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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.

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On May 10, the US Senate voted against a debate that could have repealed the Bureau of Land Management's Methane Waste Prevention Rule, which updates restrictions on methane venting, flaring, and leaking during oil and gas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
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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.

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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.

Mike Johnston

Mike Johnston, two-term state senator representing northeast Denver, wants Governor John Hickenlooper's job and is beginning his campaign almost 2 years in advance of the 2018 election. He stopped by Carbondale's Third Street Center Tuesday. He spoke to a crowd of about 100 people about issues facing the state and took questions about climate change, health insurance, and more during the 90-minute event.  KDNK recorded the event and you can listen to it in its entirety. The audio has been edited for clarity.

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The White River National Forest released a draft environmental analysis this week for a proposed plan to manage overnight visitors to the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The Forest Service hopes to reduce resource damage to certain popular sites that District Ranger Karen Schroyer says comes from a lack of backcountry education and guidance. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more. The Forest Service will hold a public meeting about the plan on Wednesday, April 5th in Basalt at the Rocky Mountain Institute Conference Room from 5 – 7 PM. You can find a link to the EA and other plan documents right here


Don Gillespie is one of three Glenwood Springs City Council candidates who want to represent Ward 5, south of 27th Street. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about key issues in South Glenwood and about creating a better council.

Democratic state representative Mike Foote's bill to set oil and gas drilling rigs farther away from schools is one step closer to becoming law. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Western Colorado Congress organizer Emily Hornback about the bill, it’s status, and what it could mean for one school in Garfield County.


Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats in next month’s election. Three want to represent Ward 5, south of 27th Street, including Jonathan Godes. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about key issues facing the city.

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The Interior Board of Land Appeals on Monday denied an appeal of the Sutey Land Exchange near Carbondale. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more on the decision.


Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats in next month’s election. Four are running for the at-large seat, now occupied by Stephen Bershenyi. In the fourth KDNK candidate interview, Jonathan Gorst talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about important issues facing the city and his idea for a performing arts center. Ballots must be returned to the Glenwood Springs city clerk by 7 PM April 4.

Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats in next month’s election. Four are running for the at-large seat, now occupied by Stephen Bershenyi. In the third KDNK candidate interview, Charlie Willman talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the important issues facing the city and what he calls a paradigm shift in city management.

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Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats in next month’s election. Three want to represent Ward 5, south of 27th Street - currently Leo McKinney’s constituency. In the second of KDNK’s candidate interviews, Amber Wissing, who was born and raised in Glenwood, talks with Amy Hadden Marsh about key issues facing the city, including affordable housing.

Shelley Kaup


Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats in next month’s election. Four are running for the at-large seat, currently occupied by Stephen Bershenyi. In the first of KDNK’s candidate interviews, at-large candidate Shelley Kaup, council member from 2007 - 2011, talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the confluence development, city recycling, the Grand Avenue Bridge, and the city’s energy resources.

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Ryan David Montoya was found Tuesday after surviving the storm earlier this week on Pyramid Peak. Independent journalist Hamilton Pevec goes behind the scenes to bring us a glimpse of Green is the New Black fashion show.  

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Today's newscast features KDNK's Weekly News Brief about Summit Midstream's pipeline problems  in Battlement Mesa, a proposed bill in the state legislature that could mean hefty fines for texting while driving, and Eric Galatas looks at where the money would come from if President Trump increases military spending by $54B.

Today's newscast features Wilderness Workshop Conservation Director Will Roush on Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary. Congressman Scott Tipton on opioid abuse and the fate of Colorado pot laws under the Trump Administration.

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KDNK's local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41, and again at 5:34 PM.

KDNK's local newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41, and again at 5:34 PM.

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RFHS Model UN Club members Tavia Teitler, Rex Hamilton, and Jen Platero along with social studies teacher Matt Wells join host Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about the club and this year's March trip to the National Model UN Conference in the Big Apple.

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