Laura Palmisano

Laura Palmisano

For one week each summer, a group of violinists converge in the tiny mountain town of Lake City. They've been coming for the past 5 years. As KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports, they come to improve their craft and make their music accessible to the community. 

  

Laura Palmisano

  • Business/government partnership vies for a freight rail terminal in Grand Junction
  • Mountain rescue members injured recovering body from Capitol Peak
  • Indian Country Today sweeps Native Media Awards
  • Lake City hosts 5th annual String Academy

Laura Palmisano

  • Colorado has expiring COVID vaccines
  • Five startups attracted investments at Greater Colorado Venture Fund's pitch contest
  • Telluride voters to consider short-term rental limits
  • New Hotchkiss Marshal Scott Green lays out priorities
  • 4 horses rescued from I-70
  • Colorado's reinsurance program may help end increases in health insurance costs
  • 20 people spent the night on the Alpine Loop in Hinsdale County due to mudslides

  

Laura Palmisano

A community center called Shepherd's Center, helping to meet basic needs of homeless individuals in Montrose and providing a food pantry and hot meals to all, is now open downtown. As Laura Palmisano reports, it was launched by faith-based charity Shepherd's Hand. Co-founder Garey Martinez says they offer free hot meals, along with referals for job training, and other services, as well as a sense of community for local folks struggling to get by. He credits Laura Palmisano's previous reporting for KVNF with helping the organization navigate zoning issues with the city.

Laura Palmisano

  • Delta Health closing Delta urgent care clinic, West Elk Paonia Walk-In clinic by July 21
  • Mesa County Public Health teams with CDPHE to fight COVID delta variant with mobile vax clinics
  • Montrose Public Arts eXperience wants to shift funds to DART for new public art efforts
  • Governor Polis continues busy bill signing schedule
  • Paonia trustees hear from Aaron Watson for Dark Skies Month
  • New day center Shepherd's Center helps Montrose homeless meet basic needs

  

Responding to OHV Damage at Lake San Cristobal

Jun 17, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Recently, an unknown off-highway vehicle driver left the road next to Lake San Cristobal and drove onto the lakeshore where they weren't permitted, damaging vegetation and leaving ruts across the shoreline. Laura Palmisano spoke to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about the county's response, including installing new barriers and signs, and efforts to educate OHV users. 

  • Stage 1 fire restrictions begin today on BLM land administered by Tres Rios, Uncompahgre, and White River National Forest field offices
  • Delta County School Board reconsiders sex ed tonight at 6
  • CDPHE data shows Mesa County has 164 of state's 262 cases of delta COVID variant
  • Senator Michael Bennet testified in support of his CORE Act at Senate Energy & Natural Resources committee on Wednesday
  • Laura Palmisano speaks to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about the county's response to OHV damage on the shore of Lake San Cristobal

Laura Palmisano

  • KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviews Hinsdale County Sheriff Chris Kambish as OHVs are back for the season in Lake City
  • KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh covers Gunnison County's decision to allow ATVs on certain roads in Marble

  

OHVs are Back for the Season in Lake City

May 27, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Reporter Laura Palmisano speaks to Hinsdale County Sheriff Chris Kambish about the pilot program allowing Off Highway Vehicles on a 3-mile section of a state highway so they can access the Alpine Loop, a route connecting Lake City to Silverton and Ouray. Now in its third year, the program is seasonal from the end of May through September. Last year an increase in tourism including additional OHVs led to more complaints to the sheriff's office about OVHs not following rules and causing disturbances. 

Eighth Graders Ask Rep. Boebert Questions in Lake City

May 12, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Congressmember Lauren Boebert spoke to a public gathering in Lake City on Friday. Eighth grade students from the Community School asked her questions after her speech. Laura Palmisano reports.

Local Motion: Sen. Don Coram & Sen. Kerry Donovan

May 12, 2021

This week's Local Motion features reporter Laura Palmisano's unfiltered conversations with Republican State Senator Don Coram and Democratic State Senator Kerry Donovan about the busy legislative session, and bills they've sponsored that the Governor has signed into law so far. Plus, news director Gavin Dahl reviews the Local Motion programs that won awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists.

  

Laura Palmisano

  • Conservative presidents resigning from University of Colorado & Western Colorado University
  • Ethics complaint against Dave Knutson on agenda for Paonia Trustees meeting tonight at 6:30pm
  • Conservation groups sue BLM & USFS over North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan
  • Guzman Energy, DMEA announce 80-megawatt solar energy project near Delta
  • Coal transition worker assistance program now has bipartisan support at State Capitol
  • Laura Palmisano reports on Rep. Lauren Boebert's stop in Lake City on Friday

  

Sen. Kerry Donovan

  • 5 Mesa County residents test positive for COVID variant first seen in India
  • Gov. Polis signs bill requiring State Board of Education to review civics education standards
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert's press secretary sends letter to operators of satire site TheLaurenBoebert.com
  • Cie Hoover's art exhibit closes tonight at Wright Opera House in Ouray
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Democrat State Senator Kerry Donovan of Vail about what's she's working on this legislative session

KVNF Regional Newscast: May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021
Laura Palmisano

  • Governor launching new Colorado Department of Early Childhood
  • Redistricting in Colorado may be further delayed by proposed legistation
  • Montrose City Councilman Dave Bowman has resigned
  • CDOT senior historian Lisa Schoch explains what makes Gunnison River Bridge historic
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Republican State Senator Don Coram of Montrose about bills he has co-sponsored that have been signed into law by the Governor

  

KVNF notched 12 stories on the list of 2021 Top of the Rockies winners.

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  • Gov. Polis expects Colorado will continue Johnson & Johnson vaccines soon
  • Montrose approves incentives, tax increment financing loan for new Colorado Yurt Company HQ
  • Sen. Hickenlooper hosts first town hall since being elected tonight at 6
  • New bill at statehouse seeks to give Colorado youth free access to mental health services
  • Moms and Students Demand Action for Gun Sense gathered at Boulder's municipal building Monday, urging legislation to implement more robust background checks on gun purchases

  

Stasia Lanier / KSUT

  • Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association turns on water for canals
  • Though Governor relaxed statewide mask mandate for counties in level green, masks are still required in schools & health care facilities, plus all public places in 33 counties at level blue, yellow, and orange
  • Lawmakers debate state budget this week
  • Laura Palmisano reports road accessing Lake San Cristobal finally gets repairs
  • KSUT's Sarah Flower asks Fort Lewis College president Tom Stritikus about becoming first in Colorado requiring COVID vaccination for Fall semester

Road to Lake San Cristobal Getting Much-Needed Repairs

Apr 5, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Lake San Cristobal, outside the town of Lake City, is a popular attraction for locals and tourists. However, the road to access it is need of major repair. As Laura Palmisano reports for KVNF, that's about to change.

Little Blue Creek Canyon Project Starts Mid-April

Apr 1, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Road work on a four-mile stretch of U.S. 50 between Gunnison and Montrose starts in mid-April. The Little Blue Creek Canyon Project will cause partial and complete road closures over the next two years, impacting travel from Lake City or Gunnison to Montrose or Delta, and surrounding areas. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano speaks with project official Kathleen Wanatowicz and project manager Travis Madsen.

Laura Palmisano

  • Governor Polis not publicly supporting assault weapon ban sought by Boulder Democrats
  • East Portal Road will be closed for 2021
  • Paonia and Cedaredge make progress on marijuana legalization
  • Supply of affordable housing not keeping up with demand in Colorado
  • Laura Palmisano speaks to project officials about Little Blue Creek Canyon Project road closures on Highway 50 between Gunnison and Montrose

  

Scott Franz

  • Former Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald arrested for suspected DUI again
  • Ouray's drinking water likely infiltrated by surface water
  • Hot springs in Rico now closed to non-residents
  • National Western Stock Show in Denver will return in 2022, says CEO
  • Stretch of highway from South Fork to Creede to Lake City to Blue Mesa Reservoir now a national scenic byway
  • Scott Franz reports lawmakers are responding to COVID much differently than the Spanish Flu of 1918

State Highway 149 is Now a National Scenic Byway

Feb 22, 2021
Laura Palmisano

A picturesque 117-mile stretch of highway in Southwest Colorado known as the Silver Thread Scenic Byway is now a National Scenic Byway.

Kaspar Keil

  • Hotchkiss accepts Baker Ranches bid for Fire Mountain Canal shares, puts Overland Ditch shares out for new bids
  • Paonia in Motion virtual input gathering events scheduled for Monday - Wednesday next week
  • Grand Junction City Council marijuana task force solidifies recommendations on land use codes
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond gets an update from Paradise Theater manager Sunshine Knight
  • Laura Palmisano hears about changes to the COVID dial from CDPHE official Mara Brosy-Wiwchar 

  

CDPHE Official Explains Changes to State COVID Dial

Feb 19, 2021
CDPHE

Colorado uses an online tool called the COVID-19 dial to track the spread of the virus across the state. It rates counties on a six-color scale. Green is the lowest level. Purple is the highest. Recently, the state released a revamped version of the dial. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano speaks to Mara Brosy-Wiwchar, with the Colorado Department of Public Health, about the changes. 

Homelessness isn't a new issue for the community of Montrose. Like what's happening nationwide, demand is way up for services to help the homeless because of the coronavirus pandemic. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano brings us an in-depth report on how Montrose is addressing the needs of this population as well as where it's coming up short. Support for this story came from a grant from Solutions Journalism Network.

KVNF Regional Newscast: February 1, 2021

Feb 1, 2021
Gavin Dahl

  • A moment of silence honoring Rick Hurt, KVNF's Montrose Community Advisory Board chair, who died over the weekend
  • Homelessness isn't a new issue in Montrose, where demand is up, as Laura Palmisano reports

Laura Palmisano

  • Backcountry skier Jeff Schneider died in an avalanche Friday, 2 others died Saturday near Silverton
  • 2 earthquakes near Nucla
  • Delta County Hospital workers getting first local doses of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Congressman Ken Buck will not seek second term as Colorado GOP chair
  • Air Quality Control Commission reverses decision on coal-fired power plants
  • Economists say state budget outlook is improving
  • Laura Palmisano talks to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about acquisition of island, peninsula on Lake San Cristobal

Laura Palmisano

The island and peninsula on Lake San Cristobal is now owned by Hinsdale County. A group of Lake City residents raised $200,000 to help buy the 10-acre property. Great Outdoors Colorado also awarded a $1.3 million grant to help make the purchase. Laura Palmisano speaks with Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers.

    

A group of Lake City residents have joined together in an effort to buy land on Lake San Cristobal in hopes of turning it into public open space. Click here to learn more about the effort.

Laura Palmisano

  • Governor Jared Polis calls lawmakers back in December for special session to consider COVID relief
  • Reporter Laura Palmisano looks at how Montrose County nonprofit Haven House is helping homeless families become self-sufficient 

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