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NEWS
8:06 am
Wed April 8, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  Newscast

  • Colorado’s teen pregnancy rates improve
  • Montrose Winter Guard wins state championship
  • High Country News will host a mega-drought discussion at KVNF
  • Capitol Conversation discusses budget battle at state capitol
NEWS
8:08 am
Tue April 7, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

  Newscast

  • Roadless Rule gets second look
  • Wildfire near Delta over weekend
  • Proposed lease swap for Thompson Divide
  • Fundraising project hopes to build facilities for Paonia Highschool
  • House takes up budget
NEWS
2:15 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Beverage Producers, Farmers Hope To See Agritourism Grow In Delta County

An array of beverages produced in Colorado's Delta County.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

In 2013, tourists spent more than $17 billion dollars in Colorado. And, agritourism is one industry that’s drawing visitors to the state.

In Paonia last Wednesday, local beverage producers and farmers discussed what they could do to increase agritouirsm in Delta County. 

About 30 people are at the Hive Paonia. There are vineyard owners, cider producers and farmers.

They are discussing challenges they face when it comes to attracting visits to the area. 

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NEWS
8:03 am
Mon April 6, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, April 6, 2015

  Newscast

  • Lake City sends notices of drinking water violations
  • Telluride scales back pan handling ordinance
  • Hickenlooper signs bills into law
  • Public input over water plan questionable
  • Owner of storage unit unaware that the men who died were living there
NEWS
7:55 am
Fri April 3, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, April 3, 2015

  Newscast

  • Governments in San Miguel County grapple with housing prices
  • Gov. Hickenlooper works to prevent Sage Grouse listing
  • Small businesses seek collaboration to heighten their profile
  • Presentation about how to ‘get by’ in Paonia
  • Patient in Colorado tests negative for Ebola
  • State Senate passes budget along party lines
  • Head of the VA visits Colorado
NEWS
12:34 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Paonia Unearths More Budget Misspending

Credit KVNF

More and more issues with the town of Paonia’s bookkeeping have been revealed. 

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NEWS
11:56 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Bill Calls For Study Of Colorado's Bears

Credit U.S. Forest Service

A bill that calls for the state to study black bears advanced at the capitol Wednesday.  

H.B. 1304 instructs Colorado Parks and Wildlife to study the management of black bears in the state. They are they only known species of bear still found in Colorado. 

Republican Representative Yeulin Willett of Grand Junction is co-sponsoring the measure.

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NEWS
8:12 am
Thu April 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 2, 2015

  Newscast

  • More staff issues for the town of Paonia
  • Bill looks to get a handle on Colorado's bear problems
  • Ditches and canals begin to flow
  • State Senate debates the budget as TABOR makes things complicated
AS THE WORM TURNS
7:33 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

As the Worm Turns airs Tuesday nights at six on KVNF.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Our regular host Jill Spears caught a bug, so news host Patricia Naft filled in, with gardening guru Lance Swigart. More spring chores, & signs that the season is generally arriving weeks early this year.  

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NEWS
1:49 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

State Awards Millions Of Dollars For Local Municipal Projects

The town of De Beque received $2 million from DOLA to help build a new fire station.
Credit De Beque Fire Protection District

More than $34 million in grants from the state will go to local communities for public improvement projects.

Forty communities across the state received grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). 

Hotchkiss got $1.1 million to upgrade the town’s sewer system. De Beque received $2 million to help build a new fire station. The state awarded Mesa County $1 million for road and structure improvements. 

The Montrose Recreation District got $1.9 million to expand its community recreation center. And, Cedaredge received nearly $2 million. 

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LOCAL MOTION
12:59 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Local Motion: Autism Awareness

Sanni Ceto, a Paonia-based artist with autism, poses with her artwork on display at the Blue Sage Gallery through April 4, 2015.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

April is National Autism Awareness Month. In observation of this, KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed Temple Grandin, a well-known advocate for people with autism and a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, Sanni Ceto, a Paonia-based artist who has autism, and Dr. Jim Ball, the executive chair of the Autism Society’s Board of Directors and a behavior analyst who works autistic people.

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NEWS
8:02 am
Wed April 1, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  Newscast

  • Palisade police chief removed from post
  • Two bills in capital targeted minimum wage, one advances to Senate
  • Millions of dollars awarded for local municipal projects
  • iSeeChange story: will winter wildfires predict nasty summer?
  • Lawmakers look to see if tax breaks are working
NEWS
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

iSeeChange: Frogs In February?

Western Chorus Frog
Credit Dr. Michael Benard

Spring has officially started, but on the Western Slope of Colorado, people have been noticing signs of warm weather for a while.  iSeeChange.org has seen a lot of postings about early arrivals in the natural world.  Andrea Lecos, for example, noticed a spring time sound in the beginning of February.

Photograph and Western Chorus Frog sound courtesy of Dr. Michael Benard.

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COMMUNITY
11:06 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Local Motion: KVNF Volunteer DJs

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Many of are listeners aren't aware that what makes us special as a community radio station is our DJs.  All of the DJs you hear, playing the music that you love and that keeps you going through the day, they're all volunteers.  They come in when they can, they schedule their lives around our music shows, they are the roots of our programming.  Without them, this wouldn't be KVNF.
 

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NEWS
8:09 am
Tue March 31, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

  Newscast

  • Severance tax eyed to balance state budget
  • DMEA and Tri State continue arguments over local renewable energy
  • Area art show showcases artists with disabilities
  • Capital Conversation – standardized testing

ARTS
6:00 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Paonia Art Show Highlights Ability

Rhoda Yago poses with her artwork on display at the Blue Sage Gallery in Paonia.
Laura Palmisano KVNF

A new art show in Paonia seeks to challenge the way people think about individuals with disabilities. 


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NEWS
1:10 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Colorado National Parks Grapple With Lack Of Funding For Repairs

According to a federal report, The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park needs $5.5 million for maintenance and repair projects.
Credit NPS

A new report estimates national parks need $11.5 billion to address maintenance and repair projects. The National Park Service report finds Colorado parks alone could use more than $200 million dollars.

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks to Sandra Snell-Dobert, a spokesperson for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area. 

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NEWS
8:09 am
Mon March 30, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, March 30, 2015

  Newscast

  • Lawsuit filed over decision not to list wildflowers
  • Lawmakers move to repeal background checks for firearms
  • Colorado parks grapple with lack of funding for repairs
  • An iSeeChange story – frogs have been spotted unusually early, are they in danger?
NEWS
8:12 am
Fri March 27, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, March 27, 2015

Newscast

  • Bullying addressed in schools through Shakespeare
  • Police reforms making their way through Colorado congress
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife wrapping up comment period
  • Large marijuana trafficking operation shut down in Denver

WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Western Slope Skies - Lunar Eclipse at Dawn

If you rise early on Saturday, April 4 you will be treated to an unusual event:  the third of four total lunar eclipses occurring within a period of just two years.  This has been called a lunar eclipse tetrad. 

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ARTS
5:59 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Using Shakespeare To Combat Bullying In Colorado Schools

Actors Sarah Adler, left, Ben Griffin, center, and Bethany Talley perform "Twelfth Night" at Paonia Elementary School.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Bullying is still an ongoing issue and telling kids to be nice to each other isn't always enough. That's why educators are getting creative.

In Colorado, some schools are using Shakespeare to get kids talking about violence and bullying and what they can do to prevent. 

More than 120 students are sitting on the gymnasium floor of Paonia Elementary. 

These third through sixth graders are here to see a play. 

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MUSIC
1:19 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

KVNF Field Sessions: Zach Deputy

Zach Deputy gets ready for his performance for KVNF Field Sessions
Credit Lea Petmezas

One of the pre-eminent practitioners of 'live-looping', Zach Deputy’s one-man show weaves a tapestry of instrumentation and voices in an ever-evolving, improvised arrangement that is ultimately based on a composition but allowed to breathe with the audience.

Zach Deputy’s show transforms clubs and open fields alike into sweaty dance parties for fans of R&B, soul, jam, Caribbean music and electronica.

Zach performed at Avalanche Dairy outside Paonia, Colorado for an adoring audience of goats.

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NEWS
8:11 am
Thu March 26, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, March 26, 2014

  Newscast

  • Investigation develops in case of Kelly Meyers
  • Telluride receives letter from ACLU over ordinance
  • Missing man from Fruita found dead in Utah
  • Storms bring some moisture, not much more expected
  • School testing bill in limbo in Denver
NEWS
11:13 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Program Trains Soldiers For Careers In Solar

LCpl. Aponte, front, and Sgt. McConnell move a solar module.
Credit Solar Energy International

The U.S. Department of Energy is piloting a program that trains military personnel for careers in the solar industry. The Reach for the Sun course is designed for people exiting the service and returning to civilian life. Paonia-based Solar Energy International is leading two of the three pilot programs including one at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks to Kathy Swartz, the executive director of SEI, an educational nonprofit, about the project.

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LOCAL MOTION
11:10 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Local Motion: Judy and Claudia

 Judy Livingston and Claudia King are best friends with deep roots in the North Fork Valley. They've lived in Paonia their whole lives and met in school over 70 years ago. As part of the Local Motion episode on community roots, Ali Lightfoot spoke to them about their lifelong friendship and how Paonia has changed over the years.

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LOCAL MOTION
10:54 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Local Motion: Carla and Floy

Carla and Floy met during apple pickin' season in the 1970's. They were both working at the same orchard and became good friends.   After that, they partnered up to run Wildwood Ranch on Stucker Mesa outside of Paonia.  As Carla says 'anyone who ever raised a chicken around here knows who they are'.  As part of the community roots episode of Local Motion, KVNF's Ali Lightfoot talked to Carla and Floy about their lasting friendship and life on the ranch. 

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AS THE WORM TURNS
10:46 am
Wed March 25, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Credit Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears & 'Gardening Guru' Lance Swigart discuss early spring gardening chores as spring seems to be arriving about 3 weeks early. They also encourage their listeners to call & pledge support to KVNF during the Spring Pledge Drive, which arrived right on schedule!

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LOCAL MOTION
10:40 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Local Motion: Delta County's Lake City Roots

This historical mural in downtown Paonia features Samuel Wade and Tony Bear. Wade is the founder of Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The North Fork Valley in Delta County opened to settlers in the early 1880's. The founders of Paonia, Hotchkiss and other communities in the area lived in Hinsdale County's Lake City before coming to the valley. As part of our Local Motion episode on community roots, KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed North Fork Valley historian and author Chuck Farmer to find out more about the area's connection to Lake City. Farmer co-authored the book "In the Footsteps of the Hotchkiss Brothers" with his wife Mary.

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NEWS
8:11 am
Wed March 25, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

  Newscast

  • DOLA money for Western Slope set to end soon
  • Program trains veterans in solar energy instillation
  • VA relaxes rule on ‘40 mile radius’
  • Capitol Conversation about the latest economic forecast
NEWS
10:39 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Eckert Crane Days Draws Birders, 'Craniacs'

In March and April thousands of greater sandhill cranes fly over Delta County in Colorado as part of their spring migration.
Carole Scott Photography

This past weekend was the 15th annual Eckert Crane Days event. People from across Colorado came to Delta County to witness the spring migration of the sandhill crane. 

It’s a clear morning at Fruitgrowers Reservoir in Eckert. There are about 30 people here waiting to see a flock of greater sandhill cranes take flight.

"We have it on 45 power so we so that we can bring the cranes in close," Susan Chandler-Reed with the Black Canyon Audubon Society says.

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