Kate Redmond

Staff Reporter & News Host

Kate Redmond was reared on a ranch in Routt County, Colorado in a large and boisterous family. Kate has enjoyed a career in audio and lighting, with previous stints at The Vilar Performing Arts Center, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and Strings Pavilion. Her interests include alpine skiing, yoga, poetry, mosaics, and she's currently writing a memoir about her time in Uruguay. After several years as a KVNF volunteer, she joined the staff in December 2020.

  • Montrose School District now screening for COVID symptoms upon arrival at all schools
  • Only 22% of schools are enrolled in state's weekly COVID testing program
  • Delta County revamps COVID dashboard
  • Delta County School Board candidate forum scheduled for Surface Creek Church in Austin on 9/28
  • Colorado raising home health care workers' minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Mark Chalmers, CEO of Energy Fuels, about processing rare earth materials at White Earth Mill in Utah, plus Ute tribal member Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk

Laura Palmisano

  • Colorado now offering rapid, at-home COVID tests directly to residents
  • Advantage Treatment Center at community corrections complex in Montrose is a COVID outbreak site
  • About 1 in 99 people in Colorado is contagious with COVID, the highest rate this year
  • Colorado Congressmembers urge FCC to add text option to national suicide prevention hotline
  • State economists boost revenue expectations
  • Census Bureau identifies risk factors in the way of community resilience during disasters
  • Scientists identify Colorado rivers, streams to protect

Insight New Mexico

  • BLM HQ moving back to DC
  • Tina Peters back in Grand Junction
  • Colorado GOP votes not to opt out of open primaries
  • Radio host dies of COVID after urging boycott of vaccines
  • Montrose Memorial Hospital losing employees over vaccine mandate
  • Hospitals in our region implement crisis standards of care
  • Hesitancy hardens to resistance for half of Colorado's unvaccinated
  • Supply chain disruptions hit farmers hard
  • Yvette Henson explains how CSU extension office helps farmers & gardeners 
     

  

Courtesy of The Learning Council

  • Majority of Colorado students attend school under local mask mandates, but not in Montrose, Delta, or Mesa County
  • 22 schools in Mesa County have active COVID outbreaks
  • Delta County reports first West Nile virus death
  • San Miguel County identifies 8 cases of RSV in infants & toddlers
  • Ouray County hires new county attorney
  • Mary Hockenberry's art recognized with Creative Leadership Award
  • Republican Heidi Ganahl running for Governor
  • Learning Council's Amanda Campbell talks about new Delta County CARES initiative

Secretary of State Jena Griswold

This week on Local Motion, Kate Redmond interviews Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and political reporter for the Grand Junction Sentinel, Charles Ashby, on events surrounding Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters.

Citizens for a Healthy Community

  • Montrose High School graduate Daniel Granberg dies in Bolivia
  • Jury finds Henry Russell not guilty of attempted murder for Paonia shooting
  • Montrose mayor pro tem Dave Frank appointed chair of CML policy committee
  • Class-action lawsuit filed against state Medicaid program
  • Trooper who protects the Governor arrested, charged with felony menacing
  • Colorado hospitals show signs of stress as number of COVID patients grows
  • Citizens for a Healthy Community panel addresses climate change

  

Delta County Living

  • 80 Colorado K-12 schools have active COVID outbreaks
  • Breakthrough COVID case numbers & hospitalizations of vaccinated people are rising
  • Montrose County labor force grew in Q2
  • Ouray initiating legal action against 7 illegal short-term rentals
  • Sand Wash Basin wild horse roundups ending early
  • Drawdowns emptying Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • Roaring Fork School District alumni launch comprehensive sex ed for teens
  • Orchard City trustees vote to unseat member of planning commission 

Scott Franz

  • 200 students & 18 staffers quarantined in MCSD, DCSD finally updates dashboard
  • COVID deaths rising in Colorado, with 860 hospitalized on Tuesday alone
  • Mobile vaccine clinic staff harassed, threatened in Gilpin County
  • County clerks receive threatening letters from conspiracy theorists
  • 283 hate crimes reported in Colorado last year, up 22%
  • Over 160 new state laws took effect this week
  • USDA adjusting deadlines for crop insurance applications
  • New poll shows lowering health insurance costs a top priority for Colorado voters

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  • Delta Health facing critical financial losses
  • Colorado making more rental assistance payments as eviction moratorium ends
  • Nordic Council & Forest Service identify 2 possible solutions for Grand Mesa conflict
  • Mesa County voters will decide on 2 marijuana measures this November
  • Statewide ballot questions aim to raise marijuana prices, lower property taxes, restrict state spending
  • Health experts offering tips to reduce air pollution inside homes
  • USDA sees drought impacts on soybean crops

Dave Kanzer / Colorado River District

  • COVID outbreaks in 42 Colorado schools last week, including 26 positives at Naturita Elementary
  • Delta County School Board failed to update COVID dashboard, still no reply from North Fork Montessori to KVNF questions about quarantines
  • More new pediatric COVID cases in Mesa County than any other age range
  • San Miguel County imposes indoor mask mandate for September
  • Water success stories are rare, but Dave Kanzer from Colorado River District shares good news about the management of selenium in the Lower Gunnison River

  • Colorado requring staff at hospitals, some health facilities to get vaccinated by September 30th
  • New COVID cases now rising faster in Colorado kids than adults
  • Montrose County considered 'high transmission rate' community, Delta County 'substantial'
  • Republican activists hope to convince 75% of GOP Central Committee to vote to ditch open primaries
  • Officials marked international drug overdose day at state Capitol
  • Hotchkiss marshal's office gets 3 new employees, who are all resigning from Paonia PD

  

Lisa Young / Delta County Independent

  • Number of Coloradans hospitalized with COVID, 705, at highest level since January
  • Marine Rylee McCollum, whose mother lives in Montrose, among 13 service members killed in Kabul
  • SOS Jena Griswold sues to remove Tina Peters from overseeing Mesa County elections
  • Grand Mesa Nordic Council could lose access to permitted ski activities for 5 seasons due to timber sale
  • Lauren Boebert has a primary challenger, Marina Zimmerman
  • New water research lab opening near Crested Butte
  • Working group for planned move of Delta Library discusses issues

Shamsia Hassani

  • CDPHE director estimates 99% of new COVID cases trace to the delta variant
  • Montrose High School hosting COVID vaccination clinic for students & parents, September 1 at 3pm
  • Crested Butte Conservation Corps & Forest Service steward designated campsites to rehab wild areas
  • Two former deputies convicted of manslaughter in Boulder County
  • Secretary of State launches new web domain, ColoradoSOS.gov
  • Kate Redmond interviews Colorado Mesa University student whose family lives in Kabul

  • At least 14 Colorado schools have reported COVID outbreaks so far
  • No evidence of death threats against Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who remains in hiding while under criminal investigation
  • Rural Colorado United files ethics complaint against Lauren Boebert who omitted $1M of husband's income in financial disclosures
  • Colorado has paid out 7.4% of its federal rental assistance funds due to a backlog
  • Governor says Colorado doesn't need another mask mandate
  • Kate Redmond speaks with North Fork Creative Coalition about final Saturday Market

Kate Redmond speaks with David Inouye, Chief Investigator at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado about the effects of climate change, including melting permafrost in the northern hemisphere and the slowing of Atlantic Ocean currents. Inouye also details adaptations to climate change he observes in Western Colorado.

  • Some Montrose Memorial Hospital staffers protested Monday against potential vaccine mandate
  • Rapid COVID tests are in short supply
  • Little Blue Creek Canyon project impacting Hotchkiss traffic
  • Crawford Town Council working on RV regs
  • Aspen SkiCo gets approval from National Forest for first-ever uphill pass
  • Wildland firefighters getting a pay bump
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser explains Safe2Tell hotline for students, at 877-542-7233 or in app stores

  

Ben Katz / Western Slope Conservation Center

  • Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters in more hot water
  • CDOT falsely reported Independence Pass was closed on August 4th to reduce use
  • Biologists study impact of Glenwood Canyon mudslides on the Colorado River
  • Anti-speculation water task force fails to agree on recommendations
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation funds habitat & research
  • Mountain towns pursuing limits on short term rentals
  • Western Slope Conservation Center's Ben Katz explains issues with GMUG forest management plan

Read and comment on the USFS draft plan 

Lake Mead
U.S. Geological Survey

  • Mesa County Commissioners name former Secretary of State Wayne Williams their new top election official, as current Secretary of State's investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters continues
  • Funding begins to flow as shortage of licensed childcare facilities intensifies
  • Governor Polis urges CDPHE to mandate vaccines for personnel caring for vulnerable populations
  • Climate change makes it hard to predict when water shortage in lower Colorado River basin will end
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Delta Hospital pulmonologist Sara Knutson about COVID-19

U.S. Census Bureau

  • Interior Department restarts oil & gas leasing on public lands while fighting lawsuit by industry
  • Colorado proposes new transportation planning standards to reduce pollution
  • Delta, Montrose among 16 recipients of CDOT funds to revitalize Main Streets
  • Palisade faces criticism over regulation of retail pot shops
  • Ruedi Reservoir so low Aspen could struggle to generate hydro power
  • Water shortage declared for lower Colorado River Basin
  • Kate Redmond reports on release of 2020 Census numbers

  

Delta County Libraries

  • Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters not cooperating with Secretary of State investigation, Grand Junction Sentinel calls her 'unfit' for office
  • Ace Hardware owner Kim Shay files complaint with state about Hotchkiss Municipal Judge Lynn French, who represented shoplifter Charidy Meeks, daughter of former Marshal Dan Miller, as her attorney
  • Delta Commissioner Don Suppes explains why County is buying old City Market building from School District, moving library out of its historic building
  • CDOT spokeswoman Tracy Trulove describes cleanup of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon

Kate Redmond

  • CDOT says I-70 should reopen through Glenwood Canyon by Saturday night
  • Rural Utilities Service awards $10.5M to Elevate for Pea Green, East Delta projects
  • Sen. Coram, Rep. Catlin hope MCSD can obtain exemption from changing native mascots
  • San Miguel Public Health urging residents to wear masks indoors
  • Community college enrollment declining in Colorado
  • Paonia grapples with short term rentals, but no action taken at this week's trustee meeting

  

Kate Redmond

  • COVID transmission in Delta County now 'substantial'
  • Delta County Schools returning in-person with no mask mandate, despite CDC recommendations
  • Cedaredge trustees select retail marijuana vendors
  • USDA endorses Colorado proposal to grow hemp industry
  • State investigation of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters could lead to criminal charges
  • Curecanti Rec Area designated dark sky park
  • Kate Redmond catches up with Julia Kumari Drapkin who launched I See Change at KVNF

  

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

  • Redistricting Commission pushes deadline to October 1st
  • Closures on Red Mountain Pass pushed back again
  • Aspen Jewish Congregation sues Aspen Interfaith Chapel over agreement
  • Montrose lost power for 45 minutes
  • Lake City pub crawl comes with history lessons
  • USFS proposes overnight camping fees in Snowmass Wilderness Area

Kate Redmond

On this week's edition of Local Motion, Kate Redmond has a conversation with North Fork farmers Scott Horner and Mike Straub on the effects, both good and deleterious, of Bureau of Reclamation projects to place area irrigation ditches into pipes. She also taps Jake Hartter, Watershed Program Director for the Western Slope Conservation Center; and Ralph D'Alessandro, a long-time member of the Board of the Delta Conservation District.

Pexels - Michael Fischer

  • Governor's order for unvaccinated State workers to get regular testing does not apply to counties
  • The EPA wants to truck toxic tailings through Telluride from valley floor to east valley
  •  BLM  to withdraw huge acreage for the Bureau of Reclamation for 100 years
  • The Redistricting Commission held public hearings on the Western Slope
  • Applications are in for Paonia pot shops

  • Montrose School District will not require masks or vaccinations for the school year
  • Governor Polis will issue a state disaster declaration for Glenwood Canyon
  • Ika Eden sentenced to 96 years in the death of two children in Norwood in 2017
  • Covid changes to mountain communities could be here to stay

Dave Ashton/KGNU

  • A limited number of big game licenses went on sale from CPW
  • North Fork EMS awarded grant for a new ambulance
  • Camp in Pitkin County for homeless people closing in November
  • Two Aurora police arrested for attacking an unarmed man
  • Advocacy groups rally at Hickenlooper's office
  • The Learning Council hosts discussion on Comprehensive Sexual Health Education

Delta County Sheriff's Office

  • Delta County Sheriff's Office seizes 1800 marijuana plants in Delta
  • Black Coloradans arrested at twice the rate of whites on pot charges in Colorado
  • Cedaredge making progress on retail ganja
  • Governor announces new Cannabis Business Office
  • Farmworkers' Bill of Rights goes further than federal law to protect guest workers
  • Paonia administrator Corinne Ferguson says 1 million-gallon water tank is coming back online
  • What does opioid epidemic settlement money mean for rural Colorado counties?

  

Courtesy of Teya Cranson

  • CDC investigated elder care facilities in Mesa County, where unvaccinated staff are believed to be bringing COVID-19 to work
  • CPW held public input session on wolf reintroduction in Montrose
  • For 3rd time in 3 years, buying water from Ruedi Reservoir to offset low streamflow in Colorado River
  • School District 51 hires new director of equity & inclusion
  • Families in Colorado are already benefiting from advance child tax credit payments
  • Paradise Theatre to screen new doc Where We Belong by local filmmaker Teya Cranson

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