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 various members of the KVNF News Team.

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Delta city organizers are putting the final touches on plans to build a pocket park. The site is where the old West's Home Center building was situated. KVNF News spoke with Delta City Manager David Torgler to find out about how the grants were awarded for the project and to get the news. Graduate students from CU Denver held a workshop to help with the design of the new park.

In the January 2019 edition of The Delta County Commissioners Report,  Felix Belmont and KVNF News Host, Eric Goold speak with district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber.

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Robin Berndt, a training and outreach coordinator for the Center for Mental Health, speaks with Ali Lightfoot about programs offered in western Colorado that help educate the community about mental health, suicide prevention and those in crisis. 

 

In the fall of 2017, four seventh-grade girls from Ridgway Colorado formed a group called “Carry On!  Ridgway Reuses.”   Their goal was to ban single-use plastic bags in their hometown and address the global dangers of plastics.  Over a year later, on December 12th, 2018, the Ridgway Town Council voted to adopt a Single Use Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance, effective March 1st.  KVNF’s Ali Lightfoot spoke with these young activists about their efforts.

 

Residents at the Paonia Care Nursing Home share stories about their lives and memorable holidays from their past.

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KVNF News speaks with KUNC reporter Luke Runyon, who uses a grant to fund year round coverage of the Colorado River and the effects of drought in the Southwest. In this Local Motion, we talk about this past year in Colorado River history, playing some old stories and talking about some new ones.

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Dr. Brenda K. Holland, Executive Director​ at Families Plus talks about the  nonprofit's goal to provide long-term support for struggling families in Delta county.  She discusses how the organization formed,  the mental health resources it provides and how locals can help through mentorship and financial assistance programs as well as donating gifts to families who need them during the holidays.

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When longtime Telluride resident Tim Cannon went missing this past summer, day after day, community members hoped, prayed and wished for an update. The search played out in the background of daily life -- Tim was what people talked about: at the grocery store, on the street and on the news. Finally, he was found, by a pilot named Deven Felix, who assists with search and rescue operations for area agencies. But on the day he discovered Tim, he was acting as a good Samaritan and decided to fly his fixed-wing over Telluride to have a look.

District 2 commissioner Don Suppes discuss Delta county's changing demographics, the county's postion on seismic testing and raises for county workers. 

KVNF's Kori Stanton looks into the growing industrial hemp business in Colorado.  She visits with hemp investors, growers, lawmakers and entrepreneurs at the first annual Hemp Invest Fest in Telluride.

KVNF News examines three of the ballot measures that have local impact in Delta County. Ballot questions 7E and 7F would create a special taxation district for the North Fork Ambulance Association. Ballot issue 6C asks voters to maintain mill levy funding for the North Fork Pool Park  and Recreation District. And Amendment X would change the definition of industrial hemp.

Delta County Commissioner District 1 candidates Republican Mike Lane and Democrat Dick Gilmore discuss Delta's economic future, oil and development and the county's master pan.   Julie McCluskie (D) and Mike Mason (R) running in the Colorado House of Representatives District 61 general election talk about climate change, electric cars and the economy.   

KVNF's Felix Belmont and Eric Goold speak with District 1 Commissioner Doug Atchley, whose term ends this year. Atchley talks about his experience serving as commissioner, the local economy and his hopes for the future of Delta County.

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This program features excerpts from the Delta County Election Candidate Forum.  The forum, organized by Delta's Republican and Democratic party leaders, was held in Delta in October and moderated by KVNF's Eric Goold.   Senate District 5 Candidates Republican Olen Lund and Democratic incumbent Kerry Donovan and House District 54 candidates, Republican Matt Soper and Independent Thea Chase are featured in this episode. 

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As part of KVNF’s midterm election coverage,  we are featuring portions of the 2018 Club 20 Debates.    This 2 part debate is between 3rd congressional district candidates Diane Mitsch Bush and Scott Tipton.

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This episode of Local Motion features the Club 20 debate between the candidates in Senate District 6: Republican incumbent Don Coram and Democratic candidate Guinn Unger, Jr.  

KVNF talks with Delta county's district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber about proposed fracking operations, disbanding the area planning committees and his work with Colorado Counties Inc.

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KVNF celebrates local journalist Ed Marston who passed away on August 31st.  In this interview conducted by reporter Abigail Censky in February of 2018, Ed talks about covering the rural west, Delta County politics,  accepting change and the importance of having vision. 

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Local filmmakers produced the documentary film, Of Apples and Anthracite, in conjunction with Elsewhere Studios. The movie was screened at the Paradise Theater as part of Elsewhere's Inspired: Art at Work Symposium in Paonia on August 24th. KVNF News spoke with director Clara Pena and co-producers and writers Matt Jenkins and John Steele before the screening. The documentary tackles the issues of gentrification and oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley and portrays Paonia as a community at a crossroads.

In this episode of Local Motion, we investigate a fatal car crash involving an Olathe Police Officer and an Olathe family that occurred on July 3rd. We also speak with the Montrose County Sheriff's Office, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, and a federal law enforcement officer with the National Park Service to find out what resources and training are available to them that help keep their officers and the public safe. 

 

Delta's District 2 commissioner Don Suppes speaks with KVNF's Felix Belmont and Eric Goold about the CAFO and Oil and Gas Working Groups and disbanding the area planning groups.

Claire Sheridan from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy talks with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot about a new report on income inequality in the US.  The report shows that income inequality has risen dramatically in every state including Colorado since the 1970s.  Claire discusses why the gap is widening, how it's affecting the state and initiatives being proposed to help.

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Delta County is seeing a surge in marijuana compliance checks as law enforcement officers seek to stamp out illegal grows. At the same time, the state of Colorado continues to rake in massive tax benefits after last year's marijuana sales of over 1 billion dollars. KVNF News spoke with the Paonia chief of police, the sheriff of Delta County and the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Revenue to get the story.

Colorado’s foster care system needs more than a thousand new foster families by 2019 according to the Colorado Department of Human Services.    On this episode of Local Motion, we hear about the process of becoming a foster parent, why the need is so great and how foster kids are helped through the organization CASA as they go through the court proceedings to determine guardianship.  Rebecca Lansdown of the child placement agency, Whimspire,  Carlton Mason executive director at CASA and a Grand Junction foster mom are interviewed. 

Jackie Sievers and Leslie Sparks of Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services respond to the tragic death of Hotchkiss resident Madelaine Loh, 27, who died at the hands of her boyfriend Edgar Macias-Moreno in June. Hilltop serves Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties and works to help those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

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KVNF News spoke with officials from the Town of Hotchkiss, the Town of Paonia and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get first hand information on how the drought is impacting life on the Western Slope. Also included are reports about the potential of a dry Colorado River and new farming techniques that create energy rather than use it.

Two Colorado organizations that provide resources and legal aid to immigrants weigh in on the humanitarian crisis on the border.  We hear from Tom Acker from the Hispanic Affairs Project – a grassroots organization serving western Colorado and Cristian Solano-Córdova from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – a statewide organization advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.     

Delta County's Community and Economic Development Director, Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry is the guest on this episode. She joins Felix Belmont and Ali Lightfoot to talk about new projects and initiatives aimed at creating jobs as well as several new working groups focused on planning for oil and gas development and concentrated animal feeding operations.

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The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center is getting ready to open its doors this month.  This new venue, located in Cedaredge,  will host concerts, artist exhibits, classes and receptions. One of the founders, musician David Starr, shares information about this new community center and plays some songs from his latest CD, South and West.

Elsewhere Studios

Elsewhere Studios is an artist in residency program in Paonia, Colorado.  Here, Carolina Porras and Deirdre Morrison from Elsewhere talk about the Inspired Art At Work project, the residency program, upcoming events and the role artists can play building bridges and celebrating a community.

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