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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ENVIRONMENT
9:38 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Local Motion: Geologist Explains Why Grand Mesa Is Prone To Slide

Skyway Point on the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway is a good place to view the geography of Grand Mesa.

On this week's Local Motion, KVNF's Laura Palmisano takes us on a drive around Grand Mesa with geologist Andres Aslan. On the drive, Aslan talks about the geological history of the mesa and why it's landslide prone. He also discusses May's massive landslide on the edge of the Grand Mesa near Collbran that claimed the lives of three men.

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ARTS
6:24 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Artist Chip Thomas Installs Photo Mural In Hotchkiss

Artist Chip Thomas installed a photo mural of a young Hopi girl on the back of the Church of Art in Hotchkiss.
Credit Mary Hockenbery

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A small group of people recently gathered outside on a sunny afternoon to look at a new mural on the west side of the Church of Art in Hotchkiss. 

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HEALTH
4:35 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

CDC's Black Lung Screening Unit Stops In Colorado

The mobile black lung screening unit stopped in Paonia, Colo. to screen miners for the disease.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is offering black lung screenings across the West. 

The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, a division of the CDC, has a mobile unit that travels around the United States to screen coal miners for the disease.

The unit recently stopped in Colorado. 

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NEWS
4:16 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Bowie Rescue Crew Prepares For Competition

The Bowie Mine rescue team trains at the Delta-Montrose Technical College in Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano

This week the mine rescue crew from the Bowie #2 Mine is at the Delta-Montrose Technical College in Paonia preparing for an upcoming competition. 

Tony Wachowicz, a member of the Bowie coal mine rescue team, is participating in rescue training at the college.

“Mine rescue training is where you have a group of guys who go into a simulated problem and you go into a simulated field and you vent different gases and you save different people that have gotten into a situation," Wachowicz said. 

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COMMUNITY
5:24 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

The Sheep Shearer From Cedaredge

Doug Hamilton has been shearing sheep for 50 years.
Laura Palmisano

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For nearly a decade, Doug Hamilton has put on sheep shearing demonstrations at the Sheep Dog Trials in Hotchkiss. 

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NEWS
1:23 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Largest Morrow Point Dam Spilling In Decades

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison receives water from the Morrow Point Dam.
Credit J. Schwartz

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For the first time in thirty years all four gates at the Morrow Point Dam are open. 

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NEWS
4:08 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

On A Drive Around Grand Mesa A Geologist Explains Why It's Prone To Slide

The perimeter of the Grand Mesa is rimmed by landslides.
Laura Palmisano

May’s massive landslide on the edge of the Grand Mesa near Collbran claimed the lives of three men. 

Geologists I spoke to said landslides in western Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region are a normal occurrence because the earth is dynamic and erosion is happening all around us. 

To get a better understanding of why experts told me the nature of the flat-topped mountain is to slide, I took a drive on Grand Mesa with a geologist. 

I met Andres Aslan, a Colorado Mesa University professor and geologist, at the visitor center on the mesa. 

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NEWS
5:43 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Pilot & German Soldier Share Their WWII Stories

Allied troops storming the beach in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Credit United States Department of Defense

The 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, is Friday, June 6. D-Day, a part of Operation Overlord, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and set the stage for the Allies to drive the Germans from France and led to the ultimate defeat of Nazi Germany. 

The men and women who fought in this war are now mostly in their 80’s and 90's.  

These are the stories of two men who fought in World War II on opposite sides.  

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NEWS
3:52 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

San Miguel County Sheriff Asks Board To Ban Butane Hash Oil Production

Credit Andres Rodriguez via Flickr @symic

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San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters has asked the County Board of Commissioners to ban butane hash oil production.

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NEWS
5:22 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NPS To Offer Tours At Blue Mesa Reservoir For First Time

The National Park Service will offer boat tours for the first time at Blue Mesa Reservoir starting in June.
Credit NPS

    

The National Park Service will not offer Morrow Point boat tours in June this year. 

Park officials said this winter’s generous snowpack in the upper Gunnison Basin means the Bureau of Reclamation will have to send a lot of water downstream this summer. 

Brant Porter, a Curecanti park ranger, said the water management scenario for the Gunnison River from Blue Mesa to Black Canyon is not compatible for boat tours at the reservoir. 

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