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

Eric Goold

  • Delta Health adding new pediatrics clinic
  • Red Rocks asks for 2500 capacity instead of 175-person limit
  • Breckenridge hiring private security to enforce mask mandates
  • CPW permanently suspends hunting privileges of poacher
  • Lawmakers initially approve bill penalizing gun owners who fail to secure firearms from children at home
  • Addressing confusion over Johnson & Johnson vaccine efficacy
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Chris Caskey of Delta Brick and Climate Company about the CORE Act

  • Delta County Commissioners meet with Delta City Council today 5:30-7:30pm
  • San Miguel County moves from orange to yellow on COVID dial today
  • Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon reopening to visitors May 1
  • Governor Polis says 1m more Coloradans will be eligible for COVID vaccine starting March 5
  • Montrose School District responds to proposed bill seeking to end Native mascots
  • Plastic has been around for a century and its environmental impacts are worsening, KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports on one small solution

  

Colorado State Forest Service

  • Delta County School Board votes to consolidate North Fork high schools to Hotchkiss
  • Pre-register for COVID vaccines in Delta County
  • Colorado Rockies will welcome fans to Coors Field in April
  • Abandoned oil & gas wells pollute air and groundwater, with profits privatized, damages socialized
  • Conservation advocate Nada Culver appointed to BLM post
  • Capitol statue will honor Sand Creek Massacre victims
  • Gunnison County home to severe bark beetle infestations
  • Montrose artist Lewis Williams embarks on 4000-mile bike trip

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Delta County moves to blue on the state's COVID dial
  • BLM will relocate at least 500 wild horses from Piceance Basin herd
  • Kate Redmond reports on marijuana ordinance updates from Tuesday's Paonia trustee meeting 
  • KUNC's Luke Runyon reports Greeley's multi-million dollar water project is not without opposition

Wikimedia Commons

  • Montrose Airport redirected flights to Grand Junction Saturday due to weather system malfunction
  • Residents want fewer hours of closures for Little Blue Creek Canyon Project on Highway 50
  • Pine Gulch Fire rehabilitation efforts underway for sagebrush, pinyon, juniper near Fruita
  • Roice-Hurst Humane Society helps expand Delta animal shelter with grand opening Sunday
  • CDPHE says COVID-19 vaccine supplies may increase in coming weeks
  • Renewed conversations about taxes amid revenue shortfalls in state budgets bring up menstrual equity

Paul Major / Telluride Foundation

On this week's Local Motion, KVNF news director Gavin Dahl speaks with Telluride Foundation CEO Paul Major and Telluride Daily Planet contributor Amy M. Peters about plans to build 55 to 60 new homes in Nucla, Norwood, and Ridgway. The two-year affordable housing initiative is called Rural Homes: For Sale, For Locals.

Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

  • Delta County Memorial Hospital & 13 clinics rebranding as Delta Health
  • Animas River records record low flow, again
  • Elijah McClain: Investigation criticizes Aurora police & 'failed' internal investigation
  • Lauren Boebert amends FEC filing on mileage reimbursements
  • Critics: FCC awarded SpaceX nearly $900m for untested rural broadband project
  • Luke Runyon: Rivers in the southwest impacted by climate change
  • Kate Redmond interviews Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship president David Jenkins

Scott Franz

  • Former Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald arrested for suspected DUI again
  • Ouray's drinking water likely infiltrated by surface water
  • Hot springs in Rico now closed to non-residents
  • National Western Stock Show in Denver will return in 2022, says CEO
  • Stretch of highway from South Fork to Creede to Lake City to Blue Mesa Reservoir now a national scenic byway
  • Scott Franz reports lawmakers are responding to COVID much differently than the Spanish Flu of 1918

Kaspar Keil

  • Hotchkiss accepts Baker Ranches bid for Fire Mountain Canal shares, puts Overland Ditch shares out for new bids
  • Paonia in Motion virtual input gathering events scheduled for Monday - Wednesday next week
  • Grand Junction City Council marijuana task force solidifies recommendations on land use codes
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond gets an update from Paradise Theater manager Sunshine Knight
  • Laura Palmisano hears about changes to the COVID dial from CDPHE official Mara Brosy-Wiwchar 

  

Aaron Ontiveroz / Denver Post

  • Mesa County moves from Orange to Yellow on the state's COVID dial
  • Senator Michael Bennet announced he is reintroducing his Medicare X Choice Act to create a public option Medicare Exchange healthcare plan, Kate Redmond reports
  • Governor Jared Polis delivered his annual State of the State address yesterday, Scott Franz shares highlights

  

Gavin Dahl

The Town of Paonia mailed notices to residents last week about lead exceeding permitted levels at a handful of specific sample sites. The results of the tests do not reflect a system-wide contamination problem. Paonia's water system serves about 1600 water lines connecting nearly 3000 people total. Since the letters went out, town officials have been responding to a lot of confusion from residents. KVNF spoke to town administrator Corinne Ferguson to learn more. 

Scott Franz

  • Colorado teachers now have rapid COVID self-tests from the state
  • CDC says ventilation indoors can cut down spread of COVID, but what makes for good ventilation?
  • Capitol Coverage: Colorado lawmakers considering $1B stimulus proposal in response to pandemic
  • Paonia town administrator Corinne Ferguson discusses notices sent to residents last week about lead exceeding permitted levels at six specific testing sites, and outlines next steps

  • Polis extends Colorado's emergency disaster declaration
  • Colorado General Assembly reconvenes today
  • Census Bureau alerts states population data could be six months delayed
  • Advocates celebrate federal judge's ruling to protect millions of acres of sage grouse habitat
  • KVNF's Gavin Dahl shares highlights from CDLE video on rampant unemployment fraud in Colorado

The pandemic has left millions of people without jobs and created an opportunity for hackers and identity thieves to use info obtained by data breaches to apply for unemployment benefits. This type of fraud is rampant in Colorado. Victims of unemployment fraud who had previously submitted reports to the state were finally contacted via bulk email in early February and notified those reports are under investigation, after weeks or even months with no word from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Paonia Eagles, Football, Sports, High School
Tennille Van Vleet

  • Two more Coloradans died in avalanches this weekend
  • Paonia notifies residents of potential lead contamination
  • Colorado Creative Industries awards over $7M in arts grants
  • Fossil fuel interests fund Republican lawmakers who publicly oppose freeze of leasing on public lands
  • State lawmakers resume legislative session tomorrow
  • Kate Redmond speaks to DCSD assistant superintendent Kurt Clay and task force member and parent Jon Hickam about consolidation of K-12 schools in the North Fork Valley

  

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

  • Many Colorado ski resorts expect 20+ inches of new snow over the holiday weekend
  • 109 Winter Park ski area employees have tested positive for COVID
  • Proposed Jordan Cove export terminal & Pacific Connector pipeline faced another blow this week
  • Ethan Greene, director of Colorado Avalanche Information Center, speaks with KOTO's Julia Caulfield about avalanche conditions, staying safe in the backcountry, and how to process avalanche deaths

Colorado Department of Agriculture

  • Delta County Commissioner Wendell Koontz found guilty of two campaign finance violations, fined
  • Kori Stanton: Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association goes virtual for 7th annual conference
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Savannah Maher on how the pandemic has complicated efforts to revitalize Indigenous languages

  

On this week's Local Motion, Gavin Dahl hosts a reporter roundtable with two of the area's most prolific journalists, Katharhynn Heidelberg from Montrose Press and Lisa Young from Delta County Independent. The trio discuss a dozen stories covered recently in the local papers. 

Matt Bloom / KUNC

  • Winter Park ski resort becomes 11th Colorado ski resort facing COVID outbreak
  • Coalition seeks Wild & Scenic designation for Crystal River
  • Colorado legislators introduce bill to expand facilities available to women seeking abortions
  • Grand Junction Sentinel reporter Charles Ashby calls Kerry Donovan 'immediate frontrunner' in 2022 race to challenge Lauren Boebert
  • Governor Polis says the state's vaccine supply will increase this month
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch reports on how Norwood residents are adapting to long-term drought

  

Western Slope Consulting

  • Telluride Foundation presents plan for affordable housing on old baseball field at tonight's Ouray Commissioner meeting
  • San Miguel County wastewater COVID testing has not found UK variant so far
  • CPW still points to trash as biggest reason for bear conflicts
  • Carbondale-based Mountain Flow EcoWax attracts investors on Shark Tank
  • Luke Runyon reports a new study shows when rainstorms diminish, mountain streams suffer
  • KVNF speaks to consultant Matt Farrar about the Paonia in Motion community planning process

  

Wyoming Fish & Game

  • Delta County School District seeks public input on proposal to combine students into fewer campuses
  • Utah Montessori school backtracks on allowing parents to opt students out of Black History curriculum
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond talks to Pete Kolbenschlag about new interactive map launched by Colorado Farm Food Alliance
  • Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz explores the challenges faced by Colorado wildlife officials as they begin controversial process of bringing gray wolves back to the state, as mandated by voters

Courtesy of Anti-Defamation League

  • Montrose Planning Commission approves HUB housing development with conditions
  • CASA completes capital campaign for new Delta facility
  • Paonia in Motion campaign launches to enhance public spaces
  • Gray wolf collared by CPW before fleeing back to Wyoming
  • Senator John Hickenlooper announces 4 committee assignments
  • Mountain West News Bureau: Among the right-wing groups taking part in the insurrection on January 6th, Oath Keepers was founded in our region

Amy Hadden Marsh / KDNK

  • Fentanyl overdose deaths more than doubled last year in Colorado
  • Skiers who died in avalanche Monday were Seth Bossung, Andy Jessen, Adam Palmer
  • State Senator Kerry Donovan will challenge Lauren Boebert in 2022 Congressional race
  • Governor, Ag Commissioner send letter of support for National Western Stock Show
  • Weld County residents once again attempting to secede, join Wyoming
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports the CORE Act is back

  

  • Cedaredge Trustees refine application process for marijuana shops
  • CDOT unveils new Bustang route from Telluride to Grand Junction
  • Avalanche claims 3 lives of backcountry skiers near Ophir Pass
  • Center for Western Priorities policy director Jesse Prentice-Dunn says the sky is not falling for the oil & gas industry
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond hears from Hotchkiss Trustee Mary Hockenberry about revitalization plans including a vision for the Public Works building

If you tune in to the news just about anywhere, you might be under the impression that the election of President Joe Biden means the sky is falling for the oil and gas industry. KVNF news director Gavin Dahls hear why Center for Western Priorities policy director Jesse Prentice-Dunn begs to differ.

 

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Colorado Health Institute reports more than half of Colorado prisoners have contracted COVID-19
  • Asymptomatic COVID testing suspended in Ouray County
  • Northside Elementary transitions to online learning, Olathe Middle High School closed by asbestos
  • Changing the Narrative director Janine Vanderburg explains anti-ageism campaign featuring greeting cards designed by locals like Cara Helmick of Orchard City & Lu Anne Tyrell of Montrose
  • KUNC's Luke Runyon explains current drought conditions in the Colora

KVNF Regional Newscast: February 1, 2021

Feb 1, 2021
Gavin Dahl

  • A moment of silence honoring Rick Hurt, KVNF's Montrose Community Advisory Board chair, who died over the weekend
  • Homelessness isn't a new issue in Montrose, where demand is up, as Laura Palmisano reports

Maeve Conran / KGNU

  • Delta Libraries closed temporarily this week in response to a belligerent man refusing to wear a mask
  • Paonia Town Council renewed Corinne Ferguson's contract
  • Colorado West Land Trust announced conservation of ranch land near Black Canyon
  • Sabotage of Aspen gas lines continues to vex investigators
  • KGNU's Maeve Conran reports a proposal for what could be the state's largest fracking site is drawing community opposition in Boulder County, including high schoolers adding their voices to the chorus of protest

  

Courtesy of Wilderness Workshop

  • Delta County Hospital vaccinating adults over 70, Delta County Health accepting pre-registrations 
  • CU Boulder computational biologist Daniel Larremore speaks to KVNF about the new study published in Science this week that finds prioritizing older adults when distributing COVID vaccines would save substantially more lives
  • KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks to stakeholders who have supported the CORE Act about what's next

  

Courtesy of CU Boulder

A new study published this week in the journal Science finds that in most cases, prioritizing older adults when distributing COVID-19 vaccines would save substantially more lives. KVNF's Gavin Dahl learns more from senior author Daniel Larremore, computational biologist in the Department of Computer Science and CU Boulder's BioFrontiers Institute. You can check out the vaccine simulation calculator here

 

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