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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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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NEWS
11:23 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Delta County Health Department's Koehler Talks About Sequestration Cuts

Delta County Health Officer Bonnie Koehler’s office window is decorated with wands – she needs “magic” to do her job.

Municipalities, agencies and organizations are beginning to glimpse what the Sequestration – a round of budget cuts imposed by Congress – means to the rest of the country. 

Delta County Health Officer Bonnie Koehler told commissioners yesterday that the sequestration has taken a whack out of a crucial fund, the Community Services Block Grant that pays for some family planning services (excluding abortions), along with emergency medications for those who can’t afford them.

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County Commissioner Report
2:42 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Delta County Commissioners on Gun Control

Bob Laitres

As Colorado’s Senate Judiciary Committee debated gun bills at the capitol, Delta County Commissioners heard con and pro on the enforcement of the pending legislation at their regular meeting this week.

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iSeeChange
3:40 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

iSeeChangeCast: Dry Winter

Smyth Boone rides his bike regularly in the BLM land that’s adjacent to Paonia – the area popularly known as Jumbo, a network of dirt trails and loops on juniper-covered mesas. By taking photographs and using a meter on his bike, he’s got a record of the weather and conditions over about six years now. He posts regularly on iseechange at thealmanac.org. Here he talks about a special event that occurred last year, as well as the dry conditions that are only increasing.

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NEWS
12:03 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

County Commissioners Study Impact of Delta County Tire Recycling Program

Landfill manager Kevin Hunt estimates the landfill gets about 50 tires a week, but occasionally he has seen dumptrucks full of tires unloaded for free.

For years Delta County has allowed people to dump tires for free at its Adobe Buttes Landfill – a policy that they are now re-examining. Old tires are not popular at landfills. They take up a lot of space, they can trap methane gases and become housing for rodents. Burning tires pollute air, soil and water. So why has Delta County agreed to take them for free, no questions asked? Other counties either charge or refuse to take them into their landfills.

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V-Day Event
10:37 am
Fri February 15, 2013

"One Billion Rising" in Paonia

A group gathered on Thursday in Paonia’s Poulos Park to protest violence against women, part of a world-wide Valentine’s Day action called "One Billion Rising". Marty Durlin covered the event:

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COMMUNITY
12:07 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

What I Like About Valentine's Day

The reporters, Mason and Noah

On Wednesday,  KVNF cub reporters Noah McDaniel and Mason Lightfoot hit the streets of Paonia to learn what people like best about Valentine’s Day. Mason took some photos while they were at it.

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ENVIRONMENT
2:59 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Interview with Sarah Sauter of Western Slope Conservation Center

Sarah Sauter in her Paonia Office

The Conservation Center held an annual meeting yesterday, and chose a new name: Western Slope Conservation Center. The nonprofit was created by the marriage of two deep-rooted local organizations, the North Fork River Improvement Association, known as NFRIA, and the Western Slope Environmental Resource Council, known as WSERC.

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Vox Pop
3:34 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Vox Pop: Citizens Comment on BLM Lease Deferral

Local real estate agent, Bob Lario

In the North Fork Valley, Wednesday morning began with the surprising news that the BLM removed all of the North Fork land parcels from the February 14 oil and gas lease sale. KVNF's Marty Durlin hit the streets of Paonia to record public reaction to this decision.

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NEWS
10:59 am
Wed February 6, 2013

BLM Defers All NF Parcels from Oil & Gas Lease Sale

In a press release sent out early this morning, the BLM Colorado Office announced that all 20 North Fork Valley parcels have been removed from the Feb. 14th oil and gas lease sale. 

“We’ve listened to concerns raised in numerous comments and public meetings and we are responding by deferring the North Fork Valley parcels at this time,” said Colorado State Director Helen Hankins.  “We are addressing the deferred parcels through continued dialogue with the local community and with ongoing planning efforts in the Uncompahgre Field Office.  

KVNF’s Marty Durlin interviewed BLM spokesperson Steven Hall, a Hotchkiss native, about the decision. He was speaking on his cell phone from an airport, and began by stressing that the parcels were not deferred because the the agency’s 20-year-old Resource Management Plan is inadequate. Hear that interview below:


Marty's interview with Steven Hall

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