COVID-19

Lucas Vader / Delta County Independent

  • Rapid COVID testing now deployed to all Colorado school districts
  • Joe Biden's new COVID relief proposal includes increased Child Tax Credits championed by Senator Michael Bennet
  • Colorado marijuana sales reached over $2B in 2020 for the first time
  • Lawmakers backtrack on relief earmarked for minority-owned businesses
  • Kate Redmond speaks to teens about Kids Pasta Project
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports elected officials in 3rd District want investigation into Lauren Boebert's connection with violent mob

Counties in the KVNF listening area have made differing levels of progress preparing to rollout coronavirus vaccines, according to state guidelines. Delta County has a helpful graphic on their website laying out four phases ranging from high risk health workers to members of the public at lowest risk with expected timelines.

Delta County Libraries

  • Delta County Sheriff's office pays campaign violation fine
  • Deputy Secretary of the Interior visited Grand Junction on Monday
  • Pitkin County closes indoor dining in response to high COVID numbers
  • Pandemic increasing interest among healthcare workers in unionizing
  • Governor changing vaccine distribution plans for 3rd time
  • Delta County Libraries communications coordinator Tracy Ihnot catches us up

  

  • 1 year after Colorado's Red Flag law took effect, at least 112 petitions filed for extreme risk protection orders
  • Freedom of Information Coalition & other journalism groups ask Colorado Judicial Branch to continue free remote access to civil court records post-pandemic
  • Delta County Administrator Robbie LeValley responds to concerns about accessibility of zoning maps during creation of Land Use code approved last week
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Robyn Vincent reports millions of people are experiencing food insecurity in our region

Kori Stanton

  • Kate Redmond interviews Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault program manager Jenna Harper about their new statewide iniative and website called You Have the Right
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck checks in on COVID's impacts on the beef industry

  

Lone Cone Library

  • Grand Junction City Council working on marijuana ballot measures for April election
  • CDOT will spend some of $150M relief funds to improve Hwy 50 between Delta & Grand Junction
  • Teachers not expected to start receiving vaccines until March, state providing rapid testing kits
  • Governor says residents age 70+ will soon have easier time scheduling COVID vaccinations
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch explores what it means for local governments and public services when oil and gas revenues become more uncertain

  

Dr. Anuj Mehta

The RNA-based COVID-19 vaccine is a technology that has not been used with inoculations before. It is not, however, a new technology. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with Dr. Anuj Mehta, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Denver Health and chair of the Governor's medical advisory group on vaccine allocation, about the new vaccine. She also talks to molecular biologist and registered nurse Glen Courson about the structure and function of mRNA technology.

Marijuana Plant
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

  • Governor Polis moving counties from red to orange on COVID dial
  • Uranium mill tailings disposal site near Grand Junction can remain open
  • Supreme Court to review case on tribal law enforcement
  • New vertical farming system in Utah
  • Colorado families with kids struggling to meet basic needs
  • Kate Redmond interviews Paonia Town Trustee Mick Johnson on plans for retail marijuana

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Hemp market contracted in 2020
  • State regulators approved new Xcel Energy electric vehicle prgoram
  • Colorado is changing vaccine distribution plan to prioritize older residents
  • States in the Colorado River Basin ready to negotiate
  • Part 3 of Mountain West News Bureau reporter Noah Glick's series on lithium mining

  

Noah Glick

  • Vandalism at 3 Aspen natural gas pump stations left 3500 residents without heat or hot water
  • Resort community real estate sales in Colorado have set records since July
  • Health officials believe they've identified first confirmed case of COVID-19 variance in Colorado
  • Mountain West News Bureau shares part 2 of series on the environmental impacts of lithium mining

  

Noah Glick

  • Governor Polis extends state program providing one-time stimulus checks
  • Rocky Mountain Health Plans will end employer-based, group health plans at end of 2021
  • Jodi Peterson speaks to Ben Graves about Nature Connection getting 5 years of GOCO funding
  • Part One of a new series on lithium from the Mountain West News Bureau's Noah Glick

  

Governor Jared Polis

  • New Delta County Human Services Building flooded badly on Christmas Eve
  • COVID deaths in Delta County double during December, 2 more die over holiday weekend
  • New study suggests working out at a gym not linked to viral COVID transmission
  • State health departments encouraging people with COVID to do their own contact tracing
  • Scott Franz interviews Governor Jared Polis about his coronavirus response

  

Stephen Pribut / Wikimedia Commons

  • Historic bank building in Ridgway gutted by fire
  • Southwest Airlines now flying from Montrose to Denver, Dallas
  • Montrose green waste program suspended due to contaminated loads
  • West Elk Mine facing new fines
  • CSU research project brings 10 bison to preserve in Bent County
  • Local drug case thrown out due to illegal police search
  • Governor praises Congress for COVID relief package
  • Jodi Peterson reports on more efficient irrigation methods 

Julia Caulfield / KOTO

  • Montrose School District announces plans for start of semester
  • Applefest in Cedaredge saved by Town Trustees as Chamber of Commerce dissolves
  • Robert Redford announces sale of Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah
  • Colorado lawmakers will delay legislative session at least a month due to COVID
  • KOTO: 3 local governments join climate change lawsuits against fossil fuel companies 

  

Laura Palmisano

  • Backcountry skier Jeff Schneider died in an avalanche Friday, 2 others died Saturday near Silverton
  • 2 earthquakes near Nucla
  • Delta County Hospital workers getting first local doses of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Congressman Ken Buck will not seek second term as Colorado GOP chair
  • Air Quality Control Commission reverses decision on coal-fired power plants
  • Economists say state budget outlook is improving
  • Laura Palmisano talks to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about acquisition of island, peninsula on Lake San Cristobal

  • Post-Thanksgiving COVID spike not as severe in Mesa County as expected
  • Grand Valley Transit workers vote no confidence in their GM
  • Hotchkiss trustees approve $1.2M budget for 2021, new headgate at Carl Smith Reservoir
  • Senator Michael Bennet introduced one last bill, the Outdoor Restoration Force Act
  • Eric Galatas reports this Sunday is deadline for food banks to apply for new state grants
  • Jodi Peterson checks in with Natasha Legere for reaction to new COGCC oil & gas rules

  

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

  • Mesa, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel Counties will begin vaccinating frontline health workers next week
  • Connect for Health Colorado extends insurance sign-up deadline to Friday
  • Audit finds red flags at Colorado State Judiciary Administration
  • KBUT: Avalanche forecasters concerned about stability of this season's snowpack
  • Avalanche education courses see record enrollment numbers
  • Jodi Peterson gets oil & gas industry reaction to new COGCC rules

  

Bill Rau

  • Cedaredge Town Trustees begin discussing where marijuana shops can open
  • Pitkin County requiring a traveler's affidavit from all visitors
  • Grand Junction artist Linda McBride opens memorial for COVID dead at Art Center
  • KZMU Moab's Justin Higginbottom reports on residents' opposition to a new 35-mile highway proposed for southeast Utah

  

Rep. Barbara McLachlan

This week, KVNF's Gavin Dahl asked two Democrats, Representative Barbara McLachlan who lives in Durango, and Ian Silverii the executive director of Progress Now and a Denver Post columnist, to reflect on the Special Session, the 2020 election, and the coronavirus pandemic. Last week we heard from two Republicans.

Judy Fahys / InsideClimateNews

  • State revokes Ex-Delta Police officer Jeremy Gay's certification for lying 
  • Town of Paonia clears up CDPHE water supply violations
  • Colorado bars, restaurants can keep some sales taxes collected
  • Labor unions receive more than 1000 workplace safety complaints during COVID pandemic
  • Reporter Judy Fahys discovers Great Basin cave offers global warming cautionary tale

  

Gavin Dahl

Restaurants and bars are teaming up with the City of Montrose and Colorado Yurt Company to "tipi the town" in the face of COVID-19 public health restrictions. KVNF's Gavin Dahl learns more from Montrose grants coordinator Kendall Cramer, Colorado Yurt CEO John Gibson, Storm King co-owner and distiller David Fishering, and Jimmers BBQ owner Jim LaRue. 


Gavin Dahl

  • Mesa County preparing to receive 1000 vaccine doses next week
  • Unemployment rates dipping across Western Slope
  • Colorado Department of Ag seeks disaster declaration for vineyards
  • State activates municipal emergency drought plan for second time ever
  • Restaurants team with City of Montrose & Colorado Yurt Company to 'tipi the town'

  • Delta County Commissioners approve $36M budget for 2021
  • Public comments on Delta County Land Use plan due before Monday's meeting
  • Montrose Hospital changes management companies
  • Colorado unveils plan for distributing COVID vaccines
  • Advocates fielding growing number of calls from potential DACA applicants
  • Jodi Peterson hears from Center for Mental Health on when alcohol & substance use becomes abuse

  • Cory Gardner gave his farewell speech in the US Senate on Tuesday
  • CASA plans new facility in Delta
  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife crack 2019 poaching case on Uncompahgre Plateau
  • Body found Saturday in the Adobes area
  • Governors in the west want federal support for wildfire restoration
  • Jodi Peterson reports CU-Boulder researchers say COVID testing could help stop virus spread

  

Courtesy of Don Coram

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with two Republicans about the 2020 Election, the Special Session, and COVID-19. Next week, we'll hear from two Democrats. State Senator Don Coram represents District 6 which includes Montrose County, Ouray County, and San Miguel County. Ray Langston is chair of the Montrose County Republican Party. 

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

Savannah Maher / Wyoming Public Radio

  • Delta County reported 53 new COVID cases Friday
  • Montrose Schools announce another 177 students, 7 staff in quarantine due to 6 new positives
  • Grand Junction finally solve cold case from 1975
  • Bilingual contact tracers in particularly short supply
  • Tribal councils in our region have made progress on gender parity, but women still underrepresented

  

  • COVID death toll in Montrose County up to 17
  • Montrose School District announces another 121 students, 15 staff must quarantine
  • Fish & Wildlife says white-tailed ptarmigan doesn't need Endangered Species protection
  • Colorado taking carrot and stick approach to COVID safety enforcement
  • Researchers see wildflowers at solar farms beneficial to water quality
  • Jodi Peterson checks in with Connect for Health Colorado about upcoming insurance deadlines

  

Don Usner / Searchlight New Mexico

  • FEC finds Republican Lauren Boebert failed to report donations for a third time
  • Colorado sending $375 stimulus payments to unemployed residents
  • Montrose School District adds more COVID safety measures
  • State lawmakers approve 10 relief bills at special session
  • Reporter Ed Williams talks about his Rolling Stone article on year's biggest marijuana bust

  

Courtesy of Paonia Clayworks

  • Mesa County program allowing some businesses to avoid COVID restrictions may become model
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser releases report naming 9 more sexually abusive Catholic priests
  • Dr Anthony Fauci joins Governor Jared Polis for virtual COVID update
  • Kori Stanton speaks with Paonia Clayworks co-founder Karen Good about how they're facing pandemic
  • Jodi Peterson speaks with Delta County Health Department Medical Director Dr Susan Bright about rising case numbers

  

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