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6:00 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Facing Fanacial Troubles North Fork Ambulance Asks Public For Solutions

More than 25 people attended the North Fork Ambulance Association's meeting in Hotchkiss on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The North Fork Ambulance Association is facing a large budget deficit.

That’s why the organization is hosting a series of meetings to gather ideas from the community on what to do about the problem. The first meeting was in Hotchkiss on Thursday night. 

The association is the only ambulance service provider in the North Fork Valley. About 50 volunteer emergency responders staff it. 

The nonprofit is funded by paid memberships, grants from the state and charging non-members for ambulance services.

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HEALTH
1:58 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Hickenlooper Announces Campaign To Reduce Rx Drug Abuse

Credit flickr/macwagen

This week Governor John Hickenlooper announced a new campaign seeking to reduce prescription drug abuse and misuse in Colorado.

In partnership with the University of Colorado the state has launched its “Take Meds Seriously” campaign.

Robert Valuck, a professor of pharmacy at CU, is part of a statewide consortium created by the governor to address prescription drug abuse in Colorado.  

"We say safe use, safe storage [and] safe disposal," Valuck says ."And that’s what our public awareness campaign is all about." 

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MUSIC
11:52 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Talkin Music: Brodie Kinder and The Killer Bees

Paonia musician Brodie Kinder plays some tunes off his new EP "222" with his band The Killer Bees.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
10:44 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Western Slope Skies - Solar System Exploration in 2015

2015 is a banner year for solar system exploration.  Although the European Venus Express Mission and NASA’s Messenger Mission to Mercury are ending, other missions will be gearing up in 2015.  NASA’s New Horizons probe will fly by Pluto in July, and in March, another NASA probe, called Dawn, will enter orbit around Ceres, the l

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HEALTH
10:02 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Therapeutic Specialist Discusses Recreation Program For Western Slope Seniors

Volunteers of America offers a senior therapeutic recreation program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano

February is National Therapeutic Recreation Month. Volunteers of America has therapeutic recreation programs for seniors in Montrose and Delta counties. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Anne Johnson, a therapeutic specialist, who oversees the program. 

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NEWS
8:02 am
Fri February 27, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

  Newscast

  • Gov Hickenlooper makes plans to combat pill abuse
  • Politicians react to Oil and Gas Task Force findings
  • DMEA / Tri State negotiations break down, petition to federal agency continues
  • Therapeutic Specialist Discusses Recreation Program For Western Slope Seniors
KVNF MUSIC
9:58 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Melodians at the Paradise Theater, March 14th

KVNF Community Radio presents a Roots Reggae and Rocksteady Revival featuring the incredible Melodians at the Paradise Theater in Paonia on Saturday, March 14th, at 8 PM.  The Melodians are one of Jamaica's greatest Rocksteady groups, cutting a series of classic singles during the late '60s and early '70s that included the internationally famed "Rivers of Babylon" and "Sweet Sensation."

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AS THE WORM TURNS
2:26 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

As the Worm Turns airs on Tuesday nights at 6:30 on KVNF.
Credit flickr/sterlingcollege

Host Jill Spears is joined by gardener Wind Clearwater.

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NEWS
11:52 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Paonia Wins Big At Wrestling State Championships

Four time state champion Jesse Reed during a match.
Image by Tamie Meck

The Colorado High School State Wrestling Tournament finished up over the weekend.  Once again Paonia was well represented at the top. 

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NEWS
8:13 am
Thu February 26, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

  Newscast

  • Paonia High School wins several titles in state wrestling championship
  • State foresters report challenges fighting beetle kill in the wilderness
  • A look at the skier killed in Aspen, and dangers of avalanches in Colorado
NEWS
2:37 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Hinsdale, Mineral Counties Hit Roadblock In Public Health Merger

Credit Colorado Division of Insurance

Hinsdale County and Mineral County are pretty similar.  They’re right next to each other, have comparable populations, and if their county commissioners work things out, might have the same public health district.

Susan Thompson is the chair of the Hinsdale Board of County Commissioners. 

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COMMUNITY
8:18 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Local Motion: V-Day

The Blue Sage in Paonia presented a new play by Eve Ensler in February called “A Memory, A Rant, A Monologue and A Prayer” –   a collection of short stories and poems about women and men who struggle with violence.   The directors of the play, Amber McDaniel and Sunshine Knight talk about the issues explored in the play.

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NEWS
8:05 am
Wed February 25, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

  Newscast

  • Oil and gas task force held last meeting
  • Two skiers died on Monday
  • Public health district merger for Hinsdale, Mineral Counties on hold
  • Cane program has veterans thanking other vets
NEWS
5:22 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

With Gratitude Veterans Craft Canes For Fellow Vets

Vietnam veteran Gary Gratton carves an eagle head.
Laura Palmisano

Throughout history, the eagle has symbolized strength and courage.

It’s been called “the king of the skies” and in mythology it was often a messenger for the gods.

And now the eagle is also becoming a symbol of gratitude.

Military veterans on the Western Slope are handcrafting canes decorated with the head of an eagle for fellow veterans. 

Gary Gratton leans over a lathe. He’s sanding a piece of basswood shaped like an eagle’s head.

Gratton retired from the Marines as an officer. He spent some of his career fighting in Vietnam.

"I’ve spent 27 years serving my country," he says. "Now I want to serve my community." 

Gratton volunteers at the Warrior Resource Center in Montrose.

There he helps coordinate the Eagle Head Cane Program.  

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NEWS
8:02 am
Tue February 24, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

  Newscast

  • Teen pregnancy prevention bill makes it to Senate
  • DMEA finds work around in dealing with Tri State
  • Bill up for vote over water conservation education
  • Two men die in storage container fire in Grand Junction
  • Capital Conversation about oil and gas task force
NEWS
6:02 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention Bill Advances At State Capitol

HB 1079 seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program.
Credit flickr/isnow

A Colorado bill aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and keeping kids in school cleared the state House last week. 

The bill seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program. 

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MUSIC
3:34 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Talkin Music: Zach Deputy

Zach Deputy, Paonia, February 2015
Credit Lea Petmezas

Looper and multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy speaks with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot about his hard-to-classify sound,  his early experiences as a musician and how he started looping. 

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NEWS
8:06 am
Mon February 23, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

  Newscast

  • Arrest made in NAACP bombing case
  • Bill to compensate mineral owners progresses
  • Telluride begs for snow
  • Discussion with Senator Donovan
  • National Heart Month brings attention to heart disease
HEALTH
6:00 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Health Officials Want You To Give Your Heart Some Love

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says heart disease kills more than 600,000 Americans each year.
Credit flickr/proudlove

It's common to see candy and paper hearts in February, but medical professionals also want you to think about your own heart this month. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Mark Leach the director of cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation at Delta County Memorial Hospital. In recognition of National Heart Month, they discuss heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the United States. 

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AS THE WORM TURNS
3:35 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Host Jill Spears chats with gardener Wind Clearwater about the early spring, and what to expect from area gardens this season.

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