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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NEWS
5:38 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Millennials Are Moving To Colorado For Work And Play

Megan McMillan moved to Colorado and started her own business.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Millennials are on the move. People in their 20’s and early 30’s are the most migratory demographic in the United States, according to demographers and economists.

Megan MacMillan moved to Colorado from Canada four years ago. She’s 34 years old and just found out she’s a millennial.

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ENVIRONMENT
5:50 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Bear Cubs Trapped In Crawford

A mother bear and her two cubs were causing trouble around Crawford, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

J. Wenum, the game manager for the North Fork Valley and Gunnison Basin, said the bears were reported last week. 

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NEWS
11:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Leftover Colorado Big-Game Hunting Licenses Go On Sale Aug. 5

Leftover big-games licenses for elk and other animals go on sale Aug 5.
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it has plenty of leftover big-game licenses for the 2014 season.

The agency said it has about 6,000 deer, 30,000 elk, 5,000 pronghorn, and 1,800 bear licenses for the fall hunting season. 

Joe Lewandowski, a spokesman for Parks and Wildlife, said the deadline to apply for big-game licenses was in April. He said most hunters don’t get their first choice and the agency usually have leftover licenses available for purchase.

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NEWS
10:54 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Russell Stover Candies Bought By Swiss Chocolate Company Lindt

Swiss chocolate company Lindt has purchased Russell Stover Candies, which had a factory in Montrose.
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Russell Stover Candies has been bought by Swiss chocolate company Lindt & Sprüngli. The purchase was announced earlier this month. 

Russell Stover has two factories in Kansas, one in Texas, and one in Montrose, Colorado.

The purchase makes Lindt the number three chocolate manufacturer in North American, according to the announcement.

KVNF tried to reach Russell Stover to comment on the acquisition and see how it will affect the factory in Montrose. The company has yet to respond to the request.

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ENVIRONMENT
5:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

20,000-acre Alkali Fire contained

The Alkali Fire northwest of Craig has burned more than 20,000 acres. 

Officials said the fire is now fully contained. 

The wildfire started Wednesday and the cause of it is still under investigation.

Lynn Barclay with Bureau of Land Management said the fire is burning sagebrush and grass. 

"This year because we did have a wet spring the grass that we have out there is thicker [and] tall and the sagebrush out in that area can get very, very tall, over five feet," Barclay said. "When you get some wind on that continuous fuel bed the fire just runs."

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NEWS
11:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Mtn. Lion Struck Near Hotchkiss, Colorado State Patrol Fails To Report It To Parks & Wildlife

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV near Hotchkiss on Sunday. Last week a mountain lion was spotted around town, according to the Hotchkiss Police Department.
Credit National Parks Service

Colorado State Patrol has a failed to report a vehicle hitting a mountain lion near Hotchkiss on Sunday to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV outside of Hotchkiss on Sunday.

Kathy Linnell, a Paonia resident, said she struck the cat on Highway 92.

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HEALTH
11:06 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Mesa County Confirms Case Of Hantavirus

Deer mice are the primary carriers of the hantavirus in Colorado.
Credit John Good / National Parks Service

    

The Mesa County Health Department said a child who lives in the county is being treated for hantavirus.

The boy was transported to Denver over the weekend for treatment, according to a release from the county.

Hantavirus is a rodent-borne illness mainly carried by deer mice in Colorado and other Four-Corner states. It can be deadly

Jennfier House, a veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Public Health, said the virus can make people extremely sick and kills over a third of people who get it. 

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HEALTH
10:21 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Food Products Recalled From Whole Foods Over Listeria Concern

The Colorado Department of Public Health said products made in-store at Whole Foods in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, New Mexico, and Utah are being recalled over concern the food could be contaminated with Listeria.

Whole Foods Market Peach Salsa and Peach Goat Medallion products sold between June 1 and July 21 have been recalled.

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NEWS
5:59 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Cedaredge Police Officers Testing Body Cameras

Cedaredge police officer Jake Hernandez is wearing a body camera mounted to his sunglasses. The police department is testing the cameras under a pilot program.
Credit Cedaredge Police Department

The Cedaredge police department started testing body cameras on officers last week. 

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano spoke with Cedaredge Police Chief Daniel Sanders about the program. 

PALMISANO: “The Cedaredge Police Department is testing on-body cameras. Can you tell me about that program?”

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NEWS
5:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Colorado Ranks In The Middle On Child Well-Being Report

Colorado ranked 22nd this year on the Annie E. Casey Foundation report that assesses child well-being.
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its annual report that assesses child well-being in the United States.

The publication ranked states on overall child welfare in four main categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. 

This year Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa ranked top on the list for child well-being while Nevada, New Mexico, and Mississippi ranked lowest.

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