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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West Obsessed: Cow Cops

May 31, 2017
Nick Gonzales

Most people think of Nevada's crime scene investigators as slick detectives from Vegas. In this episode of West Obsessed, however, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss another kind of beat: cow cops, who ride the range and meet up with all kinds of mysteries.

West Obsessed: Prison Town

May 17, 2017
Nicolas Gouin/High Country News

In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News take a look at Adelanto, California, a desert town that has embraced the incarceration economy--a corner of our justice system that keeps innocent people, including asylum-seekers, behind bars.

Local Motion: Delta County Emergency Management

May 10, 2017

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with Jeffrey Wright, who serves as Delta County's Emergency Manager. Emergency Management works with County departments, local governments, volunteer organizations and the private sector across Delta County to develop disaster preparedness plans and provide training and exercise activities.

KVNF Youth Radio Camp 2017: The Audio Acrobats

May 8, 2017
Michelle Amiott

Aiya, Ellie, Julian and Jackson share the stories and interviews they produced during the 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

Local Motion: Hope West

May 4, 2017

HopeWest is a non-profit hospice, palliative care and grief support organization serving western Colorado.   Here, Deb Horowitz and Nancy Hovde of HopeWest discuss the work of the organization with Ali Lightfoot. 

KVNF Youth Radio Camp 2017: The Media Monkeys

May 1, 2017
Ali Lightfoot

Zoe, Carmen, Alyster and Liza share the stories and interviews they produced during the 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

West Obsessed: Marching for Science

Apr 25, 2017
Sophia Roberts

On Earth Day, thousands of scientists, students and advocates gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to call on the Trump administration to support science and evidence-based policy. Noted scientists including Bill Nye gave speeches in D.C. Satellite marches took place in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and Boise. But smaller marches and rallies also took place in places like Grants Pass, Oregon, and Silver City, New Mexico.

West Obsessed: Checking in on Trump

Apr 24, 2017

As the administration of President Donald Trump moves forward, the writers and editors of High Country News take a look at the Cabinet picks and policies that most affect the West.

KVNF Youth Radio Camp 2017: The Savage Koalas

Apr 21, 2017

Theo, Hannah,  Otus and Lena share the stories they produced during KVNF's Spring 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

J Stephen Conn

Host Felix Belmont welcomes Don Suppes, the newest member of the Delta County Board of County Commissioners, for his first appearance on KVNF's monthly Delta County Commissioners Report.

West Obsessed: Wildfire in the West

Apr 4, 2017

Wildfire season is getting longer and longer across the West, and fires are burning bigger and hotter than ever. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the newest fire research--and its dark link to the fire bombings of Germany in World War II.

Local Motion: Local News in Rural Western Colorado

Mar 31, 2017

KVNF's Eric Goold and Ali Lightfoot speak with the editors and publishers of three local newspapers.  Jay Seaton of the Daily Sentinel, Randy Sunderland of the Delta County Independent and Thomas Wills of the Merchant Herald discuss fake news, the first amendment and what's news-worthy in rural western Colorado.

West Obsessed: Busting the Tree Ring

Mar 22, 2017
High Country News

In this episode of West Obsessed the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the landmark investigation that  unraveled a Washington timber-poaching gang.

West Obsessed: The Travel Episode

Mar 9, 2017

In a typical issue of High Country News, they are primarily concerned with the facts and forces that shape the American West: the landscapes, water, people and wildlife that make this region unique. In the travel issue, however, they take a different tack. In this episode of West Obsessed, we imagine the region as though we were new to it, and in doing so, we see it with fresh eyes.

West Obsessed: Opioid Addiction in Rural Colorado

Feb 21, 2017
NPR

High Country News Assistant Editor Paige Blankenbuehler spent the last year reporting on the drug epidemic in Craig, Colorado. In this episode of West Obsessed, she discusses her reporting and where Craig fits into the national drug addiction story.

West Obsessed: Florence Williams

Feb 17, 2017

We all know that nature is good for us. But how good? And why? In her new book, The Nature Fix, journalist and author Florence Williams sets out to learn what nature does to the brain. In this issue of West Obsessed, High Country News Managing Editor Brian Calvert discusses the book with the author, including a river trip she took with nine women veterans suffering from the trauma of war. 

© 2017 Volunteers of America

KVNF News Host & Reporter Eric Goold takes a look at 2 Delta County outreach programs for seniors: A Little Help and the Senior Meals Program.

Local Motion: Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum

Jan 17, 2017
Debra Prinzing

Presenters at this year's Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum speak with Ali Lightfoot .  Drew Smith of the Rodale Institute talks about a food trial comparing the nutritional value of organic and conventionally grown vegetables.   Maureen West of the Colorado Department of Agriculture discusses the state's hemp industry.  Kate Greenberg of the National Young Farmer's Coalition talks about resources for beginning farmers.  

Delta County Commissioners Report: Bruce Hovde

Jan 16, 2017
Merchant Herald

Host Felix Belmont bids farewell to district 2 commissioner, Bruce Hovde.   They talk about Hovde's accomplishments during the past 8 years and his hopes for the future of Delta County.

West Obsessed: Obama's Legacy in the West

Jan 3, 2017
Ethan Miller/ Getty Images

Obama’s environmental and conservation record reflects an inclination toward the center in the West: He designated over two dozen national monuments, more than any other president. He oversaw surges in oil and gas production, but embraced clean energy and tackled greenhouse gas emissions. Obama may be remembered as the first leader to seriously address climate change, perhaps the foremost environmental issue of our times. And that has drawn deep opposition from the fossil fuel industry along the way.

Local Motion: Delta Looks Forward

Dec 29, 2016

2016 saw the end of one economic driver in Delta, coal mines, and the beginning of another, broadband. As 2017 begins, Delta looks to the future.  KVNF's Eric Goold speaks to Delta’s new police chief, Delta’s city manager, a board member for DMEA, a longtime Delta County public servant and an economic forecaster about their hopes for the future.

Local Motion: North Fork Water Protectors

Dec 21, 2016

Locals who went to Standing Rock share their stories about how the movement is organized,  what the goals are and what can be done now to support and organize similar movements locally and beyond. 

Local Motion: A Little Help

Dec 14, 2016
Delta County Independent

A new program called "A Little Help" was launched in the North Fork Valley this summer. Elder members of the community are connected with their neighbors who provide a little help with work around the house and yard, transportation, caregiver respite and social engagement.   Here, local volunteers and members talk about the organization.

Local Motion: Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter

Dec 7, 2016
Ali Lightfoot

Board members and residents of Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter in Delta talk about the organization.   Abraham Connection provides emergency overnight shelter,  winter housing and meals to homeless families and individuals in Delta County.

West Obsessed: Update from Standing Rock

Dec 7, 2016
High Country News

In this brief special episode of West Obsessed, Managing Editor Brian Calvert speaks with investigative reporter and HCN Associate Editor Tay Wiles about the situation on the ground at Standing Rock.

West Obsessed: Rural Schools

Dec 2, 2016

As the U.S. transitions from a labor- to a knowledge-based economy, rural communities face a huge challenge. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss how rural schools will be at the forefront of that challenge. 

West Obsessed: What Trump Could Mean for the West

Nov 22, 2016

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency took a lot of people by surprise. And given the nature of the election, it's hard to tell what a Trump administration will actually look like. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss some of the ramifications of a Trump presidency, from coal and other extractives to public land management and climate change.

Delta County Commissioners Report: Bruce Hovde

Nov 22, 2016

KVNF's Felix Belmont and Commissioner Bruce Hovde discuss the BLM's Draft Resource Management Plan and recap Hovde's 8 years as district 2 commissioner for the county.

Delta County Commissioners Report: Doug Atchley

Nov 2, 2016

KVNF's Felix Belmont and Commissioner Doug Atchley discuss how the county maintains its debt- free status and look into a new program that finances energy improvements called "C-Pace."

West Obsessed: Bears Ears

Nov 1, 2016
High Country News

In southern Utah, a coalition of tribes is pushing for nearly 2 million acres of land to be designated a national monument. That's raising huge questions about homelands, public land management, and Western history. In this episode of West Obsessed, the editors and writers of High Country News discuss the complexities of the Bears Ears national monument proposal.

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