Colorado

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Live grenade removed safely from home in Lake City
  • Delta staff in discussions about moving library out of historic building so Sheriff's office can move in
  • Governor Polis signs bill to distribute billions in COVID relief money
  • Colorado Broadcasters Association pleased 'radio encryption amendment' included in bipartisan police accountability bill (*note, KVNF is a member of CBA)
  • Colorado & Nevada approve bans of most racialized mascots in public schools
  • Colorado cracking down on ponds as water supplies tighten in the West

  

Kaibab Sauvage

The devastating reality for most of Colorado’s wine grape growers and producers is a loss of between 80-100% of most wine grapes for the 2021 growing season.

Justin Casey / Unsplash

  • Colorado hires marketing firm to craft public health messaging, track & respond to bogus claims
  • Mesa County offering monetary incentives to encourage COVID vaccinations
  • Two unvaccinated Denver deputies employed at the downtown jail died from COVID in May
  • KGNU's Hannah Leigh Myers speaks to director of a VA program combating veteran suicide

Sen. John Hickenlooper

  • Colorado will continue paying federal unemployment benefits until September
  • Middle Colorado Watershed Council receives grant from River District & USGS for water quality testing in Colorado River below Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar
  • DMEA announces CEO Jasen Bronec has departed, but won't say if he quit or was fired
  • From KSJD: Lucas Brady Woods speaks with Sen. John Hickenlooper about his trip to the Four Corners region, focused on fighting wildfires and addressing drought

  

Clara Pena

This week on Local Motion, Gavin Dahl interviews three women doing public service media work in Colorado, photojournalist and educator Abby Harrison, Ouray County Plaindealer reporter Liz Teitz, and KGNU news director Shannon Young.

  • Ridgway Concert Series approved for 5 Thursdays in July
  • Aspen dropping outdoor mask mandate
  • Colorado removing pejorative language from state contracts
  • Restrictions eased on medication effective for treating opioid addiction 
  • Kathleen Burnell from the Center for Mental Health talks about why deaths of despair, from drug overdoses and suicides, are an epidemic within the pandemic

  

  • EcoGen BioSciences acquires 165-acre hemp farm & production campus south of Delta
  • Montrose Republican representative Marc Catlin named vice chair of House Ag Committee
  • Lawmakers make more changes to bill aiming to cut insurance premiums
  • Unexpected buyer partly to blame for continued increase in housing prices
  • Tech leaders active fighting climate change say Colorado will see green job growth
  • Colorado will add 8th seat in Congress thanks to new Census data

  

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  • USDA, EPA, FDA launch Restore Colorado to reduce food waste
  • Ela Family Farms starts 'adopt a tree' program, supporters get sapling named after them
  • USBR releases Aspinall Water to assist with low Gunnison River flows 
  • Green jobs rebounding after pandemic plunge
  • Luke Runyon reports on water speculation
  • New research says wildfire smoke may have caused bird die-off last year
  • Delta BOCC awards recycling contract to Double J
  • Colorado officials welcome return of federal work on mitigating climate change impacts

  

  • Hundreds attend Delta County school board meeting to protest comprehensive sex ed program that hasn't been adopted by the district
  • Mesa County Commissioners open third round of hiring for new county attorney
  • Palisade Peach Festival will return in August
  • Black lawmakers in Colorado relieved jury convicted officer in murder of George Floyd
  • Robyn Vincent checks up on bold police reforms passed by Colorado lawmakers last year

Colorado Media Project

  • KVNF's Kate Redmond recaps Colorado Media Project webinar The News About the News, highlighting new University of Denver research about journalism in Colorado
  • Ridgway Secondary School student Emma Berwanger and Tanya Ishikawa from Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce talk with KVNF's Gavin Dahl about the

Laura Palmisano

  • Governor Polis not publicly supporting assault weapon ban sought by Boulder Democrats
  • East Portal Road will be closed for 2021
  • Paonia and Cedaredge make progress on marijuana legalization
  • Supply of affordable housing not keeping up with demand in Colorado
  • Laura Palmisano speaks to project officials about Little Blue Creek Canyon Project road closures on Highway 50 between Gunnison and Montrose

  

Argus Paul Estabrook

  • 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

High Country News

On this week's Local Motion, KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with High Country News correspondent Nick Bowlin about his article on energy companies leaving Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup. Plus, KVNF's Gavin Dahl hears from HCN associate editor Paige Blankenbuehler about the ideas suburban second graders have for helping CPW manage the reintroduction of wolves.

Kate Redmond

  • Colorado GOP elects new chair, anti-abortion activist Kristi Burton Brown
  • 3 Montrose County students (Anthony Ball, Eliram Reyes-Powell, Aubree Hamlin) selected for Daniels Scholarship
  • Montrose Rec Center installs 11 industrial ionizing fans
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Paonia Tree Board members about a new report on the health of the town's trees

  

  • Telluride Parks & Rec approves plan for Bluegrass Festival to spread out over 2 weekends
  • Hotchkiss trustees appoint Sven Edstrom to open seat
  • Final plans released for Little Blue Canyon road closures
  • Colorado Democrats reviving push to bring down insurance costs on individual market
  • Jason Sperling, co-founder of People Speak, talks about how their platform helps governments like City of Grand Junction give citizens an easier way to interact

Terry O'Brien

  • Colorado ramping up vaccine shipments, expanding six mass vaccination sites around the state
  • Bill advancing at Capitol would cap late fees for rent payments, give tenants more time to avoid evictions
  • Governor signed bill to cancel some standardized tests at grade schools this spring, Don Coram comments
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Hotchkiss-based citizen journalist Terry O'Brien about the metrics of the COVID pandemic, and the success of the vaccine rollout so far

  

State Highway 149 is Now a National Scenic Byway

Feb 22, 2021
Laura Palmisano

A picturesque 117-mile stretch of highway in Southwest Colorado known as the Silver Thread Scenic Byway is now a National Scenic Byway.

Scott Franz

  • Colorado teachers now have rapid COVID self-tests from the state
  • CDC says ventilation indoors can cut down spread of COVID, but what makes for good ventilation?
  • Capitol Coverage: Colorado lawmakers considering $1B stimulus proposal in response to pandemic
  • Paonia town administrator Corinne Ferguson discusses notices sent to residents last week about lead exceeding permitted levels at six specific testing sites, and outlines next steps

Amy Hadden Marsh / KDNK

  • Fentanyl overdose deaths more than doubled last year in Colorado
  • Skiers who died in avalanche Monday were Seth Bossung, Andy Jessen, Adam Palmer
  • State Senator Kerry Donovan will challenge Lauren Boebert in 2022 Congressional race
  • Governor, Ag Commissioner send letter of support for National Western Stock Show
  • Weld County residents once again attempting to secede, join Wyoming
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports the CORE Act is back

  

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Colorado Health Institute reports more than half of Colorado prisoners have contracted COVID-19
  • Asymptomatic COVID testing suspended in Ouray County
  • Northside Elementary transitions to online learning, Olathe Middle High School closed by asbestos
  • Changing the Narrative director Janine Vanderburg explains anti-ageism campaign featuring greeting cards designed by locals like Cara Helmick of Orchard City & Lu Anne Tyrell of Montrose
  • KUNC's Luke Runyon explains current drought conditions in the Colora

Laura Palmisano

  • Governor Jared Polis calls lawmakers back in December for special session to consider COVID relief
  • Reporter Laura Palmisano looks at how Montrose County nonprofit Haven House is helping homeless families become self-sufficient 

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?

  

JT Thomas

Daniel Rodriguez stops by KVNF before his performance for the "Live Music Still Soothes The Soul Series" brought to you by Pickin' Productions and the Paradise Theatre in Paonia. Rodriguez talks with Kori Stanton about his new record "Sojourn Of A Burning Sun."

Courtesy of High Country News

High Country News, the nonprofit newsmagazine headquartered in Paonia, is kicking off its 50th anniversary this week. Founded in Lander, Wyoming in 1970, the publication relocated to Paonia in 1983 under the leadership of Ed and Betsy Marston. High Country News became well known for its deep dives into the stories of the West’s complex environmental and natural resources issues, and its diverse communities and cultures.

Kori Stanton

Americana folk duo, The Rough and Tumble talk with KVNF before their show at Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery in Montrose, CO. KVNF's Kori Stanton talks with Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler about their album 'Howling Back at the Wounded Dog'. The married duo performed four original songs in the Listening Room at Healthy Rhythm and Mallory showcases her vocal and nose flute playing talents.

Kori Stanton

The 2018 Farm Bill was officially passed on December 20th, 2018. The '18 Farm Bill is extremely vast and covers many topics including Industrial Hemp. The farm bill descheduled some cannabis products from the Controlled Substances Act for the first time. KVNF's Kori Stanton sought out to learn how this new farm bill will affect our local farmers in Western Colorado.

It was a dramatic and at times tearful day at Colorado’s Capitol as member after member of the House made statements for and against the removal of a fellow legislator. In the end, the chamber voted 52-9 to oust Rep. Steve Lebsock, who had been accused by five women of sexual harassment and retaliation. Those allegations were “more likely than not” to have occurred, an investigation concluded early this week.

Vigils, marches and rallies were held across the country and the world on Monday evening to remember the victims of the deadly attack in Orlando, Fla.

Events were held in New York, Vermont, Florida, California, Alaska, Rhode Island, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and in Washington, D.C. Another vigil is scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta, Ga.

In New York, thousands gathered outside the Stonewall Inn, the site of a 1969 police raid that launched the modern gay rights movement.

The City of Thornton is one of many growing suburbs of Denver, Colo. On a day without much traffic, it's only a 20-minute commute into the state capitol, and its new homes with big yards make it an attractive bedroom community. Nearly 130,000 people live there, and the population is expected to keep booming.

A bill is making its way through the statehouse that would allow judges to re-examine the cases of juveniles sentenced to life without parole. A 2012 U.S. Supreme Court ruling made it unconstitutional for minors to have no possibility of parole -- except in the most extraordinary circumstances.

The court said it was cruel and unusual punishment. Currently 48 youth in Colorado were given mandatory life sentences prior to that ruling, many for heinous crimes.

"Murder is never OK, taking someone's life is never OK, but should we ever allow a second chance, a second look?" asked Senator Cheri Jahn (D-Wheat Ridge), one of the main sponsors of a bipartisan bill that cleared the Senate 32-3.

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