Travis Bubenik

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Today we're joined by John Buerger, owner and operator of Alpha Natural Holistic Land Management based in Cedaredge. 

He recently gave a talk at the Blue Sage Center in Paonia about how we can use native mushroom cultures to fight noxious weeds. 

John joined us to talk about his history practicing and educating the public about using natural methods to work with the land and control weeds.

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Some Paonia residents recently received a letter from the town with a header that read (in all caps and red text): “Important information about your drinking water.”

The letter explains that part of the town’s water supply isn’t meeting some treatment requirements. But according to Mayor Neal Schwieterman, the water’s still safe, and residents don’t need to worry.  

We spoke with Schwieterman about what exactly this letter means, and why it was sent in the first place. 

Dan Bender/La Plata County Sheriff's Office

Update January 27: Technical climbing crews were on hand at the side of recent rockslides along Red Mountain Pass/US 550, installing wire cable netting to stabilize boulders that continue to plague the road below. 

The alternate route south toward Durango, Cortez and beyond is SH 62 to SH 145 through Telluride, and US 160.The Colorado Department of Transportation says that work will continue through at least Tuesday, and there's still no estimated time for when the road could re-open.

San Juan Huts Day 5 via Flickr (CC BY-SA)

Residents from Montrose County’s West End recently gathered for a screening of “Uranium Drive-In,” a documentary that tells the story of the ill-fated Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill, and a tight-knit community desperate for jobs and some hint of a brighter economy.

Doug Tucker

The first batch of Colorado's recreational marijuana stores opened this month on New Years Day in Telluride, Breckenridge and Denver among other places, marking the beginning of what's expected to be a multi-million dollar industry.

Travis Bubenik/KVNF

For this episode of Local Motion, we take a look at the plight of rural movie theaters in Colorado. 

The film industry has by and large mandated that starting this year, first-run movies (the blockbusters like "Frozen") will only be distributed digitally. The 35 mm films of old are on their way out and digital films are on their way in. 

Colorado Department of Transportation

Update: 12:30 PM (January 15): CDOT has confirmed that US 550/Red Mountain Pass two miles south of Ouray will be closed at least through this weekend (until Monday, January 20.) Rocks have reportedly been continually falling on the road near mile marker 90 as crews try to clear the rubble. 

Kerrie Neet, the regional director for CDOT, acknowledged that motorists in southwest Colorado don't have many alternative travel options, saying "there is a hardship anytime we close this pass."


  • Governor Delivers 4th "State of the State" Address
  • Citizen Groups Pushing for Tougher Air Quality Rules
  • Sounds of the High Country from KDNK - Wyoming's Abandoned Wells
  • Antler Collecting Prohibited in Gunnison Basin Until March


  • Colorado Legislative Session Kicks Off with a New Senate President
  • Hunting Guides Facing Federal Charges for Illegally Maiming Big Cats
  • New Pot Shops Seeing Steady Demand, Limited Supplies
  • First Retail Pot License Approved in Aspen
  • Former KVNF GM is the New President of the NFCB
  • Coloradans Could See Northern Lights Tonight


  • Avalanche Near Vail Kills One, Injures Three
  • Snowpack Levels Off to Better Start than Last Year
  • New Medical Marijuana Licenses on hold in Pitkin County
  • Oil & Gas Groups Say New Rules will be costly
  • Telluride Foundation Awards Millions in Grants


  • Amid Dispute, El Paso Country Sheriff Releases Timeline of Black Forest Fire
  • Aspen Airport Reopens as Wreckage From Crash is Removed
  • Delta County Commissioners asked to support a Grant for Improved Healthcare Services
  • Avalanche Forecaster says Conditions Improving, but Still Dangerous
Roger Adams/Aspen Public Radio

One person is dead and two have been injured after a fiery plane crash at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen has been following the story, and joined us this evening (Monday, January 6) to discuss the latest developments.


  • Two Injured, One dead after Plane Crash in Aspen
  • GJ Airport Authority Board Chairman was asked to Resign
  • Legal Pot Buyers Could Face DUI Charges in Utah Weeks after Smoking
  • Without a Legal Precedent, State of Colorado Depositing Pot Revenue in Banks
  • CAWS Extending Animal Shelter Hours


  • Long Lines, Eager Customers Reported at First Day of Legal Pot Sales in Denver, Telluride
  • Town of Marble's Lawsuit Against 9th Judicial District DA Complicates Theft Case
  • San Miguel Power Association and DMEA Warn Customers about Scams
  • Western Slope Skies  - the Bright Stars of Winter
Jeri Mattics Omernik/Valley Food Partnership

The 2nd Annual Western Slope Colorado Food & Farm Forum is coming up on Saturday, January 11th at the Montrose Pavilion. The conference brings together farmers, ranchers and others in the ag industry for conversations about sustainability, food production and marketing. 

For some details about the conference and this year's main theme of "Making Every Drop Count," we spoke to Carol Parker, President of the Valley Food Partnership based in Montrose.


  • Denver Post Hires Marijuana Editor, Launches Pot Website
  • Boulder District Attorney Discusses Future of Industry
  • DMEA Customers to See Rate Increase This Year, San Miguel Power Association Rates to Hold Steady


  •  Montrose Prosecutor "Separated" from Job after DUI Suspicion
  • FAA Won't Use Colorado for Drone Testing
  • Colorado Lawyers, Law Enforcement Advising Drivers to Keep Pot in Trunk
  • Law Enforcement in Pitkin County Gears Up for Retail Marijuana Industry
Cooper Woods-Darby

For this year's winter solstice, the darkest night of the year, people filled the seats of the Paradise Theatre in Paonia for the 5th annual performance of Craig Childs' "Dark Night," a multimedia and spoken-word extravaganza celebrating the time of year when "the snakes of winter coil tightly around us," as Childs describes it.

Tomorrow Hill Farm (CC-BY)

It's been a dramatic couple of months at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, since FBI agents searched the airport's administrative offices in early November and seized some documents as part of a fraud investigation.


  • Montrose County Sheriff's Sergeant on Leave after Child Abuse Allegations
  • Ouray County Mine Cited for Nearly 100 Safety Violations
  • Hickenlooper Calls for Bipartisanship Next Year
  • San Miguel County Commissioners Approve Funding for EcoAction Partners
  • Tree Hunting in one of Colorado's National Forests
  • Western Slope Skies - The Star Cluster Pleides
Ken Lund via Flickr (CC BY-SA

Update Friday, December 20: According to the Watch newspaper, MSHA says the 97 citations handed out to Star Mine Operations in the first week of December were issued during so-called "spot" inspections, and weren't issued as violations that contributed to the deaths of two men at the Revenue-Virginius mine in late November. 


  • Wreck on Stewart Mesa Kills One
  • Garfield County Asks Hickenlooper to Intervene on Healthcare Rules
  • Man Shot on Orchard Mesa Was wanted by State Authorities
  • State Oil and Gas Officials Looking Into Spill in Mesa County
  • State Tightens Spill Reporting Requirements
  • Volunteers Gather for Kids' Christmas Party in the North Fork
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

We're well into the holiday season now, a time filled with food, lights, and gathering with friends and family. But it's also a time where many people give back to their communities.

27-year-old Jacob Saunders was killed on Tuesday after an accident at the intersection of Crawford Road and Stewart Mesa Road in the North Fork Valley.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, a call about the accident was received just after 8 am Tuesday morning.

Authorities say Saunders was driving south on Crawford Road from Paonia when he was struck by a 1989 Ford Pickup traveling westbound on Stewart Mesa Road. The driver of the pickup reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the car.


  • Delta County Commissioners adopt 2014 Budget
  • Local Grower wants to use Hostetler Hen House
  • Sounds of the High Country - Tree Health in the West
  • State Loses Personal Information for 18,800 Employees
  • Ouray Student Selected as Alternative Delegate to Senate Youth Program
  • Over 137,000 Coloradans Signed Up for New Health Exchange So Far


  • Military Plane Makes Emergency Landing at Montrose Airport
  • 3 Dead after Small Plane Crash on Grand Mesa
  • Colorado Denying More Medical Marijuana Applications in Recent Months
  • Spruce Beetles a Growing Threat in GMUG Forests


  • Private Gun Sales affected by New Background Check Law
  • US Fish & Wildlife Says BLM Sage-Grouse Plan is Too Weak
  • Bross was First Luxury Hotel in Delta County
  • Pataognia CEO Defends Company's Stance on Fracking
  • Western Governors Launch Wildlife Mapping Project


  • BLM Finds Temp Location for Gunnison Office after Fire
  • Experts Examine Cost of Natural Disasters
  • Forget the Golf Course, Developers Use Farming to Sell Suburban Homes
  • Grand Junction Airport Authority Members Looking into Fraud Allegations

For this episode of Local Motion, Felix Belmont brings us another edition of his Delta County Commissioners' report. 

Today Felix speaks with Delta County Clerk Ann B. Edins about the responsibilities of the clerk's office, changes in the election process over the years and more.


  • CPW Researchers Conducting Backcountry Flyovers
  • Some Miners Near Ouray Helping with Accident Investigation
  • Future of Coal Uncertain as Tennessee Valley Authority Cuts Production
  • Three Colorado Cities Facing Lawsuits Over Fracking Bans
  • Historic Schoolhouse Spurred Modern Women's Club