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Sunset Mesa Funeral Home

  • On today's Regional Newscast, we feature Richie White a camp host at Ward Lake Campground on Grand Mesa. White talks about his day-to-day job and how he "stumbled" into becoming a camp host. We also hear from USDA's Gary Crawford on how the USDA is making more investments in protecting communities from wildfires.Megan Hess, the former owner of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose, is making headlines again. Hess is appealing her 20-year sentence for mail fraud related to human remains.
  • On today’s KVNF Farm Friday we highlight a mentoring program for new ranchers and farmers in the Uncompahgre Valley with Cally Hale, CFRT Program Director, Valley Food Partnership. Shirley Koch, co-owner of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors and Donor Services in Montrose is fighting her 15-year federal prison sentence, reports the Montrose Daily Press. Koch claims that the sentencing judge used inflated calculations. CDOT’s updated safety protocol will continue for Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon as the Western Slope enters the summer monsoon season. More precipitation is now required before a roadway safety closure will be put in place.
  • 55:) Megan Hess and Shirley Koch, former owners of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose, are back in the news. A federal judge ordered Hess and Koch to pay just over $436,000 in restitution to the victims of their body-sales scam, reports the Montrose Daily Press. Colorado is the first state in the country to include gender-affirming care services in its benchmark health insurance plan for essential health benefits. Colorado Snowpack report released on Wednesday, shows a decent snow pack for this time of year. The San Miguel, Dolores and Animas andSan Juan river basin leads the way with 139 percent of normal. Followed by the Gunnison River Basin at 138 percent of normal.
  • Megan Hess and Shirley Koch, co-owners of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors and Donor Services, intend to appeal their prison terms imposed on them for mail fraud in U.S District Court, reports the Montrose Daily Press. The City of Montrose will go to a Single-Stream Recycling Program effective immediately. The change will limit the type of recyclable plastics that are accepted. The city will collect only plastic items marked with 1, 2, 4, and 5 recycling symbols. KVNF'S Laura Palmisano interviews two History Colorado officials about a statewide survey of Green Book sites used to guide Black Americans as they traveled across the U.S.
  • State Representative Matt Soper, a Western Slope legislator, is asking the U.S District Court to impose the maximum penalty in the “body brokering” case against Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose. Hundreds of Colorado families were impacted by the federal crime that forced Colorado legislators to change state law.
  • The race between Lauren Boebert and Adam Frisch was the most expensive 2022 Colorado congressional contest per vote cast, reports the Colorado Sun. Boebert spent nearly $43 per vote, while Frisch spent $32. State Rep. Marc Catlin, Republican from Montrose, has been appointed to the Capital Development Committee, reports the Montrose Daily Press. Sentencing for a former Montrose mortician and her mother will take place on January 3rd, despite two attempts to delay the procedure, reports the Montrose Daily Press. Megan Hess and Shirley Koch were convicted of mail fraud in a scheme involving human remains. Protesters across the country demanding that US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack revoke permits for the Uinta Basin Railway—an 88-mile railroad that would connect oil fields in Utah to existing rail lines. New forecasts for the Colorado River paint a grim picture. Climate change and steady demand are shrinking the water supply for 40 million people.
  • Former Sunset Mesa funeral home director Megan Hess has asked the U.S. District Court to delay the Jan. 3rd sentencing date by at least 90 -120 days reports the Montrose Daily Press. Search giant Google has agreed to a nearly $400 million dollar settlement with Colorado and 39 other states in connection to how the company tracked users’ locations even when they opted out, reports the Denver Post. The Police Chief told the Paonia Town Council recently that his “department is currently responding to a mental health/suicide call for service approximately every other week”. Delta County Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement with the town of Orchard City for police coverage.
  • Montrose, Delta and neighboring counties will receive more than half a million dollars in opioid settlement, reports the Montrose Daily Press. 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.
  • Potter Bill Wilson joins Gavin Dahl at Studio M to reflect on decades making art in Montrose and talk about his next chapter, moving to Manitou Springs to spend more time with his grandkids. Plus, 11 percent of Colorado kids live in poverty. Kaleb Roedel reports for the Mountain West News Bureau.
  • Sunset Mesa Funeral Home trial moves from Denver to Grand JunctionJury deliberations underway for trial of Mark Redwine in DurangoCity of Montrose…