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Lynn Bartels

KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh attended the Colorado County Clerks Association Summer Conference to learn more about the efforts made to maintain the legitimacy of our democratic processes. He spoke with Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and David Becker, author of the 2012 Pew report that President Trump has repeatedly cited to suggest "massive voter fraud" in the United States. The overall emphasis was reassuring the public that county clerks work year-round to assure the integrity of Colorado's voting systems.   


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.

Cilundu Coffee

A new coffee shop has recently opened at the 3rd Street Center in Carbondale. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh stopped by to check it out. Cilundu Coffee is open Mon-Fri, 8am to 2pm.


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.

WE-cycle

The local non-profit We-Cycle has been accepted to receive support from the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority to help the organization meet transportation needs throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with the We-Cycle program manager Kellyn Wardell to learn more about the organization and its growing presence.

#CORapidResponse

Earlier today, immigrant rights activists launched the Colorado Rapid Response Network to help immigrants in case of raids and other abuses. Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Carla Castedo, Colorado director for Mi Familia Vota, to learn more about the cross-organizational, statewide initiative.

The 24 hour hotline, staffed with over 100 volunteers trained to track, verify, and confirm ICE raids in immigrant communities, is: 1-844-UNITE-41 (1-844-864-8341).

Jessica Hemingson

Yesterday was the first day of the season for the Carbondale Farmers Market, Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh stopped by to learn more and browse the fresh goods.

On this edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's Gavin Dahl interviews Leah Todd about her article for High Country News: The Big Swing: Why a blue Colorado county voted for Trump.

On Friday, June 9, U.S. Senator Michael Bennet hosted three public town halls along the I-70 corridor. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl attended the final stop at the Glenwood Springs Public Library where local reporters were given a brief opportunity to speak with the Senator. The first question you’ll hear is from Aspen Daily News reporter Chad Abraham. The second question is Jim Williams of radio station KSNO. Click here to listen to the full hour of audio from U.S. Senator Michael Bennet’s Town Hall at the Glenwood Springs Library.

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.

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.

AH Marsh photo


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.

Jeff Dahlstrom/Northern Water

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.

AH Marsh photo

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.


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.

Citizens for a Healthy Community

 

Solar Energy International in Paonia hosted the Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo over the weekend. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report a representative of Citizens for a Healthy Community speaks about fracking operations upriver from Paonia in Gunnison County.

AH Marsh photo

 


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.

Viva la Vida Foundation

Solar Energy International in Paonia hosted the Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo over the weekend. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report, Caren von Gontard shares about the Viva la Vida Foundation and their plans for establishing a school of spiritual agriculture in Colorado.

Colorado Farm & Food Alliance

The Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo was hosted this past weekend at the Solar Energy International campus in Paonia, CO. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report, Peter Kolbenschlag of Colorado Farm & Food Alliance explains how the event was conceived and what it intends to cover. 

In this interview, KDNK Station Manager Gavin Dahl is joined on the phone by ticketing industry veteran David Sher. He's the founder and CEO of Fan Central Station, a new app now available for iPhones and coming to Android later this year. 

courtesy Boulder Weekly Art Department

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.

Water, Drugs, Workers on Tipton's Mind This Week

May 18, 2017
Congressman Scott Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd District.

Republican Congressman Scott Tipton, who represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District, expressed support for several federal initiatives this past week. KDNK News Intern Jensen Platero has the update.

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.

Bob Gish

Rev. Shawna Foster of Two Rivers Unitarian Church announced this past Sunday at a Mother’s Day Vigil for Immigrant Families that her congregation in partnership with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition will offer sanctuary in the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK News intern Jen Platero reports.

Carbondale Arts

 

Dance Initiative is sponsoring a residency the week of May 22 to May 27, for two special guests. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with professional performer Marielis Garcia who, along with David Norsworthy of Toronto, Canada, will be co-leading two community dance workshops at the Launchpad. The artists seek to choreograph an essential "snap-shot" of Carbondale to weave into a larger, internationally-inspired creative endeavor. Registration is at danceinitiative.org.

Nathan Anderson

Last May, Colorado became the first state in the country to recognize the value of our Public Lands with a holiday, signed into law by governor Hickenlooper. Leadville and Lake County will celebrate the first annual Public Lands Day with a community clean-up event. City Council Member David Mohrmann provides the details.

Station manager Gavin Dahl interviews Natalie Rae, a volunteer coordinator for this year's Dandelion Day, about educational opportunities at the event. Carbondale's Dandelion Day is this Saturday, May 13th, beginning with a parade down Main Street at 10am with live music, crafts, drinks, and more in Sopris Park until 5pm. 

Environmental Protection Agency

 

Dr. Robert Richardson is an environmental economist and Associate Professor at Michigan State University. He holds a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Colorado State University. Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency declined to renew his seat on their scientific advisory board. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh called Dr. Richardson, who is a KDNK member, to learn more about this shift away from science toward industry perspectives at the EPA.

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