Conservation

Matt Hoisch / KOTO

  • Climber Patrick Eells dies on Gilpin Peak
  • North Fork Merchant Herald sheds light on Hotchkiss Marshall & Judge keeping marshall's daughter's shoplifting charge off public docket
  • New Delta County recycling center opens in Austin
  • CPW announces emergency fish salvage at Spring Creek Reservoir 
  • Conservation groups oppose state weakening Clean Water Act
  • State Supreme Court rejects changes to redistricting process
  • Colorado creates new gun violence prevention office
  • KOTO reports on struggle to hire in Telluride

Maeve Conran / KGNU

  • Delta Libraries closed temporarily this week in response to a belligerent man refusing to wear a mask
  • Paonia Town Council renewed Corinne Ferguson's contract
  • Colorado West Land Trust announced conservation of ranch land near Black Canyon
  • Sabotage of Aspen gas lines continues to vex investigators
  • KGNU's Maeve Conran reports a proposal for what could be the state's largest fracking site is drawing community opposition in Boulder County, including high schoolers adding their voices to the chorus of protest

  

Chad Reich

  • Paonia's working group is closing in on a draft ordinance to regulate marijuana shops. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with Paonia Town Trustee Michelle Pattison to get an update.
  • A Bureau of Land Management field office on the Western Slope decided to open 95% of lands under its watch to oil and gas leasing. But the State of Colorado and Western Slope conservation groups are suing to try to stop the lease sales. For the Rocky Mountain Community Radio fossil fuel reporting collaboration, Chad Reich reports.

Chad Reich

Chad Reich is back on KVNF for this week's Local Motion to go deeper into the story of 'The North Fork Exception.' Mountain Coal Company wants to expand into lands on The Gunnison National Forest's roadless areas and environmental groups want to stop them. The story involves ongoing battles in the courts over roads and drilling pads. The mine hasn't responded to emails or phone calls since July so they couldn't be included in the story. Instead, Chad shares the voices of coal advocates, conservation groups, and government officials.

  

Chad Reich

  • Current COVID statistics across our listening area include 89 deaths
  • Governor Polis signed 8 special session bills on Monday
  • Who is dying in jails around our region and why?
  • Chad Reich reports on roadless rule battle at West Elk Mine in Gunnison National Forest

Malcolm Childers

  • Mesa County tightening restrictions as COVID numbers increase 
  • Delta Police plans to build new facility
  • Delta County approves 2021 Strategic Plan
  • Governor Polis alarmed by increase in new COVID cases
  • Low income families at greater risk of power cutoffs as winter nears
  • Colorado West Land Trust conservation director Ilana Moir discusses merger

  

U.S. Census Bureau

  • Area counties lift Stage 1 fire restrictions
  • Colorado now celebrates Cabrini Day instead of Columbus Day
  • Lawsuit filed in federal court seeks removal of National Park Service acting director
  • Conservation scientists facing pushback, misinformation about biodiversity & endangered species
  • KSUT's Sarah Flower reports on rural and tribal efforts to complete the Census as judge rules count must continue through October after all

Wikimedia Commons

  • Leroux Creek Foods in Hotchkiss named COVID outbreak site
  • Conservation groups cheer federal distict court decision on Thompson Divide
  • Remembering Our Fallen memorial arrives in Montrose
  • Author Forrest Fenn dies
  • Trump admin to weaken habitat protections for endangered species
  • Shelley Schlender at KGNU: Fighting COVID in CU-Boulder dorms with wastewater surveillance

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. 

  • Former Governor Hickenlooper leads all senate candidates in fundraising
  • Proposed bill looks to lower health care costs by reimbursing clinics
  • Two land conservation easements look to permanently protect private lands
  • Census takers in state being trained to count disabled citizens

  • Senator Cory Gardner seeks marijuana and Conservation Fund bills
  • Early estimates of snowpack suggest Colorado River will be low next year
  • Capitol Coverage of rural insurance rates on the Western Slope

  • Department of Agriculture works on improving rurual broadband access
  • Animas River survives toxic contamination, drought and wildfire
  • Conservation program allowing better access to parks not funded yet

  • Bull Draw Fire near Nucla doubles in size, containment not expected till Sept. 15th
  • Land and Water Conservation Act will sunset unless reauthorized by Congress
  • Rural Philanthropy Days conference set for North Fork Valley next June
  • Ridgway resident sets national speed record in a piston-driven vehicle- over 440 mph

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

Dec 25, 2015

  • Large ranch property in Ouray County now protected
  • Oil rigs shut down across nation in price slump
  • Interview with Colorado Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Dec 21, 2015

  • Suspect in custody after Telluride bomb threat
  • Hundreds of acres of ranchland preserved in Montrose County through grant
  • Cedaredge spends big on new water treatment plant
  • Montrose commits to rodeo arena
  • Grand Junction facility creates energy from waste

Grant Preserves Ranchland In Montrose County

Dec 18, 2015
Galley Ranch
Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

A grant will help preserve a ranch within the Uncompahgre National Forest.

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust received $436,000 to conserve 705 acres of the Galley Ranch. The money comes from Great Outdoors Colorado. 

West Creek Ranch, Unaweep Canyon
Josh Duplechain

A new conservation agreement will permanently protect a 780-acre working ranch in the heart of Unaweep Canyon. 

Mesa Land Trust worked for three years to make the deal happen.  

Ilana Moir with the trust describes why the nonprofit wants to preserve West Creek Ranch, which is along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway.

Sawtooth Mountain Ranch
Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

This week Great Outdoors Colorado announced it will give out $7.7 million in grants.

The money will be used to fund conservation and open space projects across the state. 

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $4.5 million dollars to local governments and land trusts to preserve more than 40,000 acres.

Headlines

  • Citizen Scientists Studying Air Pollution in the Valley
  • Finalized North Fork Alternative Plan Submitted to BLM
  • Colder-than-Usual Temps Could Last into Next Week
  • Extreme Dust, Global Warming could lead to Earlier Spring Thaw
  • Sounds of the High Country - Allen Best on Industrial Hemp in CO

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.

Linda Reeves

As the BLM winds down two years of discussions over a  long-term management plan for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, KVNF’s Travis Bubenik joined a group of area environmentalists and conservationists for a canoe-trip-meets- resource-discussion down the lower Gunnison river.

Headlines:

  • BLM defers leases from Mesa Verde, Dinosaur National Monument
  • Poll shows residents of Rocky Mountain states strongly favor conservation
  • Dems at State House face conflict from friends and foes over gun control
  • Western Slope Conservation Center moves forward after merger of non-profits

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Oct 17, 2012

Headlines:

  • Legalize Marijuana Amendment Would Pass If Vote Were Today
  • Delta County Chicken Wars Continue
  • Wildfire Update - Red Flag Warnings!
  • Conservation Easement Program Needs Fixing
  • State Wants Comments For Deer Management