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
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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NEWS
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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NEWS
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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NEWS
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.

NEWS
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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NEWS
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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POLITICS
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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NEWS
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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NEWS
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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NEWS
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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NEWS
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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ENVIRONMENT
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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NEWS
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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NEWS
11:51 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Harsher Fines For Oil And Gas Companies

Waste water disposal facility near Platteville, CO
Credit Bill Ellsworth, USGS

There’s been a big shift on the fines that companies pay when they’re in violation of regulations. 

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NEWS
11:10 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Colorado Tries To Educate On Pot Laws

Logo for the campaign
Credit CDPHE

There's a new campaign from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Ali Maffey is the Retail Marijuana Education Program Manager, and she says an awareness campaign is needed for Coloradans and visitors.

"Through our legislative mandate, we received funding from the marijuana sales tax dollars," says Maffey, "to educate all of Coloradans and the visitors about what the laws are in Colorado, and what potential health effects to look for. 

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NEWS
8:26 am
Fri January 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

  • Snow removal tough job for Colorado airports
  • Flu season begins
  • A discussion with Colorado House Speaker about upcoming session
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NEWS
12:15 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

  • State arks across Colorado host guided hikes today
  • National Parks consider raising entrance fees
  • A discussion with the Colorado House minority leader about the new session
  • The Attorney General clarifies the laws about making hash oil
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NEWS
8:23 am
Wed December 31, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

  • Woman Killed in Sledding Accident
  • Colorado School Districts Switch to Online Testing
  • Legislative Preview - Morgan Carroll
  • Delta County Memorial Expansion
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LOCAL MOTION
1:47 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Local Motion: Regional News Roundup Dec. 2014

Listen to the regional newscast weekdays at 8 a.m. and 5:50 p.m.

On this week's Local Motion we are showcasing the regional reporting by the KVNF news team. We'll hear stories from Laura Palmisano, Jake Ryan and Bente Birkeland. They report on the struggles volunteer fire departments face, groundwater monitoring in the North Fork Valley, Colorado's spruce beetle epidemic, the proposed physician-assisted suicide bill, domestic violence, and solar energy.


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NEWS
12:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Pioneering Scientist Theo Colborn Dies At Age 87

Dr. Theo Coborn
Credit TEDX

Last weekend, Theo Colborn passed away at the age of 87. 

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