Laura Palmisano

News Director/Reporter

Laura Palmisano, an Arizona native, has a degree in journalism with a minor in sustainability from Arizona State University. Most recently, Palmisano worked as a Senior TV/Radio Reporter for Arizona Public Media, Tucson's NPR and PBS affiliate. Palmisano has also worked as a producer for KJZZ, Phoenix’s local NPR-affiliate, and as a production assistant for KAET Eight, Arizona PBS in Phoenix.

She previously reported for the State Press, ASU's campus newspaper, and Cronkite News Service. Palmisano has worked as a videographer and video editor. She was also a Scripps Howard intern with KNXV, ABC15 Phoenix.

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ENVIRONMENT
4:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

BLM Seeks Comment On Gunnison Sage-Grouse

The Gunnison sage-grouse is being considered for the Endangered Species List.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It is estimated there are 4,800 Gunnison sage-grouse left. The largest population of the species, about 4,000 birds, inhabits the Gunnison Basin. 

The Bureau of Land Management wants the public to help it identify conservation measures to protect the sage-grouse on federal lands in Colorado and Utah.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended the BLM adopt additional conservation measures for the bird.

The comments are due to the BLM by August 22.

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NEWS
4:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Natl. Park Service Sites Bring Millions of Dollars to Western Slope, Report Finds

Visitors to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park spent $10.2 million in communities near the site last year, according to a federal report.
Credit J. Schwartz

A new report found areas managed by the National Park Service received over 273 million visitors last year and those visitors spent $14.6 billion in local gateway communities.

The NPS report found tourism at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area had an economic impact of $43.5 million in 2013. 

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NEWS
4:59 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Feds: Weekly Wages Highest In Arapahoe, Lowest In San Juan

Credit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average weekly wages in the majority of U.S. counties were below the national average of $958, according to new federal data.  

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2013 San Mateo County in California had the highest average weekly wage at $1,983 and Delta County in Texas had the lowest with $378. 

Colorado's Arapahoe County had the highest average weekly wage at $1,116 followed by Boulder County where the average wage was a dollar less. 

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NEWS
4:40 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Colorado Unemployment Continues To Fall

Credit Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June. It's below the national average of 6.1 percent. 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said the last time the state's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent or lower was October 2008 when the rate was 5.3 percent. 

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased by over 3,000 from May to June to 2,446,800 jobs, according to the department. Colorado has seen 32 consecutive months of payroll job gains. 

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COMMUNITY
4:53 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hundreds of Bikers Flock To Paonia For BMW Motorcycle Rally

The 43rd annual Top O' The Rockies Rally brings hundreds of motorcycle riders to Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of BMW motorcycle riders in the North Fork Valley over the next four days

Many of them are here for the 43rd annual Top O’ The Rockies Rally

Mark Lee is one of hundreds of BMW rider that have descended on Paonia for the event.  

"I live in Silverton and I thought I’d come down and see the other bikes," Lee said. He owns a 1975 BMW R90/6. 

"It’s a fairly old motorcycle, but its been rebuilt and it’s running really strong," Lee said. 

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NEWS
6:57 pm
Tue July 15, 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 trying something new: 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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NEWS
4:25 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Western Slope Nonprofit Launches Durango-Grand Junction Bus Service

Credit SUCAP

A new bus service run by a Colorado nonprofit will start offering rides to people in the western part of the state Tuesday. 

Greyhound had a route that ran from Durango to Grand Junction, but the company ended the line about three years ago.     

The Southern Ute Community Action Programs decided to resurrect the line with support of the state.  

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NEWS
4:46 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Rocky Mountain High: Colorado Uses A Lot Of Pot, Report Finds

Credit flickr.com/veganflower

This audio is pending

Six months after the first retail marijuana stores opened in the state people in Colorado are using a lot of pot, according to a recent report. 

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NEWS
1:18 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Chemical Substance Illegally Dumped In Ditch Near Paonia

Credit Bart Eller

Over the Fourth of July weekend someone illegal dumped an unknown substance into an irrigation ditch outside of Paonia, according to the Delta County Sheriff's Office.

Law enforcement along with the hazardous material team from the Hotchkiss Fire Department were called to the scene on Price Road by a property owner.  

Ken Nordstorm, the environmental health director for Delta County, said samples from the ditch that flows across multiple properties and empties into the North Fork of the Gunnison were collected on Monday. 

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NEWS
4:58 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Paonia To Decide On Retail Marijuana In Special Election

Credit flickr.com/cwhitfield

Listen to the report.

Paonia residents will decide if they want to allow retail marijuana facilities in their town during a special election in November. 

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