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
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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.

Jodie Wilson, president of LiftUp's Board of Directors, talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the non-profit's successful 34 years of giving to the community.  

Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Kandi Mossett is the featured speaker on Thursday's show, which was originally aired on Spirit Resistance LPFM Radio on Standing Rock treaty lands in North Dakota on 9/3/2016. 


On this week’s news brief we look at the race to represent our valley in the U.S. Congress. Colorado Independent reporter Marianne Goodland has been a reporter at the Colorado state capitol for 18 out of the last 19 sessions. Her article is called Schwartz v Tipton: The Battle for Colorado's Third Congressional District.

Roaring Fork Conservancy

On Friday morning's Nonprofit Spotlight, KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke with Christina Medved, Watershed Education director at the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The Conservancy is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and has an exciting list of events throughout September.  Christina says, "we consider partnering with KDNK an integral part of what we do. It's great to be involved with such a community-based organization."

Amy Hadden Marsh

Significant sacred sites were destroyed this past weekend on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation by construction workers on the Dakota Access pipeline. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at the significance of the sites.

Thursday night's Nonprofit Spotlight shined on English in Action. Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to executive director Lara Beaulieu, who oversees the administrative and programmatic functions of the organization. Lara is bilingual in Spanish and English and brings more than 20 years of nonprofit sector experience. She says "KDNK makes our community a better place to live. It connects people. It allows different voices to be heard."

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ARTIST INTERVIEWS

Honey Dewdrops

The Honey Dewdrops talk about their harmonies, their experience at the Fayetteville Roots Festival, their love of Carbondale and their interactions with audiences. They also played Lowlands, The Loneliest Song and Nobody in This World.

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EXPRESS YOURSELF

Letter to Congress: A WILD Sanity

Deb Colley, of Co-Motion and Dance Initiative, and creator of A Letter to Congress: A WILD Sanity, along with one of her dancers Carolyn Yates, about the unique piece and how it was made, and about the live performance next weekend at Sustainable Settings.

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