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KVNF Regional Newscast: April 8, 2022

Skylar White
The majority of this year’s NPS Academy participants raised their hands when asked if it would be their first time snowshoeing.

(:05) This is KVNF’s Regional Newscast for Friday, April 8th. I’m Gavin Dahl.

(:35) A $4 million dollar federal COVID aid initiative is encouraging more preschool teachers to enter the field as Colorado launches universal preschool in 2023. Chalkbeat reports the education industry is still reeling fromstaff shortages exacerbated by the pandemic. More than 2,000 people, or 10 percent of the workforce, left the field during the last two years. The plan is to add back more than 1,000 by June. Along with free college classes, the state is funding apprenticeships, scholarships, trainings, mentoring, translation, and other support for people seeking careers in early childhood ed.(:10) The Colorado Senate has approved a thirty billion dollar state budget. Scott Franz has more on the final steps lawmakers must take before sending it to Governor Polis.

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(:10) After a two-decade run as Sustainable Settings, a 244 acre ranch by Carbondale is hitting the market for a whopping $24 million dollars. Here’s KDNK's Morgan Neely.

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(:25) What kind of person comes to mind when you think of a national park ranger? If you’re picturing a rugged, white middle-aged mountain man, you’re probably not alone. But the National Park Service is trying to change that stereotype through a program called NPS Academy, hosting a spring break orientation at Grand Teton National Park in March. Kyle Mackie of KHOL Jackson reports for Rocky Mountain Community Radio.

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(:25) That does it for Friday’s KVNF Regional Newscast. Tomorrow Kate Redmond and I will attend a Colorado Broadcasters Association awards banquet in Denver. The Society of Professional Journalists will name their Top of the Rockies contest winners too. Tune in Monday for results. Thanks to Kate Redmond plus freelancers Laura Palmisano, Lisa Young, Apollo Rodriquez, Chad Reich, and Stephanie Maltarich. I’m Gavin Dahl.

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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.
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