Grand Junction

Delta County Libraries

  • Delta County Sheriff's office pays campaign violation fine
  • Deputy Secretary of the Interior visited Grand Junction on Monday
  • Pitkin County closes indoor dining in response to high COVID numbers
  • Pandemic increasing interest among healthcare workers in unionizing
  • Governor changing vaccine distribution plans for 3rd time
  • Delta County Libraries communications coordinator Tracy Ihnot catches us up

  

Lone Cone Library

  • Grand Junction City Council working on marijuana ballot measures for April election
  • CDOT will spend some of $150M relief funds to improve Hwy 50 between Delta & Grand Junction
  • Teachers not expected to start receiving vaccines until March, state providing rapid testing kits
  • Governor says residents age 70+ will soon have easier time scheduling COVID vaccinations
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch explores what it means for local governments and public services when oil and gas revenues become more uncertain

  

Marijuana Plant
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

  • Governor Polis moving counties from red to orange on COVID dial
  • Uranium mill tailings disposal site near Grand Junction can remain open
  • Supreme Court to review case on tribal law enforcement
  • New vertical farming system in Utah
  • Colorado families with kids struggling to meet basic needs
  • Kate Redmond interviews Paonia Town Trustee Mick Johnson on plans for retail marijuana

Bill Rau

  • Cedaredge Town Trustees begin discussing where marijuana shops can open
  • Pitkin County requiring a traveler's affidavit from all visitors
  • Grand Junction artist Linda McBride opens memorial for COVID dead at Art Center
  • KZMU Moab's Justin Higginbottom reports on residents' opposition to a new 35-mile highway proposed for southeast Utah

  

Savannah Maher / Wyoming Public Radio

  • Delta County reported 53 new COVID cases Friday
  • Montrose Schools announce another 177 students, 7 staff in quarantine due to 6 new positives
  • Grand Junction finally solve cold case from 1975
  • Bilingual contact tracers in particularly short supply
  • Tribal councils in our region have made progress on gender parity, but women still underrepresented

  

KVNF Regional Newscast: November 16, 2020

Nov 16, 2020
KBUT News

  • Latest effort to recall Governor Polis fails 
  • Tri-State plans to cut 80% of emissions in Colorado by 2030
  • Biden transition team encouraging BLM return to DC
  • Interior Secretary guts Gardner's conservation bill
  • Polis orders hospitals to plan for handling COVID surge
  • USGS releases wildlife migration tool
  • State seeks stories from producers impacted by drought
  • 2000 people in Gunnison, Hinsdale Counties lost communications for 10 hours Thursday

UPDATE: Local Results as of 3pm Wednesday

Nov 3, 2020

As of 3pm on Wednesday, Democrat Joe Biden is carrying Colorado's Electoral College votes. Republican Cory Gardner has conceded the U.S. Senate race to Democrat John Hickenlooper. Republican Lauren Boebert will represent the Third Distrct in Congress, defeating Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush. The Colorado River District's ballot measure passed with overwhelming support across 15 Western Slope counties.

Courtesy of William Woody

  • Cameron Peak Fire, near Fort Collins, now the largest wildfire in Colorado history
  • COVID-19 testing relocates from Montrose Memorial Hospital to County Event Center
  • While new COVID cases are up in Mesa County, few hospitalizations mean overflow facility unneeded
  • Human rights groups release new report on growing far-right movement in our region
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Democratic congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush

  

Lauren Boebert

  • Montrose High student tests positive for COVID-19 
  • Laurel House for homeless aged 18-24 opens in Grand Junction
  • Colorado Chief Medical Officer Eric France recommends flu shots 
  • New study shows cities with more undocumented immigrants do not have higher crime
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Republican congressional candidate Lauren Boebert 

  

KVNF Regional Newscast: September 30, 2020

Sep 30, 2020
Bureau of Land Management

  • Watchdog group challenges new Delta County ag plan
  • Toxic algae spreading in Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • COGCC approves new rules for oil & gas 
  • Governor warns COVID numbers are still too high
  • Climate change causing reduction of aspen trees in Colorado
  • What's next for BLM with acting director Pendley ousted by judge?

  

Gavin Dahl

  • Montrose High School now a COVID outbreak site
  • Colorado Mesa University stays open with routine testing
  • 4 staff of Grand Junction Utilities department test positive
  • Thefts from parked cars in Mesa County are up, with 95 guns stolen since January 1st
  • Center for Mental Health says a new vehicle will make their partnership with Montrose Police even more effective

GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM

  • John Hickenlooper campaigns in Grand Junction
  • Colorado Air Quality Commission will require pollution monitoring at new oil & gas wells
  • Curecanti Rec Area getting major upgrade
  • Unemployment rates high in our region
  • Activists want climate questions in the debates
  • State climatologist Russ Schumacher talks wildfires

  

  • 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  

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