City of Montrose

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  • Interior Department restarts oil & gas leasing on public lands while fighting lawsuit by industry
  • Colorado proposes new transportation planning standards to reduce pollution
  • Delta, Montrose among 16 recipients of CDOT funds to revitalize Main Streets
  • Palisade faces criticism over regulation of retail pot shops
  • Ruedi Reservoir so low Aspen could struggle to generate hydro power
  • Water shortage declared for lower Colorado River Basin
  • Kate Redmond reports on release of 2020 Census numbers

  

  • Sunset Mesa Funeral Home trial moves from Denver to Grand Junction
  • Jury deliberations underway for trial of Mark Redwine in Durango
  • City of Montrose recruiting community members to apply for Planning Commission
  • Kate Redmond checks back in with Montrose painter Lewis Williams who embarked on a 4000-mile bicycle journey across the country four months ago to mark his 60th birthday

  

Laura Palmisano

A community center called Shepherd's Center, helping to meet basic needs of homeless individuals in Montrose and providing a food pantry and hot meals to all, is now open downtown. As Laura Palmisano reports, it was launched by faith-based charity Shepherd's Hand. Co-founder Garey Martinez says they offer free hot meals, along with referals for job training, and other services, as well as a sense of community for local folks struggling to get by. He credits Laura Palmisano's previous reporting for KVNF with helping the organization navigate zoning issues with the city.

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

  

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  • Montrose County joins area governments in declaring Stage 1 fire restrictions
  • Water Quality Control Commission declines to adopt proposal allowing industries to further degrade polluted waterways
  • CU-Boulder professor Hannah Brenkert-Smith at the Institute for Behavioral Science discusses her study on wildfire preparedness
  • KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reviews the decade-long process to create the CORE Act, which was discussed in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last week

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  • Hotchkiss town meeting featured several domestic abuse survivors led by Nina Barrow
  • North Fork Merchant Herald reports fired Hotchkiss deputy Chad Lloyd says he didn't violate any Town policy or law
  • Crested Butte takes aim at affordable housing
  • City of Montrose and Colorado Yurt Company win Governor's Award for Downtown Excellence
  • Colorado River District shares grim news about the Gunnison River Basin
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports the White River National Forest is assessing safety on the Lead King Loop near Marble during OHV season

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  • Hotchkiss Mayor: DCSO not charging for support
  • Montrose code enforcement officer pepper sprays property owner
  • Montrose county manager Ken Norris to be paid year of severance, benefits
  • Grand Junction City Council leans toward buffering, zoning limits on retail pot shops
  • Mesa County faces spread of Delta COVID variant, encourages vaccinations
  • Telluride Bluegrass livestream available, KOTO only airing on FM
  • Senator Michael Bennet on his Child Tax Credit bill
  • Matt Cesario of Triple Play Records talks Record Store Day

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  • Committee will consider amendments this week, including more money for police body cameras, before sending approved state budget to Governor
  • Ridgway Chamber welcomes David Nunn to board
  • Intersection at Chipeta & Highway 550 in Montrose will get traffic light, but could take 2 years
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Stephanie Serrano looks at how a shelter for homeless youth has fared during the pandemic

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  • Gov. Polis expects Colorado will continue Johnson & Johnson vaccines soon
  • Montrose approves incentives, tax increment financing loan for new Colorado Yurt Company HQ
  • Sen. Hickenlooper hosts first town hall since being elected tonight at 6
  • New bill at statehouse seeks to give Colorado youth free access to mental health services
  • Moms and Students Demand Action for Gun Sense gathered at Boulder's municipal building Monday, urging legislation to implement more robust background checks on gun purchases

  

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On Monday, March 1st, Colorado Yurt Company owner and CEO John Gibson made a business development presentation to the Montrose City Council at their work session. He is proposing a new building in the Colorado Outdoors complex along the Uncompahgre River, breaking ground this summer, and seeking a million dollars in cash and in-kind support from the city. KVNF News Director speaks to Gibson about the plan.

Homelessness isn't a new issue for the community of Montrose. Like what's happening nationwide, demand is way up for services to help the homeless because of the coronavirus pandemic. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano brings us an in-depth report on how Montrose is addressing the needs of this population as well as where it's coming up short. Support for this story came from a grant from Solutions Journalism Network.

KVNF Regional Newscast: February 1, 2021

Feb 1, 2021
Gavin Dahl

  • A moment of silence honoring Rick Hurt, KVNF's Montrose Community Advisory Board chair, who died over the weekend
  • Homelessness isn't a new issue in Montrose, where demand is up, as Laura Palmisano reports

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Restaurants and bars are teaming up with the City of Montrose and Colorado Yurt Company to "tipi the town" in the face of COVID-19 public health restrictions. KVNF's Gavin Dahl learns more from Montrose grants coordinator Kendall Cramer, Colorado Yurt CEO John Gibson, Storm King co-owner and distiller David Fishering, and Jimmers BBQ owner Jim LaRue. 


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  • Mesa County preparing to receive 1000 vaccine doses next week
  • Unemployment rates dipping across Western Slope
  • Colorado Department of Ag seeks disaster declaration for vineyards
  • State activates municipal emergency drought plan for second time ever
  • Restaurants team with City of Montrose & Colorado Yurt Company to 'tipi the town'

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  • 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

  

Gavin Dahl

A unique collaboration between the Center for Mental Health and local law enforcement agencies offers frontline intervention to help diffuse conflicts for those experiencing a mental health crisis. Now the Montrose Police Department has acquired a brand new vehicle for the co-responder through state grant funds which is expected to have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the program. KVNF's Gavin Dahl spoke to Chief Clinical Officer Amanda Jones and Montrose Police commander Matt Smith to learn more.

 

  • City of Montrose making efforts to help businesses hurt by coronavirus
  • Parks and Wildlife issues new closures after Stay at Home order
  • Local recreation projects selected for grant funding
  • Governor Polis signs over 60 bills into law over the course of last week

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  • Governor Polis announces closure of bars, restaurants; large public events cancelled
  • Montrose County staff closes county offices, will work from home
  • Cities of Montrose, Ouray declare state of emergency
  • Delta County activates Emergency Response Center
  • Delta County Libraries announce all facilities are closed, events cancelled

  • Montrose establishes Quick Response Team after Russell Stover closure announced
  • Feature story about an animal in the Southwest that is facing climate change
  • 2019 second warmest year on record, past decade hottest in Earth history

  • Lawmakers believe effort to repeal death penalty will be successful this year
  • Montrose area will lose 400 jobs after Russell Stover Chocolates announces closure
  • Trapper Mine in NW Colorado announces it will close sometime this decade
  • Tri State's decision to shutter plants costs NW Colorado approximately 700 jobs

  • CU releases economic forecast- record number of skiers last year
  • Restaurants supporting ski industry in dire need of employees
  • Snowpack in Colorado and the Southwest is above normal at this time of year
  • Parade of Lights in Montrose ushers in Holiday Season

  • Colorado lawmakers in US House react to impeachment hearing
  • State to receive federal land it's been owed since statehood
  • City of Montrose approves first reading of ordinance allowing election cancellations
  • Legendary Paonia High School coach Scott Rienks to be inducted into Hall of Fame

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In this Local Motion, KVNF News goes to Montrose to visit with Governor Jared Polis. The Governor came through Montrose on November 23, promoting his Rural Economic Blueprint. He also attended a football game at Montrose High School and appeared at a job fair at the Montrose County Event Center. KVNF News caught up with him there to talk about his trip to Montrose.

  • Governor Jared Polis talks about lack of affordable housing for job seekers
  • Famous gondola connecting Telluride and Mountain Village offers free transit
  • Big storm set to move through the listening area on Thanksgiving Day

  • Governor Jared Polis visits Montrose to attend job fair, promote rural economy
  • Rulemaking for new oil and gas regs continues, tackles issue of flow lines
  • Headwaters of Gunnison, Colorado rivers to be monitored by new system
  • Study shows vaping illnesses will increase in Colorado and other states
  • Paonia Town Council to hold budget public hearing tonight

  • 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

  • Mesa County School District 51 schools closed today, tomorrow due to illness
  • Norwood School gets school shooting threat, agencies investigating
  • President Trump proposes changes to SNAP benefits for third time in one year
  • Montrose woman kills dog, barricades herself in home before being tasered

  • Colorado congressional delegation reacts to impeachment proceedings
  • Colorado River District supports Proposition DD, legalizing sports gambling
  • Community-funded Yampa River project begins conservation efforts
  • Grand Junction hopes riverfront development will help economy
  • Montrose receives grant funding to begin Phase I of riverfront project

  • New mental health service provider opens in Montrose
  • National lawmakers begin discussion of moving BLM to Grand Junction
  • Delta County releases update on West Nile Virus among humans

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The month of August was tough on nonprofits and charities that serve the homeless and veterans in Montrose. KVNF News visited the Warriors Rest, which provides a family-style home for 10 veterans who are down on their luck. But the building's owner is now trying to sell it. Christ's Kitchen, a food service for the homeless, recently closed while Lighthouse Ministries and Shepherd's Hand were denied a zoning permit to open a homeless shelter. KVNF News interviews service providers who are looking for help.

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