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KVNF Regional Newscast: February 23, 2022

Eleanor Bennett
Aspen Public Radio
Local stakeholders from Pitkin County, CORE, Holy Cross Energy, and Sen. Michael Bennet's office toured abandoned coal mines leaking methane in Coal Basin above the town of Redstone on Sept. 30, 2021.
  • Mark Burns, charged with first-degree murder, makes first court appearance in Delta District Court
  • Olathe Police Chief Rogelio Pacheco awarded Law Enforcement Purple Heart for injury in line of duty
  • Temporary bridge over Gunnison River on Highway 92 between Delta and Austin is complete
  • Kate Redmond reports Town of Paonia contractor laid out recommendations to address troubled water system
  • Eleanor Bennett of KAJX reports for Rocky Mountain Community Radio on a group of stakeholders working with Pitkin County to capture methane leaking out of abandoned coal mines above the town of Redstone
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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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