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.

The second North Fork Storytelling Series brought together talented people from around the Valley to tell tales about Obsession. This is a re-broadcast of the live event, which was held at The Blue Sage in Paonia.  Here,  Liz Evans,  Emily Guerin, and Krista Langlois share their stories.

On this week's Local Motion, KVNF's Laura Palmisano takes us on a drive around Grand Mesa with geologist Andres Aslan. On the drive, Aslan talks about the geological history of the mesa and why it's landslide prone. He also discusses May's massive landslide on the edge of the Grand Mesa near Collbran that claimed the lives of three men.

KVNF's Jake Ryan interviews all eight candidates for the DMEA board of directors.  They discuss who they are and why they're running.  Each person touches on the contract with Tri State, the future of high speed internet, and the current state of DMEA. 

93 year old retired Colonel Robert Bryson recounts his experience as a fighter pilot in The Battle of Guadalcanal,  a military campaign that took place between august 1942 and February 1943  in the Pacific Theater of World War II.   It was the first major offensive by Allied  forces against the Japan.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with Bryson at his home in Paonia.

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with Delta County Commissioner, Mark Roeber.  May 2014

North Fork residents Jim Ramey, Alexis Halbert and Ty Gilespie discuss their recent trip to Washington DC.  They were part of the delegation that met with officials about the North Fork Alternative plan,  a community-based plan which aims to protect North Fork’s public lands from oil and gas development.  

The Trading Post in Paonia is the kind of place you might expect to meet people who don’t vaccinate their kids. There’s bulk quinoa on the shelves, local potatoes in baskets and all sorts of sugar and wheat free goodies for sale near the cash register. The whole place has a decidedly crunchy, alternative vibe, and that extends to medicine. The last time I went there, the first three people I talked to told me they didn’t vaccinate their children.

Writers from the Write On! anthology competition read their published works.   On this show:  Marty Durlin, Slater Podgorny, Carol Kwiatkowski, and Sarah Gilman read their work.

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 of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX)

Joanna Calabrese of the Pick Up America and the Western Slope  Conservation Center

Carolyn Yates, O-waste activist

Don Holt of Don's market

Kevin Hunt, manager of the Adobe Buttes Landfill

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.

Travis Bubenik/KVNF

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. 

Jeri Mattics Omernik/Valley Food Partnership

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. 


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.

North Fork Merchant Herald

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.