Amy Hadden Marsh

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Pitkin County recently released a draft plan for the Carbondale to Crested Butte  - or Crystal Valley - Trail. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, about the pros and cons of the plan and if a changing climate could change the plan. The draft plan is available here for comment.

Ed Mazria, world-renowned architect and CEO of the non-profit think tank, Architecture 2030, comes to Carbondale Friday for the Buildings for a Sustainable Future conference, presented by CLEER, CORE, and Garfield Clean Energy. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with him this week about his work.

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Piceance Mustangs is a new group that’s helping the Bureau of Land Management do a better job taking care of the Piceance East Douglas wild horse herd in northwestern Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh recently caught up with the group on the range, southwest of Meeker, and has this report.

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Word is out about a possible expansion of a limestone quarry just north of Glenwood Springs. But, the Bureau of Land Management has not received a final proposal from Rocky Mountain Resources. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Monica Quevedo, 18, graduates from Glenwood Springs High School in June and to cap off her Senior Project, she plans to ask the Glenwood Springs City Council to accept a resolution that will protect immigrants. On today's show, she and Sophia Clarke, campaign manager and Rocky Mountain point person for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, talk about the project and about immigration issues impacting the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Monica goes before GWS City Council on May 17th.

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Hanging Lake visitors will not have to make reservations to hike up to the lake this summer. The US Forest Service has delayed putting its management plan for the popular tourist destination into action for another year. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke to Aaron Mayville, district ranger for the Eagle/Holy Cross District of the White River National Forest, to find out why. Click here for tips for a happy hike to the lake.

Public Comment from 4/2018 AQCD Meeting in Rifle

Apr 28, 2018

Unedited public comments from the 4/2012 AQCD Rifle meeting Part 1 (above).

Unedited public comments, Part 2

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Tatiana Flowers is the new reporter at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For this week’s News Brief, she talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about what has shaped her work.

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The state Air Pollution Control Division is in Rifle today to talk to stakeholders and hear public comment about emissions from oil and gas extraction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Peter Hart, staff attorney for Wilderness Workshop, to find out more. The meeting starts at noon at the Garfield County Sheriff’s Annex in Rifle with public comments beginning at 3:30.

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The Launchpad in Carbondale hosted the Cherry Creek Singers from South Dakota on First Friday last week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh produced this audio postcard.

A controversial predator control plan in Colorado is heading into its second year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife - or CPW - plans to kill bears and mountain lions in the Piceance Basin, north of Rifle, and in the Arkansas River Basin to see if that will boost deer fawn survival rates. Freelance reporter Rico Moore has been following this story since 2016 in a series for the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Moore for an update on the story and how CPW may be going after mountain lions that no longer exist.

"Toxic Bottles" Flummox Law Enforcement

Apr 5, 2018
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A Basalt man arrested about three weeks ago for allegedly throwing chemical-filled bottles into the Roaring Fork River was charged with six felonies Monday. Forty-three-year old Ricardo Parras-Membreno faces up to 36 years in prison if convicted of all six counts. But, law enforcement still doesn't know the purpose of the hazardous liquid inside the bottles. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott Monday for an update on the case.

Aspen Public Radio interim News Director Alycin Becktesh, Sopris Sun reporter Megan Tackett, and Carla Jean Whitley, Features Editor at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, join KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh for an hour of news talk on KDNK's Spring Journalist Roundtable, originally aired 3/25/2018. Click here to listen.

Humpty Stays

Mar 30, 2018

Humpty Dumpty gets to stay on his wall outside the Carbondale Library after a crowd-funding campaign raised the necessary funds to keep him there. Sondra Reiff told KDNK Friday that Carbondale residents should be congratulated for raising the money - all from small donations, ranging from $.75 to $200. The artist also dropped the sculpture's price from $6,000 to $5500. The sculpture is part of the current Art Around Town exhibit and was installed last June. A dedication ceremony is in the works.

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Carbondale Democrat Karl Hanlon kicks off his Topple Tipton Tour on Saturday. He plans to stop in all 29 counties in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about why he’s running against incumbent Scott Tipton and his take on some big issues.

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Battlement Concerned Citizens, a natural gas watchdog group, has brought the issue of natural gas drilling inside neighborhoods and close to schools to the forefront in Garfield County. Group chairperson Dave DeVanney talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh.

Mana Foods Not Responsible for Dandelion Market Debt

Mar 28, 2018
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Mana Foods has taken over store space from the now-defunct Carbondale Food Co-op but the owners are not taking on the Co-op’s debt. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Garfield County Commissioners agreed to fund another air quality study with $75,000 out of the county’s Oil and Gas Mitigation Fund. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Morgan Hill, environmental health specialist with Garfield County Public Health, about the study and how it differs from 10 years of previous studies.

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Mana Food has opened in the space once occupied by Dandelion Market. It’s run by a local ashram. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Sotantar, one of the owners.

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It’s almost rodeo time in Carbondale! For this evening’s Featured Nonprofit, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Melanie Cardiff, volunteer coordinator and board secretary of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo.

Valley Voices: Dr. Rob Valuck Part 2 (opioid crisis)

Mar 22, 2018

Part 2 of Dr. Rob Valuck's presentation about opioids to health and human service/treatment providers and law enforcement on March 14 in El Jebel.  Click here for Part 1.

Editorial Cartoon by Dave Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News, 2016.

The opioid situation in the US has reached emergency proportions. Today's show features a presentation, in two parts, by Dr. Rob Valuck, pharmacologist, and director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Dr. Valuck spoke to health and human services, treatment providers, and law enforcement last week in El Jebel about the opioid crisis in the nation and in Colorado.  Part One is an overview of the crisis, nationally and statewide, plus how we got here. Part Two ends with what's working to help reduce use.

Snowpack Yields Little Water on McClure Pass

Mar 22, 2018
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Snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed is at historic lows. Levels usually peak in early April and right now, it’s around 60% of normal for this time of year. But, how are these levels determined? Do people go out in the backcountry after a storm and stick rulers in the snow? In early March, Water Education Colorado and the Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a trip to a Snow Telemetry - or SNO-TEL - site at the top of McClure Pass. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh went along and found out that measuring snowpack is a more than rulers in the snow.

Featured Nonprofit: Shining Mountains Tiny Homes

Mar 21, 2018
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Shining Mountains Tiny Homes is a brand-new, local nonprofit that wants to build a tiny home community that will serve seniors, students, and homeless. For today's Featured Nonprofit, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with founder Rachael Windh about her vision for the organization.

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Roaring Fork Conservancy opens its new River Center in Basalt in August. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Liza Mitchell, RFC's education and outreach coordinator, about what the center will offer the public.

Featured Nonprofit: Roaring Fork Audubon

Mar 17, 2018
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Roaring Fork Audubon is one of the areas's oldest environmental organizations and hosts two bird counts annually. As part of KDNK's Featured Nonprofit series, Amy Hadden Marsh talks with RFA vice-chair Delia Malone about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and more.

Despite his efforts to promote domestic energy dominance, President Trump may have shot himself in the foot with tariffs on steel and aluminum. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reporter Dennis Webb about how the tariffs could have a negative impact on the oil, gas and solar energy industries. Click here to read the story.

Congressman Scott Tipton on the Worsening Opioid Crisis

Mar 14, 2018
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The Centers for Disease Control reports that the opioid crisis in the US is getting worse. From July, 2016 through September, 2017, opioid overdoses went up 30% in 45 states, 70% in the Midwest, and large cities in 16 states witnessed an increase of 54%. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh asked Congressman Scott Tipton why some of what the Federal government is doing is not enough.

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On March 1, Montana-based Western Values Project released a detailed report of Utah Representative Mike Noel’s undisclosed land holdings and possible conflicts of interest over a Lake Powell water pipeline and new boundaries for the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. On Friday, March 9th, Noel announced his retirement. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Western Values Project director Chris Saeger last week - before Noel's announcement - about the report and the group’s request for a Federal investigation.


*The original headline stated Utah Legislator Resigns Amidst Controversy Over Role in Revised Grand Staircase Escalante Monument. KDNK found out that Noel had, instead, announced his retirement on Friday, March 9.

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Garfield County Library District Director Jesse Henning is moving to Chicago to direct the Berrington Area Library. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about his work in Garfield County and what the public can do to support the libraries.