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  • Grand Mesa Nordic Council announces logging trucks on Scales Lake Road delayed until next season
  • Senator Michael Bennet applauds inclusion of Thompson Divide protections in House reconciliation bill
  • Fort Lewis College removes historically inaccurate plaque, led by Ute Mountain Ute tribal members
  • Governor Jared Polis outlines COVID booster shot rollout to general public
  • Sarah Hamma of CDPHE explains state's new COVID testing program in schools

  

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  • More North Fork Montessori parents chime in, all agree Delta County School District is not doing enough to protect kids from COVID
  • Roaring Fork School District putting property tax increase on ballot to address 'staffing crisis'
  • CDPHE requiring hospitals to report data on age & vaccination status of COVID patients
  • Governor announces Colorado will pay grade school students to get tested weekly
  • Gavin Dahl interviews Laura Byard at Center for Mental Health about their Early Childhood program

Shamsia Hassani

  • CDPHE director estimates 99% of new COVID cases trace to the delta variant
  • Montrose High School hosting COVID vaccination clinic for students & parents, September 1 at 3pm
  • Crested Butte Conservation Corps & Forest Service steward designated campsites to rehab wild areas
  • Two former deputies convicted of manslaughter in Boulder County
  • Secretary of State launches new web domain, ColoradoSOS.gov
  • Kate Redmond interviews Colorado Mesa University student whose family lives in Kabul

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  • Telluride schools went on lockdown on Tuesday due to a credible threat, one person taken into custody
  • Ouray, Ridgway, Denver schools will require staff and students to wear masks
  • Mesa County School Board members escorted to cars by police after public comments devolved into threats on Tuesday night
  • Montrose School District public information officer Matt Jenkins stops by Studio M to answer questions about masks, COVID tests, vaccines, and transparent decision-making

  

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  • Mesa County Commissioners name former Secretary of State Wayne Williams their new top election official, as current Secretary of State's investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters continues
  • Funding begins to flow as shortage of licensed childcare facilities intensifies
  • Governor Polis urges CDPHE to mandate vaccines for personnel caring for vulnerable populations
  • Climate change makes it hard to predict when water shortage in lower Colorado River basin will end
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Delta Hospital pulmonologist Sara Knutson about COVID-19

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  • Mesa Valley School District will not require masks when school starts
  • Air Pollution Control Division withdraws proposed traffic reduction program
  • Two former Indian boarding schools will be investigated for unmarked graves
  • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits Grand Junction BLM HQ, meets CORE Act supporters in Ridgway
  • BLM removing West Douglas Herd of wild horses south of Rangely
  • For those with compromised immune systems, getting back to pre-pandemic life is not simple, and low vaccination rates aren't helping

  

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  • CDPHE flies airborne survey at oil and gas sites on the Front Range
  • Interior Secretary Haaland visits Grand Junction on Friday
  • EPA includes new chemicals in latest draft of drinking water contaminants
  • Domestic violence survivors in Roaring Fork Valley get help

  • CDC & CDPHE face confusion, paranoia about efforts to fight COVID in Mesa County
  • Reporter Sandra Fish tracks political spending of Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort
  • KGNU's Dave Ashton speaks to state senator Julie Gonzales and Denver County Clerk & Recorder Paul Lopez at All Star Voting Rights Rally in Denver, ahead of the MLB All-Star game tonight at Coors Field

  

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

  

Chad Reich

  • CDPHE ends mask mandate for students
  • Lawmakers expanded access to reproductive health care
  • Center for Mental Health employee arrested, accused of bilking clients
  • Ute Water Conservancy District pulling drinking water from Colorado River
  • Fox in Montrose, Sherbino in Ridgway among local venues still awaiting federal grant dollars
  • Kate Redmond discusses COVID outbreak at West Elk Mine with data analyst Terry O'Brien

  

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

  

  • Stage 1 fire restrictions begin today on BLM land administered by Tres Rios, Uncompahgre, and White River National Forest field offices
  • Delta County School Board reconsiders sex ed tonight at 6
  • CDPHE data shows Mesa County has 164 of state's 262 cases of delta COVID variant
  • Senator Michael Bennet testified in support of his CORE Act at Senate Energy & Natural Resources committee on Wednesday
  • Laura Palmisano speaks to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about the county's response to OHV damage on the shore of Lake San Cristobal

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  • Hotchkiss mayor Larry Wilkening announces retirement of Marshal Dan Miller, arrest of Deputy Marshal Kelsey Shumway, termination of Deputy Marshal Chad Lloyd
  • Governor Polis announced first winner of Colorado Comeback Cash on Friday, but the Denver Post reports the program has not sparked a surge in new COVID vaccinations
  • Eric Galatas reports Colorado health agencies are bringing COVID vaccines to disabled people who are unable to travel to vaccination sites
  • Kate Redmond reports Nucla and Naturita have been designated as international Dark Sky communities

Sandy Wilt

  • Rick Stockton, musician, KVNF DJ, cofounder of Mountain Harvest Festival, has died
  • Ridgway joins Hotchkiss & Paonia enacting voluntary water restrictions
  • Governor signs 12 bills, we hear Rep. Matt Soper on bill for composting of human remains
  • Polis shares new mask guidelines: anyone age 11+ not fully vaccinated should continue wearing masks
  • Sen. Bennet introduces Future of Local News Act
  • Kate Redmond learns about greywater from 2 CDPHE water staffers & local advocate Bruce Woodside

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  • Delta Health transitioning COVID vaccine clinics to primary care locations
  • Lauren Boebert & Marjorie Taylor Greene only no votes on bone marrow bill
  • Colorado House approves $34B state budget
  • Colorado has more realtors than homes for sale
  • Farm & Food Alliance launches incubator app, new website
  • Montrose Summer Music Series will return in July
  • COVID cases & hospitalizations are up as counties take over managing restrictions

  

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  • Colorado will shift to county-led COVID rules on Friday
  • Telluride Bluegrass approved for June 11-13 in addition to June 17-20
  • Sen. Hickenlooper answers questions at first virtual Town Hall 
  • State lawmakers release more details on stimulus plan
  • Colorado River forecasts show increasing likelihood of persistent worsening drought
  • Natural gas plant operator near Moab now mining cryptocurrency

  

Lisa Young / Delta County Independent

  • Montrose County moves to Green on COVID dial
  • So-called Brazilian COVID variant identified in 2 Boulder County patients
  • Fewer than half of prisoners in Colorado have gotten vaccinated, more than half have tested positive, at least 29 have died from COVID
  • Legislation addressing school-to-prison pipeline in Colorado withdrawn
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Delta County's new Director of Community Development and Natural Resources Carl Holm about building permits and other land use issues

  

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  • Committee narrows list of names for new high school: North Fork, West Elk, or Fire Mountain
  • Mutual Aid Distribution Day in Grand Junction marks one year and 150,000 pounds of shared food
  • BLM announces plan to protect habitat of gunnison sage grouse in San Miguel County
  • CDPHE whistleblowers seek audit of Colorado's Air Pollution Control Division
  • Democrats shelved 'dangerous attempts to make it harder to vote' in Colorado by Republicans
  • Robyn Vincent reports on the rise of anti-Asian racism during the pandemic

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  • Delta County School Board votes to consolidate North Fork high schools to Hotchkiss
  • Pre-register for COVID vaccines in Delta County
  • Colorado Rockies will welcome fans to Coors Field in April
  • Abandoned oil & gas wells pollute air and groundwater, with profits privatized, damages socialized
  • Conservation advocate Nada Culver appointed to BLM post
  • Capitol statue will honor Sand Creek Massacre victims
  • Gunnison County home to severe bark beetle infestations
  • Montrose artist Lewis Williams embarks on 4000-mile bike trip

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  • Delta County moves to blue on the state's COVID dial
  • BLM will relocate at least 500 wild horses from Piceance Basin herd
  • Kate Redmond reports on marijuana ordinance updates from Tuesday's Paonia trustee meeting 
  • KUNC's Luke Runyon reports Greeley's multi-million dollar water project is not without opposition

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  • Montrose Airport redirected flights to Grand Junction Saturday due to weather system malfunction
  • Residents want fewer hours of closures for Little Blue Creek Canyon Project on Highway 50
  • Pine Gulch Fire rehabilitation efforts underway for sagebrush, pinyon, juniper near Fruita
  • Roice-Hurst Humane Society helps expand Delta animal shelter with grand opening Sunday
  • CDPHE says COVID-19 vaccine supplies may increase in coming weeks
  • Renewed conversations about taxes amid revenue shortfalls in state budgets bring up menstrual equity

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  • Hotchkiss accepts Baker Ranches bid for Fire Mountain Canal shares, puts Overland Ditch shares out for new bids
  • Paonia in Motion virtual input gathering events scheduled for Monday - Wednesday next week
  • Grand Junction City Council marijuana task force solidifies recommendations on land use codes
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond gets an update from Paradise Theater manager Sunshine Knight
  • Laura Palmisano hears about changes to the COVID dial from CDPHE official Mara Brosy-Wiwchar 

  

CDPHE Official Explains Changes to State COVID Dial

Feb 19, 2021
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Colorado uses an online tool called the COVID-19 dial to track the spread of the virus across the state. It rates counties on a six-color scale. Green is the lowest level. Purple is the highest. Recently, the state released a revamped version of the dial. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano speaks to Mara Brosy-Wiwchar, with the Colorado Department of Public Health, about the changes. 

Gavin Dahl

The Town of Paonia mailed notices to residents last week about lead exceeding permitted levels at a handful of specific sample sites. The results of the tests do not reflect a system-wide contamination problem. Paonia's water system serves about 1600 water lines connecting nearly 3000 people total. Since the letters went out, town officials have been responding to a lot of confusion from residents. KVNF spoke to town administrator Corinne Ferguson to learn more. 

Governor Jared Polis

  • New Delta County Human Services Building flooded badly on Christmas Eve
  • COVID deaths in Delta County double during December, 2 more die over holiday weekend
  • New study suggests working out at a gym not linked to viral COVID transmission
  • State health departments encouraging people with COVID to do their own contact tracing
  • Scott Franz interviews Governor Jared Polis about his coronavirus response

  

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  • State revokes Ex-Delta Police officer Jeremy Gay's certification for lying 
  • Town of Paonia clears up CDPHE water supply violations
  • Colorado bars, restaurants can keep some sales taxes collected
  • Labor unions receive more than 1000 workplace safety complaints during COVID pandemic
  • Reporter Judy Fahys discovers Great Basin cave offers global warming cautionary tale

  

Matt Jenkins / MCSD

  • Delta County moves to Yellow on COVID dial, Montrose County moves to Orange
  • Republican Chris Holbert: death of ex-legislator 'a wake-up call'
  • State epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy warns: Avoid Thanksgiving travel 
  • Center for Mental Health launches mobile crisis program
  • Hotchkiss Chamber names annual award winners
  • Unemployment numbers down, federal funds ending
  • Jessica Beller, director of curriculum & instruction for MCSD, talks about supporting remote learners, explains new grant

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  • Tighter COVID-19 restrictions start Friday in Mesa County
  • CDPHE tweaks exposure app to alert users more quickly
  • Cedaredge begins discussing retail marijuana plan
  • Fox Theater reopening Friday in Montrose
  • Ridgway Town Council accepting applications
  • Delta Hospital pulmonologist Dr. Sara Knutson discusses coronavirus response

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  • Montrose High student tests positive for COVID-19 
  • Laurel House for homeless aged 18-24 opens in Grand Junction
  • Colorado Chief Medical Officer Eric France recommends flu shots 
  • New study shows cities with more undocumented immigrants do not have higher crime
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert 

  

  • Gov. Polis bans open burning amidst 4 major Colorado wildfires
  • CDPHE releases COVID-19 guidance to help parents make school decisions
  • Eligible unemployed Coloradans can get additional money
  • New survey: Reopening schools not safe
  • Cowboy up, mask up
  • Initiative to lower state income tax qualifies for Nov. ballot
  • Air quality expert Andrea Holland shares advice. See smoke forecast outlooks here.

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