Jodi Peterson

Freelance Reporter

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 shifted to the news editor role in November 2020, before going freelance in January 2021.

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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

  • Secondary big game tag hunt starts June 5
  • Colorado adding more than 800 contact tracers to fight COVID-19
  • Democratic legislators introduce package of coronavirus relief bills
  • Delta County unemployment lower than state average
  • State lawmakers work on budget with $3 billion in spending cuts
  • People of color share their perspectives on current events

  • Gov. Polis responds to protests
  • Black Birders Week promotes diversity
  • Senate will vote on bill to fund public lands maintenance
  • Cattle prices hit new lows while consumers pay high prices for beef


Here in Western Colorado, we love our pets. More than two-thirds of us have at least one dog or cat. Many of our pets come from animal shelters, which not only find homes for unwanted pets, they also help reduce pet overpopulation and educate people on animal care.

  • Protests against police brutality and racism in Denver, Grand Junction
  • Survey finds most people support mail-in ballots
  • Summer tourism will be hurt by pandemic

  • Protests in Grand Junction, Denver against police brutality and racism
  • Ouray County will vote on recalling Sheriff Lance FitzGerald
  • Updates on facilities reopening in Montrose and Delta
  • State historical fund gives grants for building restoration

  • Unemployment claims drop in Colorado for 6th straight week
  • Lawmakers cast votes from home during pandemic
  • Legislature considers bill to extend sick leave benefits
  • Man arrested in Yellowstone on Forrest Fenn treasure hunt
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital CEO Matt Heyn discusses hospital's financial situation

  • A tale of mushroom foraging
  • New study finds most state residents support wolf reintroduction

  • New mask-disinfecting system in Montrose isn't meeting expectations
  • Grizzly 399, world-famous bear, debuts four new cubs in Grand Teton
  • A look at the federal Paycheck Protection Program on the Western Slope

  • Delta and Montrose get variances from state for restaurants, gyms and churches
  • State lawmakers return to a changed Capitol, consider new bills
  • New collaborative food farming program serves Western Slope


  Musicians around the world are getting creative about connecting with their audience during a time of social distance. Gathering for live, in-person performance is still unsafe. One local band in Moab, Utah is solving this dilemma – by bringing the performance to the people. KZMU's Molly Marcello has more.

  • No Memorial Day pool openings
  • Ouray opens new Via Ferrata climbing attraction
  • State encourages everyone with COVID-19 symptoms to get a free test
  • State lawmakers return to a changed reality
  • Brass band parades in Moab bridge social distance