North Fork Valley

NEWS
1:09 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Paonia Town Council Looks at 2014 Budget

The Paonia Town Council held a contentious study session on next year’s approximately $2 million dollar budget last week, with declining revenues pushing a host of competitive agendas. 

Tax revenues have fallen all over the western slope, said Elyse Ackerman, regional manager of the Department of Local Affairs, or DOLA, who attended the session.

 “The whole western slope is seeing a secondary dip happening,” Ackerman says. “If you talk to Mesa County, Montrose County, everyone’s kind of seeing it. The question is why, why is that happening again?”

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ENVIRONMENT
5:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Local Motion: North Fork Air Quality Study

Credit North Fork Merchant Herald

Today on Local Motion we talk with three of the people involved with the North Fork Air Quality Study, a year-long project put together by CU-Boulder, the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Delta County School District. 

The project will use low-cost, portable and permanent monitoring devices to get baseline measurements of air quality in the North Fork Valley. 

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NEWS
2:47 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Locals Weigh In On Government Shutdown

Credit Verbeeldingskr8 via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)

On Wednesday, October 16th, US Senate leaders announced they had reached a deal to avert a default on the federal government’s debt and to reopen the government after being shut down for more than 14 days. The US House passed the bill late in the evening and President Obama signed it into law just after midnight. 

KVNF's Cyn Holder took to the streets of Paonia and Hotchkiss during the day, just as lawmakers had begun working towards a deal, to ask people what they thought about the shutdown and the political gridlock that had perpetuated it.

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ARTS
12:16 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Photography Exhibit Pays Tribute to North Fork Valley Seniors

"Neighbors, Strangers and Friends" is on display at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkis through Friday, 10/4/13
Credit Rita Claggett

“Neighbors, Strangers and Friends” is an audio/visual exhibit currently on display at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. The exhibit features a series of interviews and photographs of North Fork Valley seniors created by local writer and photographer Rita Clagett. KVNFs Ali Lightfoot spoke with Clagett about the project. 

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COMMUNITY
3:30 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Local Motion: North Fork Ambulance

Credit North Fork Ambulance

Today we speak with three members of the only ambulance and EMT service available to residents of the North Fork Valley and some surrounding areas. North Fork Ambulance is a non-profit, volunteer run group that's been serving the valley since 1969. 

Joining us in the studio for a conversation about the group's history, its mission and its methods are Richard Kinser - Operations Cheif and Board President, Dr. Dory Funk - board member and physician, and Kathy Steckel - Director of North Fork Ambulance.

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COMMUNITY
9:32 am
Tue August 20, 2013

24-Hour Radio Race Contest: Lore of the Lamb

Mt. Lamborn
Joanna Calabrese/KVNF

KVNF recently competed in the First Annual KCRW 24-Hour Radio Race, where radio producers from across the country and the world were given 24 hours to imagine, capture and produce a non-fiction story on the theme "The Last Thing You'd Expect." 

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ENVIRONMENT
2:37 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

iSeeChange: Colorado Fruit Growers Harness Wind, Water, and Fire to Save Harvest

Allie Goldstein and Glenn Austin pet the Austin family dog while riding around the orchard via golf cart
Credit Kirsten Howard/Allie Goldstein

iSeeChange had the great pleasure of meeting two climate adaptation storytellers this summer, Kirsten Howard and Allie Goldstein. 1 car, 2 girls, and 3 months to travel across America and tell stories about the Great American Adaptation to climate change. After reading iSeeChange posts about frosts on the Almanac, they set out to talk to fruit farmers in the North Fork Valley. Here's what they found.

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Paonia & Hotchkiss, CO

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COMMUNITY
3:30 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Local Motion: Elaine Brett

Elaine Brett
Credit Jim Brett

If you live in the North Fork Valley, you may have seen signs for a survey that asks "Did we get it right?"

North Fork residents are being asked to complete this survey as part of the North Fork Heart and Soul Project that has been taking place for the past year.

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iSeeChange
9:35 am
Tue August 13, 2013

iSeeChange: Apple Economics in Western Colorado

Colorado Apples
Credit Flowercat via Flickr (CC-NC-SA)

The height of the fruit season is approaching here in western Colorado, so for this week’s iSeeChange report, we decided to zoom out a bit and look at how Colorado’s biggest fruit crop fits into the national scene.  

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COMMUNITY
10:28 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Remembering Randy Udall

Randy Udall in 2005.
Credit Dan Bihn, High Country News

Carbondale resident and environmental steward Randy Udall's body was discovered last week in Wyoming's Wind River Range. Local resident Ed Marston knew Udall over three decades and offers this tribute. 

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