On today's local newscast, Bente Birkeland airs the people's priorities at the State Capitol, collected from around the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network. Then Amy Hadden Marsh interviews Peter Hart from Wilderness Workshop about their plan to appeal a new Black Hills Energy compressor station near Carbondale. Plus, earthquakes continue in Garfield County. And Chad Reich from KBUT reports an aphid called called phylloxera has been detected in several Western Slope vineyards. 

Geekspeak January 30, 2017

Jan 30, 2017

The Geeks get down and geeky for another weekly show.

Corey Thiel

On today's local newscast, a new bill in Congress seeks to sell off over 3 million acres of BLM land, including 94,000 acres in Colorado. CDPHE recommends not allowing Ursa to build a fracking wastewater injection well in Battlement Mesa. Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the Colorado impacts of Trump's EPA freeze. Dana Cronin of KRCC Colorado Springs examines fluoride in drinking water for Connecting the Drops, supported by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Eric Galatas reports that many Colorado kids could be impacted by federal Obamacare repeal. And Bente Birkeland  reports on a bill that debuts in committee at the State Capitol that would repeal the state's healthcare exchange.

Chris Hassig and Sarah Uhl are local artists showing in the Valley Visual Arts Show which hangs at the Launchpad until February 17. They visited Express Yourself to talk about their pieces in the show, their creative processes, and their artistic futures. And Peter Gilbert of Dance Initiative describes the newest DI residency next week involving  the New York dancer Christiana Axelsen. 

Emmy Lerma photo

KDNK presents a Valley Voices special, featuring Beth Wysong, co-director of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Project, who went to the Women's March on Washington, artist and professor Peggy Shaw of Champaign, Illinois who was in Chicago, plus clips from the Carbondale and Denver marches. Tune in and get inspired! Photos are by Roaring Fork Valley residents who rode 2 buses to the Denver March.

On today's local newscast, Bente Birkeland reports that after a lengthy hearing, the proposal to create a religious freedom exemption bill in Colorado was defeated. Then Gavin Dahl interviews environmental reporter Bob Berwyn about his reporting on the impact of climate change in the Alps and his essay, Dear Skiers. Plus, Amy Hadden Marsh gets an update from Linda Black Elk, spokesperson for the Standing Rock water protectors. The Dakota Access Pipeline EIS is available on the Federal Register here.

KDNK DJ Beth Wysong attended the Women's March on Washington and collected people's perspectives and images from the march.

Gavin Dahl

After a nationwide search that attracted 24 applicants from coast to coast, KDNK has selected it current News Director Gavin Dahl as its new Station Manager. The new GM will start his duties on February 1st, with a meet-and-greet opportunity from 4 to 6 pm on Friday February 3rd at the station. Read more...

Rep. Daneya Esgar

On today's local newscast,  State Representative Daneya Esgar discusses the significance of Colorado’s first millennial and first Latina Speaker of the House and shares her perspective on Black Hills Energy’s criticism of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Then, a 12-year old from Basalt shares her criticism of Trump's agenda and encourages young people to use their voices in pursuit of the changes they'd like to see in the world.

Jerome talks goat farming in the tidewater country of Virginia with Cole Sullivan and Shanna Bupp.

Gavin Dahl

On today's local newscast, Erica Sparhawk talks with KDNK's Gavin Dahl about joining Carbondale's Board of Trustees. Eric Galatas reports on a new "religious freedom" bill at the legislature that would allow businesses and individuals to pick and choose which laws to obey. Amy Hadden Marsh collects comments from Roaring Fork Valley women who rode the bus to March on Denver. And Bente Birkeland reports on another new bill at the legislature that would lead to more guns on school campuses.

Independent filmmaker and podcaster Hamilton Pevec attended Saturday's march in Carbondale, which attracted close to 700 people, and talked to marchers about why they came out on a snowy morning and the significance of the demonstration. KDNK aired an edited version of this story on the January 24th local newscast.  Click here to listen to Pevec's "American Immigrant" podcast.

Maura Masters photo

KDNK's local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41, and again at 5:34 PM.

Geekspeak January 23, 2017

Jan 23, 2017

The geeks get geekier. Matt, Louie, and Donna talk tech. Tune in.

Adele talks to community members about their hopes for 2017.

Bente Birkeland

On today's local newscast, Gavin Dahl speaks to facilitator Debbie Wilde about Roaring Fork School District's community meetings this week on changes to Wednesday afternoon extended learning and  summer school programs. The meetings run from 5:30 to 7pm in Carbondale on Tuesday, Glenwood Springs on Wednesday and Basalt on Thursday. Then, Amy Hadden Marsh reports on last Thursday's Glenwood Springs City Council meeting decision on moving the municipal recycling center to the South Canyon landfill west of town. Plus, Bente Birkeland reports from Denver on the demonstration in solidarity with millions of marchers around the country. We will bring you more audio of marches in Carbondale, Denver and DC this week.

Amy Hadden Marsh photo

KDNK had a presence at the Women's March on Denver, the March on Carbondale, and in DC. We'll have stories this week and more of a complete slide show as photos roll in. But, for now please enjoy a few tidbits from the Denver and Carbondale marches.

New Orleanian Seth Walker has an assured new release featuring his family called Gotta Get Back. Luke spoke to him on Express Yourself. They decided Seth needs some wingtip galoshes and that music can cure what ails ya.

Coming to the Hotel Colorado on Saturday, January 21

This week's Express Yourself features a snowshoe race, a womens' documentary film festival, and a swinging bluesman visiting Steve's Guitars tomorrow.


John McEuen live at KDNK

John McEuen dropped by the Wholly Bozos show on KDNK with his musical buddy Matt Cartsonis. They brought some nitty and some gritty along with great big smiles, not to mention a beautiful guitar. John played a couple tunes live and told a few stories about Aspen in the early 70s, his new CD Made in Brooklyn, and about his show at the Wheeler commemorating the Will The Circle Be Unbroken sessions. John McEuen and community radio go together like banjo and that high lonesome sound.  Come back soon, John!

Gavin Dahl

On today's local newscast, hear from organizer Paula Casper from New Castle about the busloads of Roaring Fork valley residents headed to Denver from Glenwood on Saturday to participate in the women's march. KDNK news director Gavin Dahl speaks to Tavia Teitler from the Rampage student newspaper at Roaring Fork High School about her feature on diversity and racial bias for this week’s news brief. As Bente Birkeland reports, Colorado’s new select committee on energy held its first hearing Thursday. Plus, Gavin spoke to Sarah Buckley from Advocate SafeHouse about the film screening they’re hosting Saturday at 5 and 7:30 at Hotel Colorado in Glenwood called Luna Fest.

Ask the Vet takes calls on KDNK third Thursdays monthly.

Maura Masters photo

On today's local newscast KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh speaks to one of the organizers of this Saturday's Women's March in Carbondale, Maura Masters, from Alice Magazine. Eric Galatas reports on  Clean Air Moms Action's opposition to Trump's EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, as well as Interior Pick Ryan Zinke. Plus, CDOT moved the rockfall on Highway 133 near McClure Pass yesterday. There is another solidarity march and ski in Aspen on Saturday. And Carbondale Public Works has set this Friday as the drop-off deadline for Christmas trees.

Sixth grade students from Glenwood Springs Middle School wrote public service announcements encouraging KDNK listeners to protect the rivers.


Tracy Trulove of CDOT confirms that Highway 133 was only affected by rockfall in the roadway for about two hours Wednesday. KDNK first reported the obstacle thanks to a call from a listener around 11AM. CDOT was able to push the boulders to the side of the road by approximately 1PM. The incident occurred around mile marker 31, on the south side of the pass near Paonia Reservoir.

Today's local newscast features an interview with RFSD's Angie Davlyn about this Friday's universal enrollment deadline. More info at Then Lindsey Utter, planning and outreach manager for Pitkin County Open Space and Trails about tonight's open house at Carbondale Town Hall from 5 to 7 regarding the proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail. Plus, just when you thought you were safe from election news, one of the first contenders for the 2018 gubernatorial race in Colorado has announced his candidacy. And, if you love to walk and learn about Colorado's history and architecture, there's now an app for that, thanks to AARP.

Walter Gallacher

Dr. George Mizner grew up in Austria, enjoying an idyllic childhood until one dark day in 1938.

Sen. Michael Bennet

On today's local newscast, we learn the names of all 8 applicants for the open trustee position at the Town of Carbondale: Jim Breasted, Beth Broome, Michael Durant, Sarah Johnson, Rebecca Moller, Doc Philip, Erica Sparhawk and April Spaulding. News intern Raleigh Burleigh sits down with Angie Davyln, senior project manager for Roaring Fork School District, to learn more about the safe haven resolution supporting immigrant families. She can be reached via email at Gavin Dahl shares a statement from US Senator Michael Bennet's office responding to critics of his no vote on a resolution encouraging importation of cheaper drugs from Canada. And Eric Galatas reports that President Obama is calling on public lands agencies to be more inclusive, and has designated three new national monuments while expanding two others.

Is Artificial Intelligence Gripped by Fear of Death?

Jan 16, 2017

Find out on this week's Geekspeak with Matt and Louie.  Tune in!

KDNK's next board meeting is Monday January 23rd at 5:30 in our classroom at 76 S 2nd St, Carbondale, CO 81623. The public is invited. The agenda is available here and posted in the front hall at the station.