Lucas Turner

News Director

Lucas became news director at KDNK August 1st of 2019.

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Snow has already dusted the mountains all around Colorado, and more could be in the forecast later this week. With the cold and snowy weather comes winter weather warnings, but what do those warnings really mean? KDNKs Lucas Turner spoke with Norv Larson, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Grand Junction, to find out. 

Pitkin County

On Thursday October 10th Pitkin County officially elevated the status of 911 Dispatchers to the title of First Reponder.  KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more on what that means.

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A new facility for drone testing and training held its grand opening Tuesday October 8th at the Rifle Garfield County Airport. KDNK's Lucas Turner was there and has the details.

 

 


  Most think of the fancy smart phone in their pocket as a convenient tool for checking the weather, taking pictures, or connecting with friends, not to mention making actual phone calls. But this convenience comes with a cost: security and privacy...KDNK News Director Lucas Turner speaks with digital security expert Alain Ghiai about ways to reduce the risk of being hacked.

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For up-to-date information on this fire go to https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6527/

The Middle Mamm Fire was started by lightning on July 28th and is burning approximately 10 miles south of Rifle, Colorado. High winds and dry conditions have caused increased active fire behavior, smoke, and potential for growth. Emergency closures have been issued in the vicinity of the fire.


Town of Carbondale

On Tuesday September 24th the Town of Carbondale recognized the second Monday in October as Indigenous People's Day. Mayor Dan Richardson read the proclamation out loud to the room..

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Last Tuesday Carbondale Trustees voted to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous People’s Day. The vote came after Carbondale residents John Hoffman and Rita Marsh presented a case for the proclamation. KDNK’s Lucas Turner was there and has more..

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In the November election, Colorado voters will consider Proposition DD, a ballot initiative to legalize sports betting that would impose a 10 percent tax on all gambling activities. Sports betting itself might be the least controversial aspect of this legislation, it's where the tax revenues go that gets complicated.

 

In this story KDNK News Director Lucas Turner speaks to Tony Massaro, the Outreach Coordinator at Business for Water Stewardship, Andy Mueller, General Manager at Colorado River District, and Gary Wockner, founder of Coloradans for Climate Justice to learn more.

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Colorado legislators including Governor Jared Polis and Senator Cory Gardner have been using Leadership PACs to raise money outside of their campaign committees. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Sandra Fish, whose story on how Leadership PACs work and what they pay for was published in the Colorado Sun last week.

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KDNK is partnering with the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition to produce a series of interviews that bring awareness to opioid use and addiction. This week Coalition Director Jarid Rollins speaks with Mary Mike Haley, clinical director of Aspire Recovery for Women in Carbondale. Jarid and Mary Mike discuss outpatient programs, how somatic experiences are used to treat underlying trauma, and the stigma many women face in seeking help for addiction.

Roaring Fork School District

Carbondale Middle School bilingual teacher Grace De La Sala was named the 2019 English as a Second Language Teacher of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education. Grace spoke with KDNK News Director Lucas Turner about the award and the importance of bilingual education.

XCEL Energy

Over 30 electric transmission and distribution structures in Glenwood Canyon have reached their end of life use. A project is under way to replace these outdated power structures that involves helicopters, and lot of coordination between local, state, and federal agencies. Lucas Turner spoke with XCEL's area manager Kelly Flenniken on the nature of the project.

National Wildlife Federation Rocky Mountain Regional Center

Advocates of the 54 year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund are pushing Congress to pass a bill that would guarantee a permanent budget allocation. Lucas Turner spoke with Brian Kurzel from National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Regional Center about the fund and what a full budget allocation could mean for public lands.

A strike for Climate Action at Sopris Park tomorrow will feature speeches from students, local government officials, climate activists and more. The event is one of more than 800 actions across the country, ahead of next week’s UN Climate Summit in New York. Fred Malo, a volunteer for 350 Roaring Fork, is the primary organizer of the event.

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KDNK is partnering with the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition to produce a series of interviews that bring awareness to opioid use and addiction. In this interview, Coalition Director Jarid Rollins speaks with Griffin Jarzombek, Program Supervisor for the Outpatient Program at Jaywalker Lodge. Jarid and Griffin discuss myths about opioid abuse, Jaywalker's treatment approach, and life after recovery.

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The proposed road realignment project at the base of Red Hill road in Carbondale has been postponed until next spring. Carbondale's Public Works Director Kevin Schorzman gave us details on what the project will entail, why it was postponed, and where stakeholders can go for more information.

Colorado Fiscal Institute

KDNK News Director Lucas Turner speaks with Senior Economist Chris Stiffler to break down a new report on low wage-jobs in Colorado. The report from Colorado Fiscal Institute covers worker demographics, impacts of raising the minimum wage, unemployment rates, and more.

City of Rifle

Rifle City's Election is over and the unofficial results are in. If the results hold, Councilors Joe Elliot and Ed Green will retain their Seats. Councilor Clint Hostettler will lose his seat to Brian Condie. Official results will be made available by Wednesday September 18th once all Uniformed and Oversees Citizens Absentee Ballots have come in, and any signature discrepancies have been resolved.

Tor Books

KDNK News Director Lucas Turner speaks with best-selling author Cory Doctorow about his new book Radicalized, a series of 4 novellas covering such topics as how software could control us in our own homes, automated policing and machine bias, modern models of radicalization online, and humanities' "shared microbial destiny."

Rifle Community Television

Senate Bill 181 Rulemaking hearings are taking place across the state over the next year, and garfield county wants the public to be informed on how to participate in the process. In the most recent Energy Advisory Board meeting, county oil & gas Liaison Kirby Wynn shared details on the rulemaking process.

City of Rifle

Last Tuesday Rifle City council voted to support Glenwood Springs City Council by opposing the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry expansion on BLM land outside of Glenwood. KDNK News Director Lucas Turner has this report.

National Jewish Health

With kids back in school and more allergens in the air this month, asthma flares are more likely. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke with Dr. Christine Cho, Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist at National Jewish Health, to learn more about asthma awareness during this time of year.

Colorado Succeeds

In recognition of the Senior Capstones Program started in 2016, Roaring Fork School District has been selected as one of three finalists for the Excellence In Education Innovation Award from Colorado Succeeds. KDNK News Director Lucas Turner spoke with Capstone Coordinator Tom Penzel to learn more about the capstone program and the upcoming awards ceremony in Denver.

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Carbondale’s town council voted tuesday to approve an ordinance requiring all retailers of tobacco products to obtain a license through the town. The ordinance also bans the sale of flavored tobacco products. KDNK's Lucas Turner features public comments from proponents and opponents of the ordinance.

Rifle Community Television

Seven candidates seek council positions in Rifle's Municipal elections. On Tuesday August 20th, six of the seven candidates spoke in front of a crowd at Rifle City Hall on issues relating to the local economy, strategic plan, recreational marijuana, and more. KDNK's Lucas Turner shares some of their responses in this story. You can view the full forum by clicking here.

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Ransomware attacks have become more common over the years. Last week a coordinated attack affected 23 towns in Texas. These attacks lock down computer systems, requiring owners to pay a "ransom" to regain control. KDNK's Lucas Turner spoke with Carbondale Town Manager Jay Harrington about the town's efforts to mitigate these attacks as well as the planned response to such an event.

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Andrew Romanoff, democratic candidate for US Senate in 2020, joined a group of citizens wednesday evening at Bonfire Coffee to talk policy priorities and politics. Primary topics included climate change, gun reform, and mental health. KDNK's Lucas Turner joined the crowd to learn more about this candidate.

Propublica

At an event last week hosted by Aspen Journalism, President of ProPublica Dick Tofel made comments about the funding crisis in local media, combatting perceptions of "fake news," and the superficial nature of TV media organizations like Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

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