HEADLINES: Funding and location are the biggest stumbling blocks for a new detox facility in Garfield County. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more from last week's community meeting in Glenwood Springs. FEATURE: This is the week of public meetings for the BLM�s draft analysis of 65 leases on the White River National Forest, including 25 on the Thompson Divide. Zane Kessler, director of the Thompson Divide Coalition, spoke to KDNK�s Steve Skinner and January Jones on the air Friday about what�s at stake. The BLM hosts the first meeting this afternoon at the Glenwood Springs Community Center. Tuesday, the meeting is at the Debeque Elementary School and Wednesday, it�s Carbondale�s turn at Roaring Fork High School. All meetings begin at 4 PM with public comment beginning around 5:15.
HEADLINES: This weekend it a milestone in I70 history with the opening of the Mountain Express Toll Lane. This week�s Eye on Crime takes a look at Carbondale. Sopris Elementary School will launchs a new wellness program today with $6,000 in grant funding. Tonight is Basalt�s second tree lighting of the season at Triangle Park in Willits Town Center. Glenwood Springs City Hall will be closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. today for the annual employee holiday party. FEATURE: For this week�s News Brief, KDNK�s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Rifle Citizen Telegram editor Ryan Hoffman about his article on the state�s brand new Oil and Gas Health Information and Response Program- which he says could be redundant here in Garfield County.
HEADLINES: KRCC�s Andrea Chalfin reports that the accused gunman in last month's shootings at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs is facing more than 150 separate charges, including multiple counts of first-degree murder.C-2020 is a coaltion of the Carbondale Board of Trustees, Carbondale Environmental Board, CLEER and CORE. They are seeking community input at a meeting tonight on a proposed carbon fee that would be added to natural gas and electric bills in Carbondale, for a five-year period. The Garfield County Commissioners are holding a public hearing in Battlement Mesa on December 15th at 9 am in the Grand Valley Recreation Center gym about URSA resources drilling for natural gas inside the Battlement Mesa PUD. FEATURE: Dave Foreman was a co-founder of Earth First!, friend to author Ed Abbey, and has written several books, including The Conservation Divide, which was published last year. Foreman is in Aspen today for an event hosted by Wilderness Workshop. He stopped by KDNK this week to talk to Amy Hadden Marsh. Here they discuss conservation and respecting the land.
HEADLINES: Sweet Leaf Marijuana Dispensary on Village Road in Carbondale was held up at gunpoint Monday morning. The two primary suspects appeared in court Tuesday. Aurturo-Nuno Cervantes and Erick Jose Colon, both of Glenwood Springs, had their bonds raised from $100,000 to $200,000. They are suspected of stealing marijuana, marijuana concentrate and $1,000 in cash before fleeing the scene Monday in a red Ford Mustang before switching vehicles. Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling says police are in the process of obtaining search warrants for the two impounded vehicles. Two other young men have been implicated in the aftermath of the robbery; one is a minor. Another comment period for a White River National Forest document has begun. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Aspen/Sopris District Ranger Karen Schroyer about proposed changes to Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness regulations. Current regulations expire December 31, 2015. Public comment on the new regulations is open until January 1. FEATURE: Community leaders, law enforcement, and health providers are discussing a plan for a detox center in Garfield County to help people with drug and alcohol problems. There is a public meeting Thursday morning from 9 - 11 at the Garfield County Commissioners meeting room in Glenwood Springs to move forward. Dr. Al Saliman, Chief Medical Officer at Valley View Hospital, spoke to KDNK�s January Jones about the community effort behind the project.
HEADLINES: A Carbondale marijuana shop was held up at gunpoint Monday. Four male suspects have been arrested after questioning and transported to Garfield County jail. Basalt Town Council meeting is tonight at 6 pm and they like most municipalities in the area, will be approving the final town budget for 2016. Also on the agenda is a the first review of a proposal from the developers at Willits for expansion of 91,000 square feet of commercial and residential space. Before the meeting, council members will convene at 5 pm in Willits for a ribbon cutting at the new Element Hotel by Westin. The Carbondale Fire District Board is set to finalize their budget tomorrow night and have a discussion of an employment contract for Fire Chief Leach. FEATURE: Tonight, the Carbondale Trustees are set to approve the 2016 budget for next year. Carbondale Mayor Stacy Bernot spoke to KDNK�s January Jones about how much money it takes to run the town.
HEADLINES: The Garfield County Commissioners meet at 8 am this morning, amoung the items: a request to donate two fully equipped Sheriff vehicles to Silt; consideration of new appointments to the Garfield County Planning Commission; discussion about Garfield County supporting a new detox facility. Pitkin County is presenting plans for a new Public Safety and Administration building during an open house on December 9th. A recent report finds many Coloradans continue to struggle to make ends meet. KVNF�s Laura Palmisano has more. FEATURE: The US Forest Service released its final decision Thursday on future oil and gas drilling on the White River National Forest. The plan identifies Forest Service lands available for oil and gas leasing, and protects resources on the surface. And, as KDNK�s Amy Hadden Marsh reports objections to the decision came from conservationists and industry representatives alike. SKI REPORT.
The US Forest Service released its final decision Thursday on future oil and gas drilling on the White River National Forest. The plan identifies Forest Service lands available for oil and gas leasing, and protects resources on the surface. About 194,000 acres will be open to oil and gas leasing and more than 1.2 million acres will be closed, including parts of the Thompson Divide. Seven objection letters from conservationists, industry trade groups, and others were submitted to the Forest Service before the final decision was made. Tune in Monday for more on this story. The Post Independent reports that the Glenwood Spring City Council meeting was tense last night over a decision to quickly replace the current city manager Jeff Hecksel. Council member Stephen Bershenyi alleged there have been secret meetings about the issue, and fellow council member Leo McKinney said it was a �pre-baked� decision. The vote was 4 to 1 to replace Hecksel with former Garfield County Manager Andrew Gorgey. Bershenyi left the meeting in protest before the vote and Councilmember Matt Steckler abstained. Hecksel has been city manager for 11 years. His last day is today; Gorgey starts work Monday. Read the whole story in today�s Post Independent. The process of writing the annual 2016 state budget has already begun. As Bente Birkeland reports, state lawmakers are getting briefed on the budget's needs. Last Friday, a gunman killed three people and wounded others who were in and around a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. After a standoff inside the clinic, Robert Dear of Hartsel, Colorado surrendered to police. For this week�s News Brief, January Jones speaks with KRCC News Director Andrea Chalfin about how the community is dealing with the aftermath.
HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork River in Basalt is getting a whitewater wave park. The public is invited to learn more about the project Monday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. at the Basalt Public Library. State wildlife officials plan to launch their annual big game survey in early December. KVNF�s Laura Palmisano reports. The Glenwood Springs City Council meets tonight at 7 pm. They have a full agenda that includes the 2016 budget but they will also be making decisions about the city�s manager. FEATURE: Last month, the Bureau of Land Management released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement on 65 previously issued oil and gas leases on the White River National Forest, including 25 leases in the Thompson Divide. Now it�s time for the public to weigh in. KDNK�s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Zane Kessler of the Thompson Divide Coalition and Will Roush of Wilderness Workshop to discuss details. Roush begins with a history of the 65 leases. he BLM will hold public meetings about the D.E.I.S. on December 14 in Glenwood Springs, December 15 in DeBeque and December 16 at Roaring Fork High School. Meetings begin at 4 PM. The BLM will take public comment at 5:30. More info at savethompsondivide.org or wildernessworkshop.org.
HEADLINES: The Roaring Fork Transit Authority is nearing completion of improvements at the Carbondale Park and Ride and the new Ruby Park Transit Center in Aspen. The Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting is on Thursday evening at 6 pm, at the Rifle Library and will hear about a new complaint line and website for people who have concerns related to oil and gas activities at www.colorado.gov/oghealth or 303.389.1687. Colorado�s top health official is again asking the state to fund a program that aims to prevent teen pregnancies. He testified before the state's joint budget committee Tuesday. As Bente Birkeland reports, the program has been funded privately and efforts to shift it to public funding failed last session. This Saturday and Sunday Roaring Fork Re-Coat will be handing out over 500 used coats at the Third Street Center in Carbondale from 10 am and 2 pm. FEATURE: This morning�s feature comes from the iseechange project- an online almanac project where people are documenting the changes they see in the natural world. KDNK is a partner station as is KVNF over in Paonia, who produced today�s local news feature. KVNF�s Jake Ryan reports that many people move to Colorado�s Western Slope to get away from city life and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of nature. But, when those sounds disappear, it can be concerning.
HEADLINES: The alleged gunman in friday�s shooting at a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood appeared in court Monday. KRCC�s Jake Brownell attended the hearing at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. The gunman faces charges of murder in the first degree and possibly others. Construction has begun at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport to upgrade the secure boarding area. The current cafe and gift shop areas will become part of the secure boarding area and those areas will no longer be accessible to un-ticketed passengers. It should be finished by mid January of 2016. Medicare open enrollment ends Monday, December 7. During this time, seniors can add, drop, or change Medicare D Prescription drug coverage. Trained counselors High Country RSVP will be available today in Carbondale from 10AM to 4 PM to help at the Senior Matters office in the Third Street Center. And today in Glenwood Springs there is free HIV testing, in honor of World AIDS Day. Testing goes from noon to 7 PM today and appointments can be made by calling 1-800-230-PLAN.