Local Motion

Tuesdays 6-6:30 PM

In-depth local public affairs reporting and interviews from around the KVNF listening area.  Local Motion airs on Tuesdays from 6-6:30 pm, and is hosted by Ali Lightfoot.

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Jackie Sievers and Leslie Sparks of Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services respond to the tragic death of Hotchkiss resident Madelaine Loh, 27, who died at the hands of her boyfriend Edgar Macias-Moreno in June. Hilltop serves Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties and works to help those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Quartz

KVNF News spoke with officials from the Town of Hotchkiss, the Town of Paonia and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get first hand information on how the drought is impacting life on the Western Slope. Also included are reports about the potential of a dry Colorado River and new farming techniques that create energy rather than use it.

Two Colorado organizations that provide resources and legal aid to immigrants weigh in on the humanitarian crisis on the border.  We hear from Tom Acker from the Hispanic Affairs Project – a grassroots organization serving western Colorado and Cristian Solano-Córdova from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – a statewide organization advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.     

Delta County's Community and Economic Development Director, Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry is the guest on this episode. She joins Felix Belmont and Ali Lightfoot to talk about new projects and initiatives aimed at creating jobs as well as several new working groups focused on planning for oil and gas development and concentrated animal feeding operations.

David Starr

The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center is getting ready to open its doors this month.  This new venue, located in Cedaredge,  will host concerts, artist exhibits, classes and receptions. One of the founders, musician David Starr, shares information about this new community center and plays some songs from his latest CD, South and West.

Elsewhere Studios

Elsewhere Studios is an artist in residency program in Paonia, Colorado.  Here, Carolina Porras and Deirdre Morrison from Elsewhere talk about the Inspired Art At Work project, the residency program, upcoming events and the role artists can play building bridges and celebrating a community.

Anita Evans and Kat Fitzpatrick of The Nature Connection talk to Ali Lightfoot about the organization, a hub of environmental education for Delta County and Olathe.  They discuss what is being done with the 1.7 million dollar grant to provide outdoor education that enhances the school district's curriculum, as well as offering students the opportunity to extend that outdoor experience with their families and train for jobs in recreation.

Delta County officials spent over a year and a half and over $100,000 to rewrite and update its Master Plan. KVNF News spoke with Delta County Economic and Community Developer Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry as well as members of the Planning Commission to get the history of the Master Plan process and talked about what's next.

Ali Lightfoot takes to the streets of Montrose to talk to  residents about what makes their town special.

Political consultant Joel Dyar talks with Ali Lightfoot about trends in politics regionally and nationally, and discusses notable Colorado candidates and races in the 2018 election.

Felix Belmont discusses the Delta County master plan with district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber.

High Country News

The borderlands are a long-misunderstood region of the country, wrapped up in rhetoric and myth. In this episode of West Obsessed, Tucson-based Associate Editor Maya Kapoor joins Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert and Deputy Editor-Digital Kate Schimel to discuss the realities of the border, the communities along it and their intertwined ecologies and economies.

Ewelina Bajda

The town of Crawford, like many other rural areas,  has limited resources for law enforcement.  Crawford's mayor, Delta county sheriffs and residents share stories about how the lack of police presence affects them. 

Kori Stanton, Eva Vanbeek

Local farmers talk to KVNF's Kori Stanton about how they plan, sustain and grow their operations.   Vintner Alfred Eames,  farmer Scott Horner and orchardist Harrison Topp are featured.

Kori Stanton

Candidates from Colorado's 3rd Congressional district talk about where they stand on gun laws as well as school security and mental health funding.   We hear from Diane Mitsch Bush, Karl Hanlon, and Arn Menconi.

Kori Stanton

A local gun control activist,  gun enthusiast, school official, parents and a Columbine survivor weigh in on the issue of gun control, gun safety and school security. 

In this episode of West Obsessed, contributing editor Jonathan Thompson joins High Country News editor Kate Schimel to explore the struggle of Navajo Nation residents, and others, to prevent more oil and gas exploration in historically important lands. Chaco Canyon holds cultural significance to several tribal nations and is also at the center of one of the richest oil and gas fields in the country.

Courtney Ryan

Feb 23, 2018

The KVNF Family would like to send our heart felt condolences to our former news producer Jake Ryan,  who lost his wife Courtney in a car accident on Monday.  Courtney was a beloved member of the Paonia community. She and Jake were an important part of KVNF and contributed their time and energy to many other great area non profits and causes while they lived here.  We send all our love to Jake and Courtney's family as they cope with this tremendous loss.  

Carmen shares her thoughts on social media and its use in our lives.

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with District 2 Commissioner Don Suppes about marijuana laws in the county.

Julian Brave Noisecat

From the earliest days of white settlement, fortunes have been made and dynasties built on land taken from Native Americans, this continent’s first victims of gentrification. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the impacts of modern housing crises on Indigenous populations.  

FDA

The opioid epidemic impacts every level of life in America, from local to state to national. KVNF News spoke with three health care officials about possible solutions for the KVNF listening area.

Brooke Warren/High Country News

In rural, conservative parts of Northern California, a separatist movement has found new life. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss why the State of Jefferson movement has renewed its push to become the newest state of the union, and how that relates to the election of Donald Trump and the California "resistance."

 

 

Photo courtesy of Nathan Rupert/Flickr user.

The past year has been one of huge changes for the West. The Trump administration has made huge strides in rolling back environmental regulations, while natural disasters across the region surged. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss what 2017 meant for the West.

Eric Goold

About 40 stakeholders from the North Fork Valley and beyond were at the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management in Montrose on December 15th to protest the BLM's approval of oil and gas development at Bull Mountain. KVNF News spoke with protestors and the BLM to get the story.

Picture provided by River Valley Health Center

In September, Congress let federal funding expire for the the low cost insurance program CHIP, or CHP Plus as it's known in Colorado. Notices were sent out to more than 75,000 Colorado families letting them know that unless Congress acts soon they will lose their insurance at the end of January.  Dr. Christopher Stille from Children’s Hospital Colorado,  Erin Miller from the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Jeremy Carroll from the River Valley Family Health Center talk about the importance of this program that insures children and pregnant women in our state. 

 

The Rocky Mountains have long been a source of inspiration and art. This is very apparent in the works of the poet Belle Turnbull, who wrote about the mining camps of Colorado, the beauty of the mountains, and her life in the Rockies.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Heather Ripley, Director of Public Relations and Development for HomewardBound of the Grand Valley.  HomewardBound provides safe shelter and resources for homeless adults and families on their pathway home.

Native communities are an integral part of the nation’s history—and future. However, even today there aren’t enough publications that know how to accurately tell their stories. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the magazine's efforts to tell better stories from Indian Country.

Photo by Eric Goold

KVNF News interviews Kathy Steckel, executive director of the North Fork Ambulance Association, about the organization's history and the services the all-volunteer organization provides. Also interviewed is Katie Hedley, events and media coordinator for the NFAA and an EMT in-training, who talked about the Powerful Stories program.

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