How will Delta County move forward now that one of its main economic drivers is gone?  A new alliance of local organizations is working to strengthen and diversify Delta County’s economy.   Pete Kolbenschlog of the Colorado Farm and Food Alliance, Marla Korpar from Solar Energy International and Trish Thibodo of Delta County Economic Development talk about opportunities they see to move the local economy forward.   

An in-depth look at the issues explored in a blog titled “What It’s Like to be a Student with a Brain in the Delta County School District."   The blog, written by Grand Junction resident Ann Landman of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, chronicles Cidney Fisk’s senior year at Delta High School, where Cidney says she was punished for speaking out about what she felt were violations of Separation of Church and State at the school and their decision to spend money on a new gym floor instead of books.

Local Motion: Shavano Valley Petroglyphs

Jul 13, 2016
Shavano Valley Petroglyphs
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Shavano Valley outside of Montrose, Colorado contains petroglyphs drawn by hunters and gatherers, Ute Indians and other indigenous people. Archaeologist Carol Patterson has studied these drawings for over a decade. Through the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose she leads guided tours of the rock art site. This week on Local Motion, we'll go on that tour with Patterson. 


KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with district 2 commissioner Bruce Hovde.

Ali Lightfoot

The Grand Junction non-profit Operation Revamp is one of just a handful of organizations in the U.S. that provide healing arts for war veterans.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot visited their Veterans Art Center to speak with the founder of the organization, Wendy Hoffman and talk to several veterans participating in the program.

Local Motion: Habitat For Humanity of the San Juans

May 31, 2016
Habitat For Humanity of the San Juans

Montrose-based Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans is marking several milestones including its 25th anniversary and 50th home built.

coal miner, Paonia Town Park, mining
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Thirty-five years ago this month, an explosion at the Dutch Creek No. 1 Mine outside of Redstone, Colo. killed 15 coal miners. Rob Mulford worked at the mine. He wasn't there that day, but the weight of the tragedy is still with him. Mulford now lives in Alaska, but he recently came back Colorado, to honor his friends and fellow miners who died. He joined KVNF's Laura Palmisano in the studio to talk about the tragedy and a book he's writing.

Students from Mrs. Simpson's 2nd grade class at Paonia Elementary share stories about the things they love to do in their community.

Crisanta Duran, Kerry Donovan, Millie Hamner
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

This week on the program, we'll hear interviews with three Democratic state lawmakers who recently came to Paonia for a constituent meet-and-greet. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, Rep. Millie Hamner and Sen. Kerry Donovan at the event. They discussed the current legislative session and bills the lawmakers are sponsoring. 

Local Motion: The Solar Sisters Of Pakistan

Feb 17, 2016
solar panels
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Last year, two nuns from Pakistan visited Paonia. Sister Samina Iqbal and Sister Maria Daniel came to the North Fork Valley to take more classes at Solar Energy International. Through the nonprofit school, the nuns with the Sisters of Loretto have learned how to install and troubleshoot solar systems. Samina and Maria say they are the only women in Pakistan doing solar installation. And, they’ve set up systems at missions, schools and homes.

In the January 2016 edition of The Delta County Commissioners Report,  Felix Belmont speaks with district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber.

Paonia's Budget: Cuts, Fees, And Flexibility

Dec 14, 2015
Paonia Town Hall

Last week, the town of Paonia’s board of trustees approved a budget for 2016.  The board approved increases in the water rates, personnel cuts, and planned for a major overhaul of the town’s water mains.  To discuss this further, KVNF’s Jake Ryan sat down with town manager Jane Berry and trustees and finance committee members Ross King and Charles Stewart.

Laura Palmisano

Joe Cocker fans, Brenda and Tom Kelley of Grand Junction, Colo. were the winning bidders in the recent auction of Joe Cocker’s 1995 Jaguar. The car was given to KVNF by Joe’s wife, Pam, shortly after his death in December of 2014.  The Kelleys won by just $5 making the final bid $25,705. KVNF’s Ali Lightfoot spoke with the couple about winning the car.

Jon Howard
Laura Palmisano

KVNF’s new General Manager, Jon Howard speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his past work experience, the state of community radio and the road ahead for KVNF.   

Local Motion: The State Of Delta County

Oct 29, 2015
going out of business sign, economy
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

This week on Local Motion, we discuss the economy in Delta County and local efforts to improve it. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Delta County Commissioner Bruce Hovde, Michelle Haynes, the executive director of Region 10,  and Trish Thibodo, the executive director of Delta County Economic Development. 

Marty Durlin and long time residents,  Cathy and Carrie Boyd,  share memories of growing up in Delta Colorado.

Felix Belmont speaks with District One Commissioner, Doug Atchley about the local economy and latest developments with broadband, zoning and coal mine layoffs.

Local Motion: Learning English As A Second Language

Sep 24, 2015
karen refugees, esl class
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

This week on Local Motion, we explore learning English as a second language. First, we'll hear from University of Colorado, Boulder linguist Maria Thomas-Ruzic. She's worked in the ESL field for over 40 years. Thomas-Ruzic explains why English is a basic need for immigrants in the United States and the challenges adult learners face.

Local Motion: Paonia's Finances

Sep 16, 2015
Paonia Town Hall

The town of Paonia is still reeling from embezzlement.  As the town also grapples with a mulit-million dollar water project, all of the flexible reserves are spent, meaning the town has had to take a line of credit to cover costs. 

Charles Stewart and Ross King, board of trustees members, and Jane Berry, town manager, discuss the financial state of Paonia, and what can be done to work things out. 

Local Motion: Governor's Forum In Montrose

Sep 4, 2015
John Hickenlooper
Laura Palmisano

On this episode of Local Motion, we’ll hear from Governor John Hickenlooper and members of his cabinet who spoke at a forum in Montrose last month. First, Irv Halter, the director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, speaks. Then John Swartout , a senior advisor to the governor, talks about sage grouse. And lastly, Hickenlooper delivers his remarks. 

Art Partners is a program where area youth, who are interested  in art, are matched with a mentor from the community.  Julianne Johnson, who is an Art Partners case manager in Delta county and her youth partner, Erin Johnston tell us about the program.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Alicia Michelson and Gabe Vest of The Learning Council.  The council provides educational opportunities in the North Fork  with a focus on community-building and cultivating classical arts, agriculture and practical arts.

Local Motion: Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery

Jul 1, 2015
Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery, rainbow trout
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has 70 fish hatcheries across the country.

In Colorado there are two of these facilities. One is in Leadville. And, the other is outside of the town of Hotchkiss along the banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison River.

This week on the program, we take a tour of the Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery

Paonia Town Manager Jane Berry explains the current situation with the Paonia police department and the lawsuit against former Town Finance Officer and convicted embezzler, Kristin Chesnik.   She also fills us in on a new retirement housing development that is being discussed.

Local Motion: Seed Libraries, Seed Saving

May 27, 2015

This week on Local Motion, we'll learn about seed libraries and seed saving.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviews seed librarian Sarah Pope about the North Fork Seed Library in Hotchkiss. She also talks to Mark Waltermire of Thistle Whistle Farms, based in Delta County, about seed saving and attorney Neil Thapar with the Sustainable Economies Law Center about challenges seed libraries are facing.

The dZi Foundation is a Ridgway-based non-profit helping Nepal's most remote communities recover from the devastating earthquakes. Jim Nowak, dZi president and co-founder, joined KVNF's Ali Lightfoot to talk about the situation in Nepal and current rebuilding efforts.

Local Motion: Reporting On Immigrant Issues

May 6, 2015
Laura Palmisano

This episode of Local Motion is a reporter's notebook from Atlanta. KVNF's Laura Palmisano traveled there last month for fellowship training. She is one of 15 journalists from across the U.S. selected by the Institute for Justice & Journalism (IJJ) for its 2015 fellowship on immigrant families.

In Atlanta, the fellows attended workshops and presentations put on by immigration experts, reporters and advocacy organizations. Palmisano brought her recording gear to interview presenters and other journalists. 

Paonia Students Clean Up River­side On Earth Day

Apr 24, 2015
poppy lightfoot, trash clean up
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

In honor of Earth Day on Wednesday, a group of middle schools students in Paonia volunteered to clean up trash along the river. 

Armed with black trash bags and work gloves more than 20 seventh and eighth grade students are searching for rubbish in the woods near Paonia High School.

The area is next to the North Fork of the Gunnison River, a tributary of the Colorado River. And, these middle schoolers are here for a community service project coordinated by the Western Slope Conservation Center, a local nonprofit.

In the April 2015 edition Ali Lightfoot speaks with district 1 commissioner Doug Atchley about new efforts to provide broadband, the local economy and a surge in robberies in Delta county.

Flight of the Eagle Project

The Flight of the Eagle project  is a collaboration between the Delta County School District, students and the community to raise money for a new track and field at Paonia High School.