KVNF Regional Newscast

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  • The Pine Gulch Fire is expected to continued growing
  • Montrose County School District releases in-person learning details
  • A hiker named Larry Vangelder died on the Box Canyon Trail in Ouray
  • New law means Cedaredge residents must control mosquitoes, rodents on their property
  • Big Sky Conference postpones college football until Spring 2021
  • Part One: Noah Glick reports on the eviction crisis

  • North Fork Valley Skatepark gets new funding from Delta County
  • EPA settles first Gold King lawsuit
  • Census now visiting households that still haven't responded 
  • Tracking data shows Texans most active in San Juan Basin
  • A renewed effort is underway to rename some geographic features in Colorado

Holly Rubinstein

KVNF spoke with the mayors of the tourism-dependent towns of Ouray and Ridgway to see how they're holding up during the pandemic.

  • Delta County Schools release Restart Plan for upcoming school year
  • Colorado Mesa University and Technical College of the Rockies release fall plans
  • KSJD Reporter Austin Cope shares personal COVID-19 story
  • New study says reopening colleges will need to do a lot of testing
  • Jodi Peterson speaks with Ouray mayor Greg Nelson and Ridgway mayor John Clark about their town economies

  • The Pine Gulch Fire was at 9,200 acres as of Wednesday afternoon and only 5% contained
  • A new report finds the worst of the COVID-19 recession may be over for Colorado
  • COGCC voted Tuesday to raise mill levy for oil & gas companies
  • Colorado voters may see as many as 11 statewide ballot questions in November
  • Public health officers across the country keep quitting

Courtesy of Carly Latcham / Zoe Dohnal

  • Montrose School District seeks survey input on Return to Learn plan
  • Pine Gulch Fire spreading rapidly north of Grand Junction
  • An effort to recall Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters fell short 
  • Ventilation a factor in safe school reopenings
  • Paid family leave supporters submit 200,000 signatures for ballot access
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch examines parenting infants during a pandemic

Judy Fahys

  • Smoke from area fires, including the Pine Gulch Fire in Mesa County, is impacting our area
  • A second person has died from COVID-19 in Mesa County
  • Western Slope fruit growers are feeling impacts from the April freeze
  • Democrats need four seats to take the U.S. Senate
  • Colorado voters may only get to see one U.S. Senate debate this year
  • Judy Fahys reports for InsideClimateNews about humpback chubs in the Grand Canyon

Luke Runyon

  • Delta County has seen 101 positive COVID-19 cases and one death
  • State's top epidemiologist says the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado appears to be stablizing
  • A Denver judge rejected a lawsuit by restaurant owners filed against Colorado's health department
  • Fake news runs rampant and one culprit, Sinclair Broadcast Group, owns TV stations in our region
  • Western states are diving into sewers looking for evidence of coronavirus 

  • 4 Delta County Sheriff's office staff tested positive for COVID-19, recovered, and are back to work
  • Colorado Division of Insurance anticipates 2021 individual health plans will cost less thanks to the reinsurance program
  • New report: coal mine reclamation could create thousands of jobs
  • 2 Colorado ballot initiatives on oil and gas have been pulled
  • Communities of color are vulnerable

  • Mesa County School District unveils plans for re-opening, plus online-only option
  • Cutthroat Trout could be protected by new water right in San Juan River Basin
  • Local National Forests chosen to contribute the Capitol Christmas tree this year
  • Republican state lawmakers ask Gov. Polis to call a special session, he declines
  • As COVID-19 hits Indigenous communities hard, what about data sovereignty?

Gavin Dahl

On Tuesday, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet introduced new legislation he’s calling The RESILIENT Act that is designed to dramatically improve how rural communities can secure federal infrastructure funding to develop new projects. 

 

For Sen. Bennet, this is a signature piece of legislation. 

  • Montrose Memorial Hospital receives two new grants to help offset revenue drop
  • 12 Mesa County residents became U.S. citizens on Monday
  • Body of missing man, Conrad Earnest, found deceased by search and rescue crew on Miracle Rock Trail
  • June was a record month for housing sales, reports Mountain West News Bureau
  • U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet introduced new rural infrastructure legislation called the RESILIENT Act today

On today's regional newscast we air another double feature from the new collaboration between Mountain West News Bureau and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation looking at how the border closing between the U.S. and Canada impacts local communities. MWNB's Nate Hegyi reports from Eureka, Montana. Then CBC's Bob Keating files from Nelson, British Columbia. 

On today's regional newscast we air a double feature from the new collaboration between Mountain West News Bureau and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation looking at how the border closing between the U.S. and Canada impacts local communities. MWNB's Nate Hegyi brings us to a struggling community in Montana. Then CBC's Bob Keating heads to Fernie, British Columbia. 

  • Updated county COVID-19 case numbers in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel
  • More people are getting tested, and the percentage of positive cases is going down
  • City of Delta chooses a new City Manager
  • KVNF's Gavin Dahl interviews Montrose County Republican Party chairman Ray Langston 

  • Montrose Memorial Hospital recognized as #1 rural hospital in Colorado
  • City of Grand Junction reports May sales tax was down 8.6 percent from last year
  • Over 600 outbreak specialists are urgently calling for a bigger role for the CDC
  • The president's nominee to head the BLM is facing renewed pushback
  • Changes to the BLM's September oil and gas lease sale are still possible

  • School district guidelines released by Colorado education officials
  • Mask mandate may not be enforced in some Western Slope counties
  • Governor Polis announces rental assistance fund to help lower eviction rates
  • Wait times for COVID-19 test results are getting longer as rates increase
  • Republican governors are losing support over their handling of the pandemic
  • Domestic abuse hotlines are seeing an uptick in calls
  • Crews are removing weeks' worth of vandalism at the State Capitol
  • In July, 3 oil and gas pipelines have shut down

Laura Palmisano

(UPDATED 7/28/2020) The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked outrage and protests across the globe. In the U.S, Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations flared up in late May and continue to this day. A group of about fifty people gathered in the small town of Lake City, Colorado for a BLM march in June, including a few of Lake City’s Black and multiracial residents. However, the town’s only Black religious leader and his family were not invited. For KVNF, Laura Palmisano brings us the story of what happened.

Laura Palmisano

  • Region 10 awarded $400,000 in funding from U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Fruita Police, Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies fatally shoot allegedly armed man for failing to comply 
  • Proposed U.S. Department of Interior rule could open up national parks to more private companies
  • 50 people gathered in Lake City for a Black Lives Matter march, but the town's only Black religious leader was not invited (updated 7/28/2020)

Gavin Dahl

  • Montrose County School District soliciting input from parents, teachers, and community members
  • Paonia Town Council members express disappointment about event cancellations
  • Louie's Pizza owners Louis Hayes and Jeanine Renee discuss how Colorado's mask mandate will impact their business
  • KVNF intern Carmen Rodriguez sat down with Marisa Edmonson and Jordan Evans to hear about their efforts to address racism in the Delta County School District

  • Governor Polis issues statewide mask order effective Friday, July 17
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission resumes hearings on SB-181
  • U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada and 11 other Senators want support for the outdoor recreation industry in future recovery legislation
  • Colorado conservationists are voicing opposition to William Perry Pendley's nomination as director of the BLM
  • U.S. Senator Michael Bennet tells KVNF's Gavin Dahl that he hopes a new bipartisan COVID relief package is possible in the next three weeks

Gavin Dahl

  • Local newspapers decline while partisan online news sites thrive
  • More Americans are falling behind on mortgage payments
  • Near Cortez, plans for a sustainable community "orchard hub"
  • Interview with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet

  • Delta-Montrose Electrical Association switches to Guzman Energy for its power supply, plans more renewables
  • Delta County School District deciding on plans for fall learning
  • Oregon Hotshot crew arrives to help fight Western Slope wildfires
  • RV and trailer sales climb as more people turn to camping during the pandemic

  • Green Meadows fire burning northwest of Telluride
  • Telluride-based software company expanding to Montrose, Grand Junction
  • COVID-19 testing delays and shortages hit communities
  • National Park Service is re-evaluating how it manages Yellowstone bison
  • Churches weigh how to best offer religious services during pandemic

  • Ridgway named third "Dark Sky Community" in Colorado
  • Wildfire smoke in summer leads to more flu outbreaks in winter, says new study
  • Bureau of Land Management struggles to fill headquarters jobs after moving to Grand Junction

  • Fire restrictions in place across Western Slope
  • Western utility looks to scale up its renewable power capacity
  • Majority of Mountain West residents think Trump is not handling the pandemic well
  • Lake Powell is essential to millions of people, but its water supply is declining sharply

  • New tool from CU-Boulder measures coronavirus transmission risk
  • Debunking the myth that the Irish were the most enslaved people in the U.S.
  • Colorado's rate of COVID-19 is climbing;  Western Slope case numbers
  • Interview with public health director about COVID-19 spike in Mineral County

  • Gov. Jared Polis visits Grand Junction, signs several bills into law
  • Violin vigil held in Grand Junction for victims of police brutality
  • Delta County extends state of emergency until August 5
  • Small business owners have until August 8 to apply for loans
  • Lake Powell filled for the first time 40 years ago this summer

  • Preliminary results from Tuesday's primary election
  • Gov. Polis urges Coloradans to avoid large 4th of July gatherings, closes bars and nightclubs for 30 days
  • Video games may help relieve stress

  • Federal aid during the COVID-19 pandemic has kept poverty rate from skyrocketing
  • Most Americans think the government should do more to reduce climate change impacts
  • Drought deepens across the West and Colorado
  • The pandemic has increased telehealth access -- will it continue?

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