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Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment handed restrictions and policies over to local authorities Friday. KGNU’s Shannon Young reports.

News Brief: 8th St and C'dale Building Boom

Apr 16, 2021
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Carbondale Town Trustees have approved Plan A for 8th Street. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Raleigh Burleigh, editor of The Sopris Sun, about the plan... and the current construction boom in town.

It Looks Like "Plan A" for 8th Street

Apr 14, 2021
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Carbondale Town Trustees spent the bulk of this week's meeting discussing changes to 8th Street. Here's more from Ben Bohmfalk on Merle and Chameleon's Wednesday Trustee Report.

Tom Kuka has been ranching on the Blackfeet Reservation for nearly 30 years. His ranch is about 20 miles east of the Rocky Mountain Front, where jagged peaks meet sprawling prairie. And Kuka, like many on the front, unwillingly shares his ranch with grizzly bears.

"You just have to be aware all the time," Kuka said. "I've run into sows and cubs, but they've seen me first, but one day it might not be that way."

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The Crystal Valley Environmental Protection Association wants to get the Crystal River designated as Wild and Scenic. But, some Marble residents are wary of the federal label. Here's more from CVEPA's president, John Armstrong.

Attorney Says Francisco Case Continued

Apr 12, 2021
James Stiendler for The Sopris Sun



The third municipal court hearing for Carbondale resident Michael Francisco, scheduled for Monday, 4/12/21, has been continued until Monday, 4/26/21. Francisco was arrested on Christmas Eve, 2020 at City Market in Carbondale. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Francisco’s lawyer Michael Edminister about the case.



Holy Cross Energy announced this week a partnership with Colorado Mountain College and Massachusetts-based renewable energy developer, Ameresco. Vice President of Power Supply and Programs at HCE, Steve Buening, talks about the solar project.

Fireworks Ban in Unincorporated Garco

Apr 6, 2021

Garfield County Commissioners have banned fireworks in portions of the county.

News Brief: Boebert Faces Federal Lawsuit

Apr 5, 2021
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Congresswoman Lauren Boebert blocked a constituent from her Twitter feed. Now she’s facing a lawsuit. On this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Citizen Telegram reporter Ray Erku about his story.

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.

Garfield County Back to Yellow on State COVID Dial

Apr 2, 2021

The State Public  Health Department has moved Garfield County back into the Yellow Zone on the state Coronavirus Dial. Carrie Godes of Garfield County Public Health has this update.

Kathleen Shannon

During the March 23rd meeting, the Carbondale Board of Trustees wrestled with a big agenda item: how to handle traffic on Main Street while the pandemic lingers on.

The Fort Yuma-Quechan Indian Tribe is situated at a nexus in the Colorado River Basin.

That’s true in a geographic sense. The tribe’s reservation overlays the Arizona-California border near Yuma, Arizona. The two states are heavily reliant on water from the Colorado River.

Pitco Goes Orange on State COVID Dial

Mar 25, 2021

Pitkin County moved into the Orange Zone on the state Coronavirus dial this week. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with Laryssa Dardeneau of Pitkin County Public Health about what that means and when the county can go back to yellow.

Sen. Michael Bennet Honors Victims of Boulder Shooting

Mar 25, 2021
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Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) remembered victims of the 3/22/21 Boulder King Sooper's shooting on the US Senate floor Wednesday.

Counties, Cattlemen Counter Meat-Out Day

Mar 19, 2021
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A modern-day range war is sizzling in Garfield County and statewide over whether to eat meat or not on Saturday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

Lauren Boebert Packs Heat and House in Montrose

Mar 18, 2021
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Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert made her first public appearance in Montrose since getting elected, speaking to a packed house at Turn of the Century Saloon on March 15. KVNF's Gavin Dahl reports.

Ricky Rodriguez Entire Interview

Mar 17, 2021

Ricky Rodriguez is challenging incumbent City Councilmember Shelley Kaup for the at-large seat. This is the entire interview with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh, edited for clarity.

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Ricky Rodriguez, Glenwood Springs resident and owner of downtown business Native Son, is challenging incumbent City Councilmember Shelley Kaup for the at-large seat. He spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about what inspired him to throw his hat in the ring and some changes he'd like to see for the city. Click here for the entire interview, edited for clarity.

City of Glenwood Springs

Jonathan Godes has served as Mayor of Glenwood Springs for four years and is uncontested on the ballot to retain his seat on City Council. The Mayor’s office is appointed by Council. Godes speaks with KDNK's Kathleen Shannon about his tenure and important city issues. Click the headline to find the full conversation.

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Shelley Kaup is up for re-election as Glenwood Springs City Councilor at-large. This would be her second consecutive term on the Council and her third term overall. She served her first term from 2007 - 2011. Kaup spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh about why she’s running again. Click here for the entire interview, edited for clarity.

Colorado is making it easier for residents to see what their government is spending their tax dollars on, down to every last paperclip and coffee order in the governor’s office.

Late last year, the state quietly turbocharged its clunky and neglected online checkbook by migrating millions of lines of financial data to a new software system.

Deb Haaland's road to lead the Department of the Interior has been rocky, with some members of Congress using her confirmation process to air grievances with President Joe Biden's climate change agenda.

On Tuesday, Montana Sen. Steve Daines and Wyoming Sen. Cynthia Lummis, both Republicans, placed a procedural hold on her nomination, citing concerns about her positions on oil and gas development.


There’s high drama in the oil world right now. Last year, we saw prices go negative as a glut took over the world. Annual production fell by record amounts. Last week, though, prices shot up after oil-producing countries decided they would keep production low.

California is spending more than $200 million to keep an unfolding ecological crisis from getting worse. The state wants to stabilize habitat along the southern bank of the Salton Sea, the state’s largest lake.

That is good news for nearby residents concerned about their health, but the restoration could also affect everyone who draws water from the Colorado River.

At issue is the wide swaths of exposed lakebed that have been uncovered as the thirsty lake’s water evaporates in the desert air.

The lake bottom is typically a deep layer of fine silt.

Michael Francisco Opens Up About Arrest Aftermath

Mar 9, 2021
James Stiendler for The Sopris Sun

Local resident Michael Francisco's December arrest at City Market in Carbondale has created an outpouring of support and anger from the community. After a municipal court hearing on March 8, he spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh.

WWII B-29 Bomber at Bottom of Lake Mead

Mar 9, 2021
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In 1948, a World War II bomber crashed into Lake Mead. After several attempts to find the plane, it was finally discovered in the early 2000s — still remarkably intact. But, what happens as water levels in Lake Mead drop? H2O Radio’s Frani Halperin reports.

News Brief: Writing About Michael Francisco's Arrest

Mar 5, 2021
James Stiendler for The Sopris Sun

Reporter James Steindler recently wrote about the arrest of Carbondale resident Michael Francisco for the Sopris Sun. He joins KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh for this week’s News Brief.


After cancelling a march last weekend in response to the 12/26/2020 arrest of Carbondale's Michael Francisco, local activists Brittany Biebl and Summer Scott sat down with KDNK and The Sopris Sun to talk about some of the bigger issues facing the community.

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.