Hotchkiss

  • Community meeting in Hotchkiss outlines plan for economic development
  • Hotchkiss Mayor says town is optimistic that new businesses can flourish
  • Colorado Springs community shaken by shooting death of 19-year old
  • Bear sightings on Grand Mesa prompt warning to campers: be bear aware

  • Report from Secretary of State suggests economy will remain strong
  • Colorado Springs sees protest, press conference in response to shooting
  • Hotchkiss public invited to meeting about economic development survey
  • Paonia Town Council to address a couple of controversial issues tonight

  • Red Flag Bill passes through legislature, going to governor for signature
  • Citizens at Hotchkiss Town Hall seek answers to questions about bills
  • Meeting in Greeley to address ways people can agree to disagree
  • Proposed bill would cut greenhouse gas emissions in state

  • Hotchkiss Town Hall features angry citizens confronting lawmakers
  • Advocates of paid leave for 12 weeks have their say at State Capitol
  • Bill that addresses climate change in state going through legislature

Eric Goold

At a Town Hall meeting in Hotchkiss, angry citizens from around Delta County peppered questions at State Senator Kerry Donovan and Representative Julie McCluskie. The lawmakers were there to talk about the National Popular Vote, but citizens wanted to talk about more controversial news like the Red Flag Bill. KVNF News spoke with one of the visiting officials.

  • Victims identified in Hotchkiss deaths; circumstances still unclear
  • Committee votes for stronger restrictions on vehicle emissions in state
  • Capitol Coverage of Blue Wave: lawmakers discuss one-party control of state house
  • Montrose, Palisade football teams still playing in state playoffs

  • Blue Mesa Reservoir at record low volume, toxic algae blooms confirmed
  • Bull Draw Fire 95 percent contained, special techniques aid firefight
  • Statewide expansion of Medicare greatly benefitted rural residents
  • Victims of shooting outside of Hotchkiss identified, investigation ongoing

  • Water Sheriff patrols Four Corners, water theft up during drought season
  • Historic Leadville Opera House eligible for preservation grant
  • Update on investigation of two bodies discovered outside Hotchkiss

  • 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

  • CPACE program helps businesses fund energy efficient programs
  • Ela Family Farms in Hotchkiss gets solar array for warehouse
  • Solar energy jobs increase in Colorado, other good markets
  • Overall, solar energy jobs drop last year nationwide

  • Western Slope fires add to haze, poor air quality in state
  • Over 70 wildfires burning in the West threaten iconic tourist sites
  • Western Slope coal country still struggling to adapt to new economy
  • Communities look to agri tourism, sustainable energy after coal's collapse

  • Update on incoming Hotchkiss, Paonia health clinics
  • Colorado group concerned about President Trump climate change rollbacks
  • Capitol Coverage preview of budget debate in state house
  • Listening area prep basketball players make all state teams

KVNF Regional Newscast: December 21, 2016

Dec 21, 2016

  • Hotchkiss to repair water tower
  • Crawford gets sued
  • Poor in ski towns not getting benefits
  • Holiday hours announced in Delta, Montrose
  • Republican voters favor renewable energy development

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016

Mar 31, 2016

  • Colorado rain barrel bill progresses at state capitol
  • Colorado House Speaker discusses upcoming budget
  • New driver’s license design to rollout to all Colorado DMV offices
  • With coal in decline, Hotchkiss revisits marijuana ban  

Flickr via Jeffrey Beall

As coal mining continues to decline in Delta County, communities are struggling. People are moving away. The school district is losing students. Unemployment remains high. 

In the small town of Hotchkiss, some see marijuana as a way to bring in much needed revenue and think it’s time to reconsider the local ban.  

In the upcoming April municipal election, Hotchkiss voters face three questions.

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: Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Jan 18, 2016

 

  • Hotchkiss will vote on marijuana in April
  • U.S. Dept. of Interior halts future coal leases for 3 years
  • School enrollment in Delta County continues to decline
  • A look at Gov. John Hickenlooper’s State of the State address

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 05, 2016

Jan 5, 2016

  • Recreational marijuana may be on Hotchkiss ballot
  • State minimum wage goes up 8 cents an hour
  • State wildlife officials are asking people not to feed big game animals
  • Presidential race may push state issues to back burner
  • Avalanche danger remains after snowfall stops

 

DMEA Hosts Energy Efficiency Forum In Hotchkiss

Nov 20, 2015
DMEA, Delta Montrose Electric Association, Marv Ballantyne
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Delta Montrose Electric Association hosted an energy efficiency forum in Hotchkiss on Tuesday night.

About 45 people attend the forum at Hotchkiss Memorial Hall.

DMEA set up informational tables about energy efficiency programs the co-op offers such as rebates for LED light bulbs and energy efficient appliances.  

There was even an interactive display where people rode a stationary bike to see how much energy it took to light up an incandescent bulb versus an LED one.  

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.  

Delta County Memorial Hospital
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Over the summer, Delta County Memorial Hospital ended its partnership with the North Fork Clinics. The relationship lasted for a little over a year. DCMH had taken over managing the clinics in Paonia and Hotchkiss. After the hospital announced it was returning management to the two physicians who previously owned the clinics, the facility in Hotchkiss closed and one of the physicians left.

What's Next For The Creamery Arts Center?

Jul 20, 2015
Creamery Arts Center
Creamery Arts Center

The Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss is closing after nearly a decade of operation in the North Fork Valley.

The nonprofit will shut its doors in August. However, this isn’t the end for it. 

Joanne and Linda Tullis, who founded the arts center and own the building, plan on reopening it under a new business plan.  

Pennie Alexander, the Creamy's current co-manager and co-director, says the center will close for the winter, but reopen in the spring with new hours and art offerings and a coffee shop. 

Newscast

  • News rules proposed for coal mines
  • Revenue Silver Mine owner defaults on payments
  • Waldorf type school in Paonia now officially a reality
  • Two deceased campers identified, carbon monoxide poisoning a possibility
  • CDC Issues Guidelines For Backyard Chicken Flocks
  • What's next for the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss?

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jun 24, 2015

Newscast

  • New Colorado Supreme Court Justice Appointed
  • Delta Continues Search For New City Manager 
  • Bicycle Tour of Colorado Stops In Hotchkiss
  • Highway 133 Closes For Blasting North Of Paonia
  • BLM Wants Comments On Grand Junction Airport Land Transfer Plan
  • iSeeChange: Mushroom Hunting 

Ride The Rockies Stops In Hotchkiss

Jun 17, 2015

Ride the Rockies kicked off its second day with a 96 mile ride from Grand Junction to Hotchkiss on Monday.

Hundreds of riders braved the heat and a steep climb over the Grand Mesa. 

The ride ended in Hotchkiss where cyclists didn’t descend onto the town all at once. Some rode in small groups and others were riding solo.

Carrie Yantzer, the principal of Hotchkiss K8, and a few other supporters greeted people as they peddled past.

Yantzer said she’s happy to see Ride the Rockies return to town. 

De Beque, fire truck
De Beque Fire Protection District

More than $34 million in grants from the state will go to local communities for public improvement projects.

Forty communities across the state received grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). 

Hotchkiss got $1.1 million to upgrade the town’s sewer system. De Beque received $2 million to help build a new fire station. The state awarded Mesa County $1 million for road and structure improvements. 

The Montrose Recreation District got $1.9 million to expand its community recreation center. And, Cedaredge received nearly $2 million. 

Local Motion: Mosquito Abatement

Sep 10, 2014
Jake Ryan

The North Fork Mosquito Abatement District is a small operation based out of Paonia that has to strike  a balance between keeping populations in check, while also trying to keep the citizens they’re protecting happy and safe.  It's a tricky tightrope that has been the source for debate for years.  KVNF's Jake Ryan talks to the employees about disease, fruit juice, dynamite, and more. 

Feds Seek Comments On Revisions To Clean Water Act

Jun 26, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a joint proposal earlier this year that outlines changes to the Clean Water Act

More Than Half-A-Million Coloradans Voted In Primary

Jun 24, 2014
vote, voting
Laura Palmisano

Tuesday was the final day to cast your ballot for Colorado’s 2014 primary election. 

Artist Chip Thomas Installs Photo Mural In Hotchkiss

Jun 17, 2014
Church of Art, Chip Thomas
Mary Hockenbery

A small group of people recently gathered outside on a sunny afternoon to look at a new mural on the west side of the Church of Art in Hotchkiss. 

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