Montrose County

This week on Local Motion, we hear from six of the candidates running for Montrose County School Board. There are two candidates for District C, Alice Murphy and Andrew Neal, two candidates for District E, incumbent Sarah Fishering and challenger Cortney Loyd, and two candidates for District F, incumbent Eric Kelley and challenger Dawn Schieldt. This audio is composed of highlights from The Forum recorded September 29, 2021 inside Cascade Hall at Colorado Mesa University in Montrose.

  

Gavin Dahl

  • Redistricting Commission selects new Congressional maps at marathon meeting
  • Delta County Schools relaxing COVID protocols today 
  • Ouray School revises mask policy due to high vaccination rate
  • Low enrollment in state's school testing program
  • Author & activist Rivera Sun talks about nonviolence trainings
  • Pamela Friend, owner of Star Drive-In Theatre in Montrose, wraps up season

  • Montrose County reports first death from West Nile virus this year
  • Fentanyl overdoses more than doubled each of the past 3 years in Colorado
  • City of Aspen addressing impaired waterway status of Roaring Fork River
  • Colorado River District funds 4 Western Slope projects
  • Dillon town council wants to incentivize home owners building ADUs to rent to locals
  • Kate Redmond talks to David Alderdice about World Music in Paradise shows & outreach programs

  

  • AG Phil Weiser finds pattern of racially biased policing & excessive force at Aurora PD 
  • Congressmember Lauren Boebert: God should remove Democrats from office
  • Montrose County approves $33M expansion of the airport
  • Shay Coburn leads progress by Delta Planning Commission on comprehensive plan
  • Gunnison & Garfield County school districts reinstituting mask mandates
  • Linda Gann, Kelly Fox plead with Montrose County School Board to protect kids with mask mandate

  

Delta County Living

  • 80 Colorado K-12 schools have active COVID outbreaks
  • Breakthrough COVID case numbers & hospitalizations of vaccinated people are rising
  • Montrose County labor force grew in Q2
  • Ouray initiating legal action against 7 illegal short-term rentals
  • Sand Wash Basin wild horse roundups ending early
  • Drawdowns emptying Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • Roaring Fork School District alumni launch comprehensive sex ed for teens
  • Orchard City trustees vote to unseat member of planning commission 

  • Colorado requring staff at hospitals, some health facilities to get vaccinated by September 30th
  • New COVID cases now rising faster in Colorado kids than adults
  • Montrose County considered 'high transmission rate' community, Delta County 'substantial'
  • Republican activists hope to convince 75% of GOP Central Committee to vote to ditch open primaries
  • Officials marked international drug overdose day at state Capitol
  • Hotchkiss marshal's office gets 3 new employees, who are all resigning from Paonia PD

  

U.S. Census Bureau

  • Interior Department restarts oil & gas leasing on public lands while fighting lawsuit by industry
  • Colorado proposes new transportation planning standards to reduce pollution
  • Delta, Montrose among 16 recipients of CDOT funds to revitalize Main Streets
  • Palisade faces criticism over regulation of retail pot shops
  • Ruedi Reservoir so low Aspen could struggle to generate hydro power
  • Water shortage declared for lower Colorado River Basin
  • Kate Redmond reports on release of 2020 Census numbers

  

Megan Johnson / Montana Public Radio

  • As CDC updates mask guidance to recommend wearing them indoors regardless of vaccination status, Delta County School District is not requiring them for any student or staff member
  • Montrose County names Jon Waschbusch as County Manager
  • Montrose County Fair & Rodeo runs through Sunday
  • Colorado has a new tourism director
  • Booming demand for rental cars leads residents to rent out their own cars to strangers

  

Courtesy of Wilderness Workshop

  • Montrose County joins area governments in declaring Stage 1 fire restrictions
  • Water Quality Control Commission declines to adopt proposal allowing industries to further degrade polluted waterways
  • CU-Boulder professor Hannah Brenkert-Smith at the Institute for Behavioral Science discusses her study on wildfire preparedness
  • KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reviews the decade-long process to create the CORE Act, which was discussed in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last week

Triple Play Records

  • Hotchkiss Mayor: DCSO not charging for support
  • Montrose code enforcement officer pepper sprays property owner
  • Montrose county manager Ken Norris to be paid year of severance, benefits
  • Grand Junction City Council leans toward buffering, zoning limits on retail pot shops
  • Mesa County faces spread of Delta COVID variant, encourages vaccinations
  • Telluride Bluegrass livestream available, KOTO only airing on FM
  • Senator Michael Bennet on his Child Tax Credit bill
  • Matt Cesario of Triple Play Records talks Record Store Day

Scott Franz

  • BLM managing 14-acre South Fork fire near Nucla, smoke visible this week is mostly from Arizona
  • CORE Act getting a Senate committee hearing on June 16th
  • Safe2Tell hotline prevention program for youth remains available while school is out at 877-542-7233
  • Youth Rising Film Fest from Citizens for a Healthy Community wraps up tonight with Youth v. Gov
  • Capitol Coverage Scott Franz explores how decisions by lawmakers during the 2021 session, that wrapped up last night, will impact the lives of Colorado residents

  

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

Lisa Young / Delta County Independent

  • Montrose County moves to Green on COVID dial
  • So-called Brazilian COVID variant identified in 2 Boulder County patients
  • Fewer than half of prisoners in Colorado have gotten vaccinated, more than half have tested positive, at least 29 have died from COVID
  • Legislation addressing school-to-prison pipeline in Colorado withdrawn
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Delta County's new Director of Community Development and Natural Resources Carl Holm about building permits and other land use issues

  

Scott Franz

  • Delta, Ouray, Hinsdale, Gunnison County are now Green on the state's COVID dial, while Montrose, Mesa, San Miguel County are still Blue
  • Cedaredge pot shop application process opens April 2nd
  • Governor orders flags to half-staff on Saturday in honor of Chester Riley
  • New study finds listening to nature could have significant health benefits
  • Lawmakers begin debating controversial health care plan aimed at lowering costs for those who buy insurance on the individual market because they can't get it through an employer

Courtesy of Rep. Deb Haaland

  • Army took possession of military-grade explosives found in Montrose County yesterday
  • Ouray County will pay $7500 to Plaindealer newspaper in settlement for attorney fees
  • Colorado Newsline reports Lauren Boebert's story told repeatedly on the campaign trail (and KVNF) about counseling jailed women doesn't match Sheriff's office logs obtained via open records request
  • As Republican Senators place a hold on Deb Haaland's nomination, tribal communities in the Mountain West that depend on fossil fuels are looking to her to help them diversify

  

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

  

Paul Major / Telluride Foundation

On this week's Local Motion, KVNF news director Gavin Dahl speaks with Telluride Foundation CEO Paul Major and Telluride Daily Planet contributor Amy M. Peters about plans to build 55 to 60 new homes in Nucla, Norwood, and Ridgway. The two-year affordable housing initiative is called Rural Homes: For Sale, For Locals.

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. 

Homelessness isn't a new issue for the community of Montrose. Like what's happening nationwide, demand is way up for services to help the homeless because of the coronavirus pandemic. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano brings us an in-depth report on how Montrose is addressing the needs of this population as well as where it's coming up short. Support for this story came from a grant from Solutions Journalism Network.

KVNF Regional Newscast: February 1, 2021

Feb 1, 2021
Gavin Dahl

  • A moment of silence honoring Rick Hurt, KVNF's Montrose Community Advisory Board chair, who died over the weekend
  • Homelessness isn't a new issue in Montrose, where demand is up, as Laura Palmisano reports

Counties in the KVNF listening area have made differing levels of progress preparing to rollout coronavirus vaccines, according to state guidelines. Delta County has a helpful graphic on their website laying out four phases ranging from high risk health workers to members of the public at lowest risk with expected timelines.

  • Post-Thanksgiving COVID spike not as severe in Mesa County as expected
  • Grand Valley Transit workers vote no confidence in their GM
  • Hotchkiss trustees approve $1.2M budget for 2021, new headgate at Carl Smith Reservoir
  • Senator Michael Bennet introduced one last bill, the Outdoor Restoration Force Act
  • Eric Galatas reports this Sunday is deadline for food banks to apply for new state grants
  • Jodi Peterson checks in with Natasha Legere for reaction to new COGCC oil & gas rules

  

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

  • Mesa, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel Counties will begin vaccinating frontline health workers next week
  • Connect for Health Colorado extends insurance sign-up deadline to Friday
  • Audit finds red flags at Colorado State Judiciary Administration
  • KBUT: Avalanche forecasters concerned about stability of this season's snowpack
  • Avalanche education courses see record enrollment numbers
  • Jodi Peterson gets oil & gas industry reaction to new COGCC rules

  

Lucas Turner / KDNK

  • Montrose School District employee arrested, accused of embezzling
  • Montrose County approves $92M budget for 2021, Ouray County approves $15M budget
  • Nicholas Aldridge ID'd as person found dead in the Adobes
  • Forest Service: Northern Spotted Owl deserves endangered species protection
  • KDNK's Lucas Turner reports oil & gas spills in Piceance Basin topped 700,000 gallons last year

Courtesy of Don Coram

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with two Republicans about the 2020 Election, the Special Session, and COVID-19. Next week, we'll hear from two Democrats. State Senator Don Coram represents District 6 which includes Montrose County, Ouray County, and San Miguel County. Ray Langston is chair of the Montrose County Republican Party. 

Chad Reich

  • Current COVID statistics across our listening area include 89 deaths
  • Governor Polis signed 8 special session bills on Monday
  • Who is dying in jails around our region and why?
  • Chad Reich reports on roadless rule battle at West Elk Mine in Gunnison National Forest

Matt Jenkins / MCSD

  • Delta County moves to Yellow on COVID dial, Montrose County moves to Orange
  • Republican Chris Holbert: death of ex-legislator 'a wake-up call'
  • State epidemiologist Rachel Herlihy warns: Avoid Thanksgiving travel 
  • Center for Mental Health launches mobile crisis program
  • Hotchkiss Chamber names annual award winners
  • Unemployment numbers down, federal funds ending
  • Jessica Beller, director of curriculum & instruction for MCSD, talks about supporting remote learners, explains new grant

Laura Palmisano

  • Governor Jared Polis calls lawmakers back in December for special session to consider COVID relief
  • Reporter Laura Palmisano looks at how Montrose County nonprofit Haven House is helping homeless families become self-sufficient 

Laura Palmisano

Solving the problem of homelessness is complicated for any community, but a private nonprofit in Montrose County seems to be having some success. Laura Palmisano brings us an in-depth look at Haven House. Support for this story came from a Solutions Journalism Network grant.

  • Mesa County, Montrose County, Delta County, Ouray County face COVID spikes
  • Governor Polis presented his billion dollar stimulus proposal to state budget planners Thursday
  • Colorado State Patrol seeks feedback in a new survey
  • Senator Jon Tester, the only Montana Democrat left in statewide office next year, talks with reporter Nate Hegyi about how progressives can win rural elections

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