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.

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This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the historic Women’s March. Once again people will be demonstrating across the country and the world. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Raleigh Burleigh spoke with organizers in Denver and Carbondale about the movement.

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Friday, January 12, 2018, was a big night for local DemocracyNow! fans, more than 100 of whom turned out to hear Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan, and Amy's brother David Goodman. Amy made a special trip from New York as a benefit for KDNK and to go on a hut trip for the Martin Luther King Jr holiday weekend.  This segment features David Goodman's introduction and Amy's entire speech. Thanks to Grassroots TV for recording the event and sharing the audio with KDNK.

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Tay Wiles has been covering the Bundy trials for High Country News. For this week’s News Brief, she talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about how the Bundy boys went free, the implications of the trials, and a potential candidate for director of the Bureau of Land Management who was once a Bundy defense attorney.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved Ursa Resources’ re-application for a permit to construct the “A” Pad with more than 20 natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well less than 500 feet from Battlement Mesa homes. But, the company needs a variance to move forward. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dave Devanney , chairman of watchdog group Battlement Concerned Citizens, about what that means for Ursa and for residents.

Rep. Scott Tipton

KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Scott Tipton, Republican Congressman for Colorado's 3rd District this week. Part 2 of their conversation features money for opioid abuse treatment, the status of Children's Health Plan Plus, federal enforcement of marijuana laws, and the Bureau of Land Management.

Dr. John Hausdoerffer is the dean of the School of Environment and Sustainability at Western Colorado University in Gunnison. He co-edited a book with Gavin Van Horn titled Wildness: Relations of People and Place and opened this year’s Naturalist Nights series on January 3rd at the Third Street Center. Today’s show features a portion of his talk and readings from the book about wildness and renewal.

Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd District.


Congressman Scott Tipton talks goals and priorities with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh for Part 1 of this month’s congressional update.

The Shoshone Hydroelectric Power Plant, just east of Glenwood Springs along the Colorado River, was built in 1905. It generates 15 megawatts of power and is a popular rafting spot in the summer. It also holds the state’s oldest water right on the river. For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Emily Benson, editorial fellow at High Country News, about the impact of this single water right. Here's her story: The Tiny Power Plant That Shapes the Colorado River.


US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced today that he plans to end Federal non-interference with state marijuana legalization laws by reversing the Cole Memorandum and other Obama-era policies. Colorado Senator Cory Gardner says this is completely the opposite of promises made by Sessions and President Trump. Here’s a clip from Gardner’s remarks from the Senate floor. Gardner says he'll put a hold on Department of Justice nominations until Sessions reinstates and re-implements the Cole Memorandum.

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A Colorado grassroots coalition started putting together a statewide ballot initiative last month for wider buffer zones between fracking and neighborhoods. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Colorado Rising board member Micah Parkin for details.


For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Aspen Daily News reporter Chad Abraham about a sovereign citizen case in front of the Garfield County Court.

Amy's guest today is Garrick Dutcher. A photo exhibit at the Aspen Airport hopes to increase awareness about wolf reintroduction into Colorado. Living With Wolves opened on December 8th and features work by the Emmy award-winning team Jim and Jamie Dutcher about the social life of the Sawtooth Pack in Idaho. She attended the opening and spoke with Jim's son Garrick Dutcher, who is the research and program director for the non-profit Living with Wolves. Here he talks about the history of the project before moving into the need for wolf reintroduction in Colorado. The exhibit is open until the end of ski season.


Dustin Cole is passionate about community radio and was a board member of KSJD in Cortez, Colorado. Now, he’s on KDNK’s board and sat down with Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about why he became involved.

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A bill has been introduced that would begin chipping away at the 1964 Wilderness Act. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, about the bill and what's at stake.

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During a Pitkin County Commissioner work session last month, the Aspen Times reports that commissioners accused Wilderness Workshop of attacking the City of Aspen over water rights and not collaborating with the county on the Crystal Valley Trail. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, to get his response.

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During a Pitkin County Commissioner work session last month, the Aspen Times reports that commissioners accused Wilderness Workshop of attacking the City of Aspen over water rights and not collaborating with the county on the Crystal Valley Trail. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, to get his response.

Today's guests on Valley Voices are Andrew Romanoff, director of Mental Health Colorado, Michelle Muething, director of the Aspen Hope Center, and Basalt resident Temple Glassier, who recently lost her 15-year old son to suicide. Click here for mental health screenings from Mental Health Colorado. The help line at Aspen Hope Center is 970.925.5858.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails meets to discuss public input on the proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Thursday, December 21 at the Pitkin County Library from 9:30 to 11:30 AM. The meeting is a work session, not a public hearing, but it will be open to the public. A joint meeting of the Open Space and Trails Board and Board of County Commissioners is scheduled for January 16th, 2018. The two boards will discuss the survey results and provide direction to OST staff about drafting a trail plan. Public survey results on options for the trail are here.


A possible high density development near Catherine Store is dead in the water.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Carbondale firefighters put out a small but significant fire this afternoon just outside the Launchpad. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Rep. Scott Tipton

This month's conversation with Congressman Scott Tipton features the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, how the tax bill overhaul would benefit workers earning less than $100,000 per year, and the SECURE American Energy Act.

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Today's guest is Bill Kight, writer, poet, and director of Glenwood Springs' Frontier Historical Museum, who says he learned to trust the voters' decision last fall.


The Federal Communications Commission decides next week if an open internet will become a thing of the past. Ken Fellman is a telecommunications and public utilities attorney with Kissinger & Fellman in Denver. In a recent conversation with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh, he explained net neutrality and what’s at stake if it is scrapped by the FCC.

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Aspen Valley Land Trust’s fundraising campaign to save Red Hill is in full swing. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh asked recreationists on the road to Red Hill Sunday to weigh in on the plan.

Last month, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed the SECURE American Energy Act which overhauls federal lands energy policy to promote expanded exploration, development, and production of oil, gas, and wind resources. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Wilderness Workshop attorney Peter Hart about why the group does not support the bill.

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Today's show features Johnny Weiss, co-founder of Solar Energy International, or SEI, with whom KDNK once shared our building. Now, he's working in Africa with the Maasai Tribe in Tanzania to help them solarize a low-power radio station. He has set up an IndieGoGo crowdfunding account to raise $25,000 by December 22, 2017.  For more information about Johnny's projects, click here for Johnny's website.


Pipelines carrying oil and other hazardous materials leak or spill every day, says High Country News reporter Jonathan Thompson. He recently published an interactive map, showing spills and leaks across the US from 2015 - 2017. For KDNK’s Sounds of the High Country, he talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the map. Click here for Thompson's pipeline story and map.

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Motorists may find it a little difficult to navigate some of the changes on the Grand Avenue Bridge. Here's an update from Colorado Department of Transportation Communications Manager Tracy Trulove.


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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