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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Secretary of State Jena Griswold

This week on Local Motion, Kate Redmond interviews Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and political reporter for the Grand Junction Sentinel, Charles Ashby, on events surrounding Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters.

Gavin Dahl

This week Gavin Dahl speaks with KVNF host and mindfulness coach Erin Easton and Montrose Recreation Center fitness leader John Wagner about the Whole Being Health and Wellness Expo happening Saturday, September 11th and Sunday, September 12th at Montrose Rec Center. We also hear one of Erin's Mindful Moments on stress. Mindful Moments air at 11am on Sundays.

This week on Local Motion, Gavin Dahl speaks to author Julian Rubinstein. The Holly: Five Bullets, One Gun, and the Struggle to Save An American Neighborhood examines the role of law enforcement informants as gang violence continues in 'invisible Denver' and corrects the record on anti-gang activist Terrance Roberts.

Kate Redmond speaks with David Inouye, Chief Investigator at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado about the effects of climate change, including melting permafrost in the northern hemisphere and the slowing of Atlantic Ocean currents. Inouye also details adaptations to climate change he observes in Western Colorado.

Carnegie Library for Local History / Museum of Boulder Collection and Boulder County Parks & Open Space

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with two journalists. Guardian reporter Chris McGreal's latest article is on lawsuits filed by local Colorado governments seeking climate mitigation funds from energy companies based on accusations of deceptive practices, consumer fraud, and suppressing their own scientific evidence.

Will Evans / KDNK

Colorado's 38th Governor Richard Lamm died on July 29, 2021. This week on Local Motion, we listen back to a conversation from May 2019 with Dr. Will Evans on Shifting Gears from KDNK in Carbondale. Lamm reflects on the human relationship with Mother Nature and the Law of Unintended Consequences. 

Kate Redmond

On this week's edition of Local Motion, Kate Redmond has a conversation with North Fork farmers Scott Horner and Mike Straub on the effects, both good and deleterious, of Bureau of Reclamation projects to place area irrigation ditches into pipes. She also taps Jake Hartter, Watershed Program Director for the Western Slope Conservation Center; and Ralph D'Alessandro, a long-time member of the Board of the Delta Conservation District.

Gavin Dahl

This week on Local Motion, we get to know Steve Metheny, the new director of the Montrose campus of Colorado Mesa University. Metheny has been teaching computer science, business, and math classes at CMU since 1991. He retired from DMEA in 2018, where he was VP of power supply and management services. 

On this week's Local Motion Kate Redmond interviews Paonia author Cara Judea Alhadeff about her book "Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle."

This week on Local Motion, we hear part 2 of a series produced by KDNK and Carbondale Arts in anticipation of the 50th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair happening July 23-July 25. Hear the voices, stories, and sounds of 5 decades celebrating art, music, and community. 

This week on Local Motion, we hear a special program produced by KDNK and Carbondale Arts, in anticipation of the 50th annual Carbondale Mountain Fair, July 23-25. 50 years ago, people gathered in a small park in Carbondale to celebrate art, music, and community. Hear the voices, stories, and sounds as we take you on a journey of 50 years of the fair.

CDOT

Kate Redmond speaks with Dave Kanzer of the Colorado River District on the after-effects of the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon. She also interviews Elise Thatcher from CDOT on the immediacy of those effects as rain caused the canyon to ooze dirt across the highway twice this past weekend, resulting in extended closures of Interstate 70. CDOT warns more mudslides could be on the way.

Courtesy of Gov. Jared Polis

Ben Graves from The Nature Connection explains the Colorado Outdoor Equity Grant Program, and outlines youth summer camps in Delta County. Mental Health Colorado reviews bills on rapid mental health response for youth, a suicide prevention lifeline, behavioral health initiatives, and mental health wellness exams.

Colorado Channel

This year's legislative session was a mixed bag for government transparency, Jeff Roberts of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition tells KVNF's Gavin Dahl. Plus, Elliot Goldbaum of Colorado Fiscal Institute tells Shannon Young at KGNU a Tax Fairness package will benefit families and small business owners.

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

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. 

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