Alex Blumberg is a contributing editor for NPR's Planet Money. He is also a producer for the public radio program This American Life, and an adjunct professor of journalism at Columbia University. He has done radio documentaries on the U.S. Navy, people who do impersonations of their mothers and teenage Steve Forbes supporters. He won first place at the 2002 Third Coast International Audio Festival for his story "Yes, There is a Baby." His story on clinical medical ethicists won the 1999 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) award for best radio documentary.

Capitol Coverage
8:38 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Ski Resorts Won't Allow Marijuana Use

Governor John Hickenlooper still has roughly a month to certify the results of the November election. And when he does, it’ll be legal for Coloradans over 21 to smoke recreational marijuana. For the moment, most businesses are taking a wait and see approach. The state’s ski resorts are one industry that doesn't expect its policies to change any time soon. Bente  Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
8:26 am
Thu December 6, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, December 6, 2012

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Headlines:

  • Over 150 gather in Paonia for oil and gas leasing details
  • New pot law not going to change policy at ski resorts
  • Water managers hoping for lots of snow this winter
  • Norwood teenager sentenced in assault
  • Colorado Gives Day nets record donations to charities

iSeeChange
3:07 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

iSeeChange: Bumper Harvest

Jeff gets ready to take on a bumper pear harvest.
Julia Kumari Drapkin

Bark beetles flourish with dry warm weather, which makes 2012 the perfect year for them to take advantage of weakened pine trees. But this year's record setting warm dry weather made for a surprise bumper crop among fruit tree farmers in the North Fork Valley. For iSeeChange and KVNF, Julia Kumari Drapkin takes a look at what changes in this year's growing season boosted the bumper.

Produced by Julia Kumari Drapkin, the iSeeChange project at KVNF is part of Localore, a nationwide production of AIR designed to accelerate transformation and extend public service media to all Americans.   KVNF was selected as one of  only 10 Localore stations across the country—learn more at airmediaworks.org. Localore is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Interactive storytelling partner Zeega co-produced TheAlmanac.org with iSeeChange.


Capitol Coverage
10:01 am
Wed December 5, 2012

New State Senate President Previews Session

Democratic senator John Morse will take over as the next senate president in January. He previously served as the majority leader. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland sat down with him to talk about how he sees his new role and his hopes for the legislative session.

Hear the story.

Local Newscast
8:33 am
Wed December 5, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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Headlines:

  1. Tips coming in about missing boy
  2. New Senate leader looks to lead Colorado forward
  3. Montrose, Crawford ban the sale of marijuana
  4. Montrose Medical Mission closes; Olathe picks up patients
  5. Forest services conducting slash pile controlled burns
  6. Tree from Meeker goes to Washington DC

ARTS
2:17 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Local Motion: Harvest of Voices

The Harvest of Voices invites North Fork Valley writers to share an original piece of prose or poetry.   Here, North Fork writers:   Marion Stewart, Diane Sylvain and Stephanie Ogburn share their work.

Marion Stewart:

Diane Sylvain essay (read by Marty Durlin):

Stephanie Ogburn:

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Capitol Coverage
11:15 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Historic Number of LGBT Lawmakers Elected

During the November 6th election, Americans elected more gay and lesbian lawmakers than ever before. And in states like Wisconsin, Oregon and Colorado, gay and lesbian officials will hold some of the highest positions of power. Bente Birkeland takes a closer look at what’s driving the change.


Development
10:40 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Crawford Residents Oppose Gravel Pit

In two weeks, Crawford residents will know whether they’ll have a new 35-acre gravel pit in their community. The Delta County Commissioners took the issue under advisement after yesterday’s crowded and heated public hearing on the controversial proposal.


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Western Slope Skies
9:40 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Jupiter

This month marks an anniversary for Western Slope Skies. Our first broadcast was in November of 2011 and Jupiter was the topic. Once again this year, Jupiter will be the brightest object in the night sky. It rises in the east during evening twilight in late November.


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