Ariana Brocious

Ari was the KVNF News Director from 2010-2013, and was the force behind creating the high quality News Department we have today. She is a radio & print journalist interested in energy, water, land, agriculture, food and culture, and is now the Morning Edition Host/Reporter for NET Radio in Nebraska.

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Uranium Mill
10:46 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Pinon Ridge Mill Decision Goes Back to State

Paradox Valley
Credit Nathan Rice

A hearing officer is making no recommendation about whether to approve or deny a license for the Pinyon Ridge uranium mill in western Montrose County. Instead, he's leaving the decision to state regulators. Retired judge Richard Dana submitted his six-page ruling to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment yesterday. From KOTO in Telluride, Stephen Barrett reports.

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NEWS
3:35 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Local Newscast: Thursday, December 20th, 2012

Headlines:

  • USA Pro-cycling race picks host cities for 2013
  • A look ahead at water issues in legislative session
  • Naturita uranium mill looks to expand
  • Moment of Silence Friday for Sandy Hook victims
  • San Miguel County cuts budget funding to non-profits
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Ranching
9:53 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Ranchers Struggle with Drought

Crawford rancher Dick Hansen drives through the property where he pastures his herd. This year's drought meant that his hay crop was only half of what it normally is.

Business is booming at cattle sales yards throughout Colorado – but that’s not so good for ranchers. Last year's dry winter combined with an ongoing drought are forcing many ranchers to sell more than they like.


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NEWS
10:24 am
Thu November 22, 2012

North Fork Oil and Gas Leasing Returns

Mount Lamborn and Landsend.

Once again, the North Fork Valley is back on the table for oil and gas development. Despite months of widespread opposition from the community, on Friday, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it plans to offer about 21,000 acres for sale near Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford in February. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports on the new proposal.


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NEWS
10:04 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Local Newscast: Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Headlines:

  • Oxbow and Aspen SkiCo team up to create green energy
  • Anti-civil unions state legislators voted out
  • Telluride’s medical marijuana dispensaries prepare for Amendment 64
  • Colorado National Monument starts public input process
  • Small business may qualify for state tax credit
Energy
9:39 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Coal Mine Converts Waste Methane into Electricity

Tom Vessels at the Elk Creek Mine.
Credit Brendon Bosworth

The North Fork Valley is now home to a new form of "green" electricity. On Friday, Oxbow’s Elk Creek mine officially launched a 3 megawatt project generating electricity from methane gas. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that the project is the culmination of years of work from an unlikely alliance: involving the mine, a gas company, electric co-ops and the uber environmentally-conscious Aspen Skiing Company.


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POLITICS
9:32 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Votes Differ Across Western Slope

Colorado once again backed Barack Obama in this year’s election, part of his swing state sweep in his successful bid for re-election. Statewide, Coloradans also approved all three ballot measures, including a controversial one legalizing recreational marijuana. But voters on the Western Slope don’t all agree. Ariana Brocious took a closer look at some of the election results in the KVNF listening area, and reports that opinions vary.


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Delta County Hen Houses
11:24 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Hen House Lawsuit Settled, For Now

The case between Delta county and opponents of two laying hen operations in the county is finally settled, for now. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious has more.


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Election 2012
9:59 am
Wed November 7, 2012

KVNF Local Election Results

On the Western Slope, Republican incumbent Scott Tipton kept his seat with 54 percent of the vote, with Democrat Sal Pace coming up close with 41% of the vote.

Here are the results for the Colorado state house races in our area:

In District 61, Democratic incumbent Millie Hamner kept her seat in a very tight race, getting just 50% of the vote over Republican Debra Irvine, Independent Kathleen Curry, and Libertarian Ellen Temby and American Constitutionalist Robert Petrowsky.

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Infrastructure
1:39 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

EAGLE-Net Brings Broadband Access to Colorado

Improved access to broadband internet is starting to become a reality for Colorado, even the rural Western Slope. The EAGLE‑Net Alliance was given a grant in September 2010 to build the EAGLE‑Net a broadband network around the state. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke to EAGLE-Net Alliance Regional Representative Patrick Swonger about the project and it’s regional impacts.

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Energy
10:59 am
Tue October 30, 2012

"War On Coal:" Behind the Rhetoric

Credit Ali Lightfoot

This election season, some political opinions are being boldly expressed around the North Fork Valley. Yard signs read: “STOP THE WAR ON COAL—FIRE OBAMA.” Area coal miners demonstrated the same message on a rainy afternoon a few weeks ago. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious took a look at the economic realities behind the “war on coal” rhetoric.

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Election 2012
1:34 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Pace, Tipton, Casida DEBATE

In this debate, we hear from three candidates for Colorado's Third Congressional District: Republican incumbent Scott Tipton, Democratic challenger Sal Pace, and Independent challenger Tisha Casida.


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Hunting
10:53 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Rifle Hunting Season Preview

  Hunting season is upon us, and the Western Slope is now playing host to thousands of local and out-of-state hunters intent on bagging a deer, elk or other game. The first rifle season starts Saturday. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious talked with Colorado Parks and Wildlife district wildlife manager Kirk Madriaga about what the big game season looks like on the Western Slope.

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NEWS
9:55 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Commissioners Uphold Hen House Decision

Yesterday, the Delta County Commissioners upheld their earlier decision approving specific development applications for two laying hen operations. The decision review was required by a district court ruling in July. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that while the commissioners have now complied with the court ruling, the story isn’t over yet.


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Election 2012
9:36 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Paul Ryan Campaigns Across Western Slope

Joe Hanel/Durango Herald

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan spoke at events across Colorado’s third Congressional District yesterday [Monday].  He campaigned near Pueblo, Durango, and Grand Junction. Reporter Elise Thatcher was at the Durango stop and filed this story.

More than fourteen hundred people gathered in a gymnasium at Fort Lewis College. And they cheered loudly when Ryan argued for cutting the federal deficit, boosting energy development and supporting small businesses. The candidate also talked about his own connection with Colorado.

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Town of Paonia
7:48 pm
Sun October 21, 2012

Paonia Loses $400,000 to Employee Fraud

The town of Paonia lost more to employee fraud than first reported.

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Delta County
4:05 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Delta County Shelter Seeks To Expand

In the two years that it’s been open, Delta County’s Homeless Shelter, the Abraham Connection, has seen local use increase dramatically. The shelter provides emergency, overnight winter housing to homeless families, women and men in Delta County from November 1st through April 30th. The increased need is driving the shelter board and volunteers to purchase their own building in hopes of expanding the services they offer the community.


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Election 2012
2:43 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Interview with Congressional Candidate Sal Pace

Sal Pace is running for a seat in Congress in Colorado's Third Congressional District. He's currently a Democratic representative in the Colorado State House, based in Pueblo. KVNF's Ariana Brocious sat down with Pace on a recent tour through the district, to talk about his campaign platform and key issues.


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Bear Ranch
10:53 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Koch Accused of Holding Former Employee Captive

Credit Devon Meyers / Denver Post

  Bill Koch has made news lately for the construction of his own private Western village on his Bear Ranch property near Kebler pass. But this spring, Bear Ranch may also have played host to a private interrogation. A former employee of the energy magnate has filed a complaint against him, alleging that he was illegally held on Bear Ranch and unjustly fired. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious has more.  

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Election 2012
8:08 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Interview with State Representative Millie Hamner

State Representative Millie Hamner recently toured through the eastern part of Delta County. Hamner, who represents district 56, is now running for district 61.

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