Ouray County

Scott Franz

  • As reportedly drunk Delta Sheriff's Deputy Kent Eddy was removed from a plane at Montrose Airport, he allegedly grabbed the security door and struck a flight attendant
  • Cedaredge completes marijuana ordinance, licenses will be $4-5k
  • Colorado Sun finds many nursing homes with high COVID death totals were cited for infection-control problems pre-pandemic
  • Plaindealer co-publisher Erin McIntyre comments on newspaper's motives in seeking personnel records from Ouray County
  • Long-awaited software upgrade will make state's online checkbook more accessible

This week on Local Motion, news director Gavin Dahl speaks with Erin McIntyre, co-publisher of the Ouray County Plaindealer newspaper, and Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition executive director Jeff Roberts. Together they explore the significance of the "reverse" CORA filed in district court by Ouray County administrator Connie Hunt and county attorney Carol Viner after they declined an open records request by the newspaper for personnel files about public health staffers responding to the coronavirus pandemic. KVNF News requested an interview or statement from the county officials with more than 24 hours notice, but received no response before airtime. 

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.

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

Western Slope Consulting

  • Telluride Foundation presents plan for affordable housing on old baseball field at tonight's Ouray Commissioner meeting
  • San Miguel County wastewater COVID testing has not found UK variant so far
  • CPW still points to trash as biggest reason for bear conflicts
  • Carbondale-based Mountain Flow EcoWax attracts investors on Shark Tank
  • Luke Runyon reports a new study shows when rainstorms diminish, mountain streams suffer
  • KVNF speaks to consultant Matt Farrar about the Paonia in Motion community planning process

  

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

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

  

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

  • 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

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

  • Hickenlooper, Boebert headed to Congress
  • Soper, Rich, Catlin, McLachlan, McCluskie win Legislative races
  • Delta County elects Koontz, approves Back the Badge
  • Cedaredge & Paonia voters want retail marijuana
  • Ouray County elects Padgett, Niece
  • Colorado River District measure passes
  • Orange apple not extinct as Mark Duggan reports for KSUT

As of 3pm on Wednesday, Democrat Joe Biden is carrying Colorado's Electoral College votes. Republican Cory Gardner has conceded the U.S. Senate race to Democrat John Hickenlooper. Republican Lauren Boebert will represent the Third Distrct in Congress, defeating Democrat Diane Mitsch Bush. The Colorado River District's ballot measure passed with overwhelming support across 15 Western Slope counties.

  • Mesa, Montrose, Ouray County COVID-19 positivity rates too high
  • On Thursday, the US Fish & Wildlife Service removed protections for the gray wolf under the endangered species act in the lower 48 states
  • Colorado is sending stimulus checks to hundreds of thousands of Coloradans who have filed for unemployment since the start of the coronavirus pandemic
  • Election doubts are spreading as legal challenges mount around the west
  • The federal BLM plan that governs 1.7 million acres of public land in Western Colorado faces new court challenges

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  • Grand Junction Sentinel finds contradictions in congressional candidate Boebert's claims
  • Theft and vandalism of campaign signs rampant in Ouray County
  • New trails complete at Crossroads Park in Hotchkiss 
  • Governor allows high school football this fall
  • Disability community want to make sure all eligible voters can cast

  • New COVID data shows Mesa and Montrose County with medium rates of infection, Delta and Gunnison County with high rates, and Ouray and San Miguel with very high rates
  • Fighting Colorado's four biggest wildfires has cost $77 million so far
  • A new statewide campaign for more responsible recreation is now underway as Joe Lewandowski from Colorado Parks & Wildlife tells KVNF's Jodi Peterson
  • KSUT's Mark Duggan shares how one Coloradan is using "bots" for good on the Internet

  • Honda settles defective airbag suit with Colorado for $1.6M
  • Ouray County offering free COVID testing Aug. 31 & Sep. 1, giving up on mask compliance
  • No charges filed against officers who shot David Martin 17 times in Fruita
  • State says West Elk Mine may have violated the law
  • House Republican sues Gov. Polis over mask mandate
  • Airline industry may not recover for several years
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon learns about pandemic EBT from Hunger Free Colorado

Erin McIntyre

Passionate hyper-local reporting in the public interest can come at a cost.  For Erin McIntyre, co-publisher of The Ouray County Plaindealer, critical reporting on defiance of county health measures during the pandemic led to retaliation from a local business.

  • Protests in Grand Junction, Denver against police brutality and racism
  • Ouray County will vote on recalling Sheriff Lance FitzGerald
  • Updates on facilities reopening in Montrose and Delta
  • State historical fund gives grants for building restoration

  • Governor Polis asks residents to wear facial coverings when outside
  • Montrose County reports first COVID-19 fatality; Ouray County has first case
  • Doctor in Colorado Springs offers assessment of spread of coronavirus

  NEWS UPDATES

  • Public comment needed on San Miguel/Ouray county transmission line project
  • COTREX - Colorado Parks & Wildlife trails app shows closed and open trails
  • Gov. Polis:  wear cloth masks to prevent spreading virus
  • Montrose mental health support line 970-252-6220

  • CDOT plans I70 rock work starting today, lasting until Christmas
  • Grand Junction weapons manufacturer settles with Federal Government
  • Mark up of wildlife bill in US House could impact species in Colorado
  • Ouray County Sheriff arrested, released over Thanksgiving for alleged DUI
  • Black Canyon Boys and Girls Club raising money for new Montrose facility

  • Governor Hickenlooper faces two ethics charges
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife report- watch out for coyotes
  • Two bull elk killed illegally on Uncompaghre Plateau
  • Mountain Lion kitten shows problems of keeping wildlife pets
  • Ouray County sheriff's election decided by 11 votes
  • Montrose city police, County Sheriff to get new leadership

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 13, 2016

Jun 13, 2016

  • Pilot who flew into power lines gets license revoked temporarily
  • Ski resort visitations are up
  • Ouray County Road 1 might be paved if county approves
  • Republican candidates face a crowded field to take on Senator Bennet
  • Coal production down nationally to 1981 levels  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April. 27, 2016

Apr 27, 2016

  • Mild wildfire season predicted for Colorado
  • Olathe Board of Trustee dies at 71
  • Man found dead in Ouray County pond died of exposure
  • A look at the 2016 Paonia Film Festival  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Mar. 21, 2016

Mar 21, 2016

  • No foul play suspected in Ouray death
  • State program aims to boost rural economies with expert help
  • State’s economy grows, but slower than past years
  • Health organization expands into Delta County
  • A look at state committees designed to kill bills before they’re heard  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Mar. 17, 2016

Mar 17, 2016

  • Body found in Ouray County, state investigates
  • Major Ridgway road improvement project to start in late March
  • State struggles to regulate pesticides used on retail marijuana
  • Colorado 'felt the Bern,' but after a dominant mega Tuesday what if Clinton is the nominee?  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

Dec 25, 2015

  • Large ranch property in Ouray County now protected
  • Oil rigs shut down across nation in price slump
  • Interview with Colorado Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst

vote, flag, voting
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Voters across the Western Slope overwhelming approved broadband measures. 

Communities across the region asked residents to opt-out of Senate Bill 152. The decade-old state law prevents local governments from providing internet services or spending money on broadband infrastructure unless residents overturn it.  

Voters in Gunnison, Delta and Ouray Counties approved opt-out measures. Residents in Crested Butte, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Cedaredge, Delta, Ridgway, Ouray and Telluride also passed similar ballot issues.  

Tiny Beetles Causing Big Problems For Ouray Ice Park

Oct 23, 2015
ice climbing, Ouray Ice Park, Ouray Ice Festival
JT Thomas

Tiny beetles are causing big problems for Ouray Ice Park.  

Fir engraver beetles are destroying the white fir trees climbers use as anchors. 

"As trees are dying, all of a sudden we have a serious loss of safe anchoring options for climbers within the park," said Mike Macleod, the president of the park’s board of directors. 

Macleod said the park is installing alternative anchoring in areas of the park where trees were traditionally relied upon.

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