Travis Bubenik

News Director

Travis graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where he spent most of his time working for UT's student-run radio station, KVRX. There he hosted an alternative folk program for over 2 years, served as Traffic Manager, and was eventually appointed Station Manager.

After graduating, Travis took on a full-time radio internship with Marfa Public Radio in the sprawling Chihuahuan Desert region of West Texas. In June of 2013 he joined KVNF as the News Director , and reports on regional events and issues. He also produces KVNF's weekly public affairs program Local Motion.

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iSeeChange
10:09 am
Tue July 30, 2013

iSeeChange: The Outlook for Western Slope Water Supplies

Credit Eli Nixon (CC BY-NC-SA)

Afternoon clouds and occasional rains have dotted the Western Slope in the past few weeks, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t still worried about their water.

Last week Matthew Harris posted on the Almanac that the water he gets from German Creek was called on by a senior rights holder for the first time in the eight years he’s lived in Paonia. His creek’s just one of many that snake across the North Fork Valley, but if it’s been that long since that senior rights holder felt like they needed more water, should other residents and farmers be concerned? 

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COMMUNITY
8:15 am
Tue July 30, 2013

North Fork Valley Airport Hosts Fly-In Breakfast

Herb Anderson with the experimental plane he built himself
Jim Brett

Herb Anderson parks his plane on the tarmac at the North Fork Valley Airport in Paonia. He’s one of a handful of pilots and aviation fans out for a Saturday-morning “fly-in, drive-in” breakfast. Like some of the others here today, his plane is “experimental,” which basically just means he built it himself. 

Born and raised just west of Olathe, Herb started flying when he was a sophomore at Olathe High School, or as he tells it, when he wasn't there: he used to play hookie to take flying lessons. 

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NEWS
8:15 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Local Sheep Ranchers Unveil Open-Source, DIY Tracking System

Oogie and Ken McGuire talk sheep tagging with John Bartmann. Ken's hommeade EID reader, built with PVC pipe and LED lights, sits at the bottom right
Travis Bubenik, KVNF

With severe drought continuing to affect agriculture on the Western Slope, KVNF’s Travis Bubenik explores how two tech-savy local sheep farmers found a way to cut costs and manage their animals more efficiently. 

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COMMUNITY
3:30 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Local Motion: Dr. Clifford Saron

Dr. Clifford Saron, UC Davis

For the past three years, Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) and the Telluride Institute have joined forces to present Telluride's Compassion Festival. 

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NEWS
9:18 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Paonia Junior/Senior High Unveils Plan for New Sports Facilities

Attendees at Friday's open house take a tour of the proposed "Flight of the Eagle Walkway"
Tamie Meck, KVNF

KVNF Sports Reporter Tamie Meck has been following the proposed educational and sports facility at Paonia Junior/Senior High School, and attended an open house last Friday for a tour of the site.  

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iSeeChange
11:51 am
Tue July 16, 2013

iSeeChange: Eyes of the Storm - Monsoon Forecasting

Norvan Larson, Forecaster at the National Weather Service Forecasting Office in Grand Junction
Credit Travis Bubenik, KVNF

If you've followed the weather for even the past few days, daily whether predications have been pretty, well, predictable: sunny in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon, a chance of rain as the day wears on and the sun starts to drop.

The Monsoon season has arrived in Colorado, the annual time when hot, high pressure in the atmosphere moves east across the Continental Divide and cool, moist air comes trailing in behind it. It's a reliable weather pattern, but exactly how reliable? 

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COMMUNITY
10:28 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Remembering Randy Udall

Randy Udall in 2005.
Credit Dan Bihn, High Country News

Carbondale resident and environmental steward Randy Udall's body was discovered last week in Wyoming's Wind River Range. Local resident Ed Marston knew Udall over three decades and offers this tribute. 

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NEWS
9:48 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Paonia Town Council Takes "No Action" on Amendment 64

Marijuana Plant in a Growhouse
Credit Coleen Danger (CC-BY-SA)

In a narrow 2010 vote, Paonia residents approved a measure to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. This year, the question is whether to allow commercial marijuana sales in town. But after a decision by the Paonia Town Council yesterday  evening (Tuesday July 9), that issue won't be on a ballot this year. 

The Paonia Town Council on Tuesday evening voted to approve a "No Action" plan regarding Amendment 64, the Colorado constitutional measure that legalizes commercial marijuana activity in the state. 

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iSeeChange
10:08 am
Tue July 9, 2013

iSeeChange: Where Have All the Wasps Gone?

View from behind Maria Hodkin's home. Under the dirt lies the Stewart Ditch, a previously-exposed water source now flowing through an enclosed pipe.
Credit Travis Bubenik, KVNF

For this week’s iSeeChange report, we explore concerns about ditch lining in the area, and whether these manmade environmental changes (much like the ditches themselves) may alter their surroundings.

Last week on the Almanac, Stewart Mesa resident noticed fewer numbers of wasps around her house. She says usually by this time of the summer, her front porch is practically overrun with wasps. But this year they seem to have disappeared. 

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COMMUNITY
3:00 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Slideshow: 67th Annual Paonia Cherry Days Parade

Joanna Calabrese

Friends, families and neighbors from near and far gathered this Independence Day for the annual Cherry Days Parade through downtown Paonia. From firefighters to fiji-dancers, to clowns and a very-well behaved marching goat, the parade showcased and celebrated the North Fork Valley's diversity and communal spirit. 

KVNF's Joanna Calabrese was on hand to capture that spirit. 

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