Gavin Dahl

Station Manager & News Director

Gavin took over as Station Manager on February 1, 2017. He was previously the news director. Gavin is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. He has worked for national radio programs Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and Nonprofit Radio with Tony Martignetti as well as local stations KGNU Boulder/Denver, KYRS Spokane, KRBX Boise, KAOS Olympia & KPTK Seattle. His nonprofit management experience includes Open Media Foundation, where he led a government transparency team, and Common Frequency, where his policy advocacy supported dozens of noncommercial radio startups. Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Austin American-Statesman and Boise Weekly have published his reporting. His TV credits include Democracy Now!, Free Speech TV and Colorado Channel. He graduated with a BA in media production and community organizing from The Evergreen State College. 

Ways to Connect

Pearl & Wood


KDNK's community calendar is underwritten by Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Click the headline to view listings like KDNK's Thank You Party tonight at Roaring Fork Beer Company featuring Pearl & Wood and Frank Martin.

Sonja Hinrichsen


Sonja Hinrichsen, an artist based in the Bay Area, is in the valley for two weeks making snow drawings at Ashcroft as a creative intervention into the natural environment. CORE and the City of Aspen partnered on the Aspen Energy Challenge to inspire people to save as much energy as possible and wanted to keep up the participatory aspect of “stepping forward” on climate. These snow drawings are the first of a new series of environmental art projects they have planned. Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois spoke with Sonja last weekend and shared this audio with KDNK. Participants can sign up for community snow drawing events that will take place at Ashcroft this weekend. More info at aspencore.org.

Pat Benatar


The community calendar is underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline to view listings like Pat Benatar playing at the Wheeler Opera House tonight.

David Prasad, Wikimedia Commons

On today's newscast, Bente Birkeland reports that a bipartisan effort to reduce the suspension rate of young children is working its way through the process. Eric Galatas reports on the transgender birth certificate's uncertain future in the Republican "kill committee" in the state senate. In this week's capitol conversation, journalists discuss the state budget gap. New reports point to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's history of voting against disabled students. Parents and children are delivering over 400,000 signatures in support of public broadcasting funds to the US Senate today. US Sen. Michael Bennet, who spoke at 5 town halls around southern and western Colorado last week, says to "keep it coming." Town of Carbondale has closed third street downtown until Memorial Day for streetscape improvements. The City of Glenwood's annual spring cleanup event kicks off April 17th. And prescribed burns are planned near Carbondale, Basalt, Parachute, Gypsum and Meeker.

Adam Gopnik


Here’s your community calendar for Tuesday, March 21st, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Info at MTSoprisRotaryClub.com. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline to view listings like New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik speaking tonight at Paepcke Auditorium.

Nina Gabianelli


Here’s the KDNK Community Calendar for Monday, March 20, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Info at MTSoprisRotaryClub.com. Rotary: Service Above Self. Click the headline to view listings like Nina Gabianelli performing at Thunder River Theatre tonight.

Michael Franti


Here’s the KDNK Community Calendar for Saturday March 18th, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Info at MTSoprisRotaryClub.com. Rotary: Service Above Self. Click the headline to view listings like Michael Franti and Spearhead playing a free show tonight at 7 at Wagner Park in Aspen.

Corey Hutchins

For Friday's newscast, Gavin Dahl talks about Sunshine Week and Fake News with Colorado Independent reporter Corey Hutchins, who is a correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review's United States Project, visiting lecturer at Colorado College and author of the fantastic weekly newsletter Colorado Local News & Media

Please join us for the March meeting of the KDNK board of directors on Monday, March 20th at 5:30pm at 76 S 2nd. Street in downtown Carbondale. The agenda for the meeting is here



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Garry Schala

Mountain Family Health was this morning's Nonprofit in Focus. Development director Garry Schala sat in with station manager Gavin Dahl live on the air to discuss their new mobile dental van currently based in El Jebel, as well as the SMILES program and plans for a new facility in Basalt next year. Mountain Family CEO Ross Brooks was instrumental in the preparation for KDNK's interview with Lt. Gov Donna Lynne about health care in Colorado, now up for a Colorado Broadcasters Association award for Best Local Newscast. Thanks, Mountain Family Health!

Amy Hadden Marsh

Today's local newscast features Amy Hadden Marsh reporting on a bill introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet last week that would protect the Thompson Divide permanently. Peter Hart, staff attorney for Wilderness Workshop, and Matt Reed, public lands director for High Country Conservation Advocates in Crested Butte. The search continues for Ryan Montoya, a climber missing at Pyramid Peak, according to the Pitkin County Sheriff's office. Plus, as Eric Galatas reports, the first half of 2016 saw the highest increase in police-related shooting deaths in six years here in Colorado.

Methane Leaks by Earthworks

On today's local newscast, Amy Hadden Marsh reports on a panel discussion hosted by the CLAW Caucus at the state capitol about Colorado Parks and Wildlife's plan to kill predators this spring. Bente Birkeland reports on a Republican-led effort making its way through the state legislature to change how the Taxpayers Bill of Rights is calculated so Colorado can keep more of the tax money it collects. The measure could free up millions of dollars for transportation, education and healthcare.

UPDATE: Cedar Networks called Sunday morning and we learned the outage was simply a dead battery. Everything is back up and running. Thanks for the fast and helpful tech support, Cedar Networks!

PREVIOUSLY: We're terribly sorry, dear listeners, but we are experiencing an Internet outage and have alerted our otherwise awesome provider, Cedar Networks. Just before 5pm on Saturday the live stream, phone network and all web access went down at our building in downtown Carbondale. We will try to get everything back up and running as soon as possible. Meanwhile, you can donate to the station on the website by clicking Donate at the top of the page or by clicking here. Thanks so much for all the support during membership drive!

David Starbear

Carbondale-based artist and chef David Starbear stopped by the KDNK studio to perform two songs as an "opening act" before Elephant Revival's visit to the station. He played songs inspired by his own journeys to support the water protectors at Standing Rock, "Good Medicine" and "Agua Sagrada" which means sacred water.

Ladies Arm Wrasslin, March 4 at Phat Thai

 

Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, March 4th, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Info at MTSoprisRotaryClub.com. Rotary: Service above self. Don't miss Elephant Revival live on KDNK at 1 and Ladies Arm Wrestling tonight at 9 at Phat Thai!

Breaking news: Law enforcement agencies reported that two suspects in last week's robbery in Carbondale were apprehended near Cottonwood and Riverside tonight around 11pm. 

CMC Leadville

On today's Local Newscast, Amy Hadden Marsh reports on the bomb threat at CMC Leadville yesterday. Bente Birkeland reviews the new abortion restrictions that failed at the Capitol. Community member Hamilton Pevec reviews the marches in favor of (and against) Planned Parenthood over the weekend. Plus, Eric Galatas talks to farmers about NAFTA. And average gas prices in Colorado dropped slightly in the past week.

The KDNK Board of Directors' next meeting is Monday, February 20th at 5:30pm in our classroom at 76 S. 2nd St, Carbondale, CO 81623. The public is welcome to attend. The agenda is here, and also posted in the front hall.

Update from RFSD at 1:13PM: The Roaring Fork Schools and the Carbondale Police Department believe there is no credible threat to our students, and we have lifted lockout restrictions at this time.

Daniel Ramos

On today's local newscast Gavin Dahl speaks to One Colorado executive director Daniel Ramos about the LGBTQ advocacy group's legislative agenda and their event, We Are One Colorado, at the Red Brick Art Center in Aspen on Friday evening. Plus, Raleigh Burleigh gets an update from local immigration attorney Erin Richards as part of his ongoing series on immigrant rights in the valley. Garfield County Planning & Zoning Commission delayed a public hearing related to a proposed injection well in Battlement Mesa that was scheduled for last night. As Eric Galatas reports, advocates for public schools are promising to fight new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, whose lack of relevant experience caused VP Mike Pence to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate to confirm her. And Bente Birkeland reports that the Colorado legislature has determined its transportation priorities.

Bente Birkeland

On today's local newscast, Amy Hadden Marsh reviews police activity in Carbondale and Eagle County from January 20th through February 2nd for Eye on Crime. Gavin Dahl speaks to Jeff Jackel at his retirement party about the project that got away, new pickleball courts. Bente Birkeland reports from the Capitol about a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act and the state health insurance exchange. The Army Corps of Engineers has granted an easement for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. And Eric Galatas reports that New Belgium Brewing is among 200 groups that have signed an amicus brief urging a federal court to uphold the Clean Water Rule.

Leah Song


Here’s the KDNK Community Calendar for Wednesday, February 8th, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting every Thursday at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Info at MTSoprisRotaryClub.com. Rotary: Service Above Self. Click the headline to view listings like Leah Song performing at the Missouri Heights Schoolhouse at 8.

Peter McBride

On today's local newscast, Gavin Dahl speaks to Laurie Cipriano, press secretary for Sen. Michael Bennet, about five new, bipartisan public lands bills introduced by Sen. Bennet and Sen. Gardner. Then, award-winning photographer Pete McBride and author Kevin Fedarko talk to Amy Hadden Marsh about their epic trip through the Grand Canyon for National Geographic ahead of their sold-out event at Paepcke Auditorium tonight. Plus, Eric Galatas reports on a new bill at the Capitol that would require taxpayer-funded agencies to provide digital, searchable files under the Colorado Open Records Act. While Bente Birkeland reports that a Republican bill to encourage school districts to increase the use of concealed-carry guns has passed the Colorado Senate, but will likely fail in the House.

On today's local newscast, Bente Birkeland speaks t o statehouse reporters about a few of the 200+ bills already introduced during the 2017 legislature. Amy Hadden Marsh reports on the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting last week looking at earthquakes and injection wells in fracking country. Eric Galatas reports that a new survey shows 85% of LGBTQ students in Colorado middle schools and high schools experience harassment.  And GarCo's Community Development staff recommended the Planning Commission deny Ursa Resources' request to change Battlement Mesa zoning rules.

Spring Gulch

On today's local newscast, Rev. Shawna Foster talks with Amy Hadden Marsh about the follow-up meeting after the Women's Marches on Carbondale, Denver and DC.  Then Amy interviews former Mt. Sopris Nordic Council board member Greg Fitzpatrick about the 25th annual Ski for Sisu at Spring Gulch this Sunday. Plus, Gov. Hickenlooper is seeking good will in Cuba this weekend. Eric Galatas reports on opposition from Coloradans to President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court. And, Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz has pulled his controversial bill to sell off over 3 million acres of BLM land.

Rep. Scott Tipton


KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl interviews Republican Congressman Scott Tipton on public lands, immigration, health insurance, and abortion rights. While KDNK was never granted an interview with Rep. Tipton during the campaign, we hope to have him back on KDNK once a month throughout the year. His contact info is available here.

On today's Local Newscast, H2O Radio in Denver talks to former EPA scientist Dominic DiGiulio for a feature called Drilling Apart Democracy. Carbondale Arts has announced that March 4th Marching Band will close out Mountain Fair and this year's theme is WATER. Bente Birkeland reports on two bills at the Capitol. Eric Galatas looks at opposition to selling public lands from hunting, fishing, conservation and outdoor-industry organizations. And the Valley Settlement Project has announced they are now a standalone nonprofit.

Phylloxera

On today's local newscast, Bente Birkeland airs the people's priorities at the State Capitol, collected from around the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network. Then Amy Hadden Marsh interviews Peter Hart from Wilderness Workshop about their plan to appeal a new Black Hills Energy compressor station near Carbondale. Plus, earthquakes continue in Garfield County. And Chad Reich from KBUT reports an aphid called called phylloxera has been detected in several Western Slope vineyards. 

Corey Thiel

On today's local newscast, a new bill in Congress seeks to sell off over 3 million acres of BLM land, including 94,000 acres in Colorado. CDPHE recommends not allowing Ursa to build a fracking wastewater injection well in Battlement Mesa. Bente Birkeland talks to reporters about the Colorado impacts of Trump's EPA freeze. Dana Cronin of KRCC Colorado Springs examines fluoride in drinking water for Connecting the Drops, supported by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Eric Galatas reports that many Colorado kids could be impacted by federal Obamacare repeal. And Bente Birkeland  reports on a bill that debuts in committee at the State Capitol that would repeal the state's healthcare exchange.

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