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If Democratic Congressman Jared Polis is elected Colorado’s next governor, he wants to bring Blockchain technology to the state. Here, he talks about Blockchain and rural broadband services to voters at a whistle stop in Willits last week.  

Local Nonprofit Solar Rollers Receives Tesla Grant

Aug 13, 2018
Solar Rollers

Local nonprofit Solar Rollers empowers students with STEM education, emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math, by building and racing solar-powered, remote-controlled cars. The organization is now expanding in Nevada thanks to a grant from Tesla Motors. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with founder and director Noah Davis to learn more.

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Democratic Congressman Jared Polis from Colorado’s 2nd  District is now running for governor of Colorado. Polis visited Willits on Friday to answer questions from voters about shooting range management, statewide setbacks for oil and gas operations, education, health care, and more. In this clip, he responds to a question about sanctuary and immigration.

Aspen Daily News

A new report ranks economic inequality higher in the Roaring Fork Valley than anywhere else in the state. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with Madeleine Osberger about her recent article for the Aspen Daily News.

US Drought Monitor 8/09/2018

Glenwood Springs is taking on voluntary water conservation measures and the town has gone to Level 2 of its Drought Management Plan. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Brad Zachman, superintendent of the city’s Water and Wastewater Department, about the city’s water supply and why restrictions are not mandatory.

Garfield County Suicide Deaths Spike in July

Aug 9, 2018

Six suicide deaths occurred in Garfield County last month, half of all suicides reported last year, bringing the 2018 total to 11. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Mason Hohstadt with the Garfield County Suicide Prevention Coalition to find out more.


***If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the Aspen Hope Center at 970-925-5858 or text TALK to 38255. You can also go to Mental Health Colorado for more resources***

As Colorado’s population has grown, so has the oil and gas industry. Its presence is an unavoidable part of the landscape. That’s why volunteer Patricia Nelson said she has spent part of her summer collecting signatures for Initiative 97.

Between growing populations and changing climate conditions, our water sources are only expected to get more crunched. Communities in some very dry states have had to get creative about where to get their water, sometimes purifying sewage into drinking water. More western cities are beginning to get on board, too. But there’s a problem: the ick factor.


In response to recent fire activity and an increased risk for flash flooding, The National Weather Service offers a Storm Spotter Training at 6pm tonight, August 8, at the Roaring Fork Conservancy’s new River Center located at 22800 2 Rivers Road in Basalt. There is no need to RSVP. Warning coordination meteorologist Jim Pringle will lead the training...

RFTA Considers 2.65 Mil Levy Property Tax

Aug 7, 2018

The Roaring Fork Transportation Authority Board is considering a 2.65 mil levy property tax proposal on the November ballot. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh asked RFTA CEO Dan Blankenship why this is needed. RFTA hosts a public hearing on Thursday, August 9, at Carbondale Town Hall from 9am to 11am.

Town of Carbondale


One week ago, the Town of Carbondale inacted water restrictions. Will Grandbois, editor of The Sopris Sun, spoke with the town director of public works Kevin Schorzman to learn more.

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The US Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response, or BAER, Team coordinates satellite imagess, maps, and field work to assesss damage caused by wildfires. Findings from the team's first assessment of the Lake Christine Fire suggest that there’s hope for the scorched earth on Basalt Mountain but flooding and hazardous trees could pose problems. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

H2O Media, Ltd.

The U.S. Geological Survey keeps track of how much water flows through rivers and streams across the country to help plan for shortages—or at the other extreme—brace for floods. But there are more waterways than the agency is able to track, so recently they added a new tool that will not only help them cover more ground, but also help them learn more about this precious resource—all without ever touching a drop. H2O Radio has more.

4H: Heart of the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo

Aug 2, 2018

The green, 4H clover emblem stands for head, heart, hands, and health. Local clubs date back over a century and are still the center of the Garfield County Fair and Rodeo. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Attorney Joe Salazar represents Colorado Rising, an anti-fracking group that is spearheading the effort to get Initiative 97 on November’s ballot. The measure would increase oil and gas setbacks to 2500 feet from schools, playgrounds and other areas. On July 26, the group went public about how petition-gathering firm Direct Action Partners absconded with boxes full of signed petitions. Joe Salazar spoke with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh last week about the missing petitions, Initiative 97, and former Interior Secretary and attorney Ken Salazar’s connection to energy companies.

Colorado Rising is spearheading the effort to get Initiative 97 on November’s ballot to increase oil and gas setbacks to 2500 feet from schools, playgrounds and other areas. Last month, petition-gathering firm Direct Action Partners absconded with signed petitions. Attorney Joe Salazar represents Colorado Rising and spoke with KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about the situation. In this clip, he explains the ballot issue and what happened to the petitions.  Tune in at 4 PM today for more of the conversation with Salazar.

Jose Alvarez, a supervisor at R. H. Dupper Landscaping, stood up from changing a sprinkler nozzle on a large grassy field at a homeowner’s association in Chandler, Arizona. He surveyed the turf, a patchwork of green and brown.

United States Census Bureau

The U.S. Commerce Secretary announced in March that at the request of the Justice Department, the 2020 Census will inquire about citizenship. The public now has until Tuesday, August 7th, to comment on this change. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Amanda Gonzalez, executive director for Colorado Common Cause, about why her organization opposes the citizenship question.

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Drought is causing problems for Colorado anglers, ranchers, and recreationists. Brent Gardner-Smith, editor of Aspen Journalism, covered meetings in Glenwood Springs this month of water officials from around the state. Here he talks to KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh about impacts on Colorado industries and on Lake Powell.

Bristlecone Mountain Sports

Bristlecone Mountain Sports, located in Willits, is accepting applications for its 2nd Annual Give Back to the Valley Day on Saturday, October 20. Applications are due by midnight, July 31. Manager Jeff Anderson shares the details.


For 27 years, Fred “Lightning Heart” Haberlein began every Mountain Fair with a blessing. Though he found a true place in front of that microphone every year, it was not a bully pulpit. It was a place for him to serve our community by gently reminding us of quiet and eternal truths. His words were clear and his intent was positive, just as the Mountain Fair itself is. Sadly, Fred passed away this last spring. Please enjoy these Lightning Heart blessings from four different Mountain Fairs past. Carbondale Arts plans a short public tribute to Fred on Friday afternoon at 4pm to begin this year’s Fair. If you can’t be at Sopris Park, stay tuned to KDNK for the live broadcast.


Radio advertisements in Colorado Springs are encouraging voters to avoid signing ballot measure petitions. For this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with freelance data journalist Sandra Fish about her recent article for the Colorado Independent. Sandra's website is collecting political messages received by voters, compiling information about those messages and creating a database.

AZYEP News Gets the Scoop on Mountain Fair

Jul 26, 2018
Bonnie Barker

The Andy Zanca Youth News Team spoke to Carbondale Arts executive director Amy Kimberly about what to expect for this year’s Mountain Fair. Here's a clip from that conversation. Carbondale’s 47th annual Mountain Fair begins tomorrow, July 27, and continues through Sunday. KDNK will be live-broadcasting the celebration from Sopris Park all weekend.

Good News for 2019 Colorado Health Insurance Premiums

Jul 26, 2018

The Colorado Division of Insurance recently unveiled preliminary health insurance information for 2019. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and the division’s spokesperson, Vincent Plymell, talk about what appears to be a glimmer of good news for those in the market for health coverage.

In The Desert City Of Tucson, The Grass Is Not Greener

Jul 25, 2018

Tucson, Arizona used to be a city of lawns. Patches of Bermuda grass lined residential neighborhoods, kept green — even in blazing summer months — with diligent watering. Over the decades, that has changed. Tucsonans eschew lush lawns for landscaping that is more in tune with the city's desert setting — though that doesn't necessarily mean there's no green.


Republican candidate for Colorado attorney general George Brauchler currently serves as the district attorney for Colorado's 18th Judicial District. KDNK asked him about his views on water and proposed ballot initiative 97. The full interview is posted here.

Red Hill Trail Design Preserves Sense of Place

Jul 24, 2018
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Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers begin building the new Red Hill hiking trail this afternoon at 4. DHM Design helped plan the trails, some of which are still moving through the approval process. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jason Jaynes, principle landscape architect with DHM in Carbondale. You can sign up to help build the hiking trail by clicking here.

CMC Leadville

CMC’s teacher education program is expanding to the college’s campuses at Leadville, Breckenridge and Dillon. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with former director of education Barbara Johnson, who retired shortly after the interview, to learn more. An information session is scheduled at Colorado Mountain College Leadville on Monday, July 30, from 5 to 6pm.

A Mining Solution to an Environmental Problem

Jul 23, 2018
Chris Marcinek

The EPA is finding creative solutions for mine clean-up at the Camp Bird Mine above Ouray. KVNF's Chris Marcinek filed this report...


Diane Mitsch Bush won the primary to represent the Democratic Party in the race for Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh asked Diane to discern herself from Republican incumbent Scott Tipton. The full interview is posted here.