Henry Schroeder

Valley Life for All is building inclusive communities, one voice at a time. Henry Schroeder is well known for his can-do attitude and boisterous humor. He recently stopped by KDNK with his mother Sandra Schroeder to share some stories. More information about Henry and the Inclusion Campaign is available here.

Traci Gurley-Tomashosky, director of United Way Battlement to the Bells, interviews AmeriCorps VISTA worker Bo Blodgett about his involvement with both the Garfield County Housing Authority and River Center of New Castle.

United States Census Bureau

The U.S. Commerce Secretary announced in March that at the request of the Justice Department, the 2020 Census will inquire about citizenship. The public now has until Tuesday, August 7th, to comment on this change. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Amanda Gonzalez, executive director for Colorado Common Cause, about why her organization opposes the citizenship question.

How to Deal with the Smoke

Jul 30, 2018

KDNK's Diane Argenzio speaks with Dawn Sanchez, Public Information Officer, and Steven Pishke, Liaison Officer, with the Rocky Mountain Type II Incident Management Team, about progress in the containment of the fire. Diane also provides important information about effective masks for keeping smoke from your lungs and about salt treatments at Farenheit, an El Jebel spa that provides deeply discounted salt room treatments for locals suffering from smoke inhalation. Diane also speaks with local life coach Alicia Sirkin about various natural flower remedies useful in counteracting the mental/emotinal effects and stress of living in a smoke-filled environment.

Bristlecone Mountain Sports

Bristlecone Mountain Sports, located in Willits, is accepting applications for its 2nd Annual Give Back to the Valley Day on Saturday, October 20. Applications are due by midnight, July 31. Manager Jeff Anderson shares the details.

AH Marsh Photo

Drought is causing problems for Colorado anglers, ranchers, and recreationists. Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of Aspen Journalism, covered meetings in Glenwood Springs this month of water officials from around the state. Here he talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about impacts on Colorado industries and on Lake Powell.

Justine Johnson

Keith Turner, guitar player and co-founder of The Dendrites, talks with KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl about winning Best Ska Band in Westword, the signficant influence of The Skatalites, and the band's excitement about playing the 47th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair. Today at 5:15pm they hit the gazebo stage and KDNK's airwaves during the live broadcast. Tune in live here.


For 27 years, Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein began every Mountain Fair with a blessing. Though he found a true place in front of that microphone every year, it was not a bully pulpit. It was a place for him to serve our community by gently reminding us of quiet and eternal truths. His words were clear and his intent was positive, just as the Mountain Fair itself is. Sadly, Fred passed away this last spring. Please enjoy these Lightning Heart blessings from four different Mountain Fairs past. Carbondale Arts plans a short public tribute to Fred on Friday afternoon at 4pm to begin this year’s Fair. If you can’t be at Sopris Park, stay tuned to KDNK for the live broadcast.

Radio advertisements in Colorado Springs are encouraging voters to avoid signing ballot measure petitions. For this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with freelance data journalist Sandra Fish about her recent article for the Colorado Independent. Sandra's website is collecting political messages received by voters, compiling information about those messages and creating a database.

Nyibol Bior

Before she was 10 years old, Nyibol Bior had walked over 1,000 miles between three countries as a Sudanese refugee. In the most difficult of times she has consistenly found a voice of encouragement helping her to overcome each trial. Nyibol now lives in Colorado and stopped by KDNK to tell her story while teaching summer school in Carbondale.

The Sopris Sun Introduces Why Cycles

Jul 26, 2018

Reporter Megan Tackett takes the helm, interviewing the founder of Why Cycles Adam Miller. Why Cycles is a high-end bicycle manufacturing company that recently moved from Ogden, Utah, to Carbondale

AZYEP News Gets the Scoop on Mountain Fair

Jul 26, 2018
Bonnie Barker

The Andy Zanca Youth News Team spoke to Carbondale Arts executive director Amy Kimberly about what to expect for this year’s Mountain Fair. Here's a clip from that conversation. Carbondale’s 47th annual Mountain Fair begins tomorrow, July 27, and continues through Sunday. KDNK will be live-broadcasting the celebration from Sopris Park all weekend.

Good News for 2019 Colorado Health Insurance Premiums

Jul 26, 2018

The Colorado Division of Insurance recently unveiled preliminary health insurance information for 2019. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and the division’s spokesperson, Vincent Plymell, talk about what appears to be a glimmer of good news for those in the market for health coverage.

670 properties have been identified as at a higher risk of flooding. Homeowners can find a list of these properties and information about flood prepardeness and national flood insurance here. The map is here.

Republican candidate for Colorado attorney general George Brauchler currently serves as the district attorney for Colorado's 18th Judicial District. KDNK asked him about his views on water and proposed ballot initiative 97. The full interview is posted here.

Incident Information System

This map shows the size of the fire, pre-evacuation areas, and the smoke forecast.

Patty Fox

Professor Sean McWilliams says "As a kid I wanted to go to the stars and be an astronaut. As I got more sophisticated in my thinking, I wanted to understand what we were seeing when we look at stars." Sean is now an assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy at West Virginia University.  His work focuses on gravitational-wave astronomy, where he contributes to several current and future observational missions.   

Red Hill Trail Design Preserves Sense of Place

Jul 24, 2018
AH Marsh photo

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers begin building the new Red Hill hiking trail this afternoon at 4. DHM Design helped plan the trails, some of which are still moving through the approval process. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jason Jaynes, principle landscape architect with DHM in Carbondale. You can sign up to help build the hiking trail by clicking here.

CMC Leadville

CMC’s teacher education program is expanding to the college’s campuses at Leadville, Breckenridge and Dillon. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with former director of education Barbara Johnson, who retired shortly after the interview, to learn more. An information session is scheduled at Colorado Mountain College Leadville on Monday, July 30, from 5 to 6pm.

Tracy Ford--singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for the Durango band The Crags--talks about her band and their music. Their first gig in the Roaring Fork Valley is a high profile one: Sunday afternoon at Mountain Fair.

A Mining Solution to an Environmental Problem

Jul 23, 2018
Chris Marcinek

The EPA is finding creative solutions for mine clean-up at the Camp Bird Mine above Ouray. KVNF's Chris Marcinek filed this report...

Update: Lake Christine Fire at 11,459 Acres, 32% Contained

Jul 23, 2018

The Lake Christine Fire increased in size over the weekend. But, is less contained than it was on Friday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update. Fire updates are here and here. Sunday's public meeting was in English and Spanish and signed for the hearing impaired.

Meta Sarmiento, a National Poetry Slam semifinalist and winner of Spoken Word for the World, talks with KDNK about his free poetry workshop "Mahal" at the Basalt Library on Friday July 27th at 10AM, as well as the poetry slam he's hosting at The Temporary in Basalt on Wednesday July 25th. His latest book of poems is "Tie Your Shoes Kid" and his debut hip hop album is "Apt 207." 

Emmy-award winning writer and stand up comedian Sara Schaefer speaks with station manager Gavin Dahl ahead of her tour stop at the Wheeler Opera House tonight. 

Alya Howe, artistic director of performing arts organization Under Alya's Umbrella, talks about the Poetry Market this Sunday July 22nd at 8pm at Wheeler Opera House in Aspen.  

The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program talks with Amy Kimberly of Carbondale Arts about the 47th Mountain Fair which KDNK will live broadcast on July 27th, 28th, and 29th.

Diane Mitsch Bush won the primary to represent the Democratic Party in the race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh asked Diane to discern herself from Republican incumbent Scott Tipton. The full interview is posted here.

AH Marsh photo

Update Friday, July 20, 2018, 12:41 PM

As of 10:20 AM, the fire has burned 8,315 acres. 

The Lake Christine Fire has burned almost 7,000 acres and remains 59 percent contained. Officials from Eagle and Pikin Counties, the White River National Forest, and the Type 2 and Type 3 Incident Management Teams held a press conference Thursday, July 19, to talk about what's going on with the fire, why it grew by 500 acres in one day, and why the Type 2 team is coming back. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

Traveling with Pets Advice on Ask the Vet

Jul 19, 2018
Alpine Animal Hospital

Dr. Chad Roeber of Alpine Animal Hosptial joins Beth Broome to discuss traveling with pets and summer heat!

The Sopris Sun

Editor Will Grandbois, reported Megan Tackett, Carbondale trustee Lani Kitching, and record holder Ryan Phebus chat about the many ways to climb Mt. Sopris and share stories from the most recent edition of The Sopris Sun.