Delta County School Board

This week on Local Motion, we hear from candidates running for the Delta County School Board. There are two candidates in District 1, Shannon Crespin and Kristina Hines. There are four candidates in District 5, Brian Kopko, Luke McCrain, Jennifer McGavin, and Nicole Milner. This audio is composed of highlights from the candidate forum hosted by Delta High School teacher Scott Siettmann on October 6th at Delta Middle School. 

  • Fort Lewis College now has most diverse student body ever
  • Journalist & former Telluride resident Danny Fenster still in custody in military-ruled Burma
  • OSHA fines JBS Foods in Greeley & Shelton Land and Cattle in LaSalle for deadly incidents
  • Kate Redmond reports on the latest from Paonia in Motion
  • Delta County voter service and polling center moving from courthouse to Human Services Building
  • KVNF News asked 6 candidates for 2 seats on Delta School Board to tell us why they're running

  

  • Montrose School District now screening for COVID symptoms upon arrival at all schools
  • Only 22% of schools are enrolled in state's weekly COVID testing program
  • Delta County revamps COVID dashboard
  • Delta County School Board candidate forum scheduled for Surface Creek Church in Austin on 9/28
  • Colorado raising home health care workers' minimum wage to $15/hour
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Mark Chalmers, CEO of Energy Fuels, about processing rare earth materials at White Earth Mill in Utah, plus Ute tribal member Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk

  • New Redistricting Commission state legislative maps make dramatic changes on Western Slope
  • Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters retains attorney Scott Gessler, former Secretary of State
  • Norwood may cap short-term rentals at 3, total
  • Six candidates are running for two seats on Delta County School Board
  • Samaritan Johnny Hurley was killed by police in Arvada, coroner confirms
  • Comedian Alex Hooper talks about going on tour during the pandemic, his new book & his comedy special ahead of Healthy Rhythm Gallery gig this Saturday in Montrose

Dave Kanzer / Colorado River District

  • COVID outbreaks in 42 Colorado schools last week, including 26 positives at Naturita Elementary
  • Delta County School Board failed to update COVID dashboard, still no reply from North Fork Montessori to KVNF questions about quarantines
  • More new pediatric COVID cases in Mesa County than any other age range
  • San Miguel County imposes indoor mask mandate for September
  • Water success stories are rare, but Dave Kanzer from Colorado River District shares good news about the management of selenium in the Lower Gunnison River

Bureau of Land Management

  • Ouray County, Delta County among 20 Western Slope counties enacting fire bans
  • Delta County School Board rescind previous motion on sex ed, still may face lawsuit from nonprofit Delta County Citizen Report
  • Congressmember Lauren Boebert votes against bipartisan bill honoring DC law enforcement for defending the US Capitol from insurrection by Trump supporters on January 6th
  • Scott Franz reports on Colorado's economic forecast
  • Madelyn Beck speaks to Grand Junction residents about Bureau of Land Management headquarters

Montrose County School District

  • JoAnn Kalenak of Delta County Citizens Report is sharing Delta County School Board email correspondence acquired through CORA request that shows sex ed decision-making 'panic'
  • Ouray silver mine hiring new workers, but housing is in short supply
  • Routt County man survives bear attack in his garage
  • Montrose County School District superintendent Carrie Stephenson reflects on the approach to managing the learning environment during the COVID pandemic, and discusses plan to help families obtain a year of free school supplies using federal grant money

Courtesy of The Learning Council

  • This week is Paonia's annual spring clean-up
  • FLEX buildings at Colorado Outdoors in Montrose on schedule
  • Delta honoring sugar beet industry with mural at Pocket Park
  • Grand Junction cops sue city
  • Telluride Foundation CEO stepping down
  • 3 Colorado cities join Age-Friendly Communities network
  • Kate Redmond shares audio from demonstrations outside Delta County School Board meeting

  • 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

  

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

  

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

  • Colorado River Drought Mitigation Plan goes to President for approval
  • Delta County School Board hears from parents about key issues in district
  • Life changing for residents in Colorado River Delta in Mexico

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Sep 4, 2015

  • Delta County sees spike in whooping cough cases
  • Three running for Delta County School Board
  • Grand Junction hires Glenwood Springs firm to create strategic broadband plan
  • iSeeChange: Coyotes on the Western Slope
  • Colorado State Fair opens with strong attendance

Paonia Elementary
Laura Palmisano

A Waldolf-inspired education program in Paonia is a step closer to reality. 

The proposed North Fork School of Integrated Studies has enough students signed up to move forward. 

Delta County Assistant Superintendent Kurt Clay says it will be a school within a school. 

"We are looking at trying to combine that within Paonia Elementary School as a different program or different option for students in the North Fork Valley," said Clay. 

Intent to enroll forms for the K-4 program were due earlier this month. 

Paonia Could Get Waldorf Focused Education Program

Jun 19, 2015
Paonia Elementary
Laura Palmisano

The Delta County School Board has approved a Waldorf inspired education program in Paonia.

For the past three years, a group of parents and educators in the North Fork Valley have tried to open a Waldorf inspired charter school.  

The school board and the state board of education denied their charter recognition.

However, the group worked with district officials and school administrators to come up with a compromise.

It would create a K-4 program inspired by the Waldorf model at Paonia Elementary School. 

Cassandra Shenk, Chelsea Bookout, Waldorf School, Charter
Laura Palmisano

A group that was denied charter recognition by the Delta County School Board is appealing to the state. 

The Valley Charter Initiative wants to open a Waldorf inspired public charter school in Paonia. 

In December, the Delta County School Board unanimously denied the groups request for charter recognition.

Local Motion: Bible Distribution in Public Schools

Jan 7, 2015

A policy adopted by the Delta County School Board allows outside parties to distribute religious materials on school grounds.  Ali Lightfoot speaks with Kurt Clay, Assistant Superintendent for the Delta County School District who explains the policy and Andrew Seidel, an attorney  for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization that believes the distribution of religious materials in schools creates social pressure for students and infringes on the rights of parents to direct the religious or non-religious upbringing of their children. 

Paonia Elementary, Public Meeting, Waldorf School
Laura Palmisano

The Delta County School Board has denied a North Fork Valley group its request for charter school recognition. 

The Valley Charter Initiative is a group of parents and educators trying to open a Waldorf inspired public charter school in Paonia. 

On Wednesday the five-member school board unanimously denied the initiative's request. 

Kurt Clay, the assistant superintendent for the school district, says the board cited seven reasons for rejecting the charter.

Paonia Elementary, Public Meeting, Waldorf School
Laura Palmisano

More than 50 people attended a public meeting at Paonia Elementary on Friday night. 


Headlines

  • School Board Member Wants New Policy on Transgender Students' Access to Facilities
  • DMEA Board Member Glen Black Resigns
  • BLM Limiting Drilling because of Sage Grouse Concerns
  • Promising Ski Season in store for Telluride Ski Areas
  • Telluride Chapel Hosts Annual Community Thanksgiving Meal

A recently-elected Delta County School Board member has stirred controversy with her comments on transgender students using school facilities that match their gender identity, rather than their biological gender.

Members of the Vision School’s board of stewards addressed the Delta County School Board last week about the school’s desire to secure a charter designation. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports.