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KVNF Regional Newscast: December 21, 2021

Power lines near Houston on Feb. 16. Some Texas residents are facing enormous power bills after wholesale prices for electricity skyrocketed amid last week's massive grid failure.
Power lines near Houston on Feb. 16. Some Texas residents are facing enormous power bills after wholesale prices for electricity skyrocketed amid last week's massive grid failure.
  • Montrose Regional Health has granted 160 COVID vaccine exemptions on religious grounds, 20 on medical grounds
  • Town of Mountain Village buying 37-acre property in Town of Norwood to build single-family affordable housing
  • In response to Islamophobic comments by Rep. Lauren Boebert, U.S. House creates new position at U.S. State Department to combat Islamophobia, while refraining from punitive actions like censuring her or removing committee assignments
  • State Senator Chris Hansen (D-Denver) shares an update on the Joint Budget Committee and talks about his bipartisan legislation modernizing electric transmission infrastructure to meet clean energy goals in Colorado. Plus he comments on working across the aisle with State Senator Don Coram (R-Montrose) who is expected to run for Congress
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Gavin Dahl is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. He worked for KVNF from July 2020 to July 2022. He won awards and recognition for his KVNF reporting from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists. His writing has been published by The Montrose Press, The Sopris Sun, Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Radio Survivor, Boise Weekly, and The Austin American-Statesman. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA in media production and community organizing.
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