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KVNF's original reporting covers a variety of issues affecting the Western Slope - everything from environmental and energy issues to breaking news and statewide legislative debates. We also feature content from our Rocky Mountain Community Radio partner stations and Harvest Public Media. Our news team is always looking for leads. Let us know what's happening in your area, what issues you care about and what you'd like to hear us cover - email us at news@kvnf.org.

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NEWS
11:36 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ali Lightfoot talks about KVNF's Pass the Mic Project

KVNF Youth Reporters interviewing Todd Harding
Credit Ali Lightfoot/KVNF

This Saturday, December 7th at the Paradise Theater, KVNF is screening a series of documentary films on the Pass the Mic project, featuring the full-length interviews our youth reporters conducted themselves.

The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 3-4 pm.

I recently spoke to Ali about the project, and what she’s learned from working with youth reporters. 

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NEWS
11:21 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Youth Reporters Cover Energy Issues for Pass the Mic

Youth Reporter Energy Clearwater at the Elk Creek Mine in Somerset
Credit Ali Lightfoot/KVNF

For the past few months, KVNF’s Programming Director Ali Lightfoot has been helping local kids produce radio stories as a part of our youth reporting project, Pass the Mic.

The project is now in its second year and is a collaboration of KVNF and the North Fork Heart and Soul Project. The stories these kids produce tackle a number of contentious issues, one of them being the energy industry. 

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NEWS
5:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Layoffs As Coal Mine All But Shuttered

Mike Ludlow, Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations, points to where managers hope to start coal mining at Elk Creek Mine with a new or rebuilt longwall miner. Those plans are on hold while Oxbow Mining tries to line up that equipment.
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

More coal miners in the North Fork Valley are being laid off. Oxbow Mining company, owned by billionaire Bill Koch, laid off more than a hundred more employees on Monday at its Elk Creek mine.

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Audio Postcard
10:02 am
Mon December 2, 2013

North Fork Children's Christmas Party Wrap

Credit Tamburix via Flickr (CC BY-SA) creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, KVNF's Brian Cambria stopped in at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss to talk with Marsha Grant and Toni Hanna during a volunteer-heavy event to wrap Christmas presents for children of the North Fork Valley. He captured an audio postcard to kick off the Christmas season.

Hear Brian's audio postcard.

FOOD
11:45 am
Fri November 29, 2013

A Trip to the Trading Post Kitchen

The Old River Road Trading Post in Paonia
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

The holidays are officially here, and while Thanksgiving may have come and gone, there’s still plenty of festivities to be had in the coming months.

And of course, what would the season be without food, and lots of it?

To get you into the holiday spirit and prepared for long, laborious hours in the kitchen, we took a visit to a cooking class hosted by Chris Bailey at the Old River Road Trading Post in Paonia.

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Sports
10:46 am
Fri November 29, 2013

KVNF Sports Report: November 29, 2013

KVNF's Eric Goold brings us the latest on local sports across the Western Slope.


NEWS
8:48 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

School Board Member Wants New Policy on Transgender Students' Access to Facilities

A recently-elected Delta County School Board member has stirred controversy with her comments on transgender students using school facilities that match their gender identity, rather than their biological gender.

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NEWS
8:48 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Proposed Merger would create Flour Milling Goliath

Farmers in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska harvest about one-third of the nation’s wheat acres, according to the most recent Agricultural Census.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Fall is planting time for wheat across the Great Plains and this year’s crop went into the ground while big changes were underway in the wheat market. Some of the biggest players in the flour milling industry are joining forces to make the country’s largest miller even larger.

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NEWS
10:04 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Paonia Eagles Win First State Title in Over 50 Years

Paonia Eagles, 2013 Class 1A State Champions
Rich Meck

The Paonia Eagles are Class 1A State Champions in football after beating out Centauri 32-24 on Saturday at Paonia Town Park. 

The Paonia Eagles football team experienced transformation this season, going from an average team with an average record in 2012, to hosting the Class 1A championship game on Saturday.

The Eagles posted a 10-game winning streak on their way to a 12-1 ecord, upsetting rivals Hotchkiss and the defending state champion Cedaredge Bruins along the way. In the state semifinal game, Paonia trounced the #1 ranked Buena Vista Demons.

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NEWS
12:47 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Details Emerge in Mining Accident

Miner's Memorial Statue in Ouray, Colorado.
Telluride Watch Newspapers

The recent mining accident near Ouray was one of the worst in recent Colorado history. Two miners died and nearly two dozen were injured at the Revenue-Virginius mine, owned by Star Mine Operations.  More details about what happened are starting to come out. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher talks with reporter Samantha Wright, who’s covering the accident for the Telluride Watch newspapers.

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