Cody Lee’s Best of 2017

  1. Jesca Hoop/Memories Are Now

  2. The Heliocentrics/A World of Masks

  3. Toussaint Morrison/Lesser Restoration

  4. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard/Flying Microtonal Banana

  5. Cat Clyde/Ivory Castanets

  6. El Michels Affair/Return to the 37th Chamber

  7. Izo Fitzroy/Skyline

  8. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings/Soul of a Woman

  9. The Deslondes/Hurry Home

  10. Truckstop Honeymoon/Big Things and Little Things

The Shoshone Hydroelectric Power Plant, just east of Glenwood Springs along the Colorado River, was built in 1905. It generates 15 megawatts of power and is a popular rafting spot in the summer. It also holds the state’s oldest water right on the river. For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Emily Benson, editorial fellow at High Country News, about the impact of this single water right. Here's her story: The Tiny Power Plant That Shapes the Colorado River.

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News Director Raleigh Burleigh has these updates from the Carbondale Board of Trustees...

Tess Freeman

CRMS alumna and Fulbright scholar Kelsey Freeman returns to the Roaring Fork Valley from Mexico to talk about her experience studying the humanitarian impacts of US immigration policy. Kelsey presents at the CRMS barn tonight, January 9, at 7pm. Tess Freeman, professional photographer and sister to Kelsey, will also present her photos taken during Kelsey's scholarship.

The Geeks return to take calls, talk tech, and give advice.

Sarah Tory, Aspen Journalism

Local rancher Bill Fales is trying to do the right thing when it comes to protecting water flow in the Crystal River. But, he’s run into some complications. For this week’s News Brief, Sarah Tory, reporting for Aspen Journalism, talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the story. Click here to read the story.

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Jeff Sessions’ decision to change Obama-era Federal policy, preventing the national government from interfering with states that legalize cannabis, revives questions about the 10th Amendment and state rights. Raleigh Burleigh has more.

KDNK Invites Listeners to tune in to their inner news with a mindful moment, thanks to Roaring Fork Insight.

Poet and collagist DJ Hill, recently arrived from Minnesota, reads two of her poems, Drive-By Shoesand Haikus and After. She also describes her collage art. Then two talented guitarists, John Hatanaka and John Stuckey, play two original tunes Daisy and Naraja.

Pearl & Wood

Jan 5, 2018

We hear a newer tune by Pearl & Wood, Petal Dress, and a couple tunes from their 2016 Mountain Fair performance, Shortnin' Bread and All About the Bass. Cellist Ellie Barber and Drummer Mark Zoller update us on recent news with one of Carbondale's favorite bands, including the imminent arrival of a new EP.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that he plans to end Federal non-interference with state marijuana legalization laws by reversing the Cole Memorandum and other Obama-era policies. Colorado Senator Cory Gardner says this is completely the opposite of promises made by Sessions and President Trump. Here’s a clip from Gardner’s remarks from the Senate floor. Gardner says he'll put a hold on Department of Justice nominations until Sessions reinstates and re-implements the Cole Memorandum.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

Steve Beckley, an avid caver since childhood, founded the Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park with his wife Jeanne in 1998. Host Gwen Garcelon speaks with Steve about his overlapping business and passion for education, exploration and fun. The Haunted Mine Drop, which opened in July 2017, was recently awarded USA Today's "Best New Amusement Park Attraction of 2017."

Dr. Jeffrey Rubin

Dr. Jeffrey Rubin is a psychotherapist and author of The Art of Flourishing: A Guide to Mindfulness, Self-Care, and Love in a Chaotic World. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Dr. Rubin about toxic standards of masculinity in modern America encouraging sexual misconduct.

Will Evans

Host William Evans interviews Marc Whitman, a California architect, about surviving the recent wildfires.

This year’s Naturalist Nights begin tonight, featuring Dr. John Hausdoerffer, Executive Director of the Center for Environment & Sustainability at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison. Hausdoerffer recently co-edited a collection of essays titled Wildness: Relations of People and Place with Gavin Van Horn and takes a contemporary look at wildness with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh. 

Host Ed Troy learns about chiropractic care with soft tissue specialist Dr. Adam Holden of Avail Tissue & Spine in Glenwood Springs.

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A Colorado grassroots coalition started putting together a statewide ballot initiative last month for wider buffer zones between fracking and neighborhoods. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Colorado Rising board member Micah Parkin for details.

Monday Mindful Minute

Jan 1, 2018

KDNK invites listeners to begin their year with a mindful minute, thanks to Roaring Fork Insight.

Grand Junction psychobilly band The Tankerays dropped by Express Yourself to show off their new CD Aztec Death Whistle. We played a couple tunes from the CD and they talked about making the music and about their New Year's Eve gig at Carbondale Beer Works.

Author, Singer-Songwriter  and architect Heather Hoeksema describes the Singular Butterfly plays a couple original tunes before her reading at Explore Booksellers next week.

For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Aspen Daily News reporter Chad Abraham about a sovereign citizen case in front of the Garfield County Court.

Stephanie and Jerome talk to Jose Miranda, who raises water buffalo in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Amy's guest today is Garrick Dutcher. A photo exhibit at the Aspen Airport hopes to increase awareness about wolf reintroduction into Colorado. Living With Wolves opened on December 8th and features work by the Emmy award-winning team Jim and Jamie Dutcher about the social life of the Sawtooth Pack in Idaho. She attended the opening and spoke with Jim's son Garrick Dutcher, who is the research and program director for the non-profit Living with Wolves. Here he talks about the history of the project before moving into the need for wolf reintroduction in Colorado. The exhibit is open until the end of ski season.

Dustin Cole is passionate about community radio and was a board member of KSJD in Cortez, Colorado. Now, he’s on KDNK’s board and sat down with Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about why he became involved.

Carbondale resident Chris Hassig is an artist, co-host of KDNK’s Deep Breakfast on Friday afternoons and now, one of three new members of KDNK’s Board of Directors.  He sat down with Raleigh Burleigh to talk about why he’s involved with the station.

Theoretical physicist and professor of physics at Boston University Dr. David Campbell specializes in nonlinear phenomena and condensed matter physics. He joined Matt Popish from Aspen High School and Will Kaufman from Glenwood Springs High School to talk about his work.

Carol Hedges


Carol Hedges, Executive Director of the nonpartisan Colorado Fiscal Institute, speaks with KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl about her disappointment with the tax bill, the failure of "trickle-down" economics, and what's next for Colorado's budget.

Rick Burrows

You may know Rick Burrows from Peppino’s Pizza in downtown Carbondale or as KDNK’s DJ Rickdiculous. Rick was raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and is one of three new members of KDNK’s Board of Directors.

Jero's Vibe host DJ Jero put together a list of all 300+ artists whose tunes he played on KDNK in 2017. Jero says all these artists are worth looking into if you haven’t heard their music. Enjoy!

Painter Terry Gardner

Dec 22, 2017

KDNK's Claire de L'Arbre spoke with noted painter Terry Gardner about his painting process. Terry is featured in the Holiday Show at Korologos Gallery in Basalt. And he has some work in the prestigious Coors Western Art show at the National Western stock show next month.