Ridgway

New Dimensions

  • Three D51 schools now under mask mandate due to infections in students and staff
  • Redistricting Commision sends the final map to the Colorado Supreme Court
  • Colorado's Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths trending upward
  • International chocolate companies face accusations of using child and slave labor
  • New Dimensions co-founder Justine Willis Toms keynotes Ridgway Spiritfest

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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

  

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

  

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

  

Chad Reich

  • CDPHE ends mask mandate for students
  • Lawmakers expanded access to reproductive health care
  • Center for Mental Health employee arrested, accused of bilking clients
  • Ute Water Conservancy District pulling drinking water from Colorado River
  • Fox in Montrose, Sherbino in Ridgway among local venues still awaiting federal grant dollars
  • Kate Redmond discusses COVID outbreak at West Elk Mine with data analyst Terry O'Brien

  

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

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  • 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

Sandy Wilt

  • Rick Stockton, musician, KVNF DJ, cofounder of Mountain Harvest Festival, has died
  • Ridgway joins Hotchkiss & Paonia enacting voluntary water restrictions
  • Governor signs 12 bills, we hear Rep. Matt Soper on bill for composting of human remains
  • Polis shares new mask guidelines: anyone age 11+ not fully vaccinated should continue wearing masks
  • Sen. Bennet introduces Future of Local News Act
  • Kate Redmond learns about greywater from 2 CDPHE water staffers & local advocate Bruce Woodside

  • 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

  

Colorado Media Project

  • KVNF's Kate Redmond recaps Colorado Media Project webinar The News About the News, highlighting new University of Denver research about journalism in Colorado
  • Ridgway Secondary School student Emma Berwanger and Tanya Ishikawa from Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce talk with KVNF's Gavin Dahl about the

The Ridgway Secondary School is hosting a Youth Volunteer & Career Fair on April 21st. KVNF spoke to Ridgway 12th grader Emma Berwanger and communications professional Tanya Ishikawa about opportunities available to students. Businesses or nonprofits interested in participating have until April 14th at noon to get registered on the Ridgway Chamber website. 

Kate Groetzinger / KUER

  • Tax Day pushed back to May 17
  • Grand Junction City Council candidates release campaign finance reports
  • Ridgway cancels April election
  • Montrose City Council approves La Raza Park improvements
  • 42nd annual Crawford Pioneer Days back in the saddle in June
  • Polis signs bills to help prepare for wildfire season
  • Moab has less water in aquifer than previously thought

  

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.

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • Governor Polis signs 5 bills 
  • President Biden beings process to restore Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante boundaries
  • Retail marijuana will be on April ballot in Grand Junction
  • Ridgway switching water filtration from chlorine dioxide to carbon
  • Drought plan activated for upper Colorado River
  • Delta County Health director shares COVID-19 update
  • Ian Silverii of Progress Now says Western Slope residents should share comments on redistricting

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  • Historic bank building in Ridgway gutted by fire
  • Southwest Airlines now flying from Montrose to Denver, Dallas
  • Montrose green waste program suspended due to contaminated loads
  • West Elk Mine facing new fines
  • CSU research project brings 10 bison to preserve in Bent County
  • Local drug case thrown out due to illegal police search
  • Governor praises Congress for COVID relief package
  • Jodi Peterson reports on more efficient irrigation methods 

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  • Tighter COVID-19 restrictions start Friday in Mesa County
  • CDPHE tweaks exposure app to alert users more quickly
  • Cedaredge begins discussing retail marijuana plan
  • Fox Theater reopening Friday in Montrose
  • Ridgway Town Council accepting applications
  • Delta Hospital pulmonologist Dr. Sara Knutson discusses coronavirus response

Wyoming Fish & Game

  • State names Delta Walmart pharmacy, Delta Building Center as COVID outbreak sites
  • Affordable housing project in Ridgway to break ground next spring
  • Luke Runyon: Colorado River's largest reservoirs expected to keep struggling due to climate change
  • Scott Franz: Gray wolf reintroduction proposition will be on the statewide ballot 

  

Kaspar Keil

The live events industry has declared a red alert with over 1500 venues across the country illuminating their buildings in red at night to raise awareness about the financial strain of the pandemic. The goal is to encourage Congress to pass bipartisan legislation known as the Restart Act, sponsored by Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet. KVNF’s Gavin Dahl learned more from Sen. Bennet about the proposed law earlier this summer.

Talkin Music: Rob Miller

Aug 20, 2020
Kori Stanton

KVNF's Kori Stanton talks with Rob Miller of Pickin' Productions about the music industry during the pandemic and how Colorado is putting the Arts at the forefront.

  • 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

Anne Ryan

On this edition of Local Motion, KVNF News interviews veterans and their family members about PTSD, healing, and adventure therapy.  A hand-picked team of 9 gathered together for a 4-day hut ski outside of Ridgway last month as part of the LEADS program. We'll hear stories about the many problems faced by veterans when they come home, as well as stories about healing and redemption.

  • Bernie Sanders poised to win Colorado's Super Tuesday primary
  • Local school will retrain former Russell Stover employees
  • In Ridgway, LEADS program helps veterans heal through ski adventure
  • New technology could assist the state fight against wildfires

  • Governor declares state of emergency due to lack of propane
  • 33,000 Colorado residents, mostly rural, face winter without heating fuel
  • Young students in Ridgway inspire city-wide ban on plastic bags
  • Head of Delta County Economic Development appointed to state board

  • Bull Draw Fire near Nucla doubles in size, containment not expected till Sept. 15th
  • Land and Water Conservation Act will sunset unless reauthorized by Congress
  • Rural Philanthropy Days conference set for North Fork Valley next June
  • Ridgway resident sets national speed record in a piston-driven vehicle- over 440 mph

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, April 8, 2016

Apr 8, 2016

  • Record number of candidates turn in signatures to reserve spot on primary ballot
  • Western Slope commercial marijuana grower under state pesticide investigation
  • Ridgway streets to be paved in 120 year first
  • Clean Power Plan caught in state budget fight

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Apr 6, 2016

  • Oil and gas local control bill fails in state legislature
  • Oyster joins race for San Miguel County Commissioner
  • Ulibarri misses petition deadline for Montrose County Commissioner Race
  • Ridgway Fire expands rescue services 
  • Coal production down in Colorado
  • Region 10 receives $1.8M for regional broadband effort  

downtown Ridgway
CDOT

A major road improvement project in Ridgway is set to start next week.

The project includes widening State Highway 62 through the town and adding a turn lane. Additionally, the main streets through downtown will be paved for the first time (in Ridgway's 125-year history) and landscaping, public art, curbs, and gutters will be installed. 

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?  

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.  

Elsewhere Studios
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

This week Colorado Creative Industries, the state’s art agency, announced this year’s recipients of its Colorado Creates grant program.

It awarded 168 grants to organizations across the state. In the KVNF listening area, groups in Delta, Gunnison, Mesa, Ouray and San Miguel counties got funding.

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