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

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.

Courtesy of KZMU

  • Delta County Commissioners oppose forthcoming 'Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering & Exploitation' ballot initiative 
  • CDOT has a bridge to sell you
  • CDC: Coloradans suffered dizziness from anxiety, not Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine
  • Lawmakers unveil transportation bill that adds fees to ride shares & deliveries
  • Cops face discipline on Eastern Plains, in Denver
  • Lawmakers vote on new gun control bills this week
  • Archaeologist Don Montoya talks to KZMU about vandalism at Birthing Rock petroglyphs near Moab

Clara Pena

This week on Local Motion, Gavin Dahl interviews three women doing public service media work in Colorado, photojournalist and educator Abby Harrison, Ouray County Plaindealer reporter Liz Teitz, and KGNU news director Shannon Young.

Courtesy of Delta County School District

  • Town of Paonia approves new pot shop ordinance
  • Colorado Sun & National Trust for Local News purchase chain of 24 Front Range newspapers
  • Luke Runyon reports on preparations for first-ever water shortage declaration along Colorado River
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Arlene Porteus, among critics of North Fork school consolidation, as well as asking Delta County School District superintendent Caryn Gibson for reaction to some complaints

  

Courtesy of Colorado Parks & Wildlife

  • Gov. Polis amends, extends mask mandate
  • Lawmakers send $34B budget to Governor
  • Gov. Polis signed 19 bills last week
  • 39-year old woman killed by bear near Durango
  • Colorado River cleanup finds surprising items including tires, shopping carts
  • Drinking water & wastewater bill passes U.S. Senate
  • Former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff talks about new job at Family Visitors Program

Claudia Garcia Curzio

  • KVNF wins 12 awards from Society of Professional Journalists
  • Paonia in Motion launches community survey
  • Former Paonia police officer & Cedaredge High School tutor Shawn Sanchez arrested on suspicion of sex offenses against teen girl
  • Holy Cross Energy & CMC team up on large photovoltaic solar array near Glenwood
  • Democrats introduce 3 bills to prevent gun violence, reject assault weapon ban idea
  • Shannon Dean, new director of San Miguel Resource Center talks about Sexual Assault Awareness Month & their confidential support line is a

KVNF notched 12 stories on the list of 2021 Top of the Rockies winners.

  • District 51 in Mesa County facing another COVID outbreak, at least 18 confirmed cases
  • Pitkin County Commissioners accused of racial bias by rancher Jose Miranda
  • Lumber prices up as much as 240% since last year, adding to increasing price of new housing
  • State lawmakers pass bill letting cities, schools limit public info when hiring new leaders
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Robyn Vincent shares second story on racial reckoning & police brutality

  

  • Ridgway Concert Series approved for 5 Thursdays in July
  • Aspen dropping outdoor mask mandate
  • Colorado removing pejorative language from state contracts
  • Restrictions eased on medication effective for treating opioid addiction 
  • Kathleen Burnell from the Center for Mental Health talks about why deaths of despair, from drug overdoses and suicides, are an epidemic within the pandemic

  

  • EcoGen BioSciences acquires 165-acre hemp farm & production campus south of Delta
  • Montrose Republican representative Marc Catlin named vice chair of House Ag Committee
  • Lawmakers make more changes to bill aiming to cut insurance premiums
  • Unexpected buyer partly to blame for continued increase in housing prices
  • Tech leaders active fighting climate change say Colorado will see green job growth
  • Colorado will add 8th seat in Congress thanks to new Census data

  

Courtesy of The Place

  • Committee will consider amendments this week, including more money for police body cameras, before sending approved state budget to Governor
  • Ridgway Chamber welcomes David Nunn to board
  • Intersection at Chipeta & Highway 550 in Montrose will get traffic light, but could take 2 years
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Stephanie Serrano looks at how a shelter for homeless youth has fared during the pandemic

Courtesy of Adventure Journal

  • Petition circulating to re-vote on North Fork Miners decision
  • Delta Police a COVID outbreak site
  • All Points Transit returning to fare system May 3rd
  • River Valley Family Health Centers increasing mobile clinics for seasonal farmworkers
  • Fish & Wildlife designates sections of Colorado & Gunnison Rivers as critical habitat for yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Christian media empire moves to Ouray County
  • Taylor McKinnon at Center for Biological Diversity co-authored letter seeking NEPA review of federal fossil fuel programs

Roy Buri / Pixabay

  • USDA, EPA, FDA launch Restore Colorado to reduce food waste
  • Ela Family Farms starts 'adopt a tree' program, supporters get sapling named after them
  • USBR releases Aspinall Water to assist with low Gunnison River flows 
  • Green jobs rebounding after pandemic plunge
  • Luke Runyon reports on water speculation
  • New research says wildfire smoke may have caused bird die-off last year
  • Delta BOCC awards recycling contract to Double J
  • Colorado officials welcome return of federal work on mitigating climate change impacts

  

Courtesy of Leland Rucker

This week's Local Motion is a 420 special featuring Kate Redmond's interview of attorney Brian Vicente and Gavin Dahl's interview of journalist Leland Rucker.

  • Hundreds attend Delta County school board meeting to protest comprehensive sex ed program that hasn't been adopted by the district
  • Mesa County Commissioners open third round of hiring for new county attorney
  • Palisade Peach Festival will return in August
  • Black lawmakers in Colorado relieved jury convicted officer in murder of George Floyd
  • Robyn Vincent checks up on bold police reforms passed by Colorado lawmakers last year

Adam Smith

KVNF Mountain Grown Public Radio was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association with four awards on Monday, April 19th.

Governor Jared Polis

  • Paonia trustees reduce limit on pot shops from six to three
  • US House passes SAFE banking act, which would allow banks to work with cannabis companies
  • Kate Redmond talks to Paonia locals who hold peaceful Black Lives Matter weekly vigil 
  • Luke Runyon talks to ranchers about preparing for water shortages this summer
  • Scott Franz speaks with Governor Jared Polis about what's next for pandemic response, and last month's mass shooting in Boulder

  

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