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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Delta County Politics
3:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Delta County Bans Commercial Marijuana

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee (right) was part of the crowd Monday when commissioners passed an ordinance banning commercial marijuana enterprises in the unincorporated areas.

Yesterday Delta County Commissioners passed an ordinance banning commercial marijuana enterprises in the unincorporated areas of the county. Amendment 64, which legalizes recreational marijuana in Colorado, allows counties to opt out of some provisions. A small group attended the commissioners’ regular meeting to discuss the issue. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reported on the story.

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Amendment 64
11:30 am
Fri February 1, 2013

The NORML View of Amendment 64

Lenny Frieling is the current board chair of Colorado NORML – the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The organization recently worked to pass Amendment 64, and now has a seat on the governor’s 24-member task force to advise the legislature on regulating marijuana and hemp. A criminal defense attorney for the past 37 years, Frieling is also a one of the 350-plus lawyers who make up the NORML legal committee. Marty Durlin spoke with Frieling from his office in Boulder about the future of regulating legal marijuana in Colorado.

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Delta County Politics
10:35 am
Wed January 30, 2013

CHC's Jim Ramey on BLM Lease Sale

Last week the local advocacy group Citizens for a Healthy Community announced it would file a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management if the agency does not withdraw the remaining 20,000 acres in the North Fork from its February 14 lease sale. Along with other citizens’ groups and individuals, CHC has been fighting the proposed sale since it was announced in December of 2011, saying it jeopardizes the North Fork’s economy, its organic farms, orchards, ranches, wineries and way of life. KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke with CHC director Jim Ramey.

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BLM Oil and Gas Leases
9:06 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Crowd Gathers to Question BLM in Paonia

The community gathers to question the BLM regarding natural gas leases.

What would have been a sparsely attended regular council meeting turned into a crowded and contentious event when state BLM officials visited Paonia to talk about pending gas leases in the North Fork Valley on Tuesday, January 22. KVNF’s Marty Durlin talked to Paonia Mayor Neal Schwieterman on the morning after.

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Delta County Politics
11:21 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Citizens Protest New Ordinance Relating to Amendment 64

New Delta County Commissioner, Mark Roeber

Delta County Commissioners took a step back from a proposed ordinance curtailing Amendment 64 Tuesday after a group of concerned business owners and marijuana activists complained. 

Marty Durlin reports that six people spoke to commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, asking them to rethink their effort to ban commercial marijuana establishments in Delta County. Comments ranged from a defense of marijuana as a valuable agricultural crop to a plea to at least drop part of the proposed ordinance that would designate soil and fertilizer as “marijuana accessories.”

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North Fork Leasing
11:03 am
Tue January 22, 2013

BLM Staff Visits Hotchkiss Town Council About Gas Leases

BLM staff visits the Hotchkiss Town Council.
Credit Marty Durlin

The Bureau of Land Management held the first of three meetings with local town councils last night. About 50 people showed up at the Hotchkiss town hall to hear what agency representatives had to say about the pending gas lease auction of parcels in the North Fork Valley. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports.


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Education
10:51 am
Tue January 22, 2013

North Fork Vision School Seeks Charter Designation

Members of the Vision School’s board of stewards addressed the Delta County School Board last week about the school’s desire to secure a charter designation. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports.


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Marijuana
9:54 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Delta Commissioners To Ban Growing, Selling Marijuana

On Tuesday (1/22), Delta County Commissioners will further discuss an ordinance that would block certain parts of Amendment 64, the constitutional amendment that makes recreational marijuana legal in Colorado. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports on the ins and outs of marijuana legislation at the local level.

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Local Government
10:18 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Olen Lund Ends 8-year Tenure as County Commissioner

Outgoing Delta County Commissioner Olen Lund.
Credit Mart Durlin

Delta County Commissioner Olen Lund left his county office on Monday. He served two four-year terms, the maximum allowed. During a break in his last regular commissioner’s meeting, Lund took time out to reflect on his tenure with KVNF’s Marty Durlin.

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Local News
9:01 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Award-Winning North Fork Airport

Mike Clawson.
Credit Marty Durlin

Colorado Pilot’s Association for exceptional service and facilities. Last week, airport manager Mike Clawson accepted another award from the Delta County Commissioners, noting the accomplishment. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has the story.

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Development
10:34 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Commissioners Deny Crawford Gravel Pit

In a split decision, Delta County Commissioners voted down a proposed gravel pit near Crawford on Monday, citing seven issues that influenced their decision. KVNF's Marty Durlin has more.


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Development
10:40 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Crawford Residents Oppose Gravel Pit

In two weeks, Crawford residents will know whether they’ll have a new 35-acre gravel pit in their community. The Delta County Commissioners took the issue under advisement after yesterday’s crowded and heated public hearing on the controversial proposal.


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Election 2012
11:07 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Rick Perry Rallies GOP Vote in Delta

Credit Marty Durlin

Delta County Commissioners rearranged their schedule Monday in order to attend a rally featuring Rick Perry. The Texas governor was touring with local state legislators to urge Republicans to get out the vote. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.

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Development
11:25 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Delta Cannery Razed after 92 years

Hauling crates of peaches from the orchard to the shipping shed, 1940.
Library of Congress.

This month marked the end of an era, and it’s unlikely many were even aware of it. The City of Delta tore down the old cannery building—in place since 1920—to make way for a new bypass route for Highway 50. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports.


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ELECTION 2012
10:18 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Voting Underway in Delta County

Mail ballots went out a week ago, and the Delta County Courthouse is a-bustle with early voters, heading into election day on November 6th. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.

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HEALTH
2:56 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Delta County Expands Hazmat Facilities

  A few years ago, an 8,000 gallon gas tanker clipped a curb and tipped over in near Delta, spilling gasoline. Now, Delta County is more able to respond to hazardous materials spills like that one. Delta County’s emergency manager Rob Fiedler reported the news to Delta County Commissioners on Monday. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.

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West Nile Virus
11:14 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Local News: West Nile Still Present on Western Slope

CBS Denver

Summer is waning, and the Western Slope is already starting to feel some fall weather. But Delta County is still a breeding spot for mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports.

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