Montrose County School District

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.

  

Matt Hoisch / KOTO

  • Colorado Board of Health may weaken vaccine mandate for hospital workers at October 21st meeting
  • Montrose School District rolling out rapid COVID testing program at all schools
  • Paonia River Park trail extension now open
  • Local teen Cayden Matuszak opens Illusions art exhibit at Creamery Art Center in Hotchkiss
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch reports on Telluride Foundation's approach to affordable housing, developing new sites with factory-built homes

  

  • 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

  

Scott Franz

  • 200 students & 18 staffers quarantined in MCSD, DCSD finally updates dashboard
  • COVID deaths rising in Colorado, with 860 hospitalized on Tuesday alone
  • Mobile vaccine clinic staff harassed, threatened in Gilpin County
  • County clerks receive threatening letters from conspiracy theorists
  • 283 hate crimes reported in Colorado last year, up 22%
  • Over 160 new state laws took effect this week
  • USDA adjusting deadlines for crop insurance applications
  • New poll shows lowering health insurance costs a top priority for Colorado voters

Shamsia Hassani

  • CDPHE director estimates 99% of new COVID cases trace to the delta variant
  • Montrose High School hosting COVID vaccination clinic for students & parents, September 1 at 3pm
  • Crested Butte Conservation Corps & Forest Service steward designated campsites to rehab wild areas
  • Two former deputies convicted of manslaughter in Boulder County
  • Secretary of State launches new web domain, ColoradoSOS.gov
  • Kate Redmond interviews Colorado Mesa University student whose family lives in Kabul

Courtesy of Montrose School District

  • Telluride schools went on lockdown on Tuesday due to a credible threat, one person taken into custody
  • Ouray, Ridgway, Denver schools will require staff and students to wear masks
  • Mesa County School Board members escorted to cars by police after public comments devolved into threats on Tuesday night
  • Montrose School District public information officer Matt Jenkins stops by Studio M to answer questions about masks, COVID tests, vaccines, and transparent decision-making

  

Kate Redmond

  • CDOT says I-70 should reopen through Glenwood Canyon by Saturday night
  • Rural Utilities Service awards $10.5M to Elevate for Pea Green, East Delta projects
  • Sen. Coram, Rep. Catlin hope MCSD can obtain exemption from changing native mascots
  • San Miguel Public Health urging residents to wear masks indoors
  • Community college enrollment declining in Colorado
  • Paonia grapples with short term rentals, but no action taken at this week's trustee meeting

  

  • Montrose School District will not require masks or vaccinations for the school year
  • Governor Polis will issue a state disaster declaration for Glenwood Canyon
  • Ika Eden sentenced to 96 years in the death of two children in Norwood in 2017
  • Covid changes to mountain communities could be here to stay

Lucas Turner

  • Little Blue Creek Canyon worker Ricardo Batista died Tuesday when a huge rock fell on his excavator
  • MCSD Superintendent Carrie Stephenson now says mascot changes at Montrose High, Centennial Middle may cost $500k-$800k
  • Rio Blanco Herald Times reporter Lucas Turner reports for KVNF on the firefighting efforts to contain the Oil Springs Fire near Rangely, which came within a mile of a large natural gas processing facility

Centennial Middle School

  • Montrose Indians, Centennial Braves to change mascots by end of next school year
  • COVID made it more difficult to count low-income kids
  • Federal Court rules filming of police in public is protected by 1st amendment
  • Mesa County Public Health expanding COVID vaccination options to address spread of variant
  • After caterer drops out, Ride the Rockies overruns Ridgway restaurants
  • Governor Polis signs transportation bill
  • Kate Redmond reports on next steps for Paonia Advisory Water Committee

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

Eleanor Bennett / Aspen Public Radio

  • Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz and Colorado River reporter Luke Runyon honored with Murrow awards
  • 70 teachers in MCSD nominated for Teacher of the Year
  • Skate park will be the focus of Paonia in Motion design workshop on Tuesday 4-6pm at Blue Sage
  • Ouray County Commissioners pause plans for two new marijuana cultivation facilities
  • Lawmakers want to create new office on preventing gun violence
  • Skyler Lomahaftewa, a Ute tribal member of the Uncompahgre band, is trying to bring tradition back to the Roaring Fork Valley where he lives

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

  

  • Delta County Commissioners meet with Delta City Council today 5:30-7:30pm
  • San Miguel County moves from orange to yellow on COVID dial today
  • Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon reopening to visitors May 1
  • Governor Polis says 1m more Coloradans will be eligible for COVID vaccine starting March 5
  • Montrose School District responds to proposed bill seeking to end Native mascots
  • Plastic has been around for a century and its environmental impacts are worsening, KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports on one small solution

  

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

Mark Duggan / KSUT

  • More doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are on the way to Colorado
  • PPE supplier reaches settlement with Colorado Attorney General over price gouging, misleading claims
  • Montrose County School District public information officer Matt Jenkins explains new rapid COVID testing teachers can use at home
  • KSUT's Mark Duggan explores what the Biden administration's pause of new oil and gas leasing on public lands means for one drilling proposal in the San Juan National Forest

Julia Caulfield / KOTO

  • Montrose School District announces plans for start of semester
  • Applefest in Cedaredge saved by Town Trustees as Chamber of Commerce dissolves
  • Robert Redford announces sale of Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah
  • Colorado lawmakers will delay legislative session at least a month due to COVID
  • KOTO: 3 local governments join climate change lawsuits against fossil fuel companies 

  

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

Savannah Maher / Wyoming Public Radio

  • Delta County reported 53 new COVID cases Friday
  • Montrose Schools announce another 177 students, 7 staff in quarantine due to 6 new positives
  • Grand Junction finally solve cold case from 1975
  • Bilingual contact tracers in particularly short supply
  • Tribal councils in our region have made progress on gender parity, but women still underrepresented

  

Don Usner / Searchlight New Mexico

  • 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

  

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

Courtesy of Dominic DiGiulio

  • Delta County Health Department announced 4 new COVID deaths on Tuesday
  • MCSD reports new quarantines at Olathe Middle High School & Early Childhood Center
  • State adds new level to COVID restriction dial to help counties avoid stay at home orders
  • Polis to name new State Supreme Court Justice
  • Paonia Town Hall reducing open office hours
  • Robyn Vincent reports on landmark fracking research in Pavillion, Wyoming

Shane Yanosky

  • Governor Polis urges Coloradans not to become complacent as COVID hospitalizations rise
  • Mesa County moving to Level Orange, Delta County positivity level on the brink of Level 2
  • Democrats choose House & Senate leadership for 2021 legislative session
  • Montrose County School District public information officer Matt Jenkins tells KVNF's Gavin Dahl how the district's cohort model is keeping schools open despite more than a dozen quarantine events so far

  

Daniel Rayzel / KSJD

  • Prop 113 (National Popular Vote) and Prop 114 (Wolf Reintroduction) passed
  • COVID-19 outbreaks are ongoing in 587 Colorado schools, jails, health facilities, offices & businesses
  • Some MCSD students, staff at Centennial Middle School & Early Childhood Center now in quarantine
  • 2 fires are burning in West Elk Wilderness area, east of Gunnison
  • KUER: Engineers in Utah are producing rare earth elements from local ore
  • KSJD: From the Motor City to a riverbank near you, controlling erosion with Detroit Riprap

Gavin Dahl

  • Montrose High School now a COVID outbreak site
  • Colorado Mesa University stays open with routine testing
  • 4 staff of Grand Junction Utilities department test positive
  • Thefts from parked cars in Mesa County are up, with 95 guns stolen since January 1st
  • Center for Mental Health says a new vehicle will make their partnership with Montrose Police even more effective

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'

  • The Pine Gulch Fire is expected to continued growing
  • Montrose County School District releases in-person learning details
  • A hiker named Larry Vangelder died on the Box Canyon Trail in Ouray
  • New law means Cedaredge residents must control mosquitoes, rodents on their property
  • Big Sky Conference postpones college football until Spring 2021
  • Part One: Noah Glick reports on the eviction crisis

Courtesy of Carly Latcham / Zoe Dohnal

  • Montrose School District seeks survey input on Return to Learn plan
  • Pine Gulch Fire spreading rapidly north of Grand Junction
  • An effort to recall Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters fell short 
  • Ventilation a factor in safe school reopenings
  • Paid family leave supporters submit 200,000 signatures for ballot access
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch examines parenting infants during a pandemic

Gavin Dahl

  • Montrose County School District soliciting input from parents, teachers, and community members
  • Paonia Town Council members express disappointment about event cancellations
  • Louie's Pizza owners Louis Hayes and Jeanine Renee discuss how Colorado's mask mandate will impact their business
  • KVNF intern Carmen Rodriguez sat down with Marisa Edmonson and Jordan Evans to hear about their efforts to address racism in the Delta County School District

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  

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