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Chad Reich

  • Colorado Hospital Association activates tier three statewide hospital transfers
  • Governor Polis blames unvaccinated adults with 'a death wish' for clogging hospitals
  • Voters approved 4A in Nucla
  • Palisade restoring banks of the Colorado River
  • Bill to combat water speculation planned for 2022 legislative session
  • Litigation to protect lynx successful
  • Kate Redmond reports the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission heard from locals in Paonia & Glenwood Springs this week, while considering new fracking permits on public lands

  • Montrose Memorial Hospital rebrands, is now called Montrose Regional Health
  • Hiker missing on Mt. Elbert didn't answer repeated cell phone calls from rescuers, eventually found way off mountain
  • Xcel Energy will end $3 bill rider after raising hundreds of millions of dollars
  • Town of Paonia sends registered letters to notify locals of pending retail marijuana licenses
  • Politicians on both sides of the aisle in the West push for controversial solution to affordable housing, selling off public lands 

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  • Colorado Farm & Food Alliance cheers new COMPETES Act introduced by Senator Hickenlooper to end noncompetitive bidding on public land drilling permits from BLM
  • Saturday's 1K run in Ridgway is only 6 blocks, downhill, with multiple rest stops
  • KHOL Jackson's Kyle Mackie reports mountain towns are eyeing early signs of success after Vancouver, Canada enacted a tax on residential properties sitting vacant for more than half the year


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  • Petition circulating to re-vote on North Fork Miners decision
  • Delta Police a COVID outbreak site
  • All Points Transit returning to fare system May 3rd
  • River Valley Family Health Centers increasing mobile clinics for seasonal farmworkers
  • Fish & Wildlife designates sections of Colorado & Gunnison Rivers as critical habitat for yellow-billed cuckoo
  • Christian media empire moves to Ouray County
  • Taylor McKinnon at Center for Biological Diversity co-authored letter seeking NEPA review of federal fossil fuel programs

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Tennille Van Vleet

  • Two more Coloradans died in avalanches this weekend
  • Paonia notifies residents of potential lead contamination
  • Colorado Creative Industries awards over $7M in arts grants
  • Fossil fuel interests fund Republican lawmakers who publicly oppose freeze of leasing on public lands
  • State lawmakers resume legislative session tomorrow
  • Kate Redmond speaks to DCSD assistant superintendent Kurt Clay and task force member and parent Jon Hickam about consolidation of K-12 schools in the North Fork Valley


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. 

If you tune in to the news just about anywhere, you might be under the impression that the election of President Joe Biden means the sky is falling for the oil and gas industry. KVNF news director Gavin Dahls hear why Center for Western Priorities policy director Jesse Prentice-Dunn begs to differ.


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

Ray Bloxham / Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

  • As Capitol Coverage journalist Scott Franz reports, new Colorado laws that took effect Friday include less power for the state government, fewer hurdles for workers who lose their jobs due to domestic violence, stronger protections from discrimation for renters, higher taxes on cigarettes and other nicotine products, and more paid time off for sick workers
  • RMCR Fossil Fuel Collaboration: KZMU's Justin Higginbottom reports that with changing commodity prices and speculation, oil and gas wells on public lands aren't always pumping

National Park Service

  • Montrose School District reports 4 more positive tests at Cottonwood Elementary
  • Doubts about Great American Outdoors Act implementation by Trump administration
  • CORE Act will finally get Senate committee hearing 
  • Ranchers and county commissioners speak in favor of CORE Act
  • Backlash to geotagging on public lands could be changing


  • Ridgway named third "Dark Sky Community" in Colorado
  • Wildfire smoke in summer leads to more flu outbreaks in winter, says new study
  • Bureau of Land Management struggles to fill headquarters jobs after moving to Grand Junction

  • Gov. Polis responds to protests
  • Black Birders Week promotes diversity
  • Senate will vote on bill to fund public lands maintenance
  • Cattle prices hit new lows while consumers pay high prices for beef

  • Anti-abortion groups collecting signatures for ballot measure
  • Mountain town has to dig out after 80 inches of snow in 30 days
  • Collecting antler sheds on public lands remains illegal until April
  • Senators reach bipartisan agreement to fund public lands
  • Aspen High School wins boys and girls state skiing championships

  • Incident with police sends Delta County man to hospital
  • New BLM plans call for 90% cut in public lands set aside for conservation
  • Colorado trying to become electric car capitol despite Trump rollbacks

  • Colorado candidates for Democratic nomination hardly known nationally
  • Second Democratic debate tonight, Bennet, Hickenlooper hope to get noticed
  • Dramatic increase in acts of vandalism, graffitti on public lands in Utah, Colorado
  • KZMU reporter visits vandalised historic sites on public lands

  • Historic avalanches in Hinsdale County force mandatory evacuations
  • Delta County Commissioners hold 2nd Amendment Sanctuary work session
  • House  Majority might force a change in public lands management

  • BLM posts land sale; 2,800 North Fork Valley acres available for purchase
  • Status of public lands a key issue in mid term elections
  • KUNC profiles the two candidates for state treasurer
  • Prescription drug ads must list prices, but maybe not for long

  • Local rally in Paonia presents letter for Secretary Ryan Zinke
  • Zinke's speech in Steamboat Springs twice interrupted by protestors
  • New education director at Ute Museum has a homecoming
  • Free event this weekend for kids at Ute Museum in Montrose

  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park set to expand
  • Gold medal fishing waters in Gunnison River will be protected
  • Senator Bennett, Representative Polis introduce public land bills in Congress
  • Over 98,000 acres of Summit, Eagle County forest designated for public lands protection

  • Two Republicans accused of harassment at State Capitol
  • Total of 4 lawmakers in Denver accused of harassment this week
  • Special program allows big discounts on prescription medicines
  • All Colorado residents eligible for Colorado Drug Card
  • Congress urged to step in before public lands are sold

  • Conservationist group established for public lands in six states
  • Study of Arkansas River Basin focuses on small farms

  • Alaskans come to Colorado to support public lands
  • Paonia wins 2A state baseball championship

  • Capitol Coverage about the impact of Trump's freeze on the EPA
  • Hunters and anglers cry foul over plans to privatize public lands
  • Connecting the Drops looks at fluoride in Colorado water

  • Roadwork starts on US 550 between Ouray, Silverton
  • Olathe clinic receives $1M grant for Montrose expansion 
  • Public Lands Day bill heads to Hickenlooper’s desk
  • A preview of the upcoming Solar Fair & Permaculture Expo in Paonia

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 15, 2016

Feb 15, 2016

  • USA Pro Challenge bike race canceled
  • Death penalty bill fails in Senate Committee
  • Armed standoff in Montrose ends without violence
  • Study finds counties with public lands have economic advantage

Linda Reeves

As the BLM winds down two years of discussions over a  long-term management plan for the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area, KVNF’s Travis Bubenik joined a group of area environmentalists and conservationists for a canoe-trip-meets- resource-discussion down the lower Gunnison river.

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, May 01, 2013.

May 1, 2013


  • Marijuana tax becomes a sticking point in the Legislature
  • Billionaire land swap proposal  – but it’s not from Bill Koch
  • No charges for Delta cops accused of excessive force
  • High Country News’ Emily Guerin on training ranchers to be firefighters

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mar 12, 2013


  • BLM Must Tell Who Nominated NF Valley For Leasing By April 15th
  • ATV Activists Protest To Maintain Access To Public Lands
  • Legal Pot Sales Bummed Out By Fed Banking Regs
  • State Senate Clears Five Gun Bills
  • Sanhill Cranes In Delta County Find New Staging Area

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, November 16, 2012

Nov 16, 2012


  • Law Enforcement Response To Amendment 64 Varies
  • A Bright Side To Beetle Kill
  • Forest Service Plans Slash Pile Burns
  • Christmas Tree Harvesting Permits Available (click on 'read more' for details)
  • Western Slope Skies