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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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.
Credit flickr.com/umainestudentaffairs

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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NEWS
8:22 am
Thu October 16, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thurs., Oct. 16, 2014

  • Governor Narrows Gap in Latest Quinnipiac Poll
  • League Of Women Voters Informs Public On Ballot Issues
  • Oil & Gas Assoc. Drops Longmont Suit, City's Fracking Ban Still In Place
  • Interview with Republican Congressman Bob Beauprez
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ENVIRONMENT
1:10 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Oil & Gas Assoc. Drops Longmont Suit, City's Fracking Ban Still In Place

The Colorado Oil & Gas Association has dropped its lawsuit against the city of Longmont.

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LOCAL MOTION
12:40 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Local Motion: Regional News Roundup Oct. 2014

On this week's Local Motion, we've decided to highlight political stories aired on our regional newscast. 

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POLITICS
6:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Despite Legalization, Marijuana Remains Divisive In Colorado Communities

Many towns in Colorado still ban the sale of recreational pot. That may change on election day as more towns and cities consider opening up sales to cash in on the heavily taxed drug.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

It’s been ten months since Colorado began allowing the recreational use of marijuana. But many towns across the state still don’t allow its sale. That may change this November. More than 20 communities in the state have marijuana issues on the ballot. 

"And here we have two cannabis plants that are mature and ready to be harvested," Scott Wilson says. "If you look at them you can see the purple on them and you can see the medicine on them."

Wilson owned the first medical marijuana store in Colorado’s Delta County.

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NEWS
11:12 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Ridgway Has New Restrictions On Marijuana Grow Operations

A new ordinance in Ridgway limits the number of cultivation facilities in town to two and the number of plants each can have to 3,600. It also says grow operations need a special permit to discharge agricultural runoff into the town's wastewater treatment plant.
Credit Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio

Recreational and medical marijuana facilities are allowed in Ridgway. The town has one hybrid storefront that sales medical and retail pot. A town ordinance passed last month puts new restrictions on marijuana grow operations in Ridgeway.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to the town's Mayor John Clark about the new rules. 

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NEWS
8:29 am
Thu October 9, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thurs., Oct. 9, 2014

  • Colorado homes rank high in energy efficiency  
  • Senator Udall and Congressman Gardner argued their merits in a recent debate
  • Colorado Rockies replace their General Manager
  • Requests made to expand comment period for Western yellow-billed cuckoo
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POLITICS
2:46 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Colorado Gubernatorial Debate Reveals Pot Still Divisive

At least 21 municipalities in Colorado will have marijuana related questions on the ballot this November.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Ten months into legalization, marijuana continues to be a divisive issue at the state and local level.  

“I think any governor that looks at doing this before we see what the consequences are I would view it as reckless," Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper says during Monday's debate. 

Politico's Manu Raju, the moderator, asks Hickenlooper if it was reckless to legalize marijuana in the state.

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NEWS
8:24 am
Tue October 7, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

  • Attorney General gives go ahead for gay marriage in Colorado 
  • Two Delta teens caught in Wyoming with stolen vehicles
  • Names released of two people who died in gyrocopter crash over weekend
  • Western Slope College Fair helps students with applications, scholarships
  • State Parks begin to close for the season
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ENVIRONMENT
5:08 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Listed As Threatened Species

The American Bird Conservancy estimates there are 350 to 495 pairs of yellow-billed cuckoos in the U.S. The bird is also found in Mexico.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A migratory bird found in the western United States has been given federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.   

The yellow-billed cuckoo population in 12 western states including Colorado has been listed as a threatened species.

Steve Segin with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the designation was announced Thursday.

"One of the major threats to the yellow-billed cuckoo has been the loss of riverside habitat," Segin says. "It lives in these riparian areas and streams and rivers."

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NEWS
2:16 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Region 10 Tries To Find Ways To Improve Western Slope Broadband

John Gavan holds a piece of fiber optic cabling to show what it looks like.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A lack of access to high-speed internet is an issue for rural communities on the Western Slope.

Region 10, an organization of governments that serves the area, is trying to address this problem.

The organization recently got a $100,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to make a proposal on how to improve broadband access in six counties: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel.

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