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The effects of climate change are already being felt at the headwaters of the West’s most important river system, according to a study released earlier this year.

The Rocky Mountain Climate Organization compiled the latest science on climate change in the Colorado River headwaters in a report titled Climate Change in the Headwater: Water and Snow Impacts (PDF), presented to the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments in February.

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San Miguel County – which hovers around 8,000 people and is tucked into the Southwest corner of Colorado – can best be described as a “tale of two counties.” Cara Pallone of K-O-T-O Radio and Western Slope Resources Reporting, explains how a new farm to community food share program serves as a bridge between communities.

The four Democratic candidates vying to replace Gov. John Hickenlooper recently discussed everything from transportation and education to fixing the state's budget in a debate this week.

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The Community Office for Resource Efficiency, in partnership with The City of Aspen, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and Writ Large present Fire in the Belly: an evening of storytelling at Rock Bottom Ranch on Wednesday, June 6, at 5:30pm.

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Close to 100 people attended the Colorado River District’s State of the Rivers meeting in Carbondale last week. The news wasn’t good but some locals are ready to change how they use water. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

The Colorado Independent

Voters in November will decide whether Colorado should drastically change the way it draws political lines. This was the headline for a recent article from the Colorado Independent, a non-profit newsroom based out of Denver. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with Corey Hutchins to learn more.

Revolutionary Recycling Focus of Snowmass Summit

Jun 1, 2018


China recently embargoed US imports of recyclables, which makes recycling more difficult. The Colorado Association for Recycling hosts a summit next week in Snowmass to examine how Colorado can better recycle and reuse waste material. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with C.A.F. R. director Laurie Johnson about the summit and how China's embargo has affected US recycling.

Wilderness Workshop

Wilderness Workshop is hosting an event this Saturday to involve the Spanish-speaking population of the Roaring Fork Valley in conservation efforts. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with community organizer Alicia Zeringue to learn more.

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Trees—they're just like us. They sleep, they drink—and they even have a pulse. The latest research can also tell us about whether they're stressed out. H2O Radio reports...


The snow-water equivalent on McClure Pass hit zero on May 1st, and local run-off has already peaked. What does that mean for the Roaring Fork Watershed this summer? How are drought and low flows effecting Colorado? This and more will be discussed tonight at the Roaring Fork Valley State of the Rivers event at the Third Street Center. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Zane Kessler, communications director for the Colorado River District, to find out more.

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm and ranch on its lands in Southwestern Colorado. It grows crops like alfalfa and artisan corn, and raises over 600 head of cattle. The Tribe went through a long settlement process to obtain the water rights to operate the enterprise.  But just because it has the farm and the rights to the water doesn’t mean they can use as much as they want.


Colorado's juvenile justice system will undergo a comprehensive review over the next six months. The goal is to bolster efforts to help keep youth out of the system as well as improve outcomes for those already in it.

The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush.


Holy Cross Energy

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency, known commonly as CORE, is urging Holy Cross Energy customers to participate the energy cooperative’s board election. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Sarah Gruen, community sustainability leader for CORE, to learn more. Holy Cross Energy customers who have not yet mailed their ballot have an opportunity to vote in person at the Community Picnic on Thursday, May 31, at Crown Mountain Park at 4:30pm.

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Governor John Hickenlooper was in Glenwood Springs on Friday, May 25, to sign two bills that will benefit Colorado Mountain College and local student teachers.  

High Country News

High Country News is offering subscriptions to classrooms in the Roaring Fork Valley with help from the Environment Foundation.  KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke to Laurie Milford, development director for High Country News, to learn more.

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Garfield County needs to find a new voting system by 2020. And, Clear Ballot seems to be the county clerk’s top choice. The public was invited to a demonstration of the voting system earlier this month. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Connecting the Drops: Fire and Water

May 25, 2018

Wildfires are a reality for those living in the American West…but the impact on the landscape lingers long after the smoke is gone. With an estimated two-thirds of U.S. municipalities getting their drinking water from a source that originates in a forest, fire and water are now inextricably linked. As part of Connecting the Drops, our state-wide series on water issues, Maeve Conran reports.

Aspen Pitkin County Employee Housing Inc.

30 affordable rental units, divided between two adjacent buildings, are on their way to being developed along Dolores Way in Carbondale. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more…

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After a skiing accident in March 2017 left local athlete Soren Lindholm paralyzed from the waist down, it was doubtful that he would walk again. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Lauryn Maloney-Gephert, founder of The Neuroplastic Functional Institute, about her recovery techniques that are defying expectations. A fundraiser for the CONNECT program is on May 25 at the Carbondale Launchpad from 5pm to 7:30. Tickets are available at the door.

Green Design for Affordable Housing?

May 24, 2018
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Affordable housing remains a big problem in the Roaring Fork Valley. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Kelly Vaughn, marketing director for Rocky Mountain Institute, at the Building for a Sustainable Future Symposium in Carbondale last week about the best kind of housing for the area and if green design can be incorporated at a low cost.

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Glenwood Springs City Council last week heard from a Glenwood Springs High School senior about the need for protecting immigrant residents. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report. Click here to hear more about  Monica's resolution.

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North Fork Valley Community Rights Advocates has drafted a Community Bill of Rights for Paonia, Colorado. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with the organization’s board chair Lisa Niermann at the 4th annual Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo this past weekend. A link to Paonia’s draft Community Bill of Rights is available here.

A warm spring has already melted much of the limited snowpack that sits high in the Sangre de Cristo mountains in southern Colorado. Water is already flowing through the ditches near the rural village of San Pablo.

It’s 9 a.m. on a windy Saturday morning. Every now and then Dan Quintana -- in weathered work gloves and a ball cap -- raises up his shovel and slams it into the mud and matted willows that line the waterway that runs through his hay fields. His slight frame makes it easy for him to jump across the narrow ditch.

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Paonia celebrated the 4th Annual Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo on Saturday, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Peter Kolbenschlag, the event’s founder, about the region’s evolving economy.


Garfield County Commissioners agreed last week to sign on to an amicus curiae brief in support of Amendment 71, better known as Raise the Bar. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Five people died climbing Capitol Peak last summer within six weeks. High Country News correspondent Sarah Tory explores the impacts of social media on risk-perception in her article Death in the Alpine. She joins KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh for Sounds of the High Country.

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Pitkin County recently released a draft plan for the Carbondale to Crested Butte  - or Crystal Valley - Trail. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, about the pros and cons of the plan and if a changing climate could change the plan. The draft plan is available here for comment.

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Colorado Rocky Mountain School is doubling the acreage to be cultivated by the private school’s garden program. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with garden director Heather McDermott, director of finance Joe White, and garden assistant Kallie Hyer to learn more.


Ed Mazria, world-renowned architect and CEO of the non-profit think tank, Architecture 2030, comes to Carbondale Friday for the Buildings for a Sustainable Future conference, presented by CLEER, CORE, and Garfield Clean Energy. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with him this week about his work.

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