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When Gov. Jared Polis walked into the Stedman Elementary School auditorium behind a marching band on Tuesday afternoon, with dozens of supporters waving signs and cheering, the signing ceremony for the full-day kindergarten bill felt more like a pep rally.

“Today, we celebrate the fact that this fall, kids from across our state will be able to go to free fullday kindergarten,” Polis said to loud cheers before he signed the bill.

Helping Men Seek and Get Mental Health Care

May 22, 2019

Mental health for men is the focus of this year's Let's Talk Colorado Campaign. It's a coalition of more than 20 health organizations with this year's emphasis on the unique challenges men face with mental health. Mark Duggan takes a closer look.

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Dustin Micheli recently started a Facebook page called Residents Rights Movement to bring awareness to soaring local rent prices. But as KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh found out, Micheli must leave the area because he can’t afford to stay. 

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Highway crews continue to remove large boulders and fix road damage. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, travelers should expect periodic short closures of the interstate through the weekend.

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One of the oldest captive Golden Eagles in the world, well-known to Aspen Center for Environmental Studies visitors, passed away recently. KDNK spoke with Naturalist Director Jim Kravitz, who was the bird's handler for many years, about working with her.

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The road to Maroon Lake is slowly being cleared of snow after a record number of avalanches last winter. Forest service officials say the area around the popular recreation area will look a little different than last year, when snowfall was at historically-low levels. Mark Duggan reports.

New Castle resident Perry Will just finished his first legislative session as representative for Colorado's 57th District, which includes Garfield, Moffat, and Rio Blanco Counties. In part two of a conversation with KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh, he delves into the disagreements between Republicans and Democrats.

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New Castle resident Perry Will just finished his first legislative session as representative for Colorado's 57th District.  KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh recently sat down with him to talk about this year's contentious session and some of the bills that were passed. Part one begins with his thoughts about his first session.

The Dark Skies of Dinosaur National Monument

May 10, 2019
Dan Duriscoe / National Park Service

Miles from any metropolitan areas, the region around the monument is one of the darkest places in the lower 48 states. Now it’s been officially recognized for its lack of light pollution by the International Dark Sky Association. Mark Duggan spoke with Sonya Popelka, who oversees the night sky viewing programs at Dinosaur, about the designation.

Erica Sparhawk: Grand Hogback Could Be Added to CORE Act

May 9, 2019
Jane Pargiter, Ecoflight

Garfield County Commissioners want old coal mines, burning in the Grand Hogback, to be added to a CORE Act methane capture study. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh discusses details with Erica Sparhawk, Carbondale Town Trustee and deputy director of Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER).

AZYEP Remembers Tyler Ribich

May 7, 2019
Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program

Ribich, the teen who died in a car crash Friday evening, found his voice with KDNK and the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program. He was an AZYEP DJ from 2010 to 2016 and even designed the program's logo. Executive Director Beth Wysong offers this audio remembrance.

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A recent meeting with Garfield County Commissioners and John Whitney of Sen. Michael Bennett's office opened the door to more talks about supporting the Colorado Recreation Economy Act, or CORE Act. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

A New Era at Hanging Lake

May 2, 2019
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The popular trail east of Glenwood Springs is now only accessible by permit and shuttle bus from Glenwood Springs. The new reservation system follows years of preparation and research.

What to Watch for as Bee Season Arrives

Apr 30, 2019
Mark Duggan/KDNK

Bee season is here. Newly awake, they're browsing for pollen and starting to swarm. We talk to a local beekeeper about how to ensure that local populations of bees - and other pollinators - stay healthy.

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KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh attended the 13th annual Sacred Peace Walk at Creech Air Force Base northwest of Las Vegas The event, organized by Nevada Desert Experience, also included a protest at the nearby Nevada National Security Site. She produced an audio postcard of the event.

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A National Wildlife Federation survey released last week shows strong public support in Colorado for protecting wildlife-migration corridors. The support ran across party lines and age groups and even after considering opposition arguments from farmers, ranchers, and oil and gas producers.

Mark Duggan

A controlled fire near 749 Hooks Spur Road west of Willits went out of control briefly Thursday and burned about a half-acre of open space. Crews quickly extinguished the fire, and there were no injuries or damage to structures.

News Brief: Quarry Owner Has Never Operated a Mine

Apr 24, 2019
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry owner Rocky Mountain Resources has significant political ties as well as financial problems. For this week’s News Brief, KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh talks to Colorado Sun reporter Jason Blevins about the company and implications for the future of the proposed quarry expansion.

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About 200 people gathered at Glenwood Springs Middle School Monday night for a hearing on Rocky Mountain Resources county permit violations at the limestone quarry above Glenwood. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh reports on citizen concerns and the decision by Garfield County Commissioners to give RMR until June 1 to come into compliance.

Merger to Benefit New Carbondale Trash Program

Apr 15, 2019
Mark Duggan/KDNK

A merger between Canadian-based Waste Connections and Mountain Waste and Recycling was in the works while Carbondale Town Trustees negotiated a contract with Mountain Waste. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Garfield County Commissioners oppose the Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Jared Polis last week. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports.

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Colorado lawmakers are giving the nod to a bill that requires all drivers to carry chains or snow tires - or have all-wheel or four-wheel drive - if they're traveling the interstate between Dotsero and Morrison from September to June.

Colorado's SB-181 Passes, Gets Mixed Reviews

Apr 4, 2019
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

SB-181, a bill that changes state regulation of oil and gas development, is headed for Colorado Governor Jared Polis' desk. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report about how some have responded.

CORE Act on Locals' Agenda in Washington DC

Apr 4, 2019
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Roaring Fork Valley residents are in Washington DC this week, talking up the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Economy Act, which faced its first congressional hearing on Tuesday.

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Here's the latest election results as of 11:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2:

Prom Dress Success at the Glenwood Springs Library

Apr 2, 2019
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

Prom dresses are expensive, often costing upwards of $150. Plus, they're usually only worn once.  So, what's a girl to do if she can't afford one? The Glenwood Springs Library recently offered a solution - free dresses - and, in one day, gave away over 30. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh attended the event and has an audio postcard.

U.S. Forest Service

A new reservation system to limit the human impact on the enormously popular lake in Glenwood Canyon begins April 1. The new system puts an end to years of unregulated access and caps daily visitors at 615 year-round.

The Colorado Legislature has given final approval to a bill that will allow police officers to temporarily take guns away from people who are deemed to be a risk to themselves or others.

Gov. Jared Polis is expected to sign the extreme risk protection order bill into law.

Oil and Gas Bill Advances

Mar 29, 2019

The Colorado House is giving its stamp of approval to a bill that allows local governments more control over oil and gas drilling operations. KDNK’s Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz has more:

The Colorado Senate narrowly passed a contentious gun control bill on Thursday that would allow police to temporarily take away someone's firearms.

The extreme risk protection order proposal would give law enforcement the ability to take the weapons away if a judge determines their owner poses a risk to themselves or others.