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, Laura Palmisano and Jake Ryan.

Ali Lightfoot takes a look at the issue of plastic pollution from the mountains of Colorado to the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.   

Learn about this growing environmental movement from local experts and activists including: Carol Kwiatkowski, Joanna Calabrese, Carolyn Yates, Don Holt (of Don's market) and Kevin Hunt, manager of the Adobe Buttes Landfill.

Hear about the effects of plastic pollution on our coastlines and marine life with oceanographer, Captain Charles Moore and surfer, Tom Jones.

Listen to the program as it aired on KVNF radio.

KVNF's Amber McDaniel speaks with Jeff Basinger  the director of the Western Colorado AIDS project which provides resources for persons living with AIDS/HIV in western Colorado.  

Andrew Cullen

The first North Fork Storytelling Series brought together talented people from around the Valley to tell tales about Guts. There were stories of entrails, courage and boldness. This is a re-broadcast of the live event, which was held at The Blue Sage in Paonia.

Rick Watts hosts a live call-in about recreational marijuana with Delta county commissioner, Bruce Hovde and locally based marijuana industry consultant, Jere Lowe. 

 

Cyn Holder speaks with author and  professor, John Ikerd.   Ikerd is a Professor Emeritus of Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia.   He writes and speaks on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture.

Amber McDaniel speaks with educators from schools around the western slope about multicultural education and how it is implemented in their classrooms.

Cyn Holder speaks with Dr Michael Soule, Elaine Brett and community members about  sustainability, coal and climate change.

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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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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. 

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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.

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.

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.

Rich Meck

For the second part of our program today, members of the Paonia Eagles football team and first-year Head Coach Brent McRae joined us to talk about the team's recent state championship win. 

This year marked the first time the Eagles have won a state title in over 50 years.

Travis Bubenik

Today on the program we talk with Aspen Public Radio's Elise Thatcher, who was recently in the North Fork Valley reporting on a mobile air quality monitoring study being coordinated by Citizens for a Healthy Community and the Endocrine Disruption Exchange, or TEDX. 

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For this episode of Local Motion, we spoke with two members of the Delta County CAWS organization. 

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Today on Local Motion, a look back at some local ballot initiatives across our region and the state.

We talked with area reporters and people involved in contested issues this year about the elections, the outcomes, and what the results tell us about the attitude of Colorado voters this year.

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot explores her options for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act with Maria Forster at Connect for Health Colorado.

We also spoke with I-News Network reporter Kristin Jones about a recent statewide survey looking at the state of healthcare in Colorado.

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Today on Local Motion we talk with three of the people involved with the North Fork Air Quality Study, a year-long project put together by CU-Boulder, the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Delta County School District. 

The project will use low-cost, portable and permanent monitoring devices to get baseline measurements of air quality in the North Fork Valley. 

Hugh Carson

For this episode of Local Motion, we spoke to retired firefighter Hugh Carson about his experience helping to coordinate emergency response in the wake of the historic flooding that hit the Front Range in September.

Carson has a long history with disaster management, and has spoken to KVNF before about his experiences with wildfire. He joins us this time for an insider's look at how emergency personnel deal with a much different element: water, and lots of it.

Energy reporter, Eden Clearwater interviews Jeff Tobe about the future of solar energy.

Pass the Mic's Arts Reporter, Sadie Miller speaks with Annette Pretorius about the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.

Pass the Mic's agriculture reporter, Tao Freeman, interview Mike King - brewmaster and owner of Revolution Brewery in Paonia.

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KVNF recently spoke in Ridgway with Susan Long, manager for the Ouray County Fairgrounds as well as the 4-H Events Center for the past eight years. 

Ms. Long and I spent an afternoon touring the rodeo grounds and talking about the association's plans to renovate the fairgrounds' historic WWII-era grandstands, as well as the aging announcer's booth and bucking shoots. 

Long says the planned renovations are aimed at increasing safety and bringing more outdoor to the grounds, all while preserving the unique western heritage of the region.

Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray Colorado is a non-profit organization working to help children receive positive guidance and encouragement from a mentor. Hannah Wheeler and Holly Hernandez are members of teen advisory board at Partners.  Julianne Johnson is the coordinator for Art Partners.    Here, Ali Lightfoot speaks with them about the program.

Local writers, Gustavo Brett and Marilyn Colter share pieces they will be reading at the 2013 Harvest of Voices in Paonia.

New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes--from food safety to racism and immigration in his new young adult novel "Zombie Baseball Beatdown." 

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.

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

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

Today's episode of Local Motion features a conversation with new KVNF General Manager Rick Watts. 

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