San Miguel County

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  • Tracy Stone-Manning confirmed to run BLM
  • President Biden nominating Cole Finnegan as next US Attorney for Colorado
  • Loveland Medical Clinic fined for marketing bogus COVID cures
  • Anti-mask parents attempting recall of school board members in Boulder & Weld Counties
  • San Miguel County extends indoor mask mandate for another month
  • Lone Cone Legacy Trust hosts Harvest Celebration Dinner in Norwood on Saturday
  • Black Canyon park ranger Paul Zaenger retiring after 40 years working for National Park Service

Courtesy of The Learning Council

  • Majority of Colorado students attend school under local mask mandates, but not in Montrose, Delta, or Mesa County
  • 22 schools in Mesa County have active COVID outbreaks
  • Delta County reports first West Nile virus death
  • San Miguel County identifies 8 cases of RSV in infants & toddlers
  • Ouray County hires new county attorney
  • Mary Hockenberry's art recognized with Creative Leadership Award
  • Republican Heidi Ganahl running for Governor
  • Learning Council's Amanda Campbell talks about new Delta County CARES initiative

Delta County School District

  • Comparing & contrasting area school district dashboards reveals big differences
  • Biology professor calls Colorado Mesa University individual freedom rhetoric 'a very cynical position' given delta variant
  • San Miguel County public health director points to data on masking, asserts not requiring masks means higher COVID cases
  • Delta County Schools assistant superintendent Kurt Clay tells KVNF many students would drop out of school if a mask mandate is enforced, explains contact tracing, & shares why quarantine numbers aren't published

Dave Kanzer / Colorado River District

  • COVID outbreaks in 42 Colorado schools last week, including 26 positives at Naturita Elementary
  • Delta County School Board failed to update COVID dashboard, still no reply from North Fork Montessori to KVNF questions about quarantines
  • More new pediatric COVID cases in Mesa County than any other age range
  • San Miguel County imposes indoor mask mandate for September
  • Water success stories are rare, but Dave Kanzer from Colorado River District shares good news about the management of selenium in the Lower Gunnison River

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  • 20 positive COVID tests at West Elk Mine 
  • Telluride Foundation close to securing land for affordable housing in Norwood
  • Ouray plans to allow RVs on private property for workforce housing
  • Central High Warriors in Grand Junction dropping indigenous mascot
  • Storage facilities see unprecedented demand
  • Precedence hosts benefit July 1 for flooded Yurtstead Farms in Montrose
  • New study refutes argument that red flag gun laws are unconstitutional
  • Grace Barrett of Planet Bluegrass reflects on Spring Grass & Telluride Bluegrass

Argus Paul Estabrook

  • Committee narrows list of names for new high school: North Fork, West Elk, or Fire Mountain
  • Mutual Aid Distribution Day in Grand Junction marks one year and 150,000 pounds of shared food
  • BLM announces plan to protect habitat of gunnison sage grouse in San Miguel County
  • CDPHE whistleblowers seek audit of Colorado's Air Pollution Control Division
  • Democrats shelved 'dangerous attempts to make it harder to vote' in Colorado by Republicans
  • Robyn Vincent reports on the rise of anti-Asian racism during the pandemic

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

  • Delta County Commissioners meet with Delta City Council today 5:30-7:30pm
  • San Miguel County moves from orange to yellow on COVID dial today
  • Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon reopening to visitors May 1
  • Governor Polis says 1m more Coloradans will be eligible for COVID vaccine starting March 5
  • Montrose School District responds to proposed bill seeking to end Native mascots
  • Plastic has been around for a century and its environmental impacts are worsening, KDNK's Kathleen Shannon reports on one small solution

  

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.

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

  

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

  

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

  • Mesa, Delta, Montrose, San Miguel Counties will begin vaccinating frontline health workers next week
  • Connect for Health Colorado extends insurance sign-up deadline to Friday
  • Audit finds red flags at Colorado State Judiciary Administration
  • KBUT: Avalanche forecasters concerned about stability of this season's snowpack
  • Avalanche education courses see record enrollment numbers
  • Jodi Peterson gets oil & gas industry reaction to new COGCC rules

  

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

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.

  • 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

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  • State Supreme Court declines mask mandate lawsuit
  • Senator Cory Gardner touts Grand Junction Airport grant
  • 1800 pounds of marijuana seized in local raids
  • Back the Badge allegedly used taxpayer money in violation of state law
  • Utility shut off moratoriums end
  • 11 statewide initiatives qualified for Nov ballot
  • KOTO's Matt Hoisch on Telluride resort's plans

  • Governor Jared Polis looking at April 27th expiration of stay at home order
  • Testing saga in San Miguel County continues
  • US Postal Service was hurting before COVID-19 and now outlook is even worse
  • Delta County Commissioners have special meeting for small business relief

  • Governor Jared Polis extends stay at home order through April 27th
  •  Grand Junction and Montrose companies and volunteers work to make masks
  • San Miguel County first in the nation to offer all residents free coronavirus tests

  NEWS UPDATES

  • Municipal elections today
  • Stay-at-home order helping slow spread of COVID-19
  • Help on the way for nonprofits and small businesses

  • Governor Polis issues new executive orders curtailing spread of coronavirus
  • Delta County Schools will go on with meals, lessons during coronavirus closures
  • Town of Crawford takes steps to increase social distancing, limits public meetings
  • San Miguel County first in state to issue a shelter at home order for all residents

  • State Supreme Court denies Hickenlooper's request to clarify TABOR, Gallagher Amendment
  • Voters in San Miguel County approve financing for anti-suicide effort
  • Drought, climate change in state to get worse despite early snowfall
  • Nearly 50 percent of all state residents live in high wildfire danger areas
  • Boat ramps at Blue Mesa Reservoir closed due to low water, ice

  • Hundreds expected at state capitol for 12th Annual Latino Advocacy Day
  • H2O Radio reports on need for new terms, dialogue about ongoing drought
  • San Miguel County jail faces overcrowding, stressed budget with impending trials

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jun 9, 2016

  • River guide saves drowning woman on San Miguel rafting trip
  • Delta County GOP to investigate chairwoman’s actions
  • Colorado Democrats denouncing Trump after racist comments aimed at US judge
  • Solarize Delta County hits halfway point
  • Feds forecast low summer gas prices  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Jun 2, 2016

  • Former San Miguel County Commissioner Elaine Fischer passes away
  • Montrose School District grant for school renovations depends on voters
  • Sharing Ministries Food Bank expands to meet growing demand
  • Ballot campaign making it tougher to change state constitution launches  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016

  • Wild weather in Montrose sends two to hospital; funnel cloud forms
  • Decline in severance taxes affects funding for state water projects
  • San Miguel County Commissioner Elaine Fischer resigns due to health issues
  • Cocker Kids’ Foundation closes doors
  • Energy­-related CO2 emissions dropped in 2015  

  • Colorado snowpack is thinner in the south and west
  • Western Slope communities receive DOLA funding
  • San Miguel County sees a continued drop in energy use
  • Colorado considers regulating fantasy sports

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mar 1, 2016

  • Shutdown of Bowie #2 mine brings more loss to a struggling Delta County
  • Another man in San Miguel County dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
  • Empty building could become a regional center for veterans support
  • A Capitol Conversation about the recently failed end-of-life bill

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Jan 25, 2016

  • Colorado sees first avalanche death of the season
  • Former DeBeque town marshal under arrest again
  • San Miguel County Commissioner Art Goodtimes will not be running for re­election
  • A look at the quagmire of coal mine cleanup  

Volunteers of America, food
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A program on the Western Slope that makes sure seniors have enough food to ride out winter storms kicked into gear Monday. 

Workers with Volunteers of America packed “blizzard” boxes at the Senior CommUnity Meals site in Eckert.

The packages contain non-perishable items like tuna, cereal, powdered milk and canned soup.  

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