Governor Jared Polis

  • Governor Jared Polis says state will begin more widespread testing for coronavirus
  • Study shows rural counties in West don't have testing resources of cities
  • Update on spread of COVID-19 in three Western Slope counties
  • Some hospitals slowly starting to do more elective surgeries
  • Foundations in the state are working to ensure everyone gets counted in 2020 Census


  • Safer at Home order does not mean social distancing is over, warns Gov. Polis
  • BLM fast-track approving the vast majority of its oil and gas permit applications
  • Single parents face unique challenges during the coronavirus pandemic


  • Gov. Polis seeks disaster declaration for peach crop losses
  • Western States Pact aims to slow spread of COVID-19, share best practices
  • May 5 special election
  • Businesses slowly reopening

  • Governor Jared Polis eases some restrictions under new Safer at Home order
  • BLM has been putting oil and gas interests ahead of recreation on public lands
  • Lake City family grateful to be back home after coronavirus stranded them abroad


  • New federal funding for Paycheck Protection Program
  • Delta County food pantry expands operations
  • Mesa County restaurants get grants to feed hungry
  • Colorado releases 202o Electric Vehicle Plan

  • Governor Jared Polis tells residents that pandemic precautions will remain in place
  • Comprehensive study indicates climate change continues to threaten Colorado River
  • BLM releases new management plan for 1.7 million acres; locals say agency disregarded their input
  • Salt injection facility on West End reopens a year after causing earthquakes


  • Governor Jared Polis to lift some restrictions of stay at home order on April 27th
  • Gig and self-employed employees can now apply for unemployment benefits
  • Progress of broadband expansion on Western Slope hindered by pandemic


  • COVID-19 outbreak at West Elk mine
  • New mayors for Delta, Montrose
  • Saltwater injection resumes in Paradox Valley
  • All-Points Transit offers rides

  • Executive order from Governor Polis requires masks be worn in public places
  • Andrew Romanoff wins primary, sets up duel with Hickenlooper for nomination
  • Trucking industry hit hard by coronavirus, in dire need of drivers and instructors
  • Megadrought conditions in West not seen since 1500's


  • State COVID-19 symptom tracker now online
  • Ouray County seeks input on its water plan
  • Delta and Montrose Counties provide business support

  • Governor Jared Polis looking at April 27th expiration of stay at home order
  • Testing saga in San Miguel County continues
  • US Postal Service was hurting before COVID-19 and now outlook is even worse
  • Delta County Commissioners have special meeting for small business relief

  • Governor Jared Polis asks hotels to open their doors to the homeless
  • St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction working on COVID-19 treatment
  • College freshmen and seniors facing very uncertain future


  • Beware of COVID-19 insurance scams
  • Local schools make plans for graduation
  • Hard freeze may hurt fruit crop

  • Governor Jared Polis prepares Convention Center to be makeshift hospital
  • Senior citizens throughout the West have survived pandemics, wars, depressions
  • BLM releases final Uncomphagre resource management plan


  • New guide from USDA for rural resources during COVID-19
  • DMEA finalizes plan to move to new power supplier Guzman Energy
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife holds online mountain lion management open house
  • One hiker dies, another is rescued near Grand Junction

  • Governor Jared Polis extends date of emergency declaration
  • New 'Howling at 8' phenomenon extending throughout Western Slope
  • Local coronavirus updates
  • Pastors get permission for rare Easter service at Delta Drive-In


  • Telluride Bluegrass Festival cancelled for the first time ever
  • BLM releases new management plan for 1.7 million acres
  • Snowpack close to normal across state

  • Governor Jared Polis extends stay at home order through April 27th
  •  Grand Junction and Montrose companies and volunteers work to make masks
  • San Miguel County first in the nation to offer all residents free coronavirus tests


  • Municipal elections today
  • Stay-at-home order helping slow spread of COVID-19
  • Help on the way for nonprofits and small businesses

  • Governor Polis asks residents to wear facial coverings when outside
  • Montrose County reports first COVID-19 fatality; Ouray County has first case
  • Doctor in Colorado Springs offers assessment of spread of coronavirus


  • Public comment needed on San Miguel/Ouray county transmission line project
  • COTREX - Colorado Parks & Wildlife trails app shows closed and open trails
  • Gov. Polis:  wear cloth masks to prevent spreading virus
  • Montrose mental health support line 970-252-6220

  • Governor Jared Polis says social distancing, stay at home efforts making slow progress
  • Lawmakers postpone legislative session further, end date still in question
  • Sole resident of Gothic, Colorado offers social distancing tips


  • Use caution when recreating outdoors
  • Firearm background checks taking longer
  • Delta County volunteers making masks
  • Connect for Health insurance enrollment open til April 3

  • Governor Jared Polis defends his stay at home order
  • Lawmakers will return to Capitol today, briefly, and will extend session
  • CDOT suspends service to Bustang and Outrider inter-city bus routes
  • Grocery store workers risking interaction with coronavirus every day


  • City of Montrose making efforts to help businesses hurt by coronavirus
  • Parks and Wildlife issues new closures after Stay at Home order
  • Local recreation projects selected for grant funding
  • Governor Polis signs over 60 bills into law over the course of last week


  • Governor Jared Polis issues statewide stay-at-home executive order
  • Hinsdale County implementing more stringent protection measures
  • Montrose County up to 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19
  • Water managers taking steps to ensure water supply remains consistent
  • United States Senate passes historic 2 trillion dollar aid package


  • National Guard tests for coronavirus in Montrose, 2nd case confirmed
  • Unemployment office overwhelmed by applications, system crashes
  • Attorney General says some trials should be postponed
  • Governor Jared Polis signs repeal of state death penalty, commutes 3 sentences
  • Signs of coronavirus ripple effect on Western Slope economy

  • National Guard conducts testing in Montrose
  • First confirmed case of COVID-19 reported in Montrose County
  • Hinsdale County reports first case of COVID-19, from Lake City
  • Governor Polis urges citizens to stay at home to prevent spread of coronavirus

  • Governor Polis issues new executive orders curtailing spread of coronavirus
  • Delta County Schools will go on with meals, lessons during coronavirus closures
  • Town of Crawford takes steps to increase social distancing, limits public meetings
  • San Miguel County first in state to issue a shelter at home order for all residents

  • Capitol Coverage of ongoing efforts to battle spread of coronavirus in Colorado
  • Pandemic will have long lasting, dramatic impact upon state budget
  • National Guard screens 100 pre-selected patients in Telluride
  • Food pantries around the state gearing up to feed kids during school closures
  • Delta County closes some offices at courthouse complex

  • Governor Polis asks insurers to pay for coronavirus tests, statewide testing continues
  • Number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colorado up to 12
  • Statewide Democrats make statement in race for Senator
  • Lawmakers weighing gun control bills after STEM Highlands Ranch shooting
  • Highway renamed after victim in STEM shooting
  • New owners of silver mine in Ouray looking for workers

  • First two presumptive cases of COVID-19 detected in Colorado
  • Governor Polis says tests for coronavirus to be stepped up
  • Democrats at state house unveil public health option
  • New KVNF General Manager talks about job as Pledge Drive approaches
  • Parks and Wildlife announces availability of seasonal state park jobs

  • Delta, Mesa County health departments issue statements about coronavirus
  • Governor Jared Polis says Colorado will be ready if coronavirus spreads here
  • Colorado poised to join a handful of other states legalizing pay for college athletes
  • Woman in Southwest Colorado passes 1,000th day living in sanctuary church

  • Capitol Coverage feature interview with Governor Jared Polis
  • Public health option no. 1 priority for Polis, allies in legislative session
  • Polis favors giving state employees more bargaining rights
  • State, federal agencies stymied by drones in Eastern Colorado

  • Capitol Coverage of Governor Polis, Republican agendas at state house
  • Progress of healthy Wyoming wolf pack may affect Colorado ballot initiative
  • Crawford State Park to offer free services on January 25th
  • Cedaredge Police Chief moves to Delta County Sheriffs office

  • Tri State will shutter all of its coal fired electric plants in Colorado, New Mexico by 2030
  • Governor Jared Polis addresses lawmakers on second day of session
  • Polis agenda at State Capitol  includes health care public option
  • Delta City Council puts Town Manager on paid leave due to personnel matter

  • As the legislative session approaches, Governor Jared Polis talks priorities
  • Governor Polis has yet to endorse any of the Democratic candidates for President
  • Water managers annual meeting in Las Vegas discusses future of Colorado River
  • Blasting, mitigation work to close I 70 today outside of Idaho Springs for 3 hours

In this Local Motion, KVNF News goes to Montrose to visit with Governor Jared Polis. The Governor came through Montrose on November 23, promoting his Rural Economic Blueprint. He also attended a football game at Montrose High School and appeared at a job fair at the Montrose County Event Center. KVNF News caught up with him there to talk about his trip to Montrose.

  • Governor Jared Polis talks about lack of affordable housing for job seekers
  • Famous gondola connecting Telluride and Mountain Village offers free transit
  • Big storm set to move through the listening area on Thanksgiving Day

  • Governor Jared Polis visits Montrose to attend job fair, promote rural economy
  • Rulemaking for new oil and gas regs continues, tackles issue of flow lines
  • Headwaters of Gunnison, Colorado rivers to be monitored by new system
  • Study shows vaping illnesses will increase in Colorado and other states
  • Paonia Town Council to hold budget public hearing tonight