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KVNF Regional Newscast: June 11, 2024

Dolores River below Skein Mesa
Colorado Wildlands Project
Dolores River below Skein Mesa

Two people died and three were injured last week on U.S. 550, reports the Montrose Daily Press. The Colorado State Patrol suspects speed as a factor in the crash, which killed two Montrose women who were riding in a Nissan Altima. According to the state patrol, a 42 year old Montrose man driving a Ford F350 heading eastbound struck the Nissan, driven by a 63 year old Montrose woman near milepost 124. The woman and her two passengers were stopped in a construction zone. The truck struck the car from behind and landed on top of the car.

Delta County Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution opposing the proposed Dolores Canyon Monument during its June 4th meeting. Although the proposed monument is in Mesa and Montrose Counties, the three Republican Commissioners sided with its neighboring counties to oppose any such designation.

According to the resolution, the Dolores Canyon area has adequate protection that includes various birds, big game, plant species, recreation, and historical and cultural resources. The resolution also states that the area has valuable resources such as helium, vanadium, and uranium needed by the United States. Montrose County issued a resolution opposing the monument in March.

Coming up on Local Motion tonight, KVNF’s Brody Wilson will feature two area leaders on opposite sides of the Dolores Canyon Monument. Join KVNF tonight at 6 pm and again at 10:30 am on Saturday to hear the rest of the story on Local Motion.

Native American Tribes that use water from the Colorado River say they want a bigger voice in talks about its future. KUNC’s Alex Hager was at a conference in Boulder last week where tribes and Western states continued work on new river-sharing rules with a federal deadline coming in the fall.

A Colorado natural gem that attracts visitors from around the country is getting some much-needed updates this summer. Hanging Lake near Glenwood Springs has experienced a surge in visitors as well as natural disasters like wildfire in recent years. And it's all taken a toll on surrounding trails. K-D-N-K's Hattison Rensberry paid a visit and asked people hiking along the trail when the last time was that they had hiked Hanging Lake. She brings us this report for Rocky Mountain Community Radio.

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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.