Colorado River

  • 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'

  • Partisan battle brewing at statehouse over Civil Rights Division
  • Feature story about the first dam on the Colorado River
  • Recap of results from high school wrestling state tournament

  • Another Republican lawmaker accused of harassment at statehouse
  • Bill would give tax benefits to families paying for health care out of pocket
  • Feature on the future of agreements about the Colorado River

  • Flu season looks worse than expected as numbers are up all over state
  • SNAP benefits (food stamps) could get cut under the Farm Bill legislation
  • Colorado River under drought conditions in West
  • Efforts made to share and conserve the Colorado River during drought years

  • Senate President Kevin Grantham talks about upcoming session
  • Special interest groups writing policy regarding endangered species
  • Colorado River flow near record low during very dry winter

  • Crested Butte plans to tax short term and vacation rentals
  • Preliminary hearing in case of dead girls found in Norwood
  • Cause of death may never be known in Norwood case
  • Colorado River users debate collaboration, conflict with water managers

  • Another harassment claim filed against Lebsock
  • A second lawmaker at state capitol accused of harassment
  • House, Senate leaders propose harassment training initiatives
  • Lawsuit to name Colorado River a person postponed
  • New magnetic levitation transit system to be tested on Front Range
  • Homegrown Montrose soldier to receive Silver Star

  • Federal lawsuit seeks to define Colorado River as a person
  • Colorado River imperiled by overuse, outdated water agreements
  • Colorado children of immigrants, children of color face unequal challenges

  • Hickenlooper makes no promises regarding run for VP on Unity Ticket
  • Colorado River supplies drinking water to 40 million people
  • Agencies, ranchers, farmers all changing irrigation techniques to lower salt
  • Broomfield one of many communities on Front Range near new oil and gas wells

  • Education Secretary in Denver, touts school choice
  • Three fatalities in one week on Colorado rivers
  • Walton Foundation gives 20 million for Colorado River conservation
  • Canyons of the Ancients taken off Trump's list for downsizing
  • Colorado leads way in healthy eating
  • Marijuana tax revenue surpasses 500 million for first time

In 1922, seven Western states — Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming and California — drew up an agreement on how to divide the waters of the Colorado River. But there was one big problem with the plan: They overestimated how much water the river could provide.

As a result, each state was promised more water than actually exists. This miscalculation — and the subsequent mismanagement of water resources in those states — has created a water crisis that now affects nearly 40 million Americans.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Jun 24, 2015

Newscast

  • Delta County man diagnosed with infectious disease
  • Two dead, two missing in Colorado rivers over the weekend
  • Judge won’t dismiss case against Grand Junction over panhandling ordinance
  • Birth control program gets another year of funding despite lack of legislative support

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