Eric Goold

Eric Goold moved to Paonia in 2008. His career as a journalist spans more than 15 years, mostly as a sports writer for both daily and weekly newspapers in four different states. His background in radio began at KVNF in 2012 when he became a volunteer DJ hosting the Emotional Rescue show. He did a stint as KVNF's morning news host in 2014 and came back in 2016 to host Morning Edition as well as produce and host KVNF's Regional Newscast.

Goold is proud to carry on a strong tradition of community journalism at KVNF and works hard to maintain the standard established by the volunteers and professionals who created the KVNF News department. When he has free time he likes to walk his 12 year old pitbull Isabel around town.

  • Western Slope wildfire update; Bull Draw Fire largest in the region
  • Feature on Initiative 97; voters polarized over controversial setback measure
  • EPA holds meeting in Colorado Springs

  • Bull Draw Fire outside Nucla grows, causes smoke advisory in Mesa County
  • Move to limit politicians' spending on their own campaigns gains momentum
  • Colorado Latino population lagging behind in number of college graduates
  • Initiative 97 would require oil and gas setbacks to be standard 2,500 feet

  • Petition group gets enough signatures for oil and gas setback ballot initiative
  • SNAP benefits might require getting a job in most recent version of Farm Bill
  • H2O Radio report on drones and how they monitor rivers and streams in state

  • Bull Draw Fire, Buttermilk Fire make air quality poor in Western counties
  • Trump's rollback of air quality standards causes protests in Colorado
  • H2O Radio reports on technology used to monitor state stream, river flows


The Town of Paonia held a special meeting on Monday night and issued special permits that will allow the Edesia Community Kitchen to continue operation in a warehouse at 3rd and Clark in Paonia. A planning commission meeting, a public hearing, a regular town council meeting and a special town council meeting were convened before the decision was made. Eric Goold of KVNF News had this editorial comment.

  • Protests across the country against President Trump's anti-immigration policies
  • SWAT team moves in on Centennial protest at ICE facility, protesters arrested
  • Town of Paonia issues special permits to Edesia Community Kitchen
  • Editorial comment about Edesia decision

  • Drought impacting Front Range as well as Mountains
  • KDNK interview with census official
  • Time for public comment about controversial census questions running out

  • North Fork Creative Coalition working on Paonia signage
  • For the first time in Colorado history, state public defender is a woman
  • Hickenlooper asks feds to rescind rule regulating doctor-patient conversations
  • Health advisory issued in Mesa County due to wildfire smoke

  • Paonia awarded a rural development grant for marketing, development
  • North Fork Valley will host Rural Philanthropy Days conference next July
  • Fire update across the Western Slope, conditions ripe for fire expansion

  • Petition effort to get setbacks on ballot facing uphill battle
  • Update on Buttermilk Fire outside Montrose in Gunnison Gorge
  • Two high country hiking fatalities last week
  • Two incidents of political pranking bring Russia debate to local venues
  • Study shows both parties agree that climate change is real, disagree on what to do

  • Paonia Town Park will get watered, Stewart Ditch not totally dry
  • Colorado Attorney General appointed head of leadership group
  • Sounds of Yampa River set to classical music

  • Final installment of water conservation series
  • Denver follows others in recycling sewage, people wary of drinking it
  • Climate change in state can be altered by diet choices

Delta County is seeing a surge in marijuana compliance checks as law enforcement officers seek to stamp out illegal grows. At the same time, the state of Colorado continues to rake in massive tax benefits after last year's marijuana sales of over 1 billion dollars. KVNF News spoke with the Paonia chief of police, the sheriff of Delta County and the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue to get the story.

  • Stewart Ditch gets river call, flows reduced by  50 percent
  • Town of Paonia will no longer be able to water Paonia Town Park
  • School District 51 gets special training to deal with school shootings
  • Two wildfires outside of Meeker, one outside of Montrose, one on Fruitland Mesa

  • Water users in Phoenix find ways to conserve
  • Veterans in the West urge Congress to fund access to parks program

  • Naturita looks to future without coal, power plant
  • Industrial hemp, recreation some of the economic options for West End
  • Western Slope Resources Reporting
  • New VA facility in Aurora breaks ground, will not have more beds

  • Governor Hickenlooper opposes December BLM land lease sale
  • Town of Paonia wants BLM to defer leases until RMP is completed
  • Executive order requires old wells, oil and gas machinery to be capped for safety
  • Department of Interior supports moving headquarters of BLM to the West

  • St. George Utah has strong water conservation ethic
  • Utah second driest state in US, plans in place for a Colorado River siphon
  • Drought, wildfires raising water temps, stressing out native fish
  • Parks and Wildlife cutthroat trout restoration efforts ongoing

  • Flash floods, mudslides most recent results of 416 Fire outside Durango
  • Residents of Tucson, Arizona take creative approach to water conservation
  • Low-water landscaping in Southwest lessens impact of Colorado River scarcity
  • Oil and gas executive gets new job: public relations at CMU

  • First part of a series on water conservation efforts in West
  • City of Longmont finds unique way to conserve water
  • Update on wildfires; flash flood danger increased in burn areas

  • Science teacher from Delta High School wins fellowship, goes to Greenland
  • Initiative 97, defining strict oil and gas setbacks, needs signatures to get on ballot
  • Two suspected of starting Lake Christine wildfire turn themselves in
  • Largest child care facility in Mesa County closes

Eric Goold

Tuesday night's regular meeting of the Paonia Board of Trustees was disrupted when former trustee Suzanne Watson, who was trying to speak during the public comment portion of an agenda item, was ordered to leave the meeting by Mayor Charles Stewart. KVNF News has audio from the meeting and spoke with all participants.

  • Dysfunction on Paoina Town Council continues despite new board
  • Former trustee ordered out of Paonia Town Council meeting
  • More details on recent murder of Hotchkiss woman

  • Free lunch program for kids in place at 500 Colorado locations
  • Tamarisk removal programs neglect to consider plant's positive role
  • Water managers in Phoenix debate use of Colorado River water

  • Democratic nominee for Governor Jared Polis visits Delta for a town hall
  • Polis talks campaign finance reform at Delta town hall
  • Western Slope Resources Reporting about using prescribed burns to fight wildfires

  • Democratic nominee for Governor Polis talks health care, education
  • H2O Radio reports on wildfires, climate change and water supply
  • Red Mountain Pass open after rockslides forced closures yesterday

  • Governor candidate Jared Polis visits Delta, talks fracking, gun control
  • Firefighters on Weston Pass witness dramatic weather occurence last week
  • Update on wildfires around the state; weekend rain helps battle blazes
  • Paonia woman will stand trial next week for January shooting

  • Lake Christine Fire outside Basalt grows, some evacuations ordered
  • Non profit group trains next generation about stewardship in Colorado
  • BLM is proposing nearly 8,000 acres in North Fork Valley go up for lease
  • EPA boss Pruitt resigns after 16 months amid numerous ethics investigations

  • State on track for largest fire season since 2002
  • More than 12 wildfires in state have already burned over 147,000 acres
  • Connecting the Drops
  • St. Vrain River recovers after devastating floods of 2013

Ever since there were coal mines in the North Fork Valley, there has been the problem of what to do with methane byproduct that continues to pour into the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, at the Paonia Dam, another problem threatens the climate of the North Fork Valley. Years and years of mud and silt have built up against the Dam, creating a thick clay that is rapidly filling up the reservoir.

Now, an innovative scientist and the North Fork Coal Methane Working Group have come up with a possible solution to both problems.