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. 

Ways To Connect

Late last month the figures came out in a class action lawsuit ruling against WPX Energy. 

Still No Fluoride

Dec 3, 2014
Flickr user smanography

If you live between Ridgway and Delta, there’s been a change to your drinking water, although you might not notice until your next dentist appointment.

Flickr user booleansplit

Monday was the last day for comment on the proposed Clean Power Plan from the EPA.

Colorado State Capitol Building

With the dust from the election finally settling, all eyes are on the next legislative session.  To figure out what exactly is on the horizon, KVNF's Jake Ryan talked with statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland.

Bente believes the biggest issue facing the legislature will be the topic of oil and gas.  The Governor's task force will be giving suggestions, but the impact they will have is unknown.  With a divided legislature, gun control will come up but she doubts any changes to the existing laws will happen. 

Preserving The Wild

Dec 1, 2014
John Fielder

It was Thanksgiving recently, and this year is also the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  John Fielder is plenty thankful for the Wilderness Act, after all he’s a nature photographer. 

Fielder was recently touring the Western Slope to talk about the Act and his adventures in Colorado.  He stopped by the station and talked with KVNF’s Jake Ryan. 

The Hive, working
Laura Palmisano

On this show we’re looking at new ideas about new beginnings.  Leaving a job for a new career, starting with a fresh beginning, or just expanding out in new ways, transitioning can be challenging.  There’s not always a roadmap of how to make it in the world, but there are some people who can help. 

We’ll hear from three people who run three different projects that hope to help people and businesses grow, armed with a good supply of fresh ideas themselves.

Jake Ryan

Football fans packed into Paonia Town Park last weekend for the Division 1A championship. 

Paul Gibb gives us a rundown of what happened.

Produced by Jake Ryan.

fiber optic cable
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

It’s no secret that many across the Western Slope want faster internet.

Marijuana Plant
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Last April, the town of De Beque approved the sale of retail marijuana. 

Tennille Van Vleet

High school football State Championships will be starting soon. 

radio, Philco
Laura Palmisano

KVNF is part of Rocky Mountain Community Radio, a 16-member coalition of community radio stations in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico that share content. 

Last week, KVNF participated in a the RMCR Conference in Carbondale hosted by community radio station KDNK. 

As part of the conference, KVNF’s Laura Palmisano, RMCR's Bente Birkland, and KUNC’s Brian Larson, talked about the nitty-gritty of reporting and the effort and hurdles that aren’t heard on the radio. The program was hosted by KDNK News Director January Jones. 

Montrose County GIS

Thursday was a special day if you appreciate contour lines, true north versus magnetic north, and aerial photography. 

There’s a new idea for Grand Junction to help keep businesses, and jobs, in Colorado.

Paonia Eagles, Football, Sports, High School
Tennille Van Vleet

Amid the cold and the snow, Colorado high schools are finishing their football season. 

EcoAction Partners

Four years ago, Telluride, Mountain Village, and San Miguel County all looked at their greenhouse gas emissions and set the goal of reducing them by 20 percent by the year 2020. 

marijuana, vote
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

After days of waiting, there’s a final word on a ballot issue from Palisade.


Arch Coal and the Forest Service will not be appealing a decision that revokes the company's expansion lease, as well as vacating an exception in the Colorado Roadless­ Rule that allows for expanded mining in the North Fork. 

Gunnison Sage Grouse
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This week the Gunnison sage grouse, a point of contention for several years, was listed as a threatened species.

Flickr user Ableman

A new program is starting this week to fight one of Colorado’s biggest health threats: obesity.

The battle over a chicken farm in Delta County is not quite over.

There’s been some resolution over the issues with dispatch fees in Montrose County.

Towns across the Western Slope had a myriad of different ballot measures, and a few had some asking to issue bonds. 

A few weeks ago, we reported on a US Geological Survey study that looked at the connection between the injection of produced water, a byproduct of oil and gas production, and earthquakes in the Raton Basin in southern Colorado. 

vote, flag
Laura Palmisano

Congressman Cory Gardner was elected to the U.S. Senate defeating Democratic incumbent Mark Udall. The GOP now controls the Senate

Governor John Hickenlooper has been reelected defeating Republican challenger Bob Beauprez. 

Ballot Initiatives 

Amendment 67, the personhood measure, failed.

vote, flag
Laura Palmisano

With the climax of midterm elections happening, County Clerks offices around the nation are in the middle of one their busiest times of the year.

Jake Ryan

With pushes for greener technology and scientific advancements, the future of America's electricity is changing. 

With a region like the North Fork so dependent on one or two industries, layoffs like the one at Bowie can be devastating to the local economy. 

Environmental Protection Agency

The last day for boating in Ridgway State Park is this Friday, Halloween.  From November first all the way until March, the lake will be closed to motorized craft.  As Kirstin Copeland, the park manager explains, it has less to do with the boat’s occupants, and more to do with their stowaways.

The boat ramp at Ridgway has a season to it after 2009 when we started needing to do education and inspection for aquatic invasive species, like zebra mussels," says Kirstin, "for budgetary reasons we could only staff those for the predominant use season, and not the fringe season."

The Montrose School District is sending a message to the state about mandatory testing, but it looks like it will be a largely symbolic move. 

The school board passed a resolution requesting a five year waiver from state mandatory testing.  The two tests they're concerned about are the CMAST (Colorado Measure of Academic Standards) and the PARK.

Although it’s been years since the housing bubble burst, its ripples are still being felt.