BLM

  • Mesa, Montrose, Ouray County COVID-19 positivity rates too high
  • On Thursday, the US Fish & Wildlife Service removed protections for the gray wolf under the endangered species act in the lower 48 states
  • Colorado is sending stimulus checks to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have filed for unemployment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Election doubts are spreading as legal challenges mount around the west
  • The federal BLM plan that governs 1.7 million acres of public land in Western Colorado faces new court challenges

Scott Franz

  • Governor Jared Polis extends mask mandate for another 30 days
  • DMEA receives $2M grant for Elevate Broadband in Cedar Mesa, Beaver Hill
  • William Perry Pendley defies judge to stay in job at BLM
  • AG Phil Weiser vows to fight EPA rollback of clean car standards
  • Scott Franz reports on Proposition 115, which would outlaw abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy

  

KVNF Regional Newscast: September 30, 2020

Sep 30, 2020
Bureau of Land Management

  • Watchdog group challenges new Delta County ag plan
  • Toxic algae spreading in Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • COGCC approves new rules for oil & gas 
  • Governor warns COVID numbers are still too high
  • Climate change causing reduction of aspen trees in Colorado
  • What's next for BLM with acting director Pendley ousted by judge?

  

  • Conservation groups sue BLM over Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan
  • 4 marijuana ballot items qualify in Delta County
  • New documents show Interior Dept wanted to manage bison like cattle
  • On Tuesday, Michael Bennet called on William Perry Pendley to resign from BLM in a speech on Senate floor

Scott Franz

  • Cameron Peak Fire has now destroyed 54 structures
  • Beware of voter misinformation, including from USPS itself
  • KUER: Advocacy groups are calling on BLM to cancel upcoming oil and gas lease sales 
  • As Scott Franz reports, Colorado voters will get a say in doing away with the electoral college this November

  • Gov. Polis announces plan to spend federal aid money on getting more families connected to high-speed Internet during the pandemic
  • The Interior Department watchdog says top officials misled Congress regarding the controversial relocation of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction
  • KVNF's Gavin Dahl speaks with High Country News publisher & executive director Greg Hanscom about the magazine's 50th anniversary

Amber Share

  • I-70 reopened through Glenwood Canyon, traffic doubled on U.S. 50 near Gunnison during the closure
  • Grand Junction has felt record temperatures this month
  • Western Slope voters will have more official ballot drop boxes to choose from
  • Gov. Polis now allowing bars to stay open until 11pm
  • Two lawsuits seek ouster of William Perry Pendley at BLM
  • KSJD's Daniel Rayzel reports on hilarious 'Subpar Parks' posters by Amber Share

  • Updated COVID-19 numbers for the region
  • Bureau of Land Management dispute with conservation groups headed to court
  • Retired Black Canyon National Park superintendent Bruce Noble speaks with Gavin Dahl about why he and other Park Service veterans are advocating for Congress to pass the CORE Act
  • Paonia Town Administrator Corinne Ferguson speaks with Jodi Peterson about new voluntary water restriction

  • Montrose County Public Health reported 5 new COVID-19 cases since Aug. 10
  • Bureau of Reclamation increasing releases into Gunnison River
  • Poll finds Mitsch Bush, Boebert tied in Third District
  • Trump plans to withdraw Pendley nomination for BLM
  • Should we be naming heat waves?
  • Laura Palmisano reports on record-breaking home sales in Colorado

  • Governor Polis issues statewide mask order effective Friday, July 17
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission resumes hearings on SB-181
  • U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada and 11 other Senators want support for the outdoor recreation industry in future recovery legislation
  • Colorado conservationists are voicing opposition to William Perry Pendley's nomination as director of the BLM
  • U.S. Senator Michael Bennet tells KVNF's Gavin Dahl that he hopes a new bipartisan COVID relief package is possible in the next three weeks

The Reminders

Hip hop duo, The Reminders call into KVNF from Colorado Springs, CO to talk about their recent performance for 'Banding Together' a virtual music festival and fundraiser by the Colorado Music Relief Fund. Aja Black and Big Samir talk with Kori Stanton, about the current social and political climate, peaceful protests, the recent Blackout Tuesday and the Black Lives Matter movement.

  • Governor Jared Polis eases some restrictions under new Safer at Home order
  • BLM has been putting oil and gas interests ahead of recreation on public lands
  • Lake City family grateful to be back home after coronavirus stranded them abroad

  NEWS UPDATES

  • New federal funding for Paycheck Protection Program
  • Delta County food pantry expands operations
  • Mesa County restaurants get grants to feed hungry
  • Colorado releases 202o Electric Vehicle Plan

  • Governor Jared Polis tells residents that pandemic precautions will remain in place
  • Comprehensive study indicates climate change continues to threaten Colorado River
  • BLM releases new management plan for 1.7 million acres; locals say agency disregarded their input
  • Salt injection facility on West End reopens a year after causing earthquakes

  NEWS UPDATES

  • Governor Jared Polis prepares Convention Center to be makeshift hospital
  • Senior citizens throughout the West have survived pandemics, wars, depressions
  • BLM releases final Uncomphagre resource management plan

  NEWS UPDATES

  • New guide from USDA for rural resources during COVID-19
  • DMEA finalizes plan to move to new power supplier Guzman Energy
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife holds online mountain lion management open house
  • One hiker dies, another is rescued near Grand Junction

  • Capitol Coverage of first day of Legislative Session
  • In depth update of BLM's move of HQ to Grand Junction

  • Former BLM officials lobby lawmakers not to fund move West
  • Critics say BLM move to Grand Junction will lessen the agency's influence
  • Newest recreation trend in Colorado relies on water supplies

  • Teenaged climate change activist rallies at State Capitol
  • Acting BLM director doesn't believe climate change is real
  • Teams make harrowing rescue of two climbers in Black Canyon
  • Coloradans still have time to comment on public insurance option
  • Decker Fire outside of Salida grows despite freezing temperatures

KVNF

In this edition of Local Motion, KVNF News brings you stories from the Rocky Mountain  Community Radio exchange. Topics include the Bureau of Land Management completing its Uncompaghre Field Office Resource Management Plan; Connecting the Drops stories about water management in Colorado; and a story about uranium fallout in Utah.

  • Town of Paonia issues back flow warning to water users
  • Capitol Coverage of efforts against opioid addiction in state
  • BLM seeking comment on RMP for much of Eastern Colorado
  • Advocates seek reintroduction of gray wolf into the state

  • BLM releases new RMP for Uncompaghre Field Office
  • Resource management plan proposes opening up vast public lands for oil, gas drilling
  • US House committee passes bill that would protect lands on Thompson Divide
  • Some 20 laws set to go into effect around the state today
  • Viral effort to change name of GJ Rockies gets no help from team management

  • Federal Judge rules BLM, USFS illegally approved Bull Mountain fracking proposal
  • Advocates of Community Care Centers go to Washington, seek funding
  • Colorado River drought mitigation plan goes to Feds for approval
  • DEA agents soon to have a fulltime office in Montrose

  • BLM holds quarterly oil and gas land lease sale, over 7,000 acres purchased
  • Water managers warned by Bureau of Reclamation: make a mitigation agreement
  • Industrial hemp will be reclassisfied under new Farm Bill
  • Governor-elect Polis to have multiple inauguration parties, some free, some costly
  • Montrose County Sheriffs say goodbye to undersheriff Adam Murdie

  • BLM defers North Fork acres in upcoming oil and gas lease sale
  • Colorado River district wants to share conservation efforts among all users
  • High school football playoffs  begin full swing this weekend

  • BLM posts land sale; 2,800 North Fork Valley acres available for purchase
  • Status of public lands a key issue in mid term elections
  • KUNC profiles the two candidates for state treasurer
  • Prescription drug ads must list prices, but maybe not for long

  • U.S. Forest Service plans to implement shuttle, fees at Hanging Lake
  • Bull Draw Fire closure lifted, fire now 95 percent contained
  • BLM, advocates battle over management of wild horse herds in West

  • Delta County Candidate Forum brings together Republicans, Democrats
  • Hunting, fishing and wildlife on BLM land generates big tax revenue
  • Mesa County school district 51 names interim superintendent

  • Bennett, Hickenlooper request that BLM oil and gas lease sale be deferred
  • Health clinics in Colorado serve a vital role for low income health care
  • Western State University in Gunnison gets largest ever donation

  • 5,000 North Fork Valley acres removed from December BLM oil and gas sale
  • Acreage around old Bowie No. 2 mine in Somerset removed from sale
  • Longtime High Country News publisher Ed Marston passes away
  • Marston leaves lasting legacy as environmental activist, lover of outdoors

  • Town of Paonia's comment on BLM's environmental assessment omitted
  • Special Meeting scheduled at Paonia Town Hall to write new comment to BLM
  • Five amendments referred to voters on Nov. 6th ballot
  • New data collection rules to be enacted by state starting tomorrow
  • High school football teams kick off the season around the listening area tonight

  • Initiative 97, mandating oil and gas setbacks, will be on the November ballot
  • Town of Paonia receives letter from Colorado chapter of ACLU
  • Paonia among 31 cities in Colorado asked to remove panhandling ordinance
  • BLM issues environmental assessment, Paonia comment ignored

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