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KVNF Regional Newscast: January 21, 2022

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Members of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission visit a Terra Energy Partners site in Battlement Mesa in Garfield County on November 3, 2021.
  • Delta County reports COVID positivity rate has skyrocketed to 28%
  • Montrose County School Board members will approve new mascots for Montrose High and Centennial Middle at a special session on Tuesday with Storm, Bulls, Raptors, Mountain Lions, Mavericks, Mustangs & Red Hawks in the running
  • Spencer Hurt, from Fruita, has received the Churchill Scholarship to study astronomy at Cambridge University
  • Mountain Coal Company commits to burning off methane through flaring at West Elk Mine in the upper North Fork Valley, in settlement with conservation groups approved by federal judge this week
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) spoke out yesterday in support of striking King Soopers employees on the Front Range
  • Scott Franz reports Colorado lawmakers have already introduced more than 160 bills
  • Kate Redmond reports on COGCC meetings in Denver this week, drafting new financial assistance rules for oil and gas wells, shaped in part by public comment
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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.
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. She left the KVNF staff at the end of June, 2022, to take a position at KSUT in Ignacio, CO.
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