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December 1, 2015

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.

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November 30, 2015

HEADLINES: KRCC's Andrea Chalfin reports that authorities have identified two civilian victims of Friday's shooting at a Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado Springs as 29-year-old Ke'Arre Marcell Stewart, a veteran of the Iraq War, and 35-year-old Jennifer Markovsky, a mother of two. Both were killed Friday when a gunman holed up in the Planned Parenthood clinic for hours before surrendering to law enforcement. UCCS Police Officer Garrett Swasey was also killed during the incident. Authorities are not releasing any information in regards to a timeline, motive, or weapon used, and have sealed warrants related to the case. The alleged gunman, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, made a court appearance today. Amy Hadden Marsh has this report on Carbondale Police activity. The Colorado Department of Transportation has released a preliminary work schedule for the Grand Avenue Bridge improvements in Glenwood Springs. The five phases of construction begin in January 2016 and end in May 2018. Find details at www.sh82grandavenuebridge.com. FEATURE: The state may have to change its moniker �Colorful Colorado� to �Crowded Colorado� with the number of people expected to move here by 2040. All that growth will take a toll on the infrastructure as well as water and other natural resources. As part of a series called �Changing Colorado� � Bente Birkeland looks at the current population trends and which areas will be affected the most.

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November 27, 2015

HEADLINES: In an effort to shift Black Friday to green, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado and the state Outdoor Recreation Office want you to go outside. And, to prove it, access to all 42 state parks is free todaY; GOCO will pick up the tab. A new grocery store in Carbondale is getting closer to reality. The Carbondale Marketplace land use application was officially submitted to the town this week. �The proposal is to subdivide the 23-acre Crystal River Marketplace LLC property at the northwest corner of Highway 133 and Main Street into five lots. The proposed City Market, other retail stores, and the fueling station would be built on three of the lots, making up about 8 acres. The application will have a public hearing before the Planning Commission in January, 2016. A notebook at the front desk at Town Hall includes the complete application for the public to view. The application is also posted on the Town�s website. Glenwood Springs has decided to appoint former Garfield County Manager Andrew Gorgey to serve 6 months as interim City Manager during a nationwide search for a permanent replacement for current City Manager Jeff Hecksel, who steps down December 4. A national crowd-sourced, mapping project that began in Colorado is offering enthusiasts an incentive to contribute to the National Map during International Map Year. KRCC's Madeliene Schmidt has more. FEATURE: For this week�s News Brief, KDNK�s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Scott Condon of the Aspen Times about proposed development from Basalt to Glenwood Springs.

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November 26, 2015

HEADLINES: Happy Thanksgiving. The Eagles Club in Glenwood Springs celebrates its 23rd annual free turkey dinner, from 11 am to 5 pm. The Eagles will also take orders and drop off to-go plates at the homes of those in Glenwood who are unable to travel. The Woody Creek Community Center hosts a potluck meal from 4 to 7 pm with turkey to-go bags available from noon to 7 pm. Hickory House�in Aspen is providing its annual free Thanksgiving feast from noon to around 4 PM. Carbondale is moving forward with an overhaul of development regulations. A presentation about the changes to town code is now available at carbondaleudc.com. The consultants working on the code update will submit a new draft for review at the beginning of January. �Final adoption is scheduled for the beginning of March. Some Colorado counties are conflicted about pay raises for elected officials. �All Garfield County administrative and elected officials offices and libraries will be closed today and Friday. Libraries will reopen Saturday at 10 AM. The Garfield County Landfill near Rifle will reopen Saturday. The Rifle Garfield County Airport will be open through the weekend for general aviation only, weather permitting. FEATURE: Americans will consume about 46 million turkeys today for Thanksgiving. But, two recent studies by Oxfam and the Southern Poverty Law Center show that people who work in poultry processing plants don't always have a lot to celebrate. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. The 2015 Oxfam 'Lives on the Line' report is available oxfamamerica.org.

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November 25, 2015

HEADLINES: It�s a big ski weekend in Aspen. The women�s Audi FIS Ski World Cup takes place Friday to Sunday as part of the Aspen Winternational festival. Races begin Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 am and 1 pm. �Festivities kick-off on Friday night at 5:30 pm with a World Cup party at the Limelight Hotel. The Aspen Times reports that the Basalt Town Council voted to move forward on plans for the Pan and Fork riverfront site. Last night, the council approved changes to the 2007 master plan that redefines uses of the site and other downtown properties. The master plan now reflects that the town would like to see development on the western half of the privately owned portion of the Pan and Fork site and a park on the eastern half. Read the whole story in today�s Aspen Times. Last spring�s bird flu epidemic devastated Midwest turkey farmers but as Tri-States Public Radio News reporter Abbey Wendell found out, the price of a turkey this Thanksgiving is down from last year. A new study on seat belt use conducted for CDOT reveals that about 85% of Colorado motorists are buckling up, below the national average of 87%. There were 11 observation sites in Garfield County where CDOT logged a seat belt use rate of 88.8%. FEATURE: Last month, business owners, non-profit directors, city officials, and medical professionals gathered at the Glenwood Springs Community Center for a panel discussion about issues related to the area�s homeless population. But, none of the panelists was someone from the transient community. After the discussion, KDNK�s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Max, a man who does not have a traditional home, to find out what he thought of the panel.

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November 24, 2015

HEADLINES: Carbondale Police found and disposed of a caustic bottle bomb near a pond at River Valley Ranch Monday. The bomb had been improperly mixed and did not explode. Two more bottle bombs were found on the thin ice of the pond. CPD chief Gene Schilling says to contact police if you see a bottle bomb and allow officers to dispose of it. Bottle bombs can explode if swollen or in the process of swelling up. The Basalt Town Council meets tonight and is expected to take a big step towards deciding on what will happen with the Pan and Fork site. Town staff and the P & Z recommend changing the site's land use designation. The meeting begins at 6 PM. Bustang began its weekend expansion Saturday. KRCC's Medeleine Schmidt has more. BLM has Christmas tree permits available for pinon or juniper at $10 each. Permits can be purchased at the Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt during regular business hours. If you have a 4th grader in your household, you can get a free permit at www.everykidinapark.gov. FEATURE: At a Colorado health insurance forum in Basalt earlier this month, Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovski spoke about the challenges of reducing health insurance rates on the West Slope, and his efforts to make changes. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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November 23, 2015

HEADLINES: The Aspen PD had an unusually high amount of arrests in the last week or so, mostly for drinking and fighting. The Glenwood Springs Fire Department responded to the 600 block of 8th Street for a fire Sunday. The fire caused moderate damage and is currently under investigation. The US Forest Service has closed Avalanche Creek Road to vehicles until June 21. The camping areas are closed to human occupancy and the entire area is closed to dogs until May 1. Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are allowed, sans dogs. The White River National Forest�s winter motor vehicle use season begins today and ends May 20. Vehicles with wheels, including mountain bikes, are limited to plowed routes. Routes and areas open to motorized winter travel can be found online in the Winter Motor Vehicle Use Maps or at any USFS office. And, RFTA switches to the winter service schedule Thursday. Woody Creek service resumes, more buses will run from Aspen to Snowmass, and the BRT will resume daily service.�The Carbondale Circulator resumes weekend service, beginning November 28. Colorado�s first ever statewide water plan was unveiled Thursday, with nearly 200 recommendations. Bente Birkeland has more. FEATURE: For the latest in the Connecting the Drops series, KVNF's Laura Palmisano takes a look at efforts to help endangered native fish survive in the Colorado River Basin.

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November 20, 2015

HEADLINES: The state has given the final approval for construction to proceed on the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs. Construction starts in January 2016. This week�s Eye on Crime takes a look at Carbondale Police calls and arrests from October 31st to November 12th. Aspen Mountain and Snowmass will open for daily operations this Saturday, Nov. 21. The Garfield County Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2016 budget on Monday. The County will spend $107 million dollars in 2016 and has reduced spending by 19 percent from this year. FEATURE: Many parents of young children in the KDNK listening area struggle with affordable childcare. Earlier this month on KDNK�s public affairs show �Non-Profit Spotlight: Battlement to the Bells�, host Amy Barr spoke with Jonathan Godes, Director of the Early Childhood Network.

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November 19, 2015

HEADLINES: The Bureau of Land Management released another significant document Wednesday - a Draft Environmental Impact Statement - or D.E.I.S. - analyzing 65 previously-issued, oil and gas leases on the White River National Forest in Garfield, Mesa, Pitkin, and Rio Blanco counties. KDNK�s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. The Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District says they are on pace to have one of their busiest year ever. Fire Chief Ron Leach and Chief of Police Gene Schilling will be at the Smithy this morning from 8 am to 9 am for Coffee with the Chiefs. The Glenwood Springs City Council meets tonight. They�ll have a work session at 5 pm to hear from consultants they hired in June to look at development regulations. The council has set aside money in 2016 to rework part of their code. At 6:15, they�ll continue a hearing on a license for a marijuana operation seeking multiple purposes. FEATURE: KDNK�s January Jones, has a new edition of Sounds of the High Country with Journalist Elizabeth Shogren.

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November 18, 2015

HEADLINES: A second person has died from an accident that occured on I-70 near Silt last month. 12 year old Amelia Bradley of New Castle, passed on Monday from injuries sustained during the crash that killed her mother, Lori Rink and injured 3 others including Rink�s husband. Aspen Journalism has been doing in-depth reporting on the development of a new Colorado Water Plan. Journalist Brent Gardner-Smith told KDNK his take on the process and what the water plan really means. The Aspen Daily News is reporting that the bond has been set at $75,000 for a Carbondale man facing multiple charges stemming from the exploitation of a child. 24- year old Daniel Rodden can bound out of Garfield County jail if he posts about $11,000. FEATURE: The Bureau of Land Management has released the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement - or S.E.I.S. - for the Roan Plateau Resource Management Plan Amendment. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has the details.The Roan Plateau Draft S.E.I.S. is at www.blm.gov/co. Find the map and click on the Colorado River Valley field office.

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