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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Brooke Warren/High Country News

In rural, conservative parts of Northern California, a separatist movement has found new life. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss why the State of Jefferson movement has renewed its push to become the newest state of the union, and how that relates to the election of Donald Trump and the California "resistance."

 

 

Photo courtesy of Nathan Rupert/Flickr user.

The past year has been one of huge changes for the West. The Trump administration has made huge strides in rolling back environmental regulations, while natural disasters across the region surged. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss what 2017 meant for the West.

Eric Goold

About 40 stakeholders from the North Fork Valley and beyond were at the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management in Montrose on December 15th to protest the BLM's approval of oil and gas development at Bull Mountain. KVNF News spoke with protestors and the BLM to get the story.

Picture provided by River Valley Health Center

In September, Congress let federal funding expire for the the low cost insurance program CHIP, or CHP Plus as it's known in Colorado. Notices were sent out to more than 75,000 Colorado families letting them know that unless Congress acts soon they will lose their insurance at the end of January.  Dr. Christopher Stille from Children’s Hospital Colorado,  Erin Miller from the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Jeremy Carroll from the River Valley Family Health Center talk about the importance of this program that insures children and pregnant women in our state. 

 

The Rocky Mountains have long been a source of inspiration and art. This is very apparent in the works of the poet Belle Turnbull, who wrote about the mining camps of Colorado, the beauty of the mountains, and her life in the Rockies.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Heather Ripley, Director of Public Relations and Development for HomewardBound of the Grand Valley.  HomewardBound provides safe shelter and resources for homeless adults and families on their pathway home.

Native communities are an integral part of the nation’s history—and future. However, even today there aren’t enough publications that know how to accurately tell their stories. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the magazine's efforts to tell better stories from Indian Country.

Photo by Eric Goold

KVNF News interviews Kathy Steckel, executive director of the North Fork Ambulance Association, about the organization's history and the services the all-volunteer organization provides. Also interviewed is Katie Hedley, events and media coordinator for the NFAA and an EMT in-training, who talked about the Powerful Stories program.

The KVNF news team talked to female journalists, hosts and producers who have been mentors and a source of inspiration for them.  Sarah Koenig, Marty Durlin, Bente Birkland, Andrea Chalfin, Phoebe Judge and Susan Loubet are all featured.

Willie Stark

In April 2014, Cliven Bundy, along with hundreds of supporters, faced down federal agents over the removal of his cattle from public lands. They'd been illegally grazing for years and a court had ordered their impoundment. Three years later, Cliven Bundy, along with two of his sons and a handful of supporters, is slated to go on trial. It's been a long and windy road to the courtroom; HCN associate editor Tay Wiles breaks it down.

 

District 2 Commissioner, Don Suppes talks with Felix Belmont about the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (known ss DURA).

The administration of President Donald Trump has done little to acknowledge the risks of climate change. Trump himself has called climate change a hoax. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss one place in the West where human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are a real problem: ocean acidification and its impact on fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with district 3 Commissioner, Mark Roeber.

Photo by Andy Ritchie

Western dams are a contentious issue. But in this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the realities of dam removal, from Washington’s Elwha River, whose dams came down six years ago, to Utah’s Bear River, where a diversion is still being planned. 

Michelle Amiott

KVNF is working with Montrose and Ouray County community members to open up a new studio in Montrose.   KVNF’s General Manager Jon Howard and two members of the Community Advisory Board heading up the project – Margaret Freeman and Chris Marcinek give us an update on the project.

Ali Lightfoot

KVNF News takes at the issue of racism in Western Colorado.   Locals share their feelings about the events in Charlottesville, VA. including those who attended a vigil in Montrose for Heather Heyer.   History Professor, Steven Schulte talks about the history of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado.  The Grand Junction chapter of Black Lives Matter responds to KKK flyers being distributed in their area.

High Country News

Climate chaos, mass extinction, and the potential collapse of civilization? In the episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News ask the question: How can we face grief in the age of ecocide?

Eric Goold

KVNF News looks at two different expressions of the Progressive Movement in Colorado. First we have an interview with filmmaker Jacob Smith, who screened the documentary "Waking the Sleeping Giant" in Paonia. And we'll have interviews with panelists from the D3Indivisible Summit that was held in Ridgway. Both events reflected the influence of Senator Bernie Sanders.

Ali Lightfoot

Local storytellers share stories about Fire and Ice...

In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Assistant Editor Paige Blankenbuehler and Tribal Affairs Editor Tristan Ahtone talks with editor Kate Schimel about the recent attempts to overhaul the American health insurance system. The most recent version of a health insurance bill would implement big cuts to Medicaid and to other programs vital to the rural West and to tribal communities in the West. It prompted protests and pressure on some Western senators to block the bill; it's not yet clear how they'll respond.

Felix Belm0nt speaks with Delta County's Community and Economic Development Director, Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry.

Patrick J. Endres/Alaska Photographics

The massive trail network of the West has always been a place for pilgrimages. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss an ongoing effort by the state of Alaska to turn toward more recreation and a long-distance trail--along an oil pipeline. 

 

A group of North Fork residents went to Washington DC where they spoke with decision makers regarding the community's vision for the future.  Alex Johnson Executive Director at the Western Slope Conservation Center, Mary Marshall of Solar Energy International and local business owner, Frederick Zimmer talk about their trip.

Health Policy Analyst Bob Semro speaks with Ali Lightfoot about the spending, cost and waste in the American healthcare system.

Brooke Warren

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency came to the surprise of many. In the aftermath, coastal media rushed to understand rural areas better, but failed to do much more than parachute in and make assumptions. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the political nuances of one Colorado county that flipped from blue to red. 

 

Nick Gonzales

Most people think of Nevada's crime scene investigators as slick detectives from Vegas. In this episode of West Obsessed, however, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss another kind of beat: cow cops, who ride the range and meet up with all kinds of mysteries.

Nicolas Gouin/High Country News

In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News take a look at Adelanto, California, a desert town that has embraced the incarceration economy--a corner of our justice system that keeps innocent people, including asylum-seekers, behind bars.

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with Jeffrey Wright, who serves as Delta County's Emergency Manager. Emergency Management works with County departments, local governments, volunteer organizations and the private sector across Delta County to develop disaster preparedness plans and provide training and exercise activities.

Michelle Amiott

Aiya, Ellie, Julian and Jackson share the stories and interviews they produced during the 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

HopeWest is a non-profit hospice, palliative care and grief support organization serving western Colorado.   Here, Deb Horowitz and Nancy Hovde of HopeWest discuss the work of the organization with Ali Lightfoot. 

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