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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Carbondale native Raleigh Burleigh is KDNK’s News Director. He joins reporter Amy Hadden Marsh for this week’s News Brief to talk about local issues, the challenges he’s facing being new to the job, and future focuses.

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Basalt resident, gallery owner, and former chair of the Anderson Ranch Board of Trustees Ann Korologos receives an award for Extraordinary Leadership tonight at the Ranch’s annual fundraiser and awards ceremony at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with the former US Secretary of Labor to talk about art and the award. Here’s a clip from that interview. Click here to listen to the entire conversation.

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Jul 20, 2017

Ann Korologos interview w/Amy Hadden Marsh upon her award for Extraordinary Leadership at Anderson Ranch (link only).

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Close to 3,400 voters withdrew registrations in Colorado following the Trump Administration’s call for nationwide voter records late last month. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talked to Garfield County Clerk Jean Alberico to find out how voters in the county responded.

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Results of a 17-year study of oil and gas drilling impacts on mule deer in Wyoming shows that energy development is not as benign for wildlife as some scientists previously thought. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Ed Arnett, senior scientist at the Loveland, Colorado-based Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a Federal and state lands policy group, to find out more.

Paul Andersen, founder/director of the Basalt-based non-profit Huts for Vets, joins US Army veteran Melody Capps, US Marine Corps veteran Brian Porter, and Valley Voices host Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about the program, why it works and what it takes to succeed in society after the war.  Here's a link to the H f V blog.

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Last year, the Carbondale-to-Crested Butte Trail was placed on a list of 16 priority trails as part of Governor John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful Initiative. Part of that trail would go up the Crystal River valley to the top of McClure Pass. Wilderness Workshop hired biologist Rick Thompson to study the impacts of possible Crystal Valley trail routes on local wildlife. Thompson presented the results of his study this week at two meetings, one of which was at Carbondale’s Third Street Center Tuesday night. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. You can find Thompson's study and a video of the presentation by clicking here.

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Carbondale water users will see a slight increase in rates on their August bills. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talked to town public works director Kevin Shoresman to find out why. You can find more information about the town's water rates by clicking here.

This week’s Eye on Crime takes a look at Carbondale during the month of June.

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Ursa Resources wants the state and county natural gas well permitting processes to happen at the same time so it won’t have to wait very long to begin Phase 2 drilling operations inside Battlement Mesa. Last month, Garfield County Commissioners approved the request. But, Leslie Robinson, director of the Grand Valley Citizens Alliance, an industry watchdog group, told KDNK that Ursa’s request was misleading and a concurrent permit process is too rushed.

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Representative of Colorado’s 57th District Bob Rankin was home in Carbondale for a few days this month. He sat down with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh with some good news about the state’s energy office, which was defunded last session.

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Pitkin County wants to build part of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail up through the Crystal River Valley. It’s still in the design stages but Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop hopes to get ahead of the curve with an independent study of the impacts of a trail on wildlife. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Wilderness Workshop’s Will Roush talk about the significance of the study results which will be released Monday.  Rick Thompson is the biologist behind the study and presents his findings to the public Monday June 10 at the Church at Redstone at 5:30, and Tuesday at 5:30 at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.

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The proposed federal budget would cut funding for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program by 12%. Most of the program’s funding goes to holding costs for about 44,000 mustangs. The proposed budget allows the BLM to use management tools including unlimited sale and to possibly kill horses in holding. The Colorado-based Cloud Foundation, a wild horse education and advocacy group, is at the forefront of promoting better range management and fertility control to keep mustang herds in check. Cloud Foundation executive director Ginger Kathrens joined KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh on Valley Voices recently. Here are some highlights from the show. 

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KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl sat down with reporter Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about the changes to our early-morning schedule resulting in 6 hours of new, original content every week. Click the headline for a written schedule.

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The longest-running farmer’s market in the Roaring Fork Valley is in Glenwood on Saturdays. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh visited the Glenwood Springs Farmer’s Market on opening day last week and has this report.

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Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect Saturday, July 1, for Pitkin County and Glenwood Springs. Garfield and Mesa counties are already under restrictions. The partial burn ban includes BLM lands but not the White River National Forest. Click here for an interactive, statewide burn ban map. Be safe out there this weekend and over the 4th of July. Click here to find out the difference between legal fireworks and illegal ones.

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The Pitkin County Sheriff announced Thursday that Stage 1 fire restrictions go into effect at midnight Saturday, July 1st for Federal and private lands within the county.  Click here for the details.

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Federal agencies and county officials are concerned about fire danger. As the firecracker-packed July 4th holiday approaches, Stage One fire restrictions are in place. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. Click here for fire restriction details.


The KDNK News Team was out riding bikes Monday to prep for tomorrow’s Bike to Work Day. And, cyclists, bus riders, and carpoolers from across the county can track miles and compete for prizes through November during Ride Garfield County's Bike and Bus Challenge. And, yes, there IS an app for that. It’s called Strava. Click here for more information.


Katrina Byars attends her final meeting tonight as Carbondale Town Trustee. She sat down with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about why she’s leaving and more.

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A natural gas leak has been discovered near a home in De Beque, west of Parachute, and no one knows exactly where it’s coming from. Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reporter Dennis Webb has been covering the story and joins KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh for this week’s News Brief. Dennis Webb’s articles are at available at GJSentinel.com.

Chip Comins is the founder, director, and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute in Aspen, which has hosted ARE Day for 14 years. The summit continues this weekend with a film fest and 2 community conversations on Friday and Saturday. Details and schedule are hereImpact Films are here. Meanwhile, Comins talks with host Amy Hadden Marsh about ARE Day and climate change, and gives a little context to what the planet is currently experiencing.


KDNK has lost a beloved friend and cohort. DJ Phathead  - aka Greg Benson -  died in his sleep Saturday night. Recording artist and longtime friend, Izm White, and KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh produced this remembrance. A fund for funeral expenses has been set up at Alpine Bank. No word yet on memorial services.


Theatre director, playwright, actor, and teacher Brad Moore was recently named CMC Adjunct Faculty of the Year at the Glenwood Springs and Spring Valley campuses AND collegewide. Here, he talks with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about when he got the acting bug and why he continues to teach.


Over 150 climate change and sustainable energy experts and artists descend upon Snowmass Village this week for the 14th annual American Renewable Energy  - or ARE Day - Summit. The event runs through Saturday and is packed with speakers plus free events for everyone. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Chip Comins, founder and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute in Aspen, to talk about the event. Click here for a schedule of events, speakers and more.

Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd District.


US House Republicans voted Thursday to scale back Dodd-Frank — the set of Wall Street regulations President Barack Obama signed into law after the 2008 financial crisis. NPR reported that the House approved the Financial Choice Act, which reduces or eliminates many of the post-crisis banking rules. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents Colorado’s 3rd District, ahead of Thursday’s vote about the bill that he co-sponsored. Click here for the PEW study about Colorado payday lending reforms.

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The 2018 proposed Federal budget allocates $1.1B to the Bureau of Land Management, a $163M reduction. This translates to a $70M budget for the Wild Horse and Burro Program, a $10M cut from last year. The budget proposal also recommends elimination of appropriations language that keeps BLM from using all options to manage mustang and burro herds. Valley Voices host Amy Hadden Marsh talks to award-winning filmmaker, director of the Cloud Foundation (a wild horse and burro advocacy and education group), and member of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, Ginger Kathrens, about what will happen to the nation's mustangs and wild burros if the budget is approved.

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Carbondale’s Smiling Goat Ranch celebrates the second annual Go Autism Family Fun Walk on Saturday to raise awareness about autism. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with ranch founder Sheryl Barto and board member Lt. Col. Richard Merritt to talk about the walk and the work. More information about the Go Autism Family Fun Walk is on the Smiling Goat Ranch facebook page.

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Colorado’s West Slope has a new rodeo in Rifle, the brainchild of a recent graduate of Rifle High School. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh went to the first one Monday night and has this report. The Rifle Rodeo takes place Monday nights at the Garfield County Fairgrounds throughout the summer. Slack is at 6. Grand Entry at 7:15. You can find more on the Rifle Rodeo Association’s Facebook page.

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The US Army Corps of Engineers gave the green light last month to a project that would divert more West Slope water to the Front Range. The Windy Gap Firming project was first conceived in 1970 and includes construction of a dam over 300 feet tall that will form the Chimney Hollow Reservoir near Carter Lake in Loveland.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jim Pokrandt of the Colorado River Water Conservation District about the project and its implications for West Slope water users.

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