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. 


11:52 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Paonia Wins Big At Wrestling State Championships

Four time state champion Jesse Reed during a match.
Image by Tamie Meck

The Colorado High School State Wrestling Tournament finished up over the weekend.  Once again Paonia was well represented at the top. 

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2:37 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Hinsdale, Mineral Counties Hit Roadblock In Public Health Merger

Credit Colorado Division of Insurance

Hinsdale County and Mineral County are pretty similar.  They’re right next to each other, have comparable populations, and if their county commissioners work things out, might have the same public health district.

Susan Thompson is the chair of the Hinsdale Board of County Commissioners. 

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6:15 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Local Motion: Regional News Roundup Feb. 2015

On this week's Local Motion, we’ll hear a roundup of some of the regional reporting that KVNF and partner stations have done.

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2:16 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Bill To Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault Clears House

This week a bill that would extend protections to victims of alleged sex offenses cleared the state house.  This is Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, the bill’s sponsor.

"A few years ago, I successfully carried legislation that protected victims of stalking," says Hamner, "that bill became known as Vonnie's Law.  This bill, HB 1060, extends the protections we were able to put in place for victims of stalking, to victims of sexual assault.

1:41 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Ice Fishing Seminar Reels In Enthusiasts, Beginners

Trout caught at Crawford State Park
Credit Jake Ryan / KVNF

Last weekend was the Winter Celebration at Crawford State Park.   It was a chance for the park to highlight the recreation available to winter enthusiasts.  One of the events was an ice fishing seminar and demonstration.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan was there.

The day started with a class led by Senior Ranger Scott Rist.

“Today we’re teaching people how to catch crappies through the ice, focusing on equipment, strategies, electronics, just everything that’s involved,” says Rist.

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11:51 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Sheriff Pushes For Detox In New Medical Facility

The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office is asking that a new detox facility be built into the planned medical facility in Mountain Village.

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10:23 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Arrests Made In Hays Drug Store Burglary

There’s been an arrest regarding the break-in late last month at Hays Drug Store in Paonia. 

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3:35 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

DMEA Explores Plans For Providing Internet

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

High speed internet is a priority for many businesses and individuals on the Western Slope.

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12:04 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Changes Proposed To Energy Royalty Payments

Credit NPS

The government may be changing the way they collect money from energy companies.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is maybe not as well known as the Bureau of Land Management or Fish and Wildlife Service, but the much smaller agency has a big job.  They’re responsible for collecting royalties on government land.  Patrick Etchart is a spokesperson with the ONRR.

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12:18 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Comment Period For Gunnison Drilling Extended

Credit Sarah Sauter/Conservation Center

The public comment period for the Bull Mountain Unit, a proposed development of 146 gas wells in Gunnison County just north of the Paonia Reservoir, has been extended.  The initial 45 day period has been doubled to 90, meaning the BLM is open to comment on their Environmental Impact Statement now until April 16th.  A public meeting about the EIS is scheduled for  Feb. 10 at the Paonia High School.

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9:45 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Police Investigating Break In At Paonia Pharmacy

There was a break in Thursday night at Hays Drug Store in downtown Paonia.
Laura Palmisano

There was a break in last week at Hays Drug Store in downtown Paonia. 

Police are still investigating, but it appears the burglars stole prescription medication.

Officials say they don't know what kinds of medications were taken yet because they're waiting for pharmacy staff to inventory. 

 According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado has one of the highest rates in the nation for prescriptive pain pill abuse.

2:14 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Both Sides Sue Over Gunnison Sage Grouse

Gunnison Sage Grouse
Credit Flick/shellgame

Last November, the federal government listed the Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  That doesn’t mean, though, that the fighting over this contentious bird is done.

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12:15 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Settlement Puts Drilling Project On Hold In Gunnison Natl. Forest

Treetops in the Gunnison National Forest
Credit Flickr user diwineanddine

Last Friday saw two big developments concerning oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley.

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12:06 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Gov. Hickenlooper's State of The State Address

Bellow is the full recording of the State of the State address given by Governor John Hickenlooper on January 15th. 

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5:57 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

BLM Releases Statement For Drilling Near Paonia

A photo of the proposed drilling area
Credit Jim Ramey / Citizens for a Healthy Community

Friday saw the release of a document that’s been a long time in the making.

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11:22 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Western Slope Food And Farm Forum Educates, Connects Farmers, Ranchers

A session at the Forum looking at the challenges of a grass-only beef regiment
Credit Jake Ryan

The third annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum happened last weekend in Montrose.

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11:42 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Telluride To Exceed Emissions Goal

According to a recent report, the town of Telluride is on track to hit their goal of reducing carbon emissions 20% by the year 2020.

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5:00 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Two Dead In Recent Avalanches

An avalanche at Elk Point in Utah
Credit NOAA

Within the past week, two people in Colorado have died in an avalanche, the most recent one just above Silverton.  Ethan Greene is the Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  They track avalanche dangers and investigate fatalities.  Listen below for an account of the accidents, and what to look out for.

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11:25 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Another Unpredictable Year For Weather

Credit Travis Bubenik/KVNF

2014 is over, and Joe Ramey is looking back at what the weather was like. 

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12:38 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Oil Prices Loom Over State's Income

Locations of State Land Board properties
Credit Colorado State Land Board

Oil prices continue to drop, affecting economies and industries across the world, and Colorado is no different. 

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