Elsewhere Studios

Local Motion: Elsewhere Studios 2018

Elsewhere Studios is an artist in residency program in Paonia , Colorado. Here, Carolina Porras and Deirdre Morrison from Elsewhere talk about the Inspired Art At Work project, the residency program, upcoming events and the role artists can play building bridges and celebrating a community.

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  • Variety of stake holders make up coal working group
  • Anniversary of Hayman Fire apporaches, worst wildfire in Colorado history
  • Scientists study effects of wildfires on watersheds


The invasive Russian olive tree can cause havoc in river ecosystems around the West. It competes with native plants and destroys habitat for native wildlife. Plus, it can be incredibly challenging to remove from river ecosystems. But a group of organizations outside of Durango has found a way not only to remove the trees, but also to help the community in other ways. As part of the Western Slope Resources Reporting collaborative, KSJD’s Austin Cope has more.


  • Paonia hosts 4th annual Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo
  • Activist group writes Paonia Bill of Rights, hopes to get Town Council endorsement
  • Defense Secratary James Mattis speaks at Air Force Academy graduation
  • Gig economy not having as big an impact on state as previously thought

Katie Klingsporn

The Brown-capped Rosy-Finch is a small passerine bird of the Rocky Mountain West known for its dusky pink plumage. But don’t let the delicate hue fool you: Rosy-finches are hardy creatures that live in the highest altitude of all finches in North America, favoring wind-whipped alpine cliff faces for nests and spending much of their lives among snowfields and high peaks.  

  • Colorado Civil Rights Commission reauthorized at end of session
  • Forest service seeks volunteers, meeting at Paonia Public Library
  • Global and local ramifications of shifting, shrinking sources of freshwater

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Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears and her gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart discuss spring gardening topics and take calls from listeners.

Eric Whyte

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm and ranch on its lands in Southwestern Colorado. It grows crops like alfalfa and artisan corn, and over 600 head of cattle.   The tribe went through a long settlement process to obtain the water rights to operate this enterprise.  But just because they have the farm and rights to the water doesn't mean they can use as much as they want.  Austin Cope with KSJD and Western Slope Resources Reporting has this story.

  • Western Slope Resources Reporting from KSJD
  • Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates farm with complicated water rights
  • Montrose BoCC joins list of officials who want to move BLM to Grand Junction
  • Delta BoCC declares burning ban for unincorporated areas of county

  • Water sharing techniques in Southwest based on ancient tradition
  • Future generations of farmers leaving Southwest, old ways being forgotten
  • May is Healthy Vision Month, many Colorado adults don't get eye exams
  • Recap of results from high school sports state tournaments

The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Tribe and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush. But 20 minutes' drive from the highway, as the road comes over the top of a hill, the desert landscape stops at the edge of a huge field of bright green alfalfa plants. More fields appear as you come closer to the farm.


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