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  • KVNF's Andrea Castillo interviews Sophie and Tucker of the musical duo SOFI TUKKER before their sold out DJ set at the Belly Up in Aspen.
  • Republican Representative Matt Soper from Delta was elected Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Legal Services. City-owned property on Cerro Summit in Montrose could be the future home of a professionally-designed mountain biking park, reports the Montrose Daily Press. Zack’s BBQ in Hotchkiss changed hands after five decades as a family business, reports the Delta County Independent. While the West is grappling with a long-running drought, activists are calling for stronger state policies on water sustainability. But a new report shows that the Mountain West is lagging behind. Small newspapers, and local reporting, can be essential to the communities they serve. Recently, a newspaper in Montrose County’s West End changed hands, but stayed in local ownership. For Rocky Mountain Community Radio, K-O-T-O’s Gavin McGough sat down to talk with the paper’s new publisher, Regan Tuttle.
  • Mesa County Valley School District 51 saw a dip in enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year; the drop appears to be a trend that will continue throughout the next decade, reports the Daily Sentinel. he Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission welcomed the Gunnison and Taylor Rivers as the newest Gold Medal trout fisheries in the state. The City of Delta recently held a work session to discuss building supportive housing to help local people who may be unhoused or at risk of becoming unhoused, reports the Delta County Independent.
  • The nation's organic food industry will soon be operating under a new set of USDA rules and regulations. You can find more information on the new organic food industry rules and when they will go into effect at USDA dot org. Vehicles are cutting the lives of animals short as they move across roadways, however, researchers have found one possible solution help them live longer.
  • Maybe you’ve noticed the bright red “star” hovering high in the southern sky thiswinter. Maybe you’ve noticed it shining with a seemingly steadier light than otherstars in the night sky. Maybe you’ve even noticed it changing position relative tothe constellations. These observations reveal that this object is not a star, butrather the fourth planet from the Sun: Mars.
  • Joy. Bonnie, Emma and Eva of the Colorado based band Big Richard join Taya Jae on this weeks Talkin' Music.
  • Megan Hess and Shirley Koch, co-owners of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors and Donor Services, intend to appeal their prison terms imposed on them for mail fraud in U.S District Court, reports the Montrose Daily Press. The City of Montrose will go to a Single-Stream Recycling Program effective immediately. The change will limit the type of recyclable plastics that are accepted. The city will collect only plastic items marked with 1, 2, 4, and 5 recycling symbols. KVNF'S Laura Palmisano interviews two History Colorado officials about a statewide survey of Green Book sites used to guide Black Americans as they traveled across the U.S.
  • Join seven directors, filmmakers and subjects as they talk about the documentary films featured in this years Mountainfilm on Tour. Featuring interviews with Maxime Moulin with his film Flow (with Sam Favret), Alex Cullen and Manny Almonte with Wood Hood, Whit Hasset with I Am Salmon, Daniel Lombroso with American Scar, Jason Whalen and Loon with Loon, Darcy Hennessey Turenne with The Ocean Solution, and Josh Izenberg and Brett Marty with Eco-Hack!
  • City of Delta residents recently received a public water notice in their water bills regarding a "failure to test backflow prevention devices," reports the Delta County Independent. According to city staff, the notice was required by new state regulations, but the city's water is still presumed safe. As the Town of Paonia reaches the third anniversary of its water moratorium, Interim Town Administrator Leslie Klusmire continues to look for direction from the town board on language contained in the 2020 ordinance.
  • A bill drafted by three Colorado Democrats that would ban the purchase of so-called “assault weapons'' could be introduced this legislative session, reports Colorado Public Radio. The bill would not require people to give up legally owned guns.t he death of a 29-year-old man at Powderhorn Ski Resort,two weeks ago, has been ruled an accident by the Mesa County Coroner. The man's name will not be released at the request of the family. Montrose Regional Health recently received an “A” Grade on the Lown Institute Hospitals Index for Social Responsibility. The index is the first ranking to measure social responsibility of more than 36 hundred U.S. hospitals nationwide.
  • Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The day is observed on the third Monday of January. King was born on January 15, 1929. Avian Influenza or (Bird Flu) has been detected in the geese population at Confluence Park in Delta according to the Colorado Department of Wildlife. Angry voices filled the meeting room last week during a public hearing by the Delta County Planning Commission. Across the west, bighorn sheep are at risk of catching: pneumonia. The illness can kill off herds and throw off entire ecosystems. For Rocky Mountain Community Radio, K-H-O-L’s Hanna Merzbach reports.
  • Four people have died in avalanches since December 26 and there is more snow forecast for Colorado this week, reports the Colorado Avalanche Center. “Dangerous avalanche conditions will last through the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.” said Ethan Greene, Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Applications for Colorado’s Centennial Farms & Ranches 2023 program's deadline for applications is May 1, 2023. To apply or learn more, visit h-co.org/CentennialFarms. Supporters of a planned lithium mine in Northern Nevada say it would provide essential materials to build electric vehicles and address the climate crisis. But a coalition of Native American tribes is fighting against it. K-U-N-R’s Bert Johnson reports.