Valley Voices

Valley Voices is one of KDNK's longest running public affairs shows. Tune in the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 4:30 pm for conversations about local, regional, national - and sometimes international - issues and events with host Amy Hadden Marsh.

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Oregon activist Alex Budd was on the West Slope in mid-September as part of a tour that he and North Fork Valley organizer Pete Kolbenschalg put together to connect western Colorado and southern Oregon communities. These communities are on both ends of the proposed Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas pland in Coos Bay, OR and the Pacific Connector pippeline. Alex talks about the project, the impacts, and why he wants CO and OR residents to unite.

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Macy Rae Klein is a high school senior in Colorado Springs. She is also the founder of Project Reasons, a teen-run, non-profit organization, that helps suicidal teens. Macy Rae was a featured speaker at the Compassion Film Fest and Symposium in Carbondale in August. In a conversation with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh, she and her mother, Ginger, talk about Macy's struggle with self-harm and why she started Project Reasons as well as the impact her suicide attempt and recovery has had on Ginger.

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Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, member of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation, has been advocating for wild land for most of her life. She was a member of the Bears Ears Intertribal Committee in 2013, working to protect that area. She travels around the country, sharing Ute culture through song, dance, and presentations. She will be speaking Sunday night at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia as part of the Inspired: Art at Work Symposium.

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Many women in the US take for granted the availability of feminine hygiene products. In developing countries, women aren't so lucky. In 2008, Days for Girls began making and distributing feminine hygiene kits to women all over the world. Reba Winsinger is a part of the Colorado DfG team and told KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh that this one small change has made huge differences in women's lives. Winsinger will represent Days for Girls in Carbondale at the first annual Compassion Film Fest and Symposium at the Third Street Center, August 17 - 19. Click here for the full schedule of films and speakers.

Compassion Film Festival

Carbondale's first annual Compassion Film Festival and Symposium opens August 17th at the Third Street Center. John Bruna, founder of the Way of Compassion Foundation, talks about films and speakers. Schedule and tickets are available by clicking here.

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Captain Paul Watson has been fighting the environmenal fight on the world's oceans since 1969 and founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977. He sat down with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh at ARE Day 2018 in Snowmass to talk about his career at sea and threats facing the world's fisheries.

Boulder resident Nick Thomas is an independent candidate for Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. He spoke at ARE Day 2018 in Snowmass this week. Listen to his talk and a conversation with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his mentors, Civils Rights Movement veterans Andrew Young, Jr and Coretta Scott King.

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Wilderness Workshop Director Sloan Shoemaker hands the reins of the organization over to Will Roush in September. Today's show features a conversation with these guys about the challenges, and victories of the past 21 years. Thanks, Sloan, and good luck, Will!

Valley Voices: Chip Comins Talks ARE DAY 2018

May 24, 2018

Chip Comins, founder of the American Renewable Energy Institute and founder/CEO of ARE DAY, joins Amy Hadden Marsh for a conversation about climate change, taking action, and the 15th annual ARE DAY Summit in Snowmass, June 18 - 23. Speakers include Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Jean-Michel Cousteau and many more. Click here for a full roster of speakers, films, more information and registration.

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Monica Quevedo, 18, graduates from Glenwood Springs High School in June and to cap off her Senior Project, she plans to ask the Glenwood Springs City Council to accept a resolution that will protect immigrants. On today's show, she and Sophia Clarke, campaign manager and Rocky Mountain point person for Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, talk about the project and about immigration issues impacting the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond. Monica goes before GWS City Council on May 17th.

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Brandon Fletchall is a senior at Rifle High School and until a few weeks ago he had anticipated leaving the country before accruing unlawful presence. Brandon was brought to the country as a child and his dream is to serve the country as a military anesthesiologist. In March, Brandon traveled to Washington, D.C. with Mountain Family Health Centers CEO Ross Brooks to talk with members of Congress about the need for a path forward for children without immigration status. For today’s Valley Voices, Raleigh Burleigh interviews Brandon and his mother Myrnall about their journey.

KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh speaks with Steven Machuca and Lindsay Anderson of Basalt High School about the Gay Straight Alliance's "Alternative Prom" and poetry slam on Saturday, April 28.

Valley Voices: Dr. Rob Valuck Part 2 (opioid crisis)

Mar 22, 2018

Part 2 of Dr. Rob Valuck's presentation about opioids to health and human service/treatment providers and law enforcement on March 14 in El Jebel.  Click here for Part 1.

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The opioid situation in the US has reached emergency proportions. Today's show features a presentation, in two parts, by Dr. Rob Valuck, pharmacologist, and director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention. Dr. Valuck spoke to health and human services, treatment providers, and law enforcement last week in El Jebel about the opioid crisis in the nation and in Colorado.  Part One is an overview of the crisis, nationally and statewide, plus how we got here. Part Two ends with what's working to help reduce use.

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Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, former tribal council member of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation, former co-chair of the Bears Ears Intertribal Coalition, and current Education Director of the Ute Museum in Montrose, joins Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about Bears Ears and the upcoming Bears Ears Prayer Run.

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Today's show features highlights from Dr. Miranda Redmond's recent Naturalist Night talk about her research on pinon pine and juniper ecosystems and impacts of climate change. Click here to watch the entire presentation on Grassroots tv.

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Bruce Gordon, director and pilot for Aspen-based wildlands advocacy group Ecoflight, recently took a break from work and joined a crew of friends for a ski/sail trip to Antarctica. Gordon spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his trip and the return sail through the infamous Drake Passage.

The Once in a Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse Show

Jan 30, 2018
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The first full moon eclipse of 2018 shines down on Carbondale Wednesday  (1/31/2018) around 6:29 in the morning.  The KDNK News team and local student astrologer Whitney Will host a special show about the astronomical and astrological aspects of the super blue blood moon eclipse.

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced the state of it's iconic Doomsday Clock today in Washington DC. The organization was founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists who were worried about the consequences of their work on the nation's first atomic bomb. The Doomsday Clock has been a measure of the safety of the global community for 71 years.

Dr. John Hausdoerffer is the dean of the School of Environment and Sustainability at Western Colorado University in Gunnison. He co-edited a book with Gavin Van Horn titled Wildness: Relations of People and Place and opened this year’s Naturalist Nights series on January 3rd at the Third Street Center. Today’s show features a portion of his talk and readings from the book about wildness and renewal.

Amy's guest today is Garrick Dutcher. A photo exhibit at the Aspen Airport hopes to increase awareness about wolf reintroduction into Colorado. Living With Wolves opened on December 8th and features work by the Emmy award-winning team Jim and Jamie Dutcher about the social life of the Sawtooth Pack in Idaho. She attended the opening and spoke with Jim's son Garrick Dutcher, who is the research and program director for the non-profit Living with Wolves. Here he talks about the history of the project before moving into the need for wolf reintroduction in Colorado. The exhibit is open until the end of ski season.

Today's guests on Valley Voices are Andrew Romanoff, director of Mental Health Colorado, Michelle Muething, director of the Aspen Hope Center, and Basalt resident Temple Glassier, who recently lost her 15-year old son to suicide. Click here for mental health screenings from Mental Health Colorado. The help line at Aspen Hope Center is 970.925.5858.

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Today's show features Johnny Weiss, co-founder of Solar Energy International, or SEI, with whom KDNK once shared our building. Now, he's working in Africa with the Maasai Tribe in Tanzania to help them solarize a low-power radio station. He has set up an IndieGoGo crowdfunding account to raise $25,000 by December 22, 2017.  For more information about Johnny's projects, click here for Johnny's website.

KDNK News Director Raleigh Burleigh talks to three women putting together a new grief group in the Roaring Fork Valley, focused on parents who have lost a child.

Amy's guest is longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident and historian Larry Rynearson (father of KDNK's own Modern Marty Rynearson), who has written several books about the area, including Legends of the Glenwood Canyon: A history of Colorado's premier river canyon. This book and Colorado's Historic Mountain Passes, with photography by Rick Jones, are available in Carbondale at Bonfire Coffee and the Village Smithy.

The Pitkin County Commissioners, Carbondale Town Trustees, and members of the Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Program held a public forum about the Crystal Valley portion of the proposed Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail at the Third Street Center. This is the unedited recording of the entire forum.

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On August 25, 2017, the Ute Council Tree in Delta, Colorado - a cottonwood considered to be at least 215-years old - was cut down. (Click here for the KDNK news story.) Today's show features Alden Naranjo, Southern Ute historian, Terry Knight of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation, and Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk of the Northern Ute Nation, who came to the ceremony honoring the tree just before it was cut.

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Crystal Valley resident, historian, and author Charr Graham joins Amy Hadden Marsh for a conversation about her books Memoirs of a River: Up the Crystal Volumes I and II

Valley Voices: Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser

Sep 15, 2017
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Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, president and CEO of Colorado Mountain College, talks to host Amy Hadden Marsh about DACA, her recent appointment to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission and more.

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Lee Swidler (aka Manny Goldberg), with the help of other Carbondalians and KOTO in Telluride, brought KDNK to the airwaves in April, 1983.  Manny...er...Lee now lives in Costa Rica but was in the areathis week for a "Carbondale fix".  Here, he talks about the origins of KDNK, the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, and more. Thanks, Lee!

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