Mark Duggan

News Director

Mark has been involved with community radio and journalism since the early 1990s, starting at Boulder's KGNU as a free-form music host and news producer. That led to nearly a decade working as an audio editor and sound designer in Colorado and Arizona. But he missed journalism and in 2006 joined the Tucson NPR station - first as a reporter and then as senior field correspondent. His work was recognized with a National Edward R. Murrow Award for feature reporting and a Regional Murrow for documentary production. 

Mark returned to Colorado in 2014 to help Cortez community station KSJD build a news department. That was followed by three years as Content Director at KSUT in Durango and a year as Programming & Operations Director at KBUT in Crested Butte. He's a Boulder native who digs cast-iron cooking, craft beer, offbeat and classic film, spacey music, and tricky landscapes.

Join KDNK this Wednesday evening at CORE’s 25th anniversary kick-off, Imagine Climate, a celebration of climate art and technology. The moderated discussion offers creative perspectives on the future of energy. Doors open at 5:30, the discussion and our live broadcast begins at 6 at the Aspen Center for Physics.

In the first-ever March general election, Aspen voters decided the mixed-use project known as Lift One was worthy of approval. But it was a squeaker, passing by just 26 votes. In other races, Rachel Richards and Skippy Mesirow are headed to the Aspen City Council. Torre and Ann Mullins will face off in a runoff election for mayor.

Aspen voters go to the polls Tuesday in the first March general election in town history. They'll decide on a new mayor and two council members. Also on the ballot is a question about whether to approve a major redevelopment plan at the base of the west side of Aspen Mountain. The Lift One project, as it's known, has been the subject of some passionate argument on either side. KDNK presents a point/counterpoint on the proposal. Allyn Harvey, who is a paid member of the Yes on Lift One campaign, speaks in favor. Steve Skinner, who is not a resident of Aspen, speaks in opposition.

Carbondale's Megan Webber is one of seven recipients of the 2019 John C. Ensslin Denver Press Club Scholarship, the club's highest honor. She'll receive the award on Friday.

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The Colorado River Water Conservation District is facing some funding problems but hopes a recent successful effort by Colorado Mountain College to free up tax money will also benefit them. To dive deeper into a slightly murky issue, Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism joins Mark Duggan for this week's KDNK News Brief.

In honor of Black History Month, we're airing a special four-part program celebrating Black gospel music's place in music history. Hear parts 2 & 3 this Thursday afternoon at 2, and part 4 Friday at 4pm.

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Three of the four avalanche victims in Colorado this winter have been from the Roaring Fork Valley. But behind this statistic lies another sobering reality: Record numbers of people are reporting being involved in snow slides this year.

Colorado's high country has again claimed the lives of Roaring Fork Valley residents, as two local men were killed in an avalanche near Crested Butte Saturday. Michael Goerne, 37, of Carbondale, and Owen Green, 27, of Aspen, were training as partners for the Grand Traverse, an extended backcountry ski race across the Elk Mountains next month.

The area around Glenwood Springs, Rifle and Silt was once 'Teddy Roosevelt country.' A century after his death, he's still remembered as a larger-than-life figure - in both American history and that of Western Colorado.

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Ascendigo Autism Services has been working with Roaring Fork Valley clients from across the autism spectrum for 15 years. In the process, they've become one of the largest employers in Carbondale. KDNK spoke with Ascendigo CEO Peter Bell about the organization's history and where he'd like to see them go in the future. They're also putting on their largest annual event, Ascendigo Blue Aspen, this Saturday (February 16) at Hotel Jerome.

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Recently, a group of about 30 parents and educators met in the lunchroom at Sopris Elementary School in Glenwood Springs to plot out the future of the school. The "Future of SES" initiative, as it's known, is meant to build on the school's existing merits. Mark Duggan reports.

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Biologist Bill Anderegg  studies how drought and climate change affect forest ecosystems, particularly that of aspen forests. KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke with him about his research and what he sees as the biggest threat to Colorado's beloved aspen forests.

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Updated at 10:00 PM Tuesday - The Colorado Department of Transportation
has reopened Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon in both directions. Two eastbound lanes are open, and one westbound lane. 

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The Naturalist Nights speaker series continues this week with retired biologist Van Graham talking about the latest research on sandhill cranes. The birds were listed as a Colorado endangered species in 1973. Graham began working with the cranes while in Steamboat Springs, which is where the core population of Colorado’s nesting and staging cranes is located. KDNK's Mark Duggan talked to Graham about what Naturalist Nights attendees can expect to learn at his presentation.

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The man who died in an avalanche above Aspen Monday is being remembered as a talented educator who had a deep understanding of environmental science. 48-year old Arin Trook was the Education Director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. In a statement, CEO Chris Lane said “This organization will forever be inspired by his work and his commitment to community, diversity, and family.” Trook leaves behind a wife and two children. ACES has set up two ways to support them.

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The Pitkin County Sheriff's Office says emergency dispatchers received a call Monday morning from Mountain Rescue Aspen saying the man had been caught in a slide in the Express Creek area of the Castle Creek Valley. Rescuers were able to dig the man out of the snow and perform CPR, but he was confirmed dead a short time later.

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The Naturalist Nights Winter Series continues this week with a talk on the White-Tailed Ptarmigan. KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke with Amy Seglund of Colorado Parks & Wildlife about what makes the alpine bird special.

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Jared Polis addressed lawmakers for the first time as Colorado Governor Thursday. His State of the State Address, delivered before a Democratic majority of legislators, lasted about 55 minutes. In it, he said the state of Colorado is solid, strong, and successful. But he also said it was time to address education and the high cost of living and health care, particularly in mountain communities. Hear the State of the State Address in its entirety.

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Another major bridge rebuild is underway in Glenwood Springs. Work on the 27th Street Bridge, also known as the "Sunlight Bridge," began January 2. Traffic delays around the project are expected to last most of the year. The bridge, which carries more than 14,000 vehicles a day, is one of the lowest-rated in the state. But that doesn't make it unsafe, according to Jessica Bowser, an Assistant City Engineer with Glenwood Springs and Project Manager for the bridge replacement. KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke to Bowser about expected delays and why the bridge gets a poor rating.

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Reporter Luke Runyon covers the Colorado River - from its headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park, to its path past the towering walls of Glenwood Canyon, to the Grand Canyon, and to the Colorado River Delta in Mexico. Last year, he covered a lot of water policy meetings, read a lot of data, and even met a "water sheriff." KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke with Runyon recently about some of the more memorable stories he covered in 2018 and what's on his radar for 2019. Among the first issues he'll explore is renewed attempts at cloud seeding to create more reliable rain and snow.

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The Carbondale Board of Trustees voted last week to give the organization Coventure a $20,000 grant. Coventure's founders say they'll use the money to expand programs to help local startup businesses. A Coventure board member recently purchased the Spruce Building in downtown Carbondale and will use it for classes and a co-working space. When the grant application first came before the trustees in November, there were concerns about the amount, especially relative to the town's support of other non-profits. KDNK's Mark Duggan invited Trustee Ben Bohmfalk to talk more about the decision. Duggan started by asking Bohmfalk whether $20,000 is high or low, based on past grants to other organizations.

The span on the south side of Glenwood Springs, also known as the Sunlight Bridge, is rated one of the worst in Colorado. Built in 1968, it carries more than 14,000 vehicles a day and is considered to be at the end of its lifespan. According to the city of Glenwood Springs, the first phase of the project begins Tuesday, January 2. By summer 2019, crews will be ready to replace both the traffic and pedestrian bridges and install a roundabout. Drivers should expect daily delays and lane closures. Most of the work will be done on weekdays but some night and weekend hours are expected, too.

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The list of organizations Jim Calaway supported is long. He donated large sums of money to area hospitals, colleges, arts organizations, and more. Disclosure: Calaway also donated to KDNK Radio. Calaway, who described himself as an "eccentric entrepreneur" with a desire to give to causes in which be believed, died in Carbondale last week at the age of 87.

In April of 2017, Jim Calaway invited Steve Skinner, host of the podcast Echoes, to his modest Carbondale home for a wide-ranging interview. Calaway recalled his impoverished childhood, how he found a home in the Unitarian church, and how that led him to see giving back to others as his highest calling.

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When Carbondale-based entrepreneur and philanthropist Jim Calaway died this week at age 87, he left behind a strong legacy of support and friendship in the Roaring Fork Valley. Last year, Calaway spoke at length with Steve Skinner on the podcast Echoes about his humble roots, how he made his fortune, and why he decided to give almost all of it away to causes in which he believes. Hear excerpts of the interview. KDNK will air it in its entirety Tuesday, December 18 at 4:30 p.m.