Delta County

This edition of Local Motion features Delta County and Montrose County officials, answering questions from listeners about the COVID-19 response.

Included are Robbie LeValley, Delta Count administrator, Karen O'Brien, Delta County Public Health Director, Dr. Susan Bright, and Montrose County media relations manager Katie Yergensen.

  • First case of COVID-19 confirmed in Delta County
  • 5 of 6 KVNF listening area counties now have at least one case of COVID-19
  • Study released about hospital preparation, readiness for oncoming patients
  • Number of communities around state under shelter in place growing

  NEWS UPDATES

  • Capitol Coverage of ongoing efforts to battle spread of coronavirus in Colorado
  • Pandemic will have long lasting, dramatic impact upon state budget
  • National Guard screens 100 pre-selected patients in Telluride
  • Food pantries around the state gearing up to feed kids during school closures
  • Delta County closes some offices at courthouse complex

Credit Illustration by Elayne Sears

Soil health is the hot topic in agriculture as consumers become more aware and concerned with the quality of food that they're eating. 

  • Delta County Republicans usher in New Year, rally in Delta
  • Representative Matt Soper visits Israel, prepares for new session
  • Bird migration patterns through Colorado disrupted by climate change
  • BLM makes long anticipated HQ move to Grand Junction

  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife advises hunters to be safe with campfires
  • Recall effort of Senate President Leroy Garcia fails to get enough signatures
  • Colorado conservation groups oppose appointment of acting BLM director
  • A record 33 human cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in Delta County

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District 3 Commissioner Mark Roeber joins Eric Goold and Felix Belmont for KVNF News and the July edition of the Delta County Commissioners Report. Topics include water issues in the North Fork Valley, oil and gas development, a lawsuit against Delta County is dropped, and the Back the Badge Initiative.

The Storm Cellar

Agritourism in Colorado is thriving and on this program KVNF's Kori Stanton talks with Wendy White from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and manager of the Colorado Proud program. KVNF also spoke with North Fork newcomers Jayme Henderson and Steve Steese of The Storm Cellar, Jeff Schwartz from Delicious Orchards and Big B's and the Young family from Mountain View Orchard & Winery.

Don Suppes, District 2, stopped by KVNF studios to talk with Felix Belmont and KVNF morning news host Eric Goold for the June edition of the Delta County Commissioners Report. Topics included mosquito abatement, county facilities, hemp regulations and veteran's issues.

Felix Belmont and Eric Goold for KVNF News sit down with Delta County Director of Planning and Economic Development Elyse Ackerman Casselberry. She describes the role of the Planning Department and she talks about recent projects. Topics include planning, public meetings about civility, the process of writing new regulations for land development, and the Master Plan.

Kori Stanton

Once a year the Valley Youth Orchestra throws a dinner concert and this year's concert "Tapestry of America" included four original pieces. Two of the pieces were composed and performed by youth musicians Anwen Borgo and Conner Hogan. The third original piece "Inner Spirit" was composed and conducted by mentor Justin G. Russell Jr.  North Fork Valley percussionist and composer David Alderdice also composed and performed his original piece "Days 4 & 5" with the Combined Orchestra.

Eric Goold

In a recent meeting, Delta County Commissioners declared Delta to be a 2nd Amendment Preservation County. The move was made in opposition to House Bill 1177, the so called Red Flag Bill, that would allow guns to be taken away from those deemed a risk to themselves or others. At least two different public meetings were held. KVNF News speaks with the Delta Mayor, the Delta County Sheriff and a local gun dealer about Delta County's passion for gun rights.

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Delta County commissioner Don Suppes joined KVNF's Felix Belmont and Eric Goold to discuss the county's master development plan, land use regulations, zoning plans and property rights issues. They also talked about Paonia's recent water crisis.

Delta County Commissioners Report: Mike Lane

Feb 12, 2019
Ali Lightfoot

District 1 commissioner Mike Lane talks with Felix Belmont and Ali Lightfoot about his work in the oil and gas fields, his experience as a new commissioner and his hopes for Delta county.  

  • Delta County wins gold designation for solar energy development
  • Democrats in state house moving quickly to fill leadership positions
  • State lawmakers enact new workplace harassment policy
  • H2O Radio talks about water and environmental issues in midterms

  • Delta County Candidate Forum brings together Republicans, Democrats
  • Hunting, fishing and wildlife on BLM land generates big tax revenue
  • Mesa County school district 51 names interim superintendent

Delta County Commissioners Report: Mark Roeber

Sep 12, 2018

KVNF talks with Delta county's district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber about proposed fracking operations, disbanding the area planning committees and his work with Colorado Counties Inc.

Delta County's Community and Economic Development Director, Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry is the guest on this episode. She joins Felix Belmont and Ali Lightfoot to talk about new projects and initiatives aimed at creating jobs as well as several new working groups focused on planning for oil and gas development and concentrated animal feeding operations.

The Wildcard Hour: Wild West Still Alive in Crawford

Mar 30, 2018
Ewelina Bajda

The town of Crawford, like many other rural areas,  has limited resources for law enforcement.  Crawford's mayor, Delta county sheriffs and residents share stories about how the lack of police presence affects them. 

  • Western Slope fires add to haze, poor air quality in state
  • Over 70 wildfires burning in the West threaten iconic tourist sites
  • Western Slope coal country still struggling to adapt to new economy
  • Communities look to agri tourism, sustainable energy after coal's collapse

  • Conservation groups fear Interior sage grouse policy written by oil and gas
  • Senator Michael Bennet talks government corruption in Aspen
  • Manhunt in Delta County leads to school lockdowns

  • Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne will run for governor's chair
  • Delta County gets new voting system, machines for next election
  • Average statewide temperature to increase by 5 degrees in next 30 years
  • Ute Council Tree in Delta will be cut down on Friday

  • Citizens for a Healthy Community issues economic report
  • Gunnison Energy proposal for 35 North Fork Valley wells could cost Delta County
  • Colorado seniors march to Senator Cory Gardner's Denver office

Local Motion: Delta County Emergency Management

May 10, 2017

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with Jeffrey Wright, who serves as Delta County's Emergency Manager. Emergency Management works with County departments, local governments, volunteer organizations and the private sector across Delta County to develop disaster preparedness plans and provide training and exercise activities.

  • Bill to increase Parks and Wildlife fees defeated
  • Month-long I-70 construction begins today
  • 600,000 Coloradans will lose Medicaid coverage under AHCA
  • Delta County to take public input on updated Master Plan

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KVNF News Host & Reporter Eric Goold takes a look at 2 Delta County outreach programs for seniors: A Little Help and the Senior Meals Program.

KVNF Regional Newscast: December 14, 2016

Dec 14, 2016

  • State electors lose suit, must vote for Clinton
  • Delta County gets GOCO grant for Trails Master Plan
  • Details of Delta County Budget
  • Pot sales in Colorado top $1 billion in 2016

KVNF Regional Newscast: November 9, 2016

Nov 9, 2016

  • Capitol Coverage of Colorado election results
  • Look at local election results from Delta, Montrose Counties

An in-depth look at the issues explored in a blog titled “What It’s Like to be a Student with a Brain in the Delta County School District."   The blog, written by Grand Junction resident Ann Landman of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, chronicles Cidney Fisk’s senior year at Delta High School, where Cidney says she was punished for speaking out about what she felt were violations of Separation of Church and State at the school and their decision to spend money on a new gym floor instead of books.

West Elk Mine
WildEarth Guardians

The last fully operational coal mine in the western part of the state announced layoffs Thursday.

The West Elk Mine outside of Paonia is owned by Arch Coal. The company filed for bankruptcy in January and says it’s letting go of 80 workers.

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