COVID-19

Colorado Farm & Food Alliance

  • Delta Health transitioning COVID vaccine clinics to primary care locations
  • Lauren Boebert & Marjorie Taylor Greene only no votes on bone marrow bill
  • Colorado House approves $34B state budget
  • Colorado has more realtors than homes for sale
  • Farm & Food Alliance launches incubator app, new website
  • Montrose Summer Music Series will return in July
  • COVID cases & hospitalizations are up as counties take over managing restrictions

  

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  • Colorado will shift to county-led COVID rules on Friday
  • Telluride Bluegrass approved for June 11-13 in addition to June 17-20
  • Sen. Hickenlooper answers questions at first virtual Town Hall 
  • State lawmakers release more details on stimulus plan
  • Colorado River forecasts show increasing likelihood of persistent worsening drought
  • Natural gas plant operator near Moab now mining cryptocurrency

  

Briana May / KGNU

  • Gov. Polis expects Colorado will continue Johnson & Johnson vaccines soon
  • Montrose approves incentives, tax increment financing loan for new Colorado Yurt Company HQ
  • Sen. Hickenlooper hosts first town hall since being elected tonight at 6
  • New bill at statehouse seeks to give Colorado youth free access to mental health services
  • Moms and Students Demand Action for Gun Sense gathered at Boulder's municipal building Monday, urging legislation to implement more robust background checks on gun purchases

  

Lisa Young / Delta County Independent

  • Montrose County moves to Green on COVID dial
  • So-called Brazilian COVID variant identified in 2 Boulder County patients
  • Fewer than half of prisoners in Colorado have gotten vaccinated, more than half have tested positive, at least 29 have died from COVID
  • Legislation addressing school-to-prison pipeline in Colorado withdrawn
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Delta County's new Director of Community Development and Natural Resources Carl Holm about building permits and other land use issues

  

Eric Goold

  • Grand Junction voters repeal retail marijuana ban, reject Republican-aligned council candidates
  • Senators Michael Bennet & John Hickenlooper, Representative Lauren Boebert attend local meetings
  • Delta County still under mask mandate due to uptick in COVID cases
  • Colorado lawmakers introduce $34B budget 
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond checks in with Delta County administrator Robbie LeValley as Commissioners take up privatization of recycling collection

Alan Wells

This week we hear from Carlton Mason, CEO for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of the 7th Judicial District, helping to break the cycle of child abuse and neglect through prevention, advocacy, and interaction. Then blogger JoAnn Kalenak of the nonprofit Delta County Citizen Report talks about the future of the Delta library, recycling, junkyards, transparency, the mask mandate, and other stories she covers in her newsletter.

Stasia Lanier / KSUT

  • Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association turns on water for canals
  • Though Governor relaxed statewide mask mandate for counties in level green, masks are still required in schools & health care facilities, plus all public places in 33 counties at level blue, yellow, and orange
  • Lawmakers debate state budget this week
  • Laura Palmisano reports road accessing Lake San Cristobal finally gets repairs
  • KSUT's Sarah Flower asks Fort Lewis College president Tom Stritikus about becoming first in Colorado requiring COVID vaccination for Fall semester

Argus Paul Estabrook

  • Committee narrows list of names for new high school: North Fork, West Elk, or Fire Mountain
  • Mutual Aid Distribution Day in Grand Junction marks one year and 150,000 pounds of shared food
  • BLM announces plan to protect habitat of gunnison sage grouse in San Miguel County
  • CDPHE whistleblowers seek audit of Colorado's Air Pollution Control Division
  • Democrats shelved 'dangerous attempts to make it harder to vote' in Colorado by Republicans
  • Robyn Vincent reports on the rise of anti-Asian racism during the pandemic

Steve Anthony / Garfield County

  • Montrose seeks City Council member, Lake City seeks Town Manager
  • Faculty at Gunnison's Western Colorado University vote to oust president Greg Salsbury
  • Proposed dam on Homestake Creek in Eagle County opposed by biodiversity advocates
  • Country Jam announces June headliners
  • Governor Polis: COVID vaccine appointments for general public will open Friday
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports on efforts to reduce weeds without chemicals in Garfield County

  

Scott Franz

  • Delta, Ouray, Hinsdale, Gunnison County are now Green on the state's COVID dial, while Montrose, Mesa, San Miguel County are still Blue
  • Cedaredge pot shop application process opens April 2nd
  • Governor orders flags to half-staff on Saturday in honor of Chester Riley
  • New study finds listening to nature could have significant health benefits
  • Lawmakers begin debating controversial health care plan aimed at lowering costs for those who buy insurance on the individual market because they can't get it through an employer

Colorado News Connection

  • Delta County moves to Green on COVID dial [UPDATE: Restaurants no longer have capacity limits]
  • National Park Service warns of ice breaking up along shorelines of Curecanti Rec Area
  • State lawmakers from Boulder want new gun regulations
  • What you can do to help stop salmonella outbreak killing birds in the Mountain West
  • As migrant agricultural workers return, community health centers are helping distribute COVID vaccines
  • Nancy Watzman comments on on combating misinformation & disinformation at CFOIC's Sunshine Week panel 

  

Terry O'Brien

  • Colorado ramping up vaccine shipments, expanding six mass vaccination sites around the state
  • Bill advancing at Capitol would cap late fees for rent payments, give tenants more time to avoid evictions
  • Governor signed bill to cancel some standardized tests at grade schools this spring, Don Coram comments
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Hotchkiss-based citizen journalist Terry O'Brien about the metrics of the COVID pandemic, and the success of the vaccine rollout so far

  

Juan Labreche / AP

  • COVID hospitalizations increase this week in Colorado as overall case numbers stopped declining
  • DMEA investigating own CEO, who is on leave of absence 
  • DA charges Kiowa County deputy in rare prosecution of an officer for on-duty killing described in '3 Bullets to the Back' investigative article
  • VP Harris visited Denver on Tuesday
  • Deb Haaland confirmed as new Interior Secretary
  • Kate Redmond reports strict nursing home lockdowns are lifting

Gavin Dahl

Republican Lauren Boebert made her first public appearance in Montrose since getting elected, speaking to a packed house at Turn of the Century Saloon on Monday night. Boebert offered a narrowly partisan message, casting aspersions, blending rhetoric with reality, and recycling jokes to boisterous applause. 

  • Colorado Farm & Food Alliance applauds review of Interior Dept oil & gas leasing programs
  • CPW studying why elk in Avalanche Creek herd are rejecting their young
  • Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports DUI arrests way down last year
  • Lawmakers again seek to ban single use plastic bags, styrofoam containers
  • Highway 50 construction project between Gunnison & Montrose continues to draw criticism
  • Zoom Boom: Kate Redmond speaks to realtor Carrie Soto about pandemic impacts on housing market

  

Polls show Americans are increasingly interested in getting vaccinated against covid-19, but such surveys are largely national, leaving a big question: When the vaccines become available to the general public, will enough people get it in your county, city or neighborhood to keep your community safe?

Gavin Dahl

  • Colorado's COVID death toll surpasses 6,000, as 90% of teachers have received first dose of vaccine
  • High winds destroyed tipis at Ute Museum in Montrose
  • History Colorado grants $25k to Montrose for cultural site survey in Tortilla Flats
  • Colorado House passes bill requiring gun storage
  • Republican Marc Catlin responds to Governor's Meat Out Day, calls for Meat In
  • DCSD superintendent Caryn Gibson spoke to North Fork Rotary club about high school consolidation and outlined district properties she'd like to sell

  

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  • Delta County offering March 12th vaccination appointment signups for phase 1B3
  • Sandhill Cranes are back at the Fruitgrowers Reservoir stop along their journey
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dissolving its dance company, continuing educational efforts
  • New Colorado Yurt Company HQ in Montrose could add dozens of new permanent jobs
  • Kori Stanton speaks to CSU professor Becca Jablonski about upcoming meat processing webinar

  

Outdoors International

  • Ela Family Farms facing devastating fruit tree losses
  • Montrose City Council approves $16M for new police station
  • Ridgway School District declines Telluride Foundation's request to donate field for affordable housing
  • 75% of Colorado school staff now vaccinated
  • USFS accepting comments on pine beetle management, email nicole.hutt at usda.gov
  • Restaurants will likely be able to keep delivering alcohol after the pandemic
  • Andrew Taylor, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, talks about removing high fences to help deer and elk

Grey Wolf Studio / Colorado Yurt Company

  • Montrose hopes to administer 1000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine Friday
  • Construction begins March 15th on Little Blue Creek Canyon project between Montrose & Gunnison
  • Tri-County Health Network opening new office in Montrose 
  • Colorado Yurt Company CEO John Gibson shares his vision for a new headquarters in the Colorado Outdoors complex along the Uncompahgre River, and KVNF outlines their asks of the city

  

Scott Franz

  • As reportedly drunk Delta Sheriff's Deputy Kent Eddy was removed from a plane at Montrose Airport, he allegedly grabbed the security door and struck a flight attendant
  • Cedaredge completes marijuana ordinance, licenses will be $4-5k
  • Colorado Sun finds many nursing homes with high COVID death totals were cited for infection-control problems pre-pandemic
  • Plaindealer co-publisher Erin McIntyre comments on newspaper's motives in seeking personnel records from Ouray County
  • Long-awaited software upgrade will make state's online checkbook more accessible

Eric Goold

  • Delta Health adding new pediatrics clinic
  • Red Rocks asks for 2500 capacity instead of 175-person limit
  • Breckenridge hiring private security to enforce mask mandates
  • CPW permanently suspends hunting privileges of poacher
  • Lawmakers initially approve bill penalizing gun owners who fail to secure firearms from children at home
  • Addressing confusion over Johnson & Johnson vaccine efficacy
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Chris Caskey of Delta Brick and Climate Company about the CORE Act

  • Delta County Commissioners meet with Delta City Council today 5:30-7:30pm
  • San Miguel County moves from orange to yellow on COVID dial today
  • Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon reopening to visitors May 1
  • Governor Polis says 1m more Coloradans will be eligible for COVID vaccine starting March 5
  • Montrose School District responds to proposed bill seeking to end Native mascots
  • Plastic has been around for a century and its environmental impacts are worsening, KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports on one small solution

  

Colorado State Forest Service

  • Delta County School Board votes to consolidate North Fork high schools to Hotchkiss
  • Pre-register for COVID vaccines in Delta County
  • Colorado Rockies will welcome fans to Coors Field in April
  • Abandoned oil & gas wells pollute air and groundwater, with profits privatized, damages socialized
  • Conservation advocate Nada Culver appointed to BLM post
  • Capitol statue will honor Sand Creek Massacre victims
  • Gunnison County home to severe bark beetle infestations
  • Montrose artist Lewis Williams embarks on 4000-mile bike trip

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Delta County moves to blue on the state's COVID dial
  • BLM will relocate at least 500 wild horses from Piceance Basin herd
  • Kate Redmond reports on marijuana ordinance updates from Tuesday's Paonia trustee meeting 
  • KUNC's Luke Runyon reports Greeley's multi-million dollar water project is not without opposition

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  • Montrose Airport redirected flights to Grand Junction Saturday due to weather system malfunction
  • Residents want fewer hours of closures for Little Blue Creek Canyon Project on Highway 50
  • Pine Gulch Fire rehabilitation efforts underway for sagebrush, pinyon, juniper near Fruita
  • Roice-Hurst Humane Society helps expand Delta animal shelter with grand opening Sunday
  • CDPHE says COVID-19 vaccine supplies may increase in coming weeks
  • Renewed conversations about taxes amid revenue shortfalls in state budgets bring up menstrual equity

Scott Franz

  • Former Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald arrested for suspected DUI again
  • Ouray's drinking water likely infiltrated by surface water
  • Hot springs in Rico now closed to non-residents
  • National Western Stock Show in Denver will return in 2022, says CEO
  • Stretch of highway from South Fork to Creede to Lake City to Blue Mesa Reservoir now a national scenic byway
  • Scott Franz reports lawmakers are responding to COVID much differently than the Spanish Flu of 1918

Kaspar Keil

  • Hotchkiss accepts Baker Ranches bid for Fire Mountain Canal shares, puts Overland Ditch shares out for new bids
  • Paonia in Motion virtual input gathering events scheduled for Monday - Wednesday next week
  • Grand Junction City Council marijuana task force solidifies recommendations on land use codes
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond gets an update from Paradise Theater manager Sunshine Knight
  • Laura Palmisano hears about changes to the COVID dial from CDPHE official Mara Brosy-Wiwchar 

  

CDPHE Official Explains Changes to State COVID Dial

Feb 19, 2021
CDPHE

Colorado uses an online tool called the COVID-19 dial to track the spread of the virus across the state. It rates counties on a six-color scale. Green is the lowest level. Purple is the highest. Recently, the state released a revamped version of the dial. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano speaks to Mara Brosy-Wiwchar, with the Colorado Department of Public Health, about the changes. 

Aaron Ontiveroz / Denver Post

  • Mesa County moves from Orange to Yellow on the state's COVID dial
  • Senator Michael Bennet announced he is reintroducing his Medicare X Choice Act to create a public option Medicare Exchange healthcare plan, Kate Redmond reports
  • Governor Jared Polis delivered his annual State of the State address yesterday, Scott Franz shares highlights

  

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