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.
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.
Three public meetings to discuss the future of the Delta County School District were held in December. Hear what community members had to say about budget cuts, standardized testing, academic standards and charter schools in their district. Ali Lightfoot spoke to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about these issues as well as a student privacy law and proposed legislation to increase awareness and resources for dyslexic students.
On this week's Local Motion we are showcasing the regional reporting by the KVNF news team. We'll hear stories from Laura Palmisano, Jake Ryan and Bente Birkeland. They report on the struggles volunteer fire departments face, groundwater monitoring in the North Fork Valley, Colorado's spruce beetle epidemic, the proposed physician-assisted suicide bill, domestic violence, and solar energy.
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.
On this week's Local Motion, we’ll be looking at organic farming, and really, what that means. There are a number of unique certifications that differentiate produce from conventional farming. It can get a little confusing as to what the word "organic" means, what makes a farm certified USDA organic, and why some farmers choose different programs, or none at all.
KVNF's Jake Ryan talked to Steve Ela, Mark Waltermire, Lynn Gillespie, and Don Holt.
Change is in the air in the North Fork. What can newcomers to the valley do to show respect to long time residents and their traditions while still being civically engaged and involved in planning local events? Listen as long-time locals and newcomers discuss these sometimes uncomfortable issues in our community.