Animas River

  • Department of Agriculture works on improving rurual broadband access
  • Animas River survives toxic contamination, drought and wildfire
  • Conservation program allowing better access to parks not funded yet

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 24, 2016

Jun 24, 2016

  • Colorado releases economic forecast
  • New Mexico sues Colorado over Animas River spill
  • Update on regional efforts to improve internet
  • Grand Junction woman arrested for sexual assault on teenage boy
  • Public comment taken over coal royalties

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Aug 27, 2015

  • Fire closes Snow Dogs in Paonia
  • Telluride entrepreneur project produces a new business for Montrose
  • EPA releases report on Animas River spill
  • Montrose County cuts top jobs to save money
  • Mesa County woman faces felony if convicted of repeat DUI

Hickenlooper Leads Community Forum In Montrose

Aug 21, 2015
John Hickenlooper
Laura Palmisano

Governor John Hickenlooper and members of his cabinet were in Montrose on Thursday for a community forum.

The Environmental Protection Agency was investigating an old mine near Silverton, Colo., earlier this month, when it accidentally released 3 million gallons of toxic waste water into the Animas River.

Initially the agency downplayed the incident and provided little information. So Navajo President Russell Begaye traveled to the source of the toxic spill and posted a video of it on Facebook.

In the video, he stands in front of the still-leaking mine.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

Aug 13, 2015

  • FBI investigation into Grand Junction Airport fraud is dropped
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans to raise premium rates by a third
  • A look at the best lightshow in the sky, the Perseid Meteor Shower
  • State agency says Animas River is improving
  • Business groups fight against new EPA air regulations
  • Study finds natural gas development drastically cuts into mule deer habitat

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Aug 12, 2015

  Newscast

  • Body found in Grand Junction culvert ID’ed
  • Two Mesa County men arrested after police discover large pot grow operations
  • San Miguel County gets $330K to boost regional broadband
  • Montrose County conducts emergency exercise at regional airport
  • Mine spill continues causing problems in southwest Colorado, downstream communities

In Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, towns that are downstream from the old gold mine where contaminated wastewater spewed into a river have shut off their water supplies' connections to the spill. Two rivers will remain closed until at least Monday, officials say.

In an event that has led to health warnings and turned a river orange, the Environmental Protection Agency says one of its safety teams accidentally released contaminated water from a mine into the Animas River in southwest Colorado.

The spill, which sent heavy metals, arsenic and other contaminants into a waterway that flows into the San Juan National Forest, occurred Wednesday. The EPA initially said 1 million gallons of wastewater had been released, but that figure has risen sharply.

From member station KUNC, Stephanie Paige Ogburn reports for our Newscast unit:

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

Aug 7, 2015

  • Mine Wastewater Spill Contaminates Animas River In Southwestern Colorado
  • Grand Junction Airport Security Gate Issue Continues, Colorado Congressmen Step In
  • Ute Indian Museum In Montrose Closes For Repairs
  • Connecting The Drops: Water Pricing With Conservation In Mind

La Plata County

About a million gallons of contaminated mine water spilled into a tributary of the Animas River in San Juan County on Wednesday.