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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.

ProPublica has discovered a tax loophole that allows ranchers in parts of the Colorado River Basin to get bigger tax write-offs the more water they use. On this week's news brief, Gavin Dahl speaks to Abrahm Lustgarten, senior reporter for ProPublica, about his article, “Gimme a Break! IRS Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-stricken West.”

Amy Hadden Marsh

August 18th was the final Carbondale Wild West Rodeo of the season at Gus Darien Arena. Amy Hadden Marsh has been producing Rodeo Moments since the rodeo opened in June. She produced this extended segment to wrap up the year.

Election results this November could shift the power at the top of the Colorado's higher education system for the first time in nearly 30 years. For this week's News Brief, KDNK's Gavin Dahl talks with Colorado Independent reporter Corey Hutchins about each of the candidates in the statewide Board of Regents race.

Click here for Corey Hutchins article in the Colorado Independent and find out all you need to know about the race.  

Thirsty Denver residents could get more of Grand County’s water because of a deal signed with Denver Water back in 2014. The Moffat Collection System would divert more water from the Fraser River through the Moffat Tunnel to Boulder County. The state approved a key permit in June, followed by a nod from Gov. Hickenlooper. But, in the current issue of High Country News, Sarah Tory writes about how the deal could be headed for a lawsuit. On Sounds of the High Country, Amy Hadden Marsh learns about the deal and the controversies. Tory begins with what Grand County agreed to.

Wrangling Wasted Water

Aug 5, 2016

For this week’s news brief, KDNK's Gavin Dahl speaks to Brent Gardner-Smith from Aspen Journalism about enforcement of water diversions. 

Brent's article is called “Don’t Take More Than You Need: Wrangling Wasted Water on the Western Slope.”

For our latest installment of Sounds of the High Country, Gavin Dahl speaks to Colorado State University natural resource communication professor Joshua Zaffos about the BLM taking auctions online-only to avoid climate protests.

His latest article, “The Path of Lease Resistance” is out in the current issue of High Country News.

This week Gavin Dahl speaks with journalist Daniel Glick, co-founder of The Story Group, who is following the money spent on TV ads, mailers and billboards to persuade residents not to support initiatives. Concerned moms say the industry is targeting them for gathering signatures. 

Glick's Colorado Independent article with Kelsey Ray is “Who’s Behind Decline to Sign.”  

A Rifle teen is making her own dreams come true by riding bulls at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo and competing with the big boys this year. Amy Hadden Marsh was on hand for Tianna Davis' debut ride on June 21st and has this story.

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