Colorado water

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In this edition of Local Motion, Jodi Peterson looks back at the Paonia water crisis, when the entire town lost its water supply for a week in February. And she looks forward at what the town can do to better manage its water system. Interviewed are Ken Knight, Paonia town administrator; Thomas Wills, editor of the North Fork Merchant Herald; Bill Brunner, former Paonia trustee; and Benet Duncan of the Western Water Assessment.

  • Colorado has one of the lowest measles vaccination rates in the country
  • Utah proposes a pipeline that would draw off shares of the Colorado River
  • Scientists, engineers meet to discuss threats to water in Mountain West

  • Colorado will hold Presidential primary on Super Tuesday in March 2020
  • Large dam in Colorado to release water so insect life can grow in river system
  • Lone candidate for President of CU speaks in Boulder, not welcomed warmly
  • Regents will vote on nomination of new President on Thursday
  • Three headquarters in Dept of Interior might move to cities in Colorado

Tamie Meck

The Town of Paonia has been dealing with a water emergency for nearly two weeks now. Service is expected to be returned next week to the one third to one half of all customers who have had their water turned off. We'll get updated on this evolving story. And, KVNF News talks with one former trustee who is launching a petition effort to completely change how the town does its water business. We'll also hear about a fundraising effort for employees and businesses hurt by the closure of businesses during the emergency.

  • Colorado among other states cutting funding, workers at National Parks
  • Wildlife advocates in state fear changes to Endangered Species Act
  • Luke Runyon reports on history of a Colorado dam funded by KKK
  • Clydesdales usher in new era of state liquor laws, full strength beer

  • State lawmaker brings gun to airport, under investigation
  • Dreamers from Colorado go to DC to seek action on DACA
  • Water chemistry: why can't we just make water? KUNC reports

  • Water supply to Denver goes through Grizzly Reservoir outside Aspen
  • Caretakers of water tunnel cut off from world months at a time
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife doing game management plan
  • Input sought for survey of desert bighorn sheep population in West End

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There’s a new study that’ll be happening in the North Fork area.  The Western Slope Conservation Center and University of Colorado Boulder are teaming up to test water wells.

The collaboration is looking for drinking well owners who would like to participate in the tests.  The first round of testing is planned for September 20th and 21st. 

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Some Paonia residents recently received a letter from the town with a header that read (in all caps and red text): “Important information about your drinking water.”

The letter explains that part of the town’s water supply isn’t meeting some treatment requirements. But according to Mayor Neal Schwieterman, the water’s still safe, and residents don’t need to worry.  

We spoke with Schwieterman about what exactly this letter means, and why it was sent in the first place. 

KVNF Regional News: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jan 28, 2014

Headlines:

  • 2013 Was Record-Breaking Year for Colorado Tourism
  • Udall Asks for Quick Help from Feds after mine Layoffs
  • "Connecting the Drops" Water and Power
  • 10 Western Coloradans appointed to Dominguez-Escalante Advisory Council
  • 3 Die in Helicopter Crash Near Silt

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dec 26, 2013

Headlines:

  • BLM to Review White River Forest Oil and Gas Leases
  • Legislative Preview on Next Year's Likely Policy Debates
  • Avalanche Danger for Mountains Moderate to Considerable
  • Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas Agree on New Water Pipeline Deal

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Dec 3, 2013

Headlines:

  • Elk Creek Mine Goes “Idle,” 115 More Workers Affected
  • City of Ouray Reviewing its 2020 Economic Development Plan
  • Senator Mark Udall to unveil plans for Brown’s Canyon
  • Group Tells Front Range Water Interests to Stay Away from Western Slope
  • Euology for Pete Poulos, aka “Pete the Barber”

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, November 18, 2013

Nov 18, 2013

Headlines:

  • 2 Dead, 20 Injured at Mine Accident in Ouray County
  • GJ High School Locked Down after Nearby Suicide
  • Tipton’s Water Rights Protection Bill To Get House Vote
  • Telluride Soda-Tax Campaigns Drew in over $148,000
  • Ban on Drone-Assisted Hunting Moves Forward
  • Future of Rural Movie Theaters Still Uncertain, Even with State Grants

Headlines

  • State Lawmakers to Review Bills on Water, Wildfire, & Poverty
  • Ruptured Pipe Leaks Contaminated Water at Cañon City Uranium Mill
  • Pitkin County Tracking Changes to Forests
  • Republican Lawmakers Criticize Patagonia's Involvement in Fracking Debate

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.

Headlines

  • Pilot Unharmed after Crash Landing at Telluride Airport
  • Contaminated Gasoline Sold at Two Colorado Stores
  • State Panel to look at Disaster Relief, Emergency Management
  • Water to play a Big Role in State Legislature Next Year
  • Budget Cuts Could Mean the end of Work Release in Mesa County

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, September 23, 2013

Sep 23, 2013

Headlines:

  • “Significant” Marijuana Patch Discovered in White River National Forest
  • House Passes Tipton-Led Bill to Increase Logging Activity, Prevent Wildfires
  • Class-Action Suit says Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is Unconstitutional
  • Vice President Biden to Visit Colorado, View Flood Damage
  • Hickenlooper: State Will Help Pay for Flood Recovery
  • Western Slope Water Storage at Normal Levels, Despite Floods
  • NFL Says Von Miller Tried to Cheat Drug Test

Headlines:

  • Colorado River ranked the No. 1 most endangered river in the country
  • USGS studies detail methane concentrations in water south of Silt
  • Environmentalists occasionally have competing agendas, interests
  • Freedom Rally in Grand Junction draws Western Slope conservatives
  • Aspen board game celebrates emerging marijuana culture in Colorado

Headlines:

  • USA Pro-cycling race picks host cities for 2013
  • A look ahead at water issues in legislative session
  • Naturita uranium mill looks to expand
  • Moment of Silence Friday for Sandy Hook victims
  • San Miguel County cuts budget funding to non-profits

Headlines:

  • Over 150 gather in Paonia for oil and gas leasing details
  • New pot law not going to change policy at ski resorts
  • Water managers hoping for lots of snow this winter
  • Norwood teenager sentenced in assault
  • Colorado Gives Day nets record donations to charities