Paonia

North Fork Valley Hosts Rise For Climate Action

Sep 10, 2018
Raleigh Burleigh

On Saturday, September 8, a crowd gathered in Paonia Town Park in coordination with Rise For Climate actions across the globe. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has this report.

Commenting on the Bureau of Land Management’s environmental assessment for the remaining North Fork parcels ends Tuesday, September  11. Rally for the Valley is on Sunday, September 16, at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss from 4 to 7pm. Carpooling is encouraged.

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The Bureau of Land Management has removed more than 5,000 acres in the North Fork Valley from the December oil and gas lease sale. For this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh speaks with Dennis Webb, reporter for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

Bureau of Land Management

The Bureau of Land Management released on Monday an Environmental Assessment for the December oil and gas lease sale that includes nearly 8,000 acres in the North Fork Valley. Despite the Town of Paonia’s push to submit a comment within the shortened scoping period, that comment was omitted from the assessment. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, and BLM Public Affairs Specialist Jayson Barangan.

For reference, here are links to the BLM’s environmental assessment, The Town of Paonia’s omitted comment, and the online portal for public comment on the environmental assessment.

Per-Fume of Prayer: Reclaiming Shock and Sorrow

Tanya Blacklight and Christine Palafox have organized a number of ceremonial dances and prayer in the North Fork Valley. Tanya joined Raleigh on Express Yourself to talk about the power of those events and a short film documenting them that will premier at the Inspired: Art at Work Symposium in Paonia.

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Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, member of the Ute Mountain Ute Nation, has been advocating for wild land for most of her life. She was a member of the Bears Ears Intertribal Committee in 2013, working to protect that area. She travels around the country, sharing Ute culture through song, dance, and presentations. She will be speaking Sunday night at the Paradise Theatre in Paonia as part of the Inspired: Art at Work Symposium.

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The Bureau of Land Management’s December oil and gas lease sale includes nearly a quarter of a million acres in Colorado with nearly 8,000 in the North Fork Valley’s watershed and around Paonia Reservoir. Meanwhile, an internal memo has reduced opportunities for public participation in the process. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson, associate program director for Citizens for a Healthy Community, to learn more.

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A scientist and Coal Methane group are working together on a project to remove a damaged cement cap on the water intake for the Paonia dam. In addition, they are assessing ways to deal with the aging infrastructure of the dam in conjunction with the increasing amount of sediment deposited behind the dam. KVNF’s Eric Goold has more.

Raleigh Burleigh

Paonia celebrated the 4th Annual Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo on Saturday, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Peter Kolbenschlag, the event’s founder, about the region’s evolving economy.

KDNK is so excited about Dandelion Day on Saturday May 12th in Sopris Park! This short promo explains what's going on with the Parade of Species leaving KDNK at 10AM, and the music including headliner Intuit Band. Plus, don't miss KDNK's beer tent, featuring dandelion-infused vodka from Marble Distilling, local craft beer from Roaring Fork Beer Company, and tastings from all the wineries in the West Elks AVA in Paonia and Hotchkiss, including Black Bridge Winery, Azura Cellars, Leroux Creek Vineyards, and more! Get all the details about the 20th annual Carbondale Dandelion Day here.

Saturday Community Calendar

Apr 14, 2018
KDNK

Here’s your community calendar for Saturday,April 14th underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale.  For a list of today's events like KDNK Ladies Arm Wrestling at Phat Thai follow the headline...

KDNK Ladies Arm Wrestling is back at Phat Thai in Carbondale on Saturday night April 14th at 9pm. Doors open at 9pm. Admission is free for wrestlers and $12 for spectators. This time the strongest wrestlers in Bonedale have challenged Paonia to a throwdown. Plus, by popular demand, there will be a silver tsunami competition for women ages 55+ and a southpaw slam jam for all you lefties. Get ready for eye-popping costumes, ridiculous prizes, hilarious emcees, a dapper DJ, and some badass competition. Spots are available in all competitions. Sign up today by calling KDNK at 970-963-0139.

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The BLM recently released a plan to open land upstream from Paonia for oil and gas drilling, a decision that many citizens feel threatens the new economy. For more, KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Madeleine Osberger about her recent article, "After BLM decision, Paonia at a crossroads," for Aspen Daily News.

Waking the Sleeping Giant

 

Waking the Sleeping Giant makes its Western Colorado Premiere tonight at 7pm tonight at the Paradise Theater in Paonia, benefiting The League of Oil and Gas Impacted Coloradans. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Filmmaker and Producer Jacob Smith to learn more.

Economic Impact of Natural Gas Development on Delta County

The North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan proposes to drill 38 wells upstream from Paonia, CO. According to one report, this project would result in an economic loss for Delta County. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh spoke with Citizens for a Healthy Community Attorney and Associate Program Director Andrew Forkes-Gudmundson.

Citizens for a Healthy Community

 

Solar Energy International in Paonia hosted the Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo over the weekend. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report a representative of Citizens for a Healthy Community speaks about fracking operations upriver from Paonia in Gunnison County.

Viva la Vida Foundation

Solar Energy International in Paonia hosted the Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo over the weekend. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report, Caren von Gontard shares about the Viva la Vida Foundation and their plans for establishing a school of spiritual agriculture in Colorado.

Colorado Farm & Food Alliance

The Western Slope Solar Fair and Permaculture Expo was hosted this past weekend at the Solar Energy International campus in Paonia, CO. KDNK sent Raleigh Burleigh to learn about sustainable initiatives from our neighboring valley, the North Fork. In this report, Peter Kolbenschlag of Colorado Farm & Food Alliance explains how the event was conceived and what it intends to cover. 

Black Bridge Winery

Station manager Gavin Dahl speaks with fruit grower and winemaker Lee Bradley who, together with his wife Kathy, runs Black Bridge Winery and the Orchard Valley Farm and Market in Paonia, Colorado. When KDNK sets up the beer tent at Dandelion Day on Saturday May 13th, we will feature wines from Black Bridge, along with dandelion-infused vodka from Marble Distilling and fresh kegs from Roaring Fork Beer Company.