Jodi Peterson

News Director

Jodi Peterson grew up on Colorado’s Front Range and attended Colorado State University, earning a B.A. in English and an M.A. in communication development. She spent 16 years working as a technical communicator with computer company Hewlett-Packard, then made a career shift to journalism. In 2005, she became news editor for the award-winning nonprofit newsmagazine High Country News; later she served as its managing editor for five years. In 2017, she went part-time as a contributing editor. Jodi was hired as KVNF’s news director in April 2019, and is excited to help the organization expand and improve its news coverage.

Holly Rubinstein

KVNF spoke with the mayors of the tourism-dependent towns of Ouray and Ridgway to see how they're holding up during the pandemic.

San Juan Habitat for Humanity

More than three-quarters of Western Slope residents say that affordable housing is a serious problem in their community, ranking it above crime and infrastructure as a concern. In this edition of Local Motion, which originally aired July 15, 2019 and was updated in July 2020, we delve into the housing crisis, and talk about how it affects communities and families across the KVNF listening area.

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This encore edition of Local Motion focuses on mental health. Originally aired Sept. 24, 2019, it was updated in July 2020 with information about mental health issues during the pandemic. Many Western Slope residents struggle with depression, anxiety, substance abuse and even thoughts of suicide. The Surgeon General of the U.S. has said that one in four people experiences some form of mental illness, and the rates of those illnesses are highest in the American West. KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews various mental health experts about what assistance is available.

Gavin Dahl

  • Local newspapers decline while partisan online news sites thrive
  • More Americans are falling behind on mortgage payments
  • Near Cortez, plans for a sustainable community "orchard hub"
  • Interview with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet

  • Delta-Montrose Electrical Association switches to Guzman Energy for its power supply, plans more renewables
  • Delta County School District deciding on plans for fall learning
  • Oregon Hotshot crew arrives to help fight Western Slope wildfires
  • RV and trailer sales climb as more people turn to camping during the pandemic

  • Green Meadows fire burning northwest of Telluride
  • Telluride-based software company expanding to Montrose, Grand Junction
  • COVID-19 testing delays and shortages hit communities
  • National Park Service is re-evaluating how it manages Yellowstone bison
  • Churches weigh how to best offer religious services during pandemic

  • Ridgway named third "Dark Sky Community" in Colorado
  • Wildfire smoke in summer leads to more flu outbreaks in winter, says new study
  • Bureau of Land Management struggles to fill headquarters jobs after moving to Grand Junction

  • Fire restrictions in place across Western Slope
  • Western utility looks to scale up its renewable power capacity
  • Majority of Mountain West residents think Trump is not handling the pandemic well
  • Lake Powell is essential to millions of people, but its water supply is declining sharply

  • New tool from CU-Boulder measures coronavirus transmission risk
  • Debunking the myth that the Irish were the most enslaved people in the U.S.
  • Colorado's rate of COVID-19 is climbing;  Western Slope case numbers
  • Interview with public health director about COVID-19 spike in Mineral County

  • Gov. Jared Polis visits Grand Junction, signs several bills into law
  • Violin vigil held in Grand Junction for victims of police brutality
  • Delta County extends state of emergency until August 5
  • Small business owners have until August 8 to apply for loans
  • Lake Powell filled for the first time 40 years ago this summer

  • Preliminary results from Tuesday's primary election
  • Gov. Polis urges Coloradans to avoid large 4th of July gatherings, closes bars and nightclubs for 30 days
  • Video games may help relieve stress

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Mosquitoes aren't just annoying -- their bite can transmit diseases to humans and animals, including West Nile virus.

  • Federal aid during the COVID-19 pandemic has kept poverty rate from skyrocketing
  • Most Americans think the government should do more to reduce climate change impacts
  • Drought deepens across the West and Colorado
  • The pandemic has increased telehealth access -- will it continue?

  • An interview with Democrat K.C. Becker, Colorado's Speaker of the House
  • People of color in our region share their perspectives on racial injustice

  • New Grand Junction group works for racial equality
  • Vacation rental bookings rise sharply during pandemic
  • "Use it or lose it" -- Colorado notifying people in danger of losing unused water rights

  • Grand Valley faces another large layoff
  • Gov. Polis signs more bills to respond to pandemic
  • More people report symptoms of depression due to pandemic
  • 2021 state budget takes a big chunk out of public schools


This edition of Local Motion was originally aired on KDNK's "Immigrant Stories" program. Host Walter Gallacher interviews John Goodwin, a career peace officer and retired professor of Criminal Justice at Colorado Mountain College. John reflects on his life, the death of George Floyd and the importance of community centered police work.

  • Gov. Polis signs bills for pandemic aid, police reforms
  • State budget has $3.3 billion in cuts, but still protects health care and other priorities
  • Great American Outdoors Act passes Senate
  • Michael Soule, father of conservation biology, passed on June 17th

  • Norwood woman sentenced to 64 years in prison for child-abuse deaths
  • Cases of COVID-19 declining in Colorado
  • Gov. Polis says he'll contine to relax coronavirus restrictions
  • First-time protesters talk about what moves them to speak out

  • State of Colorado blocks road-building by Arch Coal in Sunset Roadless Area
  • Water recreators should wear life vests, says Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Denver is latest city to declare racism a public health crisis
  • Infant mortality is higher for children of color in the Mountain West

  •  New LGBTQ legislation ends patchwork of laws
  • Peaceful protesters face harassment, violence
  • Update on wolves recently seen in Colorado

Jodi Peterson

This is an encore presentation of a program that originally aired on May 29, 2019.  "Be a student of fire." That's just part of the advice that Colorado's first all-female wildland fire crew received at a training camp in late May, 2019. Last summer, the women worked on conservation projects and help fight forest fires in the area around Grand Junction.  KVNF spoke to several of the crew members, their instructors, and a couple of longtime female firefighters, and updated the program with a June 2020 interview.

  • Wildfires in Arizona and near Mancos make for hazy skies on the Western Slope
  • Fire crews find COVID-19 complicates operations
  • COVID-19 case numbers update, information on testing sites
  • Lake City tourism down due to pandemic

  • Gov. Polis worried that COVID-19 cases will spike again
  • State lawmakers pass reforms to prevent police violence
  • Colorado scientists have developed a way to ensure that blood transfusions don't transmit coronavirus
  • Voices of color from protests in small Western towns

  • Groundbreaking at GJ's Las Colonias Park
  • Montrose named a Bicycle Friendly Community
  • Bill advances to allow restaurants to keep serving take-out alcohol
  • Hickenlooper and Romanoff square off in first Democratic primary debate
  • U.S. recession could play out differently in urban vs. rural areas
  • Wildland fire crews need protections during pandemic
  • More federal funding available for medical providers and care facilities
  • Protests highlight militarization of police

  • Montrose, Mesa and Delta County fairs cancelled or modified
  • State senate passes bills to reduce police violence
  • Mesa County antibody testing shows few exposures to COVID-19
  • USDA providing food aid to at-risk families and children during pandemic


This edition is a special interview from KDNK in the Roaring Fork Valley. Recovering newspaper journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Greene joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to discuss her latest column in The Colorado Independent, "Denver Police agreed to First Amendment training.

  • Mail-in ballots for June 30th primary arriving this week
  • Food producers get help for supply chains disrupted by pandemic
  • Delta and Montrose counties seek second variance from state COVID-19 restrictions
  • Area fire crews mop up several small wildfires
  • Colorado lawmakers have a long list of priorities as the session ends
  • Opponents of childhood vaccines cite infamous experiment
  • Solution for trout disease found in Colorado
  • Search for Forrest Fenn's hidden treasure ends at last

  • An interview with Grand Junction's police chief Doug Shoemaker
  • Armed Westerners fear invasion of Antifa -- but is the threat credible?

  • African-American community members speak out at Grand Junction city council meeting
  • Bureau of Land Management struggling to finish moving headquarters to Grand Junction
  • Private investors are buying up land -- and water rights -- in the Grand Valley