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.

CDC

What should you do if you think you might have the coronavirus? How are Western Slope hospitals preparing for their first COVID-19 patients? KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews staffers from Delta Memorial and Montrose Memorial to answer these questions and more.

US Census Bureau

It’s Census time again – that nationwide government survey that aims to count the members of every household in the country every ten years. This edition of Local Motion delves into the U.S. Census to explain how this nationwide headcount is at the core of power and money distribution in our country, and why it matters if you fill it out. KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews officials with the federal  Census Bureau and the Census Project, a coalition of national, state, and local organizations supporting an inclusive and accurate 2020 Census.

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This week's program is about outdoor recreation, and how Western Slope cities like Grand Junction and Montrose are working to expand that segment of their economies. First, KVNF's Jodi Peterson hears from the president of Colorado Outdoors, a development along the Uncompahgre River in Montrose aiming to bring in outdoor recreation businesses.  Then she talks to a director at the Grand Junction Economic Partnership about how his city is pursuing outdoors-oriented companies. Then she interviews the owner of one of those companies, RockyMounts.

Colorado Department of Transportation

In this edition, we talk about public transit. Here on the Western Slope, distances between towns are long, and we end up mostly driving our own cars to get where we need to go. But the state of Colorado is working to make it easier to leave the car at home for trips between towns, and even to the Front Range, with its Bustang bus service. KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews a public transit expert, the head of CDOT's Bustang service, and several passengers and drivers.

Alan Wartes

Delta Brick & Climate Company was founded by Christopher Caskey, a scientist and entrepreneur who is passionate about energy, sustainable business development, and innovation. Caskey's business aims to make a difference in several big picture environmental challenges at once. This piece was produced by Alan Wartes as part of The Flyovers podcast. Through his discussions with various entrepreneurs, Wartes reveals the challenges, opportunities, and the importance of founding a business in a rural community.

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This week’s edition focuses on services available on the Western Slope to help people who have some type of disability. We hear from state agencies and local organizations that offer everything from translation services for deaf people to assistance with finding a job, including the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Center for Independence, and Mosaic. The program starts with an interview with Cindy La Joy of Montrose.

Jodi Peterson

Perhaps you’re celebrating Christmas, or perhaps you observe Hanukkah instead, or Kwanzaa, or have some other way to mark the season.  We all observe holidays in our own ways and with our own customs, and on Local Motion this week we have Christmas memories to share from some of our local seniors, at Colorow Care Center in Olathe and Crossroads Senior Living in Delta. This edition also includes a segment on Christmas music and memories from "With Good Reason."

Ridgway Creative District

Colorado is home to thousands of artists, artisans and creators of all kinds – musicians, potters, painters, to name just a few. Twenty-six Colorado cities have state-certified Creative Districts, and today we’ll talk about what those creative districts are, and how they benefit the communities they’re located in. We’ll hear from a state official and the North Fork Valley Creative Coalition, and we’ll pay a visit to Ridgway’s Creative District.  On the Western Slope, creative districts are also found in Grand Junction, Telluride, Carbondale, Salida and Steamboat Springs.

West Elk Community Fund

As the holiday season approaches, many people think about charitable donations. Philanthropy can take many forms, and one common outlet is foundations.  These organizations are typically nonprofits, and manage donated money and assets to provide grants for community projects.

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This week's edition is about programs that get Western Slope youth outdoors to enjoy the beautiful open lands that surround us. Such opportunities benefit kids, and their families, in many ways. KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews various people who run these programs, and parents and kids who participate.

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Thirty-three Western Slope immigrants became official citizens of the United States in September, during a ceremony at Colorado National Monument. KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews several of them about their stories, and what becoming a naturalized resident means to them.  She also talks to federal and academic experts about the process of becoming a citizen, and why citizenship is important for our communities and the nation.

San Juan Citizens Alliance

This week’s program is about oil and gas regulation, and a new Colorado law giving  communities greater control over drilling inside their borders.  SB 181 will result in a new set of state-wide regulations for oil and gas. It also lets local governments develop regulations that are more stringent than the states, if they choose, and many are doing so. Here on the Western Slope, communities are taking different approaches to regulating the industry.

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This edition of Local Motion focuses on mental health. 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. Fortunately, resources ranging from therapists to treatment centers are available in many communities.  KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews various mental health experts about what assistance is out there.

US Forest Service

Our Western Slope forests provide a home for birds, big game and other wildlife. They furnish timber for building and firewood. They hold soil in place and prevent erosion, and filter rainwater and snowmelt flowing into streams and rivers. But our forests are in trouble. In parts of the Western Slope, aspens have died out, and conifers have turned reddish brown. To find out what’s affecting these trees, KVNF's Jodi Peterson spoke with forestry experts from Colorado State University and the US Forest Service.

Vision Charter Academy

Western Slope children are heading back to school. More and more of them, though, are attending charter schools, independent public schools that offer more flexibility and autonomy. In this edition of Local Motion, Jodi Peterson interviews the directors of three local charter schools, and talks to a parent and student about why they chose this alternative form of education.

North Fork Ambulance District

In the far-flung communities of the Western Slope, ambulance and emergency medical services are a vital lifeline for residents. In this edition of Local Motion, KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews three experts to get an understanding of how rural ambulance districts operate and what challenges they face. She speaks with Randy Kuykendall, the director of health facilities and emergency medical services at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans

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, we delve into the housing crisis, and talk about how it affects communities and families across the KVNF listening area. KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews representatives of two local organizations -- Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans and Housing Resources of Western Colorado -- that help people with various aspects of affordable housing, mostly in Mesa County and Montrose County.

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In this edition of Local Motion, Jodi Peterson looks back at the Paonia water crisis, when the entire town lost its water supply for a week in February. And she looks forward at what the town can do to better manage its water system. Interviewed are Ken Knight, Paonia town administrator; Thomas Wills, editor of the North Fork Merchant Herald; Bill Brunner, former Paonia trustee; and Benet Duncan of the Western Water Assessment.

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Mosquitoes aren't just annoying -- their bite can transmit diseases to humans and animals, including West Nile virus. West Nile is generally not dangerous, but in some cases can lead to serious complications and even death. In this episode, KVNF's Jodi Peterson interviews experts to learn more about West Nile, mosquito control in Western Colorado, and how to avoid getting bitten this summer.

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"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. This summer, the women will work 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.

Marty Durlin

Playwright Marty Durlin's new radio play, Uranium: The Musical, was performed live in Paonia in March. It's the story of the uranium boom that took place in mid-50s Moab, and of the characters who were there to witness it, like Charlie Steen the Uranium King, Edward Abbey, and more.

Credit Second Chance Humane Society

Here in Western Colorado, we love our pets. More than 65% of us have at least one dog or cat. Many of our critters come to us from animal shelters, which not only find homes for unwanted pets, they also help reduce pet overpopulation and educate people on animal care. KVNF visited three local shelters, in Delta, Montrose and Ridgway, to find out what they're doing for pets and people.

Solar Energy International

KVNF News talks to local electric cooperatives about their efforts to bring power costs down and provide additional renewable energy. Delta-Montrose Electric Association is seeking to cut ties with the big wholesale energy supplier, Tri-State Generation and Transmission, so that it can pursue more affordable sources and develop more local solar and hydropower.  San Miguel Power Association is also looking at its options. Meanwhile, Tri-State says it's working to increase flexibility for its members.

Thesa Callinicos

Arts education helps kids in many ways, improving their focus and creativity, allowing them to learn more effectively, and building social skills and self-confidence. KVNF's Jodi Peterson spoke with several people involved with the Paonia-based Arts for All to learn more about how the program is benefiting local children. The kids' latest project, a clay tile mural, will be unveiled April 26 at 6pm at the Blue Sage in Paonia.  Interviews include director Neal Schwieterman, teachers Thesa Callinicos and Tricia Tittle, and young participants.

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Delta County commissioner Don Suppes joined KVNF's Felix Belmont and Eric Goold to discuss the county's master development plan, land use regulations, zoning plans and property rights issues. They also talked about Paonia's recent water crisis.