Sarah Jacobson

Delta County Election Candidate Forum - Senate District 5 & House District 54

This program features excerpts from the Delta County Election Candidate Forum. The forum, organized by Delta's Republican and Democratic party leaders, was held in Delta in October and moderated by KVNF's Eric Goold. Senate District 5 Candidates Republican Olen Lund and Democratic incumbent Kerry Donovan and House District 54 candidates, Republican Matt Soper and Independent Thea Chase are featured in this episode.

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KVNF's Felix Belmont and Eric Goold speak with District 1 Commissioner Doug Atchley, whose term ends this year. Atchley talks about his experience serving as commissioner, the local economy and his hopes for the future of Delta County.

To explain why folks in rural Delta County, Colo. are feeling a lot less anxious than they were a couple years ago, consider the story of Johnny Olivas.

He's digging a line down a steep, dirt driveway, where he'll lay fiber optic cable into a home. His company, Lightworks Fiber, has begun installing badly needed broadband to this remote valley of deserts and aspen-cloaked mesas.

"I didn't know anything about fiber optic, but you catch on pretty quick," Olivas says during a break. "It's a hell of a lot easier than coal mining."

With the first hard freeze behind us, host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart discuss late fall gardening topics and take calls from listeners.

  • Huge illegal pot grow in Delta busted, eight arrests, over 800 pounds seized
  • New police chief in Montrose named, starts on November 2nd
  • Democratic congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush visits Carbondale

  • Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee issues press release
  • Mentally ill patient at Delta jail can't find a bed; service providers won't take him
  • McKee one of five county sheriffs in 7th Judicial District who will step down
  • Despite conservation agreement, water tensions between Western Slope and Front Range

  • The Purple State Update with the Colorado Sun
  • Conservation plan calls for water to be taken from Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • Lake Powell near disastrous low level; contingency plans established
  • Preview of high school football schedule around listening area

  • Colorado voters looking for specific changes from Governor candidates
  • Luke Runyon reports on stakes involved with Colorado River conservation
  • First ski resort in Colorado to open this weekend after snow in mountains

  • 7 states tentatively agree on Colorado river conservation, drought mitigation
  • Biologists have some success in protecting endangered fish in Colorado River
  • Gunnison Basin hopes for wet weather, prepare for dry winter just in case

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Host Jill Spears, gardeners Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart, plus special guest Jere Lowe of Earth Friendly Supply in Paonia have a lively Pledge Drive edition of As the Worm Turns.

  • U.S. Forest Service plans to implement shuttle, fees at Hanging Lake
  • Bull Draw Fire closure lifted, fire now 95 percent contained
  • BLM, advocates battle over management of wild horse herds in West

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