Amy Hadden Marsh

News Director

Amy Hadden Marsh has been reporting for KDNK since 2005. She became the host of Valley Voices, a longtime public affairs show, in 2006. She graduated with honors from Regis University with a Masters degree in Investigative Journalism in 2011 and says, "If it weren't for KDNK, I wouldn't have gone to graduate school and changed careers to journalism." 

Amy was promoted to News Director on August 1, 2020.

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In late 2016, Raleigh Burleigh dropped in on KDNK News unannounced in pursuit of an internship. Four years later, having served as News Director and Program Director, he is departing from staff with invaluable experience, transformative frienships and a heart brimming with gratitude. What will happen next? Stay tuned!

GCF Incident Management Team

The Alaska Type 1 Incident Management Team bid farewell to Colorado during Tuesday night’s final Grizzly Creek Fire Facebook update. Discussion also turned to the cost of the more than 32,000-acre blaze. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

The Grizzly Creek Fire has scorched close to 30,000 acres and, as of Sunday afternoon, is 30% contained. Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon has been closed for over a week due to the fire. No Name homes have stood empty and locals have been worried about Hanging Lake. Earlier this week, KDNK reporter Kathleen Shannon and News Director Amy Hadden Marsh got a tour of the western end of the Canyon, including a glimpse of the Hanging Lake trailhead. Here's their report.

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Check this page for the latest updates on the Grizzly Creek Fire and links to official information sources for evacuations and closures. Closures now include the area burned by the fire and hiking trails into the burned area, including Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and No Name. The Glenwood Canyon Bike Path and other Colorado River recreation areas from Dotsero through Glenwood Canyon to No Name also remain closed.

Garfield County will not be moving forward into the next COVID-19 re-opening phase. One of the criteria to move into the next phase is a steady or declining virus rate but, in a press release today, officials say the county’s transmission rate is 35 cases in the past 2 weeks.

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Garfield County health officials have seen a spike in new cases of COVID-19  in the past week, which could put the County’s variance from the state in jeopardy. The county is now at 244 cases since the pandemic began, with 44 diagnosed between June 8th and the 21st.

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Last Friday marked the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the United States.  To celebrate the occasion residents from the Colorado River and Roaring Fork Valleys gathered in Rifle Colorado to speak out against police brutality and systemic racism. They were met there by another group of protestors. KDNKs Lucas Turner reports. Click the image for more photos from Friday's demonstrations.

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The Colorado State Patrol, the Silt Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will host a “Senior Graduation Motorcade” for Coal Ridge High School graduating seniors on Sunday, May 17th.

Some of the first known cases of COVID-19 in Colorado showed up in Vail and Eagle County. That means there are people who have recovered and can give blood plasma that might help critically ill patients.

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  Garfield County libraries plan to re-open on Monday, May 11. According to a press release, library hours will be limited, staff will check out materials that are in the library, and print items that are sent from your phone, tablet, or home computer. ...more

 

City of Glenwood Springs

As of Tuesday Morning, facial coverings are mandatory in incorporated Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Colorado appears to be competing with the Federal government for ventilators. The Denver Post reports Governor Jared Polis told CNN that just as the state was making a deal with a manufacturer for an order of 500 ventilators, the Federal Emergency Management Agency swooped in and bought the machines. 

Pitkin County’s March 23rd public health order bans short-term lodging. The Aspen Daily News reports that the county Incident Management Team is cracking down after finding out that people recently booked vacation rentals in the area and then sought medical treatment for COVID-19-like symptoms.

According to the US Census Bureau, as of Wednesday, 40.3% of Colorado households have self-responded to the 2020 Census. The national self-response rate is 38.4%.  In Garfield County, a little more than 37% of households have responded, 24.2% in Lake County, 16.7% in Pitkin County, and 9.8% in Eagle County. The self-response questionnaire is at 2020census.gov and takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

A Garfield County woman in her 70s who tested positive for COVID-19 died Saturday. Garfield County Health officials say the woman had other significant health conditions, and that more countywide test results are pending. Pitkin and Eagle Counties also reported COVID-19 deaths on Friday, both have now reported two each. Click the headline for more details.

In response to recent COVID-19 developments and directives by Governor Polis, the Division of Professions and Occupations under the state Department of Regulatory Agencies will expedite licensing to increase the healthcare workforce.

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Glenwood Springs Fire Department and Carbondale Rural Fire Protection District responded to a brush fire on Old Highway 82 earlier this afternoon. The fire broke out near Flying Fish Road, about 5 miles east of Carbondale.

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According to the Pitkin County Incident Management Team, as of 4:00 this afternoon, there are 17 negative and 14 positive COVID-19 test results in the county, with four new negative and one new positive result added today. 

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All Garfield County Libraries are closed through April 8th. All library book drops are also closed, and there will be no overdue fines during this time. Librarians are asking the public to hold on to your library materials.

 

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The Garfield County Recycling Center along Highway 6 in Rifle is closed until further notice. According to a press release issued by the county Thursday, biohazardous waste was illegally dumped at the site, forcing the closure.

This is the first-ever Weekly News Reel on KDNK, a news magazine that takes a look at the week's
top local and regional stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday, hosted by Amy Hadden Marsh.  This show is also available as a podcast! Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Podcasts.

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Author, explorer, and Carbondale resident Jon Waterman has a new book hot off the presses. It's called "Atlas of the National Parks" and was published by National Geographic. He sat down with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh to talk about the book and America's Best Idea. Tune in December 26 from 4:30 to 5 PM to hear the entire interview.

Students from Aspen to New Castle gathered at Third Street Center for the Third Annual Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit. KDNKs Amy Hadden Marsh and Lucas Turner were at the event, and have the details.

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It’s back to square one for American National Bank in Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more from Thursday’s Glenwood Springs City Council meeting.

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Singer/songwriter Josh Rogan is in the valley this weekend for a few gigs. He spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about music and life in Virginia. Josh Rogan plays the Redstone Inn by the pool Sunday at 3 PM.

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Two citizen's groups - Battlement Concerned Citizens and the Grand Valley Citizen's Alliance recently filed suit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in Denver District Court. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Leslie Robinson of the Grand Valley Citizen's Alliance about why they were forced to sue the COGCC.

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Perry Will is leaving Colorado Parks and Wildlife after 43 years to assume Bob Rankin's seat as representative for Colorado's 57th District, which includes Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Carbondale. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will recently. Listen to the interview in three parts.

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As of 11 PM Tuesday, an estimated 63% of Garfield County registered voters had cast ballots. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh visited the Democrats and the Republicans at their respective election parties that night at opposite ends of Glenwood Springs to find out why this election is significant.

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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 Kolbenschlag put together to connect western Colorado and southern Oregon communities. These communities are on both ends of the proposed Jordan Cove Liquid Natural Gas, planned for Coos Bay, OR, and the Pacific Connector pipeline. Alex talks about the project, the impacts, and why he wants CO and OR residents to unite.

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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.

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