Amy Hadden Marsh

Chip Comins is the founder, director, and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute in Aspen, which has hosted ARE Day for 14 years. The summit continues this weekend with a film fest and 2 community conversations on Friday and Saturday. Details and schedule are hereImpact Films are here. Meanwhile, Comins talks with host Amy Hadden Marsh about ARE Day and climate change, and gives a little context to what the planet is currently experiencing.


KDNK has lost a beloved friend and cohort. DJ Phathead  - aka Greg Benson -  died in his sleep Saturday night. Recording artist and longtime friend, Izm White, and KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh produced this remembrance. A fund for funeral expenses has been set up at Alpine Bank. No word yet on memorial services.


Theatre director, playwright, actor, and teacher Brad Moore was recently named CMC Adjunct Faculty of the Year at the Glenwood Springs and Spring Valley campuses AND collegewide. Here, he talks with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about when he got the acting bug and why he continues to teach.


Over 150 climate change and sustainable energy experts and artists descend upon Snowmass Village this week for the 14th annual American Renewable Energy  - or ARE Day - Summit. The event runs through Saturday and is packed with speakers plus free events for everyone. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Chip Comins, founder and CEO of the American Renewable Energy Institute in Aspen, to talk about the event. Click here for a schedule of events, speakers and more.

Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd District.


US House Republicans voted Thursday to scale back Dodd-Frank — the set of Wall Street regulations President Barack Obama signed into law after the 2008 financial crisis. NPR reported that the House approved the Financial Choice Act, which reduces or eliminates many of the post-crisis banking rules. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents Colorado’s 3rd District, ahead of Thursday’s vote about the bill that he co-sponsored. Click here for the PEW study about Colorado payday lending reforms.

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The 2018 proposed Federal budget allocates $1.1B to the Bureau of Land Management, a $163M reduction. This translates to a $70M budget for the Wild Horse and Burro Program, a $10M cut from last year. The budget proposal also recommends elimination of appropriations language that keeps BLM from using all options to manage mustang and burro herds. Valley Voices host Amy Hadden Marsh talks to award-winning filmmaker, director of the Cloud Foundation (a wild horse and burro advocacy and education group), and member of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, Ginger Kathrens, about what will happen to the nation's mustangs and wild burros if the budget is approved.

photo courtesy Sheryl Barto

Carbondale’s Smiling Goat Ranch celebrates the second annual Go Autism Family Fun Walk on Saturday to raise awareness about autism. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with ranch founder Sheryl Barto and board member Lt. Col. Richard Merritt to talk about the walk and the work. More information about the Go Autism Family Fun Walk is on the Smiling Goat Ranch facebook page.

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Colorado’s West Slope has a new rodeo in Rifle, the brainchild of a recent graduate of Rifle High School. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh went to the first one Monday night and has this report. The Rifle Rodeo takes place Monday nights at the Garfield County Fairgrounds throughout the summer. Slack is at 6. Grand Entry at 7:15. You can find more on the Rifle Rodeo Association’s Facebook page.

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The US Army Corps of Engineers gave the green light last month to a project that would divert more West Slope water to the Front Range. The Windy Gap Firming project was first conceived in 1970 and includes construction of a dam over 300 feet tall that will form the Chimney Hollow Reservoir near Carter Lake in Loveland.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jim Pokrandt of the Colorado River Water Conservation District about the project and its implications for West Slope water users.

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The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo is full of cowboys, bull-riding cowgirls, horses that can turn on a dime and riders who don't fall off. Cowboy hats are de riguer in the chutes and so is a certain sense of polite machismo. It's a small town rodeo so all the cowboys say "Yes, Ma'am" and "No, Ma'am" and some even tip their hats. The crowd goes wild for the hide race, the mutton busters, and when the kids chase the calves around the arena. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has been covering CWWR for several years, both for radio and with photographs. Enjoy the slide show and enjoy the rodeo - every Thursday night. Slack is at 6. Grand Entry at 7:30.

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The Colorado Basin Roundtable hosts a public meeting on Thursday, June 1st (from 1 – 3 PM at the Glenwood Springs Community Center) to take a look at water uses from Grand county to the Grand Valley. KDNK' Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jim Pokrandt, chairman of the roundtable and community affairs director for the Colorado River Water Conservation District about the roundtable and the need for an integrated water plan.

Carbondale Public Arts Commission

Carbondale's Public Arts Commission selected 15 new sculptures for this year's Art Around Town exhibit, and is getting ready for a public Art Walk to show them off this week. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more. The Art Walk begins at 5:30 PM Thursday, June 1, at Town Hall, followed by the artists' reception around 7 at the Launchpad.

photo courtesy Maurine Taufer

Maurine Taufer has been teaching and choreographing dance in Glenwood Springs since the 1980s. She co-founded the Glenwood Springs Arts Center and Dancers Dancing, an annual performance of dance students that just celebrated 25 years. For this week's Valley Voices, Maurine and special guests Jane Berry Scales and Terry Glasenapp join Amy Hadden Marsh.


The Veterans Administration has a tele-health clinic in Glenwood Springs. Social worker Tom Ziemann heads the facility and also works at the VA in Grand Junction. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Ziemann to talk about military culture, how the VA has changed PTSD treatment, and more. He begins by explaining his role at the VA.  The Glenwood Springs tele-health center is at 970.945.1007.

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The Glenwood Springs police began an investigation of the Glenwood Springs Center finances last month, shortly after director Christina Brusig resigned. Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter Ryan Summerlin has been following the story. His most recent piece, published earlier this week, shows that the City of Glenwood Springs did not respond to Arts Center employees’ or board members’ complaints for almost 2 years. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Summerlin about the article.

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By May in western Colorado, calving season is over and cattle branding season has begun. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh visited longtime Roaring Fork Valley rancher Jim Nieslanik to find out more about his family’s cattle operation and what it’s like to ranch in the 21st century.

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Independent reporter Rico Moore has been taking an in-depth look at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s so-called Predator Control Study, which proposes to kill up to 40 mountain lion and bear this month in the Piceance Basin and more next year in the Upper Arkansas Basin. The agency blames predation for a drop in mule deer fawn survival rates, and is trapping and shooting targeted animals. Moore’s series, Off Target, is published in the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to him about Part 5 and why there’s more to the problem than lions and bears.

Earthworks photo, courtesy From the Styx

On May 10, the US Senate voted against a debate that could have repealed the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which updates restrictions on methane venting, flaring, and leaking during oil and gas exploration on public lands. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Joshua Mantell, Deputy Director for Energy and Climate for the Wilderness Society, about the importance of the rule and how it narrowly escaped repeal.

First Hantavirus Case of 2017 in Garco

May 3, 2017
Deer Mouse by John Good, National Park Svc


Spring cleaning can sometimes mean exposure to hantavirus, a disease carried by rodents. One case has already been reported in Garfield County this year. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Protestors at the SG Interests' proposed natural gas well pad site on Thompson Divide. AH Marsh photo

Last fall, the Bureau of Land Management canceled 25 natural gas leases in the Thompson Divide. In February, SG Interests, which held 18 of those leases, filed suit to challenge that decision. The judge has not made a ruling on SG's complaint. But, now, conservation group Wilderness Workshop and Pitkin County have filed a separate suit. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why this suit and why now.

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E-waste is expensive to recycle but Carbondale residents get one day a year to responsibly rid themselves of old computers, TVs, batteries and more. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Jason White, of the town’s Environmental Board, talk about Waste Diversion and Spring Clean-Up Day, starting with how the day is funded. You can find out more about what's accepted and what's not accepted by clicking here. New this year: recycling mattresses.

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The Roaring Fork School Board just hired a new principal for Roaring Fork High School. For this week's News Brief, Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the hiring process and where the controversy stands. Read the whole story by clicking here.

Students at Grand Valley Middle School in Battlement Mesa were evacuated last Wednesday due to the presence of a potentially poisonous gas in the building. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Grand Valley Fire District Deputy Chief Rob Ferguson for an update.

Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd District.

Republican Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado’s 3rd District, which includes most of the Western Slope. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with him earlier this month. In Part 2 of the conversation, Tipton talks about health care and when he’ll have a Town Hall meeting in Garfield County. 


Garfield County Commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to approve a rezoning request by Ursa Resources to allow the company to apply for an injection well inside the Battlement Mesa PUD boundaries. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s controversial Predator Control Study is set to begin in May. The agency wants to kill a certain amount of mountain lion and bear in the Piceance Basin and in the Upper Arkansas area to see if this helps increase the mule deer population. Wild Earth Guardians, a New Mexico-based environmental group, filed suit in January and March to stop the so-called study. And, last week, the group filed a separate lawsuit against Wildlife Services, the Federal agency that often exterminates predators and other species across the country in the name of resolving wildlife damage to livestock and protecting human health and safety. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Bethany Cotton, Wildlife Program Director for Wild Earth Guardians, to find out why.


The Glenwood Springs Post Independent recently published High Country, High Costs, a 6-part series on health care costs in Colorado’s resort counties. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Randy Essex, the paper’s editor and publisher, about some of the issues behind the costs. The series is available here.

KDNK's Monthly Talk with Tipton Part 1

Apr 13, 2017
Rep. Scott Tipton

Republican Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd District in Washington DC. KDNK talks with him each month about his work and local, regional, and national issues. In Part 1 of this month's conversation, Amy Hadden Marsh talks with him about the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act, President Trump’s American Energy Independence Order, and climate change.

courtesy Aspen Ute Foundation

The Aspen Ute Foundation hosts a pow wow exhibition Saturday afternoon at 4 at Aspen's Wagner Park, featuring Native American dancing and drumming. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Anuk Bald Eagle, a Lakota from the Cheyenne River reservation in South Dakota, who is organizing the dancers. The pow wow exhibition will be at the Aspen High School commons in case of bad weather.

Andrew Romanoff, former Colorado state representative, is now president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to him about why mental health and substance abuse continue to top the list of public health issues locally and across the state. Romanoff comes to Aspen on Monday at 8 AM at CMC to talk about mental health. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required here.

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