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KVNF Regional Newscast: October 4, 2022

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Montrose Daily Press
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Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors

Montrose, Delta and neighboring counties will receive more than half a million dollars in opioid settlement, reports the Montrose Daily Press. More than $18 million dollars is being released from Colorado’s share during the first year. Nine-teen regions in the state had to submit a two-year plan to show how the money would address opioid addiction, treatment and related issues. The settlement money is available to qualifying Colorado regions for the next 18 years.

Representative Matt Soper is asking the U.S District Court to impose the maximum 20 year penalty in the “body brokering” case against Sunset Mesa Funeral home in Montrose. Hundreds of Colorado families were impacted by the federal crime that forced legislators to change state law. The five year old case against owners Megan Hess and Shirley Koch is coming to an end with sentencing scheduled for January 3, 2023. Hess and Koch plead guilty to one count of federal mail fraud, avoiding a public trial in Grand Junction.

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Lisa was born in Texas but grew up on a small farm in Olathe, Colorado and considers herself a “Colorado native after six years of age.” Lisa has seven years experience in media, beginning as a News Director for a small radio station on the Eastern Plains. Following her initial radio career, Lisa worked as a staff reporter for The Journal Advocate in Sterling, Colorado and most recently as a staff reporter for the Delta County Independent. Lisa is thrilled to join the award-winning News and Public Affairs team at KVNF.