Delta County Independent

This week, listen in on a conversation between news director Gavin Dahl and Delta County Independent staff writer Lisa Young from KVNF's Happy News Hour on September 9th. They talk about news deserts and the challenges of providing comprehensive coverage in rural communities.

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  • Delta Health facing critical financial losses
  • Colorado making more rental assistance payments as eviction moratorium ends
  • Nordic Council & Forest Service identify 2 possible solutions for Grand Mesa conflict
  • Mesa County voters will decide on 2 marijuana measures this November
  • Statewide ballot questions aim to raise marijuana prices, lower property taxes, restrict state spending
  • Health experts offering tips to reduce air pollution inside homes
  • USDA sees drought impacts on soybean crops

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with reporters Dennis Webb of the Grand Junction Sentinel and Lisa Young of the Delta County Independent. From Lisa we learn more about the Hotchkiss Marshal's office in hot water, the investigation into the killing of Paige Pierce by an unnamed Delta County sheriff's deputy, changes to recycling in Delta County, and Paonia's plan for pot shops.

  • Gov. Polis signs $34B state budget
  • Hotchkiss Marshals department in hot water, reports DCI
  • Arbol Farm Market kicks off 2021 season 5-8pm tonight at Paonia Town Park
  • Montrose Rec District hosts public forum virtually at 6pm tonight
  • DMEA announces 2020 financial report strong after switching from Tri-State to Guzman
  • Learning Council's Alicia Michelsen speaks with KVNF's Gavin Dahl about the Pride Parade planned outside the Delta County School Board meeting this coming Thursday evening

  

On this week's Local Motion, Gavin Dahl hosts a reporter roundtable with two of the area's most prolific journalists, Katharhynn Heidelberg from Montrose Press and Lisa Young from Delta County Independent. The trio discuss a dozen stories covered recently in the local papers. 

Jesse Paul / Colorado Sun

  • Mussel-contaminated watercraft intercepted in record numbers 
  • Town of Paonia allocating $55k to help local businesses with COVID costs
  • Town of Hotchkiss seeks economic development input
  • Election unrest: Americans buy record number of guns
  • New state park Fishers Peak opens near Trinidad
  • Colorado Sun data journalist Sandra Fish talks 2020 election spending

  

Lisa Young / Delta County Independent

  • Grant-funded Uncompahgre River improvement project starts next week
  • Police dog Oxx died this week after 9 years serving in law enforcement
  • Joe Lewandowski of Colorado Parks & Wildlife explains why fire restrictions are in place
  • Beau Baker reports on voter intimidation and violence in the Mountain West
  • Jodi Peterson interviews Republican Delta County Commissioner candidate Wendell Koontz

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Laura Palmisano / KVNF

  • Delta County Planning Commission certifies draft land use code, removes Right to Farm expansion
  • 2020 U.S. Census counting has officially ended
  • Voters returned over 400,000 ballots by Thursday in Colorado, 25 times as many as in 2016
  • Part two of KVNF's interview with Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert

  

Marty Durlin

  • 2021 individual health insurance premiums in Colorado will decrease an average of 1.4% while group rates will increase an average of 3.8%
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser met with local officials in Montrose to discuss election integrity, voter intimidation, misinformation
  • KSUT moves into new Tribal Media Center
  • Temporary ban on certain visas impacts ski industry hiring
  • DCI reporter Lisa Young discusses her coverage of proposed changes to Delta County land use code

  • Delta County Independent sold to Wick Communications
  • Today is the last day of Colorado Legislative session
  • Lawmakers going down to the wire trying to pass numerous bills
  • So-called Green New Deal being considered, discussed in state