Ali Lightfoot

Program Director

Ali Lightfoot began her career in television production where she hired cast and crew, managed budgets and assisted in all aspects of production and post-production on a wide variety of projects. She has worked in a more creative capacity as well: acting, directing and writing for TV, film and radio.

Ali became KVNF's program director in 2009.  She produces and develops programming for KVNF as well as training and scheduling more than 70 volunteer DJs.   Ali produces radio documentaries and directs the youth reporting project "Pass the Mic," where young reporters (ages 8-12) create film and radio documentaries about their community.  

Email: ali (at) kvnf.org

Debra Prinzing

Presenters at this year's Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum speak with Ali Lightfoot .  Drew Smith of the Rodale Institute talks about a food trial comparing the nutritional value of organic and conventionally grown vegetables.   Maureen West of the Colorado Department of Agriculture discusses the state's hemp industry.  Kate Greenberg of the National Young Farmer's Coalition talks about resources for beginning farmers.  

Merchant Herald

Host Felix Belmont bids farewell to district 2 commissioner, Bruce Hovde.   They talk about Hovde's accomplishments during the past 8 years and his hopes for the future of Delta County.

Ethan Miller/ Getty Images

Obama’s environmental and conservation record reflects an inclination toward the center in the West: He designated over two dozen national monuments, more than any other president. He oversaw surges in oil and gas production, but embraced clean energy and tackled greenhouse gas emissions. Obama may be remembered as the first leader to seriously address climate change, perhaps the foremost environmental issue of our times. And that has drawn deep opposition from the fossil fuel industry along the way.

Colorado raised songwriter  Moriah Woods talks with Ali Lightfoot about living in Poland, what inspires her sound and her new album "The Road to Some Strange Forest."

2016 saw the end of one economic driver in Delta, coal mines, and the beginning of another, broadband. As 2017 begins, Delta looks to the future.  KVNF's Eric Goold speaks to Delta’s new police chief, Delta’s city manager, a board member for DMEA, a longtime Delta County public servant and an economic forecaster about their hopes for the future.

Locals who went to Standing Rock share their stories about how the movement is organized,  what the goals are and what can be done now to support and organize similar movements locally and beyond. 

Talkin Music: Flobots

Dec 16, 2016
Flobots

For the last few years, the Denver Hip Hop group Flobots have been touring the U.S. leading workshops focused on  music and its role in revolution.  Their new record exploring this theme, titled "No Enemies"  will be released in early 2017.  Ali Lightfoot had a chance to sit down with Brer Rabbit and Johnny 5 before their show at the Paradise Theater to discuss this project and get their take on Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter and how to start a revolution around the dinner table.

Delta County Independent

A new program called "A Little Help" was launched in the North Fork Valley this summer. Elder members of the community are connected with their neighbors who provide a little help with work around the house and yard, transportation, caregiver respite and social engagement.   Here, local volunteers and members talk about the organization.

Ali Lightfoot

This North Fork band brings you all original songs combining Americana, Country, Blues, Jazz and Island influences.   They stopped by the KVNF studios to chat and share some music.  

Ali Lightfoot

Board members and residents of Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter in Delta talk about the organization.   Abraham Connection provides emergency overnight shelter,  winter housing and meals to homeless families and individuals in Delta County.

High Country News

In this brief special episode of West Obsessed, Managing Editor Brian Calvert speaks with investigative reporter and HCN Associate Editor Tay Wiles about the situation on the ground at Standing Rock.

As the U.S. transitions from a labor- to a knowledge-based economy, rural communities face a huge challenge. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss how rural schools will be at the forefront of that challenge. 

Desdemona Dallas

The duo Handmade Moments mix modern folk, beat-boxing, a multitude of instruments and political commentary to make for one the best shows you can catch when they tour through Colorado.  Joel and Anna stopped by the KVNF studios to play some new music and talk with Ali Lightfoot about Standing Rock,  President Trump and the towns they'll keep going back to.

Telluride Blues and Brews

A tribute to the late great soul singer Sharon Jones including her music and an interview with Ali Lightfoot conducted in September of 2015.  Here Sharon discusses how performing helped her heal after her first cancer diagnosis,  how Amy Winehouse stole her act,  and how the inmates at Rikers Island encouraged her to pursue a career in music.

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency took a lot of people by surprise. And given the nature of the election, it's hard to tell what a Trump administration will actually look like. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss some of the ramifications of a Trump presidency, from coal and other extractives to public land management and climate change.

KVNF's Felix Belmont and Commissioner Bruce Hovde discuss the BLM's Draft Resource Management Plan and recap Hovde's 8 years as district 2 commissioner for the county.

KVNF's Christi Gubser speaks with the LA based Americana Soul duo, Freddy and Francine,  featuring Bianca Caruso and Lee Ferris.   She caught up with the couple back stage at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.

Con Brio front man Ziek McCarter speaks with KVNF's Amber McDaniel at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.

Luther Dickinson  is the lead guitarist and vocalist for the North Mississippi Allstars and for a time among the many lead guitarists for The Black Crowes.    He performed at Telluride Blues and Brews with his band - North Mississippi Osborne,  his collaboration with musician Anders Osborne.

KVNF's Felix Belmont and Commissioner Doug Atchley discuss how the county maintains its debt- free status and look into a new program that finances energy improvements called "C-Pace."

High Country News

In southern Utah, a coalition of tribes is pushing for nearly 2 million acres of land to be designated a national monument. That's raising huge questions about homelands, public land management, and Western history. In this episode of West Obsessed, the editors and writers of High Country News discuss the complexities of the Bears Ears national monument proposal.

Toby King and Robin Nicholoff of the local band, Take Five share some music and stories with Ali Lightfoot.

Ali Lightfoot

The North Fork Storytellers gathered at the Wisehart Springs Inn this September to tell true stories about "falling down."

BLM Uncompahgre Field Office

Locals share their thoughts on the BLM's Draft Resource Management Plan.   The BLM is seeking public comment on the plan until November 1st.

Ali Lightfoot

The "Adorable Deplorables" were out in full force  when Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump held a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport. Supporters lined up around the West Star Aviation hangar several hours before Trump arrived.  An estimated 3,000 very vocal supporters welcomed the candidate to Grand Junction.  KVNF's Eric Goold and Ali Lightfoot attended and spoke with Trump supporters and protestors.

Rock musician Israel Nash speaks with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot backstage at the 2016 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.  They discuss the importance of radio, touring and making music that requires introspection. 

KVNF's Cynthia Hines speaks with the American humanities scholar, author and host of the Thomas Jefferson Hour, Clay Jenkinson.     Jenkinson will be portraying Theodore Roosevelt at the Montrose Pavilion on Saturday October 15th.   The event and fundraiser celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service.

The League of Women Voters hosted the Delta County Candidate Forum on Tuesday October 11th  at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.    The forum was conducted  in a Town Hall format taking questions from the audience.   Delta County Commissioner candidates,   and District 61 candidates participated.   District 61 candidates are Bob Schutt, Republican; and Millie Hamner, Democrat. County commissioner candidates are Don Suppes (R), Travis Mills (D) and Mark Eckhart (Independent) in District 2, and Jere Lowe (D) and Mark Roeber (R) in District 3.

KVNF DJ Christie Gubser speaks with David Wax and Suz Slezak of the  band The David Wax Museum.  Christie caught up with them at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado. 

High Country News

Donald Trump’s unlikely run for the presidency has upset America's political apple cart. Trump’s ridicule of Republican Party leaders, his calls for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and for a ban on Muslim immigration, and the vitriol and violence evident at his rallies raise major questions about our nation and our democracy. But how are they playing out in the West? In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss Trump's run for president and the impact its having in the region.

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