Local Motion: Immigrant Rights and Resources in Colorado

Two Colorado organizations that provide resources and legal aid to immigrants weigh in on the humanitarian crisis on the border. We hear from Tom Acker from the Hispanic Affairs Project – a grassroots organization serving western Colorado and Cristian Solano-Córdova from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – a statewide organization advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.

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  • Local farmers get boost in spending from legislature
  • H2O Radio reports on trees and how they live
  • Colorado juvenile justice system undergoes outside review

Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart get down & dirty with spring/early summer gardening tips, and take calls from listeners.

In San Miguel County, there’s the West End, where you’ll find rural communities like Norwood, surrounded by swaths of agricultural land and where local food production is seeing a resurgence.

On the other end of the county, you have the resort communities of Telluride and Mountain Village, where movie stars come to play but the working class is rich only in spirit and adventure. 

As different as these communities all nestled within San Miguel County may be, they rely on each other’s strengths.

  • Veterans nationwide ask for protections to monuments, battlefields
  • Tale of two communities in Telluride
  • Farm to table food program seeks to unite communities in Southwest Colorado

  • Colorado veterans petition Senator Cory Gardner to protect Camp Hale
  • Paonia Eagles win second consecutive 2A state baseball title
  • Miller, Seriani, Schopp lead Eagles to state championship

Eric Goold

Behind stellar team play and solid individual performances by a deep senior class, the Paonia Eagles won its second consecutive 2A state baseball championship after defeating Dayspring Christian 7-2 and then Peyton 8-6 in Pueblo last weekend. KVNF News spoke with players and coaches during a jubilant celebration after the Eagles triumphed.

  • Coal Methane Working Group looks for solutions to NFV methane pollution
  • 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.  


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