After President Trump tweeted that the U.S. military would no longer “allow or accept” transgender people to serve, troops on the ground were left with uncertainty. Military leaders say the policy won’t change until top Pentagon officials figure out how to implement it.

Emma Shinn is a 41-year-old Coloradan and veteran. She served in the Marine Corps for 20 years before retiring in 2014. When she served there was a ban on transgender people. Last year, she transitioned.  

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The 46th Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair gets a rolling start with the Community Drum Circle at 4, led by the mother of the Mother of All Drum Circles, Laurie Loeb.

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Here’s your community calendar for Friday, July 28, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline for today's events, like the Mother of All Drum Circles.

If the circus came to Frenchman Street, it might find the March Fourth Marching Band. The ensemble marches into this year's Mountain Fair at the very end, on Sunday night at 5:15. Check out this video and then pick your jaw up off the floor. No telling if they're bringing the stilt walkers, but they sure do bring the pizzazz.

Josh Hoyer sings and plays the keys with a lot of feeling. Josh plays the Fair with his band on Saturday night after the Yawpers, making that night the strongest of the Fair musically. Here he speaks with KDNK's Luke Nestler on Express Yourself. This video proves the man and his band are deep.

The song, Savage Blue, courtesy of the KEXP Presents series of videos, introduces Noah Shomberg, the drummer for the wild and crazy Denver band The Yawpers, who play Mountain Fair Saturday evening from 5:15-6:30. Check out the entire KEXP video here.

The band played a couple tunes live on Beyond Beyond before their Mountain Fair gig, Milonga and Rumo au Bosque. We discovered they are working on a new tune called Rumba & Raga. And their new drummer has more tattoos than he can count. Valle Musico plays the Fair on Saturday from 12:30-2pm

Frank Martin, guitar slinger and singer/songwriter has produced a new CD Blue on Blue on Blue. He joins Express Yourself with his producer Dave Taylor, of Cool Brick Studios, to talk about the project and play a couple tunes from the album, Pick Up Your Feet and Leaving Cheyenne. Frank's Trio plays Mountain Fair on Saturday morning at 11. More info at frankmartinmusic.com .

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Today's guest is Ann Korologos, former US Secretary of Labor from 1987-1989, Chairman Emeritus of the Rand Corporation Board and the Aspen Institute, and owner of the Korologos Gallery in Basalt. She was recently honored by Anderson Ranch. Tune in. Hear more.

Intuit pays their first visit to the Carbondale Mountain Fair this year on Friday night. A young band based in Boulder, Intuit has an appealing blend of reggae, folk and funk, with a little jam on the side.  Check out a great video here.

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Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Turns 13

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Rodeo in Carbondale!

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is full of cowboys, bull-riding cowgirls, horses that can turn on a dime and riders who don't fall off. Cowboy hats are de riguer in the chutes and so is a certain sense of polite machismo. It's a small town rodeo so all the cowboys say "Yes, Ma'am" and "No, Ma'am" and some even tip their hats. The crowd goes wild for the hide race, the mutton busters, and when the kids chase the calves around the arena. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has been covering CWWR for several years, both for radio and with photographs. Enjoy the slide show and enjoy the rodeo - every Thursday night. Slack is at 6. Grand Entry at 7:30.

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ARTIST INTERVIEWS

John McEuen live at KDNK

John McEuen Live at KDNK

John McEuen dropped by the Wholly Bozos show on KDNK with his musical buddy Matt Cartsonis. They brought some nitty and some gritty along with great big smiles, not to mention a beautiful guitar. John played a couple tunes live and told a few stories about Aspen in the early 70s, his new CD Made in Brooklyn , and about his show at the Wheeler commemorating the Will The Circle Be Unbroken sessions. John McEuen and community radio go together like banjo and that high lonesome sound. Come back soon, John!

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Three Slam Poets

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Paper Bird Live on KDNK

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Cowboy Corral on KDNK

Cowboy Corral is a local ensemble of men and women singing those great old Western songs. They stopped by Express Yourself before their wanderings around town during First Friday festivities and sang a medley of hits, a tribute to Cowboy Randy and KDNK and even did a little yodeling. We hope we can rope them into returning to KDNK's airwaves.

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