Gavin Dahl

Station Manager

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. 

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

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Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, December 17th, 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.

Peggy Tibbetts

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


Here’s your community calendar for Friday, Dec 16th, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club, meeting Thursdays at noon at Mi Casita in Carbondale. Info at MTSoprisRotaryClub.com. Rotary: Service above self. Click the headline to view today's listings.

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

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

Josefina Mendez


Here’s your community calendar for Monday, December 12th, 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.

Brent Gardner-Smith

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

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

Micah Parkin

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

In the November election, 26 more communities in Colorado voted for local control of broadband infrastructure. So that means that voters in 29 of Colorado’s 64 counties, plus 66 municipalities are determined to support their local leaders in addressing the need for affordable high speed Internet connectivity. Within KDNK’s listening area, voters in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, New Castle, Parachute, Silt and Garfield County all approved broadband ballot items in 2016. KDNK news director Gavin Dahl asked Ken Fellman, former mayor of Arvada and the foremost communications attorney representing local governments in our state, to talk about the significance of this growing resistance to the restrictions on broadband development backed by companies like Comcast and CenturyLink.  

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

Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, December 3rd.

Heather Dalton

Scientist Sarah Hawkins released a report for US Geological Survey in June that found the Mancos Shale formation of the Piceance Basin could contain 40 times more natural gas than previously estimated. Hawkins, based in Denver, made two presentations yesterday in Rifle, at the Northwest Colorado Oil and Gas Forum in the morning and the Garfield County Energy Advisory Board meeting, last night. Garfield County resident Doug Salg spoke during public comment at the EAB meeting, telling the industry to pack up and leave. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Gavin Dahl report.

Joshua Hicks / USGS

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

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

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron is one of three dozen mayors around the country to sign onto an open letter to Donald Trump calling for bold climate policy. KDNK news director spoke to City of Aspen Climate Action Manager Ashley Perl to learn more.

A new rule from the US Department of Labor that would have made millions of employees eligible for overtime pay was scheduled to take effect today, but a Texas federal district court has placed a temporary injunction blocking its implementation nationwide. News director Gavin Dahl spoke to Renny Fagan, president and CEO of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, about overtime pay and the minimum wage.

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

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

Steve Skinner

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

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

Steve Skinner

Hey Hunter S. Thompson fans! We've got a treat waiting for you at KDNK's annual Labor of Love Auction & Holiday Bazaar on First Friday December 2nd at the Village Smithy from 5 to 9PM. Sheriff Bob Braudis donated a bound commemorative edition Hunter S. Thompson issue of Rolling Stone, signed by publisher Jann Wenner. 

This is one of hundreds of unique items donated from around the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. The event will feature DJ Moot (aka Alex Schrempf) and local food and drinks sponsored by Phat Thai, Peppino's, Roaring Fork Beer Company, Marble Distilling and Carbondale Beer Works. Event sponsors also include Alpine Bank and ANB Bank. Plus, Bazaar decor by Isberian Rugs.

Register now to get your bidder number and secure yourself a free drink on the big night. See you on First Friday! 

Dana Cronin / KRCC

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

For this week’s news brief, award-winning investigative reporter and columnist Joel Dyer, editor of Boulder Weekly, says Donald Trump’s presidency could surprise people by galvanizing the environmental movement more than ever before. His cover story immediately after the election was “President Trump: How we got here and what to do now.”

Donna Lynne spent 11 years as an executive at health insurance company Kaiser Permanente before swearing in as Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor in May. She also serves as Chief Operating Officer of the state. News director Gavin Dahl sat down with Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne at the State Capitol to get her take on how to address the skyrocketing cost of health coverage on the Western Slope. The four Western Slope legislators on the Health Care Working Group are Senator Kerry Donovan, and Representatives Millie Hamner, Bob Rankin, and Diane Mitsch-Busch.

KDNK's annual Labor of Love auction and Holidary Bazaar is coming up Friday December 2nd at the Village Smithy in Carbondale from 5 to 9pm. We have an awesome list of auction items including 4 tickets for the Colorado Avalanche. You can sign up now to make checkout easier so you can focus on the party. Support KDNK and sit in the 4th row against the San Jose Sharks on January 23rd! 


Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, November 12th, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club. Rotary is holding a raffle, with all proceeds going to dental care for local children in need. Prizes include a 3-day trip to Denver with hotel and Broncos tickets. For more information, contact Pat Pier at 987-3265.

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

State lawmakers have elected new leadership following this Tuesday’s election. As Bente Birkeland reports, all but one caucus leader will be new to the position.

KDNK airs Local News during Morning Edition at 6:41 and 7:41 on weekdays. 

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