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
4:44 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

A Squishy Affair: Mountain Harvest Festival Grape Stomp

Left to right, Kris Sutton, Jay Pozer, Lena Wilensky, and four-year-old Tazzy Wilensky climb into a wooden bucket to stomp grapes.
Laura Palmisano KVNF

The 14th annual Mountain Harvest Festival took place in Paonia over the weekend. And one of its events is messier than the others.

The Contest

Four-year-old Tazzy Wilensky is about to compete in the Grape Stomp contest at the festival.

She’s dressed like a butterfly and is a bit shy.

She says she's there to "squish grapes" and it's here first time trying it.

Lena Wilensky is Tazzy’s mom. She’s also dressed like a butterfly.

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NEWS
5:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Solidarity Eases Burden Of Volunteer Firefighting

The Paonia Fire Department is staffed by volunteers.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

There are 198 all-volunteer fire departments in Colorado that serve about half of the state’s population. And a recent report finds many of these operations are seriously understaffed.

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NEWS
3:29 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Colorado Unemployment Falls, But State Still Loses 700 Jobs

The state released its latest employment outlook Friday. 

Colorado’s unemployment rate dipped to 5.1 percent in July. That’s the lowest it's been since September 2008. It’s also a full percentage point below the nation’s unemployment rate that sits at 6.1 percent. 

However, Colorado did see a dip in nonfarm and private sector payroll jobs. That number decreased by 700 from July to August.

Joe Winter is a senior economist with the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment.

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ENVIRONMENT
7:27 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Colorado Forests Die In Beetle's Wake

Spruce beetles have invaded the inner bark of this spruce tree in Hinsdale County, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Over the past decade a tiny insect has been causing a big problem in southwest Colorado. And it’s getting worse. The beetle is devouring mature spruce forests and turning them into expanses primed for wildfire. The U.S. Forest Service recently unveiled a broad new plan to try to minimize fire danger but not everyone thinks it’s the best path forward. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports.

The Issue

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COMMUNITY
7:00 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Local Motion: AmeriCorps Marks 20 Years Of Service

AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Amiott, center, works at a community garden in Montrose County, Colo.
Credit Valley Food Partnership

AmeriCorps is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month. 

On this week's episode of Local Motion we are commemorating this milestone by interviewing three locals who volunteered for the national service program. 

KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Courtney Mullin who volunteered for AmeriCorps for two years. Mullin worked with Montana State Parks and at a charter school in New Hemisphere. 

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ENVIRONMENT
4:59 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Prescibed Burn Planned Wednesday On Uncompahgre Plateau

The Forest Service is planning a prescribed burn Wednesday on the Uncompahgre Plateau.

The agency plans to burn 147 acres on the northern end of 25 Mesa Road, also known as the Delta-Nucla road.

Lee Ann Goupe is a spokeswoman with the Forest Service.

"This is an area where an Environmental Assessment was done and this is part of those prescribed treatments designed to enhance wildlife habitat, reduce fuels and reintroduce fire into that ecosystem," Goupe says.

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NEWS
3:45 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

AmeriCorps Celebrates Twenty Years Of Service

AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Amiott, center, works at a community garden in Montrose County, Colo.
Credit Valley Food Partnership

AmeriCorps is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.  

Since 1994 more than 900,000 people have served in AmeriCorps. The federal service program has volunteers across the nation and in U.S. territories.

Michelle Amiott was an AmeriCorps VISTA, short for Volunteers In Service To America. She volunteered for a year in Montrose County at the Valley Food Partnership, a Western Slope nonprofit.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Thu September 11, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Newscast

  • Governor Hickenlooper names Colorado’s poet laureate
  • Southwest Chief passenger train still in danger

NEWS
6:30 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Crested Butte Locals Have Mixed Feelings About Bud Light's Whatever Town Takeover

Bud Light has taken over Crested Butte to throw a mega party.
Credit KVNF

Bud Light donated $500,000 to the town of Crested Butte to take it over for an exclusive mega party over the weekend. The town's main street was fenced off and painted blue.

Thousands of people descended upon the mountain community of 1,500 for the Bud Light Whatever USA event.

Area business owners and residents had mixed feelings about the party.

Some were concerned the event would tarnish the town's non-corporate image. 

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NEWS
4:03 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Only Some Can Party At Bud Light's Whatever Event In Crested Butte

Bud Light paid Crested Butte $500,000 to take it over.
Credit flickr.com/gmeador

Bud Light will be taking over Crested Butte this weekend, but only some people are invited to party.

Gunnison County residents with a valid ID and Bud Light contest winners can enter the party zone that covers three city blocks in downtown Crested Butte. 

Tom Martin with the Crested Butte Marshal’s Office is asking people to visit the town another weekend.  

"Sorry we can’t invite everybody, but it’s just what it is," Martin says. "The venue won’t hold anybody else as far as crowd size."

Martin estimates thousands of people will be there.

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