Kerry Donovan

KVNF Regional Newscast: October 5, 2021

Oct 5, 2021
Laura Palmisano

  • Democrat Kerry Donovan, challenger to Republican Lauren Boebert, suspends campaign fundraising as redistricting commission draws her out of CD3
  • Ouray County pulls paid ads from Plaindealer following accusation of open meeting violations
  • Delta County a hotspot for West Nile Virus
  • Governor ends executive order helping Coloradans avoid eviction
  • Laura Palmisano reports on CASA program in Montrose aimed at helping youth who age out of foster care

  

Local Motion: Sen. Don Coram & Sen. Kerry Donovan

May 12, 2021

This week's Local Motion features reporter Laura Palmisano's unfiltered conversations with Republican State Senator Don Coram and Democratic State Senator Kerry Donovan about the busy legislative session, and bills they've sponsored that the Governor has signed into law so far. Plus, news director Gavin Dahl reviews the Local Motion programs that won awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists.

  

Sen. Kerry Donovan

  • 5 Mesa County residents test positive for COVID variant first seen in India
  • Gov. Polis signs bill requiring State Board of Education to review civics education standards
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert's press secretary sends letter to operators of satire site TheLaurenBoebert.com
  • Cie Hoover's art exhibit closes tonight at Wright Opera House in Ouray
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Democrat State Senator Kerry Donovan of Vail about what's she's working on this legislative session

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  • USDA, EPA, FDA launch Restore Colorado to reduce food waste
  • Ela Family Farms starts 'adopt a tree' program, supporters get sapling named after them
  • USBR releases Aspinall Water to assist with low Gunnison River flows 
  • Green jobs rebounding after pandemic plunge
  • Luke Runyon reports on water speculation
  • New research says wildfire smoke may have caused bird die-off last year
  • Delta BOCC awards recycling contract to Double J
  • Colorado officials welcome return of federal work on mitigating climate change impacts

  

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  • Winter Park ski resort becomes 11th Colorado ski resort facing COVID outbreak
  • Coalition seeks Wild & Scenic designation for Crystal River
  • Colorado legislators introduce bill to expand facilities available to women seeking abortions
  • Grand Junction Sentinel reporter Charles Ashby calls Kerry Donovan 'immediate frontrunner' in 2022 race to challenge Lauren Boebert
  • Governor Polis says the state's vaccine supply will increase this month
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch reports on how Norwood residents are adapting to long-term drought

  

Amy Hadden Marsh / KDNK

  • Fentanyl overdose deaths more than doubled last year in Colorado
  • Skiers who died in avalanche Monday were Seth Bossung, Andy Jessen, Adam Palmer
  • State Senator Kerry Donovan will challenge Lauren Boebert in 2022 Congressional race
  • Governor, Ag Commissioner send letter of support for National Western Stock Show
  • Weld County residents once again attempting to secede, join Wyoming
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports the CORE Act is back

  

  • DMEA selects first three areas to try out fiber-optic internet
  • Delta County Assessor’s office uses aerial photography 
  • Voter ID bill sponsored by Representative Don Coram dies in committee
  • State bill that would change mission of energy regulators dies
  • A talk with Senator Donovan about efforts to help rural counties

Crisanta Duran, Kerry Donovan, Millie Hamner
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

This week on the program, we'll hear interviews with three Democratic state lawmakers who recently came to Paonia for a constituent meet-and-greet. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Colorado House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, Rep. Millie Hamner and Sen. Kerry Donovan at the event. They discussed the current legislative session and bills the lawmakers are sponsoring. 

Bowie #2 Mine, Coal Mine
WildEarth Guardians

Another coal mine will shut down in Western Colorado. Bowie Resource Partners is idling the Bowie #2 Mine near Paonia.

In a release, the company cites the continued decline of the coal market as the reason for the closure.

The mine currently employs 108 people. Bowie estimates 68 full-time positions will be eliminated in April, but by July, nearly everyone will lose their job. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016

Feb 23, 2016

  • Historic dairy in Montrose to close
  • Bill to aid struggling rural Colorado counties progresses at state capital 
  • 2015 Colorado coal production lowest in years
  • Capital Conversation with Bente Birkeland on TABOR

Colorado could be the next state to allow hunters to wear florescent pink. A Democratic proposal to give hunters the option of wearing pink – in addition to the traditional safety orange – has passed the Republican controlled Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

"I hunt because it's a treasured time with my dad and my brothers," said Senator Kerry Donovan (D-Vail), a big game hunter and sponsor of Senate Bill 68 [.pdf]. "And the stories that happen in hunting camp are the stories that my family tell over and over again."

Sen. Donovan On Colorado’s Upcoming Legislative Session

Dec 23, 2015
Kerry Donovan
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Last week, state Sen. Kerry Donovan hosted a town hall in Paonia. She talked about her first year at the capitol and bills she's working on for the next legislative session.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Dec 23, 2015

  • Montrose authorities asking for help finding missing man
  • Connect for Health extends enrollment deadline to Dec. 26th
  • New scholarships available to Montrose residents
  • Sen. Donovan on Colorado’s upcoming legislative session

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015

Dec 22, 2015

  • Senator Donovan host town hall in Paonia
  • US Postal Service blocks marijuana advertising
  • Garfield commissioners approval drilling near housing development
  • Ouray receives $2M towards pool renovation

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Nov 9, 2015

  • Program helps Coloradans with winter heating costs
  • State Senator Kerry Donovan details legislative priorities
  • The alpaca bubble burst and backyard farmers are still picking up the pieces

downtown Paonia, Grand Ave Paonia
Laura Palmisano

A bill that aimed to help rural Colorado communities during times of economic crisis was killed in committee this week.  

The bill was sponsored by freshman Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, who represents seven counties including Delta, Hinsdale and Gunnison.   

Donovan says the bill would’ve allowed the state to react quickly with financial assistance when there’s an economic emergency in a community like a plant shutdown or industry-wide layoffs. 

Bill To Boost Renewable Energy In Colorado Schools

Feb 4, 2015
solar panels
flickr/theentiremikey

A bill that seeks to give grants to schools for alternative energy projects will be taken up by a state Senate committee next week. 

A federally funded program that started in 2007 gave grants to public school for wind energy projects. In Colorado 16 schools took advantage of it. 

The money for that program has since dried up, but a bill introduced by Democratic State Senator Kerry Donovan of District 5 seeks to revive it at the local level. 

Bill To Aid Rural Communities During Hard Times

Jan 19, 2015
downtown Paonia, Grand Ave Paonia
Laura Palmisano

A Colorado Senate bill introduced last week aims to help rural communities during times of economic crisis. 

SB15-036 seeks to give emergency assistance grants to rural communities during times of economic hardship. The bill is sponsored by freshman Senator Kerry Donovan who represents state Senate District 5. The district covers seven counties on the Western Slope including Delta, Hinsdale and Gunnison. 

In November the Republican party in Colorado is aiming for control of the State Senate and one key race is in the 5th Senate District. It includes Pitkin and Eagle Counties. The seat is up for grabs because Senator Gail Schwartz of Snowmass Village is term-limited. Three candidates, each new to state politics, are urging voters to turn out to the polls and, so-called “dark money” is flowing into the race. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.