Local Newscasts

Wild Rose Education

The Andy Zanca Youth News Team reports on local water issues from the 2017 Youth Water Summit, presented by Wild Rose Education and Pitkin County Healthy Rivers and Streams Board.

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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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Carbondale will host the 2018 Bicycle Tour of Colorado and partner with 5 other Creative Districts to form the Creative Corridor. Andrea Stewart, Carbondale Chamber President, provides KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh with an update.

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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.

Stein Properties Project

Tuesday night, November 14, Carbondale Town Trustees approved the Stein Properties Project, a major mixed-use development replacing the empty lot in the Northeast corner of the roundabout, next to Crystal River Spas and across from Subway, with commercial and residential rentals. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with architect Raul Gawrys about his design.


The Town of Carbondale Board of Trustees worked through a packed agenda last night. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

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Battlement Mesa resident Bonnie Smeltzer is probably the oldest member of Battlement Concerned Citizens, a group that's been fighting natural gas drilling inside Battlement Mesa. At 90, Smeltzer is fighting a proposed injection well and a gas well pad closer than 500 feet from some homes near where she lives. She sat down with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh Tuesday to talk about her experiences with the industry.

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.

KDNK’S Raleigh Burleigh talks to Jayla Poppleton, Executive Director of Water Education Colorado, formerly known as Colorado Foundation for Water Education. Click here for more information.

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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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Unofficial results for this year’s elections were announced last night. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports.

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National Wildlife Federation released a report that highlights the increasing threat of megafires in the United States. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with NWF President and CEO Collin O’Mara, who is lobbying in Washington DC for a fix. The report can be accessed here.

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A resident of the Roaring Fork Valley has taken sanctuary in Carbondale and fights to remain with her children by avoiding deportation. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.


Child Health Plan Plus, a nationwide health insurance program for children and pregnant mothers, lost federal funding in September. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Mark Williams, public information officer for Colorado’s Department of Health Care Policy and Finance, to find out what that means for Colorado and what options are available for those who could lose coverage at the end of January, 2018.



Tonight, Carbondale hosts a 13th annual Day of the Dead Celebration. The celebration begins at the Third Street Center at 5pm with hot chocolate and tamales. The procession to The Thunder River Theatre starts at 6 for performances at 7 and 7:45. Meanwhile, El Colectivo presents a puppet show at The Launchpad at 7 and 7:45. Altars will be on display at The Third Street Center through November 7th.

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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 Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission or COGCC rejected a big part of Ursa Resources’ application for the “A” Pad, with 24 natural gas wells and an injection well less than 500 feet from homes in Battlement Mesa.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Youth Entity


Trick-or-Treaters can trade candy for cash tomorrow, between 2:30 and 4:30, at Alpine Bank in Carbondale. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Associate Director for Youth Entity Heather Hicks to learn more about the importance of teaching finances to kids.

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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.

Michaela Mujica-Steiner


CRMS graduate Michaela Mujica-Steiner is attending the 23rd UN Climate Conference, in Bonn Germany, with a youth delegation unofficially representing the United States. KDNK will be corresponding with Michaela throughout November with updates direct from COP23.

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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.

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.


Alaska’s 20-million-acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is not only home to the largest caribou herd in North America - it’s also home to oil, which industry has been trying to get at for almost a century, even before the area was protected. Last week, the US Senate took a big step toward opening up the Refuge to drilling. For KDNK’s Sounds of the High Country, Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Elizabeth Shogren,Washington DC correspondent for High Country News, about her recent article

Town of Carbondale


On Tuesday, October 23, Carbondale Trustees began discussing an official recommendation from the town concerning the proposed Crystal Valley Trail from Carbondale to Crested Butte. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports. 

Two River Unitarian Universalist

Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Church in Carbondale has granted sanctuary to a local immigrant rights leader and mother of three. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more. Sandra Lopez, her Attorney Jennifer Smith, Reverand Foster and Pam Williams will speak tonight at Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist Parsonage, at 343 Cleveland Place, in Carbondale, at 6:15.

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority

Earlier this month, Governor Hickenlooper unsuccessfully held a special session to address a mistake in a spending bill that prevents dozens of organizations from collecting on a marijuana sales tax. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Michael Yang, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer for RFTA, to learn more about the local impacts of that mistake.

Sopris Theatre Company


Here’s your community calendar for Friday, October 20, underwritten by the Mount Sopris Rotary Club. Rotary: Service above self. For today's happenings, like Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead opening at CMC's New Space Theatre, follow the headline...

Rep. Scott Tipton

For KDNK’s monthly interview with the Congressman Scott Tipton, News Director Raleigh Burleigh turns the conversation towards Tipton’s newly introduced energy bill and revisions to the Antiquities Act.