Mark Duggan

News Director

Mark has been involved with community radio and journalism since the early 1990s, starting at Boulder's KGNU and eventually becoming a digital sound designer. Missing journalism, he joined the Tucson NPR station as a reporter in 2006. He returned to Colorado in 2014 to help KSJD Community Radio build a news department, followed by three years as Program Director at KSUT Public Radio in Durango. He was most recently Content Director at a community station in Crested Butte. Mark is  the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow Awards, including a National, for feature reporting and documentary production. He's a Boulder native who digs cast-iron cooking, craft beer, offbeat and classic film, spacey music, and tricky landscapes.

National Park Service

The Naturalist Nights Winter Series continues this week with a talk on the White-Tailed Ptarmigan. KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke with Amy Seglund of Colorado Parks & Wildlife about what makes the alpine bird special.

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Jared Polis addressed lawmakers for the first time as Colorado Governor Thursday. His State of the State Address, delivered before a Democratic majority of legislators, lasted about 55 minutes. In it, he said the state of Colorado is solid, strong, and successful. But he also said it was time to address education and the high cost of living and health care, particularly in mountain communities. Hear the State of the State Address in its entirety.

Mark Duggan

Another major bridge rebuild is underway in Glenwood Springs. Work on the 27th Street Bridge, also known as the "Sunlight Bridge," began January 2. Traffic delays around the project are expected to last most of the year. The bridge, which carries more than 14,000 vehicles a day, is one of the lowest-rated in the state. But that doesn't make it unsafe, according to Jessica Bowser, an Assistant City Engineer with Glenwood Springs and Project Manager for the bridge replacement. KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke to Bowser about expected delays and why the bridge gets a poor rating.

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Reporter Luke Runyon covers the Colorado River - from its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park, to its path past the towering walls of Glenwood Canyon, to the Grand Canyon, and to the Colorado River Delta in Mexico. Last year, he covered a lot of water policy meetings, read a lot of data, and even met a "water sheriff." KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke with Runyon recently about some of the more memorable stories he covered in 2018 and what's on his radar for 2019. Among the first issues he'll explore is renewed attempts at cloud seeding to create more reliable rain and snow.

The Sopris Sun

The show for Thursday, January 3 features Megan Tackett back as host. Joining Megan in a conversation about local journalism was Will Grandbois of the Sopris Sun, KDNK's new News Director Mark Duggan, Thomas Phippen of the Glenwood Springs Post-Indepedent, and Amy Hadden Marsh of both KDNK and the Sun. Marsh also spoke of her recent experiences learning to ski as a sixty-something woman, something she wrote about in a recent Sun column.

Mark Duggan

The Carbondale Board of Trustees voted last week to give the organization Coventure a $20,000 grant. Coventure's founders say they'll use the money to expand programs to help local startup businesses. A Coventure board member recently purchased the Spruce Building in downtown Carbondale and will use it for classes and a co-working space. When the grant application first came before the trustees in November, there were concerns about the amount, especially relative to the town's support of other non-profits. KDNK's Mark Duggan invited Trustee Ben Bohmfalk to talk more about the decision. Duggan started by asking Bohmfalk whether $20,000 is high or low, based on past grants to other organizations.

The span on the south side of Glenwood Springs, also known as the Sunlight Bridge, is rated one of the worst in Colorado. Built in 1968, it carries more than 14,000 vehicles a day and is considered to be at the end of its lifespan. According to the city of Glenwood Springs, the first phase of the project begins Tuesday, January 2. By summer 2019, crews will be ready to replace both the traffic and pedestrian bridges and install a roundabout. Drivers should expect daily delays and lane closures. Most of the work will be done on weekdays but some night and weekend hours are expected, too.

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The list of organizations Jim Calaway supported is long. He donated large sums of money to area hospitals, colleges, arts organizations, and more. Disclosure: Calaway also donated to KDNK Radio. Calaway, who described himself as an "eccentric entrepreneur" with a desire to give to causes in which be believed, died in Carbondale last week at the age of 87.

In April of 2017, Jim Calaway invited Steve Skinner, host of the podcast Echoes, to his modest Carbondale home for a wide-ranging interview. Calaway recalled his impoverished childhood, how he found a home in the Unitarian church, and how that led him to see giving back to others as his highest calling.

Jane Bachrach, The Sopris Sun

When Carbondale-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Jim Calaway died this week at age 87, he left behind a strong legacy of support and friendship in the Roaring Fork Valley. Last year, Calaway spoke at length with Steve Skinner on the podcast Echoes about his humble roots, how he made his fortune, and why he decided to give almost all of it away to causes in which he believes. Hear excerpts of the interview. KDNK will air it in its entirety Tuesday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m.