Amy Hadden Marsh

News Reporter & Public Affairs

Amy Hadden Marsh has been reporting for KDNK since 2005, beginning as a freelance reporter. She became the host of Valley Voices, a longtime public affairs show, in 2006. She graduated with honors from Regis University with a Masters degree in Investigative Journalism in 2011 and says, "If it weren't for KDNK, I wouldn't have gone to graduate school and changed careers to journalism." Amy was hired as a full-time reporter in 2014.


Garfield County’s suicide rate is higher than the state average. More adults and high school students binge drink here than across the state. But, the number of opioid deaths is lower than state rates. This information and more is now available with a few clicks. Data Dashboard, launched this month, is part of Mental Health Colorado’s website. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Andrew Romanoff, the organization’s president and CEO, to find out more.

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Many Battlement Mesa residents were disappointed in a decision made by Garfield County Commissioners Thursday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Battlement Mesa residents find out today if Garfield County Commissioners will approve or deny Ursa Resources’ proposed A Pad. The controversial project would put 24 natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well less than 500 feet from some homes within the Battlement Mesa community. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday in Battlement Mesa about the project. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about why citizens believe the project should be denied. Commissioners meet at 9 AM in Glenwood Springs.

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Battlement Mesa resident Bonnie Smeltzer is probably the oldest member of Battlement Concerned Citizens, a group that's been fighting natural gas drilling inside Battlement Mesa. At 90, Smeltzer is fighting a proposed injection well and a gas well pad closer than 500 feet from some homes near where she lives. She sat down with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh Tuesday to talk about her experiences with the industry.

Saturday Calendar

Nov 11, 2017
Carbondale Chamber

This is the KDNK Community Calendar for Saturday, November 11, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. Sopris Liquor and Wine carries local and imported spirits, beer, and wine. More information at 963-5880. Click on the headline to find Veteran's Day events in Aspen and Carbondale, and more.


For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Post Independent reporter Carla Jean Whitley about the fate the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Click here to read the article.

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Colorado Mountain College will likely face revenue losses due to the Gallagher Amendment, and put forth Ballot Issue 4B to remedy that. But, it was defeated by voters Tuesday in four out of six counties in the special college district. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Carrie Hausser, CMC President and CEO, about 4B and why it failed.

KDNK News Director Raleigh Burleigh talks to three women putting together a new grief group in the Roaring Fork Valley, focused on parents who have lost a child.

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Form 2A of Ursa Resources’ application to drill 24 new natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well in Battlement Mesa was recently rejected by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Greg Deranleau, COGCC’s Environmental Manager, to find out more about the rejection and waivers that would allow gas drilling within 500 feet of homes.

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The Grand Avenue Bridge opened two weeks ahead of schedule Monday afternoon. Thousands strolled the deck of the new bridge and cheered the first cars that rolled across. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this audio postcard. Find more details here.

 


Child Health Plan Plus, a nationwide health insurance program for children and pregnant mothers, lost federal funding in September. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Mark Williams, public information officer for Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Finance, to find out what that means for Colorado and what options are available for those who could lose coverage at the end of January, 2018.

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LiftUp is celebrating 35 years of service from Parachute to Aspen, and Amy Barr is now executive director. That name may sound familiar to KDNK listeners; Barr has been host of Get Connected since 2015. Here, she talks with Amy Hadden Marsh about her new job. Defiance Church presents Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry at the Crystal on November 16 at 7 PM. All proceeds go to Liftup.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission or COGCC rejected a big part of Ursa Resources’ application for the “A” Pad, with 24 natural gas wells and an injection well less than 500 feet from homes in Battlement Mesa.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board made a startling recommendation at a recent meeting in Grand Junction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about one of the biggest concerns facing the board, the BLM, and the American public.

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The state of Colorado has called for dismissal of a lawsuit that would grant the Colorado River ecosystem legal rights in court. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of Aspen Journalism, about the case. Click here to read the story.

Amy's guest is longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident and historian Larry Rynearson (father of KDNK's own Modern Marty Rynearson), who has written several books about the area, including Legends of the Glenwood Canyon: A history of Colorado's premier river canyon. This book and Colorado's Historic Mountain Passes, with photography by Rick Jones, are available in Carbondale at Bonfire Coffee and the Village Smithy.

Eagle County Commissioners Monday approved a 6-month moratorium on zone change applications in the unincorporated, Roaring Fork Valley portion of the county. The controversial Tree Farm project, across Highway 82 from Whole Foods, was approved in June, which Commissioners and the Roaring Fork Valley Planning Commission say triggered the temporary development ban. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

 


Alaska’s 20-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not only home to the largest caribou herd in North America - it’s also home to oil, which industry has been trying to get at for almost a century, even before the area was protected. Last week, the US Senate took a big step toward opening up the Refuge to drilling. For KDNK’s Sounds of the High Country, Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Elizabeth Shogren,Washington DC correspondent for High Country News, about her recent article

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It was standing room only at the gym at the Third Street Center Tuesday night. Roaring Fork Valley residents faced local officials for the first public hearing on the Crystal River Valley portion of the proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail. And, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out, wildlife impacts and the decision-making process were among top concerns. Click here to listen to the entire forum.

The Pitkin County Commissioners, Carbondale Town Trustees, and members of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Program held a public forum about the Crystal Valley portion of the proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail at the Third Street Center. This is the unedited recording of the entire forum.

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President Trump took two steps recently to make changes to health insurance coverage. In Part 2 of a two-part series, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Vincent Plymell, communications manager for Colorado's Division of Insurance, about cost-sharing reductions and how their loss could affect Coloradans.

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President Trump took two steps recently to make changes to health insurance coverage. The first one was an executive order to expand the use of association and short-term health insurance plans. The second was to discontinue Cost-Sharing Reductions or CSRs for the individual health insurance markets. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Vincent Plymell, communications manager for Colorado’s Division of Insurance, to find out more about these changes and how they could effect Coloradans. Today’s feature, the first in a 2-part series, takes a look at association and short-term health insurance plans.

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The Grand Avenue Bridge construction in Glenwood Springs recently passed the halfway point. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with the Post Independent’s John Stroud, who has been covering the issue.

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On August 25, 2017, the Ute Council Tree in Delta, Colorado - a cottonwood considered to be at least 215-years old - was cut down. (Click here for the KDNK news story.) Today's show features Alden Naranjo, Southern Ute historian, Terry Knight of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation, and Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk of the Northern Ute Nation, who came to the ceremony honoring the tree just before it was cut.

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Shortly after noon Tuesday, most internet services, cell phones, and landlines from Aspen to Carbondale suddenly stopped working. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. As of 12:30 a.m. on Oct 11th, phone lines have been restored.

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Wild horses and burros across the West are under threat from the agency in charge of their well-being: the Bureau of Land Management. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

In response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, which killed at least 59 people and wounded over 500, Mind Springs Health President and CEO Sharon Raggio warns of the impacts of too much exposure to scenes of the shooting, how to talk to children about these kinds of tragedies, and the importance of community. The number for the Mind Springs Health 24/7 crisis line is 888 207 4004. See photo for the state text hotline.

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One of the films screening in both Aspen and Carbondale is a documentary called “All the Wild Horses”, which screens at the Crystal Sunday, October 8, at 5:30 PM. It's about the longest horse race in the world, 1,000 kilometers across Mongolia on Mongolian wild horses. It's based on Genghis Khan – yes, that Genghis Khan's pony express, the way mail was delivered a very long time ago. But, the race itself is in its 9th year. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talked to the director, Ivo Marloh by phone from the UK about the film and how it's a dream come true. Click here for the complete Aspen FilmFest schedule.

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Multiple state, county, and Federal law enforcement agencies began efforts early Thursday to eradicate a 5-acre, illegal marijuana grow site on the White River National Forest about 16 miles south of Carbondale. As result of a months-long investigation, officers found over 2,700 plants, illegal irrigation pipe, camping gear, trash, tarps, chemicals to deter wildlife, and fertilizer. One subject was arrested and is in Federal custody. The US Forest Service stated in a press release that this is the fourth eradication on the White River National Forest since 2013.


Three bills in front of Congress would transfer control of energy development on public lands from Feds to states, and allow states to collect royalties. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Wilderness Workshop’s Justin Patrick to find out why he calls the bills ham-fisted and sneaky.

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