COVID-19

  • Mesa, Montrose, Ouray County COVID-19 positivity rates too high
  • On Thursday, the US Fish & Wildlife Service removed protections for the gray wolf under the endangered species act in the lower 48 states
  • Colorado is sending stimulus checks to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have filed for unemployment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Election doubts are spreading as legal challenges mount around the west
  • The federal BLM plan that governs 1.7 million acres of public land in Western Colorado faces new court challenges

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  • Nearly 2 million ballots have already been returned in Colorado
  • State commits additional funds to help landlords collect missed rent payments
  • 50 state legislators sign letter demanding action from ICE as over 100 detainees in Aurora test positive for COVID-19
  • Hospitals starting to show signs of stress due to increasing COVID cases
  • After wildfires, people are finding themselves in new flood zones

  

Laura Palmisano

  • State launches phone-based COVID-19 exposure notification system. 
  • Mesa County returning to more stringent COVID restrictions due to infection rate increase.
  • Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz shares investigative story about Colorado taxpayer dollars paying for trips for visiting travel writers in exchange for their coverage of the state. The stories were then published by news outlets without disclosure to readers.

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  • San Miguel Power won't increase rates for 2021
  • Montrose City Council approves Russell Stover land purchase
  • Governor activates National Guard to help fight East Troublesome Fire
  • COVID-19 impacting sugar beet harvest
  • Jodi Peterson interviews Independent Delta County Commissioner candidate Jere Lowe

Ron Parker

  • Colorado hospitals could be overwhelmed if COVID-19 spike continues
  • Montrose County has new outbreaks
  • Mesa County sees climbing COVID-19 infection rates, may return to tighter restrictions
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon analyzes ballot measure 7A to increase taxes for the Colorado River District

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Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush is running for Congress in Colorado's Third District against Lauren Boebert. She is a former college professor with a PhD in sociology, previously elected as a county commissioner and state representative. Should voters choose a veteran politican known for bipartisan compromise over a newcomer with a gun on her hip and no political experience? KVNF reporter Gavin Dahl spoke with Mitsch Bush on Monday, October 19th to learn more about her views. Here is the entire unedited interview.

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  • Cameron Peak Fire, near Fort Collins, now the largest wildfire in Colorado history
  • COVID-19 testing relocates from Montrose Memorial Hospital to County Event Center
  • While new COVID cases are up in Mesa County, few hospitalizations mean overflow facility unneeded
  • Human rights groups release new report on growing far-right movement in our region
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Democratic congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush

  

Lauren Boebert

  • Montrose High student tests positive for COVID-19 
  • Laurel House for homeless aged 18-24 opens in Grand Junction
  • Colorado Chief Medical Officer Eric France recommends flu shots 
  • New study shows cities with more undocumented immigrants do not have higher crime
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert 

  

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

  

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  • Montrose School District confirmed COVID case at Johnson Elementary
  • Montrose Airport to add Southwest, JetBlue flights this winter
  • Delta County turning COVID relief loans into grants
  • Number of Colorado kids without health coverage on the rise
  • Volunteer wilderness ranger programs helping underfunded Forest Service patrol backcountry

  

Scott Franz

  • Governor Jared Polis extends mask mandate for another 30 days
  • DMEA receives $2M grant for Elevate Broadband in Cedar Mesa, Beaver Hill
  • William Perry Pendley defies judge to stay in job at BLM
  • AG Phil Weiser vows to fight EPA rollback of clean car standards
  • Scott Franz reports on Proposition 115, which would outlaw abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy

  

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  • When High School football games start Friday, Montrose won't allow public, Paonia will
  • Fox Theater in Montrose closing indefinitely due to movie release delays
  • Body of missing hiker found near Lake City
  • Early voting numbers much higher than 2016 nationally
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports on the newlyweds who died in a plane crash near Telluride this week

  

Scott Franz

  • Russell Stover intends to buy its property from City of Montrose for $1, resell land & factory
  • Fire at Olathe storage unit destroys resources of 3 charitable ministries: Angels for the Needy, Haven House, & Open Hands, Open Hearts
  • New report finds most western states not doing enough to protect residents from COVID-19
  • Capitol Coverage: Scott Franz examines Proposition 118, which would create a new state program in Colorado to provide paid family & medical leave to workers

  

Grace Ramsey

  • COVID-19 testing site in Montrose will relocate later this month
  • Montrose gets a fast charging station for electric vehicles
  • Montrose High School announces another COVID-19 case
  • Fire restrictions lifted on many public lands
  • Gov. Polis is pardoning thousands of people convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana
  • Hopes for better monitoring of oil and gas emissions
  • A visit with the Mural Militia, a North Fork Valley art project

Scott Franz

  • Now 15 human cases of West Nile in Delta County
  • Montrose Lighthouse looking for new location to avoid reduced shelter capacity due to COVID
  • Arch Resources looking to sell West Elk Mine in North Fork Valley, the largest coal producer in Colorado
  • Legal fate of 2020 Census count deadline still uncertain
  • Scott Franz explains the most complicated statewide ballot question, Amendment B, which would change the Gallagher amendment in Colorado

KVNF Regional Newscast: September 30, 2020

Sep 30, 2020
Bureau of Land Management

  • Watchdog group challenges new Delta County ag plan
  • Toxic algae spreading in Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • COGCC approves new rules for oil & gas 
  • Governor warns COVID numbers are still too high
  • Climate change causing reduction of aspen trees in Colorado
  • What's next for BLM with acting director Pendley ousted by judge?

  

Gavin Dahl

  • Montrose High School now a COVID outbreak site
  • Colorado Mesa University stays open with routine testing
  • 4 staff of Grand Junction Utilities department test positive
  • Thefts from parked cars in Mesa County are up, with 95 guns stolen since January 1st
  • Center for Mental Health says a new vehicle will make their partnership with Montrose Police even more effective

Laurie Milford

On this week’s edition, we’re taking a look at how the school year is going so far. The COVID-19  pandemic has upended so much of our daily life, and that’s especially evident in education, where schools, teachers, parents and students have had to adjust to new procedures, changed expectations and different ways of learning.

Wyoming Fish & Game

  • State names Delta Walmart pharmacy, Delta Building Center as COVID outbreak sites
  • Affordable housing project in Ridgway to break ground next spring
  • Luke Runyon: Colorado River's largest reservoirs expected to keep struggling due to climate change
  • Scott Franz: Gray wolf reintroduction proposition will be on the statewide ballot 

  

Michael Underwood

  • Mesa County approved for final phase of COVID reopening
  • Cory Gardner makes surprise visit to Confluence Park in Delta 
  • Colorado forcing state workers to take unpaid days off due to budget shortfall
  • Migratory birds dropping dead across the region, submit data here
  • Laura Palmisano: Lake City now hosts an International Dark Sky Park

  

Kori Stanton

  • Now 10 cases of West Nile in Delta County
  • North Fork Emergency Medical sets up permanent base in Crawford
  • State allows West Elk Coal Mine to use new road and drill pads
  • CU-Boulder study confirms aerosols spread COVID-19
  • Poll: Many Coloradans don't want COVID vaccine
  • Postal service settles suit by Secretary of State over confusing USPS mailers
  • Kori Stanton speaks with Colorado Farm & Food Alliance at gleaning party in Paonia

  

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  • Grand Junction Sentinel finds contradictions in congressional candidate Boebert's claims
  • Theft and vandalism of campaign signs rampant in Ouray County
  • New trails complete at Crossroads Park in Hotchkiss 
  • Governor allows high school football this fall
  • Disability community want to make sure all eligible voters can cast

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  • A third Delta County resident died from COVID-19, bringing the death toll in Colorado to 1,905
  • Governor Polis concerned about uptick in college student cases
  • COVID outbreaks in SLC show how kids spread the virus
  • Polis will allow 5700 people to attend next Denver Broncos game, shuttered music venues aren't happy
  • Dr Joe Adragna updates Jodi Peterson on Montrose COVID testing availability

  

Mark Duggan / KSUT

  • Congressional candidate Lauren Boebert deletes several social media accounts 
  • Paonia will use new CDOT grant for Grand Ave projects
  • Yellow-billed cuckoo not losing Endangered Species Act protection
  • Mask mandate extended another 30 days
  • Judge rejects lawsuit delaying blue book voting guide distribution 
  • KSUT: New projects hope to close 'water gap' for Navajo Nation

  

Luke Runyon

  • U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree selected from Ouray Ranger District
  • Norwood Parks & Rec will get CPW trails grant
  • Confirmed COVID case numbers continue to rise
  • KBUT: Crested Butte Town Trustees vote to paint Black Lives Matter on street downtown
  • Luke Runyon: Reservoirs proposed in Northern Colorado spark debate about lack of water

  

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  • 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

KVNF Regional Newscast: September 7, 2020

Sep 7, 2020

  • U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) explains the intent of his proposed legislation known as the RESTART Act, as over 1500 venues go on 'red alert' to raise awareness about the financial strain of the pandemic including the Paradise, Blue Sage, Sheridan Opera House, the Liberty, and Sherbino Theater locally
  • Long before COVID-19 arrived in Libby, Montana residents faced another attack on their lungs: asbestos

Kaspar Keil

The live events industry has declared a red alert with over 1500 venues across the country illuminating their buildings in red at night to raise awareness about the financial strain of the pandemic. The goal is to encourage Congress to pass bipartisan legislation known as the Restart Act, sponsored by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. KVNF’s Gavin Dahl learned more from Sen. Bennet about the proposed law earlier this summer.

  • Gov. Polis announces plan to spend federal aid money on getting more families connected to high-speed Internet during the pandemic
  • The Interior Department watchdog says top officials misled Congress regarding the controversial relocation of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction
  • KVNF's Gavin Dahl speaks with High Country News publisher & executive director Greg Hanscom about the magazine's 50th anniversary

  • New COVID data shows Mesa and Montrose County with medium rates of infection, Delta and Gunnison County with high rates, and Ouray and San Miguel with very high rates
  • Fighting Colorado's four biggest wildfires has cost $77 million so far
  • A new statewide campaign for more responsible recreation is now underway as Joe Lewandowski from Colorado Parks & Wildlife tells KVNF's Jodi Peterson
  • KSUT's Mark Duggan shares how one Coloradan is using "bots" for good on the Internet

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