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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Diane Mitsch Bush won the primary to represent the Democratic Party in the race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh asked Diane to discern herself from Republican incumbent Scott Tipton. The full interview is posted here.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s December oil and gas lease sale includes nearly a quarter of a million acres in Colorado with nearly 8,000 in the North Fork Valley’s watershed and around Paonia Reservoir. Meanwhile, an internal memo has reduced opportunities for public participation in the process. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, to learn more.

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Colorado Attorney General democratic candidate Phil Weiser describes the role of Attorney General as the lawyer for the people of Colorado. While visiting the Roaring Fork Valley, Phil stopped by KDNK for an interview. These are his comments on water. The full interview is posted here.

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YouthZone, with sponsorship from Community Health Initiatives, invites the community to “High in Plain Sight,” a presentation by Officer Jermaine Galloway about youth drug trends. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with the presenter and YouthZone director Lori Mueller to learn more. The presentation is on Monday, July 23rd, from 8am to noon at Glenwood Springs High School.

Here’s your community calendar for Monday, July 16th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. For the list of today's events, like Janis: Little Girl Blue showing at The Temporary, follow the headline.

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Mike Almas’ Northern Rockies Incident Management Team transitions responsibility for containing the Lake Christine Fire to Bart Kicklighter’s Type 3 Incident Management Team today. Outside Adventure Media helped the Incident Command Post create this video in response to the outpouring of support received from residents of the Roaring Fork Valley.

Niceness, a group that describes itself as “”positively grounded Rocky Mountain roots reggae” integrates elements of soul, funk, latin, and hip-hop. KDNK presented Niceness at The Temporary on July 13. Bonte Lane aka Pam Rosenthal is guiding a playful sound exploration workshop on July 17, 31, and August 14 at the Third Street Center at 7pm.

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Bonte Lane aka Pam Rosenthal is guiding a playful sound exploration workshop on July 17, 31, and August 14 at the Third Street Center at 7pm.

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Niceness, a group that describes itself as “”positively grounded Rocky Mountain roots reggae” integrates elements of soul, funk, latin, and hip-hop. KDNK presents Niceness at The Temporary tonight, July 13, at 9pm.

Rep. Scott Tipton

Congressman Scott Tipton, along with Governor John Hickenlooper, Senator Cory Gardner, and Colorado Representative Bob Rankin visited Basalt shortly after the Lake Christine Fire destroyed three homes. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Congressman Tipton about this visit…

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Here’s your community calendar for Thursday, July 12th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. For today's events, like a new moon in Cancer, follow the headline...

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Here’s your community calendar for Wednesday, July 11th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. For today's events, like Joannes Linstead performing for Glenwood's Summer of Music, follow the headline...

Here’s your community calendar for Tuesday, July 10th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale. For today's events, like a thank you to the firefighters from the sidewalks along Hwy 82 and Crown Mt Park, follow the headline...

Raleigh Burleigh

The Lake Christine Fire exposed a well of generosity in the Roaring Fork Valley. Citizens quickly jumped to action, offering what they could to help those who had been forced from their homes. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh explored one facet on July 6, while visiting an impromptu refuge established at The Orchard.

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While moving to safety from the physical effects of the fire and smoke, the emotional safety for many has been jeopardized. Resa Hayes, a licensed counselor and president of the board of directors for Aspen Strong, has compiled this advice for parents when talking to their children about the Lake Christine Fire. Additional resources are available here.

The Aspen Times

Local media has been hard at work to keep the community informed about the Lake Christine Fire. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Carolyn Sackariason, reporter for the Aspen Times, about the three homes lost in the early hours of July 5.

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The Lake Christine Fire has been added to the National Incident Information System, restating the acreage at 5,263 as reported yesterday afternoon by the local map. 214 personnel are fighting the fire.

Roaring Fork Swap's Lake Christine Fire help spreadsheet is available here. Nearly 100 spaces offered to evacuees!

On Friday morning, Garfield County Sheriff's Office announced that thanks to the combined efforts of local first responders and the Type 2 Incident Command Team called in by Eagle County, the immediate danger to the residents of Missouri Heights, living in Garfield County, has lessened significantly. The voluntary evacuation of the Missouri Heights area in Garfield County has been lifted. The mandatory evacuation for Missouri Heights in Eagle County, however, is still in full effect.

Eagle County wrote at 9:30 that residents who have been evacuated need to register for a re-entry tag starting at 10:30am, July 6, at the Basalt High School shelter. Red Cross called KDNK to inform that the Rapid Pass for the Rapid Check in System will only be available at the Basalt High School Evacuation Center and not at Roaring Fork High School. The Rapid Pass will be utilized by evacuees when roads are opened to them.

For urgent information regarding this incident you can call 970-445-4911.

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At 4pm, the map updated to 5,263 acres.

Roaring Fork Swap's Lake Christine Fire help spreadsheet is available here.

At 7am on Tuesday morning, management of the Lake Christine Fire was transitioned from local authorities to a Type 2 Incident Management Team. Keith Brink spoke on behalf of the team at a community meeting held at Basalt High School last night. Applause erupted at the same meeting when Eagle County Sheriff James Van Beek addressed concerns of immigration officials hanging around evacuation centers.

Evacuation orders will remain in effect for the indefinite future. It was confirmed that only three houses were lost and those owners have been notified. For people that haven’t been told otherwise, their home is okay. When safety of evacuated areas is assessed and utilities are restored, evacuees will be advised that they may return to their homes.

For urgent information regarding this incident you can call 970-445-4911.

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Members of the Roaring Fork Swap on Facebook have established a public Google spreadsheet where people can share information about needs, volunteer opportunities, and more. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Carrie Hill about the effort.

The Salvation Army is also coordinating donation efforts: (970) 748-0704.

Megan Webber

On Wednesday evening, July 4, the Lake Christine Fire was reported at 2,377 acres,  zero percent contained, with 500 homes evacuated. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh, joined by Amy Hadden Marsh and Megan Webber, gave an update during yesterday’s evening newscast.

Check here for Eagle County Sheriff's updates and here for the Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District map.

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For urgent information regarding this incident you can contact the joint information center call 970-445-4911.

For MEDIA fire information you can call 970-510-0705.

Megan Webber

On Wednesday evening, July 4, the Lake Christine Fire was reported at 2,377 acres, zero percent contained, with 500 homes evacuated. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh, joined by Amy Hadden Marsh and Megan Webber, gave an update during the evening newscast.

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Carbondale & Rural Fire Protection District​ is updating a map indicating the size of the fire, evacuation areas, closed roads, and more.

Will Grandbois, The Sopris Sun

Unauthorized drones will suspend air operations and prevent fire suppression.

 

The fire is reported at 2,377 acres as of 5:30pm on Tuesday.

PitkinAlert announced at 4:51pm, July 4, that power to the Roaring Fork Valley above Basalt is at risk due to the fire. This includes the communities of Old Snowmass, Aspen Village, Woody Creek, and Snowmass Village. Residents are asked to prepare for up to 72 hours of outage.

The evacuation orders that are currently in place will remain in place with no estimated time for being lifted. These include the areas around Original Road, Silverado Drive, Hillcrest Drive, Sagewood Court and the Pineridge area.  Additional evacuations ordered on July 4 at 12:50 for Homestead Trailer Park, the Wilds (Promontory and Wildsprings), Ridge Road, Pinion Drive and Cedar Drive. 1:30pm evacuations include the following streets: Homestead, Sopris, Spur, Tucker, Hillside, Curtis, Longhorn and all addresses on the north side of Midland Ave.

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at Basalt High School.

The White River National Forest has issued an emergency area closure order effective at 5:00 p.m. on July 4, 2018 for all National Forest Lands north of the Basalt State Wildlife Area between the National Forest Boundary and Bowers Gulch to the west, and southwest of Red Table Mountain and Frenchman Creek to the east. This includes Basalt Mountain, the Cattle Creek area, Sawmill Gulch area, the Seven Castles area, and all hiking, biking and motorcycle trails between Basalt Mountain and Cottonwood Pass.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt Fire District, Carbondale Fire District, Snowmass Wildcat Fire District, Glenwood Springs Fire Department, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Aspen Fire Department, United States Forest Service, Upper Colorado River Fire Team, Rifle Helitak, Colorado State Patrol, Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, Basalt Police Department, Salvation Army, and Red Cross are working collaboratively on this fire.

Suspects have been issued a summons by the Eagle County Sheriff's Department for shooting tracer rounds, forbidden by a Stage 2 Fire Ban, that started the fire at the shooting range.

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Hugh Kingery speaks about the American Dipper, a source water indicator species, and how Dipper came back when the Elwha Dam came down in Olympic National Park.  When the source water flowed, the salmon ran, the ouzels fed on salmon eggs and thrived again.

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KDNK DJ Bob Schultz included a friendly reminder of what to remember when evacuating during the Merle and Chameleon show on Wednesday, July 4.

The evacuation orders that are currently in place will remain in place with no estimated time for being lifted. These include the areas around Original Road, Silverado Drive, Hillcrest Drive, Sagewood Court and the Pineridge area.  Additional evacuations ordered on July 4 at 12:50 for Homestead Trailer Park, the Wilds (Promontory and Wildsprings), Ridge Road, Pinion Drive and Cedar Drive. 1:30pm evacuations include the following streets: Homestead, Sopris, Spur, Tucker, Hillside, Curtis, Longhorn and all addresses on the north side of Midland Ave.

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at Basalt High School.

Will Grandbois, The Sopris Sun

The evacuation areas in the Lake Christine Fire are as follows:

Original Road, Silverado Dr, Hillcrest Drive and the Pineridge area.

As of 8:20pm Tuesday, July 3, the following areas are under a pre-evacuation notice:

Big and Little Pinyon areas, Sagewood area and the area around the Church of Christ.

More information to come.

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Work along the Rio Grande Artway in Carbondale continues. This weekend there is an opportunity to volunteer at the Latino Folk Art Garden for a final planting and the installation of six giant clay pots, created at the Carbondale Clay Center. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Amy Kimberly, executive director of Carbondale Arts, to learn more. Work at Latino Folk Art Garden, at the intersection of 8th street and the Rio Grande Trail, is Sunday, July 8, from 2 to 5pm. Community Mosaic Days are Thursdays from 2 to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to noon through July 14th. To reserve a space, contact paradiseartglass@sopris.net.

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Over 100 people gathered in Glenwood Springs on Saturday to march in protest of children being separated from their parents at the border. The event was coordinated with marches across the country. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports. Follow the link to read a letter written for the occasion by Sandra Lopez, who has been in sanctuary in Carbondale for over 8 months.

Hawk Newsome is the president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and the Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Both attended ARE Day 2018 in Snowmass. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh sat with them over a lunch break as they talked about the Movement and issues facing people of color in the United States.

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