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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.

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."

Sculpture by Laura G Thorne

Amy Kimberly from Carbondale Arts was our guest on this morning's Nonprofit Spotlight. She says: "We feel these airwaves are important, they connect us, they get information out there that's important, they allow creativity and freedom. There are so many kids that have grown up here on KDNK who are absolutely some of my most favorite adults.  They are the ones that are holding the spirit of the community for the future. I really think that KDNK is a huge part of that. We hope people keep this station thriving." 

Gavin Dahl

With the Denver Broncos kicking off the regular season tonight against the Carolina Panthers, much-loved Carbondale vet Dr. Ben Mackin was pranked early this morning by a local pet owner. Dr. Mackin is known to favor a football team from the northeast with ball size problems.   

Open House Thursday from 4-7

Sep 8, 2016
Stacy Stein

Come tour KDNK at our open house on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Meet the wonderful staff and have a beverage and snack with us. Try your hand at cornhole and mingle with the coolest people in the world: KDNK members. Bring a new member and be registered to win a seat at our Town Restaurant dinner next Wednesday from 6-9 p.m.

This is Part 2 of Will's summer conversation with play expert Stuart Brown.

Lauren Pierce, executive director of the Chris Klug Foundation, spoke with KDNK news director Gavin Dahl live in studio this morning about the nonprofit's work advocating for more valley residents to sign up as organ and tissue donors. Lauren previously worked for the Wheeler Opera House and is a longtime supporter of KDNK.

Wednesday evening's Nonprofit Spotlight featured Lori Mueller, executive director of YouthZone. With four decades of experience, YouthZone is focused on providing opportunities for youth to be responsible, contributing members of society and work with their families and community toward this end. She talked with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh.


Thousands of people have gathered at the Sacred Stone Camp on the northeastern edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota to stop a pipeline that would carry crude oil underneath the Missouri River, east to Indiana. Over the weekend, a confrontation between protesters and private security guards from the pipeline company turned violent. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

Membership Drive is ON!

Sep 6, 2016
Jane Bachrach

We count on our listeners to keep KDNK going. Join or renew by calling the station now at 970 963-0139. The Donate page is ready for you. Our theme is "Join the Team." Do what you can to support community radio!

Photo Courtesy of CORE

On this evening's Nonprofit Spotlight, Amy Hadden Marsh interviews Mona Newton, executive director of CORE, Community Office for Resource Efficiency. They are celebrating 20 years in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

On Tuesday's Nonprofit Spotlight, Stacy Stein (co-director of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program) interviewed John Klonowski, program director of Challenge Aspen Military Opportunities. CAMO provides adaptive therapeutic recreation and wellness experiences. John told Stacy he recently started listening to KDNK and he is "thrilled with the discovery. Supporting a local radio station is a great thing."

Get Connected September 1, 2016

Sep 1, 2016

Get Connected is a monthly public affairs show, featuring the work of non-profits from Aspen to Parachute. This month, host Amy Barr talks to Kyle Crawley of Stepping Stones and Jeffrey Barbee of Alliance Earth.

Gavin Dahl


George Killian is an organizer with CoPIRG Foundation, in town for a voter registration drive at Colorado Mountain College. She stopped by KDNK to speak to news director Gavin Dahl. 

Solar Energy International executive director Kathy Swartz talks with Gavin Dahl about their training program called Solar Ready Colorado.  

Welcome to the New KDNK Website

Aug 31, 2016
Mark Burrows

Your support has enabled us to move forward with a robust site that features new ways to listen and connect with KDNK and the community. Please enjoy our new online player by clicking on “Listen Live.”  Get the latest local, regional and NPR news, enjoy archives of live music on KDNK, sign up for podcasts and connect to the station by volunteering, sending a news tip, becoming a DJ and donating.

Karen Grey on The Inner Game

Aug 30, 2016

Gwen Garcelon hosts a new public affairs show at KDNK. It's called The Inner Game and it's all about a particular relationship – the one we have with ourselves. The Inner Game features conversations with community and business leaders about how they grow personally to make a bigger difference in the world through the strength and health of their relationships and organizations. Each of us has a purpose and The Inner Game is about the relationship we have with that purpose and how we contribute to a more beautiful world.

Karen Grey of Waldkinder Adventure Pre-School is today's guest.

Photo Courtesy of Solar Energy International

Xcel Energy is calling the settlement they filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission earlier this month, "the largest of its kind in Colorado history." Katharine Rushton with Carbondale's Sunsense Solar explains why it’s a big win for renewable energy.  

KDNK Board Meeting September 7

Aug 29, 2016

The KDNK Board of Directors will hold its next meeting Tuesday, September 7, at 5:30 p.m. at the offices of Land and Shelter, 215 N 12th street, Unit C in Carbondale. The meeting is open to the public. An agenda is posted at the KDNK office or click here or call 963-0139.

In November, Colorado voters will decide whether or not to triple the tax on tobacco products. Gavin Dahl talks to Ross Brooks, CEO of Mountain Family Health Centers, to find out more about the ballot initiative effort.

Brent Gardner-Smith from Aspen Journalism talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about his latest article. The "bathtub ring" in Lake Powell shows declines in water levels. Another drought could shut down hydropower production at Glen Canyon Dam, with widespread impacts.

Carbondale was the scene of two reported assaults on women this summer. Some residents are angry that Town Trustees have yet to discuss or implement new precautions. Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

Courtesy of Chalkbeat Colorado

School is back in session across the state, so Gavin Dahl got up early and called education reporter Ann Schimke to talk about her latest article in Chalkbeat Colorado on school start times for this week’s news brief.

Scott Braden, Wilderness and Public Lands Advocate at Conservation Colorado, says funding shortages and privatization schemes are the biggest threats national parks face, as the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service is celebrated August 25th. Thanks to KGNU Community Radio for sharing this audio with KDNK.  

Chelsea Green

Living Permaculture celebrates two anniversaries this month -  Jerome Osentowski's 75th birthday and Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute turns 30.

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