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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POLITICS
4:01 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Denver Won't Host 2016 GOP Convention

Colorado lost the bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Denver and Kansas City lost the bid to host its 2016 convention. The committee has selected Cleveland and Dallas as host contenders. 

CPR reports, the two finalist cities had an edge over Denver—tax money to help pay for the convention. Dallas has $25 million in public funds and Cleveland has $10 million.

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NEWS
10:21 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Colorado Primary Election Results

More than 544,000 Coloradans voted, nearly a 16 percent turnout, in the state's primary election, according to the Secretary of State's Office.

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FOOD
5:29 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Cherries Are Ripe For The Pickin' In The North Fork

Bing cherries on a branch at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss.
Credit Laura Palmisano

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The summer fruit harvest season has started in western Colorado. Cherries are usually the first fruit ready for picking in the North Fork Valley.

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POLITICS
5:01 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

More Than Half-A-Million Coloradans Voted In Primary

Colorado voters have until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 to vote or drop off their mail ballots at a polling center.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Tuesday was the final day to cast your ballot for Colorado’s 2014 primary election. 

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NEWS
3:30 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Colorado To Get $34.5M Under Public Land Payment Program

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in Montrose County, which is approximately 70 percent federal lands.
Credit NPS

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Under the Department of Interior’s Payment In Lieu of Taxes program Colorado communities will receive $34.5 million this year.

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HEALTH
2:59 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Mosquitoes In Five Colorado Counties Test Positive For West Nile

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Colorado Department of Public Health said mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile virus have been found in Delta, Mesa, Adams, Boulder and Weld counties.

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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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