Colorado River

Lucas Brady Woods / KSJD

  • CORRecycling in Grand Junction caught fire Monday
  • Hops growers in Colorado navigate new business terrain
  • Surface Creek Valley Historical Society raising money to save Shortbranch building
  • Mudslides in Glenwood Canyon reshape the Colorado River
  • Local organizations in Montezuma County are building affordable housing developments

  

Ben Katz / Western Slope Conservation Center

  • Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters in more hot water
  • CDOT falsely reported Independence Pass was closed on August 4th to reduce use
  • Biologists study impact of Glenwood Canyon mudslides on the Colorado River
  • Anti-speculation water task force fails to agree on recommendations
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation funds habitat & research
  • Mountain towns pursuing limits on short term rentals
  • Western Slope Conservation Center's Ben Katz explains issues with GMUG forest management plan

Read and comment on the USFS draft plan 

Lake Mead
U.S. Geological Survey

  • 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

U.S. Census Bureau

  • 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

  

Courtesy of Teya Cranson

  • CDC investigated elder care facilities in Mesa County, where unvaccinated staff are believed to be bringing COVID-19 to work
  • CPW held public input session on wolf reintroduction in Montrose
  • For 3rd time in 3 years, buying water from Ruedi Reservoir to offset low streamflow in Colorado River
  • School District 51 hires new director of equity & inclusion
  • Families in Colorado are already benefiting from advance child tax credit payments
  • Paradise Theatre to screen new doc Where We Belong by local filmmaker Teya Cranson

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

  

CDOT

Kate Redmond speaks with Dave Kanzer of the Colorado River District on the after-effects of the Grizzly Creek Fire in Glenwood Canyon. She also interviews Elise Thatcher from CDOT on the immediacy of those effects as rain caused the canyon to ooze dirt across the highway twice this past weekend, resulting in extended closures of Interstate 70. CDOT warns more mudslides could be on the way.

Kate Redmond

  • Residents threaten civil war if commissioners don't declare Mesa County a constitutional sanctuary
  • Black Canyon National Park & Curecanti Rec Area enact Stage 1 fire restrictions
  • Lumber futures dropped 41% from May to July
  • Colorado River water managers could be back at negotiating table soon
  • Apollo Rodriquez speaks to Amy DeLuca about Final Saturday events in Paonia
  • Kate Redmond reports on DA Seth Ryan's press conference, announcing no charges against Delta County Sheriff's Deputy Noah Davis for the shooting of Paige Pierce

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

  

Courtesy of Delta County School District

  • Town of Paonia approves new pot shop ordinance
  • Colorado Sun & National Trust for Local News purchase chain of 24 Front Range newspapers
  • Luke Runyon reports on preparations for first-ever water shortage declaration along Colorado River
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Arlene Porteus, among critics of North Fork school consolidation, as well as asking Delta County School District superintendent Caryn Gibson for reaction to some complaints

  

Courtesy of Colorado Parks & Wildlife

  • Gov. Polis amends, extends mask mandate
  • Lawmakers send $34B budget to Governor
  • Gov. Polis signed 19 bills last week
  • 39-year old woman killed by bear near Durango
  • Colorado River cleanup finds surprising items including tires, shopping carts
  • Drinking water & wastewater bill passes U.S. Senate
  • Former Speaker of the House Andrew Romanoff talks about new job at Family Visitors Program

Courtesy of Adventure Journal

  • Petition circulating to re-vote on North Fork Miners decision
  • Delta Police a COVID outbreak site
  • All Points Transit returning to fare system May 3rd
  • River Valley Family Health Centers increasing mobile clinics for seasonal farmworkers
  • Fish & Wildlife designates sections of Colorado & Gunnison Rivers as critical habitat for yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Christian media empire moves to Ouray County
  • Taylor McKinnon at Center for Biological Diversity co-authored letter seeking NEPA review of federal fossil fuel programs

Governor Jared Polis

  • Paonia trustees reduce limit on pot shops from six to three
  • US House passes SAFE banking act, which would allow banks to work with cannabis companies
  • Kate Redmond talks to Paonia locals who hold peaceful Black Lives Matter weekly vigil 
  • Luke Runyon talks to ranchers about preparing for water shortages this summer
  • Scott Franz speaks with Governor Jared Polis about what's next for pandemic response, and last month's mass shooting in Boulder

  

Kathleen Shannon / KDNK

  • Orchard City declares first stage of drought, meaning new fees & regulations
  • Vaccine supply outpacing demand in Mesa County
  • Pandemic EBT program extended for 2021 academic year, low-income families will receive $136/month per student learning remotely, $82/month per student in hybrid model
  • New report shows Colorado River reservoirs will drop to lowest levels ever this year
  • From KDNK: Town of Marble struggling with lack of enforcement for ATV overuse 

  

Courtesy of EZ Blockchain

  • 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

  

Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship

  • Delta County Memorial Hospital & 13 clinics rebranding as Delta Health
  • Animas River records record low flow, again
  • Elijah McClain: Investigation criticizes Aurora police & 'failed' internal investigation
  • Lauren Boebert amends FEC filing on mileage reimbursements
  • Critics: FCC awarded SpaceX nearly $900m for untested rural broadband project
  • Luke Runyon: Rivers in the southwest impacted by climate change
  • Kate Redmond interviews Conservatives for Responsible Stewardship president David Jenkins

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 

  

  • 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

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