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In primary elections held Tuesday, Colorado Democrats and Republicans tapped their picks to replace term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper. Winning the Democratic nod was five-term congressmen Rep. Jared Polis, while State Treasurer Walker Stapleton won the Republican bid.

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The libel case filed by energy company SG Interests against North Fork activist Pete Kolbenschlag has been dismissed by a judge ruling that the comment made by Pete was “substantially true.” Pete maintains that this was a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, otherwise known as a “SLAPP suit.” KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with him to learn more…

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At the AREDay Summit last week, cryptocurrency dominated many discussions. One panel took the focus from cyber space and economic theories, back to Earth. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports with comments by Jerome Osentowski, founder of the Colorado Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, Eden Vardy, founder and director of The Farm Collaborative, formerly known as Aspen TREE, and Jeremy Landua, co-author of Regenerative Enterprise.

Get Your Bike On! Wednesday is Bike-to-Work Day

Jun 26, 2018


Bicycle commuters will be welcomed with breakfast tomorrow morning from 7 - 9 at Carbondale’s Derail Park on the Rio Grande Trail for Bike-to-Work Day. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks details with RFTA Transit Director Jason White. More information is here.

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Residents of the Roaring Fork Valley witnessed a rising plume of smoke on Friday evening. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports on the Oak Meadows Fire and ongoing investigations into aerial fire suppression at night. This report includes comments from Ben Miller, director of the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting, and Latham Johnson, fuels program manager for the Upper Colorado River Interagency Fire and Aviation Unit, recorded during a media briefing in early June.

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Listeners have the opportunity to attend the first public showing of Letter to Congress: A WILD Sanity. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Deb Colley, creator of the dance-advocacy film and director of its next evolution. The event is at Carbondale's Launchpad on Wednesday, June 27, at 7:30.

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Ballot Initiative 126 would put a cap on the interest rate that payday lenders could charge. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with proponent Corrine Fowler to learn more…

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Hawk Newsome is the president of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York and spoke at ARE Day this week. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh caught up with him in conversation with Civil Rights Movement veteran Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley during a morning break. Here, Newsome talks about his beginnings and how he became an activist.

Colorado River Basin Watches As Arizona Reboots Drought Talks

Jun 21, 2018

Water leaders in Arizona are again trying to get to “yes” on a deal that deals with drought. This would help prepare the state for future cuts to its water supply if -- and likely when -- Lake Mead drops below specific levels. A renewed effort to achieve an agreement comes after a year of anxiety and gridlock over the future of the Colorado River.

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Phyllis Bald Eagle and her husband Amos Cook Black Horse, of the Mnicojou/Hunkpapa bands of the Lakota Nations, were part of a panel discussion at ARE Day in Snowmass this week. Here they talk about the meaning of ancient wisdom. ARE Day 2018 continues throught the weekend. Schedule of remaining events can be found here.

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When natural food sources fail to feed black bears, they often find new sources of food among humans. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports on how Coloradans are responding to an increase in incidents.


Captain Paul Watson has been plying the world’s oceans for over 4 decades as the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in efforts to save whales and rid the world of illegal fishing. The Sea Shepherds are infamous for ramming and sinking ships but in 2000, Watson changed tack. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh met with the captain at ARE Day this week in Snowmass. Here’s a clip from their conversation. Tune in to Valley Voices on Thursday, June 28, for the entire conversation.

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A scientist and Coal Methane group are working together on a project to remove a damaged cement cap on the water intake for the Paonia dam. In addition, they are assessing ways to deal with the aging infrastructure of the dam in conjunction with the increasing amount of sediment deposited behind the dam. KVNF’s Eric Goold has more.

Reservoirs that store water along the Colorado River are projected to be less than half full later this year, potentially marking a historic low mark for the river system that supplies water to seven U.S. states and Mexico.

Forecasters with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expect the river’s reservoirs -- Lakes Mead and Powell among them -- to be at a combined 48 percent of capacity by the end of September. That would be one of the lowest points ever for the combined water storage.

It’s early in the morning and Juli Scamardo is in chest waders, guiding me through a beaver meadow in Rocky Mountain National Park.

“These are like mazes,” she says. “It’s hard to get through a meadow and know where you’re going.”

Local Youth Capture Climate Change on Film

Jun 15, 2018
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Local students are using film to explore personal interests around climate change. Wild Rose Education, in partnership with CU-Boulder climate scientists and Colorado Film School mentors, bring Lens on Climate Change to the Roaring Fork Valley. Megan Webber, with the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, has more. The community is invited to a screening of the five short films produced during the week at the Third Street Center on Saturday, June 16, at 2pm.

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Discussions at a House Natural Resources Field Hearing in Grand Junction this month focused on boosting the market for natural gas from the Piceance Basin with the Jordan Cove Energy Project. Congressmen from Utah and Colorado at the hearing claim Piceance natural gas can be developed responsibly. But, protestors outside the hearing said politicians and the natural gas industry are selling out public health and western Colorado’s iconic natural beauty. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. You can read more about the Jordan Cove Energy Project controversy by clicking here.

Sexual harassment allegations at Colorado's Capitol came with a sizeable price tag for taxpayers -- $275,000. That includes everything from fees for attorneys, sexual harassment training and consultants to staffing for a special committee of lawmakers meeting this summer and fall to study changes to the Capitol's workplace harassment policy.

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White plastic beads have been seen floating in the Roaring Fork River this spring. And, it’s not the first time they’ve been spotted. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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Governor John Hickenlooper vetoed nine bills this year, the most since taking office. One bill would have restricted public access to autopsy reports for minors. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Jeff Roberts, executive director for the Colorado Freedom on Information Coalition, about the decision.

The last Republican governor of Colorado, Bill Owens, ended his term in 2007. That's why the GOP is pushing hard to replace term-limited Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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The land below Red Hill has officially been conserved and trail design is underway to get cyclists and hikers off County Road 107. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jason Jaynes, principle architect with DHM Designs, about three options for trail layout.The public comment period for the Red Hill trail designs closes June 15th. Comments can be submitted by clicking here.

Branden Edwards: Voice of the Carbondale Rodeo

Jun 8, 2018
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The 14th annual Carbondale Wild West Rodeo got off to a rarin’ start Thursday, June 7, with Branden Edwards in the announcer’s booth. Edwards is back for his second year as Voice of the Carbondale Rodeo. He took a few minutes to talk to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about his rodeo roots and a useful - but surprising - college degree. The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo starts at 7:30 every Thursday night through August.

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KOTO’s Cara Pallone recently interviewed the Democratic candidates for Colorado Attorney General, Rep. Joe Salazar and Phil Weiser. Follow the link to listen to the full interviews.

Congressman Scott Tipton

Congressman Scott Tipton spoke with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh about contents of the House Natural Resources Field Hearing in Grand Junction on Friday, June 1. The Congressman also spoke to The Resilient Federal Forests Act of which he is a sponsor.

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North Fork Valley activist Peter Kolbenschlag and others held a People’s Press Conference outside a House Natural Resources Field Hearing in Grand Junction Friday, calling on Colorado and Utah Congressmen Scott Tipton and Rob Bishop to protect public health and safety instead of oil and gas industry interests. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this audio postcard.

The effects of climate change are already being felt at the headwaters of the West’s most important river system, according to a study released earlier this year.

The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization compiled the latest science on climate change in the Colorado River headwaters in a report titled Climate Change in the Headwater: Water and Snow Impacts (PDF), presented to the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments in February.

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San Miguel County – which hovers around 8,000 people and is tucked into the Southwest corner of Colorado – can best be described as a “tale of two counties.” Cara Pallone of K-O-T-O Radio and Western Slope Resources Reporting, explains how a new farm to community food share program serves as a bridge between communities.

The four Democratic candidates vying to replace Gov. John Hickenlooper recently discussed everything from transportation and education to fixing the state's budget in a debate this week.

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The Community Office for Resource Efficiency, in partnership with The City of Aspen, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and Writ Large present Fire in the Belly: an evening of storytelling at Rock Bottom Ranch on Wednesday, June 6, at 5:30pm.

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