Delta County School District

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

  

Gavin Dahl

  • Redistricting Commission selects new Congressional maps at marathon meeting
  • Delta County Schools relaxing COVID protocols today 
  • Ouray School revises mask policy due to high vaccination rate
  • Low enrollment in state's school testing program
  • Author & activist Rivera Sun talks about nonviolence trainings
  • Pamela Friend, owner of Star Drive-In Theatre in Montrose, wraps up season

Delta County School District

  • Comparing & contrasting area school district dashboards reveals big differences
  • Biology professor calls Colorado Mesa University individual freedom rhetoric 'a very cynical position' given delta variant
  • San Miguel County public health director points to data on masking, asserts not requiring masks means higher COVID cases
  • Delta County Schools assistant superintendent Kurt Clay tells KVNF many students would drop out of school if a mask mandate is enforced, explains contact tracing, & shares why quarantine numbers aren't published

Scott Franz

  • 200 students & 18 staffers quarantined in MCSD, DCSD finally updates dashboard
  • COVID deaths rising in Colorado, with 860 hospitalized on Tuesday alone
  • Mobile vaccine clinic staff harassed, threatened in Gilpin County
  • County clerks receive threatening letters from conspiracy theorists
  • 283 hate crimes reported in Colorado last year, up 22%
  • Over 160 new state laws took effect this week
  • USDA adjusting deadlines for crop insurance applications
  • New poll shows lowering health insurance costs a top priority for Colorado voters

Paul Sancya / AP

  • More North Fork Montessori parents chime in, all agree Delta County School District is not doing enough to protect kids from COVID
  • Roaring Fork School District putting property tax increase on ballot to address 'staffing crisis'
  • CDPHE requiring hospitals to report data on age & vaccination status of COVID patients
  • Governor announces Colorado will pay grade school students to get tested weekly
  • Gavin Dahl interviews Laura Byard at Center for Mental Health about their Early Childhood program

Amy Hadden Marsh / KDNK

  • Parents from North Fork Montessori in Crawford are seeking answers about COVID quarantines
  • Scientists and emergency responders tell two of Colorado's highest ranking elected officials the state's wildfire mitigation efforts are flawed
  • There are over 70,000 wild horses across the country, with many suffering due to severe drought, but as the BLM rounds up thousands, wild horse advocates worry they're headed to slaughter
  • A wild horse gather is underway this week in the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management area west of Craig, but Governor Polis & nonprofit Cloud

Allergy & Asthma Network

  • I-70 reopened Saturday
  • SOS decertifies Mesa County election equipment
  • Learning Council hopes to buy building in Paonia
  • DCSD releases North Fork Miners logo in time for 1st day of school
  • AEG to require vaccinations for all concert attendees starting October 1
  • As delta variant surges, cities bring back some COVID restrictions, but rural conservatives push back

  

Kate Redmond

  • COVID transmission in Delta County now 'substantial'
  • Delta County Schools returning in-person with no mask mandate, despite CDC recommendations
  • Cedaredge trustees select retail marijuana vendors
  • USDA endorses Colorado proposal to grow hemp industry
  • State investigation of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters could lead to criminal charges
  • Curecanti Rec Area designated dark sky park
  • Kate Redmond catches up with Julia Kumari Drapkin who launched I See Change at KVNF

  

Megan Johnson / Montana Public Radio

  • As CDC updates mask guidance to recommend wearing them indoors regardless of vaccination status, Delta County School District is not requiring them for any student or staff member
  • Montrose County names Jon Waschbusch as County Manager
  • Montrose County Fair & Rodeo runs through Sunday
  • Colorado has a new tourism director
  • Booming demand for rental cars leads residents to rent out their own cars to strangers

  

  • Stage 1 fire restrictions begin today on BLM land administered by Tres Rios, Uncompahgre, and White River National Forest field offices
  • Delta County School Board reconsiders sex ed tonight at 6
  • CDPHE data shows Mesa County has 164 of state's 262 cases of delta COVID variant
  • Senator Michael Bennet testified in support of his CORE Act at Senate Energy & Natural Resources committee on Wednesday
  • Laura Palmisano speaks to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about the county's response to OHV damage on the shore of Lake San Cristobal

Paul Boger / KUNR

  • Delta County Citizens Report files notice of intent to sue School District over open meeting violations
  • New Ridgway Community Apiary home to 100,000 honeybees
  • At least 95% of remaining COVID patients hospitalized in Colorado are unvaccinated
  • Colorado Redistricting Commissions now accepting public comment
  • Utah doubling fish limits for trout & bass due to projection of mass die-offs from drought
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Paul Boger reports on racial reckoning in former Sundown Town

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

Courtesy of Rob Miller

  • Delta County School Board votes not to adopt comprehensive sex ed
  • Sen. Bennet calls on Congress to mitigate wildfires, restore forests
  • Marijuana pardons forthcoming
  • COVID cases are spiking in Moab
  • Delta County Democrats give scholarships to Hotchkiss & Cedaredge seniors
  • Philanthropist George Stranahan has died
  • Luke Runyon: Lake Powell strategizing is underway
  • Scott Franz: Residents statewide share thoughts on COVID vaccines

  • 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

  

Courtesy of Don Suppes

  • Colorado will offer on-site vaccine clinics at workplaces
  • Gunnison affordable housing shortage leads to packed extended stay motels
  • Drost's Chocolates moves from Eckert to Delta
  • Learning Council announces Pride Parade outside DCSD meeting on May 20th
  • Transportation bill moving through State Capitol
  • Survey finds broad support for redirecting some police funds to social services
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes about taking over COVID policy

  

Courtesy of Delta County School District

  • Town of Paonia approves new pot shop ordinance
  • Colorado Sun & National Trust for Local News purchase chain of 24 Front Range newspapers
  • Luke Runyon reports on preparations for first-ever water shortage declaration along Colorado River
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Arlene Porteus, among critics of North Fork school consolidation, as well as asking Delta County School District superintendent Caryn Gibson for reaction to some complaints

  

Courtesy of Adventure Journal

  • Petition circulating to re-vote on North Fork Miners decision
  • Delta Police a COVID outbreak site
  • All Points Transit returning to fare system May 3rd
  • River Valley Family Health Centers increasing mobile clinics for seasonal farmworkers
  • Fish & Wildlife designates sections of Colorado & Gunnison Rivers as critical habitat for yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Christian media empire moves to Ouray County
  • Taylor McKinnon at Center for Biological Diversity co-authored letter seeking NEPA review of federal fossil fuel programs

  • Hundreds attend Delta County school board meeting to protest comprehensive sex ed program that hasn't been adopted by the district
  • Mesa County Commissioners open third round of hiring for new county attorney
  • Palisade Peach Festival will return in August
  • Black lawmakers in Colorado relieved jury convicted officer in murder of George Floyd
  • Robyn Vincent checks up on bold police reforms passed by Colorado lawmakers last year

Madelyn Beck / Mountain West News Bureau

  • Investigation into sexual misconduct at Colorado Judiciary criticized for opacity
  • Colorado House passes bill penalizing owners who fail to report lost or stolen guns
  • Gunnison Ranger District implementing camping management this summer
  • District has a plan for displaying Paonia and Hotchkiss High trophies at new school
  • Cedaredge Community Band returns to rehearsals
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck reports on spring bird migration in the region

Gavin Dahl

  • Arbol Farm Market moving to Paonia Town Park
  • Taneal Mautz of Paonia High & Adam Smith of Hotchkiss High awarded Daniels scholarships
  • 911 system upgrades may impact PBX and multiline phone systems, not landlines or cell phones
  • Lawmakers delay hearing on bill to lower health insurance premiums
  • Economists say reducing emissions now will save money long-term
  • Former Scott Tipton staffer says Lauren Boebert's criticisms onstage in Montrose are false

  

Argus Paul Estabrook

  • Committee narrows list of names for new high school: North Fork, West Elk, or Fire Mountain
  • Mutual Aid Distribution Day in Grand Junction marks one year and 150,000 pounds of shared food
  • BLM announces plan to protect habitat of gunnison sage grouse in San Miguel County
  • CDPHE whistleblowers seek audit of Colorado's Air Pollution Control Division
  • Democrats shelved 'dangerous attempts to make it harder to vote' in Colorado by Republicans
  • Robyn Vincent reports on the rise of anti-Asian racism during the pandemic

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

Paonia Eagles, Football, Sports, High School
Tennille Van Vleet

  • Two more Coloradans died in avalanches this weekend
  • Paonia notifies residents of potential lead contamination
  • Colorado Creative Industries awards over $7M in arts grants
  • Fossil fuel interests fund Republican lawmakers who publicly oppose freeze of leasing on public lands
  • State lawmakers resume legislative session tomorrow
  • Kate Redmond speaks to DCSD assistant superintendent Kurt Clay and task force member and parent Jon Hickam about consolidation of K-12 schools in the North Fork Valley

  

Wyoming Fish & Game

  • Delta County School District seeks public input on proposal to combine students into fewer campuses
  • Utah Montessori school backtracks on allowing parents to opt students out of Black History curriculum
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond talks to Pete Kolbenschlag about new interactive map launched by Colorado Farm Food Alliance
  • Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz explores the challenges faced by Colorado wildlife officials as they begin controversial process of bringing gray wolves back to the state, as mandated by voters

Lisa Young / Delta County Independent

KVNF’s Kori Stanton speaks to The Learning Council's Executive Director Alicia Michaelson and Delta County School District superintendent Caryn Gibson about the donation of over 150 books for "diversity library."   

Dave Ashton / KGNU

  • Colorado lawmakers returned to the state Capitol for a soft opening of the General Assembly
  • Kori Stanton speaks to Learning Council director Alicia Michaelson and Delta County School District superintendent Caryn Gibson about the donation of a 154-book diversity library
  • KGNU's Dave Ashton reports fed up voters organized "Remove Trump Now" events around the country this week, including a car rally and parade at Denver's South High School that featured notable public officials calling for the removal of the president from office

Kaspar Keil

  • Delta Schools now require 6-12th graders to wear masks while seated during class
  • Montrose Schools report 4 new quarantine events 
  • Colorado Republicans select legislative leadership for 2021 session
  • State lawmakers begin working on next budget
  • Utah introduces statewide mask mandate, 2-week ban on social gatherings
  • Paradise Theatre executive director Sunshine Knight talks about decision to go dark for winter

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.

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