Montrose

Scott Franz

  • Governor Jared Polis extends mask mandate for another 30 days
  • DMEA receives $2M grant for Elevate Broadband in Cedar Mesa, Beaver Hill
  • William Perry Pendley defies judge to stay in job at BLM
  • AG Phil Weiser vows to fight EPA rollback of clean car standards
  • Scott Franz reports on Proposition 115, which would outlaw abortions after 22 weeks of pregnancy

  

Marty Durlin

  • 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

Courtesy of San Miguel County Sheriff's Office

  • When High School football games start Friday, Montrose won't allow public, Paonia will
  • Fox Theater in Montrose closing indefinitely due to movie release delays
  • Body of missing hiker found near Lake City
  • Early voting numbers much higher than 2016 nationally
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports on the newlyweds who died in a plane crash near Telluride this week

  

Scott Franz

  • Russell Stover intends to buy its property from City of Montrose for $1, resell land & factory
  • Fire at Olathe storage unit destroys resources of 3 charitable ministries: Angels for the Needy, Haven House, & Open Hands, Open Hearts
  • New report finds most western states not doing enough to protect residents from COVID-19
  • Capitol Coverage: Scott Franz examines Proposition 118, which would create a new state program in Colorado to provide paid family & medical leave to workers

  

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  • Leroux Creek Foods in Hotchkiss named COVID outbreak site
  • Conservation groups cheer federal distict court decision on Thompson Divide
  • Remembering Our Fallen memorial arrives in Montrose
  • Author Forrest Fenn dies
  • Trump admin to weaken habitat protections for endangered species
  • Shelley Schlender at KGNU: Fighting COVID in CU-Boulder dorms with wastewater surveillance

  • Firefighters got a new wildfire near Carbondale under control quickly
  • Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford ask residents to reduce water use
  • Jere Lowe will challenge Wendell Koontz for Delta County Commission
  • Montrose, Olathe sales tax up during June
  • Paonia, Grand Junction will vote on new ballot measures
  • Local residents Bob Kalenak, Allison Elliot, Thomas Markle, Danielle Carre share their concerns about Land Use Code changes proposed by Delta County ahead of public comment deadline

KVNF Regional Newscast: August 14, 2020

Aug 14, 2020

  • Montrose County Schools release site-specific Return to Learn plans for each school
  • New report projects over 128,500 jobs lost in Colorado this year
  • Ska Brewing in Durango among craft brewers getting creative in the face of aluminum shortage
  • Congressional candidates who embrace debunked QAnon conspiracy are winning primaries
  • Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold speaks to KVNF's Gavin Dahl about 'voter suppression'

Kori Stanton

Folk singer-songwriter Andrea Von Kampen talks with KVNF's Kori Stanton and performs four original songs with her band in the Listening Room at Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery in Montrose, CO. Andrea debuts a brand new song called "That Spell" that she wrote in February 2020.

Kori Stanton

Americana folk duo, The Rough and Tumble talk with KVNF before their show at Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery in Montrose, CO. KVNF's Kori Stanton talks with Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler about their album 'Howling Back at the Wounded Dog'. The married duo performed four original songs in the Listening Room at Healthy Rhythm and Mallory showcases her vocal and nose flute playing talents.

KVNF's Kori Stanton attended the 7th Annual Food & Farm Forum in Montrose and interviewed author of "The Lean Farm" Ben Hartman and keynote speaker Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. 

Local Motion: Postcard from Montrose 2018

Apr 26, 2018

Ali Lightfoot takes to the streets of Montrose to talk to  residents about what makes their town special.

Local Motion: Studio M

Sep 6, 2017
Michelle Amiott

KVNF is working with Montrose and Ouray County community members to open up a new studio in Montrose.   KVNF’s General Manager Jon Howard and two members of the Community Advisory Board heading up the project – Margaret Freeman and Chris Marcinek give us an update on the project.

  • Portion of Gunnison River to remain closed through weekend
  • Ute Indian Museum in Montrose prepares for grand reopening weekend
  • Area prep track stars earn all state recognition

  • Fees to enter state parks, hunt and fish likely to increase
  • Lawmakers hope to fill teaching vacancies in rural areas, provide college aid
  • Legal age to be a Colorado legislator to be lowered to 21
  • Amtrack's Southwest Chief route set to expand
  • Delta Police Department to conduct prescription drug take back day
  • Uptick in car thefts in Montrose

Talkin Music: Bite the Mic Music Festival

Jun 17, 2016

KVNF's Rachel Boschen interviews performers from the first annual Bite the Mic festival in Montrose.   Features interviews with:   Kreature of Habit, Black Lab and the Banjo, Erik Stucky,  Darcy Figgs,  Johnson County Coroners, Sergio Sabaleta,  Taylor Malone,  The Poachers, Rico, Vince Lovato, and the Blue Gators

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Feb 29, 2016

  • Telluride man found dead near Tomboy Road
  • Farm Service Agency announces special consideration for organic farms
  • Delta County braces for another economically lean year
  • A Montrose program that provides children with meals is seeing boom in demand
  • An interview with the state GOP chair about Super Tuesday  

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

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: Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Dec 4, 2015

  • Guilty plea in Montrose dental clinic theft
  • US Forest Service to hold open house about roadless rule
  • CDOT focuses on I-70 this winter
  • Ute Indian Museum breaks ground on new expansion
  • Lawmakers already planning out next years budget

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Nov 25, 2015

  • Lake City prepares for a special election
  • Agencies band together to save Colorado native fishes
  • November wildfire destroys structures, causes evacuations
  • Montrose warrant stop ends in suicide

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Oct 12, 2015

  • Mine spills near Crested Butte
  • Montrose clinic receives $150K grant
  • Water Conservancy District looks to get around TABOR
  • Republican challenger for Sen. Bennett up in the air

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 12, 2015

Jun 12, 2015

  Newscast

  • No Charges In Fatal Fruita Shooting
  • Attempted Robbery In Montrose
  • Local Schools Awarded Millions For Improvement Projects
  • Delta County Gets Its First Car Charging Station
  • Colorado's First Outdoor Summit
  • Ride The Rockies Celebrates 30th Anniversary
  • Rainbow Trout Make A Comeback In Colorado

Program That Teaches How To Eat Healthy Locally Expands

Jun 1, 2015
Gardening, AmeriCorps
Valley Food Partnership

A program that teaches families in Montrose and Olathe about eating healthy locally is expanding.

Local Farmacy Rx started last year.  

"The meaning behind [the name] is your food is your medicine, sort of speak,"said Abbie Brewer, a coordinator for LiveWell Montrose Olathe.

The organization oversees the program. 

Governor John Hickenlooper
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

On his tour of the Western Slope this week, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill to create a grant program to help communities fight invasive plants that threaten riparian areas in Colorado.

House Bill 1006 creates the Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill at a ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday.

Severance Taxes Critical To Colorado Communities

May 7, 2015
Laura Palmisano

    

Severance taxes are a vital source of funding for communities across Colorado. This tax applies to revenue the state collects from mining and energy extraction. Half of these funds go directly to communities affected by those activities. The other half goes towards grants for infrastructure and economic development.  

"We have just under a million gallons of hot, natural spring water that flows into the pool," said Patrick Rondinelli, the city administrator of Ouray, while visiting the city's hot springs pool. 

"There’s always been ponds in the early years that were in this location and then finally in the late 1920’s a formal swimming pool was built on this very site," he said.  "And, it’s been maintained in that condition in some variation. There’s been some changes made to it but basically in this same very site all these years."  

Rondinelli said Ouray closes the pool in the spring for about a week to clean it and do basic repairs. The site attracts about 135,000 visitors a year and is a major tourism draw for the small mountain community.

financial literacy, Centennial Middle School, sixth-grade, students
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Many states require students be taught financial literacy. However, Colorado is one of the few that also tests on it. To help students learn, some schools are bringing outside experts into the classroom. 

Six teams of students are playing a quiz game similar to Jeopardy. The purpose of the game is to gauge the financial literacy of sixth-graders who just completed a weeklong course on the topic. 

"I wish that somebody had taught me this when I was this age,"Autumn Lettau with NuVista Federal Credit Union says.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Apr 28, 2015

  Newscast

  • Man shot and killed in Fruita over weekend
  • Construction set to begin for Montrose Rec Center
  • Program continues to supply federal money to rural schools
  • Norwood medical center now can serve those with VA benefits
  • Lake City petition puts brakes on OHV ordinance
  • Introduced state bill would raise salaries for elected officials

Construction Starts On $28M Montrose Recreation Center

Apr 27, 2015
montrose recreation center
KVNF / Laura Palmisano

On Friday, hundreds of people attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the new multimillion-dollar recreation center in Montrose.  

The facility has an estimated price tag of $28 million. 

"Tracking the whole history, it’s probably going on almost two decades of effort to bring a recreation center to Montrose," Ken Sherbenou, the executive director of the Montrose Recreation District, says. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Apr 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • City of Montrose considers leaving county dispatch
  • Fatality in I-70 crash identified
  • Job numbers show Western Slope still struggling
  • Bill may expand farm to school program
  • 4/20 brings boom for new DeBeque pot shop
  • Legislature considers butane hash oil ban 

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. 

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