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KDNK's community calendar is underwritten by Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Click the headline to view listings like KDNK's Thank You Party tonight at Roaring Fork Beer Company featuring Pearl & Wood and Frank Martin.


Last month, just before the Sutey/Two Shoes land exchange was scheduled to close, the Interior Board of Land Appeals granted a “stay,” based on an appeal filed by a local watchdog group. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why the opponents want to stop the swap.

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Elizabeth Velasco moved to Colorado from Guanajuato, Mexico at age 16 to reunite with her father who had been  working in the US all those years. On this month's show, Elizabeth talks to host Walter Gallacher about growing up without her dad and adjusting to life in the US as a teenager.

Maija Petterson discusses the impact of the Donald Trump presidency at Glenwood Springs High School.

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Sonja Hinrichsen, an artist based in the Bay Area, is in the valley for two weeks making snow drawings at Ashcroft as a creative intervention into the natural environment. CORE and the City of Aspen partnered on the Aspen Energy Challenge to inspire people to save as much energy as possible and wanted to keep up the participatory aspect of “stepping forward” on climate. These snow drawings are the first of a new series of environmental art projects they have planned. Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois spoke with Sonja last weekend and shared this audio with KDNK. Participants can sign up for community snow drawing events that will take place at Ashcroft this weekend. More info at aspencore.org.

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On today's newscast, Bente Birkeland reports that a bipartisan effort to reduce the suspension rate of young children is working its way through the process. Eric Galatas reports on the transgender birth certificate's uncertain future in the Republican "kill committee" in the state senate. In this week's capitol conversation, journalists discuss the state budget gap. New reports point to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's history of voting against disabled students. Parents and children are delivering over 400,000 signatures in support of public broadcasting funds to the US Senate today. US Sen. Michael Bennet, who spoke at 5 town halls around southern and western Colorado last week, says to "keep it coming." Town of Carbondale has closed third street downtown until Memorial Day for streetscape improvements. The City of Glenwood's annual spring cleanup event kicks off April 17th. And prescribed burns are planned near Carbondale, Basalt, Parachute, Gypsum and Meeker.


Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats in next month’s election. Four are running for the at-large seat, now occupied by Stephen Bershenyi. In the fourth KDNK candidate interview, Jonathan Gorst talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about important issues facing the city and his idea for a performing arts center. Ballots must be returned to the Glenwood Springs city clerk by 7 PM April 4.

KDNK faves Let Them Roar performed two brand new songs live in the studio, Snow Moon and We Are the Broken Ones, as well as Miles of Wire ahead of their Justice Snow's gig next Wednesday night. Always good to see them and find out what's new for them.

Corey Hutchins

For Friday's newscast, Gavin Dahl talks about Sunshine Week and Fake News with Colorado Independent reporter Corey Hutchins, who is a correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review's United States Project, visiting lecturer at Colorado College and author of the fantastic weekly newsletter Colorado Local News & Media

Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats in next month’s election. Four are running for the at-large seat, now occupied by Stephen Bershenyi. In the third KDNK candidate interview, Charlie Willman talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the important issues facing the city and what he calls a paradigm shift in city management.

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Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats in next month’s election. Three want to represent Ward 5, south of 27th Street - currently Leo McKinney’s constituency. In the second of KDNK’s candidate interviews, Amber Wissing, who was born and raised in Glenwood, talks with Amy Hadden Marsh about key issues facing the city, including affordable housing.


Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats in next month’s election. Four are running for the at-large seat, currently occupied by Stephen Bershenyi. In the first of KDNK’s candidate interviews, at-large candidate Shelley Kaup, council member from 2007 - 2011, talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the confluence development, city recycling, the Grand Avenue Bridge, and the city’s energy resources.

Glenwood Springs High School Jazz Band performs live in the KDNK Broadcast Learning Center.

Today's newscast features Colorado News Service reporter Eric Galatas on how most scientists disagree with new EPA chief's claims about climate change. Click on the headline for more.

Students from Roaring Fork High School's Creative Writing class share personal memoirs about Fears, Friends, Firsts and Failures.

Please join us for the March meeting of the KDNK board of directors on Monday, March 20th at 5:30pm at 76 S 2nd. Street in downtown Carbondale. The agenda for the meeting is here

This Express Yourself was really enjoyable. Try it, you'll like it!

Noam Pikelny In-Studio

Mar 10, 2017

I don't know if all banjo players are as inherently humorous as their instrument, but Noam Pikelny assuredly is. He dropped by before his Wheeler gig and talked about his new CD Universal Favorite. Turns out it was recorded the day after his hometown team's historic World Series win last fall, and the last day of recording was the day before a momentous election. So it was recorded when hell froze over. Twice. Auspicious!

Rodney Crowell

Mar 10, 2017

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. Catch him at the Wheeler Opera House on Tuesday.

Today's newscast features proposed Medicaid cuts and opioid addiction in Craig, Colorado.

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Today's newscast features a conversation with Eagle County Commissioner Jill Ryan about the county's new Climate Action Plan.

This special edition features Enduring Addiction, an audio documentary by former KDNK reporter Ed Williams, who is now a public health reporter for KUNM in Albuquerque.  Ed talks more about the making of the documentary here.

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Ryan David Montoya was found Tuesday after surviving the storm earlier this week on Pyramid Peak. Independent journalist Hamilton Pevec goes behind the scenes to bring us a glimpse of Green is the New Black fashion show.  

Garry Schala

Mountain Family Health was this morning's Nonprofit in Focus. Development director Garry Schala sat in with station manager Gavin Dahl live on the air to discuss their new mobile dental van currently based in El Jebel, as well as the SMILES program and plans for a new facility in Basalt next year. Mountain Family CEO Ross Brooks was instrumental in the preparation for KDNK's interview with Lt. Gov Donna Lynne about health care in Colorado, now up for a Colorado Broadcasters Association award for Best Local Newscast. Thanks, Mountain Family Health!

Amy Hadden Marsh

Today's local newscast features Amy Hadden Marsh reporting on a bill introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet last week that would protect the Thompson Divide permanently. Peter Hart, staff attorney for Wilderness Workshop, and Matt Reed, public lands director for High Country Conservation Advocates in Crested Butte. The search continues for Ryan Montoya, a climber missing at Pyramid Peak, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff's office. Plus, as Eric Galatas reports, the first half of 2016 saw the highest increase in police-related shooting deaths in six years here in Colorado.

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On today's local newscast, Amy Hadden Marsh reports on a panel discussion hosted by the CLAW Caucus at the state capitol about Colorado Parks and Wildlife's plan to kill predators this spring. Bente Birkeland reports on a Republican-led effort making its way through the state legislature to change how the Taxpayers Bill of Rights is calculated so Colorado can keep more of the tax money it collects. The measure could free up millions of dollars for transportation, education and healthcare.

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.

David Starbear

Carbondale-based artist and chef David Starbear stopped by the KDNK studio to perform two songs as an "opening act" before Elephant Revival's visit to the station. He played songs inspired by his own journeys to support the water protectors at Standing Rock, "Good Medicine" and "Agua Sagrada" which means sacred water.

In a money-grubbing art marketplace, Robert Burch, a local glass artist, has a somewhat purist approach to his art and the marketing of it. Robert curated part of the current exhibition at the Launchpad, which features nine local glass artists, including himself. Luke Nestler spoke to him as he was preparing the unveiling of a new mobile glass kiln for First Friday.

Local therapist Jim Coddington is a proponent of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. His friend and mentor, William Glasser, the creator of that strain of psychology, wrote many letters to patients and colleagues during his lifetime. Jim and Dr. Glasser's wife, collected and edited them for a new book, Thoughful Answers to Timeless Questions. Jim appeared on KDNK's Express Yourself to talk about his new book.

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