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. 

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 Town Hall
KVNF

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.   


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.

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.

Paonia Town Hall
KVNF

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Atlanta
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. 

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.

sanni ceto, blue sage gallery
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

April is National Autism Awareness Month. In observation of this, KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed Temple Grandin, a well-known advocate for people with autism and a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University, Sanni Ceto, a Paonia-based artist who has autism, and Dr. Jim Ball, the executive chair of the Autism Society’s Board of Directors and a behavior analyst who works autistic people.

roots, kvnf pledge drive 2015 spring
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Many of are listeners aren't aware that what makes us special as a community radio station is our DJs.  All of the DJs you hear, playing the music that you love and that keeps you going through the day, they're all volunteers.  They come in when they can, they schedule their lives around our music shows, they are the roots of our programming.  Without them, this wouldn't be KVNF.
 

 Judy Livingston and Claudia King are best friends with deep roots in the North Fork Valley. They've lived in Paonia their whole lives and met in school over 70 years ago. As part of the Local Motion episode on community roots, Ali Lightfoot spoke to them about their lifelong friendship and how Paonia has changed over the years.

Carla and Floy met during apple pickin' season in the 1970's. They were both working at the same orchard and became good friends.   After that, they partnered up to run Wildwood Ranch on Stucker Mesa outside of Paonia.  As Carla says 'anyone who ever raised a chicken around here knows who they are'.  As part of the community roots episode of Local Motion, KVNF's Ali Lightfoot talked to Carla and Floy about their lasting friendship and life on the ranch. 

paonia mural, samuel wade
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The North Fork Valley in Delta County opened to settlers in the early 1880's. The founders of Paonia, Hotchkiss and other communities in the area lived in Hinsdale County's Lake City before coming to the valley. As part of our Local Motion episode on community roots, KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed North Fork Valley historian and author Chuck Farmer to find out more about the area's connection to Lake City. Farmer co-authored the book "In the Footsteps of the Hotchkiss Brothers" with his wife Mary.

hands, senior citizen
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In 2010, 10 percent of Colorado’s population was over the age of 65.

The state ranked fourth lowest in the nation for people in this demographic. However, this age group is rapidly growing according to the Colorado Demography Office.  

It’s projected this age cohort will more than double to nearly 1.3 million people over the next 20 years. 

This week, three founders of The San Juan Independent sit down with KVNF's Jake Ryan to discuss their new venture, journalism on the Western Slope, and the future of the new online news source.  Featured are Samantha Wright,  Alec Jacobson, and Barbara Kondracki. 

Local Motion: V-Day

Feb 25, 2015

The Blue Sage in Paonia presented a new play by Eve Ensler in February called “A Memory, A Rant, A Monologue and A Prayer” –   a collection of short stories and poems about women and men who struggle with violence.   The directors of the play, Amber McDaniel and Sunshine Knight talk about the issues explored in the play.

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