The dZi Foundation is a Ridgway-based non-profit helping Nepal's most remote communities recover from the devastating earthquakes. Jim Nowak, dZi president and co-founder, joined KVNF's Ali Lightfoot to talk about the situation in Nepal and current rebuilding efforts.
Last weekend saw the Western Colorado Climate Challenge in Paonia. It was a conference focused on the impacts of climate change on the Western Slope, and what could be done to address them. This event was a little different than others like it. This is Rob Menzies, one of the facilitators.
Spring is in full effect, and for quite a while birds have been migrating through the area. One listener, Marylin Stone, commented on the iSeeChange website that she noticed, for the first time this year a Bullock's oriole and a hummingbird, she wasn’t positive which species. I brought this observation to Jeff Birek, a biologist with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.
The state collects severance taxes from companies that extract nonrenewable resources in Colorado. Some of this money goes to communities in the form of large grants. Most of these grants go to communities to help build fire stations, upgrade water systems, restore historic sites, and aid with other infrastructure or economic development projects. The program is also providing funds for a shooting range on the Western Slope.
KVNF's Laura Palmisano traveled to the Grand Valley to learn more about the project.
Roger Granat is the 73-year-old mayor of Palisade. He grew up there. And as a boy, he would often visit the neighboring community of Cameo.
"The general store and the post office sat over here on our right," Granat said on a recent visit to the old town site.
Severance taxes are a vital source of funding for communities across Colorado. This tax applies to revenue the state collects from mining and energy extraction. Half of these funds go directly to communities affected by those activities. The other half goes towards grants for infrastructure and economic development.
KVNF’s Laura Palmisano looks at severance tax projects on the Western Slope.
"We have just under a million gallons of hot, natural spring water that flows into the pool," said Patrick Rondinelli, the city administrator of Ouray, while visiting the city's hot springs pool.
"There’s always been ponds in the early years that were in this location and then finally in the late 1920’s a formal swimming pool was built on this very site," he said. "And, it’s been maintained in that condition in some variation. There’s been some changes made to it but basically in this same very site all these years."
Rondinelli said Ouray closes the pool in the spring for about a week to clean it and do basic repairs. The site attracts about 135,000 visitors a year and is a major tourism draw for the small mountain community.
This episode of Local Motion is a reporter's notebook from Atlanta. KVNF's Laura Palmisano traveled there last month for fellowship training. She is one of 15 journalists from across the U.S. selected by the Institute for Justice & Journalism (IJJ) for its 2015 fellowship on immigrant families.
In Atlanta, the fellows attended workshops and presentations put on by immigration experts, reporters and advocacy organizations. Palmisano brought her recording gear to interview presenters and other journalists.
Many states require students be taught financial literacy. However, Colorado is one of the few that also tests on it. To help students learn, some schools are bringing outside experts into the classroom.
Six teams of students are playing a quiz game similar to Jeopardy. The purpose of the game is to gauge the financial literacy of sixth-graders who just completed a weeklong course on the topic.
"I wish that somebody had taught me this when I was this age,"Autumn Lettau with NuVista Federal Credit Union says.
Western Colorado AIDS Project (WESTCAP) provides services to HIV positive clients and at-risk individuals in 22 counties on the Western Slope. Jeff Basinger and CJ Tobe of WESTCAP share information about new treatments for those who are HIV+ and talk about resources for the LGBT community in Western Colorado.
A lively discussion about seed saving. Host Jill Spears is joined by regular guests Lance Swigart and Lulu Volkhausen, along with special guests Pat Frazier and Sara Pope. Pat is a biodynamic gardening expert, and Sara is in charge of the seed library at Hotchkiss Public Library.