Wild horses

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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.

2nd Annual Meeker Mustang Makeover Starts Saturday

May 29, 2020
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Horse trainers from across Colorado pick up their wild mustangs Saturday at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds for the start of the Meeker Mustang Makeover. They have 100 days to transform the horses from wild to mild. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about the event's 2nd year.

Valley Voices: What's Happening to Wild Horses?

Feb 20, 2020
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Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, founder/director of the Cloud Foundation, and lifelong wild horse and burro advocate Ginger Kathrens returns to Valley Voices for an update on mustangs across the West.

Meeker Mustang Makeover: Six Trainers, 100 Days

Jun 7, 2019
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A new event in Meeker hopes to bring attention to local wild horses and increase adoption rates for mustangs in Bureau of Land Management holding facilities.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about Day 1 of the Meeker Mustang Makeover.

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Local photographer Scot Gerdes brings the wild horses of Sandwash Basin in northwest Colorado to Glenwood Springs this week in a new exhibit at Morgridge Commons. He spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about his work.

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Piceance Mustangs is a new group that’s helping the Bureau of Land Management do a better job taking care of the Piceance East Douglas wild horse herd in northwestern Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh recently caught up with the group on the range, southwest of Meeker, and has this report.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board made a startling recommendation at a recent meeting in Grand Junction. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about one of the biggest concerns facing the board, the BLM, and the American public.

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Wild horses and burros across the West are under threat from the agency in charge of their well-being: the Bureau of Land Management. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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The proposed federal budget would cut funding for the Bureau of Land Management’s Wild Horse and Burro Program by 12%. Most of the program’s funding goes to holding costs for about 44,000 mustangs. The proposed budget allows the BLM to use management tools including unlimited sale and to possibly kill horses in holding. The Colorado-based Cloud Foundation, a wild horse education and advocacy group, is at the forefront of promoting better range management and fertility control to keep mustang herds in check. Cloud Foundation executive director Ginger Kathrens joined KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh on Valley Voices recently. Here are some highlights from the show. 

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The 2018 proposed Federal budget allocates $1.1B to the Bureau of Land Management, a $163M reduction. This translates to a $70M budget for the Wild Horse and Burro Program, a $10M cut from last year. The budget proposal also recommends elimination of appropriations language that keeps BLM from using all options to manage mustang and burro herds. Valley Voices host Amy Hadden Marsh talks to award-winning filmmaker, director of the Cloud Foundation (a wild horse and burro advocacy and education group), and member of the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board, Ginger Kathrens, about what will happen to the nation's mustangs and wild burros if the budget is approved.

Kathrens Says No to Mustang Euthanization

Sep 14, 2016
Amy Hadden Marsh

Last week, the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board voted to recommend euthanization of certain mustangs in short- and long-term holding facilities. Ginger Kathrens, volunteer director of the Cloud Foundation and a member of the Board, cast the only dissenting vote. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Kathrens about which horses and why. (The BLM has yet to act on this recommendation. No horses in holding have been killed since Friday's decision.)