Grand Junction

  • Gov. Polis announces plan to spend federal aid money on getting more families connected to high-speed Internet during the pandemic
  • The Interior Department watchdog says top officials misled Congress regarding the controversial relocation of the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction
  • KVNF's Gavin Dahl speaks with High Country News publisher & executive director Greg Hanscom about the magazine's 50th anniversary

Amber Share

  • I-70 reopened through Glenwood Canyon, traffic doubled on U.S. 50 near Gunnison during the closure
  • Grand Junction has felt record temperatures this month
  • Western Slope voters will have more official ballot drop boxes to choose from
  • Gov. Polis now allowing bars to stay open until 11pm
  • Two lawsuits seek ouster of William Perry Pendley at BLM
  • KSJD's Daniel Rayzel reports on hilarious 'Subpar Parks' posters by Amber Share

  • Firefighters got a new wildfire near Carbondale under control quickly
  • Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford ask residents to reduce water use
  • Jere Lowe will challenge Wendell Koontz for Delta County Commission
  • Montrose, Olathe sales tax up during June
  • Paonia, Grand Junction will vote on new ballot measures
  • Local residents Bob Kalenak, Allison Elliot, Thomas Markle, Danielle Carre share their concerns about Land Use Code changes proposed by Delta County ahead of public comment deadline

  • DMEA implements fire precautions, so power outages may last longer
  • Mesa County and BLM implement Stage 2 fire restrictions
  • Delta County reports first human case of West Nile virus in Cedaredge
  • State Capitol building could soon be fortified
  • Aurora Police Department under investigation by Colorado attorney general
  • BLM makes its move to Grand Junction official as opposition to making William Perry Pendley permanent director grows

Courtesy of Carly Latcham / Zoe Dohnal

  • Montrose School District seeks survey input on Return to Learn plan
  • Pine Gulch Fire spreading rapidly north of Grand Junction
  • An effort to recall Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters fell short 
  • Ventilation a factor in safe school reopenings
  • Paid family leave supporters submit 200,000 signatures for ballot access
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch examines parenting infants during a pandemic

  • Montrose Memorial Hospital recognized as #1 rural hospital in Colorado
  • City of Grand Junction reports May sales tax was down 8.6 percent from last year
  • Over 600 outbreak specialists are urgently calling for a bigger role for the CDC
  • The president's nominee to head the BLM is facing renewed pushback
  • Changes to the BLM's September oil and gas lease sale are still possible

  • Lawmakers voting to reschedule local, county elections due to coronavirus
  • Large private company to close doors in Grand Junction, hundreds of jobs impacted
  • Arch Coal reaches agreement with company for methane flaring in North Fork Valley
  • NW Colorado wolfpack spotted again, wildlife managers wonder where it came from
  • CHSAA suspends all state Spring sports until at least April
  • Parks and Wildlife to offer free help for big game hunters in Montrose

  • CDOT plans I70 rock work starting today, lasting until Christmas
  • Grand Junction weapons manufacturer settles with Federal Government
  • Mark up of wildlife bill in US House could impact species in Colorado
  • Ouray County Sheriff arrested, released over Thanksgiving for alleged DUI
  • Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club raising money for new Montrose facility

  • Colorado congressional delegation reacts to impeachment proceedings
  • Colorado River District supports Proposition DD, legalizing sports gambling
  • Community-funded Yampa River project begins conservation efforts
  • Grand Junction hopes riverfront development will help economy
  • Montrose receives grant funding to begin Phase I of riverfront project

  • Grand Junction sets mandatory outdoor water restrictions
  • Town of Hotchkiss looking at low water storage, considers options
  • Western Slope Resources Reporting about economy in Western counties
  • Heirloom fruit production being revived to help rural economies in West

Talkin Music: Zolopht

Apr 6, 2018

The Grand Junction based funk rock reggae band Zolopht has been playing together for almost 10 years now.  Ali Lightfoot catches up with the band's percussionist, Greg Indivero about the grand junction music scene,  the Colorado festival circuit and keeping things creative at the day job. 

KVNF News: The 2018 Western Colorado Women's March

Jan 23, 2018
Ali Lightfoot

The Old County Courthouse in Grand Junction was alive with activity and citizens exercising their First Amendment rights as they gathered for the 2nd Annual Western Colorado Women's March.   

  • Lawmakers call for ouster of Representative Steve Lebsock
  • Dead body discovered in ditch outside of Olathe
  • President Trump goes to Utah to cut back size of monuments
  • November one of the warmest months on record in Grand Junction

KVNF News: Trump Rally

Oct 19, 2016
Ali Lightfoot

The "Adorable Deplorables" were out in full force  when Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump held a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport. Supporters lined up around the West Star Aviation hangar several hours before Trump arrived.  An estimated 3,000 very vocal supporters welcomed the candidate to Grand Junction.  KVNF's Eric Goold and Ali Lightfoot attended and spoke with Trump supporters and protestors.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Mar. 28, 2016

Mar 28, 2016

  • Paonia finishes renovations on water plant
  • Data shows some counties growing while neighbors see decline
  • New 911 dispatch center opens in Montrose
  • Federal agency to host public meeting in Grand Junction to hear about coal leasing
  • Rain barrel bill hits a snag at the state capitol  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016

Mar 24, 2016

  • Hickenlooper nominates Donna Lynne for Lt. Gov.
  • Grand Junction job fair for high school students seeking alternative path
  • New CMU program aims to help community college students earn bachelor’s degree
  • Arch Coal paid bonuses days before bankruptcy filing
  • County Commissioner primary ballot rundown: Mesa, Delta, Montrose
  • Study finds cost of elections dropped after Colorado made mail ballot switch  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, March 8, 2015

Mar 8, 2016

  • Fatal car accident in Grand Junction
  • Colorado declared free from Vesicular Stomatitis
  • New state IDs features Western Slope mountain
  • Capitol Conversation looking at potential changes to party caucus system  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Feb 19, 2016

  • Montrose toddler’s death ruled a homicide
  • I­-70 closure to continue through weekend
  • Hotchkiss town council member resigns
  • Grand Junction mulls building a $62 million arena
  • State Forest Service unveils report on health of Colorado forests
  • Governor Hickenlooper pushes for more reservoir storage in the state  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

Jan 12, 2016

  • West Elk Mine owner files for bankruptcy 
  • Economist discusses Arch’s outlook and bankruptcy
  • U.S. coal consumption in decline
  • Montrose dispatch center is delayed for months
  • Driver crashed into Grand Junction emergency room

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Jan. 06, 2016

Jan 6, 2016

  • Missing snowmobiler found after overnight search outside of Telluride
  • Ailing Grand Junction homeless shelter seeks help from city
  • More than 169000 Coloradans signed up for health coverage since Nov. 

The wastewater treatment plant in Grand Junction, Colo., takes in 8 million gallons of raw sewage — what's flushed down the toilet and sinks.

Processing this sewage produces a lot of methane, which the plant used to just burn off into the air.

The process was "not good for the environment and a waste of a wonderful resource," says Dan Tonello, manager of the Persigo Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Now, using more infrastructure, the facility refines the methane further to produce natural gas chemically identical to what's drilled from underground.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Dec 28, 2015

  • Roadwork on Highway 92 near Hotchkiss delayed until spring
  • Police recover guns stolen from Grand Junction museum
  • Census Bureau: North Dakota, Colorado fastest growing populations
  • A conversation with outgoing Colorado natural resource director Mike King

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Dec 21, 2015

  • Suspect in custody after Telluride bomb threat
  • Hundreds of acres of ranchland preserved in Montrose County through grant
  • Cedaredge spends big on new water treatment plant
  • Montrose commits to rodeo arena
  • Grand Junction facility creates energy from waste

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Dec 2, 2015

  • USA Pro Challenge draws financial support in Grand Junction
  • Mesa County woman gets 30 years in toddler’s death
  • State’s top health official requests funding for successful contraceptive program
  • Colorado joins global effort to combat AIDS
  • Region 10 expands small business consulting services

Endangered Fish Recovery In The Colorado River Basin

Nov 23, 2015
razorback sucker, fish
Laura Palmisano

Some native fish in the Colorado River and its tributaries are struggling to stay afloat.  Invasive species, dams and water diversions all complicate the recovery of endangered fish in those waterways.  One long-standing program ties together federal and state agencies with regional groups to help these cold-blooded creatures make a comeback.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Nov 4, 2015

  •  Three guns stolen from Grand Junction museum
  • BLM seeks comments on proposal to upgrade transmission line between Montrose, Dove Creek
  • Panel talks climate change for Western Slope farmers
  • Opposition to moving West Slope water east reiterated ahead of Water Plan finalization

Rare Sight: Moose In Grand Junction

Sep 21, 2015
bull moose
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The Grand Valley had an unusual visitor last week. Colorado Parks and Wildlife received calls about a moose in Grand Junction near Orchard Mesa. 

"As curious as that may sound it turned out to be true," said JT Romatzke, the area wildlife manager. "We did respond and did indeed find a young bull moose in the Grand Valley."

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Sep 21, 2015

  • Rare sighting: moose in Grand Junction
  • State water board awards $5.5M for projects at Montrose meeting
  • Governor submits sage grouse conservation plan to feds
  • Organic agriculture in Colorado continues to grow
  • Governor releases Colorado climate change plan
  • Paonia homecoming parade features vintage car tour

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Sep 15, 2015

  • 14­-year-­old killed while hunting on Grand Mesa
  • Syphilis cases becoming more common in Colorado
  • Montrose County ordered to pay more than $750K in discrimination suit
  • Conference in Grand Junction looks to diversify coal economy of Western Slope
  • Statewide hearings look at Colorado’s new water plan
  • Severance tax distributed to communities, cuts expected next year
  • ACT scores dip in Colorado

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Sep 8, 2015

  • Five killed in plane crash in southwestern Colorado
  • Counterfeit money surfacing in Grand Junction
  • Connecting The Drops: Winter water for ducks

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