I have looked over the new proposals by Leslie Wexner and Pitkin County pertaining to the proposed land exchange of the former Sutey Ranch in Garfield County for BLM land at the base of Mount Sopris.
Pitkin County proposes to develop public access through the rugged, hitherto inaccessible terrain between the Crystal River and the the northern flank of Mount Sopris, and Leslie Wexner proposes to guarantee that the same terrain will remain forever in conservation and free from mineral exploitation. Pitkin County now wears the developers hat and Leslie Wexner wears the hat of preservation.
May the best man win.
A tax refund is not giving money away
Concerning a paraphrased quote attributed to Tresi Houpt in the Feb. 25 Post Independent, the Garfield County commissioner seems to be missing an important point.
If Garfield County gives property tax refunds to senior citizens, the county is not “giving money away” as Houpt stated. Rather, the county is returning the money to its rightful owners. There’s a big difference.
I’ve been on the air with KDNK since the very first day back in the early ’80s when we were all lined up in the hall outside the studio in the Dinkle Building with our records, our excitement, and our passion for sharing music with the community. Since then, thanks to our loyal members, KDNK has come a long way.
But KDNK is more than a radio station, it’s a place of opportunity. I began creating news documentaries in 1996 in the back room of the Dinkle Building studio with reel-to-reel tape and an Exacto knife. A few years ago, I began hosting Valley Voices and helping with local newscasts when all we had were five minutes each morning to blurt the news and produce an occasional story. Now, KDNK has a fine news team whose voices have been heard around the region and on NPR.
Producing radio stories and public affairs shows has literally changed my life. I am now in graduate school, pursuing a master’s degree in investigative journalism. Stacy Stein’s Youth Radio gives that very same opportunity to young people in the Roaring Fork Valley. Maybe one day, their stories will also be heard across the country and around the world.
This is the kind of community radio station we have right here in Carbondale. Local, regional, national and international news comes into our cars and living rooms from a tiny station on South Second Street. That messy, musical vitality that makes this station famous is simply a reflection of the people who live in the shadow of Mount Sopris – your friends, family and neighbors. None of the music, news or opportunities would be here without your support. I, for one, am grateful.
I invite everyone who’s reading this to join KDNK during our spring membership drive or renew your support. And thanks for listening.
Amy Hadden Marsh
aka the Jazz Maniac and
host of KDNK’s Valley Voices
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