On last night's Nonprofit Spotlight, Steve Skinner spoke to Patti Stranahan and Margie Throm of the Thrift Shop of Aspen, now 67 years old. The Thrift Shop of Aspen is a proud supporter of KDNK. It's run by an all-volunteer board and provides grants to dozens of organizations in the valley.

KDNK News Director Gavin Dahl sat down with the Republican and Democratic party chairs for Garfield County on Tuesday. Gavin asked them, "Are you okay with a fracking site a few thousand feet from your house?" Republican Dave Merritt answered first. "I would have to be," he said. Democrat Bob Shivley followed. "No, not in my backyard." Listen to the entire discussion here.

Bill's guest today is landscape artist and writer Genevieve Joelle Villamizar.

Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies was our Nonprofit Spotlight on Monday evening. The nonprofit distributed more than 5 million meals last year across 10 western Colorado counties. Their mobile pantry in Aspen will be distributing food in the parking lot of the U.S. Forest Service Ranger Station on Thursday September 15th starting at 11AM. Starlene Collins, manager of Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies says, "Public radio is so important, because people want to help. By connecting with public radio and the service that you provide, and the information that you provide, people find out where to not only give help, but they also find out ways to get help."

Geek Speak September 12, 2016

Sep 12, 2016

Don't let your computer get the best of you. Call the geeks!

KDNK Board Meeting September 19th

Sep 12, 2016

The KDNK Board of Directors will hold its next meeting Monday, September 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of KDNK 76 S. 2nd street in Carbondale. The meeting is open to the public. An agenda is posted at the KDNK office or click here or call 963-0139.

The KDNK news department hosted a special Journalist Roundtable live broadcast on Sunday September 11th. Our guests in the studio were Brent Gardner-Smith from Aspen Journalism, Lynn Burton from The Sopris Sun and Ryan Hoffman from the Rifle Citizen-Telegram and the Post-Independent. We talked about the challenges we face in meeting the information needs of the valley, including a lack of Spanish speakers in our newsrooms, and a simple lack of funding and time to do investigative reporting. And we talked about the stories that need more coverage, for example we cover drug crime but rarely discuss treatment. Thanks again to our guests!

Mountain Valley Developmental Services is an institution in the Roaring Fork Valley, employing over 150 people and advocating independent living for folks with developmental disabilities. Executive Director Bruce Christensen and HR Manager Courtney Little spoke to Stacy Stein from the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program on this morning's Nonprofit Spotlight. Bruce says, "I'm a huge fan of public radio. It's important to support KDNK. You guys do a fabulous job of keeping the community informed. I don't think that's something we get as much of from commercial media. I like your context and your perspective. KDNK is a wonderful resource." 

Grace Lunsford and her husband Corbett are in Carbondale today at the Rec Center from 11AM - 4PM on a nationwide Proof is Possible Tour, traveling in a high performance tiny house on wheels they call #TinyLab. They are a High Performance Power Couple, educating the public on home performance and energy efficiency. KDNK news director Gavin Dahl spoke with Grace Lunsford about why they do what they do. 

Astronomer Aguilar to Guest on Geekspeak

Sep 10, 2016
Steve Skinner

David Aguilar is the closest thing we have to a rocket scientist in the Roaring Fork Valley. He will appear as a very special guest on Geekspeak, Monday, September 12 at 4:30 p.m. on KDNK. We will talk about the night skies and anything else that fascinates and inspires David. Geekspeak is hosted by Louie Girardot, Matt McBrayer and Steve Skinner.

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ARTIST INTERVIEWS

Elephant Revival Live on KDNK

One of the quintessential Colorado bands dropped by KDNK on their way to their sold out Wheeler gig. They didn't have to do that! Especially ahead of a sold-out gig. But they did, and that is a testament to their good-hearted decency. And it's a testament to their support of Community Radio in Colorado. They played a couple tunes from their new CD Petals, Season Song and Home in Your Heart. And they played a couple older tunes, Remember a Beginning and Rogue River.

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EXPRESS YOURSELF

Aspen Grove by Kaylie Finnis

Carbondale Arts + Love Tales Told + Kaylie Finnis, Artist

Today's Express Yourself was mostly about the exciting news from Carbondale Arts courtesy of Amy Kimberly, executive director. Fashion show, Rio Grande Artway, Rosybelle and more. Acrylics artist Kaylie Finnis talks about her art and her process. And Sylvia Wendrow of Spellbinders tells a few love tales in honor of Valentine's Day.

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