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
2:29 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

De Beque Hopes To Cash In On Pot Market

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

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

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COMMUNITY
12:00 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Paonia Eagles To Defend Championship

The Paonia Eagles during a game against Resurrection Christian.
Credit Tennille Van Vleet

High school football State Championships will be starting soon. 

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COMMUNITY
2:06 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Local Motion: Rocky Mountain Community Radio

KVNF is a member of Rocky Mountain Community Radio.
Credit 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. 

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NEWS
11:28 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Montrose And Nation Celebrate GIS Day

A view of the Montrose County GIS interactive viewer.
Credit Montrose County GIS

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

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NEWS
10:27 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Grand Junction Looks To Create Duty Free Zone

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

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COMMUNITY
10:53 am
Wed November 19, 2014

High Schools Gear Up For Football Finals

Credit Tennille Van Vleet

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

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NEWS
1:55 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Despite Pledge, Emissions Continue To Rise

Current emissions in tons and the target for 2020.
Credit 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. 

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NEWS
12:07 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Palisade Votes Against Pot

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

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

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ENVIRONMENT
9:54 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Arch Coal and Forest Service Decline To Appeal Ruling

Credit NPS

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. 

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ENVIRONMENT
9:43 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Gunnison Sage Grouse Listed As Threatened Species

The Gunnison sage grouse is now protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Credit 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.

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HEALTH
3:22 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

State Pushes Hospitals To Serve Healthy Food

Credit Flickr user Ableman

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

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NEWS
6:20 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Chicken Farm Battle Continues

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

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NEWS
6:08 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Montrose County, City Reach Agreement On Dispatch Fees

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

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NEWS
1:35 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Telluride School District Wins $27 Million

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

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ENVIRONMENT
5:48 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Sinking Land, Earthquakes Linked To Waste Water Injection

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. 

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POLITICS
10:35 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Colorado 2014 Election Results

Credit 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.

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NEWS
5:27 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

County Clerks' Offices Manage Thousands Of Ballots

Credit 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.

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NEWS
11:50 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Next Generation Face A Changing Energy Sector

Credit Jake Ryan

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

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NEWS
10:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Layoffs Show Need For Diversity

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. 

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NEWS
11:09 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Last Day For Boating In Ridgway State Park

Zebra Mussels from the Great Lakes
Credit 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."

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NEWS
10:16 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Montrose Asks To Skip Testing

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.

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NEWS
10:51 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Cuts Ahead for San Miguel Transit

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

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NEWS
11:35 am
Thu October 23, 2014

MSHA Finishes Investigation Of Double Fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration released the results of their investigation into the two deaths at the Revenue silver mine in Ouray County last December.  They found that the miners died because of “management’s failure to dispose of deteriorated explosives in a safe manner.” 

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NEWS
11:16 am
Thu October 23, 2014

City of Montrose Collaborates To Bring Fiber Optic

Credit Flickr user Twilight Jones

Back in 2005,  the internet was still coming of age.

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NEWS
1:19 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Denver Tosses Sen. King Investigation

The Denver District Attorney’s office has decided it won’t purse a case against state Senator Steve King. 

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NEWS
12:10 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Court OK's Chicken Farms In Delta County

Western Slope Layers, the Hostetler hen house
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

The Colorado Court of Appeals overturned a previous ruling about the chicken farms in Delta County.

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NEWS
11:01 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Study Looks At Money From Oil And Gas

Distribution of oil and gas wells on Western Slope.
Credit University of Colorado Boulder

There’s a recent study out of University of Colorado Boulder. 

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COMMUNITY
12:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Staying Balanced On Big Issues

Credit Jake Ryan

Tuesday night, the League of Women Voters held an informational session in Hotchkiss.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan was there.

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HEALTH
10:11 am
Wed October 15, 2014

State Tries To Tackle Suicide Rate

Credit Stephen Butler via Flickr (CC-BY)

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the US, and Colorado has some of the highest rates in the nation.

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NEWS
9:37 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Tax Caps Under Question On Election Ballots

Credit Laura Palmisano

Although perhaps a little less sexy than legalized drugs, taxes are still important.  The city of Ouray, along with others on the Western Slope, is looking at some tax issues on this year’s ballot.  To understand the somewhat complicated issue, KVNF'S Jake Ryan talked with Ouray Mayor Pam Larson.

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