Ouray

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

  

Jay Canode

  • Hotchkiss plans a water work session in August, last comprehensive assessment was in 1999
  • UPDATE: CDOT closures on US 550 DELAYED between Ouray and Engineer Pass
  • Senator Michael Bennet touts the expanded child tax credit program, reviews eligibility
  • Skate park advocate Jay Canode discusses what's next, as Paonia Board of Trustees declined to green light a skate park project at Paonia Town Park or along the river at their meeting last week

  

Laura Palmisano

  • Climber dies from fall after summiting Mt. Sneffels over the weekend
  • CDPHE will ramp up COVID testing, while ending mask requirements at schools
  • Redistricting Commission will hold public hearings in Montrose, Grand Junction on July 30
  • Ouray suspends short-term rental licensing
  • Dillon Reservoir is now 100% full
  • Virgil Turner, regional broadband project director for Region 10, explains 3 new pieces of legislation that impact high-speed Internet in Colorado

  

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

Andre Moura / Pexels

  • Telluride Foundation proposes 60 deed-restricted affordable housing units in Ouray
  • Carson Lake drained for repairs
  • Frontier Airlines begins Grand Junction flights
  • Second Chance Center expands from Aurora to Denver, to address recidivism 
  • Apollo Rodriquez speaks to Delta County Emergency Manager Kris Stewart about 9-digit dialing
  • Kate Redmond filed an open records request to obtain the long-awaited hydrology report for the town of Paonia's water system, but the report comes with some surprises

  

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

OHVs are Back for the Season in Lake City

May 27, 2021
Laura Palmisano

Reporter Laura Palmisano speaks to Hinsdale County Sheriff Chris Kambish about the pilot program allowing Off Highway Vehicles on a 3-mile section of a state highway so they can access the Alpine Loop, a route connecting Lake City to Silverton and Ouray. Now in its third year, the program is seasonal from the end of May through September. Last year an increase in tourism including additional OHVs led to more complaints to the sheriff's office about OVHs not following rules and causing disturbances. 

Sen. Kerry Donovan

  • 5 Mesa County residents test positive for COVID variant first seen in India
  • Gov. Polis signs bill requiring State Board of Education to review civics education standards
  • Rep. Lauren Boebert's press secretary sends letter to operators of satire site TheLaurenBoebert.com
  • Cie Hoover's art exhibit closes tonight at Wright Opera House in Ouray
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Democrat State Senator Kerry Donovan of Vail about what's she's working on this legislative session

Kaspar Keil

  • 6 tons of rock fell on Ouray Hydro Power Plant intake pipe
  • Suspect arrested in murder of Ana Victoria Rascon
  • State auditor harshly criticizes Colorado Department of Labor & Employment
  • BLM conducting prescribed burns this week along Govt Springs Rd & on Dry Mesa
  • State lawmakers have more money to spend in next year's budget than originally thought
  • After ticket money vaporized, thousands of event organizers and venues will see relief thanks to a settlement reached between WA state attorney general's office & Brown Paper Tickets

Scott Franz

  • Former Ouray County Sheriff Lance FitzGerald arrested for suspected DUI again
  • Ouray's drinking water likely infiltrated by surface water
  • Hot springs in Rico now closed to non-residents
  • National Western Stock Show in Denver will return in 2022, says CEO
  • Stretch of highway from South Fork to Creede to Lake City to Blue Mesa Reservoir now a national scenic byway
  • Scott Franz reports lawmakers are responding to COVID much differently than the Spanish Flu of 1918

  • 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

  • Delta County Schools release Restart Plan for upcoming school year
  • Colorado Mesa University and Technical College of the Rockies release fall plans
  • KSJD Reporter Austin Cope shares personal COVID-19 story
  • New study says reopening colleges will need to do a lot of testing
  • Jodi Peterson speaks with Ouray mayor Greg Nelson and Ridgway mayor John Clark about their town economies

  • Governor Polis asks insurers to pay for coronavirus tests, statewide testing continues
  • Number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colorado up to 12
  • Statewide Democrats make statement in race for Senator
  • Lawmakers weighing gun control bills after STEM Highlands Ranch shooting
  • Highway renamed after victim in STEM shooting
  • New owners of silver mine in Ouray looking for workers

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, July 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015

  Newscast

  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Visits Colorado
  • Lightning Suspected Cause Of Two Deaths In Aspen Backcountry
  • Authorities Continue Search For Man Who Attacked Ouray Officers
  • Gas Pipeline Proposed For Public Lands In Mesa County
  • Grand Junction Wants Direct Flights To West Coast, L.A
  • Palisade To Get Bike Skills Park
  • City Of Montrose Tries Diagonal Parking Experiment

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.

Highway 550, Red Mountain Pass, Ouray
Laura Palmisano

A missing 18-year-old from Texas was found dead in Colorado on Thursday. 

Rescue workers recovered the body of Edgar Alfredo Vargas from the canyon below U.S. 550 on Red Mountain Pass outside of Ouray, according to a release.

The Ouray County Coroner's Office identified Vargas.

The El Paso teen was reported missing last week. Officials say a search in the area for him started last Friday. 

vehicle wreck
CDOT

Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton was closed for most of Thursday while emergency personnel recovered an SUV along with the body of a missing man.

Officials say the body of Jin Junge of Denmark was recovered along with a rented white Cadillac Escalade that fell more than 400 below the highway.

Junge was reported missing by family members on Feb. 4.

The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office says GPS equipment installed in the rental vehicle helped them find it.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Feb 20, 2015

Newscast

  • New Lawsuits Against Colorado's Marijuana Laws
  • Large Marijuana Grow Operation Found in Montrose
  • Cold Temps, Snow Predicted For Western Slope
  • Voter ID Bills Killed By Democratic-Led Committee
  • Limiting access to Wilderness "hot spots"

Veteran Ouray Ice Guide Dies In Climbing Accident

Feb 2, 2015
mark miller
San Juan Mountain Guides via Facebook

Tragedy has struck the ice climbing community of Ouray. A local climbing instructor died while guiding clients in San Juan County last week.

Mark Miller, 50, was guiding clients on an ascent near Eureka last Friday. It’s reported an ice bulge broke when Miller was climbing off-rope causing him to fall to his death. 

Miller taught ice climbing for over 20 years. He worked as an instructor for San Juan Mountain Guides.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015

Jan 29, 2015

Newscast

  • Emergency flu shelter for homeless to open in Mesa County
  • DMEA builds business plan for fiber optic internet
  • Ouray hot spring pool gets renovation
  • Government may change way it charges for natural resources

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Jan 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • Ice Climbing Draws Thousands To Ouray
  • Denver patient tests negative for Ebola again
  • Gov. Hickenlooper gives state of state address
  • Bill proposes compensation for land owners prohibited from drilling
  • Grand Junction tutoring program gets grant

Ice Climbing Draws Thousands To Small Colorado Community

Jan 15, 2015
ice climbing, Ouray Ice Park, Ouray Ice Festival
JT Thomas

Rock climbing is already a popular sport. And, its winter cousin ice climbing is gaining popularity too. 

Ice Climbing In Ouray

It’s a chilly morning at the Ouray Ice Park. 

Hundreds of people are gathered here for the 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival.

The event celebrates the sport of ice climbing. And, the park is a mecca for it.

ice climbing, Ouray Ice Festival
Laura Palmisano

This past weekend the 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival took place. The festival is a gathering of ice climbers, gear vendors and ice climbing fans. At the festival you can watch an ice climbing competition or try the sport for yourself. KVNF's Laura Palmisano went to the gathering and spoke to Mark Miller. He's an ice climbing instructor for San Juan Mountain Guides. 

Afrolicious with audience members onstage
Jeff Reynolds

Week 4 of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series features the San Francisco-based dance-fusion collective Afrolicious, with opening act The Congress from Denver.

Fox Street
Jeff Reynolds

Week 3 of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series features Fox Street, with opening act The Gold Magnolias. Recorded Thursday, June 19th, 2014.

The Brothers Comatose
Jeff Reynolds

Week 2 of the Ouray Mountain Air Music Series features The Brothers Comatose with opening act Finnders & Youngberg.  Recorded Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Week #1 of our 2014 KVNF Live! Summer Concert Series originates from Fellin Park at the Hot Springs Pool in Ouray, and features a group of sisters from Ft. Collins, Colorado, SHEL. The opening act is another Colorado band, TAARKA, from Lyons. This show was recorded on Thursday, June 5th, 2014.

Landslide Causes Economic Problems For Ouray

May 22, 2014
Red Mountain Pass, Highway 550, Ouray
Laura Palmisano

In January a massive landslide closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass for a month while crews cleared debris. 

That stretch of Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway connects the city of Ouray to the town of Silverton. Construction on the highway resumed in April to repair damage and place chain covers over the areas most susceptible to rock movement.

Last week, Ouray declared a state of economic emergency as a result of the natural disaster.

Dan Bender/La Plata County Sheriff's Office

Update January 27: Technical climbing crews were on hand at the side of recent rockslides along Red Mountain Pass/US 550, installing wire cable netting to stabilize boulders that continue to plague the road below. 

The alternate route south toward Durango, Cortez and beyond is SH 62 to SH 145 through Telluride, and US 160.The Colorado Department of Transportation says that work will continue through at least Tuesday, and there's still no estimated time for when the road could re-open.

Colorado Department of Transportation

Update: 12:30 PM (January 15): CDOT has confirmed that US 550/Red Mountain Pass two miles south of Ouray will be closed at least through this weekend (until Monday, January 20.) Rocks have reportedly been continually falling on the road near mile marker 90 as crews try to clear the rubble. 

Kerrie Neet, the regional director for CDOT, acknowledged that motorists in southwest Colorado don't have many alternative travel options, saying "there is a hardship anytime we close this pass."

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