Colorado River

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Governor Polis signs 5 bills 
  • President Biden beings process to restore Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante boundaries
  • Retail marijuana will be on April ballot in Grand Junction
  • Ridgway switching water filtration from chlorine dioxide to carbon
  • Drought plan activated for upper Colorado River
  • Delta County Health director shares COVID-19 update
  • Ian Silverii of Progress Now says Western Slope residents should share comments on redistricting

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • New federal lawsuit challenges Fish & Wildlife Service de-listing gray wolves from Endangered Species list
  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife begins phasing in reintroduction of gray wolves, as approved last election
  • Littleton man Patrick Montgomery becomes 4th Coloradan arrested since insurrection in Washington
  • Kori Stanton: 9th annual Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum goes virtual this Friday & Saturday
  • Luke Runyon: Scientists investigate what happens when a river's headwaters goes up in smoke

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Dominion Voting Systems files defamation suit in Denver District Court
  • SCOTUS rules in favor of New Mexico in water dispute with Texas
  • Double Up Food Bucks program available to low-income residents all winter
  • Luke Runyon: Keeping Colorado River fish from going extinct

  

Kori Stanton

It behooves those of us who live in the West to think proactively about how to fight desertification. At this point, if we are not actively making choices to do so we will become desertified. The basic thing to understand is that anything which decreases the ability of the land to retain water, or increases the rate at which water leaves the land is adding to the problem. Anything that slows water down and helps it stick around is the solution.

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 

  

KVNF Regional Newscast: September 11, 2020

Sep 11, 2020

  • Despite rains, extreme drought persists; Paonia, Crawford and Hotchkiss still under water restrictions
  • Town of Paonia comments on Delta County draft land use plan
  • One of the last natural gas companies in the Piceance Basin has filed for bankruptcy
  • Wolves spotted in northwest Colorado last winter may have been killed in Wyoming
  • Six states that rely on the Colorado River have issues with proposed Utah pipeline
  • Warming climate causes toxic algae outbreaks in local lakes and rivers
  • COVID-19 testing widely available in Delta County

Judy Fahys

  • Smoke from area fires, including the Pine Gulch Fire in Mesa County, is impacting our area
  • A second person has died from COVID-19 in Mesa County
  • Western Slope fruit growers are feeling impacts from the April freeze
  • Democrats need four seats to take the U.S. Senate
  • Colorado voters may only get to see one U.S. Senate debate this year
  • Judy Fahys reports for InsideClimateNews about humpback chubs in the Grand Canyon

  • 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

  • New study by Dept of Interior looks at future of Colorado River
  • Opportunity Zones in Western Colorado cities encourage economic growth
  • Delta PD officers will not be charged in Delta man's death, DA says
  • Three seats on Montrose City Council up for election in April

  • 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

  • Two schools in Palisade get a deep clean after students go home sick
  • New analysis of Colorado River suggests water users face dwindling supplies
  • Interview with Colorado Sun reporter about CORE Act in the Senate

  • BLM move to Grand Junction creates mixed reactions
  • 40 percent of BLM jobs moving West will come to Colorado
  • Legacy of uranium mining in West manifests in Colorado River cleanup

  • Delta County likely the first in state to repeal its own oil and gas regulations
  • Controversial syphon of Colorado River water for St. George, Utah scrapped
  • Fort Carson medic dies while training in South Korea
  • Key repaving project begins on I70 next week
  • Update on high school football teams around the listening area

  • Lawmakers meet in Boulder to discuss climate change in Colorado
  • Clinics around Colorado offering free back to school services this week
  • Scientists re-enact Powell's famous exploration of Green, Colorado Rivers

  • Colorado emissions standards conflict with Trump Administration rollbacks
  • Colorado River water supplies dwindle while states continue to ask for more
  • Rare doe attack on woman in Craig raises awareness of danger from animals

  • After six years, Colorado River drought plan finally signed at Hoover Dam
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife inspectors already finding invasive mussels
  • Interview with expert about Red Flag laws

  • President Trump signs Colorado River drought management plan
  • Traveling geologist visits Crawford, talks history of North Fork Valley
  • Lawmakers grappling with new procedures to deal with complaints
  • Flood danger on West End greater due to large runoff

  • Colorado River Drought Mitigation Plan goes to President for approval
  • Delta County School Board hears from parents about key issues in district
  • Life changing for residents in Colorado River Delta in Mexico

  • Democrats fail in their effort to repeal state death penalty
  • Western lawmakers pitch Drought Contigency Plan to Federal government
  • Pilot program in West End helps unemployed miners get back to work

  • 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

  • Arizona faces deadline to complete drought mitigation plan
  • 40 million users of Colorado River following news in Arizona
  • Conservation groups focus on Crystal River

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KVNF News speaks with KUNC reporter Luke Runyon, who uses a grant to fund year round coverage of the Colorado River and the effects of drought in the Southwest. In this Local Motion, we talk about this past year in Colorado River history, playing some old stories and talking about some new ones.

  • Transportation petition initiatives certified to be on November ballot
  • Despite expected shortages, projects slated to draw more water from Colorado River
  • City of Montrose names new assistant City Manager

  • Water users in Phoenix find ways to conserve
  • Veterans in the West urge Congress to fund access to parks program

  • Free lunch program for kids in place at 500 Colorado locations
  • Tamarisk removal programs neglect to consider plant's positive role
  • Water managers in Phoenix debate use of Colorado River water

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KVNF News spoke with officials from the Town of Hotchkiss, the Town of Paonia and Colorado Parks and Wildlife to get first hand information on how the drought is impacting life on the Western Slope. Also included are reports about the potential of a dry Colorado River and new farming techniques that create energy rather than use it.

  • Paonia activist cleared in libel case brought by energy company
  • Arizona lawmakers debate use of Colorado River water
  • Cutbacks to use of Colorado River water could impact Colorado users
  • San Juan National Forest reopened after fight with 416 Fire

  • 416 Fire causes evacuation of Hermosa area, now over 4,000 acres in size
  • Love Fire in Montrose County deemed fully contained
  • Stage I fire restrictions enacted for most BLM lands in Western counties
  • Governor Hickenlooper responds to SCOTUS ruling in favor of cake maker
  • Governor vetoes nine bills in two weeks, drawing criticism
  • Climate change has big impact on Colorado River system

  • Red Flag Bill continues its way through the State Capitol
  • Ski towns urging Senator Gardner to sponsor wilderness preservation bill
  • Discussion highlights struggle between states to use dwindling water supplies

  • Telluride students walk out in protest of gun violence
  • Thousands of students nationwide walkout in support of Parkland victims
  • Lake in Southern California filled by Colorado River is an 'ecological crisis'

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