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. 

  • COVID death toll in Montrose County up to 17
  • Montrose School District announces another 121 students, 15 staff must quarantine
  • Fish & Wildlife says white-tailed ptarmigan doesn't need Endangered Species protection
  • Colorado taking carrot and stick approach to COVID safety enforcement
  • Researchers see wildflowers at solar farms beneficial to water quality
  • Jodi Peterson checks in with Connect for Health Colorado about upcoming insurance deadlines

  

Don Usner / Searchlight New Mexico

  • FEC finds Republican Lauren Boebert failed to report donations for a third time
  • Colorado sending $375 stimulus payments to unemployed residents
  • Montrose School District adds more COVID safety measures
  • State lawmakers approve 10 relief bills at special session
  • Reporter Ed Williams talks about his Rolling Stone article on year's biggest marijuana bust

  

Courtesy of Paonia Clayworks

  • Mesa County program allowing some businesses to avoid COVID restrictions may become model
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser releases report naming 9 more sexually abusive Catholic priests
  • Dr Anthony Fauci joins Governor Jared Polis for virtual COVID update
  • Kori Stanton speaks with Paonia Clayworks co-founder Karen Good about how they're facing pandemic
  • Jodi Peterson speaks with Delta County Health Department Medical Director Dr Susan Bright about rising case numbers

  

Kori Stanton

On this week's Local Motion Gavin Dahl speaks with Chalkbeat Colorado bureau chief Erica Meltzer about how school districts are managing coronavirus outbreaks statewide. Plus, Kori Stanton speaks to Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy senior Liza Eller, who wrote and directed 2020 The Musical, produced with fellow students. 

  • Oil production dropped 13% during the pandemic, largest drop in 20 years
  • Colorado food pantries reporting 2-3 times normal demand for food, 1/3 served never needed help before
  • Research from Yellowstone backs up theory that wolves may be effective way to control spread of chronic wasting disease
  • Will Walkey from KHOL reports on new threats to Wyoming's wind rush potential

  • Delta County moves to High Risk level orange on COVID dial
  • Governor Jared Polis tests positive for COVID, asymptomatic, working remotely
  • New state task force hopes to help schools return to in-person learning safely
  • Lawmakers return to Capitol for special session on coronavirus relief spending
  • Update on historical monuments removed this year
  • Senator Michael Bennet hears input on Future of Local News Commission Act from news leaders

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Governor Polis warns businesses not to defy new COVID restrictions
  • Pandemic leads to spike in hunting license sales, but also more poaching
  • President-elect Joe Biden has ambitious platform for indigenous communities
  • KZMU: Lake Powell level drop allows river runners to discover hidden rapids

  

Moe Clark / Colorado Newsline

  • Communities of color in Colorado, at greatest risk of death from COVID-19, too commonly face infection without health insurance: Open Enrollment is ongoing through January 15
  • Reporter Moe Clark talks about her story on grassroots efforts to distribute survival gear to people living on the street, as the pandemic causes more homelessness, limiting shelter capacity, and Denver sweeps encampments against CDC recommendations

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

  • Congresswoman-elect Lauren Boebert has asked to carry her gun on Capitol grounds
  • Denver buying body cameras that start recording automatically when officers draw a gun
  • Three Colorado coal plants face orders to close earlier than 2030
  • Lake City residents are raising funds to buy land on Lake San Cristobal
  • An accident in Arches National Park has led to a wrongful death claim against the Park Service
  • COGCC approves new rules intended to protect wildlife from energy development

  

Matt Jenkins / MCSD

  • Delta County moves to Yellow on COVID dial, Montrose County moves to Orange
  • Republican Chris Holbert: death of ex-legislator 'a wake-up call'
  • State epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy warns: Avoid Thanksgiving travel 
  • Center for Mental Health launches mobile crisis program
  • Hotchkiss Chamber names annual award winners
  • Unemployment numbers down, federal funds ending
  • Jessica Beller, director of curriculum & instruction for MCSD, talks about supporting remote learners, explains new grant

Jeffrey Beall / Wikimedia Commons

  • Mesa County ICU beds at capacity
  • Polis appoints Maria Berkenkotter to Colorado Supreme Court
  • Colorado recycled less in 2019
  • Report finds insulin costs are forcing Colorado diabetics to ration drugs
  • Delta renovating Centennial Park
  • No rush to reintroduce grey wolves
  • Immigrants celebrate launch of Vida Foundation in Eagle County


Courtesy Photo

  • Tighter COVID-19 restrictions start Friday in Mesa County
  • CDPHE tweaks exposure app to alert users more quickly
  • Cedaredge begins discussing retail marijuana plan
  • Fox Theater reopening Friday in Montrose
  • Ridgway Town Council accepting applications
  • Delta Hospital pulmonologist Dr. Sara Knutson discusses coronavirus response

Courtesy of Dominic DiGiulio

  • Delta County Health Department announced 4 new COVID deaths on Tuesday
  • MCSD reports new quarantines at Olathe Middle High School & Early Childhood Center
  • State adds new level to COVID restriction dial to help counties avoid stay at home orders
  • Polis to name new State Supreme Court Justice
  • Paonia Town Hall reducing open office hours
  • Robyn Vincent reports on landmark fracking research in Pavillion, Wyoming

Virgil Turner

KVNF's Gavin Dahl explores broadband developments in rural Colorado with Virgil Turner, regional broadband project director for the nonprofit Region 10, and Colorado Sun reporter Tamara Chuang.

Laura Palmisano

  • Governor Jared Polis calls lawmakers back in December for special session to consider COVID relief
  • Reporter Laura Palmisano looks at how Montrose County nonprofit Haven House is helping homeless families become self-sufficient 

  • Mesa County, Montrose County, Delta County, Ouray County face COVID spikes
  • Governor Polis presented his billion dollar stimulus proposal to state budget planners Thursday
  • Colorado State Patrol seeks feedback in a new survey
  • Senator Jon Tester, the only Montana Democrat left in statewide office next year, talks with reporter Nate Hegyi about how progressives can win rural elections

National Park Service

  • Montrose School District reports 4 more positive tests at Cottonwood Elementary
  • Doubts about Great American Outdoors Act implementation by Trump administration
  • CORE Act will finally get Senate committee hearing 
  • Ranchers and county commissioners speak in favor of CORE Act
  • Backlash to geotagging on public lands could be changing

  

Kaspar Keil

  • Delta Schools now require 6-12th graders to wear masks while seated during class
  • Montrose Schools report 4 new quarantine events 
  • Colorado Republicans select legislative leadership for 2021 session
  • State lawmakers begin working on next budget
  • Utah introduces statewide mask mandate, 2-week ban on social gatherings
  • Paradise Theatre executive director Sunshine Knight talks about decision to go dark for winter

  • CMU suspends sports, asks students to quarantine for rest of semester
  • Paradise Theatre will go dark for the winter
  • Somerset still struggling to provide clean drinking water
  • Utah declares state of emergency
  • Governor Polis hopeful Colorado can get 200,000 doses of COVID vaccine by Jan 1
  • Jodi Peterson speaks with Montrose Memorial Hospital doctor Drew Bolton

  

Chad Reich

  • Open Enrollment is now available through Connect for Health Colorado
  • Ouray Silver Mines a COVID outbreak site
  • Rocky Mountain National Park mostly reopen though East Troublesome Fire only half contained
  • New job training opportunities emerge in Colorado as a result of the pandemic
  • An entire county health department staff resigned in Montana last week
  • Chad Reich reports on the Capitol Christmas tree cutting ceremony near Montrose

Shane Yanosky

  • Governor Polis urges Coloradans not to become complacent as COVID hospitalizations rise
  • Mesa County moving to Level Orange, Delta County positivity level on the brink of Level 2
  • Democrats choose House & Senate leadership for 2021 legislative session
  • Montrose County School District public information officer Matt Jenkins tells KVNF's Gavin Dahl how the district's cohort model is keeping schools open despite more than a dozen quarantine events so far

  

Daniel Rayzel / KSJD

  • Prop 113 (National Popular Vote) and Prop 114 (Wolf Reintroduction) passed
  • COVID-19 outbreaks are ongoing in 587 Colorado schools, jails, health facilities, offices & businesses
  • Some MCSD students, staff at Centennial Middle School & Early Childhood Center now in quarantine
  • 2 fires are burning in West Elk Wilderness area, east of Gunnison
  • KUER: Engineers in Utah are producing rare earth elements from local ore
  • KSJD: From the Motor City to a riverbank near you, controlling erosion with Detroit Riprap

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

  • Hickenlooper, Boebert headed to Congress
  • Soper, Rich, Catlin, McLachlan, McCluskie win Legislative races
  • Delta County elects Koontz, approves Back the Badge
  • Cedaredge & Paonia voters want retail marijuana
  • Ouray County elects Padgett, Niece
  • Colorado River District measure passes
  • Orange apple not extinct as Mark Duggan reports for KSUT

  • Telluride TV off the air after 36 years
  • East Troublesome Fire evacuees returning home
  • Governor Polis proposes stimulus package as part of 2021 budget
  • New study finds big western cities are using less water as they grow
  • Public lands groups oppose BLM e-bikes
  • Number of Coloradans who are food insecure increases 30% since COVID-19

Jesse Paul / Colorado Sun

  • Mussel-contaminated watercraft intercepted in record numbers 
  • Town of Paonia allocating $55k to help local businesses with COVID costs
  • Town of Hotchkiss seeks economic development input
  • Election unrest: Americans buy record number of guns
  • New state park Fishers Peak opens near Trinidad
  • Colorado Sun data journalist Sandra Fish talks 2020 election spending

  

  • Get informed about judge retention here
  • Over 10,000 mail ballots rejected as of Wednesday
  • Federal appeals court once again tells Mountain Coal no new roads in NFV
  • Suspect bites off fingertip of Olate police chief 
  • Glenwood 5th grader kayaks Grand Canyon
  • Scott Franz analyzes Gardner & Hickenlooper debate highlights

    

  • Mesa, Montrose, Ouray County COVID-19 positivity rates too high
  • On Thursday, the US Fish & Wildlife Service removed protections for the gray wolf under the endangered species act in the lower 48 states
  • Colorado is sending stimulus checks to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have filed for unemployment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Election doubts are spreading as legal challenges mount around the west
  • The federal BLM plan that governs 1.7 million acres of public land in Western Colorado faces new court challenges

Courtesy of Alex Hager

  • Nearly 2 million ballots have already been returned in Colorado
  • State commits additional funds to help landlords collect missed rent payments
  • 50 state legislators sign letter demanding action from ICE as over 100 detainees in Aurora test positive for COVID-19
  • Hospitals starting to show signs of stress due to increasing COVID cases
  • After wildfires, people are finding themselves in new flood zones

  

Corey Hutchins

Gavin Dahl speaks with data journalist Sandra Fish about covering campaign spending for The Colorado Sun, and Colorado College professor Corey Hutchins who publishes a must-read newsletter each week that's available through

Laura Palmisano

  • State launches phone-based COVID-19 exposure notification system. 
  • Mesa County returning to more stringent COVID restrictions due to infection rate increase.
  • Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz shares investigative story about Colorado taxpayer dollars paying for trips for visiting travel writers in exchange for their coverage of the state. The stories were then published by news outlets without disclosure to readers.

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