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KVNF Regional Newscast: January 5, 2022

Kyle Mackie
Site Coordinator Jason Theesfeld, left, and Director of Communications Kara Choquette, of the Power Company of Wyoming, pose for a photo at one of the highest points of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project site.
  • Colorado's minimum wage is up to $12.56 or $9.54 for those earning tips, while certain direct care workers will now earn a minimum wage of $15 per hour
  • A new provision goes into effect in March allowing Colorado voters to make changes to registration online with the last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Telluride Foundation is building 24 homes in Norwood, 14 in Ridgway, and 60 in Ouray with prefabricated materials
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Mayor Mary Bachran about why Paonia Board of Trustees declined to proceed with an affordable housing grant application last month
  • KHOL's Kyle Mackie reports on challenges facing the nation's largest wind farm, under construction in Wyoming
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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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