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Officials in Garfield County are worried about the holiday weekend and the spread of COVID-19. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Mountain Voices Project

As confirmed cases of COVID-19 surge locally, Mountain Voices Project seeks government support for its Landlord/Tenant Housing Recovery Plan. Pat Morrissy describes the iniative.

City of Glenwood Springs Facebook

Amidst concerns of a spike in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Garfield County, town and county officials have been trying to get the message out to residents of the importance of taking precautions against the disease, including a public conversation with Parachute Police Sergeant Justin Mayfield, who contracted the virus in March. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Kathleen Shannon

The Carbondale Board of Trustees met Tuesday June 30 for a special meeting to address traffic changes on Main Street. Here’s more from KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon.

Americans with Disabilities Act Turns 30

Jul 1, 2020

It's been 30 years since disability-rights activists saw President George H.W. Bush sign the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The civil rights legislation prohibits discrimination based on ability. Christiano Sosa, executive director of The Arc of Colorado, said that what has come to be known as the "curb-cut effect," changes required under the ADA to remove barriers for full participation in society, have benefited everyone.

Colorado Primary 2020: Unofficial Results

Jul 1, 2020
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

Tuesday’s primary election in Colorado ended with some expected and some surprising results. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports. Click the headline for all primary results.

Garfield County will not be moving forward into the next COVID-19 re-opening phase. One of the criteria to move into the next phase is a steady or declining virus rate but, in a press release today, officials say the county’s transmission rate is 35 cases in the past 2 weeks.

This post was updated June 29, 2020 to include comments from Alexis Kalergis. 

A Colorado team says their work on a COVID-19 vaccine is progressing. Other vaccines are much further down the testing pipeline, but none have crossed the finish line yet. 

Raleigh Burleigh/KDNK

Local demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter continued over the weekend. Among Carbondale's participants, Meagan Shapiro detailed the implications of defunding police. For more voices from the weekend's local protests, click here.

State Rep. KC Becker, D-Boulder, is nearing the end of her two-year tenure as Colorado’s Speaker of the House. It's been an eventful time at the Capitol. Becker was part of a historic effort to expel a fellow lawmaker for sexual harassment. And this month, she presided over what many are calling the strangest legislative session in history. 

Trump Nominates Pendley to Lead Bureau of Land Management

Jun 26, 2020
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

William Perry Pendley has been acting director of the agency for close to a year. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

350 Colorado

On Wednesday, June 24, 350 Colorado hosted a webinar to discuss trends in regenerative agriculture with researchers Nicole Civita of the University of Colorado Boulder and Dr. Dawn Thilmany of Colorado State University. Wendy Peters Moschetti, director of strategic initiatives for LiveWell Colorado, also spoke about her organization's rebranding and the Colorado Farm and Food System Response Team.


More than 900,000 Colorado workers soon will have access to a retirement savings plan through their workplace. Senate Bill 200 recently cleared the Colorado Legislature. Kelli Fritts, associate state director of advocacy for AARP Colorado, said the measure will help the state avoid what she called a retirement crisis.


Garfield County health officials have seen a spike in new cases of COVID-19  in the past week, which could put the County’s variance from the state in jeopardy. The county is now at 244 cases since the pandemic began, with 44 diagnosed between June 8th and the 21st.

GWS Water Use Restricted After Water Main Bursts

Jun 24, 2020
Chelsea Self/Post Independent, with permission

A water line near Glenwood Springs water treatment plant on Red Mountain ruptured Wednesday morning. Glenwood Springs residents are asked to stop non-essential water use until further notice. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Lucas Turner

Last Friday marked the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth, the effective end of slavery in the United States.  To celebrate the occasion residents from the Colorado River and Roaring Fork Valleys gathered in Rifle Colorado to speak out against police brutality and systemic racism. They were met there by another group of protestors. KDNKs Lucas Turner reports. Click the image for more photos from Friday's demonstrations.

Kathleen Shannon

The discovery of a newly-built road in a designated Roadless Area brought protesters to the Paonia district office of the Gunnison National Forest. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon reports.

Rifle Protest Brings Attention to Systemic Racism

Jun 22, 2020
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

The City of Rifle saw an unusual amount of activity on its main thoroughfare Friday afternoon as two groups of protesters made their voices heard. Here are some of the sounds from the demonstrations. Tune in later this week for more on the story.

GWS Council Nixes New Pot Shop

Jun 19, 2020

The Glenwood Springs City Council rejected an application for a marijuana dispensary Thursday and some think it’s time for the city to determine whether or not to limit pot shops. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Highway 133 Sinkhole Shored Up

Jun 19, 2020
Colorado Department of Transportation

Ten truckloads of roadbase were used to fill in the 12-foot deep sinkhole.  Steve Cole has the details.

Colorado lawmakers on Monday ended what is likely to go down in history as one of their most difficult, dramatic and emotional legislative sessions.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way nonprofits delivering in-home early-childhood development programs connect with families. As the deadline for the 2020 census draws nearer, Heather Tritten, executive director at Parent Possible, said her group's home visitors are reaching out to families by phone to remind them that participating in the census is safe and critical for funding programs children younger than 5 years old depend on.

Garco Readies for Socially-Distanced Primary Election

Jun 18, 2020
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

June’s primary election moves forward with COVID-19 restrictions. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh recently had a socially-distanced conversation with Garfield County Clerk and Recorder Jean Alberico  at Carbondale’s Town Hall.

Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

The Great American Outdoors Act is one step closer to becoming law. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Valley Smoke Not From Local Fires

Jun 16, 2020

Red Flag weather and smoke in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys have raised concerns about a local wildfire. But, David Boyd, Public Affairs Officer for the White River National Forest, says it isn't so.

Strawberry Days 2020

In a “normal” year, this upcoming weekend would have drawn crowds from near and far for "the oldest continuously held civic celebration west of the Mississippi." KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has this report on Strawberry Days 2020...

Colorado House Speaker KC Becker choked up Friday as she announced that a sweeping set of police reforms had passed with strong bipartisan support.

Then the sound of thunderous applause erupted in the House chamber as lawmakers advanced their response to several days of protests against police brutality.

Alpine Legal Services

The governor's statewide moratorium on evictions expires on Saturday, June 13. To mitigate potential conflict between landlords and tenants, Alpine Legal Services has established a mediation hotline (970 230-3935). Executive Director Jennifer Wherry shares details about the program with KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh.



The Colorado House of Representatives passed a series of reforms on the last day of the legislative session that they say will help prevent violent encounters with police. KDNK’s Capitol reporter Scott Franz has more.