Weekly News Brief


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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The BLM recently released a plan to open land upstream from Paonia for oil and gas drilling, a decision that many citizens feel threatens the new economy. For more, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Madeleine Osberger about her recent article, "After BLM decision, Paonia at a crossroads," for Aspen Daily News.

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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.

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The Grand Avenue Bridge construction in Glenwood Springs recently passed the halfway point. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with the Post Independent’s John Stroud, who has been covering the issue.

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For this week’s News Brief news director Raleigh Burleigh interviews Megan Tackett, the new staff writer at The Sopris Sun, Carbondale’s independent newspaper.

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News Director Raleigh Burleigh interviews John Colson who after a long career as a Roaring Fork Valley  journalist is retiring from The Sopris Sun. Colson will join KDNK’s Journalism Roundtable Saturday, September 23, at 5pm live on KDNK.

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Colorado gubernatorial candidates - Jared Polis, Mike Johnston, Cary Kennedy, and Noel Ginsburg - got together for the first time last week in Breckenridge. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Corey Hutchins, reporter for The Colorado Independent, about the meet and the elephant in the room.

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE arrested 14 undocumented immigrants in Garfield and Eagle counties across 3 days in August. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Post Independent editor and publisher Randy Essex about what the PI had to do to get information about the arrests and subsequent implications.

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NOTE: This story has been updated. According to the Sopris Sun, Miser's re-opened Friday, August 11, under new management.

An eviction notice has been spotted on the locked front door of Miser’s Mercantile this week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Sopris Sun reporter John Colson about the unfolding story.

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In late July, the Aspen City Council announced that it is eyeing water storage sites in Woody Creek instead of dams and reservoirs on Castle and Maroon Creeks. But, Aspen Journalism’s Brent Gardner-Smith writes  (Aspen City Council Wades into Water Shortage Scenarios) that the city may not need water storage if it cuts back on watering the golf course and other irrigated areas. For this week’s News Brief, he spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh.

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For this week’s News Brief, News Director Raleigh Burleigh interviews environmental journalist Bob Berwyn on climate research. Berwyn’s photo essay, Mountains are Warming Twice as Fast as the Rest of the World, is available via Pacific Standard. His article about the Fraser River diversion is available at projectearth.us.

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Carbondale native Raleigh Burleigh is KDNK’s News Director. He joins reporter Amy Hadden Marsh for this week’s News Brief to talk about local issues, the challenges he’s facing being new to the job, and future focuses.

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The City of Aspen is going forward with a study to determine if they can store water under the golf course, based on conditional water rights that are being challenged by opposition. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Brent Gardner-Smith, editor for Aspen Journalism to learn more. To hear the full interview, click here.

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A natural gas leak has been discovered near a home in De Beque, west of Parachute, and no one knows exactly where it’s coming from. Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reporter Dennis Webb has been covering the story and joins KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh for this week’s News Brief. Dennis Webb’s articles are at available at GJSentinel.com.

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The Glenwood Springs police began an investigation of the Glenwood Springs Center finances last month, shortly after director Christina Brusig resigned. Glenwood Springs Post Independent reporter Ryan Summerlin has been following the story. His most recent piece, published earlier this week, shows that the City of Glenwood Springs did not respond to Arts Center employees’ or board members’ complaints for almost 2 years. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Summerlin about the article.

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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.

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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.

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.


The Glenwood Springs Post Independent recently published High Country, High Costs, a 6-part series on health care costs in Colorado’s resort counties. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Randy Essex, the paper’s editor and publisher, about some of the issues behind the costs. The series is available here.

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Today's newscast features KDNK's Weekly News Brief about Summit Midstream's pipeline problems  in Battlement Mesa, a proposed bill in the state legislature that could mean hefty fines for texting while driving, and Eric Galatas looks at where the money would come from if President Trump increases military spending by $54B.

The KDNK Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 and again at 5:35 PM.

State Board of Ed Turns Blue

Nov 25, 2016


On this week's News Brief, News Director Gavin Dahl talks to Ed Gorski, education reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado, about the Democrats taking control of Colorado's State Board of Education for the first time in nearly 50 years. Since recording this interview, President-elect Donald Trump has named philanthropist and antigay activist Betsy DeVos as the next Education Secretary. She has neither worked in public education nor chosen public schools for her own children, who attended private Christian schools. It looks like school vouchers may become a key federal policy initiative next year. Click here to read Chalkbeat Colorado's article.

For this week’s news brief, award-winning investigative reporter and columnist Joel Dyer, editor of Boulder Weekly, says Donald Trump’s presidency could surprise people by galvanizing the environmental movement more than ever before. His cover story immediately after the election was “President Trump: How we got here and what to do now.”


For this week’s news brief, KDNK speaks to Denver Post reporter Noelle Phillips about ballot selfies. It’s a misdemeanor offense in Colorado to post a photo of your filled-out ballot on social media, but the ACLU says it should be constitutionally-protected free speech. Phillips has published three stories about ballot selfies, here, here and here.

This year’s proposed Amendment 71 - or “Raise the Bar” - asks voters to decide whether making amendments to the state constitution should be more difficult. But, a wide array of groups oppose it, as Kelsey Ray reports for the Colorado Independent, arguing that only those with millions of dollars will have access to the ballot if 71 passes. For this week’s News Brief, Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Kelsey Ray about the amendment, why so many different groups oppose it, while the oil and gas industry supports it, and why it may be raising the bar a little too high. Ray has two articles out about 71, "Diverse coalition unites against Raise the Bar" and "Raise the Bar explained," co-authored by Corey Hutchins.

Denver-based Associated Press reporter Sadie Gurman published a major national investigation into police database abuse last week, along with AP's justice department reporter Eric Tucker. Officers across the country have routinely misused confidential databases to get information having nothing at all to do with daily police work, on romantic partners, neighbors and politicians.  

Ryan Summerlin

On this week’s news brief our guest is Ryan Summerlin, reporter for the Post Independent. His recent article "Colorado River Faces Flood of Challenges" was a reportback on the Annual Water Seminar in Grand Junction hosted by the Colorado River District. This year's keynote speaker was Abrahm Lustgarten of ProPublica, who KDNK interviewed last month about his series Killing the Colorado.


On this week’s news brief we look at the race to represent our valley in the U.S. Congress. Colorado Independent reporter Marianne Goodland has been a reporter at the Colorado state capitol for 18 out of the last 19 sessions. Her article is called Schwartz v Tipton: The Battle for Colorado's Third Congressional District.

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School is back in session across the state, so Gavin Dahl got up early and called education reporter Ann Schimke to talk about her latest article in Chalkbeat Colorado on school start times for this week’s news brief.

ProPublica has discovered a tax loophole that allows ranchers in parts of the Colorado River Basin to get bigger tax write-offs the more water they use. On this week's news brief, Gavin Dahl speaks to Abrahm Lustgarten, senior reporter for ProPublica, about his article, “Gimme a Break! IRS Tax Loophole Can Reward Excessive Water Use in Drought-stricken West.”

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