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Local Newscast: 29 Cities & 64 Counties in Colorado Have Now Voted for Local Control of Broadband

White River National Forest

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

In October, the Garfield County Democratic Party filed a request with 9th Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia, calling for an investigation into County Commissioner John Martin’s alleged mishandling of county funds. Caloia then filed a motion in District Court for a special prosecutor, citing a conflict of interest, but District Judge James Boyd has yet to respond. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with DA Caloia for an update.

Coming up today on Geekspeak at 4:30, the foremost communications attorney representing local governments in Colorado talks with news director Gavin Dahl about the significance of the 2016 elections for statewide and national media policy. 26 more communities in Colorado voted for local control of broadband infrastructure. Within KDNK’s listening area, voters in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, New Castle, Parachute, Silt and Garfield County all approved broadband ballot items in 2016. In 29 of Colorado’s 64 counties, plus 66 municipalities voters have supported local control over the development of affordable high speed Internet connectivity. Here’s a clip of attorney Ken Fellman.


Colorado is expected to see modest job growth next year across many industries. A new economic outlook was released today by CU Boulder’s controversial Leeds School of Business. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


KDNK staff and board want to thank everyone who was part of our annual Labor of Love Auction. The numbers are still being finalized so we don’t have an exact total to report yet, but it was a very successful fundraiser. KDNK Membership Director Bodhi Stanberry led the effort, with support from staff, board and volunteers. Big thanks to our sponsors Roaring Fork Beer Company, Marble Distilling, Peppino’s, Phat Thai, Carbondale Beer Works, Alpine Bank, ANB Bank and Isberian Rugs. Thanks to everyone who donated to our auction, thanks to everyone who bid at the auction, thanks to DJ Moot for spinning great music and thanks to Steve Skinner for bringing in the most auction items.


During December, the White River National Forest will conduct pile burning in the Baylor Park area up Four Mile Road. Slash piles have been created for burning in project areas where other means of disposal are not feasible. Fire professionals will monitor the pile burning daily until the piles smolder out. Ideal conditions for pile burning require adequate ventilation or light winds for smoke dispersion and some permanent snow on the ground to keep fires contained to the piles. Smoke may be visible from Four Mile Road and Sunlight Ski Area. Most smoke will dissipate during the day, but some nighttime smoke may remain in valley bottoms and drainages. More info at 945-3271.




Gavin became one of the youngest station managers in public radio on February 1, 2017. He is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. Prior to starting at KDNK as news director in 2016, Gavin worked for national radio programs Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and Nonprofit Radio with Tony Martignetti along with local stations KGNU Boulder, KYRS Spokane, KRBX Boise, KAOS Olympia, and Air America Radio affiliate KPTK Seattle. His nonprofit management experience includes Open Media Foundation, where he led a government transparency team, and Common Frequency, where his policy advocacy supported dozens of noncommercial radio startups. Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Austin American-Statesman, Boise Weekly, and The Sopris Sun have published his reporting. His TV credits include directing teams at Colorado Channel, crewing for Democracy Now!, and hosting on Free Speech TV. He graduated from the Evergreen State College in 2008 with a BA in media production and community organizing.
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