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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.

Kay Brunnier

This Saturday at 9am in Miner's Park, the Carbondale Tree Board will plant four new trees to celebrate Arbor Day, including a tree sponsored by Ascendigo to honor National Autism Awareness Month. Raleigh Burleigh reports.  

People's Climate Movement

KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh interviewed Maura Masters, editor of AlicetheMag.com, about her initiative to bring national and global marches to Carbondale. The Alice March for the Climate Change, a sister march to the national People's Climate Movement, meets in the parking-lot of the Goat Restaurant in Carbondale this upcoming Saturday at 10am.

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Garfield County Republicans gathered Friday night at the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs for a dinner to raise funds for local candidates. On the guest list was Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner, who has yet to hold a public town hall meeting in the county. Over 100 people protested peacefully outside the hotel. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Mission: Wolf

Students of the Carbondale Community School are learning about wolves and current efforts to bring the species back to Colorado in preparation for their stay at Mission: Wolf, in Southern Colorado. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh, also an employee at the school, reports.

March for Science

Estimates of at least 180 people joined in Carbondale’s Alice March for Science on Saturday, April 22. This was one of over 600 demonstrations across the world, including a March for Science in Aspen, to demand scientifically-informed, political decision-making. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh reports. 

News Brief: RFHS Rampage Goes to Big Apple

Apr 21, 2017

The Roaring Fork High School Model UN students visited New York City this spring. Freshman reporter Rex Hamilton wrote an article about the trip for the Rampage, the school’s newspaper. KDNK News Intern Jensen Platero spoke with Hamilton for this week’s News Brief.

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.

Mindful Schools

Apr 19, 2017
Roaring Fork Insight

Lisa Goddard, founder of the non-profit Roaring Fork Insight, is bringing mindful practices into local schools, beginning with a kindergarten class at the Carbondale Community School. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh reports.


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.

Mumps on the rise in Garco, a noxious gas causes Grand Valley Middle School evacuation, HB 1256 dies in a state Senate committee, Aspen Skico and KSL buy S California ski areas, and Republican Congressman for Colorado's 3rd District is talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about climate change and more on today's local newscast. Click on the headlines to listen.

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Today's newscast features arrests in Carbondale and lambing season in Gunnison and more from Eric Galatas and statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland.

KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh reports on how Garfield County zoning has been adjusted to allow for the installation of Tiny Homes.  Bente Birkeland talks to state house reporters about the 2018 race to succeed Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. Colorado gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston talks climate change and oil and gas drilling at a whistle stop in Carbondale last week. Click here for the entire talk plus Q & A.


National Library Week begins today. Garfield County Library District director Jesse Henning was a guest on KDNK's Get Connected last week. In this clip, he talks about why libraries remain relevant in the age of Google and Amazon, and one upset from this year’s 30% budget cut. Click here to listen to the entire Get Connected show.

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley


ACLU Colorado Executive Director Nathan Woodliff-Stanley spoke to an SRO crowd at the Carbondale Library on Saturday. In this clip, he talks about the history of the organization and the importance of Colorado in defending civil rights nationally.  Click here to hear the entire presentation.

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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.

Shelley Kaup

Glenwood Springs voters elected Shelley Kaup to the at-large seat on the City Council and Jonathan Godes to the Ward 5 seat. Rick Voorhees ran unopposed for the Ward 2 seat. Meanwhile, the marijuana sales tax and wholesale tax increases passed as well. To hear KDNK's interview with Shelley Kaup, who works for Clean Energy Economy for the Region, click here. For KDNK's interview with Jonathan Godes, who leads a nonprofit called Early Childhood, click here.

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley

Nathan Woodliff-Stanley, executive director of American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, will be speaking this Saturday night at 7pm at the Calaway Room inside the Carbondale Public Library. The event is being hosted by the Mt. Sopris Historical Society with Jim Calaway moderating.  KDNK's Gavin Dahl spoke with him about the surge in support for the ACLU and Nathan's message to potential activists.

Rick Davis

Nine candidates are running for three Glenwood Springs City Council seats. Four are running for the at-large seat, now occupied by Stephen Bershenyi. In this interview, Amy Hadden Marsh speaks to Rick Davis about development in town, traffic flow, and more. Ballots must be returned to the Glenwood Springs city clerk by 7 PM on April 4th.

Ryan Summerlin

On today's local newscast, Gavin Dahl speaks to Post Independent reporter Ryan Summerlin about his article on the new farmer's market starting in Glenwood Springs this June.  Plus Eric Galatas reports on a new study from Hunger-Free Colorado that shows wide bipartisan support for fighting food insecurity. New information casts doubt on the authenticity of Doc Holliday's derringer pistol, recently purchased by Glenwood Historical Society. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled yesterday in favor of the youth climate activists Earth Guardians. Garfield County approved code changes that could mean a boom of tiny homes in unincorporated parts of the county. And Gavin Dahl reports on the latest news about marijuana.


Last month, just before the Sutey/Two Shoes land exchange was scheduled to close, the Interior Board of Land Appeals granted a “stay,” based on an appeal filed by a local watchdog group. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why the opponents want to stop the swap.

Sonja Hinrichsen


Sonja Hinrichsen, an artist based in the Bay Area, is in the valley for two weeks making snow drawings at Ashcroft as a creative intervention into the natural environment. CORE and the City of Aspen partnered on the Aspen Energy Challenge to inspire people to save as much energy as possible and wanted to keep up the participatory aspect of “stepping forward” on climate. These snow drawings are the first of a new series of environmental art projects they have planned. Sopris Sun editor Will Grandbois spoke with Sonja last weekend and shared this audio with KDNK. Participants can sign up for community snow drawing events that will take place at Ashcroft this weekend. More info at aspencore.org.

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On today's newscast, Bente Birkeland reports that a bipartisan effort to reduce the suspension rate of young children is working its way through the process. Eric Galatas reports on the transgender birth certificate's uncertain future in the Republican "kill committee" in the state senate. In this week's capitol conversation, journalists discuss the state budget gap. New reports point to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's history of voting against disabled students. Parents and children are delivering over 400,000 signatures in support of public broadcasting funds to the US Senate today. US Sen. Michael Bennet, who spoke at 5 town halls around southern and western Colorado last week, says to "keep it coming." Town of Carbondale has closed third street downtown until Memorial Day for streetscape improvements. The City of Glenwood's annual spring cleanup event kicks off April 17th. And prescribed burns are planned near Carbondale, Basalt, Parachute, Gypsum and Meeker.

Corey Hutchins

For Friday's newscast, Gavin Dahl talks about Sunshine Week and Fake News with Colorado Independent reporter Corey Hutchins, who is a correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review's United States Project, visiting lecturer at Colorado College and author of the fantastic weekly newsletter Colorado Local News & Media

Today's newscast features Colorado News Service reporter Eric Galatas on how most scientists disagree with new EPA chief's claims about climate change. Click on the headline for more.

Today's newscast features proposed Medicaid cuts and opioid addiction in Craig, Colorado.

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