Amy Hadden Marsh

News Reporter & Public Affairs

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.

Photo Courtesy of CORE

On this evening's Nonprofit Spotlight, Amy Hadden Marsh interviews Mona Newton, executive director of CORE, Community Office for Resource Efficiency. They are celebrating 20 years in the Roaring Fork Valley. 

Carbondale was the scene of two reported assaults on women this summer. Some residents are angry that Town Trustees have yet to discuss or implement new precautions. Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

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August 18th was the final Carbondale Wild West Rodeo of the season at Gus Darien Arena. Amy Hadden Marsh has been producing Rodeo Moments since the rodeo opened in June. She produced this extended segment to wrap up the year.

Thirsty Denver residents could get more of Grand County’s water because of a deal signed with Denver Water back in 2014. The Moffat Collection System would divert more water from the Fraser River through the Moffat Tunnel to Boulder County. The state approved a key permit in June, followed by a nod from Gov. Hickenlooper. But, in the current issue of High Country News, Sarah Tory writes about how the deal could be headed for a lawsuit. On Sounds of the High Country, Amy Hadden Marsh learns about the deal and the controversies. Tory begins with what Grand County agreed to.

A Rifle teen is making her own dreams come true by riding bulls at the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo and competing with the big boys this year. Amy Hadden Marsh was on hand for Tianna Davis' debut ride on June 21st and has this story.

Trial By Fire

Jun 3, 2016

For this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with High Country News, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with journalist Krista Langlois about abuse, sexism, and sexual assault that women wildland firefighters face on the job. Click here to read "Trial by Fire."