Laura Palmisano

Senior 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 also worked as a producer for KJZZ, Phoenix’s NPR affiliate, and as a production assistant for KAET Arizona PBS in Phoenix. Additionally, she has experience working as a videographer and video. 

Her work has aired on NPR and stations across the Rockies through the Rocky Mountain Community Radio exchange. 

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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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ARTS
11:29 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Rural Kids Access Art At Western Slope Creative Center

Sharon Bailey talks to 21 Paonia Elementary students about paintings at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Teaching art to kids in a rural setting can be a challenge. Most small towns don't have art museums like big cities. And, it’s not easy to pile them on a bus and drive to Denver for a cultural experience. However, there’s a center on the Western Slope trying to make it easier for students to access art. 

"We are going to look at some of these paintings and we are going to start developing characters, but we are going to do it by talking about what we see," Sharon Bailey says. "Let’s look at this painting here. Raise your hand and tell me what you see.” 

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HEALTH
4:46 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Open Enrollment Begins For Colorado's Health Exchange

Connect for Health Colorado is the state's health insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act.
Credit connectforhealthco.com

Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s health insurance marketplace, started Saturday. The enrollment period ends Feb. 15.

“It’s important for Coloradans to know that if they want their coverage to begin on Jan. 1, 2015, they need to enroll, select a plan and conclude the process by Dec. 15,” says Linda Gann with Connect For Health on the Western Slope. 

The state exchange, which is separate from the federal marketplace, allows people and small businesses to purchase health insurance and apply for federal subsidies. 

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HEALTH
3:34 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

School-Based Health Clinic Opens In Delta

A Kidz Clinic is the first school-based health clinic to open in Delta County.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

Delta County has a new school-based health clinic.  


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NEWS
3:27 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

What Veterans Day Means To Vets

Retired Army Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Emmert and his service dog Bo are at the Warrior Resource Center in Montrose.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Veterans Day honors the men and women who serve or have served in the military. It's also called Armistice Day in Europe and commemorates the end of World War I.

Jeffery Emmert is a retired Army staff sergeant. His father served in WWI and Korea.

Emmert remembers his dad on Veterans Day.

"He’s been gone now for four and half years," he says. "I learned a lot from my Dad." 

Emmert is proud that he was in the military too.

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COMMUNITY
10:37 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Montrose Nonprofit Serves Western Colorado Veterans & Families

The Warrior Resource Center in Montrose helps veterans and their families.
Laura Palmisano KVNF

On Thursday mornings about 50 veterans meet at the Warrior Resource Center in Montrose. 

They come here to have a cup coffee and maybe a donut. But mostly they're here to mingle with others who served in the military.

The veterans here span many generation and many wars. Some served during World War II and Korea. Others fought in Vietnam and the Middle East. And they represent every branch of the military.

David Adams did three tours in Iraq. He retired from the Army in 2007 due to a back injury. 

Adams says he tries to come here every week.

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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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POLITICS
5:00 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

What Voters Say About Colorado's All Mail Ballot Election

Paonia Town Hall is a designated ballot drop-off location.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

This election is Colorado’s first all mail ballot election. 

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AGRICULTURE
10:21 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Fracking And Agriculture Clash In Colorado's North Fork Valley

A view of the North Fork Valley and the town of Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The United States is the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer. North Dakota and Texas are experiencing an oil boom. And many other states are seeing natural gas production increase through hydraulic fracturing.

Colorado has nearly 53,000 active wells. But, the state’s energy boom is a source of tension. 

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NEWS
6:34 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Local Reaction To Bowie Coal Mine Layoffs

A Paonia resident shows their support for the coal industry.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Bowie Resource Partners laid off 150 people at its Bowie #2 mine near Paonia. 


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NEWS
5:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bowie Coal Mine In Colorado Lays Off 150 Workers

Credit NPS

Bowie Resource Partners says it has eliminated 150 jobs at the Bowie #2 coal mine near Paonia.

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COMMUNITY
12:11 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Local Motion: Domestic Violence Awareness

Purple ribbons are used to show support for Domestic Violence Awareness.
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On this week's Local Motion we are observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. 


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NEWS
4:34 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Colo. K-12 Tests Yield Marginal Results

Scores from Colorado’s new social studies and science tests for K-12 students show mixed results.

The exams have five rankings.

For science, 34 percent of Colorado’s fifth graders and 32 percent of eighth graders scored in the highest range.

However, statewide 32 percent of fourth graders and 45 percent of seventh graders scored in the lowest range on the social studies test.

The exams were taken by students last school year.

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COMMUNITY
5:03 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Punkin Chuckin In Olathe

Laura Palmisano KVNF

The Olathe Volunteer Fire Department hosted its 12th annual Punkin Chunkin Festival over the weekend.

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ARTS
12:30 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Montrose Art Project Seeks To Bring Awareness To Domestic Violence

The art project seeks to bring awareness to domestic violence.
Laura Palmisano KVNF

There’s an art project on display at the Montrose Library that seeks to bring awareness to domestic violence.

Hilltop’s Tri-County Resource Center created the exhibit for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

It features a mannequin wearing a vintage wedding dress that was donated by a victim of domestic violence.

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NEWS
11:49 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Domestic Violence Persists Despite Drop In Colorado Cases

Source: Colorado Judicial Branch Annual Statistical Reports 2004-2013
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

    

Each year, thousands of Coloradans, men and women, are victims of domestic violence. They're abused by their husbands or wives, boyfriends or girlfriends.

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, KVNF’s Laura Palmisano bring us the story of a survivor. 

Miriam is 25 years old.

Born in Mexico, she came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 11. 

She lived in Las Vegas before moving to Colorado two years ago.

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POLITICS
1:26 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

KVNF Candidate Interview: Cory Gardner

Republican challenger Cory Gardner faces Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in a hotly contested Colorado race that could decide which party controls the Senate.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner stopped in Montrose for a voter meet-and-greet Monday.

Gardner is currently the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 4th Congressional District, which covers most of the eastern part of the state. He faces Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in a hotly contested race that could decide which party controls the Senate.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Gardner at his campaign event and brings us this candidate interview. 

Transcript 

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POLITICS
6:30 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Gardner Campaigns In Montrose

Republican challenger Cory Gardner faces Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in a hotly contested Colorado race that could decide which party controls the Senate.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner stopped in Montrose for a voter meet-and-greet Monday afternoon.

More than 50 people attended the event hosted by the Montrose Republican Party.

They asked Gardner about voting legislation, energy, Colorado’s personhood amendment, and Obama’s presidency.

He also discussed education and national security.

Gardner is currently the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 4th Congressional District, which covers most of the eastern part of the state. He acknowledges that this is a conservative district.

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ENVIRONMENT
2:25 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Colo. Parks & Wildlife Gets $10,000 Donation To Aide Poaching Investigation

An animal protection organization has donated $10,000 for information leading to convictions in two Roaring Fork poaching incidents. 

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NEWS
8:34 am
Fri October 17, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

  • Oil And Gas Money Flows Into Colorado Counties 
  • Ebola Plane Lands In Denver
  • Ski Season Starts In Colorado
  • A Debate Between Gardner And Udall, Plus Recent Polling
  • Broncos With Fines After Sunday’s Game
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