• The Pine Gulch Fire is expected to continued growing
  • Montrose County School District releases in-person learning details
  • A hiker named Larry Vangelder died on the Box Canyon Trail in Ouray
  • New law means Cedaredge residents must control mosquitoes, rodents on their property
  • Big Sky Conference postpones college football until Spring 2021
  • Part One: Noah Glick reports on the eviction crisis

  • Delta County Schools release Restart Plan for upcoming school year
  • Colorado Mesa University and Technical College of the Rockies release fall plans
  • KSJD Reporter Austin Cope shares personal COVID-19 story
  • New study says reopening colleges will need to do a lot of testing
  • Jodi Peterson speaks with Ouray mayor Greg Nelson and Ridgway mayor John Clark about their town economies

  • The Pine Gulch Fire was at 9,200 acres as of Wednesday afternoon and only 5% contained
  • A new report finds the worst of the COVID-19 recession may be over for Colorado
  • COGCC voted Tuesday to raise mill levy for oil & gas companies
  • Colorado voters may see as many as 11 statewide ballot questions in November
  • Public health officers across the country keep quitting

Local Motion: Parenting during a pandemic

Aug 4, 2020

This week's Local Motion is a special program from independent producer Katie Semro, Parenting During the Pandemic. It includes the voices of 20 parents on the highs, the lows, the unexpected, and the unforgettable of this time. Katie spoke with parents from all over the US as well as the UK, Mexico, and Singapore in this piece. 

Courtesy of Carly Latcham / Zoe Dohnal

  • Montrose School District seeks survey input on Return to Learn plan
  • Pine Gulch Fire spreading rapidly north of Grand Junction
  • An effort to recall Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters fell short 
  • Ventilation a factor in safe school reopenings
  • Paid family leave supporters submit 200,000 signatures for ballot access
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch examines parenting infants during a pandemic

Judy Fahys

  • Smoke from area fires, including the Pine Gulch Fire in Mesa County, is impacting our area
  • A second person has died from COVID-19 in Mesa County
  • Western Slope fruit growers are feeling impacts from the April freeze
  • Democrats need four seats to take the U.S. Senate
  • Colorado voters may only get to see one U.S. Senate debate this year
  • Judy Fahys reports for InsideClimateNews about humpback chubs in the Grand Canyon

Luke Runyon

  • Delta County has seen 101 positive COVID-19 cases and one death
  • State's top epidemiologist says the spread of COVID-19 in Colorado appears to be stablizing
  • A Denver judge rejected a lawsuit by restaurant owners filed against Colorado's health department
  • Fake news runs rampant and one culprit, Sinclair Broadcast Group, owns TV stations in our region
  • Western states are diving into sewers looking for evidence of coronavirus 

  • 4 Delta County Sheriff's office staff tested positive for COVID-19, recovered, and are back to work
  • Colorado Division of Insurance anticipates 2021 individual health plans will cost less thanks to the reinsurance program
  • New report: coal mine reclamation could create thousands of jobs
  • 2 Colorado ballot initiatives on oil and gas have been pulled
  • Communities of color are vulnerable

  • Mesa County School District unveils plans for re-opening, plus online-only option
  • Cutthroat Trout could be protected by new water right in San Juan River Basin
  • Local National Forests chosen to contribute the Capitol Christmas tree this year
  • Republican state lawmakers ask Gov. Polis to call a special session, he declines
  • As COVID-19 hits Indigenous communities hard, what about data sovereignty?

  • Updated county COVID-19 case numbers in Mesa, Delta, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel
  • More people are getting tested, and the percentage of positive cases is going down
  • City of Delta chooses a new City Manager
  • KVNF's Gavin Dahl interviews Montrose County Republican Party chairman Ray Langston 

The American conversation around masks and COVID-19 has taken a dizzying turn. For months, wearing masks has been politicized as a sign of liberal leanings. But in recent days, ever more governors — many of them Republican — have moved to mandate masks. This week President Trump — arguably the nation's most visible mask un-enthusiast — started referring to wearing them as "patriotic."

  • Montrose Memorial Hospital recognized as #1 rural hospital in Colorado
  • City of Grand Junction reports May sales tax was down 8.6 percent from last year
  • Over 600 outbreak specialists are urgently calling for a bigger role for the CDC
  • The president's nominee to head the BLM is facing renewed pushback
  • Changes to the BLM's September oil and gas lease sale are still possible

  • School district guidelines released by Colorado education officials
  • Mask mandate may not be enforced in some Western Slope counties
  • Governor Polis announces rental assistance fund to help lower eviction rates
  • Wait times for COVID-19 test results are getting longer as rates increase
  • Republican governors are losing support over their handling of the pandemic
  • Domestic abuse hotlines are seeing an uptick in calls
  • Crews are removing weeks' worth of vandalism at the State Capitol
  • In July, 3 oil and gas pipelines have shut down

Gavin Dahl

  • Montrose County School District soliciting input from parents, teachers, and community members
  • Paonia Town Council members express disappointment about event cancellations
  • Louie's Pizza owners Louis Hayes and Jeanine Renee discuss how Colorado's mask mandate will impact their business
  • KVNF intern Carmen Rodriguez sat down with Marisa Edmonson and Jordan Evans to hear about their efforts to address racism in the Delta County School District

  • Governor Polis issues statewide mask order effective Friday, July 17
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission resumes hearings on SB-181
  • U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen of Nevada and 11 other Senators want support for the outdoor recreation industry in future recovery legislation
  • Colorado conservationists are voicing opposition to William Perry Pendley's nomination as director of the BLM
  • U.S. Senator Michael Bennet tells KVNF's Gavin Dahl that he hopes a new bipartisan COVID relief package is possible in the next three weeks

  • Green Meadows fire burning northwest of Telluride
  • Telluride-based software company expanding to Montrose, Grand Junction
  • COVID-19 testing delays and shortages hit communities
  • National Park Service is re-evaluating how it manages Yellowstone bison
  • Churches weigh how to best offer religious services during pandemic

  • New tool from CU-Boulder measures coronavirus transmission risk
  • Debunking the myth that the Irish were the most enslaved people in the U.S.
  • Colorado's rate of COVID-19 is climbing;  Western Slope case numbers
  • Interview with public health director about COVID-19 spike in Mineral County

  • Gov. Polis signs bills for pandemic aid, police reforms
  • State budget has $3.3 billion in cuts, but still protects health care and other priorities
  • Great American Outdoors Act passes Senate
  • Michael Soule, father of conservation biology, passed on June 17th

  • Norwood woman sentenced to 64 years in prison for child-abuse deaths
  • Cases of COVID-19 declining in Colorado
  • Gov. Polis says he'll contine to relax coronavirus restrictions
  • First-time protesters talk about what moves them to speak out

A look at mountain town tourism during a pandemic

Jun 17, 2020
Laura Palmisano

Tourism is a major industry for many mountain towns in the West. It’s a significant part of the economy in Lake City, Colorado. The town’s population swells from 400 to several thousand during the summer. For KVNF, Laura Palmisano reports on what’s different this year for the town as it welcomes tourists during a pandemic.

  • Wildfires in Arizona and near Mancos make for hazy skies on the Western Slope
  • Fire crews find COVID-19 complicates operations
  • COVID-19 case numbers update, information on testing sites
  • Lake City tourism down due to pandemic

  • Montrose, Mesa and Delta County fairs cancelled or modified
  • State senate passes bills to reduce police violence
  • Mesa County antibody testing shows few exposures to COVID-19
  • USDA providing food aid to at-risk families and children during pandemic

  • Secondary big game tag hunt starts June 5
  • Colorado adding more than 800 contact tracers to fight COVID-19
  • Democratic legislators introduce package of coronavirus relief bills
  • Delta County unemployment lower than state average
  • State lawmakers work on budget with $3 billion in spending cuts
  • People of color share their perspectives on current events

Yo-Yo Ma photo by Jason Bell
Jason Bell

World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will perform J.S. Bach's six cello suites live from WGBH's Fraser Performance studio in Boston this Sunday, May 24, at 1 pm MT as a memorial for those we have lost in the pandemic and a tribute to the resilience of our communities. Presented by WCRB, the 2.5-hour performance will air live and uninterrupted locally on KVNF, 90.9 & 89.1 FM,  as well as be streamed around the globe on and Yo-Yo's YouTube channel here:


In this edition, we discuss medical approaches to COVID-19, both traditional and alternative. To provide information about prevention and treatment from an alternative point of view, we talk with Rebecca Hitt of  Blue Dragon Acupuncture and Apothecary, and Gwendolynn Diaz of Origins Health. For the more traditional Western medicine perspective, we talk with Dr. Drew Bolton at Montrose Memorial Hospital. 

Naomi Sikora

KVNF's Kori Stanton talks with Paonia, CO native, Naomi Sikora from her hotel in New York City. Naomi left Colorado in mid March to work at a hospital in Manhattan.

  • Colorado abandons public option for health insurance
  • COVID-19 vaccine facility proposed for Montrose
  • West's mining industry continues amid pandemic

Random Rab

Random Rab calls into KVNF from his home in Boulder, CO to talk with Kori Stanton about his upcoming album 'The Space Between'. Rab has been a touring artist for over 20 years and talks about the challenges of how COVID-19 is affecting and will likely continue to affect his musical career. You can check out Random Rab's new music as he is releasing singles off of his upcoming album on each full moon and new moon.  

  • Governor Jared Polis says state will begin more widespread testing for coronavirus
  • Study shows rural counties in West don't have testing resources of cities
  • Update on spread of COVID-19 in three Western Slope counties
  • Some hospitals slowly starting to do more elective surgeries
  • Foundations in the state are working to ensure everyone gets counted in 2020 Census


It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic, and the anxiety and economic difficulties it’s causing are affecting our state of mind. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that nearly half of adults across the country say that worry, stress and depression related to the coronavirus are hurting their mental health.