Firefighters

  • Some Montrose Memorial Hospital staffers protested Monday against potential vaccine mandate
  • Rapid COVID tests are in short supply
  • Little Blue Creek Canyon project impacting Hotchkiss traffic
  • Crawford Town Council working on RV regs
  • Aspen SkiCo gets approval from National Forest for first-ever uphill pass
  • Wildland firefighters getting a pay bump
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser explains Safe2Tell hotline for students, at 877-542-7233 or in app stores

  

Lucas Turner

The 12-thousand-plus acre Oil Springs Fire south of Rangely is now contained. But previously, exceptional drought conditions and heavy winds fueled extreme fire behavior that forced emergency evacuations, power shut offs, road closures, and threatened a large natural gas processing facility. Lucas Turner, from the Rio Blanco Herald Times newspaper, produced a feature for KVNF about the state's largest fire.

  

  

Lucas Turner

  • Little Blue Creek Canyon worker Ricardo Batista died Tuesday when a huge rock fell on his excavator
  • MCSD Superintendent Carrie Stephenson now says mascot changes at Montrose High, Centennial Middle may cost $500k-$800k
  • Rio Blanco Herald Times reporter Lucas Turner reports for KVNF on the firefighting efforts to contain the Oil Springs Fire near Rangely, which came within a mile of a large natural gas processing facility

Anne Landman

  • Montrose broke ground on a new development at the Colorado Outdoors site & a new Public Safety Complex downtown
  • Montrose City Council members nominated Doug Glaspell as new mayor
  • Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission voted unanimously to remove chair
  • Firefighters warn this year's conditions will be just as bad if not worse than last year
  • Grand Junction blogger Anne Landman reflects on the city's changing politics, as voters this week repealed a ban on retail marijuana & rejected a slate of conservative candidates

Colorado has announced the location for a 'first of its kind' aerial firefighting research facility.

The Rifle-Garfield County Airport will be home to the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting.  

"So virtually everything we do in wildland firefighting will be subject to be looked at by this center of excellence," Paul Cooke, the director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, says. 

He says the center will test and evaluate existing and new technologies used in aerial firefighting.