Hinsdale County

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

  

Responding to OHV Damage at Lake San Cristobal

Jun 17, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Recently, an unknown off-highway vehicle driver left the road next to Lake San Cristobal and drove onto the lakeshore where they weren't permitted, damaging vegetation and leaving ruts across the shoreline. Laura Palmisano spoke to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about the county's response, including installing new barriers and signs, and efforts to educate OHV users. 

  • Stage 1 fire restrictions begin today on BLM land administered by Tres Rios, Uncompahgre, and White River National Forest field offices
  • Delta County School Board reconsiders sex ed tonight at 6
  • CDPHE data shows Mesa County has 164 of state's 262 cases of delta COVID variant
  • Senator Michael Bennet testified in support of his CORE Act at Senate Energy & Natural Resources committee on Wednesday
  • Laura Palmisano speaks to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about the county's response to OHV damage on the shore of Lake San Cristobal

Laura Palmisano

  • KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviews Hinsdale County Sheriff Chris Kambish as OHVs are back for the season in Lake City
  • KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh covers Gunnison County's decision to allow ATVs on certain roads in Marble

  

OHVs are Back for the Season in Lake City

May 27, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Reporter Laura Palmisano speaks to Hinsdale County Sheriff Chris Kambish about the pilot program allowing Off Highway Vehicles on a 3-mile section of a state highway so they can access the Alpine Loop, a route connecting Lake City to Silverton and Ouray. Now in its third year, the program is seasonal from the end of May through September. Last year an increase in tourism including additional OHVs led to more complaints to the sheriff's office about OVHs not following rules and causing disturbances. 

Laura Palmisano

  • Conservative presidents resigning from University of Colorado & Western Colorado University
  • Ethics complaint against Dave Knutson on agenda for Paonia Trustees meeting tonight at 6:30pm
  • Conservation groups sue BLM & USFS over North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan
  • Guzman Energy, DMEA announce 80-megawatt solar energy project near Delta
  • Coal transition worker assistance program now has bipartisan support at State Capitol
  • Laura Palmisano reports on Rep. Lauren Boebert's stop in Lake City on Friday

  

Road to Lake San Cristobal Getting Much-Needed Repairs

Apr 5, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Lake San Cristobal, outside the town of Lake City, is a popular attraction for locals and tourists. However, the road to access it is need of major repair. As Laura Palmisano reports for KVNF, that's about to change.

Scott Franz

  • Delta, Ouray, Hinsdale, Gunnison County are now Green on the state's COVID dial, while Montrose, Mesa, San Miguel County are still Blue
  • Cedaredge pot shop application process opens April 2nd
  • Governor orders flags to half-staff on Saturday in honor of Chester Riley
  • New study finds listening to nature could have significant health benefits
  • Lawmakers begin debating controversial health care plan aimed at lowering costs for those who buy insurance on the individual market because they can't get it through an employer

Laura Palmisano

  • Backcountry skier Jeff Schneider died in an avalanche Friday, 2 others died Saturday near Silverton
  • 2 earthquakes near Nucla
  • Delta County Hospital workers getting first local doses of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Congressman Ken Buck will not seek second term as Colorado GOP chair
  • Air Quality Control Commission reverses decision on coal-fired power plants
  • Economists say state budget outlook is improving
  • Laura Palmisano talks to Hinsdale County Commissioner Kristine Borchers about acquisition of island, peninsula on Lake San Cristobal

Chad Reich

  • Current COVID statistics across our listening area include 89 deaths
  • Governor Polis signed 8 special session bills on Monday
  • Who is dying in jails around our region and why?
  • Chad Reich reports on roadless rule battle at West Elk Mine in Gunnison National Forest

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

  • Delta, Cedaredge, Paonia all set with new Mayors after elections
  • Lawmakers will meet today to try to take some actions at the state capitol
  • Hinsdale County school students adjust to life, classes online
  • Parks and Wildlife reminds citizens they'll see more wildlife during stay at home

  NEWS UPDATES

  • Forest Service closes campgrounds, picnic areas across Rocky Mountain region
  • Corpse abuse now a felony crime
  • Municipal election results

  • 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

  NEWS UPDATES

  • Hinsdale County sheriff announces unexpected resignation
  • Delta County Economic Development to transition into One Delta County
  • New economic development group in Delta looks for transition team
  • Delta Police Department acts on Instagram post threatening school shooting

  • 22 states join Colorado's effort to get SCOTUS to rule on election case
  • Reports lists several Western Slope hospitals among the best in state
  • Memorial for slain law officer in Hinsdale County recalls service, changes
  • Delta County Health Department wants residents to wash their hands

  • Effort to put abortion restrictions on the statewide ballot
  • Report from Lake City on current conditions in Hinsdale County
  • Residents of Lake City issued sandbags, flood preparations continue
  • Lawmaker who sponsored Red Flag bill will not face recall

Laura Palmisano

Lake City in Hinsdale County has seen an historic avalanche season followed by a runoff that threatens floods. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano interviews local editor and historian Grant Houston about the flooding situation in Lake City, both past and present. Emergency steps have already been taken, including moving the treasures and artifacts housed in the museum to safety.

  • Colorado state economy the fifth best in the country
  • Denver's mayoral election will be decided today
  • Lake City residents face possible floods, not for the first time
  • Glenwood Springs signs deal to become 100 percent renewable energy city

  • Colorado will pay additional 6 million dollars for accurate 2020 census
  • Candidate Hickenlooper will introduce his ideas for gun control today
  • Rundown of Memorial Day weekend closures of popular destinations
  • Lake City, Hinsdale County looking for help from volunteers
  • Colorado becomes first state to cap cost of insulin by law

  • Flood risk causes emergency declaration in Hinsdale County
  • Historic avalanche season fills drainages with debris, raises flood risk
  • Lake City officials keep eyes on historic dams, flood mitigation in place
  • Western Colorado residents pay highest health care premiums in state

  • Hinsdale County experiencing historic avalanche season, 17 reported incidents
  • Avalanche buries and destroys home of Hinsdale County Sheriff
  • Local emergency declared, then lifted in Hinsdale County amid avalanches
  • Capitol Coverage of bill that will ask voters to go against TABOR

  • KBUT report on avalanches in Hinsdale County
  • State Senate approves bill allowing more local control of oil and gas
  • KBUT feature story about snowpack: will it be enough to fill Blue Mesa?
  • Paonia water system back to almost full capacity

  • Historic avalanches in Hinsdale County force mandatory evacuations
  • Delta County Commissioners hold 2nd Amendment Sanctuary work session
  • House  Majority might force a change in public lands management

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2016

Mar 29, 2016

  • Lumber truck rolls over in Hinsdale County
  • Sheriffs’ lawsuit dismissed, but plans in the works to restart effort
  • New rule would protect workers against silica dust
  • Capitol Conversation about the looming budget
  • Construction closes parts of road this week near Montrose  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Dec 8, 2015

  • Delta County’s only homeless shelter gets a permanent space
  • Dispute between city, county of Montrose ends up in court
  • Hinsdale County gets more money for tourism
  • Colorado economy looking strong going forward

vote, flag, voting
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Voters across the Western Slope overwhelming approved broadband measures. 

Communities across the region asked residents to opt-out of Senate Bill 152. The decade-old state law prevents local governments from providing internet services or spending money on broadband infrastructure unless residents overturn it.  

Voters in Gunnison, Delta and Ouray Counties approved opt-out measures. Residents in Crested Butte, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Cedaredge, Delta, Ridgway, Ouray and Telluride also passed similar ballot issues.  

Sheriffs, Prosecutors Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Law

Mar 5, 2015
Marijuana Plant
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Colorado has been under fire lately over Amendment 64.  The state is currently being sued by neighboring states and a Washington, D.C. organization over recreational marijuana.  Now, Colorado is being sued by its own sheriffs. 

Six sheriffs from across Colorado and sheriffs and prosecutors from Nebraska and Kansas are plaintiffs in the suit. Governor John Hickenlooper is named as the defendant.

Hinsdale County and Mineral County are pretty similar.  They’re right next to each other, have comparable populations, and if their county commissioners work things out, might have the same public health district.

Susan Thompson is the chair of the Hinsdale Board of County Commissioners. 

spruce beetle
Laura Palmisano

Over the past decade spruce beetles have been causing a big problem in southwest Colorado. And it’s getting worse. The beetle is devouring mature spruce forests and turning them into expanses primed for wildfire.

Colorado Forests Die In Beetle's Wake

Sep 18, 2014
spruce beetle
Laura Palmisano

Over the past decade a tiny insect has been causing a big problem in southwest Colorado. And it’s getting worse. The beetle is devouring mature spruce forests and turning them into expanses primed for wildfire. The U.S. Forest Service recently unveiled a broad new plan to try to minimize fire danger but not everyone thinks it’s the best path forward. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano reports.

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