Rocky Mountain Community Radio Coalition

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

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

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

  

Claudia Garcia Curzio

  • KVNF wins 12 awards from Society of Professional Journalists
  • Paonia in Motion launches community survey
  • Former Paonia police officer & Cedaredge High School tutor Shawn Sanchez arrested on suspicion of sex offenses against teen girl
  • Holy Cross Energy & CMC team up on large photovoltaic solar array near Glenwood
  • Democrats introduce 3 bills to prevent gun violence, reject assault weapon ban idea
  • Shannon Dean, new director of San Miguel Resource Center talks about Sexual Assault Awareness Month & their confidential support line is a

KVNF notched 12 stories on the list of 2021 Top of the Rockies winners.

Scott Franz

  • Delta, Ouray, Hinsdale, Gunnison County are now Green on the state's COVID dial, while Montrose, Mesa, San Miguel County are still Blue
  • Cedaredge pot shop application process opens April 2nd
  • Governor orders flags to half-staff on Saturday in honor of Chester Riley
  • New study finds listening to nature could have significant health benefits
  • Lawmakers begin debating controversial health care plan aimed at lowering costs for those who buy insurance on the individual market because they can't get it through an employer

Colorado News Connection

  • Delta County moves to Green on COVID dial [UPDATE: Restaurants no longer have capacity limits]
  • National Park Service warns of ice breaking up along shorelines of Curecanti Rec Area
  • State lawmakers from Boulder want new gun regulations
  • What you can do to help stop salmonella outbreak killing birds in the Mountain West
  • As migrant agricultural workers return, community health centers are helping distribute COVID vaccines
  • Nancy Watzman comments on on combating misinformation & disinformation at CFOIC's Sunshine Week panel 

  

Neil Best / KUNC

After five decades at KUNC in Greeley, president and CEO Neil Best is retiring this spring. He joined KVNF during our Spring Membership Drive to encourage listeners to donate, talked about the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition, and said he looks forward to finally spending more time with his grandchildren. KVNF wishes Neil all the best in the next chapter of his life after five decades of building capacity for public radio in the Mountain West.

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

KVNF's Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz joins Gavin Dahl to discuss Sunshine Week, talk about his time reporting in Steamboat before heading to the State Capitol, share some of the exciting collaborations emerging from the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition, and explain why listeners should support KVNF during the Spring Membership Drive. He also says he recently heard Gavin's voice in the Capitol basement, and found another reporter listening to coverage of Lauren Boebert's event in Montrose.

  • Colorado Farm & Food Alliance applauds review of Interior Dept oil & gas leasing programs
  • CPW studying why elk in Avalanche Creek herd are rejecting their young
  • Colorado Bureau of Investigation reports DUI arrests way down last year
  • Lawmakers again seek to ban single use plastic bags, styrofoam containers
  • Highway 50 construction project between Gunnison & Montrose continues to draw criticism
  • Zoom Boom: Kate Redmond speaks to realtor Carrie Soto about pandemic impacts on housing market

  

Eric Goold

  • Delta Health adding new pediatrics clinic
  • Red Rocks asks for 2500 capacity instead of 175-person limit
  • Breckenridge hiring private security to enforce mask mandates
  • CPW permanently suspends hunting privileges of poacher
  • Lawmakers initially approve bill penalizing gun owners who fail to secure firearms from children at home
  • Addressing confusion over Johnson & Johnson vaccine efficacy
  • Kate Redmond speaks to Chris Caskey of Delta Brick and Climate Company about the CORE Act

Scott Franz

  • Colorado teachers now have rapid COVID self-tests from the state
  • CDC says ventilation indoors can cut down spread of COVID, but what makes for good ventilation?
  • Capitol Coverage: Colorado lawmakers considering $1B stimulus proposal in response to pandemic
  • Paonia town administrator Corinne Ferguson discusses notices sent to residents last week about lead exceeding permitted levels at six specific testing sites, and outlines next steps

Paonia Eagles, Football, Sports, High School
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

  

Maeve Conran / KGNU

  • Delta Libraries closed temporarily this week in response to a belligerent man refusing to wear a mask
  • Paonia Town Council renewed Corinne Ferguson's contract
  • Colorado West Land Trust announced conservation of ranch land near Black Canyon
  • Sabotage of Aspen gas lines continues to vex investigators
  • KGNU's Maeve Conran reports a proposal for what could be the state's largest fracking site is drawing community opposition in Boulder County, including high schoolers adding their voices to the chorus of protest

  

Chad Reich

  • Paonia's working group is closing in on a draft ordinance to regulate marijuana shops. KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with Paonia Town Trustee Michelle Pattison to get an update.
  • A Bureau of Land Management field office on the Western Slope decided to open 95% of lands under its watch to oil and gas leasing. But the State of Colorado and Western Slope conservation groups are suing to try to stop the lease sales. For the Rocky Mountain Community Radio fossil fuel reporting collaboration, Chad Reich reports.

Cody Perry

  • Two Forks Club awards funding to Marigold Livestock, Deer Tree Farm & Agroforest, Topp Fruits, Mountain Harvest Bakery
  • 350 Colorado criticizing Governor's new Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction roadmap
  • Consumer groups want Xcel Energy shareholders, not ratepayers, to take on wildfire mitigation costs
  • Lauren Boebert loses another staffer amid Capitol insurrection fallout
  • Scott Franz: Polis promises response to alleged racially disproportionate COVID vaccine distribution
  • Jodi Peterson: Why Colorado won't close 3 coal power plants early

Cody Perry

Colorado regulators proposed early closures for three coal-fired power plants to improve air quality and fight climate change. Then they reversed the decision a month later. Jodi Peterson reports on the proposal and why it was abandoned. This story was produced as part of a collaborative project reporting on the impacts of fossil fuels, coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Community Radio Coalition.

 

    

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

Marci Krivonen / Aspen Public Radio

  • Cedaredge trustees leaning toward cap of 2 recreational, 1 medical marijuana retailers
  • Delta County Health Department not ready to vaccinate individuals younger than 70
  • Colorado's largest union of educators calling on lawmakers to increase funding, make classrooms safer
  • KSJD's Austin Cope: As Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association shifts focus to more renewable energy, undoing years of fossil fuel influence won't be easy

  

Roberta McGowan / The Sopris Sun

  • Colorado sending National Guard troops to inauguration
  • Governor launches Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction roadmap
  • Congresswoman Lauren Boebert's communications director resigns
  • Senator John Hickenlooper announces 7 regional offices, including Grand Junction, Durango
  • Colorado lawmakers adjourned for at least a month after 3-day 'soft opening'
  • KBUT's Christopher Biddle reports on the fight for clean drinking water in Somerset