Local Newscasts

Connecting the Drops: Wild and Scenic Rivers

Apr 9, 2018

2018 year marks the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and it seems Colorado may be getting close to protecting a second river under the federal designation. KGNU’s Hannah Leigh Myers visited the remote Deep Creek water system and spoke to stakeholders to find out what makes Deep Creek a good fit and why it’s been 30 years since Colorado has protected a river as Wild and Scenic.

The Colorado River Basin is likely to see one of its driest spring runoff seasons on record this year, according to federal forecasters.

Scientists at the Salt Lake City-based Colorado Basin River Forecast Center say current snowpack conditions are set to yield the sixth-lowest recorded runoff into Lake Powell since the lake was filled more than 50 years ago.


A controversial predator control plan in Colorado is heading into its second year. Colorado Parks and Wildlife - or CPW - plans to kill bears and mountain lions in the Piceance Basin, north of Rifle, and in the Arkansas River Basin to see if that will boost deer fawn survival rates. Freelance reporter Rico Moore has been following this story since 2016 in a series for the Boulder Weekly. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Moore for an update on the story and how CPW may be going after mountain lions that no longer exist.

"Toxic Bottles" Flummox Law Enforcement

Apr 5, 2018
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A Basalt man arrested about three weeks ago for allegedly throwing chemical-filled bottles into the Roaring Fork River was charged with six felonies Monday. Forty-three-year old Ricardo Parras-Membreno faces up to 36 years in prison if convicted of all six counts. But, law enforcement still doesn't know the purpose of the hazardous liquid inside the bottles. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Basalt Police Chief Greg Knott Monday for an update on the case.

Aspen Public Radio interim News Director Alycin Becktesh, Sopris Sun reporter Megan Tackett, and Carla Jean Whitley, Features Editor at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, join KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh for an hour of news talk on KDNK's Spring Journalist Roundtable, originally aired 3/25/2018. Click here to listen.

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Canyon Hot Springs Inc., involved with the proposed development of the South Canyon hot springs property, are asking for the public to weigh-in on options being discussed for this location. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Steve Beckley, founder and owner of Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park, to learn more about the proposal. The online survey is available here.

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"Dryland" farmers on the high plains of Colorado grow their crops with whatever falls from the sky—no irrigation, no pumped groundwater—just what Mother Nature delivers. In recent years some have been trying to innovate to protect their soils and conserve water. But they're getting pushback—not only from their neighbors and their own families—but also from the government. H2O Radio has the story.

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In December, the Town of Carbondale contracted Artspace, a nonprofit real estate developer based in Minneapolis, to explore the feasibility of creating new, sustainably affordable spaces for arts and culture in Carbondale. Earlier this month, ArtSpace revealed their findings, including recommended locations. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more. The 38-page report is available for review here.

Colorado United for Families

Colorado United for Families, an organization concerned with the Trump Administration’s new healthcare bill, launched a campaign to hold Representative Scott Tipton accountable for how he voted on it. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with communications director Kaitlyn Randol to learn more.

News is emerging that Cambridge Analytica has influenced the Brexit vote, the 2016 Presidential election, and now John Frank, reporter for the Denver Post, has written about the firm's role in the Colorado 2014 elections. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talked with him about the story.

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Each Spring, Roaring Fork Valley resident and artist Fred “Lightnin’ Heart” Haberlein travels to Old Pascua in Tucson, Arizona for the Yaqui Spring Ceremonies. This year, KDNK celebrates Fred’s 47th journey to the ceremonies this year with an excerpt from Will Evan's Shifting Gears interview from last Spring. The word yahete means "from my heart" and is used both as a greeting and to say "goodbye." For more information about Yaqui traditions, click here.

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Carbondale Democrat Karl Hanlon kicks off his Topple Tipton Tour on Saturday. He plans to stop in all 29 counties in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. He spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about why he’s running against incumbent Scott Tipton and his take on some big issues.

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Battlement Concerned Citizens, a natural gas watchdog group, has brought the issue of natural gas drilling inside neighborhoods and close to schools to the forefront in Garfield County. Group chairperson Dave DeVanney talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh.

Mana Foods Not Responsible for Dandelion Market Debt

Mar 28, 2018
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Mana Foods has taken over store space from the now-defunct Carbondale Food Co-op but the owners are not taking on the Co-op’s debt. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Garfield County Commissioners agreed to fund another air quality study with $75,000 out of the county’s Oil and Gas Mitigation Fund. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Morgan Hill, environmental health specialist with Garfield County Public Health, about the study and how it differs from 10 years of previous studies.

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Hundreds gathered on Saturday for Carbondale’s March for Our Lives, organized by Alexandra Menter, contributing writer for Alice. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh was on the scene.

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It’s almost rodeo time in Carbondale! For this evening’s Featured Nonprofit, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Melanie Cardiff, volunteer coordinator and board secretary of the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo.

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47% of voters in the United States are registered independent. New Castle resident Randy Fricke is interested in leveraging that influence in upcoming elections. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

Snowpack Yields Little Water on McClure Pass

Mar 22, 2018
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Snowpack in the Roaring Fork Watershed is at historic lows. Levels usually peak in early April and right now, it’s around 60% of normal for this time of year. But, how are these levels determined? Do people go out in the backcountry after a storm and stick rulers in the snow? In early March, Water Education Colorado and the Roaring Fork Conservancy hosted a trip to a Snow Telemetry - or SNO-TEL - site at the top of McClure Pass. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh went along and found out that measuring snowpack is a more than rulers in the snow.

Featured Nonprofit: Shining Mountains Tiny Homes

Mar 21, 2018
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Shining Mountains Tiny Homes is a brand-new, local nonprofit that wants to build a tiny home community that will serve seniors, students, and homeless. For today's Featured Nonprofit, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with founder Rachael Windh about her vision for the organization.

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KPVW, La Tricolor Aspen, known locally for broadcasting Spanish content, swept the 2017 Colorado Broadcasters Association awards, winning four awards of excellence, two certificates of merit, and best medium market station of the year. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh made a congratulatory visit to the station, located in Basalt.

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One of the longtime leaders of the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition's effort to produce Capitol Coverage just retired as the manager of KSJD Cortez. Jeff Pope has been a role model in our movement for the past decade. KDNK's Gavin Dahl called him up on his last day and started by asking him what he'll miss most. On behalf of all the listeners across the Rocky Mountains, we thank Jeff Pope for his dedication to public broadcasting, community access, and collaboration.

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Pitkin County recently released a draft plan for its proposed Crystal Valley Trail. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, to get the group's take on the plan.

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The biggest lake in California is shrinking. KUNC's Luke Runyon reports.

As word came this week that yet another round of layoffs were planned for The Denver Post's newsroom, lawmakers at the Capitol worried about what the future would look like with less news. Among those concerned about the fate of news is Rep. Larry Liston, who for years has clipped articles from newspapers to keep track of what's going on. 

Featured Nonprofit: Roaring Fork Audubon

Mar 17, 2018
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Roaring Fork Audubon is one of the areas's oldest environmental organizations and hosts two bird counts annually. As part of KDNK's Featured Nonprofit series, Amy Hadden Marsh talks with RFA vice-chair Delia Malone about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and more.

American Legislative Exchange Council

Documented Investigations has revealed that 15 Colorado legislators, including Senator Randy Baumgardner and Representative Bob Rankin, are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a nonprofit organization of state legislators and private sector representatives who draft and share state-level legislation. Nonpartisan watchdog group Colorado Common Cause wants constituents to urge their elected officials to leave ALEC. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with advocacy and media manager Caroline Fry to find out why.  


Despite his efforts to promote domestic energy dominance, President Trump may have shot himself in the foot with tariffs on steel and aluminum. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reporter Dennis Webb about how the tariffs could have a negative impact on the oil, gas and solar energy industries. Click here to read the story.

More than 100 Senate staff, aides and interns have been warned against speaking to journalists about workplace issues, including sexual harassment, and the trainings aimed at preventing it.

At issue are two emails obtained from Senate sources that say it is a violation of the chamber's policies for workers to grant interviews to reporters. A third email, sent directly to us by the top Senate administrator, asked us to tell members of other news organizations not to approach aides and interns for interviews, but rather to speak with communications secretaries. We didn't act on that request because it's not our role to direct the reporting of other news organizations. 

Carbondale Middle School Students Protest Gun Violence

Mar 15, 2018
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Carbondale Middle School was among schools across the county and the country that staged a 17-minute walk-out Wednesday to honor the 17 victims of last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Andy Zanca Youth News reporter and Carbondale Middle School student Mountain Maes talks with classmates Brooks Chatman and Ella Kipp about yesterday’s event.

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