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

Sophia Roberts

On Earth Day, thousands of scientists, students and advocates gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to call on the Trump administration to support science and evidence-based policy. Noted scientists including Bill Nye gave speeches in D.C. Satellite marches took place in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and Boise. But smaller marches and rallies also took place in places like Grants Pass, Oregon, and Silver City, New Mexico.

As the administration of President Donald Trump moves forward, the writers and editors of High Country News take a look at the Cabinet picks and policies that most affect the West.

Theo, Hannah,  Otus and Lena share the stories they produced during KVNF's Spring 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

Feather Groves

KVNF Youth Radio DJ Jackson Bookout speaks with musician Ayla Nereo about her childhood,  her music and how she feels about soccer.  

Singer songwriter Justin Evan Thompson is joined by Melanie Jean and Gabrielle Louise to play a few tunes and discuss his latest projects.

Wildfire season is getting longer and longer across the West, and fires are burning bigger and hotter than ever. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the newest fire research--and its dark link to the fire bombings of Germany in World War II.

KVNF's Eric Goold and Ali Lightfoot speak with the editors and publishers of three local newspapers.  Jay Seaton of the Daily Sentinel, Randy Sunderland of the Delta County Independent and Thomas Wills of the Merchant Herald discuss fake news, the first amendment and what's news-worthy in rural western Colorado.

The Scones-Kinder band dropped by the KVNF studios to share some music and talk about The Summer of Love, Up with People and their new video for the song "Dead End Street."

High Country News

In this episode of West Obsessed the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the landmark investigation that  unraveled a Washington timber-poaching gang.

Violinist Rachel Priday has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, National Symphony Orchestras and the Boston Pops.  Here, Rachel and pianist Susan Ellinger discuss their upcoming show Appalachian Spring, a program of violin and piano duos celebrating the beauty and burgeoning spirit of the season.  

In a typical issue of High Country News, they are primarily concerned with the facts and forces that shape the American West: the landscapes, water, people and wildlife that make this region unique. In the travel issue, however, they take a different tack. In this episode of West Obsessed, we imagine the region as though we were new to it, and in doing so, we see it with fresh eyes.

Elephant Revival's Bonnie Paine discusses the influences for the haunting and beautiful sound of their 2016 release  "Petals,"  and describes the highly collaborative and creative process making the video for the title track.  

Andy Dunnigan of the Bluegrass band The Lil' Smokies talks with Ali Lightfoot.

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High Country News Assistant Editor Paige Blankenbuehler spent the last year reporting on the drug epidemic in Craig, Colorado. In this episode of West Obsessed, she discusses her reporting and where Craig fits into the national drug addiction story.

We all know that nature is good for us. But how good? And why? In her new book, The Nature Fix, journalist and author Florence Williams sets out to learn what nature does to the brain. In this issue of West Obsessed, High Country News Managing Editor Brian Calvert discusses the book with the author, including a river trip she took with nine women veterans suffering from the trauma of war. 

Samantha Burroughs

Cowboy poet Topher Dalrymple backed by Devon Alves on guitar make up this illustrious duo.

Ali Lightfoot

Organizers and marchers in Grand Junction and Paonia speak with Ali Lightfoot about why they took part in the worldwide movement on January 21, 2017.

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.

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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.

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