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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.

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Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, former tribal council member of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation, former co-chair of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition, and current Education Director of the Ute Museum in Montrose, joins Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about Bears Ears and the upcoming Bears Ears Prayer Run.

Dandelion Market Blows Away

Mar 6, 2018

On February 7th, Dandelion Market members, board, and staff decided to give the store until April to reach certain milestones that would determine if the store could stay open. But, last week, the market closed its doors for good. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh got some details from Board chair Erica Sparhawk.

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The White River National Forest has issued a draft decision on the Hanging Lake Management Plan. If approved, visitors will have to make reservations and pay to take the hike. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger Aaron Mayville to get the details. The objection period for the draft plan closes March 31.

Sounds of the High Country: The Big Public Land Sell-Out?

Feb 23, 2018


Federal lands are not yet being transferred wholesale to states but Jonathan Thompson, contributing editor for High Country News, says oil and gas leasing is taking the public out of public lands. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh for this week’s Sounds of the High Country. Click here to read all of Thompson's story.

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Today's show features highlights from Dr. Miranda Redmond's recent Naturalist Night talk about her research on pinon pine and juniper ecosystems and impacts of climate change. Click here to watch the entire presentation on Grassroots tv.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Valario’s live Facebook video, Just the Facts, posted on Monday, got over 6,000 views, more than any of his previous videos. It was a response to Friday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida and was more opinion than fact. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Cyber-bullying affects about 34 percent of middle and high school students across the country, reports the Cyberbullying Research Center, almost double the number a decade ago. It’s defined as intentional and repeated harassment online or on any electronic device. In Colorado, it's a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine and up to 18 months in jail. Rifle School Resource Officer Will VanTeylingen teaches cyber safety classes and recently wrote a column about it in the Post Independent. Here he talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the problem.

Carbondale Trustee Candidate Luis Yllanes on KDNK

Feb 19, 2018

Luis Yllanes was appointed to his current seat on the Carbondale Board of Town Trustees in September, 2017, upon the resignation of Katrina Byars. Now, Yllanes is campaigning for a full term in this year’s election. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about why he wants to keep his seat.

KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl: Protect Public Media

Feb 16, 2018

The Trump Administration’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 threatens to cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which could have a negative impact on small public radio stations. But, KDNK’s Gavin Dahl told Amy Hadden Marsh that this isn’t a new -  or insurmountable - threat. Click here for more information and resources.

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Bruce Gordon, director and pilot for Aspen-based wildlands advocacy group Ecoflight, recently took a break from work and joined a crew of friends for a ski/sail trip to Antarctica. Gordon spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his trip and the return sail through the infamous Drake Passage.

Members of Dandelion Market (aka the Carbondale Community Food Co-op) voted Wednesday night to remain open for at least 2 more months, provided certain milestones can be reached. For this week's Everything Under the Sun, Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois and KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talk to Dandelion Market board member Richard Votero and working members Felicia Trevor and Jason White about those milestones and what it will take to keep the market going and growing.

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Garfield County Commissioners would like to see a natural gas-fired power plant in the county but, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out, there are no plans to build one.

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The KDNK News Team got a bird’s-eye perspective of the Garfield County natural gas fields last month with Ecoflight, a local wildlands advocacy group. Amy Hadden Marsh has this story about a new plan for more natural gas drilling in western Garfield County and what that could mean for wildlife habitat in an area that’s riddled with gas wells. The BLM was invited to join KDNK on the flight but agency policy restricts employees to BLM-chartered flights during work hours. Initial public comment on the Balzac Gulch Phase II Master Development Plan closes February 8th.

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Carbondale resident and longtime local journalist John Stroud is now editor of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For this week’s News Brief, he sat down with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about his career, the paper, and why he’s excited about his new job.

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Kevin Corwin is chairperson of the Colorado Bluebird Project with Denver’s Audubon Society. He’s this week’s Naturalist Night speaker in Carbondale and Aspen. Here, he talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the Bluebird Project, bluebird resilience, and why he loves birds. Tonight's event begins at 5:30 at Carbondale's Third Street Center. It's free and open to the public.

The Once in a Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse Show

Jan 30, 2018
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The first full moon eclipse of 2018 shines down on Carbondale Wednesday  (1/31/2018) around 6:29 in the morning.  The KDNK News team and local student astrologer Whitney Will host a special show about the astronomical and astrological aspects of the super blue blood moon eclipse.

The X Games are on this weekend at Buttermilk in Aspen. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor for the Aspen Daily News, about the events and two local skiers who made the US Olympic Ski Team. Click here for Osberger's story on Wiley Maple and Alice McKennis. Click here for the schedule for events at the 2018 X Games.

The Trump Administration has placed a 30 percent tariff on all solar cells manufactured outside the US. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Katherine Rushton of Carbondale’s Sunsense Solar to find out how this will impact the solar industry nationally and locally.

Voices and Photos from 2nd Annual Womens March

Jan 23, 2018
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Hundreds marched in Carbondale on Saturday, January 20. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh joined them in the streets to find out why...