Amy Hadden Marsh

News Reporter

Amy Hadden Marsh has been reporting for KDNK since 2005. 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." 


Garfield County Commissioners agreed last week to sign on to an amicus curiae brief in support of Amendment 71, better known as Raise the Bar. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.


Ed Mazria, world-renowned architect and CEO of the non-profit think tank, Architecture 2030, comes to Carbondale Friday for the Buildings for a Sustainable Future conference, presented by CLEER, CORE, and Garfield Clean Energy. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with him this week about his work.

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Piceance Mustangs is a new group that’s helping the Bureau of Land Management do a better job taking care of the Piceance East Douglas wild horse herd in northwestern Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh recently caught up with the group on the range, southwest of Meeker, and has this report.

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Monica Quevedo, 18, graduates from Glenwood Springs High School in June and to cap off her Senior Project, she plans to ask the Glenwood Springs City Council to accept a resolution that will protect immigrants. On today's show, she and Sophia Clarke, campaign manager and Rocky Mountain point person for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, talk about the project and about immigration issues impacting the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Monica goes before GWS City Council on May 17th.

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Hanging Lake visitors will not have to make reservations to hike up to the lake this summer. The US Forest Service has delayed putting its management plan for the popular tourist destination into action for another year. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Aaron Mayville, district ranger for the Eagle/Holy Cross District of the White River National Forest, to find out why. Click here for tips for a happy hike to the lake.

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State Air Quality Control Division officials in Rifle for a meeting last week got an earful from residents worried about natural gas extraction impacts on Western Slope air quality. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. You can listen to the unedited public comments from the meeting by clicking here.

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Tatiana Flowers is the new reporter at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For this week’s News Brief, she talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about what has shaped her work.

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Local artist Sarah Uhl considers herself an activist but not in the usual sense. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Uhl about her work and what she'll be doing at 5Point Film Festival this weekend.​

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The state Air Pollution Control Division is in Rifle today to talk to stakeholders and hear public comment about emissions from oil and gas extraction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Peter Hart, staff attorney for Wilderness Workshop, to find out more. The meeting starts at noon at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle with public comments beginning at 3:30.

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Sandra Lopez, in sanctuary at the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist parsonage, recently received support from Colorado Representative Bob Rankin. KDNK's news team has this story.

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The Launchpad in Carbondale hosted the Cherry Creek Singers from South Dakota on First Friday last week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh produced this audio postcard.

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In February, Colorado Physicians for Social Responsibility penned a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper, questioning the state Department of Health’s 2017 study on the potential health impacts of natural gas drilling. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Larry Moore, one of the letter’s authors. Here, they talk about the study and PSR’s recommendations.


A controversial predator control plan in Colorado is heading into its second year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife - or CPW - plans to kill bears and mountain lions in the Piceance Basin, north of Rifle, and in the Arkansas River Basin to see if that will boost deer fawn survival rates. Freelance reporter Rico Moore has been following this story since 2016 in a series for the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Moore for an update on the story and how CPW may be going after mountain lions that no longer exist.

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Erica Sparhawk (784 votes), Luis Yllanes (752 votes), and Heather Henry (721 votes) were voted in for 4-year terms on the Carbondale Board of Town Trustees Tuesday. Lani Kitching, with 546 votes, will take the 2-year seat. Eight-hundred eighty-four (884) voters said "yes" to extending the street scape funding through December, 2030; two hundred eighty-two (282) said "no".  Tune in during Morning Edition Wednesday, April 4, for results from Silt, New Castle, and Basalt municipal elections.

News is emerging that Cambridge Analytica has influenced the Brexit vote, the 2016 Presidential election, and now John Frank, reporter for the Denver Post, has written about the firm's role in the Colorado 2014 elections. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talked with him about the story.

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Colorado Animal Rescue or CARE has taken in and adopted out close to 15,000 animals since it opened in 1992. Eighteen years ago, it moved to its Spring Valley location and continues to provide homes for cats, dogs, and the occasional exotic pet. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh stopped by for a visit this week and spoke to the director Wes Boyd.

Garfield County Commissioners agreed to fund another air quality study with $75,000 out of the county’s Oil and Gas Mitigation Fund. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Morgan Hill, environmental health specialist with Garfield County Public Health, about the study and how it differs from 10 years of previous studies.

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Mana Food has opened in the space once occupied by Dandelion Market. It’s run by a local ashram. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Sotantar, one of the owners.

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It’s almost rodeo time in Carbondale! For this evening’s Featured Nonprofit, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Melanie Cardiff, volunteer coordinator and board secretary of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo.

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Pitkin County recently released a draft plan for its proposed Crystal Valley Trail. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, to get the group's take on the plan.

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KDNK’s Spring Membership Drive is underway! For this evening’s featured nonprofit, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Bruce Gordon, president and chief pilot for Ecoflight.

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On March 1, Montana-based Western Values Project released a detailed report of Utah Representative Mike Noel’s undisclosed land holdings and possible conflicts of interest over a Lake Powell water pipeline and new boundaries for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. On Friday, March 9th, Noel announced his retirement. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Western Values Project director Chris Saeger last week - before Noel's announcement - about the report and the group’s request for a Federal investigation.

 

*The original headline stated Utah Legislator Resigns Amidst Controversy Over Role in Revised Grand Staircase Escalante Monument. KDNK found out that Noel had, instead, announced his retirement on Friday, March 9.

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Garfield County Library District Director Jesse Henning is moving to Chicago to direct the Berrington Area Library. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about his work in Garfield County and what the public can do to support the libraries.

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Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, former tribal council member of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation, former co-chair of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition, and current Education Director of the Ute Museum in Montrose, joins Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about Bears Ears and the upcoming Bears Ears Prayer Run.

Denver’s Arapahoe House, formerly the state’s largest and possibly oldest substance abuse treatment provider, closed its doors in early January. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to John Ingold of the Denver Post to find out why. Click here to read the rest of the story.

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A US District Court judge last week smacked down the Trump Administration’s attempted roll-back of the Bureau of Land Management’s Methane Waste Rule. The injunction was based on a lawsuit filed by several groups, including Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop. Staff attorney Peter Hart told KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh that they won the battle but not the war.

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The White River National Forest has issued a draft decision on the Hanging Lake Management Plan. If approved, visitors will have to make reservations and pay to take the hike. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Aaron Mayville to get the details. The objection period for the draft plan closes March 31.


Garfield County Sheriff Lou Valario’s live Facebook video, Just the Facts, posted on Monday, got over 6,000 views, more than any of his previous videos. It was a response to Friday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida and was more opinion than fact. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Cyber-bullying affects about 34 percent of middle and high school students across the country, reports the Cyberbullying Research Center, almost double the number a decade ago. It’s defined as intentional and repeated harassment online or on any electronic device. In Colorado, it's a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine and up to 18 months in jail. Rifle School Resource Officer Will VanTeylingen teaches cyber safety classes and recently wrote a column about it in the Post Independent. Here he talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the problem.

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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.

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