Local Government

Last month, locally organized Black Lives Matter demonstrations cropped up in locations from Aspen to Parachute. Mostly the events occurred without incident. However after some tense moments during a march in Rifle on June 19th, some residents feel they’re being sent a clear message not to speak up in the City of Rifle.

Town of Carbondale

This week KDNK is exploring the concept of citizen engagement in local government decision-making. KDNK’s Lucas Turner starts the series by speaking to Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson about the importance of engagement, and how the public can effectively advocate for changes in their community.

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.

Carbondale Moves to Ban Flavored Nicotine Products

Aug 28, 2019
Town of Carbondale

Carbondale Trustee Ben Bohmfalk talks about The Town's decision to ban the sale of flavored nicotine products. The final proposal will be voted on during the next regular meeting on September 10th.

Town of Carbondale

Carbondale Trustee Ben Bohmfalk talks about the most recent town meeting. Topics include liquor licenses, pickleball and the Red Hill Lofts affordable housing project on Dolores Way. The Town is offering fee waivers and designated funds to help with that project. Additionally, details are given about registration for the new single-hauler trash service. Registration is in June and the service begins in October.

Town of Carbondale

Carbondale trustee Ben Bohmfalk returns on the Merle and the Chameleon show to give an update from the town government's latest public meeting. Topics include liquor licenses, expanding the plastic bag ban, changes to the property around Thunder River Theatre, and the Town's purchase of a property on 8th Street to eventually connect Highway 133 to 8th Street through Industry Way.

Crystal Mariscal

Crystal Mariscal presentadora de Charlando con Crystal anuncia durante la programa que fue eligida la noche anterior para servir en City Council de New Castle como la primera latina con este puesto en esa ciudad.

Luis Yllanes


Luis Yllanes, Senior Director of Exhibitions, Registration, and Installation, spoke to KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh about his recent appointment to the Carbondale Board of Trustees.

Town of Carbondale

Carbondale is seeking a new trustee. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Mayor Dan Richardson to learn more.

Shelley Kaup

Glenwood Springs voters elected Shelley Kaup to the at-large seat on the City Council and Jonathan Godes to the Ward 5 seat. Rick Voorhees ran unopposed for the Ward 2 seat. Meanwhile, the marijuana sales tax and wholesale tax increases passed as well. To hear KDNK's interview with Shelley Kaup, who works for Clean Energy Economy for the Region, click here. For KDNK's interview with Jonathan Godes, who leads a nonprofit called Early Childhood, click here.

Gavin Dahl

KDNK's Local Newscast airs weekday mornings at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition. This archive includes additional material from today's morning show.

Tonight in Aspen at the Limelight Hotel Lounge, Aspen Next Generation Advisory Commission and Aspen Young Professionals host an election event, featuring Pitkin County Commissioner candidates and representatives of local and statewide ballot questions. KDNK’s Gavin Dahl spoke to Skippy Mesirow, chair of Aspen NextGen, to get a feel for the event.  

On this year’s ballot, voters in Carbondale, Silt, Parachute and Garfield County will decide whether or not to opt out of restrictions on local government control over high speed Internet. Blake Mobley is IT Director for Rio Blanco County. Blake talks with Matt McBrayer and Gavin Dahl about Rio Blanco’s own ballot initiative, and the county’s decision to invest in infrastructure that is now delivering gigabit fiber to homes and businesses in Rangely and Meeker.

Tuesday night’s Board of Trustees study session included 90 minutes of discussion about safety in Carbondale, particularly for women and girls getting around without a car at night. Gavin Dahl reports.

KDNK's Local Newscast airs each weekday morning at 6:41 and 7:41 during Morning Edition.

Carbondale was the scene of two reported assaults on women this summer. Some residents are angry that Town Trustees have yet to discuss or implement new precautions. Amy Hadden Marsh reports.