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Lisa Young / Delta County Independent

  • Number of Coloradans hospitalized with COVID, 705, at highest level since January
  • Marine Rylee McCollum, whose mother lives in Montrose, among 13 service members killed in Kabul
  • SOS Jena Griswold sues to remove Tina Peters from overseeing Mesa County elections
  • Grand Mesa Nordic Council could lose access to permitted ski activities for 5 seasons due to timber sale
  • Lauren Boebert has a primary challenger, Marina Zimmerman
  • New water research lab opening near Crested Butte
  • Working group for planned move of Delta Library discusses issues

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

  

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U.S. Geological Survey

  • Mesa County Commissioners name former Secretary of State Wayne Williams their new top election official, as current Secretary of State's investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters continues
  • Funding begins to flow as shortage of licensed childcare facilities intensifies
  • Governor Polis urges CDPHE to mandate vaccines for personnel caring for vulnerable populations
  • Climate change makes it hard to predict when water shortage in lower Colorado River basin will end
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Delta Hospital pulmonologist Sara Knutson about COVID-19

Russell Reed

  • Paonia Town Council taking steps to resolve long-standing water supply issues
  • CQ lateral canal in Montrose flood damaged homes & crops, carried away chicken coops, wedged metal shipping container beneath Jasmine Road bridge
  • Kate Redmond gets an update from Brent Helleckson of Stone Cottage Cellars on fall freeze impacts
  • Jodi Peterson reports some booming communities on the Front Range are finding it's cheaper to conserve water than buy more

  

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Live grenade removed safely from home in Lake City
  • Delta staff in discussions about moving library out of historic building so Sheriff's office can move in
  • Governor Polis signs bill to distribute billions in COVID relief money
  • Colorado Broadcasters Association pleased 'radio encryption amendment' included in bipartisan police accountability bill (*note, KVNF is a member of CBA)
  • Colorado & Nevada approve bans of most racialized mascots in public schools
  • Colorado cracking down on ponds as water supplies tighten in the West

  

Courtesy of Rob Miller

  • Delta County School Board votes not to adopt comprehensive sex ed
  • Sen. Bennet calls on Congress to mitigate wildfires, restore forests
  • Marijuana pardons forthcoming
  • COVID cases are spiking in Moab
  • Delta County Democrats give scholarships to Hotchkiss & Cedaredge seniors
  • Philanthropist George Stranahan has died
  • Luke Runyon: Lake Powell strategizing is underway
  • Scott Franz: Residents statewide share thoughts on COVID vaccines

Kathleen Shannon / KDNK

  • Orchard City declares first stage of drought, meaning new fees & regulations
  • Vaccine supply outpacing demand in Mesa County
  • Pandemic EBT program extended for 2021 academic year, low-income families will receive $136/month per student learning remotely, $82/month per student in hybrid model
  • New report shows Colorado River reservoirs will drop to lowest levels ever this year
  • From KDNK: Town of Marble struggling with lack of enforcement for ATV overuse 

  

Courtesy of EZ Blockchain

  • Colorado will shift to county-led COVID rules on Friday
  • Telluride Bluegrass approved for June 11-13 in addition to June 17-20
  • Sen. Hickenlooper answers questions at first virtual Town Hall 
  • State lawmakers release more details on stimulus plan
  • Colorado River forecasts show increasing likelihood of persistent worsening drought
  • Natural gas plant operator near Moab now mining cryptocurrency

  

Neil Best / KUNC

After five decades at KUNC in Greeley, president and CEO Neil Best is retiring this spring. He joined KVNF during our Spring Membership Drive to encourage listeners to donate, talked about the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition, and said he looks forward to finally spending more time with his grandchildren. KVNF wishes Neil all the best in the next chapter of his life after five decades of building capacity for public radio in the Mountain West.

Western Slope Consulting

  • Telluride Foundation presents plan for affordable housing on old baseball field at tonight's Ouray Commissioner meeting
  • San Miguel County wastewater COVID testing has not found UK variant so far
  • CPW still points to trash as biggest reason for bear conflicts
  • Carbondale-based Mountain Flow EcoWax attracts investors on Shark Tank
  • Luke Runyon reports a new study shows when rainstorms diminish, mountain streams suffer
  • KVNF speaks to consultant Matt Farrar about the Paonia in Motion community planning process

  

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Colorado Health Institute reports more than half of Colorado prisoners have contracted COVID-19
  • Asymptomatic COVID testing suspended in Ouray County
  • Northside Elementary transitions to online learning, Olathe Middle High School closed by asbestos
  • Changing the Narrative director Janine Vanderburg explains anti-ageism campaign featuring greeting cards designed by locals like Cara Helmick of Orchard City & Lu Anne Tyrell of Montrose
  • KUNC's Luke Runyon explains current drought conditions in the Colora

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Governor Polis signs 5 bills 
  • President Biden beings process to restore Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante boundaries
  • Retail marijuana will be on April ballot in Grand Junction
  • Ridgway switching water filtration from chlorine dioxide to carbon
  • Drought plan activated for upper Colorado River
  • Delta County Health director shares COVID-19 update
  • Ian Silverii of Progress Now says Western Slope residents should share comments on redistricting

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • New federal lawsuit challenges Fish & Wildlife Service de-listing gray wolves from Endangered Species list
  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife begins phasing in reintroduction of gray wolves, as approved last election
  • Littleton man Patrick Montgomery becomes 4th Coloradan arrested since insurrection in Washington
  • Kori Stanton: 9th annual Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum goes virtual this Friday & Saturday
  • Luke Runyon: Scientists investigate what happens when a river's headwaters goes up in smoke

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Governor Polis warns businesses not to defy new COVID restrictions
  • Pandemic leads to spike in hunting license sales, but also more poaching
  • President-elect Joe Biden has ambitious platform for indigenous communities
  • KZMU: Lake Powell level drop allows river runners to discover hidden rapids

  

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KVNF News speaks with KUNC reporter Luke Runyon, who uses a grant to fund year round coverage of the Colorado River and the effects of drought in the Southwest. In this Local Motion, we talk about this past year in Colorado River history, playing some old stories and talking about some new ones.

  • BLM posts land sale; 2,800 North Fork Valley acres available for purchase
  • Status of public lands a key issue in mid term elections
  • KUNC profiles the two candidates for state treasurer
  • Prescription drug ads must list prices, but maybe not for long

  • Delta County writes letter to Gunnison Energy, requires seismic mapping plan
  • Amendment 75 offers campaign finance reform, some say it will hurt rather than help

  • Unaffiliated voters in Colorado growing in number, influence
  • Voters on Western Slope more likely to be unaffiliated

Local Motion: Rocky Mountain Community Radio

Nov 20, 2014
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Laura Palmisano

KVNF is part of Rocky Mountain Community Radio, a 16-member coalition of community radio stations in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico that share content. 

Last week, KVNF participated in a the RMCR Conference in Carbondale hosted by community radio station KDNK. 

As part of the conference, KVNF’s Laura Palmisano, RMCR's Bente Birkland, and KUNC’s Brian Larson, talked about the nitty-gritty of reporting and the effort and hurdles that aren’t heard on the radio. The program was hosted by KDNK News Director January Jones. 

Luke Runyon/KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business.

Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.