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KVNF Regional Newscast: May 2, 2024

Vogy's House Moving in Montrose is experiencing financial impacts from the US 50 Bridge Closure - the bridge closed April 18, 2024 due to structural issues
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Vogy's House Moving in Montrose is experiencing financial impacts from the US 50 Bridge Closure - the bridge closed April 18, 2024 due to structural issues

US 50 CLOSURE: With each passing day the impacts from the US 50 closure between Montrose and Gunnison are being calculated around the dinner table by small business owners who depend on the highway. KVNF’s Brody Wilson recently spoke to one family in Montrose whose livelihood is being significantly affected.

In the coming days and weeks, KVNF will continue to follow progress on the US 50 bridge repair, new detour routes and most importantly stories about people just like you who are impacted by the closure. Tell us how the bridge closure is affecting you at news@kvnf.org. Put US 50 in the subject line.

TOP STORY: The Colorado State Patrol is reporting that two persons died last Sunday, when they were thrown from their vehicle on Colorado 65, in Delta County.

Deputies responded to the accident about 11:32 p.m. where they found a 37 year old man and a 33 year old woman at the scene. The man was deceased in the crash and the woman died en route to care, according to Delta County County Sheriff Mark Taylor.

The Colorado State Patrol is investigating the crash. According to preliminary information, the pair’s Ford Expedition left the road and rolled at milepost 3.5, throwing the man and woman, neither of whom was wearing a seat belt.

The CSP is investigating speed and impairment as possible factors in the crash. The agency has not yet determined who was driving the vehicle.

Five Colorado Counties were recently designated as Primary Natural Disaster Areas by the United States Department of Agriculture. The designation allows the Farm Service Agency to extend emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters through emergency loans. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation, or to refinance certain debts.

FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available, and repayment ability. Primary Counties Eligible for relief are Archuleta, Delta, La Plata, Montrose, and Ouray. Ten other counties were designated as contiguous counties and are also eligible. In our listening area those counties are Gunnison, Hinsdale and Mesa. The application deadline is July 1st.

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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.