Mountain West News Bureau

Insight New Mexico

  • BLM HQ moving back to DC
  • Tina Peters back in Grand Junction
  • Colorado GOP votes not to opt out of open primaries
  • Radio host dies of COVID after urging boycott of vaccines
  • Montrose Memorial Hospital losing employees over vaccine mandate
  • Hospitals in our region implement crisis standards of care
  • Hesitancy hardens to resistance for half of Colorado's unvaccinated
  • Supply chain disruptions hit farmers hard
  • Yvette Henson explains how CSU extension office helps farmers & gardeners 
     

  

Amy Hadden Marsh / KDNK

  • Parents from North Fork Montessori in Crawford are seeking answers about COVID quarantines
  • Scientists and emergency responders tell two of Colorado's highest ranking elected officials the state's wildfire mitigation efforts are flawed
  • There are over 70,000 wild horses across the country, with many suffering due to severe drought, but as the BLM rounds up thousands, wild horse advocates worry they're headed to slaughter
  • A wild horse gather is underway this week in the Sand Wash Basin Herd Management area west of Craig, but Governor Polis & nonprofit Cloud

  • Six Mesa County election workers, not implicated in Clerk Tina Peters' alleged crimes, still have office access 
  • West Region Wildfire Council receives two major forest restoration grants
  • Four Corners Folk Festival revises COVID protocols
  • Telluride considering Town Park, 2 other properties, for temporary winter housing
  • KOTO: Telluride suspends most new short term rental licenses
  • Mountain West News Bureau: Extreme heat from climate change makes it harder to keep houses cool 

  • Some Montrose Memorial Hospital staffers protested Monday against potential vaccine mandate
  • Rapid COVID tests are in short supply
  • Little Blue Creek Canyon project impacting Hotchkiss traffic
  • Crawford Town Council working on RV regs
  • Aspen SkiCo gets approval from National Forest for first-ever uphill pass
  • Wildland firefighters getting a pay bump
  • Attorney General Phil Weiser explains Safe2Tell hotline for students, at 877-542-7233 or in app stores

  

Allergy & Asthma Network

  • I-70 reopened Saturday
  • SOS decertifies Mesa County election equipment
  • Learning Council hopes to buy building in Paonia
  • DCSD releases North Fork Miners logo in time for 1st day of school
  • AEG to require vaccinations for all concert attendees starting October 1
  • As delta variant surges, cities bring back some COVID restrictions, but rural conservatives push back

  

Liz Teitz / Ouray County Plaindealer

  • Mesa Valley School District will not require masks when school starts
  • Air Pollution Control Division withdraws proposed traffic reduction program
  • Two former Indian boarding schools will be investigated for unmarked graves
  • Interior Secretary Deb Haaland visits Grand Junction BLM HQ, meets CORE Act supporters in Ridgway
  • BLM removing West Douglas Herd of wild horses south of Rangely
  • For those with compromised immune systems, getting back to pre-pandemic life is not simple, and low vaccination rates aren't helping

  

Courtesy of Eric Abramson

  • 20 positive COVID tests at West Elk Mine 
  • Telluride Foundation close to securing land for affordable housing in Norwood
  • Ouray plans to allow RVs on private property for workforce housing
  • Central High Warriors in Grand Junction dropping indigenous mascot
  • Storage facilities see unprecedented demand
  • Precedence hosts benefit July 1 for flooded Yurtstead Farms in Montrose
  • New study refutes argument that red flag gun laws are unconstitutional
  • Grace Barrett of Planet Bluegrass reflects on Spring Grass & Telluride Bluegrass

Bureau of Land Management

  • Ouray County, Delta County among 20 Western Slope counties enacting fire bans
  • Delta County School Board rescind previous motion on sex ed, still may face lawsuit from nonprofit Delta County Citizen Report
  • Congressmember Lauren Boebert votes against bipartisan bill honoring DC law enforcement for defending the US Capitol from insurrection by Trump supporters on January 6th
  • Scott Franz reports on Colorado's economic forecast
  • Madelyn Beck speaks to Grand Junction residents about Bureau of Land Management headquarters

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Live grenade removed safely from home in Lake City
  • Delta staff in discussions about moving library out of historic building so Sheriff's office can move in
  • Governor Polis signs bill to distribute billions in COVID relief money
  • Colorado Broadcasters Association pleased 'radio encryption amendment' included in bipartisan police accountability bill (*note, KVNF is a member of CBA)
  • Colorado & Nevada approve bans of most racialized mascots in public schools
  • Colorado cracking down on ponds as water supplies tighten in the West

  

Local Motion: Mustangs, Burros Still in Danger

Jun 11, 2021
Amy Hadden Marsh / KDNK

On this week's Local Motion, KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh interviews Suzanne Roy, executive director of the advocacy group American Wild Horse Campaign about the current state of mustangs and burros in the American West.

Paul Boger / KUNR

  • Delta County Citizens Report files notice of intent to sue School District over open meeting violations
  • New Ridgway Community Apiary home to 100,000 honeybees
  • At least 95% of remaining COVID patients hospitalized in Colorado are unvaccinated
  • Colorado Redistricting Commissions now accepting public comment
  • Utah doubling fish limits for trout & bass due to projection of mass die-offs from drought
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Paul Boger reports on racial reckoning in former Sundown Town

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

  • First pediatric COVID fatality recorded in Mesa County
  • Rep. Boebert says she's having the time of her life trolling liberals every day while taxpayers foot the bill
  • Public health officials urge precautions when traveling, even as more are vaccinated
  • As 12-15 year olds are now getting vaccinated against COVID, reporters Savannah Maher and Madelyn Beck share an audio postcard from youth in our region about their motivations for getting the shot

  • Grand Junction hospitals began diverting patients Monday, with dozens of COVID variant cases
  • Recycling at North Fork Transfer Station in Hotchkiss ends Saturday, shifts to Double J in Austin on June 1st, with paper & cardboard drop-off at public works building in Cedaredge, at parking lot across from Delta Post Office, & at Farm Runners parking lot in Hotchkiss
  • Kate Redmond shares audio from kickoff of Arbol Farmers Market ahead of week 2 tonight
  • Maggie Mullen reports on new thinking about indoor air in COVID era

  

Courtesy of Don Suppes

  • Colorado will offer on-site vaccine clinics at workplaces
  • Gunnison affordable housing shortage leads to packed extended stay motels
  • Drost's Chocolates moves from Eckert to Delta
  • Learning Council announces Pride Parade outside DCSD meeting on May 20th
  • Transportation bill moving through State Capitol
  • Survey finds broad support for redirecting some police funds to social services
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Delta County Commissioner Don Suppes about taking over COVID policy

  

  • District 51 in Mesa County facing another COVID outbreak, at least 18 confirmed cases
  • Pitkin County Commissioners accused of racial bias by rancher Jose Miranda
  • Lumber prices up as much as 240% since last year, adding to increasing price of new housing
  • State lawmakers pass bill letting cities, schools limit public info when hiring new leaders
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Robyn Vincent shares second story on racial reckoning & police brutality

  

  • Ridgway Concert Series approved for 5 Thursdays in July
  • Aspen dropping outdoor mask mandate
  • Colorado removing pejorative language from state contracts
  • Restrictions eased on medication effective for treating opioid addiction 
  • Kathleen Burnell from the Center for Mental Health talks about why deaths of despair, from drug overdoses and suicides, are an epidemic within the pandemic

  

  • 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

  • Hundreds attend Delta County school board meeting to protest comprehensive sex ed program that hasn't been adopted by the district
  • Mesa County Commissioners open third round of hiring for new county attorney
  • Palisade Peach Festival will return in August
  • Black lawmakers in Colorado relieved jury convicted officer in murder of George Floyd
  • Robyn Vincent checks up on bold police reforms passed by Colorado lawmakers last year

Madelyn Beck / Mountain West News Bureau

  • Investigation into sexual misconduct at Colorado Judiciary criticized for opacity
  • Colorado House passes bill penalizing owners who fail to report lost or stolen guns
  • Gunnison Ranger District implementing camping management this summer
  • District has a plan for displaying Paonia and Hotchkiss High trophies at new school
  • Cedaredge Community Band returns to rehearsals
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Madelyn Beck reports on spring bird migration in the region

Gavin Dahl

  • Arbol Farm Market moving to Paonia Town Park
  • Taneal Mautz of Paonia High & Adam Smith of Hotchkiss High awarded Daniels scholarships
  • 911 system upgrades may impact PBX and multiline phone systems, not landlines or cell phones
  • Lawmakers delay hearing on bill to lower health insurance premiums
  • Economists say reducing emissions now will save money long-term
  • Former Scott Tipton staffer says Lauren Boebert's criticisms onstage in Montrose are false

  

Argus Paul Estabrook

  • Committee narrows list of names for new high school: North Fork, West Elk, or Fire Mountain
  • Mutual Aid Distribution Day in Grand Junction marks one year and 150,000 pounds of shared food
  • BLM announces plan to protect habitat of gunnison sage grouse in San Miguel County
  • CDPHE whistleblowers seek audit of Colorado's Air Pollution Control Division
  • Democrats shelved 'dangerous attempts to make it harder to vote' in Colorado by Republicans
  • Robyn Vincent reports on the rise of anti-Asian racism during the pandemic

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

Colorado News Connection

  • Delta County moves to Green on COVID dial [UPDATE: Restaurants no longer have capacity limits]
  • National Park Service warns of ice breaking up along shorelines of Curecanti Rec Area
  • State lawmakers from Boulder want new gun regulations
  • What you can do to help stop salmonella outbreak killing birds in the Mountain West
  • As migrant agricultural workers return, community health centers are helping distribute COVID vaccines
  • Nancy Watzman comments on on combating misinformation & disinformation at CFOIC's Sunshine Week panel 

  

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

  

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

Colorado Department of Agriculture

  • Delta County Commissioner Wendell Koontz found guilty of two campaign finance violations, fined
  • Kori Stanton: Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association goes virtual for 7th annual conference
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Savannah Maher on how the pandemic has complicated efforts to revitalize Indigenous languages

  

Courtesy of Anti-Defamation League

  • Montrose Planning Commission approves HUB housing development with conditions
  • CASA completes capital campaign for new Delta facility
  • Paonia in Motion campaign launches to enhance public spaces
  • Gray wolf collared by CPW before fleeing back to Wyoming
  • Senator John Hickenlooper announces 4 committee assignments
  • Mountain West News Bureau: Among the right-wing groups taking part in the insurrection on January 6th, Oath Keepers was founded in our region

  • 1 year after Colorado's Red Flag law took effect, at least 112 petitions filed for extreme risk protection orders
  • Freedom of Information Coalition & other journalism groups ask Colorado Judicial Branch to continue free remote access to civil court records post-pandemic
  • Delta County Administrator Robbie LeValley responds to concerns about accessibility of zoning maps during creation of Land Use code approved last week
  • Mountain West News Bureau's Robyn Vincent reports millions of people are experiencing food insecurity in our region

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