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Sounds of the High Country: The Big Public Land Sell-Out?

Feb 23, 2018

 


Federal lands are not yet being transferred wholesale to states but Jonathan Thompson, contributing editor for High Country News, says oil and gas leasing is taking the public out of public lands. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh for this week’s Sounds of the High Country. Click here to read all of Thompson's story.

Between 1979 and 1992, homicide was the third leading cause of death among Native American women aged 15-34, reported Indian County Today in 2016. The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women or MMIW movement has been working to raise awareness of the horror but has had difficulty fitting into the MeToo Movement. For this week's Sounds of the High Country, Graham Lee Brewer, contributing editor of Tribal Affairs for High Country News, talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his recent story on MMIW and barriers facing Indigenous women as they speak out about violence and sexual abuse.

The Shoshone Hydroelectric Power Plant, just east of Glenwood Springs along the Colorado River, was built in 1905. It generates 15 megawatts of power and is a popular rafting spot in the summer. It also holds the state’s oldest water right on the river. For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Emily Benson, editorial fellow at High Country News, about the impact of this single water right. Here's her story: The Tiny Power Plant That Shapes the Colorado River.


Pipelines carrying oil and other hazardous materials leak or spill every day, says High Country News reporter Jonathan Thompson. He recently published an interactive map, showing spills and leaks across the US from 2015 - 2017. For KDNK’s Sounds of the High Country, he talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the map. Click here for Thompson's pipeline story and map.

 


Alaska’s 20-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not only home to the largest caribou herd in North America - it’s also home to oil, which industry has been trying to get at for almost a century, even before the area was protected. Last week, the US Senate took a big step toward opening up the Refuge to drilling. For KDNK’s Sounds of the High Country, Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Elizabeth Shogren,Washington DC correspondent for High Country News, about her recent article


The Bundy Ranch Stand-Off trials are underway in Las Vegas, Nevada. The trials are complicated and dramatic, says Tay Wiles, reporter for High Country News. She talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh for this week’s Sounds of the High Country. Read more here.

 


For this week’s Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Brian Calvert, editor-in-chief of High Country News, about healing grief and despair in the age of ecocide. Find Calvert's essay Down the Dark Mountain by clicking here.

On this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Gavin Dahl interviews Leah Todd about her article for High Country News: The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump.

Today's newscast features proposed Medicaid cuts and opioid addiction in Craig, Colorado.

Montana’s Denise Juneau hopes to become the first Native American congresswoman in history this November. High Country News associate editor Tay Wiles has an article about Juneau, called “Not Politics as Usual” in the current issue. For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, Wiles talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the significance of Juneau’s run.

The only medical clinic in Paonia closed its doors last month. For the latest Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to reporter Paige Blankenbuehler. Her article in the current issue of High Country News is about how rural health care in Colorado is, or isn’t, meeting the needs of an aging population.

Thirsty Denver residents could get more of Grand County’s water because of a deal signed with Denver Water back in 2014. The Moffat Collection System would divert more water from the Fraser River through the Moffat Tunnel to Boulder County. The state approved a key permit in June, followed by a nod from Gov. Hickenlooper. But, in the current issue of High Country News, Sarah Tory writes about how the deal could be headed for a lawsuit. On Sounds of the High Country, Amy Hadden Marsh learns about the deal and the controversies. Tory begins with what Grand County agreed to.

For our latest installment of Sounds of the High Country, Gavin Dahl speaks to Colorado State University natural resource communication professor Joshua Zaffos about the BLM taking auctions online-only to avoid climate protests.

His latest article, “The Path of Lease Resistance” is out in the current issue of High Country News.

On a new edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK News Director Gavin Dahl speaks to Aspen Ski Co's Auden Schendler. 

His editorial column "Some State Legislators Prefer Fantasy to Fact" was syndicated through their Writers on the Range series. 

Trial By Fire

Jun 3, 2016

For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with High Country News, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with journalist Krista Langlois about abuse, sexism, and sexual assault that women wildland firefighters face on the job. Click here to read "Trial by Fire."