Raleigh Burleigh

News Director

Raleigh Burleigh is a born local. Raised in the sweet backwaters of Satank, he attended the Carbondale Community School and later Roaring Fork High School. The Carbondale Rotary Club sponsored him as a youth ambassador to Chile for a year before his graduation in 2011. Raleigh then attended Colorado Mountain College, building his associate degree first online from California, then across the Roaring Fork Valley and finally at the Leadville campus. He studied International Affairs and Journalism at the University of Colorado, Boulder then applied those studies traveling throughout South America for the following year. Having returned to Carbondale to recollect himself, Raleigh acquired an internship with KDNK News which has led to this golden opportunity to serve his community as news director while drawing deeper into the rich soil of this confluence. News story suggestions are welcomed and appreciated at news@kdnk.org.

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Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, November 18, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. Sopris Liquor and Wine carries local and imported spirits, beer, and wine. For today's events, like SHEL at the Wheeler Opera House, follow the headline...

Andrea Stewart

Carbondale will host the 2018 Bicycle Tour of Colorado and partner with 5 other Creative Districts to form the Creative Corridor. Andrea Stewart, Carbondale Chamber President, provides KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh with an update.

Stein Properties Project

Tuesday night, November 14, Carbondale Town Trustees approved the Stein Properties Project, a major mixed-use development replacing the empty lot in the Northeast corner of the roundabout, next to Crystal River Spas and across from Subway, with commercial and residential rentals. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with architect Raul Gawrys about his design.

Andy Zanca Youth News Team

The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment News Team reports on a Youth Water Summit presented by Wild Rose Education on October 31, 2017.


The Town of Carbondale Board of Trustees worked through a packed agenda last night. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

KDNK’S Raleigh Burleigh talks to Jayla Poppleton, Executive Director of Water Education Colorado, formerly known as Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Click here for more information.

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Unofficial results for this year’s elections were announced last night. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

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National Wildlife Federation released a report that highlights the increasing threat of megafires in the United States. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with NWF President and CEO Collin O’Mara, who is lobbying in Washington DC for a fix. The report can be accessed here.

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A resident of the Roaring Fork Valley has taken sanctuary in Carbondale and fights to remain with her children by avoiding deportation. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.



Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, November 4, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club. Rotary: Service above self. For today's events, like Carbondale's monthly full moon bike ride, follow the headline...



Tonight, Carbondale hosts a 13th annual Day of the Dead Celebration. The celebration begins at the Third Street Center at 5pm with hot chocolate and tamales. The procession to The Thunder River Theatre starts at 6 for performances at 7 and 7:45. Meanwhile, El Colectivo presents a puppet show at The Launchpad at 7 and 7:45. Altars will be on display at The Third Street Center through November 7th.

Wikipedia Commons

The BLM recently released a plan to open land upstream from Paonia for oil and gas drilling, a decision that many citizens feel threatens the new economy. For more, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Madeleine Osberger about her recent article, "After BLM decision, Paonia at a crossroads," for Aspen Daily News.

Rep. Scott Tipton


US House Committee on Ways and Means unveils the delayed GOP tax overhaul proposal today. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh asked Congressman Scott Tipton what changes Coloradans could anticipate.

Youth Entity


Trick-or-Treaters can trade candy for cash tomorrow, between 2:30 and 4:30, at Alpine Bank in Carbondale. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Associate Director for Youth Entity Heather Hicks to learn more about the importance of teaching finances to kids.

Michaela Mujica-Steiner


CRMS graduate Michaela Mujica-Steiner is attending the 23rd UN Climate Conference, in Bonn Germany, with a youth delegation unofficially representing the United States. KDNK will be corresponding with Michaela throughout November with updates direct from COP23.


Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, October 28, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club. Rotary: Service above self. For today's events, like The Smoothest Halloween Party in the Valley, follow the headline.



Sopris Sun reporter Megan Tackett and editor William Grandbois visited the KDNK Studio to discuss 2017 Garfield County Ballot Issues with KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh.

Town of Carbondale


On Tuesday, October 23, Carbondale Trustees began discussing an official recommendation from the town concerning the proposed Crystal Valley Trail from Carbondale to Crested Butte. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports. 

Two River Unitarian Universalist

Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church in Carbondale has granted sanctuary to a local immigrant rights leader and mother of three. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more. Sandra Lopez, her Attorney Jennifer Smith, Reverand Foster and Pam Williams will speak tonight at Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Parsonage, at 343 Cleveland Place, in Carbondale, at 6:15.

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority

Earlier this month, Governor Hickenlooper unsuccessfully held a special session to address a mistake in a spending bill that prevents dozens of organizations from collecting on a marijuana sales tax. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Michael Yang, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for RFTA, to learn more about the local impacts of that mistake.

Rep. Scott Tipton

For KDNK’s monthly interview with the Congressman Scott Tipton, News Director Raleigh Burleigh turns the conversation towards Tipton’s newly introduced energy bill and revisions to the Antiquities Act.


The 2017 Garfield County Ballots have been mailed to residents. Ballot Issue 1A asks voters to support museums and cultural heritage with a new property tax. Raleigh Burleigh spoke with proponent Beth White, executive director of the Mt. Sopris Historical Society, to learn more.


KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with representatives for Response, an organization that addresses domestic violence and sexual assault locally.

The Sopris Sun sponsors Humans vs. Vampires  from Friday, October 13th to Halloween, October 31. Special events earn human players bonuses and specials. The most proliferate vampire will be honored for all eternity. Participation is by donation. For more information, check The Sopris Sun.

Town of Carbondale, Public Works

Carbondale’s Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday. Carbondale residents can drop off hazardous waste at 4th Street and Colorado Avenue from 8:30am to 1pm tomorrow, October 14.

Raleigh Burleigh

Colorado Mountain College hosted a group of Oglala Lakota from Pine Ridge Reservation to share about their experiences at Standing Rock protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

Aspen-Pitkin County Housing Authority recently revamped their website. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Executive Director Mike Kosdrosky to learn more.

Heidi Hendricks

Carbondale’s community gathered for the 108th Annual Potato Day this past weekend. Along the RioGrande ArtWay volunteers worked to clear weeds and rocks and to plant trees in preparation for future art installations. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has these reports. All are welcome to participate in the final Rio Grande ArtWay workday on Saturday, October 14th from 9 to noon at the intersection of 8th Street and the Rio Grande bike trail. Lunch will be provided.

All the Wild Horses, Aspen Film Fest



Here’s your community calendar for Saturday, October 7, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club. Rotary: Service above self. For today's events, like Aspen Film Fest in Carbondale and Aspen, follow the headline.

The Sopris Sun

For this week’s News Brief news director Raleigh Burleigh interviews Megan Tackett, the new staff writer at The Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s independent newspaper.