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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ENVIRONMENT
2:17 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Brent Helleckson on "The North Fork Alternative Plan"

Brent Helleckson in his vineyard on Garvin Mesa
Credit Marty Durlin

For the past 20 years, Brent Helleckson and his family have been building a wine business on Garvin Mesa. They’ve constructed a home, a wine cellar a tasting room, and added to the vineyard. In those two decades, they also became a part of the North Fork community. When the Bureau of Land Management proposed 30,000 acres of leases for gas development in the North Fork Valley, Helleckson felt the threat to his winery as well as all agriculture and tourism-based industries.

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AGRICULTURE
5:15 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

iSeeChange: Rodman's Bales of Cornstalks

Judd Rodman stands by his cornstalk bales
Don Foster

About a month ago on thealmanac.org, Don posted a photo of a fellow with a big semi-load of bales – but they weren’t hay, they were cornstalks. The use of forage other than the traditional alfalfa and other grasses is becoming a necessity for some ranchers. 

Drought has made it more common now, but Judd Rodman has been harvesting cornstalks for cattle feed as far back as 1990. Based south of Paonia, he employs five people who help him harvest, bale and deliver cornstalk all over the Western Slope.

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ENVIRONMENT
2:12 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Western Slope Skies 3/15/2013

Listen to Western Slope Skies, an astronomical report created by the Black Canyon Astronomical Society.

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ENVIRONMENT
12:10 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

The Plight of the Honeybees

Caren von Gontard holds one of her honey combs. She extracts the honey, then leaves the remaining wax out for the bees to clean up. With what's left she makes candles.
Marty Durlin

Here in the North Fork Valley, healthy bee colonies continue to swarm and thrive. But there are threats. Back on March 6th, fourth-grader Noah McDaniel reported to iSeeChange that he’d seen his first bee of the season during recess at Paonia Elementary. Now, a few weeks later at Caren von Gontard’s farm on Lamborn Mesa, the bees are – well, busy.

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ENVIRONMENT
12:45 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Active 2013 Mosquito Season Predicted in Delta County

2012 was a bad year for West Nile Virus in Western Colorado. Mesa, Montrose and Delta Counties accounted for nearly half the confirmed cases in the state. In Delta County, the 22 cases included the death of an 82-year-old man from Orchard City.

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NEWS
5:01 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Honoring Gordon O'Brien

Delta County Commissioners honor O'Brien

On Monday, Delta County Commissioners honored Gordon O’Brien by giving the Veterans Service Office in the County Courthouse his name. O’Brien ran the office in the basement of the Delta County Courthouse for 24 years, before handing the job off to Brian Ayers a decade ago. At a reception for O’Brien, Ayers talked about how O’Brien had inspired him.

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ENVIRONMENT
4:21 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Commentary: Sandhill Cranes

Andrea Robinsong, who took these these photos at the Escalante State Wildlife Area west of Delta, has been reporting on the Sandhill Cranes in the area since they began arriving in early March. Both Andrea and Evelyn Horn have been counting birds at Fruitgrowers Reservoir in Eckert and the Escalante area where they rest and feed before flying north.

Evelyn has been keeping track of the numbers of cranes at the reservoir, and here is what she reports:

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Agriculture
2:58 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Local Goatherd Emily Hartnett Talks Baby Goats

Emily with one of her newly born goats.
Marty Durlin

Thealmanac.org is bursting with news about new baby animals – spring brings calves,  lambs and kids.  KVNF's Marty Durlin reported on one of the almanac.org stories about Emily Hartnett, who lives on Garvin Mesa with her chickens, goats and cats. It’s a rustic life that begins by dawn and ends late in the day. On Friday one of her six adult goats, Alba, gave birth to two male kids. Instead of the soft, protected place Emily had prepared for her, Alba chose to deliver next to an old tractor embedded in the dirt in the middle of the goat yard.

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Paonia River Park
2:20 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Celebration of Improvements to Paonia River Park

Chris Sturm, Ralph D’Alessandro, Mike Zeman, Craig Ullman, Willy Kistler, Sarah Sauter, Jeff Crane and Joanna Calabrese

A dedicated troupe showed up to tramp around the Paonia River Park yesterday and mark another step in its transformation from an in-stream gravel operation into a thriving fish and wildlife habitat, wetlands, swimming and boating area, and riverside park.

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Local Motion
11:44 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Local Motion: Kitty Burns, A Coal Miner's Wife

Credit KVNF File Photo

For every miner, there’s a family – and in the best cases, the family offers a support system that allows the miner to go into the dark to work various shifts under sometimes dangerous conditions, sleep during the day, adapt to various clocks and take it in stride when there’s a disruption of work or routine.

KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke to someone who’s managed it for decades.

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