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

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.

Courtesy of Jere Lowe

  • San Miguel Power won't increase rates for 2021
  • Montrose City Council approves Russell Stover land purchase
  • Governor activates National Guard to help fight East Troublesome Fire
  • COVID-19 impacting sugar beet harvest
  • Jodi Peterson interviews Independent Delta County Commissioner candidate Jere Lowe

Lisa Young / Delta County Independent

  • Grant-funded Uncompahgre River improvement project starts next week
  • Police dog Oxx died this week after 9 years serving in law enforcement
  • Joe Lewandowski of Colorado Parks & Wildlife explains why fire restrictions are in place
  • Beau Baker reports on voter intimidation and violence in the Mountain West
  • Jodi Peterson interviews Republican Delta County Commissioner candidate Wendell Koontz

Courtesy of William Woody

Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush is running for Congress in Colorado's Third District against Lauren Boebert. She is a former college professor with a PhD in sociology, previously elected as a county commissioner and state representative. Should voters choose a veteran politican known for bipartisan compromise over a newcomer with a gun on her hip and no political experience? KVNF reporter Gavin Dahl spoke with Mitsch Bush on Monday, October 19th to learn more about her views. Here is the entire unedited interview.

Courtesy of Delta County Sheriff

  • When asked about campaign finance complaint filed against Back the Badge campaign, Delta County Sheriff Mark Taylor tells KVNF's Jodi Peterson that he made a mistake 
  • Part two of KVNF's interview with Democratic congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush

Courtesy of William Woody

  • Cameron Peak Fire, near Fort Collins, now the largest wildfire in Colorado history
  • COVID-19 testing relocates from Montrose Memorial Hospital to County Event Center
  • While new COVID cases are up in Mesa County, few hospitalizations mean overflow facility unneeded
  • Human rights groups release new report on growing far-right movement in our region
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Democratic congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush

  

Lucas Vader / Delta County Independent

Republican Lauren Boebert is running for Congress in Colorado's Third District against Diane Mitsch Bush. She is a business owner with a GED and no previous government experience. Should voters choose a novice with a gun on her hip over a veteran politician known for bipartisan compromise? KVNF reporter Gavin Dahl spoke with Boebert on Thursday, October 15th to learn more about her views at a time when no other area radio stations were able to secure an interview yet. Here is the entire unedited interview.

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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

  • Delta County Planning Commission certifies draft land use code, removes Right to Farm expansion
  • 2020 U.S. Census counting has officially ended
  • Voters returned over 400,000 ballots by Thursday in Colorado, 25 times as many as in 2016
  • Part two of KVNF's interview with Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert

  

Lauren Boebert

  • Montrose High student tests positive for COVID-19 
  • Laurel House for homeless aged 18-24 opens in Grand Junction
  • Colorado Chief Medical Officer Eric France recommends flu shots 
  • New study shows cities with more undocumented immigrants do not have higher crime
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert 

  

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