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

Russell Reed

  • Paonia Town Council taking steps to resolve long-standing water supply issues
  • CQ lateral canal in Montrose flood damaged homes & crops, carried away chicken coops, wedged metal shipping container beneath Jasmine Road bridge
  • Kate Redmond gets an update from Brent Helleckson of Stone Cottage Cellars on fall freeze impacts
  • Jodi Peterson reports some booming communities on the Front Range are finding it's cheaper to conserve water than buy more

  

Courtesy of Eric Abramson

  • 20 positive COVID tests at West Elk Mine 
  • Telluride Foundation close to securing land for affordable housing in Norwood
  • Ouray plans to allow RVs on private property for workforce housing
  • Central High Warriors in Grand Junction dropping indigenous mascot
  • Storage facilities see unprecedented demand
  • Precedence hosts benefit July 1 for flooded Yurtstead Farms in Montrose
  • New study refutes argument that red flag gun laws are unconstitutional
  • Grace Barrett of Planet Bluegrass reflects on Spring Grass & Telluride Bluegrass

Anne Landman

  • Congressional redistricting commission releases preliminary map which removes Pueblo County from CD3 and adds Summit County 
  • Delta's refurbished Cleland Park finally reopens after two years
  • Good samaritan Johnny Hurley was reportedly killed by police responding to Arvada shooting
  • Grand Junction blogger Anne Landman joins Gavin Dahl to talk about why she calls right wing culture the biggest threat to Mesa County's population in the last hundred years

  

Kate Redmond

  • Residents threaten civil war if commissioners don't declare Mesa County a constitutional sanctuary
  • Black Canyon National Park & Curecanti Rec Area enact Stage 1 fire restrictions
  • Lumber futures dropped 41% from May to July
  • Colorado River water managers could be back at negotiating table soon
  • Apollo Rodriquez speaks to Amy DeLuca about Final Saturday events in Paonia
  • Kate Redmond reports on DA Seth Ryan's press conference, announcing no charges against Delta County Sheriff's Deputy Noah Davis for the shooting of Paige Pierce

Courtesy of Gov. Jared Polis

Ben Graves from The Nature Connection explains the Colorado Outdoor Equity Grant Program, and outlines youth summer camps in Delta County. Mental Health Colorado reviews bills on rapid mental health response for youth, a suicide prevention lifeline, behavioral health initiatives, and mental health wellness exams.

Laura Palmisano

  • Delta Health closing Delta urgent care clinic, West Elk Paonia Walk-In clinic by July 21
  • Mesa County Public Health teams with CDPHE to fight COVID delta variant with mobile vax clinics
  • Montrose Public Arts eXperience wants to shift funds to DART for new public art efforts
  • Governor Polis continues busy bill signing schedule
  • Paonia trustees hear from Aaron Watson for Dark Skies Month
  • New day center Shepherd's Center helps Montrose homeless meet basic needs

  

Courtesy of Wilderness Workshop

  • Montrose County joins area governments in declaring Stage 1 fire restrictions
  • Water Quality Control Commission declines to adopt proposal allowing industries to further degrade polluted waterways
  • CU-Boulder professor Hannah Brenkert-Smith at the Institute for Behavioral Science discusses her study on wildfire preparedness
  • KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reviews the decade-long process to create the CORE Act, which was discussed in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last week

Bureau of Land Management

  • Ouray County, Delta County among 20 Western Slope counties enacting fire bans
  • Delta County School Board rescind previous motion on sex ed, still may face lawsuit from nonprofit Delta County Citizen Report
  • Congressmember Lauren Boebert votes against bipartisan bill honoring DC law enforcement for defending the US Capitol from insurrection by Trump supporters on January 6th
  • Scott Franz reports on Colorado's economic forecast
  • Madelyn Beck speaks to Grand Junction residents about Bureau of Land Management headquarters

Centennial Middle School

  • Montrose Indians, Centennial Braves to change mascots by end of next school year
  • COVID made it more difficult to count low-income kids
  • Federal Court rules filming of police in public is protected by 1st amendment
  • Mesa County Public Health expanding COVID vaccination options to address spread of variant
  • After caterer drops out, Ride the Rockies overruns Ridgway restaurants
  • Governor Polis signs transportation bill
  • Kate Redmond reports on next steps for Paonia Advisory Water Committee

  • Stage 1 fire restrictions begin today on BLM land administered by Tres Rios, Uncompahgre, and White River National Forest field offices
  • Delta County School Board reconsiders sex ed tonight at 6
  • CDPHE data shows Mesa County has 164 of state's 262 cases of delta COVID variant
  • Senator Michael Bennet testified in support of his CORE Act at Senate Energy & Natural Resources committee on Wednesday
  • Laura Palmisano speaks to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about the county's response to OHV damage on the shore of Lake San Cristobal

Heather Sackett / Aspen Journalism

  • Hotchkiss town meeting featured several domestic abuse survivors led by Nina Barrow
  • North Fork Merchant Herald reports fired Hotchkiss deputy Chad Lloyd says he didn't violate any Town policy or law
  • Crested Butte takes aim at affordable housing
  • City of Montrose and Colorado Yurt Company win Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence
  • Colorado River District shares grim news about the Gunnison River Basin
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports the White River National Forest is assessing safety on the Lead King Loop near Marble during OHV season

Colorado Channel

This year's legislative session was a mixed bag for government transparency, Jeff Roberts of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition tells KVNF's Gavin Dahl. Plus, Elliot Goldbaum of Colorado Fiscal Institute tells Shannon Young at KGNU a Tax Fairness package will benefit families and small business owners.

Andrew Bare / Inciweb

  • State lawmakers passed bills to better prepare for wildfires including buying an advanced helicopter
  • Terry Rhoades reelected to San Miguel Power board of directors
  • Family of Montrose boy sexually abused by Joshua Hemphill files civil suit against Partners
  • Ouray County Plaindealer publishers honored with Colorado Press Association Rising Star award
  • Governor Polis signed bills Monday he says will accelerate Colorado's recovery from COVID pandemic
  • KSJD public health reporter Tay Glass explores the dangers of wildfire smoke, mitigation tactics

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Live grenade removed safely from home in Lake City
  • Delta staff in discussions about moving library out of historic building so Sheriff's office can move in
  • Governor Polis signs bill to distribute billions in COVID relief money
  • Colorado Broadcasters Association pleased 'radio encryption amendment' included in bipartisan police accountability bill (*note, KVNF is a member of CBA)
  • Colorado & Nevada approve bans of most racialized mascots in public schools
  • Colorado cracking down on ponds as water supplies tighten in the West

  

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

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