Amy Hadden Marsh

Today's guests on Valley Voices are Andrew Romanoff, director of Mental Health Colorado, Michelle Muething, director of the Aspen Hope Center, and Basalt resident Temple Glassier, who recently lost her 15-year old son to suicide. Click here for mental health screenings from Mental Health Colorado. The help line at Aspen Hope Center is 970.925.5858.


A possible high density development near Catherine Store is dead in the water.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Steamboat Today


Wolf reintroduction advocates attended the opening of a photo exhibit at the Aspen Airport Saturday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talked to a few of them about barriers to wolves in Colorado.


A photo exhibit at the Aspen Airport hopes to increase awareness about wolf reintroduction into Colorado. Living With Wolves opened Saturday and features work by the Emmy award-winning team Jim and Jamie Dutcher about the social life of the Sawtooth Pack in Idaho. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Garrick Dutcher, research and program director for Living with Wolves. Here, they talk about improving the wolf’s reputation among western ranchers. The exhibit is up through ski season.

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Carbondale firefighters put out a small but significant fire this afternoon just outside the Launchpad. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Rep. Scott Tipton

This month's conversation with Congressman Scott Tipton features the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, how the tax bill overhaul would benefit workers earning less than $100,000 per year, and the SECURE American Energy Act.


The Federal Communications Commission decides next week if an open internet will become a thing of the past. Ken Fellman is a telecommunications and public utilities attorney with Kissinger & Fellman in Denver. In a recent conversation with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh, he explained net neutrality and what’s at stake if it is scrapped by the FCC.

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Aspen Valley Land Trust’s fundraising campaign to save Red Hill is in full swing. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh asked recreationists on the road to Red Hill Sunday to weigh in on the plan.

Red Hill Recreation Area Could Get New Trailhead

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Aspen Valley Land Trust and the Town of Carbondale plan to put 25 acres of private land into public hands. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about the Save Red Hill project that would keep commercial development away from the entrance to Carbondale and improve one of the town’s most popular recreation areas. Click here for more information on AVLT's Save Red Hill public fundraising campaign.

Last month, the House Committee on Natural Resources passed the SECURE American Energy Act which overhauls federal lands energy policy to promote expanded exploration, development, and production of oil, gas, and wind resources. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Wilderness Workshop attorney Peter Hart about why the group does not support the bill.

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Today's show features Johnny Weiss, co-founder of Solar Energy International, or SEI, with whom KDNK once shared our building. Now, he's working in Africa with the Maasai Tribe in Tanzania to help them solarize a low-power radio station. He has set up an IndieGoGo crowdfunding account to raise $25,000 by December 22, 2017.  For more information about Johnny's projects, click here for Johnny's website.


Pipelines carrying oil and other hazardous materials leak or spill every day, says High Country News reporter Jonathan Thompson. He recently published an interactive map, showing spills and leaks across the US from 2015 - 2017. For KDNK’s Sounds of the High Country, he talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about the map. Click here for Thompson's pipeline story and map.

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Motorists may find it a little difficult to navigate some of the changes on the Grand Avenue Bridge. Here's an update from Colorado Department of Transportation Communications Manager Tracy Trulove.

John Stroud, Post Independent


For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Post Independent reporter John Stroud about recent Glenwood Springs City Council decisions that could impact the town’s affordable housing market. Click here and here to read the stories discussed in the interview.

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The Garfield County Public Library District is 80 years old this year. And, officials hope that an online survey will help direct the district’s priorities into the future. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out more from library district director Jesse Henning. Click here to participate in the survey.


Garfield County’s suicide rate is higher than the state average. More adults and high school students binge drink here than across the state. But, the number of opioid deaths is lower than state rates. This information and more is now available with a few clicks. Data Dashboard, launched this month, is part of Mental Health Colorado’s website. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Andrew Romanoff, the organization’s president and CEO, to find out more.

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Many Battlement Mesa residents were disappointed in a decision made by Garfield County Commissioners Thursday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Battlement Mesa residents find out today if Garfield County Commissioners will approve or deny Ursa Resources’ proposed A Pad. The controversial project would put 24 natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well less than 500 feet from some homes within the Battlement Mesa community. Commissioners held a public hearing Tuesday in Battlement Mesa about the project. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about why citizens believe the project should be denied. Commissioners meet at 9 AM in Glenwood Springs.


For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Post Independent reporter Carla Jean Whitley about the fate the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts. Click here to read the article.

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Colorado Mountain College will likely face revenue losses due to the Gallagher Amendment, and put forth Ballot Issue 4B to remedy that. But, it was defeated by voters Tuesday in four out of six counties in the special college district. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Carrie Hausser, CMC President and CEO, about 4B and why it failed.

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Form 2A of Ursa Resources’ application to drill 24 new natural gas wells and a wastewater injection well in Battlement Mesa was recently rejected by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Greg Deranleau, COGCC’s Environmental Manager, to find out more about the rejection and waivers that would allow gas drilling within 500 feet of homes.

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The Grand Avenue Bridge opened two weeks ahead of schedule Monday afternoon. Thousands strolled the deck of the new bridge and cheered the first cars that rolled across. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this audio postcard. Find more details here.

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LiftUp is celebrating 35 years of service from Parachute to Aspen, and Amy Barr is now executive director. That name may sound familiar to KDNK listeners; Barr has been host of Get Connected since 2015. Here, she talks with Amy Hadden Marsh about her new job. Defiance Church presents Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry at the Crystal on November 16 at 7 PM. All proceeds go to Liftup.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board made a startling recommendation at a recent meeting in Grand Junction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about one of the biggest concerns facing the board, the BLM, and the American public.

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The state of Colorado has called for dismissal of a lawsuit that would grant the Colorado River ecosystem legal rights in court. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of Aspen Journalism, about the case. Click here to read the story.

Amy's guest is longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident and historian Larry Rynearson (father of KDNK's own Modern Marty Rynearson), who has written several books about the area, including Legends of the Glenwood Canyon: A history of Colorado's premier river canyon. This book and Colorado's Historic Mountain Passes, with photography by Rick Jones, are available in Carbondale at Bonfire Coffee and the Village Smithy.

Eagle County Commissioners Monday approved a 6-month moratorium on zone change applications in the unincorporated, Roaring Fork Valley portion of the county. The controversial Tree Farm project, across Highway 82 from Whole Foods, was approved in June, which Commissioners and the Roaring Fork Valley Planning Commission say triggered the temporary development ban. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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It was standing room only at the gym at the Third Street Center Tuesday night. Roaring Fork Valley residents faced local officials for the first public hearing on the Crystal River Valley portion of the proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail. And, as KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found out, wildlife impacts and the decision-making process were among top concerns. Click here to listen to the entire forum.

The Pitkin County Commissioners, Carbondale Town Trustees, and members of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Program held a public forum about the Crystal Valley portion of the proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail at the Third Street Center. This is the unedited recording of the entire forum.

Denver Post


President Trump took two steps recently to make changes to health insurance coverage. In Part 2 of a two-part series, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Vincent Plymell, communications manager for Colorado's Division of Insurance, about cost-sharing reductions and how their loss could affect Coloradans.

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