Local Motion

Tuesdays 6-6:30 PM

In-depth local public affairs reporting and interviews from around the KVNF listening area.  Local Motion airs on Tuesdays from 6-6:30 pm, and is hosted by Ali Lightfoot.

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This episode of Local Motion features the Club 20 debate between the candidates in Senate District 6: Republican incumbent Don Coram and Democratic candidate Guinn Unger, Jr.  

KVNF talks with Delta county's district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber about proposed fracking operations, disbanding the area planning committees and his work with Colorado Counties Inc.

Celia Roberts

KVNF celebrates local journalist Ed Marston who passed away on August 31st.  In this interview conducted by reporter Abigail Censky in February of 2018, Ed talks about covering the rural west, Delta County politics,  accepting change and the importance of having vision. 

Eric Goold

Local filmmakers produced the documentary film, Of Apples and Anthracite, in conjunction with Elsewhere Studios. The movie was screened at the Paradise Theater as part of Elsewhere's Inspired: Art at Work Symposium in Paonia on August 24th. KVNF News spoke with director Clara Pena and co-producers and writers Matt Jenkins and John Steele before the screening. The documentary tackles the issues of gentrification and oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley and portrays Paonia as a community at a crossroads.

In this episode of Local Motion, we investigate a fatal car crash involving an Olathe Police Officer and an Olathe family that occurred on July 3rd. We also speak with the Montrose County Sheriff's Office, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, and a federal law enforcement officer with the National Park Service to find out what resources and training are available to them that help keep their officers and the public safe. 

 

Delta's District 2 commissioner Don Suppes speaks with KVNF's Felix Belmont and Eric Goold about the CAFO and Oil and Gas Working Groups and disbanding the area planning groups.

Claire Sheridan from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy talks with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot about a new report on income inequality in the US.  The report shows that income inequality has risen dramatically in every state including Colorado since the 1970s.  Claire discusses why the gap is widening, how it's affecting the state and initiatives being proposed to help.

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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.

Colorado’s foster care system needs more than a thousand new foster families by 2019 according to the Colorado Department of Human Services.    On this episode of Local Motion, we hear about the process of becoming a foster parent, why the need is so great and how foster kids are helped through the organization CASA as they go through the court proceedings to determine guardianship.  Rebecca Lansdown of the child placement agency, Whimspire,  Carlton Mason executive director at CASA and a Grand Junction foster mom are interviewed. 

Jackie Sievers and Leslie Sparks of Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services respond to the tragic death of Hotchkiss resident Madelaine Loh, 27, who died at the hands of her boyfriend Edgar Macias-Moreno in June. Hilltop serves Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties and works to help those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

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KVNF News spoke with officials from the Town of Hotchkiss, the Town of Paonia and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get first hand information on how the drought is impacting life on the Western Slope. Also included are reports about the potential of a dry Colorado River and new farming techniques that create energy rather than use it.

Two Colorado organizations that provide resources and legal aid to immigrants weigh in on the humanitarian crisis on the border.  We hear from Tom Acker from the Hispanic Affairs Project – a grassroots organization serving western Colorado and Cristian Solano-Córdova from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – a statewide organization advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.     

Delta County's Community and Economic Development Director, Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry is the guest on this episode. She joins Felix Belmont and Ali Lightfoot to talk about new projects and initiatives aimed at creating jobs as well as several new working groups focused on planning for oil and gas development and concentrated animal feeding operations.

David Starr

The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center is getting ready to open its doors this month.  This new venue, located in Cedaredge,  will host concerts, artist exhibits, classes and receptions. One of the founders, musician David Starr, shares information about this new community center and plays some songs from his latest CD, South and West.

Elsewhere Studios

Elsewhere Studios is an artist in residency program in Paonia, Colorado.  Here, Carolina Porras and Deirdre Morrison from Elsewhere talk about the Inspired Art At Work project, the residency program, upcoming events and the role artists can play building bridges and celebrating a community.

Anita Evans and Kat Fitzpatrick of The Nature Connection talk to Ali Lightfoot about the organization, a hub of environmental education for Delta County and Olathe.  They discuss what is being done with the 1.7 million dollar grant to provide outdoor education that enhances the school district's curriculum, as well as offering students the opportunity to extend that outdoor experience with their families and train for jobs in recreation.

Delta County officials spent over a year and a half and over $100,000 to rewrite and update its Master Plan. KVNF News spoke with Delta County Economic and Community Developer Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry as well as members of the Planning Commission to get the history of the Master Plan process and talked about what's next.

Ali Lightfoot takes to the streets of Montrose to talk to  residents about what makes their town special.

Political consultant Joel Dyar talks with Ali Lightfoot about trends in politics regionally and nationally, and discusses notable Colorado candidates and races in the 2018 election.

Felix Belmont discusses the Delta County master plan with district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber.

High Country News

The borderlands are a long-misunderstood region of the country, wrapped up in rhetoric and myth. In this episode of West Obsessed, Tucson-based Associate Editor Maya Kapoor joins Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert and Deputy Editor-Digital Kate Schimel to discuss the realities of the border, the communities along it and their intertwined ecologies and economies.

Ewelina Bajda

The town of Crawford, like many other rural areas,  has limited resources for law enforcement.  Crawford's mayor, Delta county sheriffs and residents share stories about how the lack of police presence affects them. 

Kori Stanton, Eva Vanbeek

Local farmers talk to KVNF's Kori Stanton about how they plan, sustain and grow their operations.   Vintner Alfred Eames,  farmer Scott Horner and orchardist Harrison Topp are featured.

Kori Stanton

Candidates from Colorado's 3rd Congressional district talk about where they stand on gun laws as well as school security and mental health funding.   We hear from Diane Mitsch Bush, Karl Hanlon, and Arn Menconi.

Kori Stanton

A local gun control activist,  gun enthusiast, school official, parents and a Columbine survivor weigh in on the issue of gun control, gun safety and school security. 

In this episode of West Obsessed, contributing editor Jonathan Thompson joins High Country News editor Kate Schimel to explore the struggle of Navajo Nation residents, and others, to prevent more oil and gas exploration in historically important lands. Chaco Canyon holds cultural significance to several tribal nations and is also at the center of one of the richest oil and gas fields in the country.

Courtney Ryan

Feb 23, 2018

The KVNF Family would like to send our heart felt condolences to our former news producer Jake Ryan,  who lost his wife Courtney in a car accident on Monday.  Courtney was a beloved member of the Paonia community. She and Jake were an important part of KVNF and contributed their time and energy to many other great area non profits and causes while they lived here.  We send all our love to Jake and Courtney's family as they cope with this tremendous loss.  

Carmen shares her thoughts on social media and its use in our lives.

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with District 2 Commissioner Don Suppes about marijuana laws in the county.

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From the earliest days of white settlement, fortunes have been made and dynasties built on land taken from Native Americans, this continent’s first victims of gentrification. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the impacts of modern housing crises on Indigenous populations.  

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