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A quiet, rising tension over water in the southwest has burst into the public square.

Agencies that manage and dole out the Colorado River’s water in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico are attempting to publicly shame an increasingly isolated water agency in Arizona. The feud has the potential to either upset, or reignite, negotiations over the river’s future.

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After ten years of representing the Town of Carbondale, outgoing trustee Frosty Merriott addressed a full crowd at Town Hall on Tuesday. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more.

A major piece of legislation to reform the state’s pension plan is making its way through the state legislature during the final days of the session. One in 10 Coloradans receives a public pension through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). But PERA has unfunded liabilities totaling about $32 billion, and lawmakers are divided over how best to shore up the program.

Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland spoke with Marianne Goodland with Colorado Politics and Ed Sealover with the Denver Business Journal about the possible changes and its likelihood of passage.

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Across the world men and women will be wearing denim today in solidarity with victims of sexual violence. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports with comments from Jenny Abbott,  executive director of the Advocates of Lake County in Leadville, and Jackie de Achaval, bilingual program manager for Response, a non-profit that provides assistance for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault within Pitkin and Western Eagle County.

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State Air Quality Control Division officials in Rifle for a meeting last week got an earful from residents worried about natural gas extraction impacts on Western Slope air quality. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Research Project Aims to Understand Fate of Rosy-Finch

Apr 23, 2018
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One bird species population maybe declining due to climate change. Researches are working hard to change that. KOTO’s Katie Klingsporn has more…

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KDNK invites listeners to begin their week with a mindful moment, thanks to Roaring Fork Insight.

5point Film Festival

 


5Point Film Festival celebrates an adventure sports lifestyle. Sometimes these pursuits come with heavy consequences. Bobby Le'Roo, founder and director of Big Heart Big Hands, leads a panel on Saturday about backcountry safety and trauma. The panel is at the True Nature Healing Arts Kiva from 10:20am to noon and is open to the public.

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Tatiana Flowers is the new reporter at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For this week’s News Brief, she talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about what has shaped her work.

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At tonight’s 5Point Film Festival screening, seven high school students will each be awarded a $1500 scholarship towards pursuing a personal dream. Dream project director Tracy Wilson explains the program. Scholarship recipient William Lucket comments on his plans to attend NYU's Tisch School of Arts camp this summer.

The managers of the Central Arizona Project are being accused of gaming the system to draw more water out of the Colorado River instead of conserving as much as possible. The action threatens the trust and cooperation that has existed along the river and has Upper Basin leaders crying foul. H2O Radio Reports.

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Pitkin County Adult and Family Services Matt McGaugh. Aspen Police Department and Pitkin County Adult and Family Services offers information at Rubey Park from 2 to 5pm on Friday, April 20.

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Local artist Sarah Uhl considers herself an activist but not in the usual sense. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Uhl about her work and what she'll be doing at 5Point Film Festival this weekend.​

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Snowpack that feeds the Colorado River is at record lows as we begin moving into the longer and drier days of summer. Water managers throughout the West are already sounding the alarm about less water flowing in streams and reservoirs. But as Luke Runyon reports, there’s another factor that could make things even worse...

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The state Air Pollution Control Division is in Rifle today to talk to stakeholders and hear public comment about emissions from oil and gas extraction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Peter Hart, staff attorney for Wilderness Workshop, to find out more. The meeting starts at noon at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle with public comments beginning at 3:30.

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During the 1st Annual Entrepreneur and Investor Confluence, organized by Glen X, local restaurant owner Lacy Hughes announced her plans for the building formerly known as Six89. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more.

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Local students are rallying around climate change. Last week, youth activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez visited four schools in the Roaring Fork Valley to initiate a social media challenge, sponsored by CORE and CLEER with support from the Town of Carbondale. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more.

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Both major parties are holding state assemblies tomorrow, April 14, to nominate statewide candidates for the June primary. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh catches up with Corey Hutchins about The Colorado Independent’s coverage of the governor’s race.

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Sandra Lopez, in sanctuary at the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist parsonage, recently received support from Colorado Representative Bob Rankin. KDNK's news team has this story.

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The Launchpad in Carbondale hosted the Cherry Creek Singers from South Dakota on First Friday last week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh produced this audio postcard.

Physicians for Social Responsibility

 

In February, Colorado Physicians for Social Responsibility penned a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper, questioning the state Department of Health’s 2017 study on the potential health impacts of natural gas drilling. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Larry Moore, one of the letter’s authors. Here, they talk about the study and PSR’s recommendations.

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The invasive Russian olive tree can cause havoc in river ecosystems around the
West. It competes with native plants and destroys habitat for native wildlife. Plus, it can be
incredibly challenging to remove from river ecosystems. But a group of organizations outside of
Durango has found a way not only to remove the trees, but also to help the community in other
ways. As part of the Western Slope Resources Reporting collaborative, KSJD’s Austin Cope has
more.

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Last week, we heard from Steve Beckley representing Canyon Hot Springs Inc., the company that has proposed developing the South Canyon hot springs property. Today, we hear from Steve Barbee and Ty Richardson representing a coalition that has formed to oppose the proposal.

Connecting the Drops: Wild and Scenic Rivers

Apr 9, 2018

2018 year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and it seems Colorado may be getting close to protecting a second river under the federal designation. KGNU’s Hannah Leigh Myers visited the remote Deep Creek water system and spoke to stakeholders to find out what makes Deep Creek a good fit and why it’s been 30 years since Colorado has protected a river as Wild and Scenic.

The Colorado River Basin is likely to see one of its driest spring runoff seasons on record this year, according to federal forecasters.

Scientists at the Salt Lake City-based Colorado Basin River Forecast Center say current snowpack conditions are set to yield the sixth-lowest recorded runoff into Lake Powell since the lake was filled more than 50 years ago.


A controversial predator control plan in Colorado is heading into its second year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife - or CPW - plans to kill bears and mountain lions in the Piceance Basin, north of Rifle, and in the Arkansas River Basin to see if that will boost deer fawn survival rates. Freelance reporter Rico Moore has been following this story since 2016 in a series for the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Moore for an update on the story and how CPW may be going after mountain lions that no longer exist.

"Toxic Bottles" Flummox Law Enforcement

Apr 5, 2018
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A Basalt man arrested about three weeks ago for allegedly throwing chemical-filled bottles into the Roaring Fork River was charged with six felonies Monday. Forty-three-year old Ricardo Parras-Membreno faces up to 36 years in prison if convicted of all six counts. But, law enforcement still doesn't know the purpose of the hazardous liquid inside the bottles. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott Monday for an update on the case.

Aspen Public Radio interim News Director Alycin Becktesh, Sopris Sun reporter Megan Tackett, and Carla Jean Whitley, Features Editor at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, join KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh for an hour of news talk on KDNK's Spring Journalist Roundtable, originally aired 3/25/2018. Click here to listen.

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Canyon Hot Springs Inc., involved with the proposed development of the South Canyon hot springs property, are asking for the public to weigh-in on options being discussed for this location. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Steve Beckley, founder and owner of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, to learn more about the proposal. The online survey is available here.

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"Dryland" farmers on the high plains of Colorado grow their crops with whatever falls from the sky—no irrigation, no pumped groundwater—just what Mother Nature delivers. In recent years some have been trying to innovate to protect their soils and conserve water. But they're getting pushback—not only from their neighbors and their own families—but also from the government. H2O Radio has the story.

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