Jake Ryan

News Producer

Jake Ryan is KVNF's news producer. He received his B.A. in Journalism from Western Illinois University.  After serving with Americorps and volunteering for a community radio station in Maryland, he graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.  His pieces have been aired on Delmarva Public Radio, Maine Public Broadcasting Network, and New Hampshire Public Radio.  He enjoys board games, trying new things, and flying kites. 


10:44 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Climber Rescued From Mt. Sneffels

National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk
Credit Ouray Mountain Rescue

A mountain climber was rescued from Mount Sneffels last weekend. 

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10:18 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Judge Revokes Arch Coal Lease

Credit NPS

A District Court Judge revoked a lease expansion granted to Arch Coal in 2012.  

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8:18 am
Fri September 12, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Sept. 12, 2014



  • Tire excavaction continues in Ouray County
  • Today is 20th anniversary of Americorps
  • Bente Birkland discusses recent political debates
11:04 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Fate of the Southwest Chief

Amtrak's Southwest Chief pulls into the Raton, NM station in May.
Credit Andrea Chalfin/KRCC

Every day, an Amtrak train runs through southern Colorado, connecting the area to major cities and towns across America. 

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1:04 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Local Motion: Mosquito Abatement

Credit Jake Ryan

The North Form Mosquito Abatement District is a small operation based out of Paonia that has to strike  a balance between keeping populations in check, while also trying to keep the citizens they’re protecting happy and safe.  It's a tricky tightrope that has been the source for debate for years.  KVNF's Jake Ryan talks to the employees about disease, fruit juice, dynamite, and more. 

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10:12 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Telluride Keeps Seeing Growth In Tourism

Credit Doug Anderson via Flickr (CC BY)

Tourism is doing well in Telluride.

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11:30 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Water Study Looks To Track Changes In The North Fork

Credit Jessica Reeder via Flickr (CC BY creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

There’s a new study that’ll be happening in the North Fork area.  The Western Slope Conservation Center and University of Colorado Boulder are teaming up to test water wells.

The collaboration is looking for drinking well owners who would like to participate in the tests.  The first round of testing is planned for September 20th and 21st. 

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5:33 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Abigayle Weitharn Found In Las Vegas

Abigayle Weitharn, the 14-year-old girl who went missing from Olathe this Monday, was found safe and is now with police in northern Las Vegas. 

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11:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Gov. Hickenlooper Talks Economy On Western Slope

Governor John Hickenlooper during a tour of DIP in Delta
Credit Jake Ryan

Over the weekend, Governor John Hickenlooper visited several businesses on the Western Slope.  In Delta County he toured business that received REDI grants.  The Rural Economic Development Initiative gives out grants to rural businesses that are looking to expand. 

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6:06 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Crested Butte Up For Whatever

The town of Crested Butte has been in national headlines this week.  The reason is that Bud Light wanted to take over, more or less, the downtown area and host a party for contest winners and film the whole thing for a commercial.  Thursday night, the town council unanimously approved the event.  

KVNF’s Jake Ryan talks with town council member Rolland Mason and business owner Kay Peterson.  They explain why this was so divisive. 

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