Halle Zander

Nyibol Bior is a special education teacher in Colorado with an amazing journey. After walking over 1000 miles to a refugee camp in Kenya at 8 years old, Nyibol made her way to the United States. She tells her story in her new, self-published book, “My beautiful colors.” Hear about the lessons she learned from her grandmother and the resilience that helped her and her family build a new life.

Who Are Our First Generation Students?

Aug 2, 2021

Colorado Mountain College's TRIO Upward Bound of West Garfield County program supports first generation students during their path to college. AZYEP interviewed thirteen students on their unique dreams and goals for the future. 

Sarah and Ian Hoffman discuss why they decided to write three children's books about gender. "Jacob's New Dress," "Jacob's Room to Choose," and "Jacob's School Play Starring: He, She, and They" share the stories of gender nonconforming youth with the hope of promoting understanding and preventing bullying. 

Horsemanship Still a US Forest Service Tradition

Jun 3, 2021
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In a world where technology promises more efficiency, the US Forest Service still relies on horses and mules for backcountry work. In late May, rangers from the White River National Forest got comfortable with a pack string of horses from Wyoming at the Gus Darien Arena. KDNK’s Halle Zander and Amy Hadden Marsh report.


Dimensions in Diversity with Anne Friedman

May 11, 2021

On this month's Dimensions in Diversity, Steve Mills interviews Anne Friedman, the executive director of Gay for Good about coming out at a later age and the importance of finding an LGBTQ+ community. 

Ski Area Trade Group Wants Stricter Climate Goals

Apr 29, 2021
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Hundreds of U.S. corporations recently signed a letter urging the Biden administration to increase its climate goals. Among them is the National Ski Areas Association, based in Lakewood, Colorado. KDNK’s Halle Zander reports.

Moose Make Rare Appearance in Aspen

Apr 23, 2021
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Mama Moose and her calf roamed downtown  Aspen this week. KDNK's Halle Zander has this report.

AHS Students Take On Microaggression in School

Apr 2, 2021
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Aspen High School students Fatima Flores and Jocelyn Careno got fed up with microaggressions and the people who stand by and say nothing, so they decided to take action. KDNK's Halle Zander reports.

Fatima Flores and Jocelyn Carreno, students at Aspen High School, spoke up about microaggressions in their school by giving presentations to the faculty. In a bit of a role reversal, they provided their teachers with tactics and resources to better address these situations. 

Valley Voices: KDNK News Team on Francisco Hearing

Mar 12, 2021
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The KDNK News Team was part of a robust local media presence at Michael Francisco's March 8 hearing in Carbondale. Today's show features clips from interviews with the crowd outside the courtroom.

AZYEP Student Builds an Electric Snowmobile

Mar 7, 2021

Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program student DJ, Connor Hoffman, is building an electric snowmobile for Aspen Skiing Company. Listen to hear how this project came to be and how a high school sophomore is pulling off this massive feat. You'll also hear from Auden Schendler, Vice President of Sustainability at Aspen Ski Co., about fighting the climate crisis with electrification. 

Dimensions in Diversity with Julian Parish

Mar 1, 2021

Steve Mills interviews Julian Parish, who works for Raytheon as a consultant in Denver, CO. Julian is also a trans man and discusses how he discovered his true self and provides advice for trans youth and their parents. 

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Last month in Glenwood Springs, Stay Free Colorado hosted a rally and invited physicians who spoke against mask mandates. But a doctor from Valley View Hospital refuted many of their claims. KDNK's Halle Zander reports.

Dimensions in Diversity with Maya Lindgren

Feb 2, 2021

This month on Dimensions in Diversity, Steve Mills and Halle Zander interview Maya Lindgren, a senior at Roaring Fork High School about what it's like to be young and gay here in the Roaring Fork Valley. While highlighting the differences between generations, the group talks about how coming out is different from one decade to the next. 


Roaring Fork School District teachers are undergoing multiple shifts between virtual and in-person learning. Some teachers spoke out about what these transitions are like and how they think it will impact teachers long-term. KDNK's Halle Zander reports.

Students Respond to Election and Capitol Riots

Jan 11, 2021

This year’s election has been eventful...to say the least. With a violent insurrection on the capitol last week amidst a surging pandemic, this election feels very out of the ordinary. But for a few million voters, it’s the only election they’ve ever participated in. High school seniors across the country have been turning 18, filing their voter registrations, and casting their ballots for the first time ever. Listen here for some of their perspectives.


Peaceful Protest in Rifle Wednesday

Jan 7, 2021
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As chaos in Washington DC was unfolding Wednesday, citizens gathered in western Garfield County to support the effort by some Republican legislators to block Electoral College results. KDNK's Halle Zander reports from Rifle, Colorado.

For their capstone projects, ten Bridges students participated in an original film project with the help of local non-profit, VOICES, and the 5Point Film Festival. While they were reluctant to share their stories at first, the teaching and editing team got creative to make this engaging production possible. 

High school and college students from across the Upper Colorado River Basin presented results of their research Friday, December 11, at the online 4th annual Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit. Some students are collecting data from local water sources to assess pollution levels. Halle Zander reports for this collaboration between KDNK and the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program.

2020 Youth Water Summit on Friday, December 11

Dec 3, 2020

Sarah Johnson is the founder of the Youth Water Leadership Program. She spoke with reporter Halle Zander about the Healthy Rivers Youth Water Summit, now in its fourth year. This story is a collaboration between KDNK and the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program.

AZYEP Presents: Best of the 20th Anniversary

Nov 9, 2020

This year was the 20th anniversary of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program. During our celebration earlier this month, we didn't have enough time to air all of the incredible interviews we captured with students and alumni. Tune in here and listen to some of the highlights and never-before aired testimonials. 

Carbondale Celebrates Biden/Harris Victory

Nov 9, 2020
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The announcement of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election has caused many people to take to the streets. Despite the rain in Carbondale, locals came together at 4th and Main for a celebration on Saturday. KDNK's Halle Zander reports.

GSHS Student Discusses First-Time Voting

Nov 2, 2020

AZYEP's Halle Zander talks with Glenwood Springs High School student, Sophia about her perspective being a first-time voter. 

Dimensions in Diversity with YouthZone's Rami El Gharib

Nov 2, 2020

In this month's Dimensions in Diversity on the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, Steve Mills interviews Rami El Gharib from YouthZone about Restorative Justice practices and growing up in Beirut, Lebanon as an LGBTQ+ teen. 

AZYEP 20th Anniversary Celebration: Youth Radio Supporters

Oct 14, 2020

AZYEP youth radio supporters, Steve Skinner, Raleigh Burleigh, and more talk with Project Coordinator, Halle Zander about the reasons they appreciate kids on the radio. 

AZYEP 20th Anniversary Celebration: Alumni Voices Part 2

Oct 14, 2020

AZYEP Alumi, Adele Craft, Megan Webber and Seth Plush discuss the impact youth radio has in their live with Project Coordinator, Halle Zander. 

AZYEP 20th Anniversary Celebration: Alumni Voices Part 1

Oct 14, 2020

AZYEP alumin speak with Project Coordinator, Halle Zander about their experiences with youth radio.

Local Student Activists Attempt Different Tactics to Make Change

Sep 14, 2020

Students from Roaring Fork High School, Colorado Rocky Mountain School, and Glenwood Springs High School speak about their organizing efforts here in the valley and in college. With social movements growing across the country, these students are acting locally to make a difference in many different ways. 

It's unclear how recent policy changes at the United States Post Office will impact this year's election. But Voces Unidas de las Montañas, an advocacy group in Glenwood Springs, has recently filed a lawsuit against the Postmaster General over the changes. KDNK's Halle Zander reports.

(HS)2 Students Share their Thoughts on Social & Political Issues

Aug 31, 2020

This summer, students from the (HS)2 summer academic program wrote poetry, prose, and created artwork around a pertinent social issue. Listen in as they share their perspectives on the world and how it's influenced by their life experience.