Western Slope Drought

  • St. George Utah has strong water conservation ethic
  • Utah second driest state in US, plans in place for a Colorado River siphon
  • Drought, wildfires raising water temps, stressing out native fish
  • Parks and Wildlife cutthroat trout restoration efforts ongoing


KVNF News spoke with officials from the Town of Hotchkiss, the Town of Paonia and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get first hand information on how the drought is impacting life on the Western Slope. Also included are reports about the potential of a dry Colorado River and new farming techniques that create energy rather than use it.

  • Flu season looks worse than expected as numbers are up all over state
  • SNAP benefits (food stamps) could get cut under the Farm Bill legislation
  • Colorado River under drought conditions in West
  • Efforts made to share and conserve the Colorado River during drought years

  • Drought conditions, no snow making life hard on ski industry
  • Snowmakers in Telluride help keep ski runs open in light snow year
  • Trump rolls back fracking regulations, Colorado groups in opposition
  • Number of flu cases in Mesa County spike during Holiday season

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Sep 23, 2014


  • Conservation districts planning for more drought on western slope
  • Grand Junction cyclist hit by SUV driver then robbed
  • A look at a small fire fighting station that struggles to meet requirements
  • Missing teen from Littleton found