Local Motion

Tuesdays 6-6:30 PM, Saturdays 10-10:30 AM

In-depth local public affairs reporting and interviews from around the KVNF listening area.  Local Motion airs on Tuesdays from 6-6:30 pm and Saturdays from 10-10:30 am.  The program is hosted by members of the KVNF News Team.

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Local Motion: Mustangs, Burros Still in Danger

Jun 11, 2021
Amy Hadden Marsh / KDNK

On this week's Local Motion, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh interviews Suzanne Roy, executive director of the advocacy group American Wild Horse Campaign about the current state of mustangs and burros in the American West.

Kaibab Sauvage

The devastating reality for most of Colorado’s wine grape growers and producers is a loss of between 80-100% of most wine grapes for the 2021 growing season.

Kate Redmond speaks with four people working in the tourist industry.

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with reporters Dennis Webb of the Grand Junction Sentinel and Lisa Young of the Delta County Independent. From Lisa we learn more about the Hotchkiss Marshal's office in hot water, the investigation into the killing of Paige Pierce by an unnamed Delta County sheriff's deputy, changes to recycling in Delta County, and Paonia's plan for pot shops.

Local Motion: Sen. Don Coram & Sen. Kerry Donovan

May 12, 2021

This week's Local Motion features reporter Laura Palmisano's unfiltered conversations with Republican State Senator Don Coram and Democratic State Senator Kerry Donovan about the busy legislative session, and bills they've sponsored that the Governor has signed into law so far. Plus, news director Gavin Dahl reviews the Local Motion programs that won awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists.

  

Clara Pena

This week on Local Motion, Gavin Dahl interviews three women doing public service media work in Colorado, photojournalist and educator Abby Harrison, Ouray County Plaindealer reporter Liz Teitz, and KGNU news director Shannon Young.

KVNF notched 12 stories on the list of 2021 Top of the Rockies winners.

COVID 'Long Haulers'

Apr 27, 2021

Kate Redmond interviews two COVID 'long haulers' about coronavirus symptoms that they have had for months. She also speaks with Dr. Bill Cornwell of UCHealth in Aurora on the medical phenomena of patients who are not getting better long after their covid diagnosis.

Courtesy of Leland Rucker

This week's Local Motion is a 420 special featuring Kate Redmond's interview of attorney Brian Vicente and Gavin Dahl's interview of journalist Leland Rucker.

Adam Smith

The news department at KVNF Mountain Grown Public Radio was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association with four awards on Monday, April 19th.

Meet Colorado College student Anya Steinberg, named a grand prize winner in NPR's Student Podcast Challenge for exploring the impact of learning her biological father, a sperm donor she'd been told was a doctor, was in fact a jazz musician. Plus, journalism professor Corey Hutchins on the Grand Junction Sentinel retiring its 40-year old printing press, and a racial reckoning at 9News and The Denver Post.

Alan Wells

This week we hear from Carlton Mason, CEO for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 7th Judicial District, helping to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect through prevention, advocacy, and interaction. Then blogger JoAnn Kalenak of the nonprofit Delta County Citizen Report talks about the future of the Delta library, recycling, junkyards, transparency, the mask mandate, and other stories she covers in her newsletter.

High Country News

On this week's Local Motion, KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with High Country News correspondent Nick Bowlin about his article on energy companies leaving Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup. Plus, KVNF's Gavin Dahl hears from HCN associate editor Paige Blankenbuehler about the ideas suburban second graders have for helping CPW manage the reintroduction of wolves.

Courtesy of AZYEP

This week's show comes courtesy of the Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program, based in the Roaring Fork Valley. A Basalt high school student and AZYEP DJ named Connor Hoffman is building an electric snowmobile with his Dad for the Aspen Skiing Company. AZYEP project coordinator and podcast producer Halle Zander speaks to him, as well as SkiCo's vice president of sustainability Auden Schendler about why they're fighting the climate crisis with electrification.

Kori Stanton

After a full year of social distancing and facing social isolation Western Slope organizations are getting even more creative with their offerings for local Seniors.

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with Erin McIntyre, co-publisher of the Ouray County Plaindealer newspaper, and Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition executive director Jeff Roberts. Together they explore the significance of the "reverse" CORA filed in district court by Ouray County administrator Connie Hunt and county attorney Carol Viner after they declined an open records request by the newspaper for personnel files about public health staffers responding to the coronavirus pandemic. KVNF News requested an interview or statement from the county officials with more than 24 hours notice, but received no response before airtime. 

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.

The magnetic north pole is moving. It has, in fact crossed the prime meridian. The British Geological Survey and the U.S. National Geophysical Data Center, which update the World's Magnetic Model, have had to accelerate their process in order to keep up because magnetic north has accelerated to moving 37 miles a year. On this week’s Local Motion KVNF’s Kate Redmond speaks with Greg Baker, assistant professor of geology at Colorado Mesa University and also Dr. Dave Noe, a professional geologist and lecturer living in Paonia.

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. 

KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with a local woman about Bosnian weaving. Claire Noone, an attorney in Paonia, not only works on asylum cases for survivors of the Balkan war, she also brings their handicrafts to market.

Sara Rubinstein

The 9th Annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum was held virtually on January 23nd - 23rd. This year's Keynote Speaker was Zimbabwean Ecologist Allan Savory of the Savory Institute.

Luna Anna Archey / High Country News

This week on Local Motion, KVNF's Gavin Dahl speaks with two reporters at nonprofit magazine High Country News about their latest stories focused on specific communities in Colorado.

Nick Isenberg

This week we check out The Tactile Traveler, hosted by blind journalist Nick Isenberg and produced by Lucas Turner at KDNK. Today’s show explores PPE questions like how hearing impaired Americans who rely on lip reading can keep communicating effectively with so many people wearing masks, plus voting while blind, and making Amtrak more enjoyable for travelers with special needs. The show seeks to empower blind and low vision people to explore the world and help the sighted to see the world in a new way.

Dr. Anuj Mehta

The RNA-based COVID-19 vaccine is a technology that has not been used with inoculations before. It is not, however, a new technology. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with Dr. Anuj Mehta, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Denver Health and chair of the Governor's medical advisory group on vaccine allocation, about the new vaccine. She also talks to molecular biologist and registered nurse Glen Courson about the structure and function of mRNA technology.

Amy Berenbeim

On this week’s show we have highlights from the 5th and 6th episodes of Wildish, a new podcast from High Country News.  Host Anna Coburn learns about federal mustang management in the not so wild West, introducing us to wildlife managers, landowners and wild horse advocates. Her guests provide various perspectives on how to work together to manage wild horse and burro populations.  Listen in to learn about a prison program where inmates train wild burros for adoption, and to meet a Montana couple who adopted a wild horse. 

Chad Reich

Chad Reich is back on KVNF for this week's Local Motion to go deeper into the story of 'The North Fork Exception.' Mountain Coal Company wants to expand into lands on The Gunnison National Forest's roadless areas and environmental groups want to stop them. The story involves ongoing battles in the courts over roads and drilling pads. The mine hasn't responded to emails or phone calls since July so they couldn't be included in the story. Instead, Chad shares the voices of coal advocates, conservation groups, and government officials.

  

Rep. Barbara McLachlan

This week, KVNF's Gavin Dahl asked two Democrats, Representative Barbara McLachlan who lives in Durango, and Ian Silverii the executive director of Progress Now and a Denver Post columnist, to reflect on the Special Session, the 2020 election, and the coronavirus pandemic. Last week we heard from two Republicans.

Courtesy of Don Coram

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with two Republicans about the 2020 Election, the Special Session, and COVID-19. Next week, we'll hear from two Democrats. State Senator Don Coram represents District 6 which includes Montrose County, Ouray County, and San Miguel County. Ray Langston is chair of the Montrose County Republican Party. 

Kori Stanton

On this week's Local Motion Gavin Dahl speaks with Chalkbeat Colorado bureau chief Erica Meltzer about how school districts are managing coronavirus outbreaks statewide. Plus, Kori Stanton speaks to Paonia Experiential Leadership Academy senior Liza Eller, who wrote and directed 2020 The Musical, produced with fellow students. 

Amy Berenbeim

On this week’s show, we have highlights from the third and fourth episodes of "Wildish," a new podcast from High Country News. Host Anna Coburn learns about federal mustang management in the not-so-wild West, introducing us to wildlife managers, landowners, and wild horse advocates. Her guests provide various perspectives on how to work together to manage wild horse and burro populations.

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