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Kori Stanton

Kori Stanton is an award-winning film and radio producer, photographer, lavender farmer, and lover of music discovery. As the daughter of KVNF's founder, Kori has a deep understanding and passion for community radio. Kori produces the weekly podcast 'Rain & Shine' as well as hosts and produces 'Crisis to Comeback.' When she's not producing or farming you can find her DJing as Koko Love.

Kori is a Paonia native and grew up on the Western Slope. A strong sense of ‘Community’ was instilled from the very beginning as her father, Campbell Stanton, is the orginal Founder of KVNF. At the age of 11, Kori was awarded the opportunity to attend a Summer Enrichment Program at the University of Northern Colorado where she learned how to shoot film on her mother’s 35mm camera and darkroom photography. Little did she know that these were the very beginnings of her love and passion for photography and storytelling. In 2004 Kori moved to Denver where she continued her photography career. In 2006, Kori was ready for a bigger challenge and moved to Los Angeles. With her extensive background in photography, Kori landed a job at Quixote Studios. Over the next ten years she worked on numerous feature and short films, produced community driven events, and shot fashion photography and promo vidoes for Hautelook and Nordstrom.

  • This episode features a conversation around the carbon cycle with political economist, climate change advisor and North Fork Valley resident, Calla Rose Ostrander. Calla Rose is also the co-creator and host of 'Rain & Shine'.
  • This episode features a conversation with Ben Katz, former Public Lands Program Director, for the Western Slope Conservation Center, a non-profit organization based in the North Fork Valley. Ben shares his perspective on how climate is affecting Public Lands in the North Fork Valley and regionally on the Western Slope. He joined the Conservation Lands Foundation in 2023 as the Southwest Associate Program Director.
  • In this episode host Kori Stanton speaks with Black Hills Energy's West Slope Community Affairs Manager, Jason Auslander.
  • This episode features a discussion on food security and new state programs for grant and funding opportunities for small and large scale farmers and retailers. Colorado's Commissioner of Agriculture, Kate Greenberg, also talks about climate change and how it relates to current Agriculture in Colorado. 

Here are some links to the state programs mentioned in this interview:
 1. Colorado's Community Food Access Program 2.
Colorado's Soil Health Program
 3. Colorado Department of Agriculture Job Opportunities
  • This week's episode features a conversation with Dr. Heidi Steltzer. Dr. Steltzer is a Professor of Environment and Sustainability at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO where she’s been teaching for the last 15 years. She's been living in and studying Colorado since 1994., She founded the Heidi Mountains Cooperative, a non-profit field station & retreat center in Cortez, Colorado that honors science and faith as ways of knowing. Heidi is a Master’s student in Theological Studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver., Dr. Steltzer is a lead author for the chapter on High Mountain Areas in the 2019 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate. She studies how environmental changes affect mountain watersheds and Arctic ecosystems and their link to our well-being. She has spent 25 years conducting field studies on mountain and Arctic hillslopes in Colorado, Alaska, Greenland and recently China. She’s pioneered studies on the impacts of earlier snowmelt through experimentally accelerating snowmelt and monitoring plant and ecosystem responses. Her field studies lead to an experiential approach to higher education, in which she creates opportunities for student-led inquiry into environmental issues. Dr. Steltzer earned her BS in Biology at Duke University. Her doctorate is in Ecosystem Ecology from University of Colorado at Boulder. Find her on social media @heidimountains. Recent Honors: Witness before the US House Committee Science, Space, and Technology for the U.S. House of Representatives for the hearing on: An Update on the Climate Crisis: From Science to Solutions, Powerhouse Science Center Honoree, Durango, Colorado, 2020, 2019.
  • In this week's Crisis to Comeback podcast, Kori Stanton speaks with Mark Waltermire, owner of Thistle Whistle Farm about hotter and drier growing seasons and the future of agriculture. Mark shares his perspective on food security, community resiliency, and agrivoltaics.
  • This week's episode features John Miller who is the Soil Health Program Manager through the Colorado Department of Agriculture. John was born and raised on a cattle ranch in Delta County, he has a background in engineering and prior to working for the CDA he spent over 11 years working for the Delta Conservation District teaching people irrigation water management in Delta, Mesa and Montrose Counties.
  • This episode features Paonia resident, Elizabeth Agee. Elizabeth is passionate about helping people build their connection with the natural world through gardening and conservation. In 2015, she moved to Colorado to study permaculture at Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, seed saving at Rocky Mountain Seed School, Holistic Management at Holistic Management International and Southwestern agriculture and tradition. She values collaborations within the local community and thrives in situations where she can support others' work in conservation and agriculture. Elizabeth works for an organization called Colorado Farm & Food Alliance (COFFA) and manages the Plant-A-Row project, Just Good Food Campaign and the newly minted Equity Garden Incubator Plot in Paonia, CO.
  • This episode of "Crisis to Comeback" features Christie Ashwanden who is the Executive Director of the Grand Mesa Nordic Council. Christie has been involved with this western slope organization since 2004, she is also a journalist and has served on several local nonprofit boards over the last 20 years.
  • Part 2 of an interview with Hotchkiss, Colorado resident Wade Pridgen. Wade is a self described misfit from Florida, he has an extensive background in land surveying for large infrastructure projects and he worked in the oil and gas industry from 2014 to 2021. He is now retired and spends his days living in an RV on his little bit of land with his two dogs. Wade has made it his personal mission "to be a soldier for Mother Earth."