Jake Ryan


Jake Ryan is reporter and producer at KVNF. 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. 

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  • Expect delays on I-70 thru Glenwood Canyon on Wednesday
  • Fishing tournament at Ridgway Reservoir encourages smallmouth bass capture
  • CO oil and gas industry raises $6 million to fight ballot measures

Dave Noe

Knowledge of the land can help us plan a road or know where to plant an orchard, but the rocks also tell a story of this place - a story millions of years in the making.

KVNF / Jake Ryan

The Elk Creek Mine in Gunnison County was once one of Colorado’s most productive coal mines. Its coal silo stood tall for 50 years, but last Friday it was demolished. While just another step in the mine’s shutdown, its collapse was symbolic.

  • Montrose School District hires staff back weeks after layoffs
  • Republicans and Democrats announce plans to reintroduce primary system
  • A look at American Indian mascots in Colorado, Montrose

vote, flag, voting
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

If someone asked you when the next election was, you might think November, or maybe even the primary vote in June. Actually, the next election is in two weeks, on May 3. It’s for special districts.

  • Montrose County updates discrimination policy
  • 40 chickens stolen in unusual theft
  • Jobs report shows Colorado doing well, as Western Slope lags behind
  • Bernie Sanders wins Colorado, Hillary Clinton has super delegate support
  • U.S. to sign Paris agreement, good news for local green energy

  • City of Montrose uses last of federal funding for bypass project
  • Bill to ban “rolling coal” passed in the Colorado House of Representatives
  • Former miner visits Dutch Creek Mine on anniversary of tragedy

  • Paonia final ballots counted
  • Storm brings snow, cold to Western Slope
  • Conversation about the Democratic Party’s current state
  • Wind turbine technician becomes fastest growing job in nation

Local Motion: Ben Lehman

Apr 14, 2016
Ben Lehman / LehmanImages.com

For the Spring 2016 pledge drive, the production team decided to focus on local artists and the stories they tell with their medium.

So often, those stories are rooted in place. Art doesn’t come from a vacuum, and KVNF’s Jake Ryan talked to Paonia photographer Ben Lehman about how his work is shaped by the people and the nature of the North Fork Valley.

  •  Bears are waking up, posing seasonal threat
  • Lake City finishes construction on town Armory
  • Preventable traffic deaths climb in Colorado
  • Ted Cruz wins Colorado Republican caucus

  • Colorado snowpack is thinner in the south and west
  • Western Slope communities receive DOLA funding
  • San Miguel County sees a continued drop in energy use
  • Colorado considers regulating fantasy sports

  • Record number of candidates turn in signatures to reserve spot on primary ballot
  • Western Slope commercial marijuana grower under state pesticide investigation
  • Ridgway streets to be paved in 120 year first
  • Clean Power Plan caught in state budget fight
Sue Husch / iSeeChange

On this episode: Phenology, the timing of nature. We’ll talk about what’s going on right here in the North Fork and worldwide, answering some of the questions you brought us here at the station and at iseechange.org.

Lenco Armor

The Lenco BearCat is covered in armored steel a half-inch thick. It has bulletproof glass, gun ports and can carry 10 people in the back. It also cost Montrose County more than a quarter of a million dollars.

The Satanic Temple

Starting April 1, Delta County School District plans to offer literature from atheist and Satanic organizations.


A recent federal report looks at changes in how the United States generates its electricity. It shows a significant drop in the amount of power coming from coal. 

Amber Kleinman / iSeeChange

Temperatures across the Western Slope have been pleasant for the past month or so.  At iseechange.org, we’ve seen a few postings noticing the spring-like weather, and some concerns.

Amber Kleinman / iSeeChange

The skies have cleared up over the Western Slope lately, but a lot of snow fell on Colorado. That's good news for water supplies, but that might change, depending on how the desert storms hit in the spring. 

Colorado Department of Transportation

After a large rock slide, state officials expect the closure of I-70 to continue until at least Saturday. The rock slide occurred in Glenwood Canyon early Monday morning, and then again Monday evening. Since then, the highway’s been closed.  Inclement weather is delaying efforts to remove dangerous conditions.

Local Motion: TEDx Paonia

Jan 27, 2016

This week, KVNF's Jake Ryan sat down with Alex Johnson and Joanna Calabrese to talk about the upcoming TEDx event in Paonia.  16 speakers will give talks on a range of topics, each with a connection to the North Fork area.  It's the first of it's kind on the Western Slope.

  • West Elk Mine owner files for bankruptcy 
  • Economist discusses Arch’s outlook and bankruptcy
  • U.S. coal consumption in decline
  • Montrose dispatch center is delayed for months
  • Driver crashed into Grand Junction emergency room
Jake Ryan / KVNF

It’s snowed heavily so far this year, and cross country skiers, backcountry explorers and snowshoers are happy.  Skiers and adventurers of all types are hitting the snow, and while fun, it can also be dangerous.

internet, broadband
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Delta Montrose Electrical Association made a big decision this week about its plans for fiber optic internet.

DMEA's board of directors voted Tuesday night to get into the internet business. The electrical co-op has been considering high-speed, fiber optic internet for a while, but now they are officially going for it.

Paonia Town Hall

Last week, the town of Paonia’s board of trustees approved a budget for 2016.  The board approved increases in the water rates, personnel cuts, and planned for a major overhaul of the town’s water mains.  To discuss this further, KVNF’s Jake Ryan sat down with town manager Jane Berry and trustees and finance committee members Ross King and Charles Stewart.

Representatives from federal agencies were in Paonia earlier this week.  They held an open house to discuss the Roadless Rule, a defining policy that prevents development in wilderness across the state, except certain areas.  Areas like the North Fork.

Amber Kleinman / iSeeChange

Harvest is done on the Western Slope.  All the cherries, peaches,  apples, and pears have been picked and sold, and now frost and snow is settled in.  Over at iseechange.org, several people were keeping track of the long growing season and the turn to winter.  

Coal In Decline

Nov 11, 2015

A conversation with Elizabeth Shogren of High Country News about bankruptcy and mine closures. 

Paonia Town Hall

After years and years of embezzlement, a criminal case, and prison time, the town’s dealings with Kirstin Chesnik are coming to a conclusion.  On Tuesday night, the town accepted the terms of a civil settlement with Chesnik.

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It’s been a weird year for weather in Colorado. With a winter so warm and dry that trees bloomed in January, hay farmers started having flashbacks to the drought of 2012. But by spring, rains did come to Colorado, and the wet weather has been good news - for some.

As part of a special iSeeChange collaboration with  KDNK in Carbondale, and KSJD in Cortez, Amy Hadden Marsh and KVNF's Jake Ryan started looking at how the hay markets fared this year.