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  • Delta County moves to blue on the state's COVID dial
  • BLM will kill at least 500 wild horses from Piceance Basin herd
  • Kate Redmond reports on marijuana ordinance updates from Tuesday's Paonia trustee meeting 
  • KUNC's Luke Runyon reports Greeley's multi-million dollar water project is not without opposition

  

  • Cedaredge Trustees refine application process for marijuana shops
  • CDOT unveils new Bustang route from Telluride to Grand Junction
  • Avalanche claims 3 lives of backcountry skiers near Ophir Pass
  • Center for Western Priorities policy director Jesse Prentice-Dunn says the sky is not falling for the oil & gas industry
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond hears from Hotchkiss Trustee Mary Hockenberry about revitalization plans including a vision for the Public Works building

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Paonia Trustees working group is closing in on a draft ordinance to regulate marijuana shops. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with town trustee Michelle Pattison to get an update.

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  • Paonia's working group is closing in on a draft ordinance to regulate marijuana shops. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with Paonia Town Trustee Michelle Pattison to get an update.
  • A Bureau of Land Management field office on the Western Slope decided to open 95% of lands under its watch to oil and gas leasing. But the State of Colorado and Western Slope conservation groups are suing to try to stop the lease sales. For the Rocky Mountain Community Radio fossil fuel reporting collaboration, Chad Reich reports.

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  • 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

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  • Cedaredge trustees leaning toward cap of 2 recreational, 1 medical marijuana retailers
  • Delta County Health Department not ready to vaccinate individuals younger than 70
  • Colorado's largest union of educators calling on lawmakers to increase funding, make classrooms safer
  • KSJD's Austin Cope: As Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association shifts focus to more renewable energy, undoing years of fossil fuel influence won't be easy

  

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  • Rapid COVID testing now deployed to all Colorado school districts
  • Joe Biden's new COVID relief proposal includes increased Child Tax Credits championed by Senator Michael Bennet
  • Colorado marijuana sales reached over $2B in 2020 for the first time
  • Lawmakers backtrack on relief earmarked for minority-owned businesses
  • Kate Redmond speaks to teens about Kids Pasta Project
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports elected officials in 3rd District want investigation into Lauren Boebert's connection with violent mob

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  • Grand Junction City Council working on marijuana ballot measures for April election
  • CDOT will spend some of $150M relief funds to improve Hwy 50 between Delta & Grand Junction
  • Teachers not expected to start receiving vaccines until March, state providing rapid testing kits
  • Governor says residents age 70+ will soon have easier time scheduling COVID vaccinations
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch explores what it means for local governments and public services when oil and gas revenues become more uncertain

  

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  • Governor Polis moving counties from red to orange on COVID dial
  • Uranium mill tailings disposal site near Grand Junction can remain open
  • Supreme Court to review case on tribal law enforcement
  • New vertical farming system in Utah
  • Colorado families with kids struggling to meet basic needs
  • Kate Redmond interviews Paonia Town Trustee Mick Johnson on plans for retail marijuana

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  • Cedaredge Town Trustees begin discussing where marijuana shops can open
  • Pitkin County requiring a traveler's affidavit from all visitors
  • Grand Junction artist Linda McBride opens memorial for COVID dead at Art Center
  • KZMU Moab's Justin Higginbottom reports on residents' opposition to a new 35-mile highway proposed for southeast Utah

  

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  • FEC finds Republican Lauren Boebert failed to report donations for a third time
  • Colorado sending $375 stimulus payments to unemployed residents
  • Montrose School District adds more COVID safety measures
  • State lawmakers approve 10 relief bills at special session
  • Reporter Ed Williams talks about his Rolling Stone article on year's biggest marijuana bust

  

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  • Tighter COVID-19 restrictions start Friday in Mesa County
  • CDPHE tweaks exposure app to alert users more quickly
  • Cedaredge begins discussing retail marijuana plan
  • Fox Theater reopening Friday in Montrose
  • Ridgway Town Council accepting applications
  • Delta Hospital pulmonologist Dr. Sara Knutson discusses coronavirus response

Chad Reich

  • Open Enrollment is now available through Connect for Health Colorado
  • Ouray Silver Mines a COVID outbreak site
  • Rocky Mountain National Park mostly reopen though East Troublesome Fire only half contained
  • New job training opportunities emerge in Colorado as a result of the pandemic
  • An entire county health department staff resigned in Montana last week
  • Chad Reich reports on the Capitol Christmas tree cutting ceremony near Montrose

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  • Hickenlooper, Boebert headed to Congress
  • Soper, Rich, Catlin, McLachlan, McCluskie win Legislative races
  • Delta County elects Koontz, approves Back the Badge
  • Cedaredge & Paonia voters want retail marijuana
  • Ouray County elects Padgett, Niece
  • Colorado River District measure passes
  • Orange apple not extinct as Mark Duggan reports for KSUT

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  • 2021 individual health insurance premiums in Colorado will decrease an average of 1.4% while group rates will increase an average of 3.8%
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser met with local officials in Montrose to discuss election integrity, voter intimidation, misinformation
  • KSUT moves into new Tribal Media Center
  • Temporary ban on certain visas impacts ski industry hiring
  • DCI reporter Lisa Young discusses her coverage of proposed changes to Delta County land use code

  • Conservation groups sue BLM over Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan
  • 4 marijuana ballot items qualify in Delta County
  • New documents show Interior Dept wanted to manage bison like cattle
  • On Tuesday, Michael Bennet called on William Perry Pendley to resign from BLM in a speech on Senate floor

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  • State Supreme Court declines mask mandate lawsuit
  • Senator Cory Gardner touts Grand Junction Airport grant
  • 1800 pounds of marijuana seized in local raids
  • Back the Badge allegedly used taxpayer money in violation of state law
  • Utility shut off moratoriums end
  • 11 statewide initiatives qualified for Nov ballot
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch on Telluride resort's plans

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KVNF Regional Newscast: December 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016

  • Colorado Dept. of Agriculture certifies 3 industrial hemp seeds
  • San Miguel Sheriff's seize 100 pounds of marijuana near Norwood
  • University of Colorado plays for Pac-12 championship

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April. 20, 2016

Apr 20, 2016

  • Ballots for special district election mailed out
  • Presidential primary bill about to be unveiled
  • Will Colorado schools finally allow medical marijuana? 

Colorado schools may soon be forced to allow students to use medical marijuana in a non-smokeable form while on school grounds. It's already allowed under state law – but no districts have created access policies, leaving many families frustrated.

To remedy this, House Bill 16-1373 [.pdf] has been proposed to require all school districts – even those without policies – to allow parents or caregivers to administer medical marijuana on school grounds. To find out more about the debate, we talked to reporters working under the gold dome.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 14, 2016

Apr 14, 2016

  • I-70 thru Glenwood Canyon fully open
  • Peabody announces bankruptcy, sale to Bowie falls through
  • Colorado schools slow to allow medical marijuana, lawmakers want a change

Colorado schools may soon be forced to allow students to use medical marijuana in a non-smokeable form while on school grounds. It's already allowed under state law – but no districts have created access policies, leaving many families frustrated.

A bill [.pdf] under consideration at the capitol would require all school districts – even those without policies – to allow parents or caregivers to administer medical marijuana on school grounds, typically in the nurse's office. Students would not be allowed to take the cannabis tablet or put on the patch or oil themselves.

"Let's make sure they have the medication they need, and do it in an appropriate way," said state Rep. Jonathan Singer (D-Longmont), House Bill 16-1373's sponsor.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Apr 13, 2016

  • Bill to allow medical marijuana in schools clears state House committee
  • Bill seeks to fund emergency cleanup at legacy mining sites in Colorado
  • Conservation groups oppose Congressman Tipton’s Thompson Divide lease swap
  • USGS releases report on human-induced earthquakes
  • Law enforcement across Colorado participate in spring DUI enforcement campaign 

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  

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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: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016

Mar 22, 2016

  • Montrose school district to cut 37 staff positions
  • Man dies while skiing in Telluride
  • State representative apologizes for DUI arrest
  • Colorado dodges lawsuit from neighboring states over Amendment 64
  • A Capitol Conversation about police reform and sexting  

More than a year after Nebraska and Oklahoma sought to sue Colorado over the carry-over effects of that state's law making recreational marijuana legal, the U.S. Supreme Court has denied the two states' complaint.

The court did not explain its decision, with which Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas disagreed. Thomas wrote a five-page dissent in which Alito joined (a reminder: the court is currently at eight members).

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016

Mar 17, 2016

  • Body found in Ouray County, state investigates
  • Major Ridgway road improvement project to start in late March
  • State struggles to regulate pesticides used on retail marijuana
  • Colorado 'felt the Bern,' but after a dominant mega Tuesday what if Clinton is the nominee?  

Pot-infused edibles are big sellers in states that have legalized marijuana. The problem is, it's been tough to measure and regulate the potency of these ganja-laced gummy bears, lollies and brownies.

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