Kathleen Shannon

Ascendigo Tour Turns Contentious

May 6, 2021
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Carbondale-based Ascendigo Autism Services hopes to build an activity ranch on Missouri Heights... much to the chagrin of an organized group of neighbors. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Kathleen Shannon report on a public tour of the property on April 27.

Garco Makes Changes to County COVID-19 Restrictions

Apr 21, 2021

On Monday, April 19, following the end of the state Public Health Department’s Coronavirus dial, Garfield County Commissioners weighed in on how the county will approach COVID-19 restrictions.

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.

The Story Behind the 2021 Imagine Climate Stories

Mar 3, 2021
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The Community Office for Resource Efficiency launched Imagine Climate 2021 this week with the unveiling of portraits on Colorado Mountain College buildings throughout the Valley. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon spoke with Lara Whitley about the companion storytelling project.

CDPHE Seeks More COVID-19 Vaccine Administrators

Feb 19, 2021
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said on February 18 that COVID-19 vaccine supplies may increase in coming weeks with potential new manufacturers.

Stay Free Colorado Stands Up for Individual Sovereignty

Feb 10, 2021
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KDNK's Kathleen Shannon spoke with two members of Stay Free Colorado who’ve been with the group since its beginnings. SFC organized a rally in Glenwood Springs on January 30 that drew elected officials, phyicians, and over 100 people.

Buh-Bye 2020: A KDNK Audio Collage

Dec 31, 2020
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Enjoy an audio collage of the unique content on KDNK's airwaves this year, including live original music, love letters to KDNK, new Mountain Fair traditions, bloopers, voices you know and love, and some dude with a French accent(?). From everyone at KDNK, thanks for keeping our community resilient and our airwaves wacky. Happy New Year!


In the November 2020 election, Ranked Choice Voting gained support across the country. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon reports on the electoral reform and its role closer to home. This story was made possible by a grant from the Solutions Journalism Network.

Climate Change Programs Coming to Garco Libraries

Dec 8, 2020
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The Garfield County Library District just received a Resilient Communities grant for climate change-centered programs, which begin in January. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon got the details from Community Engagement Coordinator Lisa Girardot.

Wolf Reintroduction Passes by Narrow Margin

Nov 11, 2020

Coloradans passed Proposition 114 on November 3, but by only a narrow margin. KDNK's Kathleen Shannon talks to someone on each side of the campaigning efforts about the results and their plans going forward.

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The Trump administration delisted gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act across most of the U.S. on October 29 but the species still holds endangered status in Colorado. Prop. 114, a statewide ballot question, asks for a gray wolf reintroduction plan by 2023. KDNK's Kathleen Shannon has more.

STOKED Rolls Out with Cyclist Kazzy Saito

Oct 29, 2020
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Today on STOKED, host Kathleen Shannon hits the bike park with local mountain bike legend Kazzy Saito, of Zen Bike Works. They chat about his pro racing history, how he started his mobile mechanic business, and why he's so hooked on biking. 

Colorado River District Asks Voters for Tax Increase

Oct 15, 2020
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Have your ballot handy? Question 7A asks for a mill levy increase in the Colorado River Water Conservation District’s fifteen counties. For the full discussion, click here.

KDNK Turns Mic on For Land's Sake Host Bill Kight

Oct 13, 2020

KDNK News reporter Kathleen Shannon interviews For Land's Sake host Bill Kight about the spirit of his show and views on the future of our public lands.

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Now that the wildfires near the Roaring Fork and Grand River Valleys are either mostly or entirely contained, these communities have new burn scars to deal with. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon recently explored a more mature scar to get a sense of what’s to come.

August 2020 Broke Records in Heat and Fires Sparked

Sep 22, 2020
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Over the past two decades, most of Colorado’s wildfires lit up in the months of June and July. This year? The state saw six fires spark in August, half of which set records in size. To learn more, KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon spoke with the Colorado State Climatologist and Director of Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University, Russ Schumacher.

COVID-19 Tightens Garfield County's Housing Market

Sep 1, 2020
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With the state and local mask ordinances, you may not be noticing the new faces in town. But, there are some. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon reports.

The Grizzly Creek Fire has scorched close to 30,000 acres and, as of Sunday afternoon, is 30% contained. Interstate 70 through the Glenwood Canyon has been closed for over a week due to the fire. No Name homes have stood empty and locals have been worried about Hanging Lake. Earlier this week, KDNK reporter Kathleen Shannon and News Director Amy Hadden Marsh got a tour of the western end of the Canyon, including a glimpse of the Hanging Lake trailhead. Here's their report.

Fire in South Canyon Closes I70 Wednesday

Aug 5, 2020
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A wildfire in South Canyon has closed I70 in both directions from Dotsero through South Canyon. Those traveling west from Eagle are asked not to use Cottonwood Pass due to roadwork in the area.  Firefighters responded to the blaze Wednesday afternoon. As of 6 PM Wednesday, the fire was at 40 acres.  KDNK's Kathleen Shannon has this report. 

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The Weekly News Reel takes a look at the top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday. This week’s news included how local officials are handling the recent COVID-19 spike, Parachute Police Sergeant Justin Martin's virus story, Carbondale resident Patrick O'Grady's arrest, continuing local protests, and more.

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KDNK's Weekly News Reel takes a look at the week's top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday. This week’s news included protests in Rifle and Paonia, COVID-19 spikes in Garfield, Eagle, and Pitkin counties, and more.

The Role of Rural Police in Colorado

Jun 12, 2020
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Police departments across the country are being militarized in the face of social unrest due to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon investigates the role of local, rural policing in Colorado.

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Since the killing of George Floyd on May 25th, protests across the nation have spurred conversations about police brutality. Minneapolis may dismantle the police department, and the mayor of Los Angeles is canceling planned budget increases for that city’s department. But, policing looks different in small, rural communities. KDNK's Kathleen Shannon spoke with Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling and his soon-to-be replacement Lieutenant Kirk Wilson about the town's police department - it's past and future. Here's the 2-part conversation.

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KDNK's Weekly News Reel takes a look at the week's top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday. This week’s news took a look at sort of a "what happened" response to the COVID-19 shutdowns, public health orders, and government stimulus efforts. Then, there are the non- COVID stories about mustangs and goats.

Judge Grants Glenwood Springs Lawsuit Intervention Status

May 12, 2020
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A District Court judge Friday granted the City of Glenwood Springs’ motion to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Rocky Mountain Industrials against Garfield County.

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KDNK's Weekly News Reel takes a look at the week's top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday.

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KDNK's Weekly News Reel takes a look at the week's top local and regional news stories aired on KDNK between Monday and Friday.

Kathleen Shannon, courtesy of The Sopris Sun

The newest member of the KDNK news team, Kathleen Shannon, sat down with Gavin Dah on Booked to discuss her article in The Sopris Sun on utility workers and other services that make life at home during the COVID-19 crisis possible. She also talked about her radio show, The Time Being, on Wednesday nights from 9-11pm. When she's playing music, she goes by the on air moniker KillaKath. 

Sanitation Tips for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020
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While the common reminder to wash your hands has become somewhat of a mantra, researchers are learning more about just how the novel Coronavirus spreads. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon has more on preventing the spread of infection.

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Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) has invited four different valley artists to make 8-foot by 8-foot billboards for public display starting next week, and the pieces will have some things in common. They’ll all be black-and-white, bilingual, and contain the same slogan: “THIS ART IS