Montrose

  • Russell Stover facility in Montrose will reopen as Western Slope Food & Innovation Center
  • District 51 summer extension enrolls 2500 students
  • Telluride Blues & Brews announces schedule, plans for 100% capacity
  • Vail Fire Chief Mark Novak calls for more urgent fire mitigation
  • Kate Redmond speaks with US Senator Michael Bennet about new disaster mitigation legislation he's pushing to include in President Biden's Jobs & Infrastructure Plan

Montrose County School District

  • JoAnn Kalenak of Delta County Citizens Report is sharing Delta County School Board email correspondence acquired through CORA request that shows sex ed decision-making 'panic'
  • Ouray silver mine hiring new workers, but housing is in short supply
  • Routt County man survives bear attack in his garage
  • Montrose County School District superintendent Carrie Stephenson reflects on the approach to managing the learning environment during the COVID pandemic, and discusses plan to help families obtain a year of free school supplies using federal grant money

Courtesy of Delta County Sheriff

  • Congressman Lamborn re-introduces bill to defund public broadcasting
  • All Points Transit offering free rides to Montrose youth
  • CDOT opens Hwy 50 all weekend
  • Teacher David Hamilton fired for alleged sexual misconduct
  • CPW closes fishing in Yampa River earlier than ever
  • Congressional bill would ban slaughter of wild horses
  • Colorado House approves bill to stop HOAs from banning signs based on content
  • Bill would add regs to potent medical marijuana
  • Paige Pierce's mother & attorney talk about her killing by DCSD

  • Journalist & former Telluride resident Dan Fenster detained by Burmese authorities 
  • CPW transferring fish to Sweitzer Lake State Park
  • Cedaredge trustees select Bruce Joss as new municipal judge
  • Grand Junction hosts listening sessions on retail marijuana regulations
  • Montrose Library returning to full open hours next week, seeking board candidates
  • Gov. Polis announces Colorado Comeback Cash program to incentivize vaccination

Courtesy of The Learning Council

  • This week is Paonia's annual spring clean-up
  • FLEX buildings at Colorado Outdoors in Montrose on schedule
  • Delta honoring sugar beet industry with mural at Pocket Park
  • Grand Junction cops sue city
  • Telluride Foundation CEO stepping down
  • 3 Colorado cities join Age-Friendly Communities network
  • Kate Redmond shares audio from demonstrations outside Delta County School Board meeting

KVNF Regional Newscast: May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021
Laura Palmisano

  • Governor launching new Colorado Department of Early Childhood
  • Redistricting in Colorado may be further delayed by proposed legistation
  • Montrose City Councilman Dave Bowman has resigned
  • CDOT senior historian Lisa Schoch explains what makes Gunnison River Bridge historic
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Republican State Senator Don Coram of Montrose about bills he has co-sponsored that have been signed into law by the Governor

  

  • EcoGen BioSciences acquires 165-acre hemp farm & production campus south of Delta
  • Montrose Republican representative Marc Catlin named vice chair of House Ag Committee
  • Lawmakers make more changes to bill aiming to cut insurance premiums
  • Unexpected buyer partly to blame for continued increase in housing prices
  • Tech leaders active fighting climate change say Colorado will see green job growth
  • Colorado will add 8th seat in Congress thanks to new Census data

  

Courtesy of The Place

  • Committee will consider amendments this week, including more money for police body cameras, before sending approved state budget to Governor
  • Ridgway Chamber welcomes David Nunn to board
  • Intersection at Chipeta & Highway 550 in Montrose will get traffic light, but could take 2 years
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Stephanie Serrano looks at how a shelter for homeless youth has fared during the pandemic

Courtesy of Adventure Journal

  • Petition circulating to re-vote on North Fork Miners decision
  • Delta Police a COVID outbreak site
  • All Points Transit returning to fare system May 3rd
  • River Valley Family Health Centers increasing mobile clinics for seasonal farmworkers
  • Fish & Wildlife designates sections of Colorado & Gunnison Rivers as critical habitat for yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Christian media empire moves to Ouray County
  • Taylor McKinnon at Center for Biological Diversity co-authored letter seeking NEPA review of federal fossil fuel programs

Adam Smith

The news department at KVNF Mountain Grown Public Radio was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association with four awards on Monday, April 19th.

Scott Franz

  • A Delta County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed Paige Schmidt of Austin on Friday
  • Sunset Mesa defendants found liable by Montrose District Court Judge
  • Buyer poised to close on former Russell Stover plant, provide distro for small farms & ranches
  • Fire near Meeker grows to 1000 acres, 60% contained
  • Rep. Boebert tells Club 20 she is 'unwilling to compromise'
  • Coloradans respond to Boulder lawmakers calling for assault weapons ban, waiting periods for gun purchases

  

Anne Landman

  • Montrose broke ground on a new development at the Colorado Outdoors site & a new Public Safety Complex downtown
  • Montrose City Council members nominated Doug Glaspell as new mayor
  • Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission voted unanimously to remove chair
  • Firefighters warn this year's conditions will be just as bad if not worse than last year
  • Grand Junction blogger Anne Landman reflects on the city's changing politics, as voters this week repealed a ban on retail marijuana & rejected a slate of conservative candidates

Little Blue Creek Canyon Project Starts Mid-April

Apr 1, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Road work on a four-mile stretch of U.S. 50 between Gunnison and Montrose starts in mid-April. The Little Blue Creek Canyon Project will cause partial and complete road closures over the next two years, impacting travel from Lake City or Gunnison to Montrose or Delta, and surrounding areas. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano speaks with project official Kathleen Wanatowicz and project manager Travis Madsen.

Laura Palmisano

  • Governor Polis not publicly supporting assault weapon ban sought by Boulder Democrats
  • East Portal Road will be closed for 2021
  • Paonia and Cedaredge make progress on marijuana legalization
  • Supply of affordable housing not keeping up with demand in Colorado
  • Laura Palmisano speaks to project officials about Little Blue Creek Canyon Project road closures on Highway 50 between Gunnison and Montrose

  

Steve Anthony / Garfield County

  • Montrose seeks City Council member, Lake City seeks Town Manager
  • Faculty at Gunnison's Western Colorado University vote to oust president Greg Salsbury
  • Proposed dam on Homestake Creek in Eagle County opposed by biodiversity advocates
  • Country Jam announces June headliners
  • Governor Polis: COVID vaccine appointments for general public will open Friday
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports on efforts to reduce weeds without chemicals in Garfield County

Kate Redmond

  • Colorado GOP elects new chair, anti-abortion activist Kristi Burton Brown
  • 3 Montrose County students (Anthony Ball, Eliram Reyes-Powell, Aubree Hamlin) selected for Daniels Scholarship
  • Montrose Rec Center installs 11 industrial ionizing fans
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Paonia Tree Board members about a new report on the health of the town's trees

  

  • Telluride Parks & Rec approves plan for Bluegrass Festival to spread out over 2 weekends
  • Hotchkiss trustees appoint Sven Edstrom to open seat
  • Final plans released for Little Blue Canyon road closures
  • Colorado Democrats reviving push to bring down insurance costs on individual market
  • Jason Sperling, co-founder of People Speak, talks about how their platform helps governments like City of Grand Junction give citizens an easier way to interact

Terry O'Brien

  • Colorado ramping up vaccine shipments, expanding six mass vaccination sites around the state
  • Bill advancing at Capitol would cap late fees for rent payments, give tenants more time to avoid evictions
  • Governor signed bill to cancel some standardized tests at grade schools this spring, Don Coram comments
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Hotchkiss-based citizen journalist Terry O'Brien about the metrics of the COVID pandemic, and the success of the vaccine rollout so far

  

Gavin Dahl

Republican Lauren Boebert made her first public appearance in Montrose since getting elected, speaking to a packed house at Turn of the Century Saloon on Monday night. Boebert offered a narrowly partisan message, casting aspersions, blending rhetoric with reality, and recycling jokes to boisterous applause. 

Gavin Dahl

  • Gregg Smith ends campaign for Congress
  • Bills at the statehouse include in-state college tuition for Indigenous students and banning the use of handcuffs on elementary students
  • Pitkin County mass vaccination tent collapsed under heavy snow over the weekend
  • Republican Lauren Boebert spoke to packed house of unmasked supporters in Montrose on Monday

  

Brett Seymour / National Park Service Submerged Resources Center

  • Congressmember Lauren Boebert is speaking in Montrose at Turn of the Century Saloon tonight at 6
  • Paonia police officers are moonlighting as independent contractors, in Paonia vehicles, for Hotchkiss Marshal Dan Miller who says he's down two officers due to unexplained paid administrative leave
  • H2O Radio reports that as Lake Mead levels fall, the draw to see a crashed WWII bomber could harm it

  

  • Colorado Farm & Food Alliance applauds review of Interior Dept oil & gas leasing programs
  • CPW studying why elk in Avalanche Creek herd are rejecting their young
  • Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports DUI arrests way down last year
  • Lawmakers again seek to ban single use plastic bags, styrofoam containers
  • Highway 50 construction project between Gunnison & Montrose continues to draw criticism
  • Zoom Boom: Kate Redmond speaks to realtor Carrie Soto about pandemic impacts on housing market

  

Gavin Dahl

  • Colorado's COVID death toll surpasses 6,000, as 90% of teachers have received first dose of vaccine
  • High winds destroyed tipis at Ute Museum in Montrose
  • History Colorado grants $25k to Montrose for cultural site survey in Tortilla Flats
  • Colorado House passes bill requiring gun storage
  • Republican Marc Catlin responds to Governor's Meat Out Day, calls for Meat In
  • DCSD superintendent Caryn Gibson spoke to North Fork Rotary club about high school consolidation and outlined district properties she'd like to sell

  

Wikimedia Commons

  • Delta County offering March 12th vaccination appointment signups for phase 1B3
  • Sandhill Cranes are back at the Fruitgrowers Reservoir stop along their journey
  • Aspen Santa Fe Ballet dissolving its dance company, continuing educational efforts
  • New Colorado Yurt Company HQ in Montrose could add dozens of new permanent jobs
  • Kori Stanton speaks to CSU professor Becca Jablonski about upcoming meat processing webinar

  

Grey Wolf Studio / Colorado Yurt Company

  • Montrose hopes to administer 1000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine Friday
  • Construction begins March 15th on Little Blue Creek Canyon project between Montrose & Gunnison
  • Tri-County Health Network opening new office in Montrose 
  • Colorado Yurt Company CEO John Gibson shares his vision for a new headquarters in the Colorado Outdoors complex along the Uncompahgre River, and KVNF outlines their asks of the city

  

Grey Wolf Studio / Colorado Yurt Company

On Monday, March 1st, Colorado Yurt Company owner and CEO John Gibson made a business development presentation to the Montrose City Council at their work session. He is proposing a new building in the Colorado Outdoors complex along the Uncompahgre River, breaking ground this summer, and seeking a million dollars in cash and in-kind support from the city. KVNF News Director speaks to Gibson about the plan.

Wikimedia Commons

  • Montrose Airport redirected flights to Grand Junction Saturday due to weather system malfunction
  • Residents want fewer hours of closures for Little Blue Creek Canyon Project on Highway 50
  • Pine Gulch Fire rehabilitation efforts underway for sagebrush, pinyon, juniper near Fruita
  • Roice-Hurst Humane Society helps expand Delta animal shelter with grand opening Sunday
  • CDPHE says COVID-19 vaccine supplies may increase in coming weeks
  • Renewed conversations about taxes amid revenue shortfalls in state budgets bring up menstrual equity

On this week's Local Motion, Gavin Dahl hosts a reporter roundtable with two of the area's most prolific journalists, Katharhynn Heidelberg from Montrose Press and Lisa Young from Delta County Independent. The trio discuss a dozen stories covered recently in the local papers. 

  • 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

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

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