Regional News

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KVNF's original reporting covers a variety of issues affecting the Western Slope - everything from environmental and energy issues to breaking news and statewide legislative debates. We also feature content from our Rocky Mountain Community Radio partner stations and Inside Energy

Our news team is always looking for leads. Let us know what's happening in your area, what issues you care about and what you'd like to hear us cover - email us at news@kvnf.org.

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Laura Palmisano

For one week each summer, a group of violinists converge in the tiny mountain town of Lake City. They've been coming for the past 5 years. As KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports, they come to improve their craft and make their music accessible to the community. 

  

Laura Palmisano

A community center called Shepherd's Center, helping to meet basic needs of homeless individuals in Montrose and providing a food pantry and hot meals to all, is now open downtown. As Laura Palmisano reports, it was launched by faith-based charity Shepherd's Hand. Co-founder Garey Martinez says they offer free hot meals, along with referals for job training, and other services, as well as a sense of community for local folks struggling to get by. He credits Laura Palmisano's previous reporting for KVNF with helping the organization navigate zoning issues with the city.

Responding to OHV Damage at Lake San Cristobal

Jun 17, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Recently, an unknown off-highway vehicle driver left the road next to Lake San Cristobal and drove onto the lakeshore where they weren't permitted, damaging vegetation and leaving ruts across the shoreline. Laura Palmisano spoke to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about the county's response, including installing new barriers and signs, and efforts to educate OHV users. 

OHVs are Back for the Season in Lake City

May 27, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Reporter Laura Palmisano speaks to Hinsdale County Sheriff Chris Kambish about the pilot program allowing Off Highway Vehicles on a 3-mile section of a state highway so they can access the Alpine Loop, a route connecting Lake City to Silverton and Ouray. Now in its third year, the program is seasonal from the end of May through September. Last year an increase in tourism including additional OHVs led to more complaints to the sheriff's office about OVHs not following rules and causing disturbances. 

Eighth Graders Ask Rep. Boebert Questions in Lake City

May 12, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Congressmember Lauren Boebert spoke to a public gathering in Lake City on Friday. Eighth grade students from the Community School asked her questions after her speech. Laura Palmisano reports.

Courtesy of CDOT

Lisa Schoch, environmental protection specialist and senior historian for CDOT's environmental programs branch, explains it is the design that makes the Gunnison River Bridge on Highway 92 near Delta historic.

The Ridgway Secondary School is hosting a Youth Volunteer & Career Fair on April 21st. KVNF spoke to Ridgway 12th grader Emma Berwanger and communications professional Tanya Ishikawa about opportunities available to students. Businesses or nonprofits interested in participating have until April 14th at noon to get registered on the Ridgway Chamber website. 

Little Blue Creek Canyon Project Starts Mid-April

Apr 1, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Road work on a four-mile stretch of U.S. 50 between Gunnison and Montrose starts in mid-April. The Little Blue Creek Canyon Project will cause partial and complete road closures over the next two years, impacting travel from Lake City or Gunnison to Montrose or Delta, and surrounding areas. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano speaks with project official Kathleen Wanatowicz and project manager Travis Madsen.

Kate Redmond

A comprehensive report on the health of Paonia's trees is set to be made public. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks to Paula Martin and John Valentine of Paonia's Tree Board to learn more. 

Neil Best / KUNC

After five decades at KUNC in Greeley, president and CEO Neil Best is retiring this spring. He joined KVNF during our Spring Membership Drive to encourage listeners to donate, talked about the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition, and said he looks forward to finally spending more time with his grandchildren. KVNF wishes Neil all the best in the next chapter of his life after five decades of building capacity for public radio in the Mountain West.

Scott Franz

KVNF's Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz joins Gavin Dahl to discuss Sunshine Week, talk about his time reporting in Steamboat before heading to the State Capitol, share some of the exciting collaborations emerging from the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition, and explain why listeners should support KVNF during the Spring Membership Drive. He also says he recently heard Gavin's voice in the Capitol basement, and found another reporter listening to coverage of Lauren Boebert's event in Montrose.

Gavin Dahl

Republican Lauren Boebert made her first public appearance in Montrose since getting elected, speaking to a packed house at Turn of the Century Saloon on Monday night. Boebert offered a narrowly partisan message, casting aspersions, blending rhetoric with reality, and recycling jokes to boisterous applause. 

Kate Redmond

On Wednesday, March 3rd, children and parents gathered to attempt to prevent the Town of Paonia from eliminating a seventy-foot elm tree. This re-energized the debate on tree removal in town. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with Mayor Mary Bachran about the issue. 

Grey Wolf Studio / Colorado Yurt Company

On Monday, March 1st, Colorado Yurt Company owner and CEO John Gibson made a business development presentation to the Montrose City Council at their work session. He is proposing a new building in the Colorado Outdoors complex along the Uncompahgre River, breaking ground this summer, and seeking a million dollars in cash and in-kind support from the city. KVNF News Director speaks to Gibson about the plan.

State Highway 149 is Now a National Scenic Byway

Feb 22, 2021
Laura Palmisano

A picturesque 117-mile stretch of highway in Southwest Colorado known as the Silver Thread Scenic Byway is now a National Scenic Byway.

CDPHE Official Explains Changes to State COVID Dial

Feb 19, 2021
CDPHE

Colorado uses an online tool called the COVID-19 dial to track the spread of the virus across the state. It rates counties on a six-color scale. Green is the lowest level. Purple is the highest. Recently, the state released a revamped version of the dial. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano speaks to Mara Brosy-Wiwchar, with the Colorado Department of Public Health, about the changes. 

Gavin Dahl

The Town of Paonia mailed notices to residents last week about lead exceeding permitted levels at a handful of specific sample sites. The results of the tests do not reflect a system-wide contamination problem. Paonia's water system serves about 1600 water lines connecting nearly 3000 people total. Since the letters went out, town officials have been responding to a lot of confusion from residents. KVNF spoke to town administrator Corinne Ferguson to learn more. 

The pandemic has left millions of people without jobs and created an opportunity for hackers and identity thieves to use info obtained by data breaches to apply for unemployment benefits. This type of fraud is rampant in Colorado. Victims of unemployment fraud who had previously submitted reports to the state were finally contacted via bulk email in early February and notified those reports are under investigation, after weeks or even months with no word from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

If you tune in to the news just about anywhere, you might be under the impression that the election of President Joe Biden means the sky is falling for the oil and gas industry. KVNF news director Gavin Dahls hear why Center for Western Priorities policy director Jesse Prentice-Dunn begs to differ.

 

Homelessness isn't a new issue for the community of Montrose. Like what's happening nationwide, demand is way up for services to help the homeless because of the coronavirus pandemic. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano brings us an in-depth report on how Montrose is addressing the needs of this population as well as where it's coming up short. Support for this story came from a grant from Solutions Journalism Network.

Courtesy of CU Boulder

A new study published this week in the journal Science finds that in most cases, prioritizing older adults when distributing COVID-19 vaccines would save substantially more lives. KVNF's Gavin Dahl learns more from senior author Daniel Larremore, computational biologist in the Department of Computer Science and CU Boulder's BioFrontiers Institute. You can check out the vaccine simulation calculator here

 

Marijuana Plant
Marci Krivonen/Aspen Public Radio

Paonia Trustees working group is closing in on a draft ordinance to regulate marijuana shops. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with town trustee Michelle Pattison to get an update.

Cody Perry

Colorado regulators proposed early closures for three coal-fired power plants to improve air quality and fight climate change. Then they reversed the decision a month later. Jodi Peterson reports on the proposal and why it was abandoned. This story was produced as part of a collaborative project reporting on the impacts of fossil fuels, coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Coalition.

 

    

Lisa Young / Delta County Independent

KVNF’s Kori Stanton speaks to The Learning Council's Executive Director Alicia Michaelson and Delta County School District superintendent Caryn Gibson about the donation of over 150 books for "diversity library."   

Change.org

Calls for newly elected Congressmember Lauren Boebert to resign are increasing across Colorado’s Third District. Reasons range from her role in the attempted overthrow of election results, to tweets like “Today is 1776” the morning of the insurrection, and sharing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s whereabouts while the Capitol was under siege. Retired marine George Autobee from Pueblo co-chairs Rural Colorado United.

Counties in the KVNF listening area have made differing levels of progress preparing to rollout coronavirus vaccines, according to state guidelines. Delta County has a helpful graphic on their website laying out four phases ranging from high risk health workers to members of the public at lowest risk with expected timelines.

Kori Stanton

KVNF joins the Colorado Farm and Food Alliance for a day of gleaning at Excelsior Orchards in Paonia, Colorado. Reporter Kori Stanton talks with COFFA Community Cultivator Elizabeth Agee and Tony Carraro from Our Farm about the gleaning portion of the 'Plant A Row' project that launched at the beginning of the pandemic.

Marty Durlin

Marty Durlin, local playwright, recently joined us to talk about her new radio production dramatizing the uranium boom, "Uranium: The Musical."

KVNF News: The 2018 Western Colorado Women's March

Jan 23, 2018
Ali Lightfoot

The Old County Courthouse in Grand Junction was alive with activity and citizens exercising their First Amendment rights as they gathered for the 2nd Annual Western Colorado Women's March.   

The Denver Channel

Hunters from Cedaredge discovered human remains near Sawmill Mesa in Montrose County last weekend. KVNF News spoke with Montrose County Media Relations Manager Katie Yergensen about the story.

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