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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HEALTH
10:47 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Tri-County Health Conducts Survey To Understand Community Health Needs

Tri-County Health Network is conducting a survey to try and get a better understanding of community health needs in San Miguel County, Ouray County and the West End.

Lynn Borup is the executive director of Tri-County Health Network, a nonprofit network of medical providers on the Western Slope.

She says the purpose of the survey is to find out what people want out of their health care. Borup says the organization has several methods of getting the survey out to the community.

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HEALTH
4:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

St. Mary's Hospital Gets A New Chopper

The AStar accommodates one patient, travels at an average speed of 140 miles per hour, and has high altitude capabilities, according to St. Mary's.
Credit St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction has a new helicopter in service. 

Flight staff say the Eurocopter AS 350 B3, also known as the AStar, is smaller and faster than the old helicopter. That aircraft has been sold and is now flying around Saudi Arabia doing medical transport.   

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Tom Feller about the AStar. He's a flight nurse for St. Mary's CareFlight. 

  

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NEWS
2:59 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Four Delta County Businesses Awarded Economic Development Grants

Four companies in Delta County recently received economic development grants from the state. Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade gives out the grants under its Rural Economic Development Initiative Program.

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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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LOCAL MOTION
10:52 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Local Motion: KVNF's Regional News Roundup August 2014

From left to right, KVNF's news producer Jake Ryan, news director Laura Palmisano, and morning host Patricia Naft in the studio.
Credit Skip Naft

On this week's Local Motion we are showcasing our news team.

Patricia Naft, the voice of KVNF's morning regional newscast, hosts the program that features six original stories by our news director Laura Palmisano and news producer Jake Ryan.

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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

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.


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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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COMMUNITY
4:58 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Kids Showcase Their Dog Training Skills At Delta County Fair

Trevor Pike, 11, and his mutt Echo were the overall grand champions of the show.
Laura Palmisano

Ten kids and their dogs competed in the 4-H Dog Obedience Show at the Delta County Fair.

Dog trainer Rayna Stout of Cedaredge judged the competition where young trainers and their K-9s were scored based on their performances in showmanship, obedience and agility. 

Kenda Falkner, 13, and her dog Australian Shepherd-Red Heeler mix Ashkie entered the show for fun.

"Well we just got this new puppy so I just thought it would be kind of fun just to kind of help train him," she said. 

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ENVIRONMENT
12:52 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Early August Monsoons Set Record

Storms in Mesa County caused flooding, road closures and debris flows Monday. 

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction reported the area got over an inch of rain. 

Forecaster Tom Renwich, with the weather service, said Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties experienced a surge of monsoonal moisture that caused thunderstorms, storm winds, and flash flooding.

"Here at the airport we officially got 1.15 inches of rain," Renwick said. "The pervious record before that was .68 inches and that was set back in 1897."

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POLITICS
3:14 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Tapia Campaigns In The North Fork, Talks Jobs

Democrat Abel Tapia is running for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Democrat Abel Tapia is challenging Republican Congressman Scott Tipton for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat. The 3rd District covers most of Western Colorado. Tapia campaigned in the North Fork Valley Friday evening. KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed Tapia at a voter meet-and-greet in Paonia.

Interview Transcript 

PALMISANO: The Western Slope is typically very red. What do you think your chances are running against a Republican in this district?

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ENVIRONMENT
3:57 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Feds, Western Water Providers To Fund Colorado River Conservation Projects

Lake Mead is the the nation's largest reservoir.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

The federal government and municipal water providers in four Western states have reached an agreement to fund Colorado River conservation projects. 

The $11 million deal was announced Thursday. Municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado and the Bureau of Reclamation have agreed to fund projects to conserve Colorado River water.

Denver Water CEO Jim Lockhead said Denver is one of the four municipalities participating in the program.

Lockhead said half of Denver’s water supply comes from the Colorado River. 

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ENVIRONMENT
1:46 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Drought-Stricken Colorado River Basin Drying Up Quicker Than Thought

The North Fork of the Gunnison River feeds into the Gunnison River, a tributary of the Colorado River, which supplies drinking water to millions of people in the West.

The drought-stricken Colorado River Basin is drying up faster than was thought, according to a recent study. 

NASA and the University of California, Irvine used satellite data gathered over a nine year period to track changes in the mass of the Colorado River Basin that has been experiencing severe drought since 2000.    

The scientists looked at monthly measurements between December 2004 and November 2013. They found the basin lost nearly 53 million acre feet of freshwater, that's nearly double the volume of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, during that period. The study said about 41 million acre feet of that lost water was groundwater.  

The basin provides water to millions of people in seven Western states: Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. It also supplies water to roughly four million acres of farmland. 

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ENVIRONMENT
3:01 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rainy, Cloudy Conditions Help Crews With Moffat County Wildfires

Rainy and cloudy conditions are helping firefighters battle two blazes in Moffat County. 

Crews responded to the Ladore Fire burning in Dinosaur National Monument Monday. The fire has burned 430 acres and an estimation for containment is not yet available.  

The Elk Springs Fire near Craig has burned 450 acres and is 90 percent contained. The fire started Saturday.

Susan Valente, with the Northwest Colorado Fire Management Unit, said both fires are burning rough terrain.

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