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. 

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NEWS
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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HEALTH
12:35 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Suicide Rates High In Colorado, Especially Western Slope

Suicide continues to be a problem in Colorado, statistics from the CDC paint a grim picture.  To learn more, KVNF's Jake Ryan talked with Kristen Jones, a health reporter for Rocky Mountain PBS iNews, who has covered mental health issues in Colorado.

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ENVIRONMENT
5:08 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Scientist Presents Findings On Collbran Landslide

The toe of the landslide
Credit Mesa County Sheriff's Office

A new study will be presented at a summit of the Geological Society of America about the Collbran landslide.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan talked with the study’s author about what made this slide so different.

The landslide happened three months ago.  Jeff Coe is a geologist with the US Geological Survey, and he’s been working with a few other groups to monitor the slide since then.  A abstract of their findings can be seen here

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NEWS
5:29 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Police Shootings In Grand Junction, Montrose

There was a police shooting in Grand Junction Monday. 

Not many details have been released, but two officers were responding to a call to remove someone from a property on Grand Avenue when they made contact with someone in a car parked outside.  Shots were fired, and the man in the car was killed.  A gun was recovered from the vehicle.

All of this comes less than 24 hours after a police shooting in Montrose.  Two officers with the City of Montrose were called out to check on the welfare of a 42-year-old man.  His family made the request.

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NEWS
10:54 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Federal Grant Awarded To Boost Western Slope Economy

There’s good news out of Montrose, or really, out of Washington DC. 

The federal government just awarded a quarter of a million dollars to Region 10, a Montrose based economic development organization. The grant was awarded by the Economic Development Administration, or the EDA.  KVNF's Jake Ryan spoke with Jay Stooksberry, the Regional Development Coordinator for Region 10.

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NEWS
11:04 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Cats Continue To Pose Problem For Delta

Feral cats continue to be a problem in the city of Delta.  Some people have become caretakers for cat colonies that number up to 20 cats.  The city is trying to work with these caretakers to spay / neuter the population to try to keep their numbers down. 

KVNF's Jake Ryan talked with the Delta Community Development Director Glen Black.

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NEWS
10:52 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Local Motion: KVNF's Regional News Roundup

From left to right, KVNF's news producer Jake Ryan, news director Laura Palmisano, and morning host Patricia Naft in the studio.
Credit Skip Naft

On this week's Local Motion we are showcasing our news team.

Patricia Naft, the voice of KVNF's morning regional newscast, hosts the program that features six original stories by our news director Laura Palmisano and news producer Jake Ryan.

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HEALTH
10:17 am
Tue August 19, 2014

North Fork Keeps West Nile At Bay

Captured mosquitoes
Credit Jake Ryan

Chris Tschinkel is stuffing mosquitoes into small plastic test tubes. 

He’s the field operations manager for the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District.  It’s a very small organization that tries to keep the local mosquito population under control.  Their territory runs from Hotchkiss to Paonia and further up the valley. 

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NEWS
5:42 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Pot Campaign Warns Teens Of Possible Dangers

Credit dontbealabrat.com

Colorado is trying to show teens about marijuana's risks, maybe. 

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NEWS
4:50 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Fire Damages Multiple Structures At Oxbow's Elk Creek Coal Mine

A fire at Oxbow's Elk Creek Mine damaged multiple structures.
Credit Laura Palmisano

There was a fire at Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine site Monday night. The fire was on the mine’s surface and damaged multiple structures.

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