Anderson Ranch Arts Center deputy director Ashley Todey joined Gavin Dahl live in the studio today to talk about their ongoing 50th anniversary celebration. She is a regular listener to KDNK. "Every morning when I wake up I enjoy turning on the radio and listening to what's happening in the valley and nationally," Todey said. "It's a wonderful way to connect." 

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. 

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Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Turns 13

AH Marsh photo

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

Rodney Crowell

Truly accomplished artists are often gracious human beings, and Rodney Crowell is no exception. Here he shares some insights into his creative process, his memoir Chinaberry Sidewalks and his new CD, slated to drop at the end of March, called Close Ties.

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EXPRESS YOURSELF

How We Grow

Young local filmmakers Haley Thompson, and for a little while via telephone, Tomas Zuccareno, about their new short film profiling some young farmers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

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