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Ron Parker

  • Colorado hospitals could be overwhelmed if COVID-19 spike continues
  • Montrose County has new outbreaks
  • Mesa County sees climbing COVID-19 infection rates, may return to tighter restrictions
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon analyzes ballot measure 7A to increase taxes for the Colorado River District

Courtesy of William Woody

Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush is running for Congress in Colorado's Third District against Lauren Boebert. She is a former college professor with a PhD in sociology, previously elected as a county commissioner and state representative. Should voters choose a veteran politican known for bipartisan compromise over a newcomer with a gun on her hip and no political experience? KVNF reporter Gavin Dahl spoke with Mitsch Bush on Monday, October 19th to learn more about her views. Here is the entire unedited interview.

Courtesy of Delta County Sheriff

  • When asked about campaign finance complaint filed against Back the Badge campaign, Delta County Sheriff Mark Taylor tells KVNF's Jodi Peterson that he made a mistake 
  • Part two of KVNF's interview with Democratic congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush

Courtesy of William Woody

  • Cameron Peak Fire, near Fort Collins, now the largest wildfire in Colorado history
  • COVID-19 testing relocates from Montrose Memorial Hospital to County Event Center
  • While new COVID cases are up in Mesa County, few hospitalizations mean overflow facility unneeded
  • Human rights groups release new report on growing far-right movement in our region
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Democratic congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush

  

Lucas Vader / Delta County Independent

Republican Lauren Boebert is running for Congress in Colorado's Third District against Diane Mitsch Bush. She is a business owner with a GED and no previous government experience. Should voters choose a novice with a gun on her hip over a veteran politician known for bipartisan compromise? KVNF reporter Gavin Dahl spoke with Boebert on Thursday, October 15th to learn more about her views. Here is the entire unedited interview.

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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

  • Delta County Planning Commission certifies draft land use code, removes Right to Farm expansion
  • 2020 U.S. Census counting has officially ended
  • Voters returned over 400,000 ballots by Thursday in Colorado, 25 times as many as in 2016
  • Part two of KVNF's interview with Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert

  

Lauren Boebert

  • Montrose High student tests positive for COVID-19 
  • Laurel House for homeless aged 18-24 opens in Grand Junction
  • Colorado Chief Medical Officer Eric France recommends flu shots 
  • New study shows cities with more undocumented immigrants do not have higher crime
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert 

  

Malcolm Childers

  • Mesa County tightening restrictions as COVID numbers increase 
  • Delta Police plans to build new facility
  • Delta County approves 2021 Strategic Plan
  • Governor Polis alarmed by increase in new COVID cases
  • Low income families at greater risk of power cutoffs as winter nears
  • Colorado West Land Trust conservation director Ilana Moir discusses merger

  

Courtesy of Public News Service

  • Montrose School District confirmed COVID case at Johnson Elementary
  • Montrose Airport to add Southwest, JetBlue flights this winter
  • Delta County turning COVID relief loans into grants
  • Number of Colorado kids without health coverage on the rise
  • Volunteer wilderness ranger programs helping underfunded Forest Service patrol backcountry

  

Scott Franz

  • Governor Jared Polis extends mask mandate for another 30 days
  • DMEA receives $2M grant for Elevate Broadband in Cedar Mesa, Beaver Hill
  • William Perry Pendley defies judge to stay in job at BLM
  • AG Phil Weiser vows to fight EPA rollback of clean car standards
  • Scott Franz reports on Proposition 115, which would outlaw abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy

  

Marty Durlin

  • 2021 individual health insurance premiums in Colorado will decrease an average of 1.4% while group rates will increase an average of 3.8%
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser met with local officials in Montrose to discuss election integrity, voter intimidation, misinformation
  • KSUT moves into new Tribal Media Center
  • Temporary ban on certain visas impacts ski industry hiring
  • DCI reporter Lisa Young discusses her coverage of proposed changes to Delta County land use code

Courtesy of San Miguel County Sheriff's Office

  • When High School football games start Friday, Montrose won't allow public, Paonia will
  • Fox Theater in Montrose closing indefinitely due to movie release delays
  • Body of missing hiker found near Lake City
  • Early voting numbers much higher than 2016 nationally
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports on the newlyweds who died in a plane crash near Telluride this week

  

Scott Franz

  • Russell Stover intends to buy its property from City of Montrose for $1, resell land & factory
  • Fire at Olathe storage unit destroys resources of 3 charitable ministries: Angels for the Needy, Haven House, & Open Hands, Open Hearts
  • New report finds most western states not doing enough to protect residents from COVID-19
  • Capitol Coverage: Scott Franz examines Proposition 118, which would create a new state program in Colorado to provide paid family & medical leave to workers

  

Courtesy of Pumpkin Hollow DGC

  • Delta County Sheriff's Office has taken Henry Russell into custody after he allegedly shot Matthew Burge of Paonia on Monday
  • Cloud seeding effort on Grand Mesa seeks permit renewal
  • Appeals court considers allowing larger religious gatherings in Colorado
  • Microbreweries preparing for colder business climate
  • Kori Stanton reports on Pumpkin Hollow disc golf tournament

  

Grace Ramsey

  • COVID-19 testing site in Montrose will relocate later this month
  • Montrose gets a fast charging station for electric vehicles
  • Montrose High School announces another COVID-19 case
  • Fire restrictions lifted on many public lands
  • Gov. Polis is pardoning thousands of people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana
  • Hopes for better monitoring of oil and gas emissions
  • A visit with the Mural Militia, a North Fork Valley art project

Scott Franz

  • Now 15 human cases of West Nile in Delta County
  • Montrose Lighthouse looking for new location to avoid reduced shelter capacity due to COVID
  • Arch Resources looking to sell West Elk Mine in North Fork Valley, the largest coal producer in Colorado
  • Legal fate of 2020 Census count deadline still uncertain
  • Scott Franz explains the most complicated statewide ballot question, Amendment B, which would change the Gallagher amendment in Colorado

KVNF Regional Newscast: September 30, 2020

Sep 30, 2020
Bureau of Land Management

  • Watchdog group challenges new Delta County ag plan
  • Toxic algae spreading in Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • COGCC approves new rules for oil & gas 
  • Governor warns COVID numbers are still too high
  • Climate change causing reduction of aspen trees in Colorado
  • What's next for BLM with acting director Pendley ousted by judge?

  

Gavin Dahl

  • Montrose High School now a COVID outbreak site
  • Colorado Mesa University stays open with routine testing
  • 4 staff of Grand Junction Utilities department test positive
  • Thefts from parked cars in Mesa County are up, with 95 guns stolen since January 1st
  • Center for Mental Health says a new vehicle will make their partnership with Montrose Police even more effective

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  • John Hickenlooper campaigns in Grand Junction
  • Colorado Air Quality Commission will require pollution monitoring at new oil & gas wells
  • Curecanti Rec Area getting major upgrade
  • Unemployment rates high in our region
  • Activists want climate questions in the debates
  • State climatologist Russ Schumacher talks wildfires

  

  • Montrose County seeks move to less restrictive pandemic guidelines
  • Montrose COVID-19 testing moves to County Event Center
  • Great Outdoors Colorado funds Western Slope projects for outdoor recreation, land protection
  • Fatal motorcycle crashes up 12% reports CDOT
  • Colorado voters age 50+ are not a ‘lock’ for either US Senate candidate
  • Economic recovery has been faster on the Western Slope, says CMU professor

Wyoming Fish & Game

  • State names Delta Walmart pharmacy, Delta Building Center as COVID outbreak sites
  • Affordable housing project in Ridgway to break ground next spring
  • Luke Runyon: Colorado River's largest reservoirs expected to keep struggling due to climate change
  • Scott Franz: Gray wolf reintroduction proposition will be on the statewide ballot 

  

Michael Underwood

  • Mesa County approved for final phase of COVID reopening
  • Cory Gardner makes surprise visit to Confluence Park in Delta 
  • Colorado forcing state workers to take unpaid days off due to budget shortfall
  • Migratory birds dropping dead across the region, submit data here
  • Laura Palmisano: Lake City now hosts an International Dark Sky Park

  

Kori Stanton

  • Now 10 cases of West Nile in Delta County
  • North Fork Emergency Medical sets up permanent base in Crawford
  • State allows West Elk Coal Mine to use new road and drill pads
  • CU-Boulder study confirms aerosols spread COVID-19
  • Poll: Many Coloradans don't want COVID vaccine
  • Postal service settles suit by Secretary of State over confusing USPS mailers
  • Kori Stanton speaks with Colorado Farm & Food Alliance at gleaning party in Paonia

  

  • 10 people became U.S. citizens at Colorado National Monument
  • Matterhorn Mill south of Ophir being restored
  • Economists at the State Capitol say Colorado's budget picture is improving
  • KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviews Jason Blevins of The Colorado Sun about efforts to revitalize western Montrose County

  

MELVIN WOODY / US FOREST SERVICE

  • Grand Junction Sentinel finds contradictions in congressional candidate Boebert's claims
  • Theft and vandalism of campaign signs rampant in Ouray County
  • New trails complete at Crossroads Park in Hotchkiss 
  • Governor allows high school football this fall
  • Disability community want to make sure all eligible voters can cast

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  • A third Delta County resident died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in Colorado to 1,905
  • Governor Polis concerned about uptick in college student cases
  • COVID outbreaks in SLC show how kids spread the virus
  • Polis will allow 5700 people to attend next Denver Broncos game, shuttered music venues aren't happy
  • Dr Joe Adragna updates Jodi Peterson on Montrose COVID testing availability

  

  • Conservation groups sue BLM over Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan
  • 4 marijuana ballot items qualify in Delta County
  • New documents show Interior Dept wanted to manage bison like cattle
  • On Tuesday, Michael Bennet called on William Perry Pendley to resign from BLM in a speech on Senate floor

Mark Duggan / KSUT

  • Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert deletes several social media accounts 
  • Paonia will use new CDOT grant for Grand Ave projects
  • Yellow-billed cuckoo not losing Endangered Species Act protection
  • Mask mandate extended another 30 days
  • Judge rejects lawsuit delaying blue book voting guide distribution 
  • KSUT: New projects hope to close 'water gap' for Navajo Nation

  

Scott Franz

  • Cameron Peak Fire has now destroyed 54 structures
  • Beware of voter misinformation, including from USPS itself
  • KUER: Advocacy groups are calling on BLM to cancel upcoming oil and gas lease sales 
  • As Scott Franz reports, Colorado voters will get a say in doing away with the electoral college this November

  • Despite rains, extreme drought persists; Paonia, Crawford and Hotchkiss still under water restrictions
  • Town of Paonia comments on Delta County draft land use plan
  • One of the last natural gas companies in the Piceance Basin has filed for bankruptcy
  • Wolves spotted in northwest Colorado last winter may have been killed in Wyoming
  • Six states that rely on the Colorado River have issues with proposed Utah pipeline
  • Warming climate causes toxic algae outbreaks in local lakes and rivers
  • COVID-19 testing widely available in Delta County

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