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Garfield County Commissioners agreed to fund another air quality study with $75,000 out of the county’s Oil and Gas Mitigation Fund. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Morgan Hill, environmental health specialist with Garfield County Public Health, about the study and how it differs from 10 years of previous studies.

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Hundreds gathered on Saturday for Carbondale’s March for Our Lives, organized by Alexandra Menter, contributing writer for Alice. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh was on the scene.

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It’s almost rodeo time in Carbondale! For this evening’s Featured Nonprofit, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Melanie Cardiff, volunteer coordinator and board secretary of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo.

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47% of voters in the United States are registered independent. New Castle resident Randy Fricke is interested in leveraging that influence in upcoming elections. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

Snowpack Yields Little Water on McClure Pass

Mar 22, 2018
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Snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed is at historic lows. Levels usually peak in early April and right now, it’s around 60% of normal for this time of year. But, how are these levels determined? Do people go out in the backcountry after a storm and stick rulers in the snow? In early March, Water Education Colorado and the Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a trip to a Snow Telemetry - or SNO-TEL - site at the top of McClure Pass. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh went along and found out that measuring snowpack is a more than rulers in the snow.

Featured Nonprofit: Shining Mountains Tiny Homes

Mar 21, 2018
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Shining Mountains Tiny Homes is a brand-new, local nonprofit that wants to build a tiny home community that will serve seniors, students, and homeless. For today's Featured Nonprofit, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with founder Rachael Windh about her vision for the organization.

Colorado Broadcasters Association

KPVW, La Tricolor Aspen, known locally for broadcasting Spanish content, swept the 2017 Colorado Broadcasters Association awards, winning four awards of excellence, two certificates of merit, and best medium market station of the year. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh made a congratulatory visit to the station, located in Basalt.

Jeff Pope

One of the longtime leaders of the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition's effort to produce Capitol Coverage just retired as the manager of KSJD Cortez. Jeff Pope has been a role model in our movement for the past decade. KDNK's Gavin Dahl called him up on his last day and started by asking him what he'll miss most. On behalf of all the listeners across the Rocky Mountains, we thank Jeff Pope for his dedication to public broadcasting, community access, and collaboration.

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Pitkin County recently released a draft plan for its proposed Crystal Valley Trail. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, to get the group's take on the plan.

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The biggest lake in California is shrinking. KUNC's Luke Runyon reports.

As word came this week that yet another round of layoffs were planned for The Denver Post's newsroom, lawmakers at the Capitol worried about what the future would look like with less news. Among those concerned about the fate of news is Rep. Larry Liston, who for years has clipped articles from newspapers to keep track of what's going on. 

Featured Nonprofit: Roaring Fork Audubon

Mar 17, 2018
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Roaring Fork Audubon is one of the areas's oldest environmental organizations and hosts two bird counts annually. As part of KDNK's Featured Nonprofit series, Amy Hadden Marsh talks with RFA vice-chair Delia Malone about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and more.

American Legislative Exchange Council

Documented Investigations has revealed that 15 Colorado legislators, including Senator Randy Baumgardner and Representative Bob Rankin, are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a nonprofit organization of state legislators and private sector representatives who draft and share state-level legislation. Nonpartisan watchdog group Colorado Common Cause wants constituents to urge their elected officials to leave ALEC. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with advocacy and media manager Caroline Fry to find out why.  


Despite his efforts to promote domestic energy dominance, President Trump may have shot himself in the foot with tariffs on steel and aluminum. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reporter Dennis Webb about how the tariffs could have a negative impact on the oil, gas and solar energy industries. Click here to read the story.

More than 100 Senate staff, aides and interns have been warned against speaking to journalists about workplace issues, including sexual harassment, and the trainings aimed at preventing it.

At issue are two emails obtained from Senate sources that say it is a violation of the chamber's policies for workers to grant interviews to reporters. A third email, sent directly to us by the top Senate administrator, asked us to tell members of other news organizations not to approach aides and interns for interviews, but rather to speak with communications secretaries. We didn't act on that request because it's not our role to direct the reporting of other news organizations. 

Carbondale Middle School Students Protest Gun Violence

Mar 15, 2018
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Carbondale Middle School was among schools across the county and the country that staged a 17-minute walk-out Wednesday to honor the 17 victims of last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Andy Zanca Youth News reporter and Carbondale Middle School student Mountain Maes talks with classmates Brooks Chatman and Ella Kipp about yesterday’s event.

Congressman Scott Tipton on the Worsening Opioid Crisis

Mar 14, 2018
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The Centers for Disease Control reports that the opioid crisis in the US is getting worse. From July, 2016 through September, 2017, opioid overdoses went up 30% in 45 states, 70% in the Midwest, and large cities in 16 states witnessed an increase of 54%. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh asked Congressman Scott Tipton why some of what the Federal government is doing is not enough.

Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Plans for the Crystal Valley Trail are proceeding. As the first draft plan reveals, the process may take decades. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports. The 263-page work session draft plan is available here. Video of the full discussion is available here. A revised draft plan will be released for public comment by April 10.

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On March 1, Montana-based Western Values Project released a detailed report of Utah Representative Mike Noel’s undisclosed land holdings and possible conflicts of interest over a Lake Powell water pipeline and new boundaries for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. On Friday, March 9th, Noel announced his retirement. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Western Values Project director Chris Saeger last week - before Noel's announcement - about the report and the group’s request for a Federal investigation.

 

*The original headline stated Utah Legislator Resigns Amidst Controversy Over Role in Revised Grand Staircase Escalante Monument. KDNK found out that Noel had, instead, announced his retirement on Friday, March 9.

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Last week, Congress failed to negotiate a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program before President Trump’s March 5th deadline. What happens next? KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

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Garfield County Library District Director Jesse Henning is moving to Chicago to direct the Berrington Area Library. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about his work in Garfield County and what the public can do to support the libraries.

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Durango-based Cedar Networks has now installed fiber optics on every utility pole in Carbondale proper. Co-owner Chris Stebner told KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh that the plan is to expand into neighborhoods, based on demand.

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After ten years Carbondale’s Green is the New Black Fashion Extravaganza has evolved from an inspired display of creative upcycling to a highly polished production. Local independent producer and filmmaker Hamilton Pevec reports.

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Not only do local yucca plants provide an edible fruit; the fibers can be used as cord, the thorns as needles and the roots as shampoo. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh visited the Ute Learning Garden in Grand Junction to learn more about traditional applications of local plants.

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Local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to win $10,000 towards their start-up business idea by participating in the GlenX Business Incubator pitch competition. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Small Business Development Center consultant Jonathan Stokely to learn more. Registration for the Glen X Business Incubator pitch competition ends on Wednesday, March 7th, followed by the first education session at 7pm at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.

Gary Tennenbaum

 


Incumbent Gary Tennenbaum is one of six candidates vying for three open seats on Basalt Town Council. He spoke with KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh. The Basalt Chamber’s Candidate Forum is at the Basalt Library on March 5th at 6 PM.

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

 


A popular late winter and springtime activity in Colorado is looking for deer and elk antlers in the woods for personal collection or sale. But Colorado Parks and Wildlife rules have changed this year. They are no longer limited to public lands in the Gunnison Basin and near Eagle; they now cover all public lands west of I-25. KBUT’s Chad Reich spoke with CPW’s Joe Lewandowski about the new rules, which went into effect on Friday.

Bernie Grauer

Bernie Grauer is running to be re-elected to the Basalt Town Council. There are six candidates and three open seats. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Bernie to learn more. The Basalt Chamber will host a Candidates Forum at the Basalt Regional Library on March 5th, from 6 to 8pm.

Denver’s Arapahoe House, formerly the state’s largest and possibly oldest substance abuse treatment provider, closed its doors in early January. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to John Ingold of the Denver Post to find out why. Click here to read the rest of the story.

William Infante

 

William Infante is one of six candidates competing for three open seats on the Basalt Town Council. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Bill to learn more about why he is running. The Basalt Chamber will host a Candidates Forum at the Basalt Regional Library on March 5th, from 6 to 8pm.

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