The Sopris Sun

For this week's show, Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois talks with Whitney Will about her new astrology column and the conclusion of the Benjamin Weeks trial with reporter Megan Tackett.

Ascendigo Autism Services


For many years, autism was considered a childhood disorder. Today, organizations like Ascendigo recognize autism as a lifelong condition that is best supported by community. Journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker, co-authors of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, joined KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh to discuss these topics with Ascendigo president and CEO Peter Bell. John Donvan and Caren Zucker will join VIP ticket-holders at the Ascendigo Blue Aspen fundraiser on February 17. Tickets are available here.

April Spaulding


April Spaulding is one of five candidates for four seats in the upcoming Carbondale Board of Trustees election. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh asked her why she decided to run. KDNK will broadcast the candidate forum live from the Third Street Center on March 5th at 6pm.

Today's show features music and conversation with the Crystal River Ukuladies followed by expressions of love by the Andy Zanca Youth News Team.

Lani Kitching


Lani Kitching is one of five candidates for four seats in the upcoming Carbondale Board of Trustees election. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Lani to learn more about why she is running. KDNK, the Sopris Sun and Carbondale Chamber of Commerce host a live-broadcast candidate forum at the Third Street Center on March 5th at 6pm.

Morgan Hill of the Middle Colorado Watershed Council joins host Bill Kight to talk about the Wild and Scenic Film Festival later this month.

Garfield County Sheriff: Don't Touch Toxic "River Bottles"

Feb 13, 2018

UPDATE: 2/13/2018, 3:05 pm by Amy Hadden Marsh

Similar-looking bottles found in late January in the Roaring Fork River near Basalt could have been a cold-cooking method for making methamphetamine.

UPDATE: 2/13/2018, 2:08 pm by Amy Hadden Marsh


Over 17,000 “dreamers” in Colorado await resolution as the US Senate begins the immigration debate this week. Although Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is central to the discussion, the implications for federal immigration policy are even greater. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

AH Marsh Photo


Climate change and drought are taking a toll on pinyon pine and juniper woodlands, especially in the southwestern U.S.  Dr. Miranda Redmond, an assistant professor at Colorado State University, has researched this ecosystem. She is this week’s Naturalist Nights speaker and talked with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the pinyon pine and why it’s disappearing. Dr. Miranda Redmond will be at Carbondale’s Third Street Center Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

KDNK's beloved Geeks return to discuss the latest and greatest in tech.

KDNK's Board of Directors meet Monday night February 19th at 5:30pm at the station. The agenda is here, and posted in the front hall of the station. Board meetings are open to the public. 

Wikipedia Commons

KDNK invites listeners to begin the week with a fresh mindful moment, thanks to Roaring Fork Insight.

Glenwood Springs resident Paula Stepp is running for Garfield County Commissioner. On Friday, February 9, Paula visited with constituents from Battlement Mesa to Carbondale. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more.

Aspen Words

They've been on the program before, but they never fail to impress with their poetry and their passion. They're back for the third or fourth time on Express Yourself, and we heard a new poem from each.

Poet Chris Dombrowski describes the songs of his friend, musician Jeffrey Foucault, "not so much written as lived in." Jeffrey showed that ethic here when he dropped by Express Yourself before his gig at the Temporary. He told us about his new CD Blood Brothers, scheduled to drop in June, and he played two of his own songs, Heart to the Husk and Blood Brothers. He also played a short instrumental by one of his guitar heroes, Rainer Ptacek, called De Lantin.

Rep. Scott Tipton

Once again, KDNK spoke with 3rd Congressional District Representative Scott Tipton. This month’s conversation focuses on the Congressman’s Rural Banking Bill, his recent train accident, funding for health centers, action on DACA, and a bill that codifies reductions to Bear’s Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

The modern trap drum set was invented in the United States. Since then, drumming has evolved, like everything else.

Local drummer and gadfly Andy Scott joined Luke Nestler's Beyond Beyond show to talk about all things drumming. He employed some stellar progressive rock tracks to illustrate some drum concepts and practices. Turns out Andy doesn't want to tell a drum joke, but he's happy to explain how a drummer makes his magic.

courtesy Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon, director and pilot for Aspen-based wildlands advocacy group Ecoflight, recently took a break from work and joined a crew of friends for a ski/sail trip to Antarctica. Gordon spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his trip and the return sail through the infamous Drake Passage.

Marble Musician Mario Villalobos In-Studio Part One

Feb 8, 2018

Marble musician Mario Villalobos has a new CD called Colorado Nights. He visited DJ Abadeer on her Night-o-Sphere show to play two live songs, Tagalong and Blackbird, and talk about his life in Marble and his music.

Members of Dandelion Market (aka the Carbondale Community Food Co-op) voted Wednesday night to remain open for at least 2 more months, provided certain milestones can be reached. For this week's Everything Under the Sun, Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois and KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talk to Dandelion Market board member Richard Votero and working members Felicia Trevor and Jason White about those milestones and what it will take to keep the market going and growing.

Jason Bellegarde

Garfield County Commissioners would like to see a natural gas-fired power plant in the county but, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out, there are no plans to build one.

Fred Donaldson

Fred Donaldson explains as he gained skills in non-contest playing, the patterns of fear which had grown within him and round him fell away. Fred realized, he belonged to a vast network of touchable, trustworthy life-sustaining exchanges.

Sonoran Institute

Last year, the Sonoran Institute and Lincoln Institute of Land Policy launched a new program to address the lack of integration between land use planning and water management within the Colorado River basin. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Jeremy Stapleton, program director for Resilient Communities and Watersheds to learn more.

Host Ed Troy and special guest Steve Reynolds have a conversation with congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush about health care.

Between 1979 and 1992, homicide was the third leading cause of death among Native American women aged 15-34, reported Indian County Today in 2016. The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women or MMIW movement has been working to raise awareness of the horror but has had difficulty fitting into the MeToo Movement. For this week's Sounds of the High Country, Graham Lee Brewer, contributing editor of Tribal Affairs for High Country News, talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his recent story on MMIW and barriers facing Indigenous women as they speak out about violence and sexual abuse.


After decades of bipartisan support, federal funding lapsed for health centers around the country. For over four months now, health centers have operated without that critical funding. Today, advocates wear red to raise awareness and call on Congress to approve funding for the next few years. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Ross Brooks, CEO for Mountain Family Health Centers, to learn more...

photo courtesy Jane Partiger, Ecoflight

The KDNK News Team got a bird’s-eye perspective of the Garfield County natural gas fields last month with Ecoflight, a local wildlands advocacy group. Amy Hadden Marsh has this story about a new plan for more natural gas drilling in western Garfield County and what that could mean for wildlife habitat in an area that’s riddled with gas wells. The BLM was invited to join KDNK on the flight but agency policy restricts employees to BLM-chartered flights during work hours. Initial public comment on the Balzac Gulch Phase II Master Development Plan closes February 8th.

Wesley Bates

KDNK invites listeners to another mindful moment, thanks to Roaring Fork Insight.

Painter Doug Graybeal

Feb 2, 2018

Doug Graybeal is already into a rewarding retirement featuring a new career as a painter in pastels. He has a piece in the Valley Visual Art Show and here he joins Express Yourself to talk about that and his artistic process.

Painter Lisa Singer

Feb 2, 2018

Lisa Singer pays another visit to Express Yourself to talk about her new work, featured in the Valley Visual Art Show and another group show at the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen.