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RFHS journalism students discuss the importance of their school's newspaper, The Rampage which is published the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Sopris Sun.

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Today’s guest is Marshall Saunders, founder of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. After a bout with cancer in 1985, Saunders, a former real estate developer, decided he wanted to do something with his life to help the world. Here, he talks about his dedication to a path of personal growth and its role in creating the results he has manifested by taking action, with love, on some big visions.

Democratic state representative Mike Foote's bill to set oil and gas drilling rigs farther away from schools is one step closer to becoming law. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Western Colorado Congress organizer Emily Hornback about the bill, it’s status, and what it could mean for one school in Garfield County.

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The Interior Board of Land Appeals on Monday denied an appeal of the Sutey Land Exchange near Carbondale. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more on the decision.

Geekspeak March 27, 2017

Mar 27, 2017

Late March madness from the geeks!

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Today's local newscast features KOTO's Cara Pallone in a conversation with Jack Regenbogen, attorney for the Colorado Center on Law and Policy, about a bipartisan proposal that would help renters in Colorado. Plus Bente Birkeland reports on a new bill that would move oil and gas drilling operations further away from schools and how voters feel about a proposed sales tax to fund transportation improvements.

Judy Milne and Carla Reed of the local watercolor artists group Alaprima. Alaprima has a new show at the Launchpad which opens tonight and runs through April 14. Here they talk about their art, their sanctuary, their creative process, and their tight-knit group of artists. 

Jill Cohn In-Studio

Mar 24, 2017

Jill Cohn paid another visit to KDNK ahead of her gig at Justice Snow's. As a new resident of the Roaring Fork Valley, Jill has found rejuvenation and an end to a year-long writer's block. She performed two new tunes, The Secret of the Soul, and No One Really Knows, both world premieres.

A futuristic funk and funny tune from That 1 Guy, who plays Steve's Guitars tonight. Two Alaprima artists involved in the new show at the Launchpad which opens tonight with a reception. And singer/songwriter Jill Cohn, who plays Justice Snow's in Aspen on Sunday night.

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On today's local newscast, Gavin Dahl speaks to Post Independent reporter Ryan Summerlin about his article on the new farmer's market starting in Glenwood Springs this June.  Plus Eric Galatas reports on a new study from Hunger-Free Colorado that shows wide bipartisan support for fighting food insecurity. New information casts doubt on the authenticity of Doc Holliday's derringer pistol, recently purchased by Glenwood Historical Society. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled yesterday in favor of the youth climate activists Earth Guardians. Garfield County approved code changes that could mean a boom of tiny homes in unincorporated parts of the county. And Gavin Dahl reports on the latest news about marijuana.


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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Jerome talks to Patrick Hunter and Michael Thompson about the perennial economy and alternative capitalism. 

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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.

Sonja Hinrichsen


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.

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

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

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Karen Schroyer is the Aspen/Sopris District Ranger for the White River National Forest. She joins host Bill Kight to talk local public lands issues.

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.

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.

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.

Judy Martin, Senior Programs Manager for Garfield County Health and Human Services, and Kimberley Gent, director of Alpine Legal Services, join Diane this month. Tune in for great tips!

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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.  

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