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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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.

Denver Post

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.

Denver Post


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.

Raleigh Burleigh

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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The Crystal River Caucus isn’t happy with the decision-making process for the Crystal River Valley segment of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. Click here for Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail planning documents.

Chelsea Self, GWS Post Independent

YouthZone is in the midst of its annual fundraiser called Ascent. It’s only 2 years old and replaced Kiss-n-Squeal. For this afternoon’s Nonprofit Palooza, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to YouthZone executive director Lori Mueller about Ascent and why it’s been successful.

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Waivers signed by residents of a mobile home park in Battlement Mesa and obtained by KDNK News could allow Ursa Resources to drill for natural gas and build an injection well less than 500 feet from homes. The waivers are intended to get around a rule in Colorado that requires oil and gas activity in Urban Mitigation Areas to be more than 500 feet away from homes. Ursa told KDNK no compensation was offered to those who signed waivers, but some residents have already been paid. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.


The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program is now a teenager -  17-years old, in fact. Co-director Beth Wysong sits down with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about the program and why youngsters love it.

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A wildlife rehabilitation center in Silt has been saving animals since 1984. For today’s Nonprofit Palooza, Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Nanci Limbach, director of the Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation.

Aspen Hope Center

September is National Suicide Awareness Month and for today's Nonprofit Palooza, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh welcomes Michelle Meuthing, director and co-founder of the Aspen Hope Center. The center's 24/7 crisis line number is 970.925.5858.


The White River National Forest just announced new rules for electric-assisted bicycles or e-bikes on US Forest Service trails. Marcia Gilles, deputy district ranger for the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District, recently explained the rules to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh. Click here for WRNF Motor Vehicle Use Maps.  

Rifle Animal Shelter

Heather Mullen is the executive director of the Rifle Animal Shelter. For today’s Nonprofit Palooza, she talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the shelter and why she’s been working there for 11 years.

Aspen PD


Five individuals are wanted by Aspen Police in connection with a jewelry theft on September 12, 2017. Three items were stolen from the business, with a combined retail value of $94,990. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has the details. Click on photo to find out what the suspects look like from store security camera photos, courtesy Aspen PD.

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Crystal Valley resident, historian, and author Charr Graham joins Amy Hadden Marsh for a conversation about her books Memoirs of a River: Up the Crystal Volumes I and II

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Grand River Health in Rifle has hosted Meals on Wheels since 1976. For this afternoon’s Nonprofit Palooza, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Kaaren Peck, director of the program, about how it works and why it works so well. More information about becoming a driver for Meals on Wheels is available by calling Kaaren at 625.6423 or Dee at 625.6215.

Carrie Besnette Hauser, Ph.D.

5 de septiembre, la presidente de Colorado Mountain College, Doctora Carrie Hauser, anunció la postura que toma el colegio en relación con la terminación de DACA. Habló con Amy Hadden Marsh por KDNK, Raleigh Burleigh lo traduzco y Sofia Clark por CIRC le ayudó.

CIRC ofrezca un día de renovación para recipientes de DACA quienes estatus vence entre el 5 de septiembre de 2017 y el 5 de marzo de 2018. Estará el 16 de septiembre en Glenwood Springs High School a la una de la tarde.

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On September 5th, Colorado Mountain College president and CEO, Dr. Carrie Hauser  released a statement about the college’s stance on DACA. She spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the statement. Click here to listen to the rest of the conversation with Dr. Hauser that aired on Valley Voices, September 14, 2017.


Click here to read Dr. Hauser's DACA statement in Spanish. Click here for English.


Glenwood Springs High School hosts a DACA Renewal Drive at 1 PM Saturday, September 16, for those whose permit under DACA expires between September 5, 2017 and March 5, 2018.