Fossil Fuel Reporting Collaboration

Claudia Garcia Curzio

  • KVNF wins 12 awards from Society of Professional Journalists
  • Paonia in Motion launches community survey
  • Former Paonia police officer & Cedaredge High School tutor Shawn Sanchez arrested on suspicion of sex offenses against teen girl
  • Holy Cross Energy & CMC team up on large photovoltaic solar array near Glenwood
  • Democrats introduce 3 bills to prevent gun violence, reject assault weapon ban idea
  • Shannon Dean, new director of San Miguel Resource Center talks about Sexual Assault Awareness Month & their confidential support line is a

KVNF notched 12 stories on the list of 2021 Top of the Rockies winners.

Maeve Conran / KGNU

  • Delta Libraries closed temporarily this week in response to a belligerent man refusing to wear a mask
  • Paonia Town Council renewed Corinne Ferguson's contract
  • Colorado West Land Trust announced conservation of ranch land near Black Canyon
  • Sabotage of Aspen gas lines continues to vex investigators
  • KGNU's Maeve Conran reports a proposal for what could be the state's largest fracking site is drawing community opposition in Boulder County, including high schoolers adding their voices to the chorus of protest

  

Mark Duggan / KSUT

  • More doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are on the way to Colorado
  • PPE supplier reaches settlement with Colorado Attorney General over price gouging, misleading claims
  • Montrose County School District public information officer Matt Jenkins explains new rapid COVID testing teachers can use at home
  • KSUT's Mark Duggan explores what the Biden administration's pause of new oil and gas leasing on public lands means for one drilling proposal in the San Juan National Forest

Chad Reich

  • Paonia's working group is closing in on a draft ordinance to regulate marijuana shops. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with Paonia Town Trustee Michelle Pattison to get an update.
  • A Bureau of Land Management field office on the Western Slope decided to open 95% of lands under its watch to oil and gas leasing. But the State of Colorado and Western Slope conservation groups are suing to try to stop the lease sales. For the Rocky Mountain Community Radio fossil fuel reporting collaboration, Chad Reich reports.

Cody Perry

  • Two Forks Club awards funding to Marigold Livestock, Deer Tree Farm & Agroforest, Topp Fruits, Mountain Harvest Bakery
  • 350 Colorado criticizing Governor's new Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction roadmap
  • Consumer groups want Xcel Energy shareholders, not ratepayers, to take on wildfire mitigation costs
  • Lauren Boebert loses another staffer amid Capitol insurrection fallout
  • Scott Franz: Polis promises response to alleged racially disproportionate COVID vaccine distribution
  • Jodi Peterson: Why Colorado won't close 3 coal power plants early

Cody Perry

Colorado regulators proposed early closures for three coal-fired power plants to improve air quality and fight climate change. Then they reversed the decision a month later. Jodi Peterson reports on the proposal and why it was abandoned. This story was produced as part of a collaborative project reporting on the impacts of fossil fuels, coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Coalition.

 

    

Maeve Conran / KGNU

  • Mesa County Economic Development group hopes BLM headquarters stays in Grand Junction
  • X Games will proceed in Aspen with no spectators
  • Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum kicks off with virtual screening tonight
  • Governor Polis urges hospitals to use now the COVID vaccines reserved for second doses
  • KGNU's Maeve Conran reports one researcher shining a light on the impact of fossil fuel emissions on air quality has become a target of the industry

  

Marci Krivonen / Aspen Public Radio

  • Cedaredge trustees leaning toward cap of 2 recreational, 1 medical marijuana retailers
  • Delta County Health Department not ready to vaccinate individuals younger than 70
  • Colorado's largest union of educators calling on lawmakers to increase funding, make classrooms safer
  • KSJD's Austin Cope: As Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association shifts focus to more renewable energy, undoing years of fossil fuel influence won't be easy

  

Roberta McGowan / The Sopris Sun

  • Colorado sending National Guard troops to inauguration
  • Governor launches Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction roadmap
  • Congresswoman Lauren Boebert's communications director resigns
  • Senator John Hickenlooper announces 7 regional offices, including Grand Junction, Durango
  • Colorado lawmakers adjourned for at least a month after 3-day 'soft opening'
  • KBUT's Christopher Biddle reports on the fight for clean drinking water in Somerset

  

Maeve Conran / KGNU

  • Wilderness Workshop leads conservation groups blocking 53 fracking leases in the Piceance Basin
  • Animas River sees lowest flow in recorded history as southwest remains in exceptional drought
  • Scott Franz reports state lawmakers are feeling on edge as they prepare to return to work in Denver
  • The state has overhauled oil & gas rules, giving local communities more authority to regulate the industry, but as Maeve Conran of KGNU reports, 2 Front Range counties have radically different ideas of what local control means

  

Daniel Rayzel / KSJD

  • BLM approved 226 gas wells to be drilled 15 miles NE of Paonia, so SG Interests & Gunnison Energy will proceed with their Bull Mountain Master Energy Plan
  • Delta County Commissioners approved a new Land Use code on Tuesday, but citizen journalist JoAnn Kalenek says the maps were never completely and accurately published for review
  • KSJD's Daniel Rayzel reports dark skies advocates say mitigation for light pollution is too often ignored in SE Utah 

  

Ray Bloxham / Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

  • As Capitol Coverage journalist Scott Franz reports, new Colorado laws that took effect Friday include less power for the state government, fewer hurdles for workers who lose their jobs due to domestic violence, stronger protections from discrimation for renters, higher taxes on cigarettes and other nicotine products, and more paid time off for sick workers
  • RMCR Fossil Fuel Collaboration: KZMU's Justin Higginbottom reports that with changing commodity prices and speculation, oil and gas wells on public lands aren't always pumping

Julia Caulfield / KOTO

  • Montrose School District announces plans for start of semester
  • Applefest in Cedaredge saved by Town Trustees as Chamber of Commerce dissolves
  • Robert Redford announces sale of Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah
  • Colorado lawmakers will delay legislative session at least a month due to COVID
  • KOTO: 3 local governments join climate change lawsuits against fossil fuel companies 

  

About twice a week, oil and gas operators in Colorado’s Piceance Basin file “Form 19” also called a Spill/Release Report with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). Nine times out of 10, the spilled substance is a form of hazardous waste byproduct called produced water. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more on this waste water and its impact in the Piceance Basin in 2019.

Lucas Turner / KDNK

  • Montrose School District employee arrested, accused of embezzling
  • Montrose County approves $92M budget for 2021, Ouray County approves $15M budget
  • Nicholas Aldridge ID'd as person found dead in the Adobes
  • Forest Service: Northern Spotted Owl deserves endangered species protection
  • KDNK's Lucas Turner reports oil & gas spills in Piceance Basin topped 700,000 gallons last year

Chad Reich

This past June, the West Elk Mine punched a mile of road and two drilling pads for methane venting into lands that conservation groups say should be roadless, according to federal policy. Mine operators, however, say their leases for a planned and approved expansion sit underneath the surface of the roadless lands and are not subject to the state's roadless rule. Chad Reich reports on the struggle taking place in the Gunnison National Forest. 

Chad Reich

  • Current COVID statistics across our listening area include 89 deaths
  • Governor Polis signed 8 special session bills on Monday
  • Who is dying in jails around our region and why?
  • Chad Reich reports on roadless rule battle at West Elk Mine in Gunnison National Forest

Courtesy of Dominic DiGiulio

  • Delta County Health Department announced 4 new COVID deaths on Tuesday
  • MCSD reports new quarantines at Olathe Middle High School & Early Childhood Center
  • State adds new level to COVID restriction dial to help counties avoid stay at home orders
  • Polis to name new State Supreme Court Justice
  • Paonia Town Hall reducing open office hours
  • Robyn Vincent reports on landmark fracking research in Pavillion, Wyoming