Travis Bubenik

Linda Reeves

As the BLM winds down two years of discussions over a  long-term management plan for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, KVNF’s Travis Bubenik joined a group of area environmentalists and conservationists for a canoe-trip-meets- resource-discussion down the lower Gunnison river.

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  • Area Environmentalists/Conservationists Host Canoe Trip to Discuss Dominguez-Escalante Issues
  • Small Fire Burning on Uncompaghre National Forest Lands
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Jim Brett

If you live in the North Fork Valley, you may have seen signs for a survey that asks "Did we get it right?"

North Fork residents are being asked to complete this survey as part of the North Fork Heart and Soul Project that has been taking place for the past year.

Flowercat via Flickr (CC-NC-SA)

The height of the fruit season is approaching here in western Colorado, so for this week’s iSeeChange report, we decided to zoom out a bit and look at how Colorado’s biggest fruit crop fits into the national scene.  


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  • Study Finds Colorado Solar Installations are Cheapest in Nation
  • Colorado's First Biomass Power Palnt Nearly Complete
  • Committee Debates Feasibility of New Renewables Standard for Rural Providers
  • More Cases of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Delta County
  • iSeeChange - Apple Economics of Western Colorado
  • BLM and Christo Fight Lawsuit Against Arkansas River Art Installation
  • Boulder-Area Businesses Say Drones Can Help Farmers With Weeds
  • Campaign Mailers Against Republican Recall Candidates Begin Circulating
  • Ouray County and City Officials Debate Sales Tax Increase
  • Terrorism Preparedness Training Organized for USA Pro Challenge
  • Autism/Animal Behavior Expert Temple Grandin to Speak in Grand Junction

On Friday, August second, a mysterious bunch of domesticated chickens were left on Stevens Gulch Road, just north of Paonia, seemingly to fend for themselves. A picture of the flock appeared online, and a flurry of social media activity from area residents soon followed, prompting the obvious question: what do you do with stranded chickens? 

Dave Gallob

This week's episode of Local Motion features a sampling of literary voices from our community. 

Patty Kaech-Feder

Though we’re barely a week into August, some signs of fall have started to appear in western Colorado.

Christy Eller/KVNF

After being closed for about two months, the historic Paradise Theatre in Paonia is reopening its doors. 

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? 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.  

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? 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

The Carnival at Cherry Days 2012

An altercation between local teens and carnival workers during last year's Cherry Days Celebration in Paonia resulted in the cancelation of the well-beloved carnival this year. KVNF youth reporters spoke to some of the people most concerned about it.


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  • Murdered 49-year-old Woman was Reported Missing in Mesa County 
  • State's First Human West Nile Case Reported
  • New Legislation Pushes Tougher Standards for Homeowners' Associations
  • Colorado's Moose Population Up 35%
  • Last Day of Paonia Cherry Days 

Wednesday, July 3: The body of 61 year-old environmental activist and Carbondale resident James "Randy" Udall was discovered Wednesday evening by an aerial search and rescue team. 

The Sublette County Sheriff's Department says Udall's body was discovered by a helicopter flying over rolling terrain in Wyoming, where Udall had been missing since failing to return on Friday from a solo hiking trip in the Wind River Range area near Pinedale. 

Travis Bubenik, KVNF.

Two new Colorado gun regulations went into effect July 1st, a response from lawmakers to last year's mass shootings at an Aurora movie theater and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. 

"P Kaech" via

Last week, users on the Almanac reported seeing the summer's first sunflowers. One user was surprised to see the flowers were blooming already. 

University of Maryland Biology Professor David Inouye says the early blooming season probably has to do with the warmer weather as of late. Inouye spends his summers studying flowers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Crested Butte. His current project involves looking at how the timing of flowering and abundance of flowering at changing. 

Travis Bubenik, KVNF

On Thursday, June 28th, Oakland-based blues and soul crooners the California Honeydrops stopped into the KVNF studios for a live set. The band played later that night in Ouray as a part of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series.

Joanna Calabrese

The streets of Paonia were packed with bicycles this past Tuesday, as riders in the 19th Annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado stopped into town on Day 3 of their 438-mile loop across the state.

Tom Wills/North Fork Merchant Herald

The Paonia Town Council on Tuesday began discussions over how to address Amendment 64, the ballot measure passed last November that legalizes recreational marijuana sales.

The council met in a pre-meeting work session Tuesday evening to discuss whether the Town’s action on the amendment should be decided by voters in November.

Travis Bubenik, KVNF

A group of North Fork area residents traveled to Washington, DC last week to meet with the Bureau of Land Management’s National Office and Colorado Senators Bennet and Udall. It was the third in a series of trips to Washington led by area environmental groups aimed at building support for the North Fork Alternative Plan, a guidebook of sorts for how some locals believe oil and gas development should play out in the North Fork Valley.

Travis Bubenik, KVNF.

If you called the Delta County Health Department Tuesday afternoon (June 18), you might've heard this message:

"We are not planning to spray the North Fork for mosquitos." 

Ken Nordstrom, Director of Environmental Health for Delta County, set those words as his voicemail message in response to a flurry of calls from North Fork area residents, who initially thought the health department was proposing to carry out aerial insecticide spraying throughout the county.