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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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.

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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Climate change and drought are taking a toll on pinyon pine and juniper woodlands, especially in the southwestern U.S.  Dr. Miranda Redmond, an assistant professor at Colorado State University, has researched this ecosystem. She is this week’s Naturalist Nights speaker and talked with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the pinyon pine and why it’s disappearing. Dr. Miranda Redmond will be at Carbondale’s Third Street Center Wednesday at 5:30 PM.

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Garfield County Commissioners would like to see a natural gas-fired power plant in the county but, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out, there are no plans to build one.

Between 1979 and 1992, homicide was the third leading cause of death among Native American women aged 15-34, reported Indian County Today in 2016. The Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women or MMIW movement has been working to raise awareness of the horror but has had difficulty fitting into the MeToo Movement. For this week's Sounds of the High Country, Graham Lee Brewer, contributing editor of Tribal Affairs for High Country News, talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his recent story on MMIW and barriers facing Indigenous women as they speak out about violence and sexual abuse.

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The KDNK News Team got a bird’s-eye perspective of the Garfield County natural gas fields last month with Ecoflight, a local wildlands advocacy group. Amy Hadden Marsh has this story about a new plan for more natural gas drilling in western Garfield County and what that could mean for wildlife habitat in an area that’s riddled with gas wells. The BLM was invited to join KDNK on the flight but agency policy restricts employees to BLM-chartered flights during work hours. Initial public comment on the Balzac Gulch Phase II Master Development Plan closes February 8th.

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Carbondale resident and longtime local journalist John Stroud is now editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For this week’s News Brief, he sat down with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about his career, the paper, and why he’s excited about his new job.

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Kevin Corwin is chairperson of the Colorado Bluebird Project with Denver’s Audubon Society. He’s this week’s Naturalist Night speaker in Carbondale and Aspen. Here, he talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the Bluebird Project, bluebird resilience, and why he loves birds. Tonight's event begins at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center. It's free and open to the public.

The X Games are on this weekend at Buttermilk in Aspen. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor for the Aspen Daily News, about the events and two local skiers who made the US Olympic Ski Team. Click here for Osberger's story on Wiley Maple and Alice McKennis. Click here for the schedule for events at the 2018 X Games.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced the state of it's iconic Doomsday Clock today in Washington DC. The organization was founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists who were worried about the consequences of their work on the nation's first atomic bomb. The Doomsday Clock has been a measure of the safety of the global community for 71 years.

The Eagle County Sheriff's Office is asking for help identifying three men suspected of making multiple fraudulent purchases throughout the Roaring Fork Valley over the holidays and during the past few weeks with stolen credit cards and PIN numbers. The suspects were seen by surveillance footage getting into a dark-colored minivan. The three suspects are seen in the photos as follows: one skinny male appears to be wearing a black hat, the second male is wearing a maroon jacket, and the third suspect is wearing a dark shirt covered by a jacket with an “8” or “18” on it, possibly a Broncos jersey.  If you have any information about these suspects or this crime, please call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at, or text a tip from your cell phone at STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637).  If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,500 reward from the Crime Stoppers.

The Trump Administration has placed a 30 percent tariff on all solar cells manufactured outside the US. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Katherine Rushton of Carbondale’s Sunsense Solar to find out how this will impact the solar industry nationally and locally.

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.

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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.