Gov. Jared Polis

KVNF Regional Newscast: October 5, 2021

Oct 5, 2021
Laura Palmisano

  • Democrat Kerry Donovan, challenger to Republican Lauren Boebert, suspends campaign fundraising as redistricting commission draws her out of CD3
  • Ouray County pulls paid ads from Plaindealer following accusation of open meeting violations
  • Delta County a hotspot for West Nile Virus
  • Governor ends executive order helping Coloradans avoid eviction
  • Laura Palmisano reports on CASA program in Montrose aimed at helping youth who age out of foster care

  

Jonathan Flowers / KGNU

  • Former chair of Colorado Republican Party Ryan Call will be disbarred
  • Senator Michael Bennet introduces constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United decision
  • Colorado Newsline looks into decision to scrap clean air initiative in Denver
  • Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission fines KP Kauffman $2M
  • Delays on 133 near Redstone continue for rockfall mitigation
  • Paonia in Motion nears completion
  • Hundreds march in Denver, calling for a path to citizenship for immigrants

  

Laura Palmisano

  • Colorado now offering rapid, at-home COVID tests directly to residents
  • Advantage Treatment Center at community corrections complex in Montrose is a COVID outbreak site
  • About 1 in 99 people in Colorado is contagious with COVID, the highest rate this year
  • Colorado Congressmembers urge FCC to add text option to national suicide prevention hotline
  • State economists boost revenue expectations
  • Census Bureau identifies risk factors in the way of community resilience during disasters
  • Scientists identify Colorado rivers, streams to protect

Courtesy of The Learning Council

  • Majority of Colorado students attend school under local mask mandates, but not in Montrose, Delta, or Mesa County
  • 22 schools in Mesa County have active COVID outbreaks
  • Delta County reports first West Nile virus death
  • San Miguel County identifies 8 cases of RSV in infants & toddlers
  • Ouray County hires new county attorney
  • Mary Hockenberry's art recognized with Creative Leadership Award
  • Republican Heidi Ganahl running for Governor
  • Learning Council's Amanda Campbell talks about new Delta County CARES initiative

Paul Sancya / AP

  • Grand Mesa Nordic Council announces logging trucks on Scales Lake Road delayed until next season
  • Senator Michael Bennet applauds inclusion of Thompson Divide protections in House reconciliation bill
  • Fort Lewis College removes historically inaccurate plaque, led by Ute Mountain Ute tribal members
  • Governor Jared Polis outlines COVID booster shot rollout to general public
  • Sarah Hamma of CDPHE explains state's new COVID testing program in schools

  

Citizens for a Healthy Community

  • Montrose High School graduate Daniel Granberg dies in Bolivia
  • Jury finds Henry Russell not guilty of attempted murder for Paonia shooting
  • Montrose mayor pro tem Dave Frank appointed chair of CML policy committee
  • Class-action lawsuit filed against state Medicaid program
  • Trooper who protects the Governor arrested, charged with felony menacing
  • Colorado hospitals show signs of stress as number of COVID patients grows
  • Citizens for a Healthy Community panel addresses climate change

  

Delta County Living

  • 80 Colorado K-12 schools have active COVID outbreaks
  • Breakthrough COVID case numbers & hospitalizations of vaccinated people are rising
  • Montrose County labor force grew in Q2
  • Ouray initiating legal action against 7 illegal short-term rentals
  • Sand Wash Basin wild horse roundups ending early
  • Drawdowns emptying Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • Roaring Fork School District alumni launch comprehensive sex ed for teens
  • Orchard City trustees vote to unseat member of planning commission 

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

  • At least 14 Colorado schools have reported COVID outbreaks so far
  • No evidence of death threats against Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who remains in hiding while under criminal investigation
  • Rural Colorado United files ethics complaint against Lauren Boebert who omitted $1M of husband's income in financial disclosures
  • Colorado has paid out 7.4% of its federal rental assistance funds due to a backlog
  • Governor says Colorado doesn't need another mask mandate
  • Kate Redmond speaks with North Fork Creative Coalition about final Saturday Market

Lake Mead
U.S. Geological Survey

  • Mesa County Commissioners name former Secretary of State Wayne Williams their new top election official, as current Secretary of State's investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters continues
  • Funding begins to flow as shortage of licensed childcare facilities intensifies
  • Governor Polis urges CDPHE to mandate vaccines for personnel caring for vulnerable populations
  • Climate change makes it hard to predict when water shortage in lower Colorado River basin will end
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Delta Hospital pulmonologist Sara Knutson about COVID-19

Kate Redmond

  • CDOT says I-70 should reopen through Glenwood Canyon by Saturday night
  • Rural Utilities Service awards $10.5M to Elevate for Pea Green, East Delta projects
  • Sen. Coram, Rep. Catlin hope MCSD can obtain exemption from changing native mascots
  • San Miguel Public Health urging residents to wear masks indoors
  • Community college enrollment declining in Colorado
  • Paonia grapples with short term rentals, but no action taken at this week's trustee meeting

  

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

  

Delta County Sheriff's Office

  • Delta County Sheriff's Office seizes 1800 marijuana plants in Delta
  • Black Coloradans arrested at twice the rate of whites on pot charges in Colorado
  • Cedaredge making progress on retail ganja
  • Governor announces new Cannabis Business Office
  • Farmworkers' Bill of Rights goes further than federal law to protect guest workers
  • Paonia administrator Corinne Ferguson says 1 million-gallon water tank is coming back online
  • What does opioid epidemic settlement money mean for rural Colorado counties?

  

cherry tree, orchard
Laura Palmisano

  • Scott Green leaving Mead police department to be new Hotchkiss Marshal
  • Hay crops down severely, prices way up
  • At Grand Junction rally, Boebert says 'not a coincidence that Independence Day is on a Sunday this year'
  • Former Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice under investigation
  • Biggest wave of mortgage defaults in years coming in September
  • Governor ends COVID state of emergency
  • Historic drought increasing likelihood of bear conflicts, like in Log Hill this week
  • Program helps migrant workers with housing & transportation

Laura Palmisano

  • Climber dies from fall after summiting Mt. Sneffels over the weekend
  • CDPHE will ramp up COVID testing, while ending mask requirements at schools
  • Redistricting Commission will hold public hearings in Montrose, Grand Junction on July 30
  • Ouray suspends short-term rental licensing
  • Dillon Reservoir is now 100% full
  • Virgil Turner, regional broadband project director for Region 10, explains 3 new pieces of legislation that impact high-speed Internet in Colorado

  

Courtesy of Gov. Jared Polis

Ben Graves from The Nature Connection explains the Colorado Outdoor Equity Grant Program, and outlines youth summer camps in Delta County. Mental Health Colorado reviews bills on rapid mental health response for youth, a suicide prevention lifeline, behavioral health initiatives, and mental health wellness exams.

Laura Palmisano

  • Delta Health closing Delta urgent care clinic, West Elk Paonia Walk-In clinic by July 21
  • Mesa County Public Health teams with CDPHE to fight COVID delta variant with mobile vax clinics
  • Montrose Public Arts eXperience wants to shift funds to DART for new public art efforts
  • Governor Polis continues busy bill signing schedule
  • Paonia trustees hear from Aaron Watson for Dark Skies Month
  • New day center Shepherd's Center helps Montrose homeless meet basic needs

  

Centennial Middle School

  • Montrose Indians, Centennial Braves to change mascots by end of next school year
  • COVID made it more difficult to count low-income kids
  • Federal Court rules filming of police in public is protected by 1st amendment
  • Mesa County Public Health expanding COVID vaccination options to address spread of variant
  • After caterer drops out, Ride the Rockies overruns Ridgway restaurants
  • Governor Polis signs transportation bill
  • Kate Redmond reports on next steps for Paonia Advisory Water Committee

Andrew Bare / Inciweb

  • State lawmakers passed bills to better prepare for wildfires including buying an advanced helicopter
  • Terry Rhoades reelected to San Miguel Power board of directors
  • Family of Montrose boy sexually abused by Joshua Hemphill files civil suit against Partners
  • Ouray County Plaindealer publishers honored with Colorado Press Association Rising Star award
  • Governor Polis signed bills Monday he says will accelerate Colorado's recovery from COVID pandemic
  • KSJD public health reporter Tay Glass explores the dangers of wildfire smoke, mitigation tactics

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Live grenade removed safely from home in Lake City
  • Delta staff in discussions about moving library out of historic building so Sheriff's office can move in
  • Governor Polis signs bill to distribute billions in COVID relief money
  • Colorado Broadcasters Association pleased 'radio encryption amendment' included in bipartisan police accountability bill (*note, KVNF is a member of CBA)
  • Colorado & Nevada approve bans of most racialized mascots in public schools
  • Colorado cracking down on ponds as water supplies tighten in the West

  

Andre Moura / Pexels

  • Telluride Foundation proposes 60 deed-restricted affordable housing units in Ouray
  • Carson Lake drained for repairs
  • Frontier Airlines begins Grand Junction flights
  • Second Chance Center expands from Aurora to Denver, to address recidivism 
  • Apollo Rodriquez speaks to Delta County Emergency Manager Kris Stewart about 9-digit dialing
  • Kate Redmond filed an open records request to obtain the long-awaited hydrology report for the town of Paonia's water system, but the report comes with some surprises

  

Hubble Telescope

  • Hotchkiss mayor Larry Wilkening announces retirement of Marshal Dan Miller, arrest of Deputy Marshal Kelsey Shumway, termination of Deputy Marshal Chad Lloyd
  • Governor Polis announced first winner of Colorado Comeback Cash on Friday, but the Denver Post reports the program has not sparked a surge in new COVID vaccinations
  • Eric Galatas reports Colorado health agencies are bringing COVID vaccines to disabled people who are unable to travel to vaccination sites
  • Kate Redmond reports Nucla and Naturita have been designated as international Dark Sky communities

  • Journalist & former Telluride resident Dan Fenster detained by Burmese authorities 
  • CPW transferring fish to Sweitzer Lake State Park
  • Cedaredge trustees select Bruce Joss as new municipal judge
  • Grand Junction hosts listening sessions on retail marijuana regulations
  • Montrose Library returning to full open hours next week, seeking board candidates
  • Gov. Polis announces Colorado Comeback Cash program to incentivize vaccination

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

Governor Jared Polis

  • More people caught COVID than received a COVID vaccine in Mesa County last week
  • Ela Family Farms has planted over 1000 'adopted' trees
  • Telluride Town Council purchases vacant lot to build 20-30 affordable housing units
  • Outgoing Western Colorado University president getting extra year of salary, paid vacation
  • Town of Carbondale drops charges against Black resident and KDNK DJ Michael Francisco
  • From KBUT: Gov. Polis answers questions from Christopher Biddle about affordable housing

  

  • 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

  

Sandy Wilt

  • Rick Stockton, musician, KVNF DJ, cofounder of Mountain Harvest Festival, has died
  • Ridgway joins Hotchkiss & Paonia enacting voluntary water restrictions
  • Governor signs 12 bills, we hear Rep. Matt Soper on bill for composting of human remains
  • Polis shares new mask guidelines: anyone age 11+ not fully vaccinated should continue wearing masks
  • Sen. Bennet introduces Future of Local News Act
  • Kate Redmond learns about greywater from 2 CDPHE water staffers & local advocate Bruce Woodside

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

  

Sen. Kerry Donovan

  • 5 Mesa County residents test positive for COVID variant first seen in India
  • Gov. Polis signs bill requiring State Board of Education to review civics education standards
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert's press secretary sends letter to operators of satire site TheLaurenBoebert.com
  • Cie Hoover's art exhibit closes tonight at Wright Opera House in Ouray
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Democrat State Senator Kerry Donovan of Vail about what's she's working on this legislative session

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