Lucas Turner

News Director

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

Today was the third annual Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit. Students from six local schools met at Third Street Center in Carbondale to share presentations on topics like Health of the Roaring Fork River, Impacts of Snowmaking, Hydro Power, Grey-Water Use and more. Sarah Johnson is the director of the Youth Water Leadership Program, the group that organizes the event. She spoke about what makes this year’s summit stand out.

Colorado Department of Agriculture

The Colorado Department of Agriculture annually publishes the Colorado Food and Agriculture Gift Guide, an online directory about products made in the state. KDNKs Lucas Turner spoke with Colorado Agriculture marketing specialist Wendy White to find out more.

For the last 4 years, a group called Carbondale Homeless Assistance has been making efforts to help the homeless population in the area. Lynn Kirchner started the group and took some time to tell KDNK about their approach.

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  As part of our series on opioid addiction and treatment, Jarid Rollins, director of the Community Opioid Treatment Strategy Coalition sat down with Janelle Duhon of Recovery Resources to talk about detox, family support, and treatment for those struggling with addiction.

 

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On Thanksgiving Day, the Carbondale Recreation Center and Aloha Mountain Cyclery host the Huffin' 4 Stuffin' Turkey Trot & Cyclo-Cross Race at North Face Park. KDNK's Lucas Turner spoke with Margaret Donnelly, Carbondale Recreation Center’s Health & Wellness Coordinator about the event details, family traditions, appreciating one another, and hand-knitted Turkey hats.

Garfield County

Garfield County Commissioners voted Monday to raise the tobacco purchasing age to 21, joining other counties and municipalities in the state.

Dig Deep and Us Water Alliance

A report released today from human rights non-profit Dig Deep and the US Water Alliance says more than two million Americans live without running water and basic indoor plumbing. KDNK’s Lucas Turner spoke to DigDeep CEO George McGraw about the report, titled ‘Closing the Water Access Gap In The United States

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  This week US Senators Michael Bennet, Cory Gardner, and 37 other Senators asked the House and Senate Appropriations Committee for increased election security funding ahead of the 2020 election. This action comes after the Colorado County Clerks Association, which represents all 64 counties in the state, sent a letter urging the Senate to increase funding to address ‘critical vulnerabilities’ in election systems.

 

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A review of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s most recent oil and gas leasing data shows that since 2017, more than 60 percent of oil and gas leases were offered in water-stressed areas. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

Geekspeak Gets Geeky

Nov 18, 2019

Today on Geekspeak, News Director Lucas Turner and Matt Mcbrayer talk about Disney+, getting pwned and other fun topics.

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Immigration activists met in Glenwood Tuesday night to rally in support of DACA recipients. KDNK's Lucas Turner was there and has more.

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Next year in addition to elections, there will be political conventions. You can be a delegate to those conventions. KDNK’s Tactile Traveler reporter Nick Isenberg explains how.

English In Action

English In Action hosts “Immigrant Voices,” a live storytelling event, at Thunder River Theatre in Carbondale Saturday. KDNK's Lucas Turner spoke with Sarah Kelly, program director of English In Action, and Alya Howe the event’s curator to find out more.

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Debra Figeruoa, City Manager for Glenwood Springs, shared details on the city’s proposed 2020 budget last Wednesday. KDNK’s Lucas Turner was there and has the details.

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Heather McGregor from Glenwood Springs Citizens Alliance gave an update Wednesday on the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry expansion south of Glenwood. KDNK's Lucas Turner has more.

 

 

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About 60 people packed the Glenwood Springs Library Community Room Wednesday to hear about the “State of Glenwood.” KDNK’s Lucas Turner was there and has the details.

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The Garfield County Library District is asking voters to decide on Proposition 6A next week. The initiative would raise property taxes within the District to provide permanent baseline funding for six libraries from Carbondale to Parachute. In the final story of our series, here’s more about the needs of the Silt and New Castle libraries.

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In part two of our series on the Garfield County Library District KDNK's Lucas Turner speaks with Amy Shipley and Kim Benson of Rifle and Parachute libraries. The story covers maintenance and technology needs at both library branches, district priorities, and opinions from residents in Rifle and Parachute.

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In September, Facebook exempted politician's content from community standards. KDNK's Lucas Turner spoke with LaShawn Warren from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to find out more..

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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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