Travis Bubenik


  • 5,250 Gallons of Oil Spill into South Platte River
  • Norwood Bans Commercial Marijuana
  • Town of Telluride & Telluride Science Research Center Reach Agreement on New Facility
  • Bicyclist Hit and Killed at HWY 50 and Lands End Road South of Grand Junction
  • Energy Companies Concerned about New Wildlife Habitat Regulations

This evening only, KVNF will be helping to raise money for flood victims across the Front Range.

Rocky Mountain PBS operators will be taking your donations at 877-667-6727 from 4-10:30 this evening (9/18.) All the money raised will go to the Red Cross and food banks in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld Counties.

Please note - you do NOT need to call KVNF, or tune in for this fundraiser - simply call the number above between 4-10:30 pm. We'll simply be directing people to that number over the air.

JGColorado via Flickr (CC BY-NC)

In the wake of the historic Front Range Floods, many climate experts and researchers admit that while they’ve known of the potential for dangerous flooding in the Boulder area for some time now, hardly anybody could’ve predicted such a large-scale disaster.

We decided to look into what the floods might tell us about the future of massive storms, and whether the events of last week might change our definitions of "rare" weather events.


  • Hickenlooper Says Oil and Gas Safety is a Top Priority after Flooding
  • Lyons One of Hardest-Hit Areas in Floods
  • iSeeChange - Signs of Floods to Come?
  • Floods Hurt One Grand Junction-area Business
  • Garfield County Gas Emissions Study Moves Forward 
North Fork Ambulance

Today we speak with three members of the only ambulance and EMT service available to residents of the North Fork Valley and some surrounding areas. North Fork Ambulance is a non-profit, volunteer run group that's been serving the valley since 1969. 

Joining us in the studio for a conversation about the group's history, its mission and its methods are Richard Kinser - Operations Cheif and Board President, Dr. Dory Funk - board member and physician, and Kathy Steckel - Director of North Fork Ambulance.

Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/The National Guard

A number of firefighters from the Western Slope have been traveling to the Front Range to assist with search and rescue and emergency operations there. On Monday (September 16), KVNF spoke to one of them - retired firefighter Hugh Carson. Carson told us about what he's seen so far in Fort Collins. 


  • Death Toll in Floods Rises to 8, Search and Rescue Continues
  • Western Slope Firefighter Speaks to KVNF from Fort Collins
  • KVNF to Participate in Live Telethon Fundraiser for Flood Victims
  • Delta County to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order from Hen House
  • Ouray County Rodeo Association Hopes to Rebuild Fairgrounds
  • Western Slope Skies - The Sun & Solar Storms
Beth Bartel

As flood waters continued to wreak havoc along the Front Range on Friday (September 13), KVNF spoke to Hugh Carson, a firefighter of over 40 years who was called to Fort Collins to assist with emergency operations.

Attorneys for Delta County and the operators of a Powell Mesa Hen House say the two-year-long battle over the facility’s fate isn’t over yet. That's despite a ruling that Western Slope Layers would have to cease and desist operations immediately, handed down by Judge J. Steven Patrick last week.

On Sunday, September 15, KVNF will broadcast a live statewide call-in show focusing on the Colorado River. 


  • Front Range Flooding Causes 3 Deaths, 2 Broken Dams
  • Heavy Rains Hinder Progress of Post-Waldo Canyon Fire Recovery
  • Arrests Made in Rifle Meth Ring
  • Powell Mesa Hen House Operators to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order
  • State Offering Grants for Rural Movie Theaters to Convert to Digital
  • Western Slope Skies - The Sun and Solar Cycles
  • BLM State Director Helen Hankins to Retire
  • KVNF Regional Sports Report


  • Governor John Hickenlooper "Disappointed" in Recall Outcomes
  • Recalls Could Change Dynamics at State Legislature
  • State Republicans Set Their Sights on Governor's Office
  • Tax Proposed in San Miguel County to deal with Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Delta County Commissioners Call New Wildlife Rules "Unnecessary"
  • Water Losses in Cedaredge Could Lead to New Fees
  • Two Dead after Massive Flooding along Front Range
Tom Wills/North Fork Merchant Herald

Though voters in Paonia last November approved Amendment 64the measure legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado - the Paonia Town Council last night approved a moratorium on all commercial marijuana activity within town limits, until the issue can be put to voters in November of next year. Towns and municipalities across the state have been grappling with whether to allow marijuana legalization, a right given to them by Amendment 64.


  • Morse and Giron Defeated in Historic Colorado Recall Election
  • State Approves Final Rules for Commercial Marijuana Industry
  • Feds Say They Won't Prosecute Banks for Doing Business with Marijuana Industry
  • Paonia Town Council Approves Moratorium on Marijuana Activity
  • Ouray School First in Region to get High-Speed Fiber Optic Internet Connection
  • Cedaredge High School Student Dies from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Computix via Flickr (CC NC)

Today on Local Motion we speak with two people working to promote healthy lifestyles and diets in western Colorado. 

President Obama will address the nation tonight at 7 pm MST on the conflict in Syria. The President is expected to again call for military intervention in Syria after the alleged use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


  • Crowds Gather for Marijuana Giveaway, Tax Protest in Denver
  • Colorado Lawmakers Facing Recall Elections Today
  • Two Men Sentenced to Prison after Seeking Sex with Children in Grand Junction
  • Secret Report on James Holmes' Mental Health Delivered to Legal Teams
  • KDNK's Sounds of the High CountryJosh Zaffos on Fracking
  • Voers in Five Colorado Communities May See Fracking Questions

Judge J. Stevens Patrick ruled yesterday that operators of a Powell Mesa Hen House in Delta County must cease and desist operations immediately, bringing to an end (for now) a long and contentious lawsuit brought against the facility's operators and the Board of County Commissioners by a group of concerned residents.


  • State May Rate Thousands of Homes At Risk for Wildfires
  • US Forest Service Auctions Off Aspen Property for $7 Million
  • Gunnison Basin Roundtable Tasked with Debating State Water Plan
  • Study Claims Legal Pot Could Create Risks for Children
  • City of Grand Junction Bans Retail Marijuana Activity
  • Roundtable Discussion with Reporters Covering Colorado Recall Elections
Tee Poole via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)

In late July, a massive dust storm in the Saharan Desert of Africa moved across the Atlantic, making for an interesting start to the hurricane season, or you could say a boring one.

  • Coloradans Will Now Vote on Tax Increases for School Funding
  • Voters Guide to Heading to Printer
  • Colorado Lawmakers Offer Opinions on Syrian Conflict 
  • City of Delta Utility Rates on the Rise
  • iSeeChange - The West is Getting Dustier
  • Grand Valley Water Officials Say State Should Import Water to Meet Demand
  • Delta County Commissioners Discuss Efforts to Protect Sage Grouse
  • Mountain Village's Green Gondola Project to Install 10 New Solar Panels
  • More Colorado Marijuana on Black Market Than Ever Before
  • Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

Tuesday night’s Paonia Town Council meeting drew a much larger crowd than usual, with a full house of residents gathered to voice their opinions on how the town should deal with Amendment 64, the Colorado measure that legalizes commercial marijuana activity. 

Travis Bubenik/KVNF

The Hotchkiss Paranormal Investigators (HPI) team has been exploring the spirits of Western Colorado for over a year now. 

Travis Bubenik/KVNF

Members of Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet’s staff recently held a listening session in Paonia to gather community input on the 2013 Farm Bill.

"I caught a plane to Denver - your eyes had turned to stone."

The opening track for Alela Diane’s fifth full-length, About Farewell, is a farewell. A winter’s-gone-by reminiscence of you thinking about her, leaving me in the snow, the sort of melancholy low-lit melody that fans of Diane’s early work are bound to praise as a return to roots, a coming full circle. But this record’s plain-stated heartache is anything but a rekindling of old flames and reliable fingerpicking.

The victim of a shooting in Montrose has been issued a citation for false reporting to authorities. 

Sadie Miller/KVNF

Last week the Almanac saw a lot of talk about mushrooms – Steve Smith said they seem to be popping up in larger numbers than usual – Marilyn Stone wondered what factors affect mushroom numbers – and Amber Kleinman asked whether it’s possible to grow puffballs in a yard. 

Joanna Calabrese/KVNF

KVNF recently competed in the First Annual KCRW 24-Hour Radio Race, where radio producers from across the country and the world were given 24 hours to imagine, capture and produce a non-fiction story on the theme "The Last Thing You'd Expect." 

  • President of Western Colorado Latino Chamber of Commerce Steps Down to Fight Cancer
  • Mesa County DA's Office Denies "Prejudice" Claims by Accused Palisade Mother's Defense Attorneys
  • Prosecutors in Aurora Theater Shootings Try to Block Testimony on Colorado's Death Penalty
  • Public Hearings on Marijuana Laws Begin at State Capitol
  • Hotchkiss Bans All Commercial Marijuana Activity
  • Delta County Landfill Happy to See 125 Tons of Tires
  • iSeeChange - Local "Guru" Ryan Warwick on Mushrooms
  • KVNF Competes in First Annual 24-Hour