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KVNF Regional Newscast: December 22, 2021

Colorado West Land Trust
A wetland on the Smith Fork, conserved in perpetuity by Colorado West Land Trust and Crawford Clipper Ditch Company, in partnership with the Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Delta County Emergency Management & 911 dispatch will conduct a test of the CodeRed emergency alert system tonight from 6-8pm, learn more here
  • Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes and all 3 Montrose County Commissioners sign on to letter calling for better mental health treatment, prompted by Colorado News Collaborative reporting
  • Environmental groups concerned about new rules from Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission to cut greenhouse gas emissions from the oil and gas industry
  • President Biden appoints former Colorado House Speaker KC Becker as EPA administrator for Region 8
  • Gov. Polis names M. Michael Cooke to lead the Department of Early Childhood
  • Scott Franz reports the state is ramping up coronavirus testing, vaccine clinics
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Colorado West Land Trust about a new conservation agreement on the Smith Fork
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Gavin Dahl is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. He worked for KVNF from July 2020 to July 2022. He won awards and recognition for his KVNF reporting from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has been published by The Montrose Press, The Sopris Sun, Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Radio Survivor, Boise Weekly, and The Austin American-Statesman. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA in media production and community organizing.
Kate Redmond was reared on a ranch in Routt County, Colorado in a large and boisterous family. Kate has enjoyed a career in audio and lighting, with previous stints at The Vilar Performing Arts Center, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Strings Pavilion. Her interests include alpine skiing, yoga, poetry, mosaics, and she's currently writing a memoir about her time in Uruguay. After several years as a KVNF volunteer, she joined the staff in December 2020. She left the KVNF staff at the end of June, 2022, to take a position at KSUT in Ignacio, CO.
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