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West Obsessed: Ecocide

Climate chaos, mass extinction, and the potential collapse of civilization? In the episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News ask the question: How can we face grief in the age of ecocide?

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  • Secretary of Education visit causes protests
  • D3Indivisible Summit held in Ridgway
  • Progressive workshops and panel discussions at D3 Summit
  • Lawmakers want more digital technology made available to students
  • Paonia Town Council meets tonight

  • Education Secretary in Denver, touts school choice
  • Three fatalities in one week on Colorado rivers
  • Walton Foundation gives 20 million for Colorado River conservation
  • Canyons of the Ancients taken off Trump's list for downsizing
  • Colorado leads way in healthy eating
  • Marijuana tax revenue surpasses 500 million for first time

Ali Lightfoot

Local storytellers share stories about Fire and Ice...

  • Executive Director of West Slope COGA responds to CHC report
  • Natural gas royalties pay for water projects, schools in North Fork Valley
  • Single parents in Colorado have hard time finding child care

Jeff Reynolds

Eilen Jewell, with opening act Carrie Rodriguez, live from Ridgway's Hartwell Park tonight at 7 pm! Live stream here at, or tune in to 90.9 or 89.1.

The Columbus Ohio-based rock band band, Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons played a show for the Montrose Summer Music Series back in June.   They stopped by the KVNF studios for a chat before their show.

  • West Elk Walk In Clinic in Paonia will open August 21st
  • Open House at new Paonia clinic scheduled for August 31st
  • Inside Energy report on solar industry
  • Some Colorado towns requiring homeowners to go solar

  • Phone scam targets DMEA members
  • Parks and Wildlife library program gains popularity
  • Raccoon starts wildfire outside of Craig
  • Montrose City Council taking applications to fill vacancy

Suze Smith

Jill, Lance & Lulu dive into mid-summer gardening tips & take calls from listeners every Tuesday, 6:30-7:00 pm.

Email your questions to if you like, or call 866-KVNF-NOW during the program.

In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Assistant Editor Paige Blankenbuehler and Tribal Affairs Editor Tristan Ahtone talks with editor Kate Schimel about the recent attempts to overhaul the American health insurance system. The most recent version of a health insurance bill would implement big cuts to Medicaid and to other programs vital to the rural West and to tribal communities in the West. It prompted protests and pressure on some Western senators to block the bill; it's not yet clear how they'll respond.


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