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

Gavin Dahl

  • Arbol Farm Market moving to Paonia Town Park
  • Taneal Mautz of Paonia High & Adam Smith of Hotchkiss High awarded Daniels scholarships
  • 911 system upgrades may impact PBX and multiline phone systems, not landlines or cell phones
  • Lawmakers delay hearing on bill to lower health insurance premiums
  • Economists say reducing emissions now will save money long-term
  • Former Scott Tipton staffer says Lauren Boebert's criticisms onstage in Montrose are false

  

Laura Palmisano

  • Governor Polis not publicly supporting assault weapon ban sought by Boulder Democrats
  • East Portal Road will be closed for 2021
  • Paonia and Cedaredge make progress on marijuana legalization
  • Supply of affordable housing not keeping up with demand in Colorado
  • Laura Palmisano speaks to project officials about Little Blue Creek Canyon Project road closures on Highway 50 between Gunnison and Montrose

  

Argus Paul Estabrook

  • Committee narrows list of names for new high school: North Fork, West Elk, or Fire Mountain
  • Mutual Aid Distribution Day in Grand Junction marks one year and 150,000 pounds of shared food
  • BLM announces plan to protect habitat of gunnison sage grouse in San Miguel County
  • CDPHE whistleblowers seek audit of Colorado's Air Pollution Control Division
  • Democrats shelved 'dangerous attempts to make it harder to vote' in Colorado by Republicans
  • Robyn Vincent reports on the rise of anti-Asian racism during the pandemic

High Country News

On this week's Local Motion, KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with High Country News correspondent Nick Bowlin about his article on energy companies leaving Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup. Plus, KVNF's Gavin Dahl hears from HCN associate editor Paige Blankenbuehler about the ideas suburban second graders have for helping CPW manage the reintroduction of wolves.

Steve Anthony / Garfield County

  • Montrose seeks City Council member, Lake City seeks Town Manager
  • Faculty at Gunnison's Western Colorado University vote to oust president Greg Salsbury
  • Proposed dam on Homestake Creek in Eagle County opposed by biodiversity advocates
  • Country Jam announces June headliners
  • Governor Polis: COVID vaccine appointments for general public will open Friday
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports on efforts to reduce weeds without chemicals in Garfield County

Kate Redmond

  • Colorado GOP elects new chair, anti-abortion activist Kristi Burton Brown
  • 3 Montrose County students (Anthony Ball, Eliram Reyes-Powell, Aubree Hamlin) selected for Daniels Scholarship
  • Montrose Rec Center installs 11 industrial ionizing fans
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Paonia Tree Board members about a new report on the health of the town's trees

  

Scott Franz

  • Delta, Ouray, Hinsdale, Gunnison County are now Green on the state's COVID dial, while Montrose, Mesa, San Miguel County are still Blue
  • Cedaredge pot shop application process opens April 2nd
  • Governor orders flags to half-staff on Saturday in honor of Chester Riley
  • New study finds listening to nature could have significant health benefits
  • Lawmakers begin debating controversial health care plan aimed at lowering costs for those who buy insurance on the individual market because they can't get it through an employer

Colorado News Connection

  • Delta County moves to Green on COVID dial [UPDATE: Restaurants no longer have capacity limits]
  • National Park Service warns of ice breaking up along shorelines of Curecanti Rec Area
  • State lawmakers from Boulder want new gun regulations
  • What you can do to help stop salmonella outbreak killing birds in the Mountain West
  • As migrant agricultural workers return, community health centers are helping distribute COVID vaccines
  • Nancy Watzman comments on on combating misinformation & disinformation at CFOIC's Sunshine Week panel 

  

Will Walkey / KHOL

  • Governor Jared Polis says Monday's mass shooting at the South Boulder King Soopers was personal, as a longtime resident of the city himself
  • From KHOL's Will Walkey: Chronic wasting disease was discovered for the first time in the Jackson Hole region this winter, alarming wildlife advocates because of the practice of elk feeding in Western Wyoming, which some critics say could facilitate a fast and catastrophic spread of the fatal disease, but now wildlife specialists and feedground operators are teaming up to mitigate the impacts and keep elk fed

  

Kate Groetzinger / KUER

  • Tax Day pushed back to May 17
  • Grand Junction City Council candidates release campaign finance reports
  • Ridgway cancels April election
  • Montrose City Council approves La Raza Park improvements
  • 42nd annual Crawford Pioneer Days back in the saddle in June
  • Polis signs bills to help prepare for wildfire season
  • Moab has less water in aquifer than previously thought

  

Neil Best / KUNC

After five decades at KUNC in Greeley, president and CEO Neil Best is retiring this spring. He joined KVNF during our Spring Membership Drive to encourage listeners to donate, talked about the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition, and said he looks forward to finally spending more time with his grandchildren. KVNF wishes Neil all the best in the next chapter of his life after five decades of building capacity for public radio in the Mountain West.

Kaspar Keil

  • 6 tons of rock fell on Ouray Hydro Power Plant intake pipe
  • Suspect arrested in murder of Ana Victoria Rascon
  • State auditor harshly criticizes Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
  • BLM conducting prescribed burns this week along Govt Springs Rd & on Dry Mesa
  • State lawmakers have more money to spend in next year's budget than originally thought
  • After ticket money vaporized, thousands of event organizers and venues will see relief thanks to a settlement reached between WA state attorney general's office & Brown Paper Tickets

Scott Franz

KVNF's Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz joins Gavin Dahl to discuss Sunshine Week, talk about his time reporting in Steamboat before heading to the State Capitol, share some of the exciting collaborations emerging from the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition, and explain why listeners should support KVNF during the Spring Membership Drive. He also says he recently heard Gavin's voice in the Capitol basement, and found another reporter listening to coverage of Lauren Boebert's event in Montrose.

  • Telluride Parks & Rec approves plan for Bluegrass Festival to spread out over 2 weekends
  • Hotchkiss trustees appoint Sven Edstrom to open seat
  • Final plans released for Little Blue Canyon road closures
  • Colorado Democrats reviving push to bring down insurance costs on individual market
  • Jason Sperling, co-founder of People Speak, talks about how their platform helps governments like City of Grand Junction give citizens an easier way to interact

Terry O'Brien

  • Colorado ramping up vaccine shipments, expanding six mass vaccination sites around the state
  • Bill advancing at Capitol would cap late fees for rent payments, give tenants more time to avoid evictions
  • Governor signed bill to cancel some standardized tests at grade schools this spring, Don Coram comments
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Hotchkiss-based citizen journalist Terry O'Brien about the metrics of the COVID pandemic, and the success of the vaccine rollout so far

  

Juan Labreche / AP

  • COVID hospitalizations increase this week in Colorado as overall case numbers stopped declining
  • DMEA investigating own CEO, who is on leave of absence 
  • DA charges Kiowa County deputy in rare prosecution of an officer for on-duty killing described in '3 Bullets to the Back' investigative article
  • VP Harris visited Denver on Tuesday
  • Deb Haaland confirmed as new Interior Secretary
  • Kate Redmond reports strict nursing home lockdowns are lifting

Courtesy of AZYEP

This week's show comes courtesy of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, based in the Roaring Fork Valley. A Basalt high school student and AZYEP DJ named Connor Hoffman is building an electric snowmobile with his Dad for the Aspen Skiing Company. AZYEP project coordinator and podcast producer Halle Zander speaks to him, as well as SkiCo's vice president of sustainability Auden Schendler about why they're fighting the climate crisis with electrification.

Gavin Dahl

Republican Lauren Boebert made her first public appearance in Montrose since getting elected, speaking to a packed house at Turn of the Century Saloon on Monday night. Boebert offered a narrowly partisan message, casting aspersions, blending rhetoric with reality, and recycling jokes to boisterous applause. 

Gavin Dahl

  • Gregg Smith ends campaign for Congress
  • Bills at the statehouse include in-state college tuition for Indigenous students and banning the use of handcuffs on elementary students
  • Pitkin County mass vaccination tent collapsed under heavy snow over the weekend
  • Republican Lauren Boebert spoke to packed house of unmasked supporters in Montrose on Monday

  

Brett Seymour / National Park Service Submerged Resources Center

  • Congressmember Lauren Boebert is speaking in Montrose at Turn of the Century Saloon tonight at 6
  • Paonia police officers are moonlighting as independent contractors, in Paonia vehicles, for Hotchkiss Marshal Dan Miller who says he's down two officers due to unexplained paid administrative leave
  • H2O Radio reports that as Lake Mead levels fall, the draw to see a crashed WWII bomber could harm it

  

  • Colorado Farm & Food Alliance applauds review of Interior Dept oil & gas leasing programs
  • CPW studying why elk in Avalanche Creek herd are rejecting their young
  • Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports DUI arrests way down last year
  • Lawmakers again seek to ban single use plastic bags, styrofoam containers
  • Highway 50 construction project between Gunnison & Montrose continues to draw criticism
  • Zoom Boom: Kate Redmond speaks to realtor Carrie Soto about pandemic impacts on housing market

  

Courtesy of Rep. Deb Haaland

  • Army took possession of military-grade explosives found in Montrose County yesterday
  • Ouray County will pay $7500 to Plaindealer newspaper in settlement for attorney fees
  • Colorado Newsline reports Lauren Boebert's story told repeatedly on the campaign trail (and KVNF) about counseling jailed women doesn't match Sheriff's office logs obtained via open records request
  • As Republican Senators place a hold on Deb Haaland's nomination, tribal communities in the Mountain West that depend on fossil fuels are looking to her to help them diversify

  

Gavin Dahl

  • Colorado's COVID death toll surpasses 6,000, as 90% of teachers have received first dose of vaccine
  • High winds destroyed tipis at Ute Museum in Montrose
  • History Colorado grants $25k to Montrose for cultural site survey in Tortilla Flats
  • Colorado House passes bill requiring gun storage
  • Republican Marc Catlin responds to Governor's Meat Out Day, calls for Meat In
  • DCSD superintendent Caryn Gibson spoke to North Fork Rotary club about high school consolidation and outlined district properties she'd like to sell

  

Wikimedia Commons

  • Delta County offering March 12th vaccination appointment signups for phase 1B3
  • Sandhill Cranes are back at the Fruitgrowers Reservoir stop along their journey
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dissolving its dance company, continuing educational efforts
  • New Colorado Yurt Company HQ in Montrose could add dozens of new permanent jobs
  • Kori Stanton speaks to CSU professor Becca Jablonski about upcoming meat processing webinar

  

Kate Redmond

  • Planet Bluegrass announces plans for this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival
  • Delta County Sheriff's Department eyes takeover of historic Delta Library building
  • Colorado lawmakers approve bill to spend tens of millions more on wildfire preparedness
  • Water scarcity in the Colorado River Basin causes some states to rethink water law
  • Law scholars argue for Indigenous knowledge to be admissible as court testimony
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks to Mayor Mary Bachran about tree removal in Paonia

  

Outdoors International

  • Ela Family Farms facing devastating fruit tree losses
  • Montrose City Council approves $16M for new police station
  • Ridgway School District declines Telluride Foundation's request to donate field for affordable housing
  • 75% of Colorado school staff now vaccinated
  • USFS accepting comments on pine beetle management, email nicole.hutt at usda.gov
  • Restaurants will likely be able to keep delivering alcohol after the pandemic
  • Andrew Taylor, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, talks about removing high fences to help deer and elk

Grey Wolf Studio / Colorado Yurt Company

  • Montrose hopes to administer 1000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine Friday
  • Construction begins March 15th on Little Blue Creek Canyon project between Montrose & Gunnison
  • Tri-County Health Network opening new office in Montrose 
  • Colorado Yurt Company CEO John Gibson shares his vision for a new headquarters in the Colorado Outdoors complex along the Uncompahgre River, and KVNF outlines their asks of the city

  

Grey Wolf Studio / Colorado Yurt Company

On Monday, March 1st, Colorado Yurt Company owner and CEO John Gibson made a business development presentation to the Montrose City Council at their work session. He is proposing a new building in the Colorado Outdoors complex along the Uncompahgre River, breaking ground this summer, and seeking a million dollars in cash and in-kind support from the city. KVNF News Director speaks to Gibson about the plan.

Scott Franz

  • As reportedly drunk Delta Sheriff's Deputy Kent Eddy was removed from a plane at Montrose Airport, he allegedly grabbed the security door and struck a flight attendant
  • Cedaredge completes marijuana ordinance, licenses will be $4-5k
  • Colorado Sun finds many nursing homes with high COVID death totals were cited for infection-control problems pre-pandemic
  • Plaindealer co-publisher Erin McIntyre comments on newspaper's motives in seeking personnel records from Ouray County
  • Long-awaited software upgrade will make state's online checkbook more accessible

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with Erin McIntyre, co-publisher of the Ouray County Plaindealer newspaper, and Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition executive director Jeff Roberts. Together they explore the significance of the "reverse" CORA filed in district court by Ouray County administrator Connie Hunt and county attorney Carol Viner after they declined an open records request by the newspaper for personnel files about public health staffers responding to the coronavirus pandemic. KVNF News requested an interview or statement from the county officials with more than 24 hours notice, but received no response before airtime. 

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