Gavin Dahl

News Director & Morning Edition Host

Gavin Dahl is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. His resume includes work for stations like KDNK Carbondale, national programs like Alternative Radio with David Barsamian, and nonprofits like Open Media Foundation in Denver. His reporting has been published by Boulder Weekly, Boise Weekly, Raw Story, and The Austin American-Statesman. He graduated from The Evergreen State College in 2008 with a BA in media production and community organizing. 

Email: gavin@kvnf.org

Triple Play Records

  • Hotchkiss Mayor: DCSO not charging for support
  • Montrose code enforcement officer pepper sprays property owner
  • Montrose county manager Ken Norris to be paid year of severance, benefits
  • Grand Junction City Council leans toward buffering, zoning limits on retail pot shops
  • Mesa County faces spread of Delta COVID variant, encourages vaccinations
  • Telluride Bluegrass livestream available, KOTO only airing on FM
  • Senator Michael Bennet on his Child Tax Credit bill
  • Matt Cesario of Triple Play Records talks Record Store Day

Andre Moura / Pexels

  • Telluride Foundation proposes 60 deed-restricted affordable housing units in Ouray
  • Carson Lake drained for repairs
  • Frontier Airlines begins Grand Junction flights
  • Second Chance Center expands from Aurora to Denver, to address recidivism 
  • Apollo Rodriquez speaks to Delta County Emergency Manager Kris Stewart about 9-digit dialing
  • Kate Redmond filed an open records request to obtain the long-awaited hydrology report for the town of Paonia's water system, but the report comes with some surprises

  

Scott Franz

  • BLM managing 14-acre South Fork fire near Nucla, smoke visible this week is mostly from Arizona
  • CORE Act getting a Senate committee hearing on June 16th
  • Safe2Tell hotline prevention program for youth remains available while school is out at 877-542-7233
  • Youth Rising Film Fest from Citizens for a Healthy Community wraps up tonight with Youth v. Gov
  • Capitol Coverage Scott Franz explores how decisions by lawmakers during the 2021 session, that wrapped up last night, will impact the lives of Colorado residents

  

Paul Boger / KUNR

  • Delta County Citizens Report files notice of intent to sue School District over open meeting violations
  • New Ridgway Community Apiary home to 100,000 honeybees
  • At least 95% of remaining COVID patients hospitalized in Colorado are unvaccinated
  • Colorado Redistricting Commissions now accepting public comment
  • Utah doubling fish limits for trout & bass due to projection of mass die-offs from drought
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Paul Boger reports on racial reckoning in former Sundown Town

In a special edition of Wildcard, KVNF's Gavin Dahl assembles a selection of stories from around the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition.

Hubble Telescope

  • Hotchkiss mayor Larry Wilkening announces retirement of Marshal Dan Miller, arrest of Deputy Marshal Kelsey Shumway, termination of Deputy Marshal Chad Lloyd
  • Governor Polis announced first winner of Colorado Comeback Cash on Friday, but the Denver Post reports the program has not sparked a surge in new COVID vaccinations
  • Eric Galatas reports Colorado health agencies are bringing COVID vaccines to disabled people who are unable to travel to vaccination sites
  • Kate Redmond reports Nucla and Naturita have been designated as international Dark Sky communities

  • Russell Stover facility in Montrose will reopen as Western Slope Food & Innovation Center
  • District 51 summer extension enrolls 2500 students
  • Telluride Blues & Brews announces schedule, plans for 100% capacity
  • Vail Fire Chief Mark Novak calls for more urgent fire mitigation
  • Kate Redmond speaks with US Senator Michael Bennet about new disaster mitigation legislation he's pushing to include in President Biden's Jobs & Infrastructure Plan

Montrose County School District

  • JoAnn Kalenak of Delta County Citizens Report is sharing Delta County School Board email correspondence acquired through CORA request that shows sex ed decision-making 'panic'
  • Ouray silver mine hiring new workers, but housing is in short supply
  • Routt County man survives bear attack in his garage
  • Montrose County School District superintendent Carrie Stephenson reflects on the approach to managing the learning environment during the COVID pandemic, and discusses plan to help families obtain a year of free school supplies using federal grant money

Matt Hoisch / KOTO

  • Climber Patrick Eells dies on Gilpin Peak
  • North Fork Merchant Herald sheds light on Hotchkiss Marshall & Judge keeping marshall's daughter's shoplifting charge off public docket
  • New Delta County recycling center opens in Austin
  • CPW announces emergency fish salvage at Spring Creek Reservoir 
  • Conservation groups oppose state weakening Clean Water Act
  • State Supreme Court rejects changes to redistricting process
  • Colorado creates new gun violence prevention office
  • KOTO reports on struggle to hire in Telluride

Justin Casey / Unsplash

  • Colorado hires marketing firm to craft public health messaging, track & respond to bogus claims
  • Mesa County offering monetary incentives to encourage COVID vaccinations
  • Two unvaccinated Denver deputies employed at the downtown jail died from COVID in May
  • KGNU's Hannah Leigh Myers speaks to director of a VA program combating veteran suicide

Laura Palmisano

  • KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviews Hinsdale County Sheriff Chris Kambish as OHVs are back for the season in Lake City
  • KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh covers Gunnison County's decision to allow ATVs on certain roads in Marble

  

Courtesy of Delta County Sheriff

  • Congressman Lamborn re-introduces bill to defund public broadcasting
  • All Points Transit offering free rides to Montrose youth
  • CDOT opens Hwy 50 all weekend
  • Teacher David Hamilton fired for alleged sexual misconduct
  • CPW closes fishing in Yampa River earlier than ever
  • Congressional bill would ban slaughter of wild horses
  • Colorado House approves bill to stop HOAs from banning signs based on content
  • Bill would add regs to potent medical marijuana
  • Paige Pierce's mother & attorney talk about her killing by DCSD

  • First pediatric COVID fatality recorded in Mesa County
  • Rep. Boebert says she's having the time of her life trolling liberals every day while taxpayers foot the bill
  • Public health officials urge precautions when traveling, even as more are vaccinated
  • As 12-15 year olds are now getting vaccinated against COVID, reporters Savannah Maher and Madelyn Beck share an audio postcard from youth in our region about their motivations for getting the shot

  • Journalist & former Telluride resident Dan Fenster detained by Burmese authorities 
  • CPW transferring fish to Sweitzer Lake State Park
  • Cedaredge trustees select Bruce Joss as new municipal judge
  • Grand Junction hosts listening sessions on retail marijuana regulations
  • Montrose Library returning to full open hours next week, seeking board candidates
  • Gov. Polis announces Colorado Comeback Cash program to incentivize vaccination

  • Grand Junction hospitals began diverting patients Monday, with dozens of COVID variant cases
  • Recycling at North Fork Transfer Station in Hotchkiss ends Saturday, shifts to Double J in Austin on June 1st, with paper & cardboard drop-off at public works building in Cedaredge, at parking lot across from Delta Post Office, & at Farm Runners parking lot in Hotchkiss
  • Kate Redmond shares audio from kickoff of Arbol Farmers Market ahead of week 2 tonight
  • Maggie Mullen reports on new thinking about indoor air in COVID era

  

Courtesy of The Learning Council

  • This week is Paonia's annual spring clean-up
  • FLEX buildings at Colorado Outdoors in Montrose on schedule
  • Delta honoring sugar beet industry with mural at Pocket Park
  • Grand Junction cops sue city
  • Telluride Foundation CEO stepping down
  • 3 Colorado cities join Age-Friendly Communities network
  • Kate Redmond shares audio from demonstrations outside Delta County School Board meeting

Courtesy of Rob Miller

  • Delta County School Board votes not to adopt comprehensive sex ed
  • Sen. Bennet calls on Congress to mitigate wildfires, restore forests
  • Marijuana pardons forthcoming
  • COVID cases are spiking in Moab
  • Delta County Democrats give scholarships to Hotchkiss & Cedaredge seniors
  • Philanthropist George Stranahan has died
  • Luke Runyon: Lake Powell strategizing is underway
  • Scott Franz: Residents statewide share thoughts on COVID vaccines

Governor Jared Polis

  • More people caught COVID than received a COVID vaccine in Mesa County last week
  • Ela Family Farms has planted over 1000 'adopted' trees
  • Telluride Town Council purchases vacant lot to build 20-30 affordable housing units
  • Outgoing Western Colorado University president getting extra year of salary, paid vacation
  • Town of Carbondale drops charges against Black resident and KDNK DJ Michael Francisco
  • From KBUT: Gov. Polis answers questions from Christopher Biddle about affordable housing

  

Sen. John Hickenlooper

  • Colorado will continue paying federal unemployment benefits until September
  • Middle Colorado Watershed Council receives grant from River District & USGS for water quality testing in Colorado River below Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar
  • DMEA announces CEO Jasen Bronec has departed, but won't say if he quit or was fired
  • From KSJD: Lucas Brady Woods speaks with Sen. John Hickenlooper about his trip to the Four Corners region, focused on fighting wildfires and addressing drought

  

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with reporters Dennis Webb of the Grand Junction Sentinel and Lisa Young of the Delta County Independent. From Lisa we learn more about the Hotchkiss Marshal's office in hot water, the investigation into the killing of Paige Pierce by an unnamed Delta County sheriff's deputy, changes to recycling in Delta County, and Paonia's plan for pot shops.

  • Gov. Polis signs $34B state budget
  • Hotchkiss Marshals department in hot water, reports DCI
  • Arbol Farm Market kicks off 2021 season 5-8pm tonight at Paonia Town Park
  • Montrose Rec District hosts public forum virtually at 6pm tonight
  • DMEA announces 2020 financial report strong after switching from Tri-State to Guzman
  • Learning Council's Alicia Michelsen speaks with KVNF's Gavin Dahl about the Pride Parade planned outside the Delta County School Board meeting this coming Thursday evening

  

Sandy Wilt

  • Rick Stockton, musician, KVNF DJ, cofounder of Mountain Harvest Festival, has died
  • Ridgway joins Hotchkiss & Paonia enacting voluntary water restrictions
  • Governor signs 12 bills, we hear Rep. Matt Soper on bill for composting of human remains
  • Polis shares new mask guidelines: anyone age 11+ not fully vaccinated should continue wearing masks
  • Sen. Bennet introduces Future of Local News Act
  • Kate Redmond learns about greywater from 2 CDPHE water staffers & local advocate Bruce Woodside

Courtesy of Western Slope Conservation Center

  • The Highland Games return to Grand Junction this weekend and Kate Redmond gets an update on what's planned this time around from board member Jennifer McCurdy
  • Ben Katz talks with Gavin Dahl about what Western Slope Conservation Center has planned for Public Lands Day tomorrow, and how to get involved
  • KGNU's Roz Brown speaks to a former regent about the impending departure of conservative University of Colorado president Mark Kennedy, after faculty and students voted to censure him

  

Pixabay

  • Jerry Greene, co-founder of KOTO radio in Telluride has died
  • Amber McReynolds, ex-director of Denver elections, nominated to USPS board of governors
  • BLM Uncompahgre Field Office's controlled burn on Simms Mesa successful
  • 'Delta Dips' construction begins next week on US 50 between Delta & Grand Junction
  • Paonia Trustees enact voluntary water restrictions
  • Riverside location preferred to cut costs on new Paonia skate park
  • Media literacy bill on Governor's desk gives new tools to schools to help students analyze news

Courtesy of Don Suppes

  • Colorado will offer on-site vaccine clinics at workplaces
  • Gunnison affordable housing shortage leads to packed extended stay motels
  • Drost's Chocolates moves from Eckert to Delta
  • Learning Council announces Pride Parade outside DCSD meeting on May 20th
  • Transportation bill moving through State Capitol
  • Survey finds broad support for redirecting some police funds to social services
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes about taking over COVID policy

  

Laura Palmisano

  • Conservative presidents resigning from University of Colorado & Western Colorado University
  • Ethics complaint against Dave Knutson on agenda for Paonia Trustees meeting tonight at 6:30pm
  • Conservation groups sue BLM & USFS over North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan
  • Guzman Energy, DMEA announce 80-megawatt solar energy project near Delta
  • Coal transition worker assistance program now has bipartisan support at State Capitol
  • Laura Palmisano reports on Rep. Lauren Boebert's stop in Lake City on Friday

  

Eleanor Bennett / Aspen Public Radio

  • Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz and Colorado River reporter Luke Runyon honored with Murrow awards
  • 70 teachers in MCSD nominated for Teacher of the Year
  • Skate park will be the focus of Paonia in Motion design workshop on Tuesday 4-6pm at Blue Sage
  • Ouray County Commissioners pause plans for two new marijuana cultivation facilities
  • Lawmakers want to create new office on preventing gun violence
  • Skyler Lomahaftewa, a Ute tribal member of the Uncompahgre band, is trying to bring tradition back to the Roaring Fork Valley where he lives

Sen. Kerry Donovan

  • 5 Mesa County residents test positive for COVID variant first seen in India
  • Gov. Polis signs bill requiring State Board of Education to review civics education standards
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert's press secretary sends letter to operators of satire site TheLaurenBoebert.com
  • Cie Hoover's art exhibit closes tonight at Wright Opera House in Ouray
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Democrat State Senator Kerry Donovan of Vail about what's she's working on this legislative session

KVNF Regional Newscast: May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021
Laura Palmisano

  • Governor launching new Colorado Department of Early Childhood
  • Redistricting in Colorado may be further delayed by proposed legistation
  • Montrose City Councilman Dave Bowman has resigned
  • CDOT senior historian Lisa Schoch explains what makes Gunnison River Bridge historic
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Republican State Senator Don Coram of Montrose about bills he has co-sponsored that have been signed into law by the Governor

  

Courtesy of CDOT

Lisa Schoch, environmental protection specialist and senior historian for CDOT's environmental programs branch, explains it is the design that makes the Gunnison River Bridge on Highway 92 near Delta historic.

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