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KVNF Regional Newscast: April 20, 2022

 A vehicle parked on an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management outside Boise, Idaho.
Madelyn Beck
Mountain West News Bureau
A vehicle parked on an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management outside Boise, Idaho.

This week, JAD’s Mile High Smoke will become the first recreational dispensary in Colorado with a lounge where consumers can smoke, eat, or drink THC-infused products onsite, according to the Denver Post. Owner Josh Davis says he is giving recreational users a safe place to consume marijuana, be relaxed, and stay as long as they want. Behind the bar he will offer up pizzas and hot dogs along with flower, edibles, and THC beer without alcohol.

The Crawford Water Conservancy District has started a construction project 7 years in the planning to pipe 25,000 feet of an open, earthen ditch. The Delta County Independent reports last fall the upper portion of the Aspen Canal was piped. When both sections are complete, over 5 miles of unlined, earthen ditch will be piped from the Crawford Reservoir to Cottonwood Creek, a natural drainage into the Gunnison River. The pipe will ideally conserve an estimated 220 acre feet of water previously lost to seepage and potentially reduce 369 tons of salt as well as an estimated 24 pounds of selenium going into the Colorado River System annually. The project is funded by the Bureau of Reclamation for the Colorado River Storage Project Act. The Aspen Canal supplies water to 8,200 acres of irrigated farmland in the Gunnison watershed as well as the Crawford Clipper Ditch Company and the Grandview Canal.

The Delta County Planning Commission heard more about public support for solar energy, and signaled upcoming limits to public access for meetings by ending the online attendance option. Kate Redmond reports.

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The housing crunch has some folks looking to public lands as a place to live. The Mountain West News Bureau’s Madelyn Beck reports.

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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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