Grand Junction

Lucas Brady Woods / KSJD

  • CORRecycling in Grand Junction caught fire Monday
  • Hops growers in Colorado navigate new business terrain
  • Surface Creek Valley Historical Society raising money to save Shortbranch building
  • Mudslides in Glenwood Canyon reshape the Colorado River
  • Local organizations in Montezuma County are building affordable housing developments

  

Gavin Dahl

This week on Local Motion, we get to know Steve Metheny, the new director of the Montrose campus of Colorado Mesa University. Metheny has been teaching computer science, business, and math classes at CMU since 1991. He retired from DMEA in 2018, where he was VP of power supply and management services. 

Laura Palmisano

  • Colorado has expiring COVID vaccines
  • Five startups attracted investments at Greater Colorado Venture Fund's pitch contest
  • Telluride voters to consider short-term rental limits
  • New Hotchkiss Marshal Scott Green lays out priorities
  • 4 horses rescued from I-70
  • Colorado's reinsurance program may help end increases in health insurance costs
  • 20 people spent the night on the Alpine Loop in Hinsdale County due to mudslides

  

Liz Teitz / Ouray County Plaindealer

  • Mesa Valley School District will not require masks when school starts
  • Air Pollution Control Division withdraws proposed traffic reduction program
  • Two former Indian boarding schools will be investigated for unmarked graves
  • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits Grand Junction BLM HQ, meets CORE Act supporters in Ridgway
  • BLM removing West Douglas Herd of wild horses south of Rangely
  • For those with compromised immune systems, getting back to pre-pandemic life is not simple, and low vaccination rates aren't helping

  

Courtesy of Teya Cranson

  • CDC investigated elder care facilities in Mesa County, where unvaccinated staff are believed to be bringing COVID-19 to work
  • CPW held public input session on wolf reintroduction in Montrose
  • For 3rd time in 3 years, buying water from Ruedi Reservoir to offset low streamflow in Colorado River
  • School District 51 hires new director of equity & inclusion
  • Families in Colorado are already benefiting from advance child tax credit payments
  • Paradise Theatre to screen new doc Where We Belong by local filmmaker Teya Cranson

  • Flash floods in Poudre Canyon north of Ft. Collins claim the life of at least one person
  • I-70 through Glenwood Canyon shutdown briefly again
  • Grand Junction City Council discusses details of marijuana retail shops
  • Interior Department hold webinar on drought and resiliency infrastructure
  • 80 U.S. Reps urge funding for Civilian Climate Corps

Pexels-shvets production

  • CDPHE flies airborne survey at oil and gas sites on the Front Range
  • Interior Secretary Haaland visits Grand Junction on Friday
  • EPA includes new chemicals in latest draft of drinking water contaminants
  • Domestic violence survivors in Roaring Fork Valley get help

  • Sunset Mesa Funeral Home trial moves from Denver to Grand Junction
  • Jury deliberations underway for trial of Mark Redwine in Durango
  • City of Montrose recruiting community members to apply for Planning Commission
  • Kate Redmond checks back in with Montrose painter Lewis Williams who embarked on a 4000-mile bicycle journey across the country four months ago to mark his 60th birthday

  

  • Town of Paonia offering retail marijuana applications
  • Family of Paige Schmidt Pierce intends to sue Delta County, undeterred by autopsy report
  • DMEA announces new CEO Alyssa Clemsen Roberts
  • Golden Girls program at Joseph Center in Grand Junction offers shelter to women age 65+
  • Xcel Energy asks Colorado regulators to approve rate increases
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Ewelina Bajda from Wild Cooperative in Crawford about water rights

  

Scott Franz

  • 107 degree temperature on Friday in Grand Junction was hottest ever
  • USFS releases environmental impact statement for Berlaimont Estates project in Eagle County
  • At CPAC, Lauren Boebert says, 'we don't want your welfare' and yet over 30,000 constituent families in CD3 receive SNAP benefits
  • Steamboat Springs crackdown on short-term rentals in the name of housing causing friction

  

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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 Eric Abramson

  • 20 positive COVID tests at West Elk Mine 
  • Telluride Foundation close to securing land for affordable housing in Norwood
  • Ouray plans to allow RVs on private property for workforce housing
  • Central High Warriors in Grand Junction dropping indigenous mascot
  • Storage facilities see unprecedented demand
  • Precedence hosts benefit July 1 for flooded Yurtstead Farms in Montrose
  • New study refutes argument that red flag gun laws are unconstitutional
  • Grace Barrett of Planet Bluegrass reflects on Spring Grass & Telluride Bluegrass

Anne Landman

  • Congressional redistricting commission releases preliminary map which removes Pueblo County from CD3 and adds Summit County 
  • Delta's refurbished Cleland Park finally reopens after two years
  • Good samaritan Johnny Hurley was reportedly killed by police responding to Arvada shooting
  • Grand Junction blogger Anne Landman joins Gavin Dahl to talk about why she calls right wing culture the biggest threat to Mesa County's population in the last hundred years

  

Bureau of Land Management

  • Ouray County, Delta County among 20 Western Slope counties enacting fire bans
  • Delta County School Board rescind previous motion on sex ed, still may face lawsuit from nonprofit Delta County Citizen Report
  • Congressmember Lauren Boebert votes against bipartisan bill honoring DC law enforcement for defending the US Capitol from insurrection by Trump supporters on January 6th
  • Scott Franz reports on Colorado's economic forecast
  • Madelyn Beck speaks to Grand Junction residents about Bureau of Land Management headquarters

Triple Play Records

  • Hotchkiss Mayor: DCSO not charging for support
  • Montrose code enforcement officer pepper sprays property owner
  • Montrose county manager Ken Norris to be paid year of severance, benefits
  • Grand Junction City Council leans toward buffering, zoning limits on retail pot shops
  • Mesa County faces spread of Delta COVID variant, encourages vaccinations
  • Telluride Bluegrass livestream available, KOTO only airing on FM
  • Senator Michael Bennet on his Child Tax Credit bill
  • Matt Cesario of Triple Play Records talks Record Store Day

Courtesy of Delta County Sheriff

  • Congressman Lamborn re-introduces bill to defund public broadcasting
  • All Points Transit offering free rides to Montrose youth
  • CDOT opens Hwy 50 all weekend
  • Teacher David Hamilton fired for alleged sexual misconduct
  • CPW closes fishing in Yampa River earlier than ever
  • Congressional bill would ban slaughter of wild horses
  • Colorado House approves bill to stop HOAs from banning signs based on content
  • Bill would add regs to potent medical marijuana
  • Paige Pierce's mother & attorney talk about her killing by DCSD

  • 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

  • Grand Junction hospitals began diverting patients Monday, with dozens of COVID variant cases
  • Recycling at North Fork Transfer Station in Hotchkiss ends Saturday, shifts to Double J in Austin on June 1st, with paper & cardboard drop-off at public works building in Cedaredge, at parking lot across from Delta Post Office, & at Farm Runners parking lot in Hotchkiss
  • Kate Redmond shares audio from kickoff of Arbol Farmers Market ahead of week 2 tonight
  • Maggie Mullen reports on new thinking about indoor air in COVID era

  

Courtesy of The Learning Council

  • This week is Paonia's annual spring clean-up
  • FLEX buildings at Colorado Outdoors in Montrose on schedule
  • Delta honoring sugar beet industry with mural at Pocket Park
  • Grand Junction cops sue city
  • Telluride Foundation CEO stepping down
  • 3 Colorado cities join Age-Friendly Communities network
  • Kate Redmond shares audio from demonstrations outside Delta County School Board meeting

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with reporters Dennis Webb of the Grand Junction Sentinel and Lisa Young of the Delta County Independent. From Lisa we learn more about the Hotchkiss Marshal's office in hot water, the investigation into the killing of Paige Pierce by an unnamed Delta County sheriff's deputy, changes to recycling in Delta County, and Paonia's plan for pot shops.

Courtesy of Western Slope Conservation Center

  • The Highland Games return to Grand Junction this weekend and Kate Redmond gets an update on what's planned this time around from board member Jennifer McCurdy
  • Ben Katz talks with Gavin Dahl about what Western Slope Conservation Center has planned for Public Lands Day tomorrow, and how to get involved
  • KGNU's Roz Brown speaks to a former regent about the impending departure of conservative University of Colorado president Mark Kennedy, after faculty and students voted to censure him

  

Pixabay

  • Jerry Greene, co-founder of KOTO radio in Telluride has died
  • Amber McReynolds, ex-director of Denver elections, nominated to USPS board of governors
  • BLM Uncompahgre Field Office's controlled burn on Simms Mesa successful
  • 'Delta Dips' construction begins next week on US 50 between Delta & Grand Junction
  • Paonia Trustees enact voluntary water restrictions
  • Riverside location preferred to cut costs on new Paonia skate park
  • Media literacy bill on Governor's desk gives new tools to schools to help students analyze news

Courtesy of Adventure Journal

  • Petition circulating to re-vote on North Fork Miners decision
  • Delta Police a COVID outbreak site
  • All Points Transit returning to fare system May 3rd
  • River Valley Family Health Centers increasing mobile clinics for seasonal farmworkers
  • Fish & Wildlife designates sections of Colorado & Gunnison Rivers as critical habitat for yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Christian media empire moves to Ouray County
  • Taylor McKinnon at Center for Biological Diversity co-authored letter seeking NEPA review of federal fossil fuel programs

Anne Landman

  • Montrose broke ground on a new development at the Colorado Outdoors site & a new Public Safety Complex downtown
  • Montrose City Council members nominated Doug Glaspell as new mayor
  • Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission voted unanimously to remove chair
  • Firefighters warn this year's conditions will be just as bad if not worse than last year
  • Grand Junction blogger Anne Landman reflects on the city's changing politics, as voters this week repealed a ban on retail marijuana & rejected a slate of conservative candidates

Eric Goold

  • Grand Junction voters repeal retail marijuana ban, reject Republican-aligned council candidates
  • Senators Michael Bennet & John Hickenlooper, Representative Lauren Boebert attend local meetings
  • Delta County still under mask mandate due to uptick in COVID cases
  • Colorado lawmakers introduce $34B budget 
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond checks in with Delta County administrator Robbie LeValley as Commissioners take up privatization of recycling collection

Argus Paul Estabrook

  • Committee narrows list of names for new high school: North Fork, West Elk, or Fire Mountain
  • Mutual Aid Distribution Day in Grand Junction marks one year and 150,000 pounds of shared food
  • BLM announces plan to protect habitat of gunnison sage grouse in San Miguel County
  • CDPHE whistleblowers seek audit of Colorado's Air Pollution Control Division
  • Democrats shelved 'dangerous attempts to make it harder to vote' in Colorado by Republicans
  • Robyn Vincent reports on the rise of anti-Asian racism during the pandemic

Kate Groetzinger / KUER

  • Tax Day pushed back to May 17
  • Grand Junction City Council candidates release campaign finance reports
  • Ridgway cancels April election
  • Montrose City Council approves La Raza Park improvements
  • 42nd annual Crawford Pioneer Days back in the saddle in June
  • Polis signs bills to help prepare for wildfire season
  • Moab has less water in aquifer than previously thought

  

  • Telluride Parks & Rec approves plan for Bluegrass Festival to spread out over 2 weekends
  • Hotchkiss trustees appoint Sven Edstrom to open seat
  • Final plans released for Little Blue Canyon road closures
  • Colorado Democrats reviving push to bring down insurance costs on individual market
  • Jason Sperling, co-founder of People Speak, talks about how their platform helps governments like City of Grand Junction give citizens an easier way to interact

Terry O'Brien

  • Colorado ramping up vaccine shipments, expanding six mass vaccination sites around the state
  • Bill advancing at Capitol would cap late fees for rent payments, give tenants more time to avoid evictions
  • Governor signed bill to cancel some standardized tests at grade schools this spring, Don Coram comments
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Hotchkiss-based citizen journalist Terry O'Brien about the metrics of the COVID pandemic, and the success of the vaccine rollout so far

  

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