and more intense. While some effects of wildfires are understood, their impact on water is just starting to come into focus. H2O Radio reports.

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Prescribed burns are a useful, albeit risky tool against the increasing danger of wildfires in the Western United States. But in the Country that gave us Smokey Bear, how do you convince the public that more frequent fires are the way to go? One way: data.  KBUT’s Christopher Biddle has the story.

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While moving to safety from the physical effects of the fire and smoke, the emotional safety for many has been jeopardized. Resa Hayes, a licensed counselor and president of the board of directors for Aspen Strong, has compiled this advice for parents when talking to their children about the Lake Christine Fire. Additional resources are available here.

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Local media has been hard at work to keep the community informed about the Lake Christine Fire. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Carolyn Sackariason, reporter for the Aspen Times, about the three homes lost in the early hours of July 5.


The Lake Christine Fire has not grown much today but drones continue to be a problem for aviation operations. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh got an update from Jennifer Costich, public information officer with the Northern Rockies Incident Management Team assigned to the fire. The Incident Management team will hold another community meeting tonight at 6 at Basalt High School.

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The Lake Christine Fire has been added to the National Incident Information System, restating the acreage at 5,263 as reported yesterday afternoon by the local map. 214 personnel are fighting the fire.

Roaring Fork Swap's Lake Christine Fire help spreadsheet is available here. Nearly 100 spaces offered to evacuees!

On Friday morning, Garfield County Sheriff's Office announced that thanks to the combined efforts of local first responders and the Type 2 Incident Command Team called in by Eagle County, the immediate danger to the residents of Missouri Heights, living in Garfield County, has lessened significantly. The voluntary evacuation of the Missouri Heights area in Garfield County has been lifted. The mandatory evacuation for Missouri Heights in Eagle County, however, is still in full effect.

Eagle County wrote at 9:30 that residents who have been evacuated need to register for a re-entry tag starting at 10:30am, July 6, at the Basalt High School shelter. Red Cross called KDNK to inform that the Rapid Pass for the Rapid Check in System will only be available at the Basalt High School Evacuation Center and not at Roaring Fork High School. The Rapid Pass will be utilized by evacuees when roads are opened to them.

For urgent information regarding this incident you can call 970-445-4911.

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At 4pm, the map updated to 5,263 acres.

Roaring Fork Swap's Lake Christine Fire help spreadsheet is available here.

At 7am on Tuesday morning, management of the Lake Christine Fire was transitioned from local authorities to a Type 2 Incident Management Team. Keith Brink spoke on behalf of the team at a community meeting held at Basalt High School last night. Applause erupted at the same meeting when Eagle County Sheriff James Van Beek addressed concerns of immigration officials hanging around evacuation centers.

Evacuation orders will remain in effect for the indefinite future. It was confirmed that only three houses were lost and those owners have been notified. For people that haven’t been told otherwise, their home is okay. When safety of evacuated areas is assessed and utilities are restored, evacuees will be advised that they may return to their homes.

For urgent information regarding this incident you can call 970-445-4911.

Megan Webber

On Wednesday evening, July 4, the Lake Christine Fire was reported at 2,377 acres,  zero percent contained, with 500 homes evacuated. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh, joined by Amy Hadden Marsh and Megan Webber, gave an update during yesterday’s evening newscast.

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On Wednesday evening, July 4, the Lake Christine Fire was reported at 2,377 acres, zero percent contained, with 500 homes evacuated. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh, joined by Amy Hadden Marsh and Megan Webber, gave an update during the evening newscast.

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Agriculture uses a lot of water. But what if that water were used for more than growing food? What if it could generate energy—renewable energy? It can, and a program in Colorado is helping farmers harness hydropower to lower costs, save time—and conserve the water itself. H2O Radio has the story.

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Work along the Rio Grande Artway in Carbondale continues. This weekend there is an opportunity to volunteer at the Latino Folk Art Garden for a final planting and the installation of six giant clay pots, created at the Carbondale Clay Center. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Amy Kimberly, executive director of Carbondale Arts, to learn more. Work at Latino Folk Art Garden, at the intersection of 8th street and the Rio Grande Trail, is Sunday, July 8, from 2 to 5pm. Community Mosaic Days are Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to noon through July 14th. To reserve a space, contact paradiseartglass@sopris.net.

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Ecoflight took an unusual passenger for a tour of the Roaring Fork watershed last week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Sarah Uhl's Art Advocacy Takes Flight

Jul 3, 2018
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Ecoflight took an unusual passenger for a tour of the Roaring Fork watershed last week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Now that the primary is over Colorado voters can expect a heated election season heading into November. Bente Birkeland talked to fellow statehouse reporters Joey Bunch of Colorado Politics and Jesse Aaron Paul with The Denver Post about this fall's showdown. The candidates are set, except for the Democratic nominee for Attorney General. 

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Over 100 people gathered in Glenwood Springs on Saturday to march in protest of children being separated from their parents at the border. The event was coordinated with marches across the country. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports. Follow the link to read a letter written for the occasion by Sandra Lopez, who has been in sanctuary in Carbondale for over 8 months.

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Peter Fiekowsky is founder and president of Healthy Climate Alliance, whose goals are to remove 1 trillion tons of carbon from the atmosphere and restore the Arctic ice by 2050. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh at ARE Day 2018 about carbon removal.

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