Erik Storey visited KDNK to talk about how he got his debut novel published. The book is "Nothing Short of Dying." It's a crime thriller set in Grand Junction, Rifle and Leadville. Maybe because he's a country boy, his head is not all swole up from his newfound success.

Christine Lavin still has a sensa yuma. And she knows how to fold a napkin!

Tania Dibbs is a former ski instructor turned full time professional artist with a local and national following. Tania lives and works in the Roaring Fork Valley, where she continues to pursue a career as an artist, developing her craft with the support of galleries and collectors around the country. Her organic, landscape inspired works range between painting, sculpture and encaustic pieces.

Heather Dalton

Scientist Sarah Hawkins released a report for US Geological Survey in June that found the Mancos Shale formation of the Piceance Basin could contain 40 times more natural gas than previously estimated. Hawkins, based in Denver, made two presentations yesterday in Rifle, at the Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum in the morning and the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting, last night. Garfield County resident Doug Saig spoke during public comment at the EAB meeting, telling the industry to pack up and leave. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Gavin Dahl report.

Joshua Hicks / USGS

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Here’s your community calendar for Friday, December 2nd, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Information at Rotary: Service above self.

Permascapes Unlimited

This flagstone patio with fire pit and gardens might be the biggest ticket item at KDNK's annual Labor of Love Auction and Holiday Bazaar on Friday night. Offered in support of the station by Permascapes Unlimited and Rocky Mountain Stone Supply, one lucky bidder will score your very own 150 square foot flagstone patio, with natural edges, choice of Colorado red or tan/brown stone, and a built in fire pit!

Party with us at the Village Smithy in downtown Carbondale during First Friday. KDNK's Labor of Love auction runs from 5 to 8 PM.

The event features DJ Moot (aka Alex Schrempf) and local food and drinks sponsored by Phat Thai, Peppino's, Roaring Fork Beer Company, Marble Distilling and Carbondale Beer Works. Event sponsors also include Alpine Bank and ANB Bank with Bazaar decor by Isberian Rugs.

Register now to get your bidder number and secure yourself a free drink on the big night. 

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron is one of three dozen mayors around the country to sign onto an open letter to Donald Trump calling for bold climate policy. KDNK news director spoke to City of Aspen Climate Action Manager Ashley Perl to learn more.

A new rule from the US Department of Labor that would have made millions of employees eligible for overtime pay was scheduled to take effect today, but a Texas federal district court has placed a temporary injunction blocking its implementation nationwide. News director Gavin Dahl spoke to Renny Fagan, president and CEO of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, about overtime pay and the minimum wage.

Two young thespians, Ellie Urfraig and Cole Kokish, along with their director, Jennifer Johnson, talk to KDNK's Luke Nestler about the Sol Theatre holiday show, ELF.