Marty Durlin

Contributing Reporter

Marty Durlin contributes freelance news features, including coverage of Delta County Commissioner's meetings and local governmental issues.

Marty  is a writer, reporter and playwright currently living in Paonia, Colorado. She contributes to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News, and is a Delta County native. Her prestigious works include the plays, "Babbit", "Pollyana", and the completely original musical, "Beautiful Radiant Things". Marty was General Manager of KGNU Community Radio in Boulder, Colorado for more than 20 years.

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iSeeChange
8:15 am
Tue July 23, 2013

iSeeChange: Bird Watching on the North Fork of the Gunnison

A birdhouse on Rain Crow Farm where four tree swallows nested this year for the first time, eating mosquitoes
Marty Durlin, KVNF

On the Almanac last week, P Kaech reported seeing snow on the top of Mt. Baldy near Crested Butte, and Andrea Lecos noticed that monsoon rains have brought up mosquitoes and other insects. Humans may hate the bugs, but birds are feasting on them. 

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NEWS
8:43 am
Fri July 19, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Friday, July 19, 2013

  • Recall Election Dates for State Democrats Set for September 10th
  • Western Slope Skies – Women in Astronomy, Part Two
  • Wednesday Thunderstorm Causes Mudslide near Marble
  • Colorado Group Says Farm Bill Subsidy Spending is Wasteful
  • From Harvest Public Media – Do Young People Want to Farm Anymore?
  • Bowie BLM Coal Lease Application meeting held in Paonia

  

 

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NEWS
8:18 am
Thu July 18, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Thursday July 18, 2013

  • Mesa County Authorities Report Rise in Domestic Violence Calls
  • Colorado State Auditors Say Medical Marijuana Not Sufficiently Overseen
  • West Fork Fire 66% Contained, Still Covering Nearly 110,000 Acres
  • Colorado Secretary of State Demands Recall Election Date Be Set
  • Gunnison Sage Grouse Likely to be Declared Endangered
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COMMUNITY
8:42 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Local Motion: Dennis McKenna, Part Two

This week on Local Motion, we present part two of Marty Durlin's interview with Dennis McKenna, about his book "The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss," which tells the story of Dennis and Terence McKenna's life together, beginning in Paonia. 

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NEWS
12:25 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Delta County Property Values Drop

Many property owners in Delta county were surprised to see their assessed valuation plummet this year, some by as much as 20%. 

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NEWS
8:31 am
Fri July 12, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Friday, July 12, 2013

  • Negotiations over SB252 begin this week
  • North Fork environmental groups continue to pressure lawmakers to preserve valley from oil and gas development
  • Fire on Green Mountain extinguished
  • Telluride focuses on reducing greenhouse gases
  • Opponents on both sides claim victory in recent gun ruling
  • Hickenlooper wants tax increase to fund schools
  • Sand Creek survivors file suit
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NEWS
8:21 am
Thu July 11, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Thursday, July 11, 2013

  • Report from KDNK Carbondale on the Fatal Shooting of an Attempted Kidnapping Suspect outside Grand Junction
  • BLM Officials Release Plans for Wild Horse Round-Up North of Grand Junction
  • Update on Colorado Sheriffs’ Lawsuit Against New Gun Laws from Aspen Public Radio
  • North Fork Mosquito Abatement District Considers Annexing Rogers Mesa
  • Size of West Fork Fire Complex Decreases Slightly, Now at 109,000 Acres
  • Ed Marston Remembers Randy Udall
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NEWS
9:16 am
Wed July 10, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Wednesday, July 10, 2013

  • Trout Lake Being Drained to Make Way for Hydroelectric Plant Updates
  • State Republicans Vote to Select Challenger in Morse Recall Election
  • Paonia Town Council Decides to take No Action on Amendment 64
  • OSHA Fines Williams Company Contractors for Safety Violations After Natural Gas Leak

 

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COMMUNITY
3:30 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Local Motion: Dennis McKenna, Part One

Credit Dennis McKenna

The McKenna Brothers are two of Paonia's illustrious, possibly infamous, hometown icons. Younger brother Dennis is an ethnobotanist. His older brother Terence, who died in 2000, was known for his books on psychedelics and the nature of consciousness, with such titles as "True Hallucinations and The Archaic Revival: Speculations on Psychedelic Mushrooms, the Amazon, Virtual Reality, UFOs, Evolution, Shamanism, the Rebirth of the Goddess and the End of History."

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NEWS
8:35 am
Wed July 3, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Wednesday, July 3, 2013

  • Randy Udall, Renewable Energy Advocate, Missing in Wyoming Backcountry
  • Body discovered at Colorado National Monument
  • BLM Announces Public Hearing for Potential Coal Lease from Bowie Resources
  • West Fork Fire Complex grows to 98,000 Acres; Firefighters Continue to Protect Structures
  • Colorado Highway System ranked 41st
  • 67th Annual Paonia Cherry Days Festival Kicks Off with Downtown Day
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NEWS
8:29 am
Wed July 3, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Wednesday, July 3, 2013

  • Randy Udall, Renewable Energy Advocate, Still Missing in Wyoming Backcountry
  • Body discovered at Colorado National Monument
  • BLM Announces Public Hearing for Potential Coal Lease from Bowie Resources
  • West Fork Fire Complex grows to 98,000 Acres; Firefighters Continue to Protect Structures
  • Colorado Highway System Ranked 41st
  • 67th Annual Paonia Cherry Days Festival Kicks Off with Downtown Day
NEWS
10:08 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Delta County Meals on Wheels Hit by Sequester

Hungry senior citizens in Montrose, Delta and San Miguel counties may soon have to tighten their belts even more. Delta County Commissioners learned Monday at their regular meeting that funding for the Meals on Wheels program, which includes meals at senior centers around the area, has been severely impacted by the sequester – a huge hit for a program that was already foundering. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.

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NEWS
10:07 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Historic Fairview School Holds Annual Reunion at Pleasure Park

Dean Weaver, class of '37, who will be 90 this year, attended the reunion with all four of his children, his wife, his sister and one of his nine grandchildren
Marty Durlin, KVNF

A century ago, the small town of Austin rivaled Delta as the county seat, and there were enough kids there to merit a school. From 1904 to 1966 students attended grades one through eight in Austin’s five-room Fairview School before going on to Delta High.

For the past 27 years, generations of former Fairview students have met for an annual reunion. This year's reunion took place on Saturday, with a breakfast get-together at Pleasure Park. 

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NEWS
8:25 am
Fri June 28, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Friday, June 28, 2013

  • Remains of Missing 13-year-old Dylan Redwine Found
  • House Fire Breaks Out in Paonia
  • West Fork Fire Complex Grows to 83,000 Acres; Rain Predicted for Weekend
  • Forest Ecologist Claims Beetles Aren’t to Blame for West Fork Fire
  • Secretary of State Scott Gessler a No-Show at County Clerk’s Conference
  • KVNF Speaks to Cyclists in Paonia for 19th Annual Colorado Bike Tour
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NEWS
8:41 am
Thu June 27, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Thursday, June 27, 2013

  • Vision Home and Community Program Launches Delta County’s First Charter School
  • North Fork Valley Named Official Creative District
  • Group Pushes for Increase On Taxes to Benefit Public Schools
  • West Fork Fire Complex Grows to over 81,000 Acres, Still Uncontained
  • Magpul gives away magazines before state gun laws go into effect
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NEWS
2:40 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Paonia's Chesnik Gets Four Years in Prison, Five Parole

Paonia Town Hall

In March former Town of Paonia financial officer Kristen Chesnik pled guilty to the theft of $393,000 from the public coffers. On Monday she was sentenced by 7th Judicial Court Judge Charles Greenacre to four years in prison, followed by a mandatory five years of parole. The judge could not have given her more than five years in prison, because of the parameters of the plea bargain.

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NEWS
11:45 am
Mon June 17, 2013

DMEA: Election Results and New Initiatives

DMEA President Nancy Hovde, along with general manager Dan McClendon, enjoying stories by Dorothy Dunfelder, whose mother served on the co-op's first board of directors.

The annual meeting of the Delta Montrose Electrical Association focused on the usual difficulties with the co-op’s electricity supplier, Tri-State, as well as a new initiative to extend broadband as well as electricity to members. But there was also an emphasis on renewable energy, and on the history of the 75-year-old member-owned company.

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iSeeChange
8:15 am
Mon June 17, 2013

iSeeChange: Making Every Drop Count

The Colorado RIver
Credit jessstryker.com

The consensus on iSeeChange last week was…it’s hot! Too hot for this time of year. Too hot and too dry. If climate change experts are right, this will only get worse. KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke to Dave Kanzer, senior water resources engineer for the Colorado River Conservation District, about the effects of a hotter, dryer world.

 

The biggest part of Dave Kanzer’s job is to help us conserve water – a job that only gets bigger as the drying effects of climate change are felt across the Colorado River basin.

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NEWS
5:32 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Black Bear Shot by CO Parks & Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say a mountain lion ate a colt near Cedaredge last week, and they have shot a bear that killed some 40 chickens near Paonia. When wildlife are a danger to livestock or people, it’s up to the state’s Parks and Wildlife agency to put them down. Last year about 45 wild animals were shot or euthanized in the Muddy Creek area of Delta and Gunnison counties – mostly for predation of sheep.

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NEWS
9:16 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Helping Low-income Residents Stay in their Homes

Jo Rosenquist of the Delta Housing Authority

This week at their regular meeting, Delta County Commissioners supported a grant submitted by the Delta Housing Authority to help low income residents stay in their homes – not only in Delta but also in Montrose, San Miguel and Ouray counties.

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