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

Please join KDNK's Board of Directors for our monthly meeting on Monday April 17th at 5:30pm in our building at 76 S 2nd St, Carbondale, CO 81623. The agenda is available here and posted in the front hall of the station. 

Shelley Kaup

Glenwood Springs voters elected Shelley Kaup to the at-large seat on the City Council and Jonathan Godes to the Ward 5 seat. Rick Voorhees ran unopposed for the Ward 2 seat. Meanwhile, the marijuana sales tax and wholesale tax increases passed as well. To hear KDNK's interview with Shelley Kaup, who works for Clean Energy Economy for the Region, click here. For KDNK's interview with Jonathan Godes, who leads a nonprofit called Early Childhood, click here.

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, will be speaking this Saturday night at 7pm at the Calaway Room inside the Carbondale Public Library. The event is being hosted by the Mt. Sopris Historical Society with Jim Calaway moderating.  KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke with him about the surge in support for the ACLU and Nathan's message to potential activists.

Cranford Hollow


Here’s your community calendar for Monday, April 3rd, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting Thursdays at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline to view listings like Cranford Hollow performing at Belly Up Aspen.

A Year With Frog and Toad


Here’s your community calendar for Saturday April 1st, 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 A Year With Frog and Toad at Wheeler Opera House.

John Stroud GWSPI photo

Friday is Kindergarten Enrollment Day at Roaring Fork Schools. KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke to the school district’s Senior Project Manager Angie Davlyn to find out all the last-minute details parents need to know.

 

And, congratulations to six Roaring Fork High School students who have received Boettcher and Daniels Fund scholarships for college. The Boettcher prize offers a full-ride to schools within Colorado; the Daniels Fund offers a full-ride to any school in the nation. The Sopris Sun reports that the recipients are Tavia Teitler, Julia Lee, Enrique Gonzalez, Nick Penzel, Lorenzo Andrade, and Fabian Rico.

Ryan Summerlin

On today's local newscast, Gavin Dahl speaks to Post Independent reporter Ryan Summerlin about his article on the new farmer's market starting in Glenwood Springs this June.  Plus Eric Galatas reports on a new study from Hunger-Free Colorado that shows wide bipartisan support for fighting food insecurity. New information casts doubt on the authenticity of Doc Holliday's derringer pistol, recently purchased by Glenwood Historical Society. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled yesterday in favor of the youth climate activists Earth Guardians. Garfield County approved code changes that could mean a boom of tiny homes in unincorporated parts of the county. And Gavin Dahl reports on the latest news about marijuana.

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.

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