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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COMMUNITY
5:38 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Event Honors 97 year old Nellie Clark & Sister

Nellie's four daughters -- Mary Lou, Linda, Nancy and Joanna.

On Saturday the Delta Historical Museum hosted a tribute to two sisters for their many contributions to the community.

Nellie Clark and Sula Mathews have lived in Delta since 1932 where they have spent a lifetime of community service -- at the library, the schools, the church, and a variety of other worthy causes. This week Nellie turns 97 -- her younger sister is only 89.

 

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Western Slope Skies
5:23 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Western Slope Skies 5/10/2013

“Hey, can you see the flag in that thing?!”  It’s a question that makes us wince when observing the moon at astronomy outreaches.  The answer is…Maybe if you were aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter… but, all six of the flags are now faded to white, and the first one blew over when the Apollo 11 lunar module blasted off departing the moon.  

From our backyards, the moon, our closest celestial neighbor, is easily observed by the unaided eye  as it moves through its changing phases.  During the next two weeks, the moon will move from new to nearly full.

 

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NEWS
11:43 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Fire at Stahl Orchards in Paonia Took 5 Hours to Extinguish

Brian Cambria

Paonia Fire Chief Mike Byers and his volunteer crew responded to a fire in a shed belonging to Stahl’s Orchards just outside of Paonia about 4 pm Monday afternoon. Twenty-one fire-fighters and seven trucks were involved in fighting the blaze, which took five hours to extinguish.

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NEWS
4:49 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Local Farmer Jere Lowe on How Marijuana Should be Regulated

Local farmer Jere Lowe
Credit Marty Durlin

Local farmer Jere Lowe thinks he has a better framework for regulating recreational marijuana than anything the Colorado Legislature has come up with. In fact, he wrote his own alternative plan, and emailed it to state legislators and the governor last week.

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Local History
1:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Beezley Journal Offers Glimpse of the Past

Will Beezley was an orchardist and farmer who lived up Steven’s Gulch just outside of Paonia. In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, he kept a daily log of his tasks, along with the weather and conditions. The brief entries offer a glimpse of his work on the land and his chase with water. The journals are now in the hands of Paonia resident Amber Kleinman, who has been selecting and posting entries for ISeeChange at thealmanac.org. She was interviewed by KVNF’s Marty Durlin, who asked her first about the process of transcribing the journals.

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McClure Pass Closure
1:19 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Rockslide Closes McClure Pass Early this Week

postindependent.com

Update: Pass is officially "open". CDOT is alternating single-lane traffic around slide, and says to  "Expect long delays,  especially between 7AM and 7 PM during cleanup work." Read their official statement here.

The closure of Highway 133 south of McClure Pass due to a rockslide will likely last throughout the week. Falling boulders including one rock as big as a dump truck forced the closure Sunday morning.

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COMMUNITY
7:30 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Paonia Players: Kids Love to Dance

Liza Eller interviews Ruby

Last weekend young dancers took to the stage of the Paradise Theater in Paonia for a song and dance tribute to Michael Jackson. The show, called "The Songs of Michael Jackson, the King of Pop", was a tribute to Michael Jackson presented by Paonia Players. Featuring local singers and dancers of all ages, the performance was produced by Merrily Talbott, director of Paonia Players, an organization that supports theater, dance and vocal education and performances in the North Fork Valley.

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iSeeChange
9:00 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Journal Sheds Light on North Fork of Yesteryear

Amber Kleinman's house in Apple Valley, Paonia
Amber Kleinman

Paonia resident Amber Kleinman has been reading through the daily journals of William Beezley, an orchardist and farmer who lived up Steven’s Gulch in the first half of the 20th century. Recording selected entries for thealmanac.org and comparing them to current weather and conditions, Kleinman – a small-acreage farmer who keeps a journal herself -- has gained a new perspective.

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iSeeChange
12:01 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

The Chorus of the Leopard Frogs

On thealmanac.org last week, Marilyn Stone noted that she hasn’t heard the chorus of leopard frogs she usually hears by this time of year, and wondered about the effect of a nearby wetlands that dried up last fall. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has some answers from a scientist who studies leopard frogs.

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COMMUNITY
10:03 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Death & Dying in Delta County

The Conklin family grave site in the cemetery on Garnet Mesa in Delta.
Marty Durlin

At 4 pm on Tuesday, April 16, the Blue Sage in Paonia will present a practical session to help people deal with a topic no one wants to talk about. Jean Ceriani is trying to tell us something. As a healthcare provider, she’s seen how the body wears out, gives up, or is wounded beyond repair. But most of us can’t seem to communicate with one another about this most basic fact of our existence – that it will end.

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