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Raleigh Burleigh

The Hotel Colorado and Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves celebrated 125 years of business over the weekend. As KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh reports, the event was also recognition of a deeper history. For full audio of the Ute blessing and presentation, click here.

Cliff Redish is a political exile. He lives in a world that's colored Republican red and Democrat blue. He used to be a Democrat, but now he's unaffiliated. Perched on a barstool in a pub in Carbondale on Colorado's Western Slope, he's hesitant to even talk about it.

"We're so divided," Redish said. "It's just unbelievable. It's hard to even bring this up in a bar right now."

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Water officials statewide are worried about what is now an 18-year drought wreaking havoc on water supply and water use along the Colorado River.  For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of Aspen Journalism, about “demand management” and more from the August water meetings in Vail.

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A Federal court in Denver dismissed a legal challenge against the Bureau of Land Management's 2016 Thompson Divide lease cancellations. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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KDNK’s new Spanish-language news host Crystal Mariscal recently interviewed Garfield County Commissioner candidates Paula Stepp and Tom Jankovsky. Here, Paula Stepp, the Democratic challenger, responds to a question about diverse representation in government. The full interview is available here.

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KDNK’s new Spanish-language news host Crystal Mariscal recently interviewed Garfield County Commissioner candidates Paula Stepp and Tom Jankovsky. Here, Jankovsky, the Republican incumbent, responds to a question about diverse representation in government. The full interview is available here.

Sustainable Settings

Sustainable Settings celebrates 21 years with the Harvest Festival this Saturday, September 15. Brook LeVan stopped by KDNK to share about the event. A pair of tickets to Sustainable Setting’s Harvest Festival will be drawn from a pool of KDNK monthly donors to be given away this Friday during the Wild Rumpus show.

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The Grand Mesa Observatory on Purdy Mesa has been in operation for about a year. Now, it’s home to one of a dozen telescopes around the world that make up the US Air Force Academy’s Falcon Telescope Network. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Terry Hancock, director of the GMO, to find out more. Click here to see more astro-photography from GMO.

North Fork Valley Hosts Rise For Climate Action

Sep 10, 2018
Raleigh Burleigh

On Saturday, September 8, a crowd gathered in Paonia Town Park in coordination with Rise For Climate actions across the globe. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

Commenting on the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental assessment for the remaining North Fork parcels ends Tuesday, September  11. Rally for the Valley is on Sunday, September 16, at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss from 4 to 7pm. Carpooling is encouraged.

Physicians for a National Health Program

On Thursday, September 6, Physicians for a National Health Program screens Fix It: Healthcare at The Tipping Point at Carbondale’s Third Street Center. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with retired neurosurgeon George Bohmfalk about why he advocates for a single-payer healthcare system.

In early August three years ago, Barb Horn stood along the banks of the Animas River in the city of Durango, Colorado. Word had spread of a mine waste spill upstream near Silverton. She waited, alongside hundreds of others, for the waste to appear. But the plume took longer than expected and eventually arrived at night.

The next morning, she saw the change.

“It was absolutely surreal,” Horn says. “And I think that's why it went viral. It’s like somebody photoshopped the river orange.”

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The Leadville Main Street Program’s mission is to beautify Harrison Avenue. This Saturday the group will raise funds by selling clever lamps. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with project manager Destinee Lukianoff to learn more about the fundraiser this Saturday, September 8, at the Historic Tabor Opera House beginning at 5pm.

Carbondale Rotary Club

This First Friday, the Carbondale Rotary Club presents the first ever Running of the Balls fundraiser. Club President Alan Cole shared details with Sopris Sun reporter Megan Tackett on KDNK’s Everything Under the Sun. Everything Under the Sun airs on Thursdays at 4pm.


The Gallagher Amendment was added to the state constitution 36 years ago to protect property owners from rising values. Now, it’s become a thorn in the side of some legislators, like Bob Rankin, who represents Colorado’s 57th District and who would like to see it repealed. He recently spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the amendment and its impacts on rural communities.

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With increasing demand on the Colorado River, water managers are considering the looming possibility of a compact call. This would require the upper basin to assure, by any means necessary, the delivery of 7.5 million acre feet of water to the lower basin states. Last week, the Colorado River District hosted an online webinar to assure the West Slope that such a scenario would most likely take years to unfold. Here, general manager Andy Mueller discusses what’s being done. For Andy Mueller's discussion of the changing conditions on the Colorado River and the potential for adaptation, follow the headline. For the full webinar, click here. The Colorado River District’s annual seminar is on Friday, September 14, in Grand Junction. Tickets and a detailed agenda are here.

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Colorado’s Secretary of State Office has until September 5 to determine what initiative petitions received enough signatures to be included on the November ballot. For this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks to Corey Hutchins of the Colorado Independent about the measures so far.

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Bob Rankin represents Colorado's 57th District in the state house. He dropped by the KDNK studio last week. In this clip, he talks to Amy Hadden Marsh about why a single geographic rating area for health insurers is good for Colorado.

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management released on Monday an Environmental Assessment for the December oil and gas lease sale that includes nearly 8,000 acres in the North Fork Valley. Despite the Town of Paonia’s push to submit a comment within the shortened scoping period, that comment was omitted from the assessment. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, and BLM Public Affairs Specialist Jayson Barangan.

For reference, here are links to the BLM’s environmental assessment, The Town of Paonia’s omitted comment, and the online portal for public comment on the environmental assessment.

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An underground fire that’s been burning along a coal seam for over a century has opened a vent south of New Castle. Officials from the state and Colorado River Fire Rescue surveyed the scene last week. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this audio postcard.

Colorado is called “the mother of  rivers” for a reason: it’s one of the most popular states for river rafting in the country.  But like the rest of our region, unprecedented growth, a changing climate, drought, and wildfires are taking their toll on this multi-million-dollar industry.

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Bob Rankin (R-Carbondale) represents Colorado's 57th District in the state house. He dropped by the KDNK studio last week. In this clip, he talks to KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about the previous session and how the abuse scandals impacted his work.

Aspen Film

Aspen Film is recruiting volunteer screeners for the 28th Annual Shortsfest. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with director of operations and education Regna Jones to learn more.


Colorado Parks and Wildlife hosted at least 200 people at a second public meeting last night about the Basalt State Wildlife Area Shooting Range.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with several attendees, including a Basalt Town Council member who says the Council votes tonight on a resolution about the fate of the range. You can submit comments on the Basalt Shooting Range by clicking here.

Luke Runyon, KUNC

The Colorado River is running low on water. The lifeline that slakes the thirst of 40 million southwestern residents is projected to hit a historic low mark within two years, forcing mandatory cuts to water deliveries in Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.

On the November ballot, Pitkin County will decide whether or not to renew the Healthy Community Fund at an increased rate for nine years. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh reports. Full audio of the public hearing on Wednesday, August 22, is available here.

Bob Berwyn

Freelance environmental journalist Bob Berwyn writes about the effects of and responses to climate change from Europe. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with Bob about new research that suggests parts of Colorado are at increasing risk for intense rain-on-snow flooding events.

Underground Coal Seam Fire Vents Near New Castle

Aug 24, 2018
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Smoke on Burning Mountain near New Castle last week came from a fire deep inside an abandoned coal mine. The origin of the fire is unknown but Tara Tafi, Mine Fire Specialist and Senior Project Manager with the state Division of Reclamation, Mining, and Safety, told KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh that the fire has been burning for a very long time.

Sandra Lopez Leaves Sanctuary After 10 Months

Aug 23, 2018
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Sandra Lopez was one of four immigrant women in sanctuary in Colorado. Now, she’s free. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. More information about the Peoples Resolution is here.

Apple Core Project Revives Rural Heirloom Fruit Production

Aug 22, 2018
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The Apple Core Project in parts of Western Colorado aims to revive rural heirloom fruit production. KOTO’s Katie Klingsporn has the story.

Candidate Jared Polis on Water, Winning, and Wild Horses

Aug 17, 2018
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Congressman Jared Polis is running on the Democratic ticket this fall for governor of Colorado. He spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh during a recent campaign stop in Willits. Here they talk about the state water plan, spiking suicide rates on the West Slope, wild horses, and how Polis plans to attract conservative voters in the western part of the state.

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