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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This week, three founders of The San Juan Independent sit down with KVNF's Jake Ryan to discuss their new venture, journalism on the Western Slope, and the future of the new online news source.  Featured are Samantha Wright,  Alec Jacobson, and Barbara Kondracki. 

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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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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. 

This week, food culture. 

There are a lot of new trends and models when it comes to how we look at food.  There have been broad shifts towards local and organic food, but there’s also specific, organized changes.  To start off tonight’s program, we’ll talk with Mathew Coniset and Emma Stopher Griffin.  They both came to the North Fork Valley three years ago as interns on a farm.  Since then they became involved with a food movement known as Slow Food. 

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

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.

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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.

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

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

fiber optic cable
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

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


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.

Bull Mountain Unit
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.

Hays Drug Store
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.

Gunnison Sage Grouse

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

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

Jim Ramey / Citizens for a Healthy Community

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

Jake Ryan

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

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.


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

Colorado State Land Board

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

Bill Ellsworth, USGS

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


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. 

  • Snow removal tough job for Colorado airports
  • Flu season begins
  • A discussion with Colorado House Speaker about upcoming session
  • 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
  • Woman Killed in Sledding Accident
  • Colorado School Districts Switch to Online Testing
  • Legislative Preview - Morgan Carroll
  • Delta County Memorial Expansion

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.


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

Jane Berry
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Here's an extended interview with recently hired Paonia Town Manager Jane Berry. 

Berry talks with KVNF's Jake Ryan about the town's 2015 budget, the costs of the embezzlement, projects the Paonia is undertaking, and plans for how to get it back on track.