Amy Hadden Marsh

News Reporter & Public Affairs

The Community Calendar on KDNK is underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club. Rotary is holding a raffle with all proceeds going to dental care for local kids in need. Prizes include a 3-day trip to Denver with hotel and Broncos tickets. For more information, contact Pat Pier at 987-3265.

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Ninth Judicial District Chief Judge James Boyd has effectively stalled progress on the Garfield County Democratic Party’s case against Republican County Commissioner John Martin. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Scary monsters flashed around town Saturday for the annual Thrill the World event. Click here for KDNK's interview with organizers Alexandra and Anthony Jerkunica and returning zombie Debbie Bruell. And, enjoy the slideshow.  Watch out!  They gonna gitcha!


Almost 40 million people are dependent on the Colorado River. Traditionally, the economic value of the river was based on what the water could be used for, such as agriculture or mining. But, as Maeve Conran reports for Connecting the Drops, more people are pointing to the economic value of keeping water in the river.

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KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

This year’s proposed Amendment 71 - or “Raise the Bar” - asks voters to decide whether making amendments to the state constitution should be more difficult. But, a wide array of groups oppose it, as Kelsey Ray reports for the Colorado Independent, arguing that only those with millions of dollars will have access to the ballot if 71 passes. For this week’s News Brief, Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Kelsey Ray about the amendment, why so many different groups oppose it, while the oil and gas industry supports it, and why it may be raising the bar a little too high. Ray has two articles out about 71, "Diverse coalition unites against Raise the Bar" and "Raise the Bar explained," co-authored by Corey Hutchins.

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If you're headed to Paonia from the Roaring Fork Valley, you'll have to take the long way around. Highway 133 is closed in both directions between the McClure Pass summit and Paonia Reservoir, near MM 29.5, due to a rockslide. The Colorado Department of Transportation reports that the closure is indefinite but  crews are on-site.  The alternate routes are  I-70 and US 50.

The Bundy brothers and others have been on trial in Oregon for conspiracy since September in connection with the January, 2016 occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Conrad Wilson, former KDNK News Director, has been covering the proceedings for Oregon Public Broadcasting. For this week’s News Brief, he talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the trial and what’s at stake. Click here for OPB's coverage of the trial.

The KDNK local newscast airs every weekday morning at 6:41 and 7:41.

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Today's show features portions of interviews with Garfield County Commissioner candidates, incumbent Republican John Martin and Democratic challenger John Acha.

Montana’s Denise Juneau hopes to become the first Native American congresswoman in history this November. High Country News associate editor Tay Wiles has an article about Juneau, called “Not Politics as Usual” in the current issue. For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, Wiles talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the significance of Juneau’s run.

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The Cleveholm Manor, better known as the Redstone Castle, goes up for auction Friday. Amy Hadden Marsh took a trip back in time on what may have been one of the last public tours of the mansion.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

The Community Calendar on KDNK is underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Information at M T Sopris Rotary Club dot com. Rotary: Service above self.

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Several hundred Cashmere goats are browsing the Rio Grande Trail this month as part of RFTA’s plan to stop using toxic herbicides to control weeds along the railroad corridor. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh caught up with the herd along the Catherine Store Road.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

The natural gas boom in Garfield County has gone bust and that means the county budget will be significantly smaller next year. For example, cuts to the library system are expected to be around 30%. GarCo Finance Director Ann Driggers, whose department was just given a national budgeting award from the Government Finance Officers Association, explains. KDNK thanks Rifle Community TV for sharing the audio from their recording of the Energy Advisory Board meeting on Sept. 1st.

The Community Calendar on KDNK is underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary: Service above self.

The Bhakti Yoga Mana Fest Celebration continues through the 22nd at the Carbondale Methodist Church with a non-stop community reading of sacred yogic text, dancing, drumming, classes, and food.


Damien Smith and Terry Bannon play Heather’s in Basalt at 6:30.


Jonathan Gorst, former music director for Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, plays live at 7 at the Riviera Supper Club in Glenwood Springs.


Acoustic blues trio Wiggins, Kilby, & Calder play the Cardiff Schoolhouse in Glenwood at 8.


K Phillips and Samuel Lee play Belly Up Aspen at 8:30.


Looking ahead…

KDNK'S Record Sale is an annual tradition at Potato Day, Carbondale’s oldest community celebration. On October 1st, you can find KDNK next to the stage in Sopris Park, selling vinyl, CDs and stereo equipment from 9AM to 3PM. All proceeds benefit KDNK. Bulk buys are encouraged.


Between August 26th and September 8th, Carbondale Police responded to 562 calls for service. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this week's Eye on Crime.

Colorado has one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the country. State and federal officials are asking Congress for more money to expand public awareness and hire more healthcare workers. Bente Birkeland reports.


The only medical clinic in Paonia closed its doors last month. For the latest Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to reporter Paige Blankenbuehler. Her article in the current issue of High Country News is about how rural health care in Colorado is, or isn’t, meeting the needs of an aging population.

On Thursday morning's Nonprofit Spotlight, Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Brandon Jones and Maisa Metcalf from CLEER, Clean Energy Economy for the Region. Brandon is the newest edition to the energy outreach team and he says, "CLEER supports KDNK because y'all do honest reporting, you play the funkiest music, and the volunteer DJs are amazing. We listen to KDNK all the time."

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

On last night's Nonprofit Spotlight, Steve Skinner spoke to Patti Stranahan and Margie Throm of the Thrift Shop of Aspen, now 67 years old. The Thrift Shop of Aspen is a proud supporter of KDNK. It's run by an all-volunteer board and provides grants to dozens of organizations in the valley.

The KDNK news department hosted a special Journalist Roundtable live broadcast on Sunday September 11th. Our guests in the studio were Brent Gardner-Smith from Aspen Journalism, Lynn Burton from The Sopris Sun and Ryan Hoffman from the Rifle Citizen-Telegram and the Post-Independent. We talked about the challenges we face in meeting the information needs of the valley, including a lack of Spanish speakers in our newsrooms, and a simple lack of funding and time to do investigative reporting. And we talked about the stories that need more coverage, for example we cover drug crime but rarely discuss treatment. Thanks again to our guests!

Jodie Wilson, president of LiftUp's Board of Directors, talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the non-profit's successful 34 years of giving to the community.  

Indigenous Environmental Network organizer Kandi Mossett is the featured speaker on Thursday's show, which was originally aired on Spirit Resistance LPFM Radio on Standing Rock treaty lands in North Dakota on 9/3/2016. 

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Significant sacred sites were destroyed this past weekend on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation by construction workers on the Dakota Access pipeline. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh takes a look at the significance of the sites.

Thursday night's Nonprofit Spotlight shined on English in Action. Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to executive director Lara Beaulieu, who oversees the administrative and programmatic functions of the organization. Lara is bilingual in Spanish and English and brings more than 20 years of nonprofit sector experience. She says "KDNK makes our community a better place to live. It connects people. It allows different voices to be heard."

Wednesday evening's Nonprofit Spotlight featured Lori Mueller, executive director of YouthZone. With four decades of experience, YouthZone is focused on providing opportunities for youth to be responsible, contributing members of society and work with their families and community toward this end. She talked with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh.

Thousands of people have gathered at the Sacred Stone Camp on the northeastern edge of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation near Cannon Ball, North Dakota to stop a pipeline that would carry crude oil underneath the Missouri River, east to Indiana. Over the weekend, a confrontation between protesters and private security guards from the pipeline company turned violent. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.