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.
Paonia Town Manager Jane Berryexplains 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a lot of new trends and models when it comes to how we look at food. There have been broad shifts towards local and organic food, but there’s also specific, organized changes. To start off tonight’s program, we’ll talk with Mathew Coniset and Emma Stopher Griffin. They both came to the North Fork Valley three years ago as interns on a farm. Since then they became involved with a food movement known as Slow Food.
Over the past decade spruce beetles have been causing a big problem in southwest Colorado. And it’s getting worse. The beetle is devouring mature spruce forests and turning them into expanses primed for wildfire.
We dug into our archives for great interviews Joe did at KVNF through out the years. Joe's good friends and snooker club also share stories about their friendship and history with this legendary musician and beloved community member.
The fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown and the choking death of Eric Garner by Police officers has sparked a national debate about law enforcement's relationship with African Americans, use of force and what can appear to be a militarized police force with use of armored vehicles and military issued assault rifles. Ali Lightfoot speaks with Delta police chief Robert Thomas about these issues.
On this show we’re looking at new ideas about new beginnings. Leaving a job for a new career, starting with a fresh beginning, or just expanding out in new ways, transitioning can be challenging. There’s not always a roadmap of how to make it in the world, but there are some people who can help.
We’ll hear from three people who run three different projects that hope to help people and businesses grow, armed with a good supply of fresh ideas themselves.
KVNF is part of Rocky Mountain Community Radio, a 16-member coalition of community radio stations in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico that share content.
Last week, KVNF participated in a the RMCR Conference in Carbondale hosted by community radio station KDNK.
As part of the conference, KVNF’s Laura Palmisano, RMCR's Bente Birkland, and KUNC’s Brian Larson, talked about the nitty-gritty of reporting and the effort and hurdles that aren’t heard on the radio. The program was hosted by KDNK News Director January Jones.
Ali Lightfoot speaks with director Merrily Talbott and several young performers from the production of “Hippies and Rednecks Unite, ” a new play that explores culture and stereotype in the North Fork Valley.