Colorado River District

  • Montrose County reports first death from West Nile virus this year
  • Fentanyl overdoses more than doubled each of the past 3 years in Colorado
  • City of Aspen addressing impaired waterway status of Roaring Fork River
  • Colorado River District funds 4 Western Slope projects
  • Dillon town council wants to incentivize home owners building ADUs to rent to locals
  • Kate Redmond talks to David Alderdice about World Music in Paradise shows & outreach programs

  

Dave Kanzer / Colorado River District

  • COVID outbreaks in 42 Colorado schools last week, including 26 positives at Naturita Elementary
  • Delta County School Board failed to update COVID dashboard, still no reply from North Fork Montessori to KVNF questions about quarantines
  • More new pediatric COVID cases in Mesa County than any other age range
  • San Miguel County imposes indoor mask mandate for September
  • Water success stories are rare, but Dave Kanzer from Colorado River District shares good news about the management of selenium in the Lower Gunnison River

  • Fish and Wildlife Service to move the razorback sucker fish fromendangered to threatened
  • Tyler Hilton sentenced to six years in prison for killing bicyclist Christopher Blunt while driving drunk
  • Ridgway resident Paul McElrea dies in motorcycle accident
  • Sylvan Fire command transfers back to Type 1 Incident Team
  • Andy Mueller talks about the Colorado River

Courtesy of Community Options

  • New law allows farmworkers to join unions, receive minimum wage & overtime pay, protects whistleblowers, requires employers to provide health & safety protections
  • River District shares study with Pitkin County to address reduced flow in Crystal River 
  • Community Options director Tom Turner talks with Gavin Dahl about the future of care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, funding disparities, and what he sees as his biggest accomplishment on his last day before retirement

  

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.

Heather Sackett / Aspen Journalism

  • 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

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 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

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

  • Hickenlooper, Boebert headed to Congress
  • Soper, Rich, Catlin, McLachlan, McCluskie win Legislative races
  • Delta County elects Koontz, approves Back the Badge
  • Cedaredge & Paonia voters want retail marijuana
  • Ouray County elects Padgett, Niece
  • Colorado River District measure passes
  • Orange apple not extinct as Mark Duggan reports for KSUT

Ron Parker

  • Colorado hospitals could be overwhelmed if COVID-19 spike continues
  • Montrose County has new outbreaks
  • Mesa County sees climbing COVID-19 infection rates, may return to tighter restrictions
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon analyzes ballot measure 7A to increase taxes for the Colorado River District

Gavin Dahl

On Tuesday, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet introduced new legislation he’s calling The RESILIENT Act that is designed to dramatically improve how rural communities can secure federal infrastructure funding to develop new projects. 

 

For Sen. Bennet, this is a signature piece of legislation. 

  • 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

  • BLM defers North Fork acres in upcoming oil and gas lease sale
  • Colorado River district wants to share conservation efforts among all users
  • High school football playoffs  begin full swing this weekend

Water Conservation Districts Plan For The Worst

Sep 23, 2014
Joshua M via Flickr (CC-BY)

With monsoon season passing us, it might be easy to forget that Colorado and the entire Colorado River are in the middle of a long drought.  14 years long. 

On September 15th, KVNF presented a statewide call-in show on the Colorado River, looking at water issues and the future of the Colorado River. 

The program is a part of the year-long collaborative reporting series Connecting the Drops, and is hosted by KDNK in Carbondale, KRCC in Colorado Springs and KGNU in Boulder. 

Guests on the program include Taylor Hawes, a Nature Conservancy program director (who testified before a Senate committee on the Colorado River), Jim Pokrandt with the Colorado River District, and a representative from Colorado Springs Utility.

Maeve Conran

A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state.  Along the Colorado River, farms, cities & towns, and the recreation industry are all big players.  But everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that’s over one hundred years old.  It’s the Shoshone Generating Station, and it plays a critical role on the Upper Colorado.

Connecting the Drops: "Buy and Dry"

Oct 18, 2013
Maeve Conran

Water has always been a source of conflict in the arid West, but in recent years the conflict between agriculture and growing cities has escalated as both entities compete for this limited resource.