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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COMMUNITY
4:07 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Western Slope Women Celebrate Right To Vote

Gini Moseley, left, and Karen Connor, right, celebrate the 94th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment in Montrose.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The 19th Amendment guarantees women in the United States the right to vote. Tuesday was the 94th anniversary of its passage and Women’s Equality Day.

To celebrate about 15 women dressed like they’re from the early 1900's marched around the courthouse in downtown Montrose. They chanted and waved signs that said “vote it counts” and “women make a difference”.

Karen Connor wore a tri-color sash that read “votes for women”. 

"We’re here to remind people that women worked really hard to get the vote and they need to remember that and go out and vote," Connor said.

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NEWS
2:16 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

42 Percent Of Colorado's School Districts Not Meeting Financial Benchmarks, Report Finds

A report released Monday looks at the financial health of Colorado’s 178 school districts over a three-year period.

The state audit judged financial health by looking at five financial indicators, like a district’s ability to cover future expenses and pay debt.

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AGRICULTURE
12:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Colorado Farm Program Teaches Immigrants Gardening, Healthy Eating & English

Hortenica Galvez learns about gardening and practices her English through a Colorado farm program.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A program in Colorado's Delta County is helping immigrant women learn English, but they're not just sitting in a classroom studying grammar.

These women come from countries as close as Mexico and as far away as Myanmar. And they're learning English on a farm where they also pick up tips on healthy eating and gardening on the Western Slope.

A Trip to the Farm:

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NEWS
5:52 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Roadside Fans Cheer USA Pro Challenge Cyclists Racing Stage 2

Cyclists racing down McClure Pass during Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The second stage of the USA Pro Challenge bike race kicked off Tuesday morning. 

Over 120 top cyclists from around the world pedaled 105 miles from Aspen to Crested Butte. 

American Robin Carpenter won Stage 2 of the race. Golden native Alex Howes took second again. Howes now holds the yellow jersey as the race lead. 

About 50 race fans gathered on Highway 133 where it forks right to go up Kebler Pass or left to head up McClure Pass. 

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NEWS
11:19 am
Tue August 19, 2014

USA Pro Challenge Cyclists Race Across Colorado

The USA Pro Challenge started in Aspen on Monday.  Over 120 cyclists from around the world competed in a circuit race between Aspen and Snowmass. 

Colorado Public Radio talked to race announcer Phil Liggett.  He said the riders were worried about the opening day because aspen is already at altitude. 

"The guys who want to win this race…the race is over 7 days, a total of just over 800 miles in a week, it’s a tough week for them…but they know that a mistake on the first day and they may as well not bother with the rest of the week," Leggit told CPR. 

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NEWS
5:21 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Colorado's Unemployment Rate Down, Labor Force Increases

Credit flickr.com/kylemay

Colorado's economy is doing better.

Numbers released Monday show the state's unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in July. The last time it was this low was Oct. 2008. 

The national unemployment rate for June was 6.2 percent. 

In Colorado nonfarm payroll jobs increased 5,500. Private sector jobs increased 6,000 while government jobs decreased 500. The state has had 33 consecutive months of payroll job gains.

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ENVIRONMENT
3:30 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Hunting and Fishing Gains Popularity With Women In Colorado, Nationwide

Mary Ann Gaston, 69, lines up with other women to practice archery at a two-day female-only shooting and fishing clinic held outside of Norwood, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Listen to the report.

Hunting and fishing are male dominated sports, but the number of women participating in these activities is on the rise. 

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COMMUNITY
7:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Local Motion: Millennials Are Moving To Colorado For Work & Play

Kelsey Gibb, 23, moved to Carbondale for work.
Credit Laura Palmisano

On this week's Local Motion, we explore why millennials are moving to Colorado.

Listen to the episode.

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NEWS
4:50 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Fire Damages Multiple Structures At Oxbow's Elk Creek Coal Mine

A fire at Oxbow's Elk Creek Mine damaged multiple structures.
Credit Laura Palmisano

There was a fire at Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine site Monday night. The fire was on the mine’s surface and damaged multiple structures.

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ENVIRONMENT
4:10 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Pika Populations Doing Well In Colorado High Country, Wildlife Officials Say

Colorado Parks and Wildlife research shows pika populations are doing well in mountainous areas in the state.
Credit Sally King / National Parks Service

The American pika is closely related to a rabbit. They are about the size of a guinea pig and are found throughout Colorado's high country and other Western States in mountainous areas.

In the early 2000's pika were being considered for the endangered species list because they are susceptible to climate change, according to wildlife officials. 

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