2021 Legislative Session

Scott Franz

  • 200 students & 18 staffers quarantined in MCSD, DCSD finally updates dashboard
  • COVID deaths rising in Colorado, with 860 hospitalized on Tuesday alone
  • Mobile vaccine clinic staff harassed, threatened in Gilpin County
  • County clerks receive threatening letters from conspiracy theorists
  • 283 hate crimes reported in Colorado last year, up 22%
  • Over 160 new state laws took effect this week
  • USDA adjusting deadlines for crop insurance applications
  • New poll shows lowering health insurance costs a top priority for Colorado voters

Kate Redmond

  • CDOT says I-70 should reopen through Glenwood Canyon by Saturday night
  • Rural Utilities Service awards $10.5M to Elevate for Pea Green, East Delta projects
  • Sen. Coram, Rep. Catlin hope MCSD can obtain exemption from changing native mascots
  • San Miguel Public Health urging residents to wear masks indoors
  • Community college enrollment declining in Colorado
  • Paonia grapples with short term rentals, but no action taken at this week's trustee meeting

  

Tamara Chuang / Colorado Sun

  • New Colorado law lets universities award associates degrees to students who accrued 70 college credits
  • Bureau of Reclamation drawing down Blue Mesa Reservoir to help shore up Lake Powell
  • Colorado Sun reporter Tamara Chuang asked readers what constitutes a living wage, and discusses their responses with KGNU's Shannon Young

  

Laura Palmisano

  • Climber dies from fall after summiting Mt. Sneffels over the weekend
  • CDPHE will ramp up COVID testing, while ending mask requirements at schools
  • Redistricting Commission will hold public hearings in Montrose, Grand Junction on July 30
  • Ouray suspends short-term rental licensing
  • Dillon Reservoir is now 100% full
  • Virgil Turner, regional broadband project director for Region 10, explains 3 new pieces of legislation that impact high-speed Internet in Colorado

  

Courtesy of Community Options

  • New law allows farmworkers to join unions, receive minimum wage & overtime pay, protects whistleblowers, requires employers to provide health & safety protections
  • River District shares study with Pitkin County to address reduced flow in Crystal River 
  • Community Options director Tom Turner talks with Gavin Dahl about the future of care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, funding disparities, and what he sees as his biggest accomplishment on his last day before retirement

  

Courtesy of Gov. Jared Polis

Ben Graves from The Nature Connection explains the Colorado Outdoor Equity Grant Program, and outlines youth summer camps in Delta County. Mental Health Colorado reviews bills on rapid mental health response for youth, a suicide prevention lifeline, behavioral health initiatives, and mental health wellness exams.

Laura Palmisano

  • Delta Health closing Delta urgent care clinic, West Elk Paonia Walk-In clinic by July 21
  • Mesa County Public Health teams with CDPHE to fight COVID delta variant with mobile vax clinics
  • Montrose Public Arts eXperience wants to shift funds to DART for new public art efforts
  • Governor Polis continues busy bill signing schedule
  • Paonia trustees hear from Aaron Watson for Dark Skies Month
  • New day center Shepherd's Center helps Montrose homeless meet basic needs

  

Colorado Channel

This year's legislative session was a mixed bag for government transparency, Jeff Roberts of the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition tells KVNF's Gavin Dahl. Plus, Elliot Goldbaum of Colorado Fiscal Institute tells Shannon Young at KGNU a Tax Fairness package will benefit families and small business owners.

Andrew Bare / Inciweb

  • State lawmakers passed bills to better prepare for wildfires including buying an advanced helicopter
  • Terry Rhoades reelected to San Miguel Power board of directors
  • Family of Montrose boy sexually abused by Joshua Hemphill files civil suit against Partners
  • Ouray County Plaindealer publishers honored with Colorado Press Association Rising Star award
  • Governor Polis signed bills Monday he says will accelerate Colorado's recovery from COVID pandemic
  • KSJD public health reporter Tay Glass explores the dangers of wildfire smoke, mitigation tactics

Scott Franz

  • BLM managing 14-acre South Fork fire near Nucla, smoke visible this week is mostly from Arizona
  • CORE Act getting a Senate committee hearing on June 16th
  • Safe2Tell hotline prevention program for youth remains available while school is out at 877-542-7233
  • Youth Rising Film Fest from Citizens for a Healthy Community wraps up tonight with Youth v. Gov
  • Capitol Coverage Scott Franz explores how decisions by lawmakers during the 2021 session, that wrapped up last night, will impact the lives of Colorado residents

  

  • Gov. Polis signs $34B state budget
  • Hotchkiss Marshals department in hot water, reports DCI
  • Arbol Farm Market kicks off 2021 season 5-8pm tonight at Paonia Town Park
  • Montrose Rec District hosts public forum virtually at 6pm tonight
  • DMEA announces 2020 financial report strong after switching from Tri-State to Guzman
  • Learning Council's Alicia Michelsen speaks with KVNF's Gavin Dahl about the Pride Parade planned outside the Delta County School Board meeting this coming Thursday evening

  

Pixabay

  • Jerry Greene, co-founder of KOTO radio in Telluride has died
  • Amber McReynolds, ex-director of Denver elections, nominated to USPS board of governors
  • BLM Uncompahgre Field Office's controlled burn on Simms Mesa successful
  • 'Delta Dips' construction begins next week on US 50 between Delta & Grand Junction
  • Paonia Trustees enact voluntary water restrictions
  • Riverside location preferred to cut costs on new Paonia skate park
  • Media literacy bill on Governor's desk gives new tools to schools to help students analyze news

Courtesy of Don Suppes

  • Colorado will offer on-site vaccine clinics at workplaces
  • Gunnison affordable housing shortage leads to packed extended stay motels
  • Drost's Chocolates moves from Eckert to Delta
  • Learning Council announces Pride Parade outside DCSD meeting on May 20th
  • Transportation bill moving through State Capitol
  • Survey finds broad support for redirecting some police funds to social services
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes about taking over COVID policy

  

Local Motion: Sen. Don Coram & Sen. Kerry Donovan

May 12, 2021

This week's Local Motion features reporter Laura Palmisano's unfiltered conversations with Republican State Senator Don Coram and Democratic State Senator Kerry Donovan about the busy legislative session, and bills they've sponsored that the Governor has signed into law so far. Plus, news director Gavin Dahl reviews the Local Motion programs that won awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists.

  

Laura Palmisano

  • Conservative presidents resigning from University of Colorado & Western Colorado University
  • Ethics complaint against Dave Knutson on agenda for Paonia Trustees meeting tonight at 6:30pm
  • Conservation groups sue BLM & USFS over North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan
  • Guzman Energy, DMEA announce 80-megawatt solar energy project near Delta
  • Coal transition worker assistance program now has bipartisan support at State Capitol
  • Laura Palmisano reports on Rep. Lauren Boebert's stop in Lake City on Friday

  

Sen. Kerry Donovan

  • 5 Mesa County residents test positive for COVID variant first seen in India
  • Gov. Polis signs bill requiring State Board of Education to review civics education standards
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert's press secretary sends letter to operators of satire site TheLaurenBoebert.com
  • Cie Hoover's art exhibit closes tonight at Wright Opera House in Ouray
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Democrat State Senator Kerry Donovan of Vail about what's she's working on this legislative session

Courtesy of Colorado Parks & Wildlife

  • Gov. Polis amends, extends mask mandate
  • Lawmakers send $34B budget to Governor
  • Gov. Polis signed 19 bills last week
  • 39-year old woman killed by bear near Durango
  • Colorado River cleanup finds surprising items including tires, shopping carts
  • Drinking water & wastewater bill passes U.S. Senate
  • Former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff talks about new job at Family Visitors Program