Lucas Turner

News Reporter & Morning Edition Host

Lucas worked as a DJ and intern under Steve Skinner in 2015 while managing Radio CMC at Colorado Mountain College. He was hired as KDNK News Director in August of 2019 and promoted to News & Program Director in May 2020.

Lucas stepped down from full-time staff on August 1st, 2020 but still works on a part time basis hosting Morning Edition, reporting for the news department, and doing some technical  work around the station. Reach out to lucas by emailing lucas@kdnk.org

Glenwood Springs Lawyer Colin Wilhelm is running for House District 57 as a Democrat this election. He spoke to KDNK's Lucas Turner about economic recovery after COVID-19, energy, water issues and more.

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Representative Perry Will is running as the Republican incumbent for Colorado House District 57 this election. He spoke to KDNK's Lucas Turner about healthcare, economic development, energy, water issues and more. 

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From incendiary 'dragonballs' dropped by unmanned aerial systems, to bulldozed firelines, to logistical support, fighting the Grizzly Creek fire has been a massive undertaking. For a closer look at how it all works, KDNK's Lucas Turner takes a trip to active operations for the southern portion of the fire on Bair Ranch.

Coronavirus cases in Garfield County spiked during the month of July, averaging 81 new cases per week from June 29th to July 26th. Now that trend seems to be heading in a more positive direction. KDNK’s Lucas Turner reports.

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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. Many early closures have been lifted. As of September 19, closures include the area burned by the fire, Transfer Trail, and hiking trails into the burned area, including Hanging Lake, Grizzly Creek and No Name. Colorado River recreation areas from Dotsero through Glenwood Canyon to No Name also remain closed.

For months staff, administration, students and their families in Garfield County’s RE2 School District have been preparing to return of classes for the Fall 2020 Semester. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more on how the district plans to keep everyone safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Democrat Katrina Byars has stepped down as candidate for Garfield County Commissioner District 2. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

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Friday marks the start of the 49th annual Mountain Fair in Carbondale. While most other events have been cancelled, the fair continues on with a number of special adaptations. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke to Carbondale Art’s Executive Director Amy Kimberly to find out more.

Garfield, Eagle and Pitkin counties Thursday announced a coordinated regional testing strategy for COVID-19. For links to testing information by county, click the headline.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Commission announced Thursday that rulemaking hearings for Senate Bill 181 will resume this month. Beginning July 14, the Commission will host meetings on the second and fourth Tuesday mornings of each month. These regularly scheduled hearings will offer public comment, address enforcement issues, general business, and work sessions as needed. These meetings will be in addition to upcoming SB 19-181 rulemakings. For more on how to submit public comment and check meeting agendas, click the headline.

Last month, locally organized Black Lives Matter demonstrations cropped up in locations from Aspen to Parachute. Mostly the events occurred without incident. However after some tense moments during a march in Rifle on June 19th, some residents feel they’re being sent a clear message not to speak up in the City of Rifle.

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Last week on the local newscast we aired a story from Juneteenth, where hundreds of people convened in Rifle to protest against police brutality and to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. This special public affairs program dives deeper into the events of that day, and features speeches, chants, and interviews with protestors.

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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.

Every year 5Point Adventure Film Festival’s Dream Project awards $1500 scholarships to students from Aspen to Parachute, encouraging them to explore personal boundaries and pursue their dreams. 2020 marks the 11th year of the project. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke to Dream Project director Tracy Wilson and a few of this year’s scholarship recipients to learn more.

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Soon after COVID-19 shut down schools, local school districts started delivering regular meals to locations from Aspen to Parachute. But the shutdown meant many students also lost access to story books that were being provided every week by local non-profit "Raising A Reader." The organization adapted to start including story books with Roaring Fork School District's free meals program. KDNK's Lucas Turner spoke with Raising a Reader Executive Director Cindy Blachly to learn more.

 

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Carbondale Trustees Tuesday voted 6 to 1 in favor of a limited face mask ordinance. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has the story.

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Governor Jared Polis says the state of Colorado now has enough tests to check for COVID-19 in anyone who is symptomatic. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

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Family Nurse Practitioner Lisa Robbiano and Registered Nurse Maria McHale of Midvalley Family Practice speak with KDNK's Lucas Turner about the growing number of people without health insurance who need COVID testing. They also share insights about mass community testing in partnership with MIRA Bus, explain some of the key differences between COVID-19 and the flu, and emphasize the importance of maintaing social distancing, and wearing a mask.

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Midvalley Family Practice is teaming up with regional health care providers and non-profit MIRA Bus to provide COVID-19 testing. Community testing services will be available in El Jebel Thursday from 10am to 4pm. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Family Nurse Practitioner Lisa Robbiano and Registered Nurse Maria McHale to learn more.

Matt McBryar and Geekspeak special guest Lucas Turner talk about the online audio collaboration tool called Cleanfeed, and the satisfaction of fixing your own electronics. They also go in-depth about COVID-19 contact tracing surveillance. Matt expresses his preference for technical equipment that functions as separate pieces, and Lucas reveals one of his apocalypse survival secret plans...

As Colorado’s stay at home order lifts, residents learning about the new 'safer at home' phase, and local businesses are navigating state and county guidelines for reopening on May 4th. To learn more about how this affects the Town of Carbondale operations, local business activity, and daily life, KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Mayor Dan Richardson and Carbondale Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Andrea Stewart.

 

 

Carbondale Trustees confirmed Town Manager Jay Harrington’s pick for Police Chief Tuesday. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has the story.

Pitkin County's stay at home order has been extended through May 8. Visitors and residents must continue to follow the guidance outline in the last amended Pitkin County Public Health Order.  Public Health Officials say it will allow the community to develop strategies and guidelines for preventing a surge of COVID-19 cases when it moves to the "safer-at-home" phase.

Aspen Community Foundation

Aspen Community Foundation, in partnership with Kissane Viola Design, has launched an Aspen to Parachute COVID-19 resource webpage. It lists information about food, financial assistance, or childcare, how to volunteer, and more. Information is updated regularly. A Spanish-language page is available at A2PCOVID.org/sp

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Small businesses in Aspen can now apply for rent relief of up to $14,000. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

The “Safer At Home” orders issued from the State will begin on April 27th, 2020. Garfield County wants to give local businesses and agencies time to review the Garfield County Roadmap Criteria and complete a plan for their agency using the Garfield County Business Social Distancing Plan guidance.

Businesses and agencies in Garfield County should determine if they are high, medium, or low risk, complete the “Garfield County Business Social Distancing Plan”, and submit the form online at: www.garfield-county.com. 

 

More than ten-thousand Coloradans have tested positive for COVID-19. But state epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlihy explains the number of infected is likely much higher.

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Starting this week new categories of workers can file for unemployment with the state thanks to provisions in the CARES act. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

 

Governor Jared Polis addressed the state this afternoon to provide critical updates on the stay-at-home order. He started with some good news, announcing that Eagle County will be the first in the state to “reopen.”

 

Pitkin County officials are eyeing strategies for combatting COVID-19 once stay at home restrictions are lifted. Public Health Director Karen Koenneman Thursday described current restrictions as "the hammer” and upcoming mitigation strategies as "the dance.” 

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