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This week on Wildcard, nine stories from around the region, produced by reporters at KVNF's partner stations in the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition. We'll hear from KSJD about fighting food insecurity with gleaning, and from KGNU about a new app to help gardners avoid wasting food. KSUT covers the ceremony at Fort Lewis College to remove inaccurate displays misrepresenting the school's history as a federal Indian boaring school. KSJD introduces us to the 69th Miss Navajo Nation, Niagara Rockbridge.

Laura Palmisano

  • Colorado now offering rapid, at-home COVID tests directly to residents
  • Advantage Treatment Center at community corrections complex in Montrose is a COVID outbreak site
  • About 1 in 99 people in Colorado is contagious with COVID, the highest rate this year
  • Colorado Congressmembers urge FCC to add text option to national suicide prevention hotline
  • State economists boost revenue expectations
  • Census Bureau identifies risk factors in the way of community resilience during disasters
  • Scientists identify Colorado rivers, streams to protect

Paul Sancya / AP

  • Grand Mesa Nordic Council announces logging trucks on Scales Lake Road delayed until next season
  • Senator Michael Bennet applauds inclusion of Thompson Divide protections in House reconciliation bill
  • Fort Lewis College removes historically inaccurate plaque, led by Ute Mountain Ute tribal members
  • Governor Jared Polis outlines COVID booster shot rollout to general public
  • Sarah Hamma of CDPHE explains state's new COVID testing program in schools

  

Citizens for a Healthy Community

  • Montrose High School graduate Daniel Granberg dies in Bolivia
  • Jury finds Henry Russell not guilty of attempted murder for Paonia shooting
  • Montrose mayor pro tem Dave Frank appointed chair of CML policy committee
  • Class-action lawsuit filed against state Medicaid program
  • Trooper who protects the Governor arrested, charged with felony menacing
  • Colorado hospitals show signs of stress as number of COVID patients grows
  • Citizens for a Healthy Community panel addresses climate change

  

Scott Franz

  • 200 students & 18 staffers quarantined in MCSD, DCSD finally updates dashboard
  • COVID deaths rising in Colorado, with 860 hospitalized on Tuesday alone
  • Mobile vaccine clinic staff harassed, threatened in Gilpin County
  • County clerks receive threatening letters from conspiracy theorists
  • 283 hate crimes reported in Colorado last year, up 22%
  • Over 160 new state laws took effect this week
  • USDA adjusting deadlines for crop insurance applications
  • New poll shows lowering health insurance costs a top priority for Colorado voters

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  • Delta Health facing critical financial losses
  • Colorado making more rental assistance payments as eviction moratorium ends
  • Nordic Council & Forest Service identify 2 possible solutions for Grand Mesa conflict
  • Mesa County voters will decide on 2 marijuana measures this November
  • Statewide ballot questions aim to raise marijuana prices, lower property taxes, restrict state spending
  • Health experts offering tips to reduce air pollution inside homes
  • USDA sees drought impacts on soybean crops

  • Colorado requring staff at hospitals, some health facilities to get vaccinated by September 30th
  • New COVID cases now rising faster in Colorado kids than adults
  • Montrose County considered 'high transmission rate' community, Delta County 'substantial'
  • Republican activists hope to convince 75% of GOP Central Committee to vote to ditch open primaries
  • Officials marked international drug overdose day at state Capitol
  • Hotchkiss marshal's office gets 3 new employees, who are all resigning from Paonia PD

  

Lucas Brady Woods / KSJD

  • CORRecycling in Grand Junction caught fire Monday
  • Hops growers in Colorado navigate new business terrain
  • Surface Creek Valley Historical Society raising money to save Shortbranch building
  • Mudslides in Glenwood Canyon reshape the Colorado River
  • Local organizations in Montezuma County are building affordable housing developments

  

Ben Katz / Western Slope Conservation Center

  • Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters in more hot water
  • CDOT falsely reported Independence Pass was closed on August 4th to reduce use
  • Biologists study impact of Glenwood Canyon mudslides on the Colorado River
  • Anti-speculation water task force fails to agree on recommendations
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation funds habitat & research
  • Mountain towns pursuing limits on short term rentals
  • Western Slope Conservation Center's Ben Katz explains issues with GMUG forest management plan

Read and comment on the USFS draft plan 

Amy Hadden Marsh / KDNK

  • Highway 50 returns to regular closures Sept 1
  • July the hottest month ever recorded
  • Research shows wildfire smoke harmful to dairy cows
  • Colorado will require vaccines for workers at 24/7 facilities for vulnerable populations
  • FEC alleges Lauren Boebert has been spending campaign funds for personal use
  • KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reports Cottonwood Pass, at times narrow and dangerous, has become more popular during Glenwood Canyon closures, but a long-term plan is needed

  

Kate Redmond

  • CDOT says I-70 should reopen through Glenwood Canyon by Saturday night
  • Rural Utilities Service awards $10.5M to Elevate for Pea Green, East Delta projects
  • Sen. Coram, Rep. Catlin hope MCSD can obtain exemption from changing native mascots
  • San Miguel Public Health urging residents to wear masks indoors
  • Community college enrollment declining in Colorado
  • Paonia grapples with short term rentals, but no action taken at this week's trustee meeting

  

Julia Caulfield / KOTO

  • Secretary of State requests inspection of Mesa County election equipment due to potential security breach
  • Oil & gas company KP Kauffman facing fines & COGCC hearing for long list of alleged violations
  • Montrose City Council commits $500k to support improvements at 3 mobile home parks
  • 4 local businesses buying Ouray Chalet Inn to repurpose for workforce housing
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports on Telluride's short-term rental tax to fund affordable housing efforts

  

Tamara Chuang / Colorado Sun

  • New Colorado law lets universities award associates degrees to students who accrued 70 college credits
  • Bureau of Reclamation drawing down Blue Mesa Reservoir to help shore up Lake Powell
  • Colorado Sun reporter Tamara Chuang asked readers what constitutes a living wage, and discusses their responses with KGNU's Shannon Young

  

Delta County Sheriff's Office

  • Delta County Sheriff's Office seizes 1800 marijuana plants in Delta
  • Black Coloradans arrested at twice the rate of whites on pot charges in Colorado
  • Cedaredge making progress on retail ganja
  • Governor announces new Cannabis Business Office
  • Farmworkers' Bill of Rights goes further than federal law to protect guest workers
  • Paonia administrator Corinne Ferguson says 1 million-gallon water tank is coming back online
  • What does opioid epidemic settlement money mean for rural Colorado counties?

  

  • CDC & CDPHE face confusion, paranoia about efforts to fight COVID in Mesa County
  • Reporter Sandra Fish tracks political spending of Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort
  • KGNU's Dave Ashton speaks to state senator Julie Gonzales and Denver County Clerk & Recorder Paul Lopez at All Star Voting Rights Rally in Denver, ahead of the MLB All-Star game tonight at Coors Field

  

Scott Franz

  • 107 degree temperature on Friday in Grand Junction was hottest ever
  • USFS releases environmental impact statement for Berlaimont Estates project in Eagle County
  • At CPAC, Lauren Boebert says, 'we don't want your welfare' and yet over 30,000 constituent families in CD3 receive SNAP benefits
  • Steamboat Springs crackdown on short-term rentals in the name of housing causing friction

  

KDNK

  • Talking Gourds Poetry Program presents Partridge Boswell at Bardic Trails tomorrow
  • Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm promotes transition away from fossil fuels during Colorado visit
  • KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports on a new effort in the Roaring Fork Valley to connect locals dealing with housing insecurity to resources

Will Walkey / KHOL

  • Mandatory watering restrictions decrease water demand, voluntary restrictions do not
  • Facing false fraud allegations, County Clerks Association recommends changes to election system
  • Grand Junction City Council rooting for defeat of Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, who says her office will no longer run the city's election
  • Gunnison County Sheriff deputies arrest man with pipe bombs at Monarch Pass
  • Second Chance vet tech Tabitha Wright offers ideas for scared dogs on 4th of July
  • Jackson & Vail helping offering workers down payment assistance

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

Andrew Bare / Inciweb

  • State lawmakers passed bills to better prepare for wildfires including buying an advanced helicopter
  • Terry Rhoades reelected to San Miguel Power board of directors
  • Family of Montrose boy sexually abused by Joshua Hemphill files civil suit against Partners
  • Ouray County Plaindealer publishers honored with Colorado Press Association Rising Star award
  • Governor Polis signed bills Monday he says will accelerate Colorado's recovery from COVID pandemic
  • KSJD public health reporter Tay Glass explores the dangers of wildfire smoke, mitigation tactics

Scott Franz

  • BLM managing 14-acre South Fork fire near Nucla, smoke visible this week is mostly from Arizona
  • CORE Act getting a Senate committee hearing on June 16th
  • Safe2Tell hotline prevention program for youth remains available while school is out at 877-542-7233
  • Youth Rising Film Fest from Citizens for a Healthy Community wraps up tonight with Youth v. Gov
  • Capitol Coverage Scott Franz explores how decisions by lawmakers during the 2021 session, that wrapped up last night, will impact the lives of Colorado residents

  

In a special edition of Wildcard, KVNF's Gavin Dahl assembles a selection of stories from around the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition.

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  • Colorado hires marketing firm to craft public health messaging, track & respond to bogus claims
  • Mesa County offering monetary incentives to encourage COVID vaccinations
  • Two unvaccinated Denver deputies employed at the downtown jail died from COVID in May
  • KGNU's Hannah Leigh Myers speaks to director of a VA program combating veteran suicide

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

Courtesy of Rob Miller

  • Delta County School Board votes not to adopt comprehensive sex ed
  • Sen. Bennet calls on Congress to mitigate wildfires, restore forests
  • Marijuana pardons forthcoming
  • COVID cases are spiking in Moab
  • Delta County Democrats give scholarships to Hotchkiss & Cedaredge seniors
  • Philanthropist George Stranahan has died
  • Luke Runyon: Lake Powell strategizing is underway
  • Scott Franz: Residents statewide share thoughts on COVID vaccines

Governor Jared Polis

  • More people caught COVID than received a COVID vaccine in Mesa County last week
  • Ela Family Farms has planted over 1000 'adopted' trees
  • Telluride Town Council purchases vacant lot to build 20-30 affordable housing units
  • Outgoing Western Colorado University president getting extra year of salary, paid vacation
  • Town of Carbondale drops charges against Black resident and KDNK DJ Michael Francisco
  • From KBUT: Gov. Polis answers questions from Christopher Biddle about affordable housing

  

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

  

Eleanor Bennett / Aspen Public Radio

  • Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz and Colorado River reporter Luke Runyon honored with Murrow awards
  • 70 teachers in MCSD nominated for Teacher of the Year
  • Skate park will be the focus of Paonia in Motion design workshop on Tuesday 4-6pm at Blue Sage
  • Ouray County Commissioners pause plans for two new marijuana cultivation facilities
  • Lawmakers want to create new office on preventing gun violence
  • Skyler Lomahaftewa, a Ute tribal member of the Uncompahgre band, is trying to bring tradition back to the Roaring Fork Valley where he lives

Courtesy of KZMU

  • Delta County Commissioners oppose forthcoming 'Protect Animals from Unnecessary Suffering & Exploitation' ballot initiative 
  • CDOT has a bridge to sell you
  • CDC: Coloradans suffered dizziness from anxiety, not Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine
  • Lawmakers unveil transportation bill that adds fees to ride shares & deliveries
  • Cops face discipline on Eastern Plains, in Denver
  • Lawmakers vote on new gun control bills this week
  • Archaeologist Don Montoya talks to KZMU about vandalism at Birthing Rock petroglyphs near Moab

Clara Pena

This week on Local Motion, Gavin Dahl interviews three women doing public service media work in Colorado, photojournalist and educator Abby Harrison, Ouray County Plaindealer reporter Liz Teitz, and KGNU news director Shannon Young.

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