Capitol Coverage

Courtesy of Alex Hager

  • Nearly 2 million ballots have already been returned in Colorado
  • State commits additional funds to help landlords collect missed rent payments
  • 50 state legislators sign letter demanding action from ICE as over 100 detainees in Aurora test positive for COVID-19
  • Hospitals starting to show signs of stress due to increasing COVID cases
  • After wildfires, people are finding themselves in new flood zones

  

Corey Hutchins

This week on Local Motion, KVNF's Gavin Dahl speaks with data journalist Sandra Fish who is covering campaign spending this election for The Colorado Sun, and Colorado College professor Corey Hutchins who writes for Columbia Journalism Review and publishes a must-read newsletter each week

Laura Palmisano

  • State launches phone-based COVID-19 exposure notification system. 
  • Mesa County returning to more stringent COVID restrictions due to infection rate increase.
  • Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz shares investigative story about Colorado taxpayer dollars paying for trips for visiting travel writers in exchange for their coverage of the state. The stories were then published by news outlets without disclosure to readers.

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

  

Scott Franz

  • Russell Stover intends to buy its property from City of Montrose for $1, resell land & factory
  • Fire at Olathe storage unit destroys resources of 3 charitable ministries: Angels for the Needy, Haven House, & Open Hands, Open Hearts
  • New report finds most western states not doing enough to protect residents from COVID-19
  • Capitol Coverage: Scott Franz examines Proposition 118, which would create a new state program in Colorado to provide paid family & medical leave to workers

  

Courtesy of Pumpkin Hollow DGC

  • Delta County Sheriff's Office has taken Henry Russell into custody after he allegedly shot Matthew Burge of Paonia on Monday
  • Cloud seeding effort on Grand Mesa seeks permit renewal
  • Appeals court considers allowing larger religious gatherings in Colorado
  • Microbreweries preparing for colder business climate
  • Kori Stanton reports on Pumpkin Hollow disc golf tournament

  

Scott Franz

  • Now 15 human cases of West Nile in Delta County
  • Montrose Lighthouse looking for new location to avoid reduced shelter capacity due to COVID
  • Arch Resources looking to sell West Elk Mine in North Fork Valley, the largest coal producer in Colorado
  • Legal fate of 2020 Census count deadline still uncertain
  • Scott Franz explains the most complicated statewide ballot question, Amendment B, which would change the Gallagher amendment in Colorado

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?

  

Wyoming Fish & Game

  • State names Delta Walmart pharmacy, Delta Building Center as COVID outbreak sites
  • Affordable housing project in Ridgway to break ground next spring
  • Luke Runyon: Colorado River's largest reservoirs expected to keep struggling due to climate change
  • Scott Franz: Gray wolf reintroduction proposition will be on the statewide ballot 

  

Michael Underwood

  • Mesa County approved for final phase of COVID reopening
  • Cory Gardner makes surprise visit to Confluence Park in Delta 
  • Colorado forcing state workers to take unpaid days off due to budget shortfall
  • Migratory birds dropping dead across the region, submit data here
  • Laura Palmisano: Lake City now hosts an International Dark Sky Park

  

  • 10 people became U.S. citizens at Colorado National Monument
  • Matterhorn Mill south of Ophir being restored
  • Economists at the State Capitol say Colorado's budget picture is improving
  • KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviews Jason Blevins of The Colorado Sun about efforts to revitalize western Montrose County

  

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

  • Western Colorado makes national news as a climate change hotspot
  • Powderhorn Mountain Resort launches energy-efficient snowmaking 
  • Delta County investigating COVID-19 outbreak at El Tapatio in Delta
  • Gov. Polis extends his executive order delaying some Colorado evictions
  • Part Three: Eviction crisis could be softened by these local and state solutions 

  • The Pine Gulch Fire was at 9,200 acres as of Wednesday afternoon and only 5% contained
  • A new report finds the worst of the COVID-19 recession may be over for Colorado
  • COGCC voted Tuesday to raise mill levy for oil & gas companies
  • Colorado voters may see as many as 11 statewide ballot questions in November
  • Public health officers across the country keep quitting

Luke Runyon

  • Delta County has seen 101 positive COVID-19 cases and one death
  • State's top epidemiologist says the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado appears to be stablizing
  • A Denver judge rejected a lawsuit by restaurant owners filed against Colorado's health department
  • Fake news runs rampant and one culprit, Sinclair Broadcast Group, owns TV stations in our region
  • Western states are diving into sewers looking for evidence of coronavirus 

  • School district guidelines released by Colorado education officials
  • Mask mandate may not be enforced in some Western Slope counties
  • Governor Polis announces rental assistance fund to help lower eviction rates
  • Wait times for COVID-19 test results are getting longer as rates increase
  • Republican governors are losing support over their handling of the pandemic
  • Domestic abuse hotlines are seeing an uptick in calls
  • Crews are removing weeks' worth of vandalism at the State Capitol
  • In July, 3 oil and gas pipelines have shut down

  • State Democrats ask citizens to report incidents of racism during the pandemic
  • Sheriffs respond to disturbing call in Delta County on Wednesday night
  • Some Western states better prepared for comprehensive testing than others

  NEWS UPDATES

  • Latest COVID-19 stats
  • Gov. Polis and Rep. Tipton have contentious exchange over federal coronavirus funding

  • Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia all set with new Mayors after elections
  • Lawmakers will meet today to try to take some actions at the state capitol
  • Hinsdale County school students adjust to life, classes online
  • Parks and Wildlife reminds citizens they'll see more wildlife during stay at home

  NEWS UPDATES

  • Forest Service closes campgrounds, picnic areas across Rocky Mountain region
  • Corpse abuse now a felony crime
  • Municipal election results

  • Capitol Coverage of ongoing efforts to battle spread of coronavirus in Colorado
  • Pandemic will have long lasting, dramatic impact upon state budget
  • National Guard screens 100 pre-selected patients in Telluride
  • Food pantries around the state gearing up to feed kids during school closures
  • Delta County closes some offices at courthouse complex

  • Bill that would prohibit workplace marijuana firings is defeated
  • Lawmakers will debate banning plastic bags this week
  • New study indicates impact of climate change on Colorado River Basin
  • Mesa County Clerk accounts for over 500 ballots left untallied last year
  • New exhibit in Denver will portray realities of poverty
  • Delta County Health Dept issues statement about flu vaccines

  • Capitol Coverage of proposed school safety bills at state house
  • Colorado Dept of Transportation issues warnings about mountain travel
  • Gunnison jury in trial of accused child murderer issues verdict
  • Local documentary movie premiers tonight at Intrinzik in Montrose

  • Capitol Coverage feature interview with Governor Jared Polis
  • Public health option no. 1 priority for Polis, allies in legislative session
  • Polis favors giving state employees more bargaining rights
  • State, federal agencies stymied by drones in Eastern Colorado

  • Capitol Coverage of Governor Polis, Republican agendas at state house
  • Progress of healthy Wyoming wolf pack may affect Colorado ballot initiative
  • Crawford State Park to offer free services on January 25th
  • Cedaredge Police Chief moves to Delta County Sheriffs office

  • Capitol Coverage of first day of Legislative Session in Denver
  • Early forecast suggests Colorado River Basin will be drier than usual this year
  • While ballot initiative tension rises, pack of grey wolves sighted in NW Colorado
  • After Delta Mayor Ron Austin apology, city council chooses not to censure

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

  • Capitol Coverage: two Democratic state lawmakers will not run for re-election
  • State legislative session opens Wednesday, Western Slope lawmakers prepare
  • Ballot initiative to reintroduce gray wolves to state has enough signatures
  • More than half country and state residents are unable to save for retirement
  • Mysterious drones continue to fly grid patterns over Eastern Plains

  • Capitol Coverage of new laws that took effect Jan. 1st
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife effort to reinstate rainbow trout
  • All state parks will have a new registration system starting Jan. 1st
  • 2 wildlife areas near Montrose closed for the season to protect game animals
  • Flu season off to slow start in Mesa County, sees spike over Holidays

  • Capitol Coverage of new laws set to take effect on January 1st
  • Red Flag Law, laws against unexpected medical bills enforceable after New Year
  • Paonia voters will decide about water tap moratorium in special election

  • Capitol Coverage of new transportation spending plan
  • Governor Jared Polis visits Montrose, talks jobs, economic improvement
  • GMUG National Forest chosen to provide US Capitol Christmas Tree
  • Supect in Pueblo synagogue bombing plot faces trial for hate crime

  • 22 states join Colorado's effort to get SCOTUS to rule on election case
  • Reports lists several Western Slope hospitals among the best in state
  • Memorial for slain law officer in Hinsdale County recalls service, changes
  • Delta County Health Department wants residents to wash their hands

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