Transportation

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  • Interior Department restarts oil & gas leasing on public lands while fighting lawsuit by industry
  • Colorado proposes new transportation planning standards to reduce pollution
  • Delta, Montrose among 16 recipients of CDOT funds to revitalize Main Streets
  • Palisade faces criticism over regulation of retail pot shops
  • Ruedi Reservoir so low Aspen could struggle to generate hydro power
  • Water shortage declared for lower Colorado River Basin
  • Kate Redmond reports on release of 2020 Census numbers

  

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  • 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

  

KVNF Regional Newscast: May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021
Laura Palmisano

  • Governor launching new Colorado Department of Early Childhood
  • Redistricting in Colorado may be further delayed by proposed legistation
  • Montrose City Councilman Dave Bowman has resigned
  • CDOT senior historian Lisa Schoch explains what makes Gunnison River Bridge historic
  • Laura Palmisano interviews Republican State Senator Don Coram of Montrose about bills he has co-sponsored that have been signed into law by the Governor

  

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Lisa Schoch, environmental protection specialist and senior historian for CDOT's environmental programs branch, explains it is the design that makes the Gunnison River Bridge on Highway 92 near Delta historic.

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  • 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

  • Mental health patients facing fewer and fewer options for treatment
  • Prison system in Colorado top provider of care for mental health patients
  • New commission tasked with establishing rail system on Front Range
  • Earthquakes in Oklahoma due to fracking wastewater storage

  • Capitol Coverage beat reporter Bente Birkeland in studio
  • Governor's race, transportation, rural/urban divide all issues facing lawmakers
  • 25th annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival is tomorrow

  • State ponders rail line from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins
  • Proposed bill would digitize CORA data
  • State Republicans hope to repair, rebuild relationship with media

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. 

Montrose Police To Ticket 'Coal Rollers'

Feb 24, 2016
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Jim Hill / KUNC

Police in Montrose will be cracking down on ‘coal rollers’.       

When a vehicle with a modified exhaust quickly accelerates in order to spew out a black cloud of smoke, it's called ‘rolling coal’. Montrose Police Chief Tom Chinn says over the past several months the department has received numerous complaints from residents about diesel trucks doing this.

I-70 In Glenwood Canyon Reopens With Limited Hours

Feb 18, 2016
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Tracy Trulove / CDOT

Updated 2/21/16

The closed portion of I-70 in Glenwood Canyon reopened Sunday evening, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. 

However, CDOT spokeswoman Amy Ford said intermittent road closures are planned over the next several days. 

"We think we are going to be in this combination of the pilot car configuration open from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m then closing down from 9 a.m. til 4 p.m.," said Ford. 

CDOT said the pilot car program will guide traffic through a six-mile long closure that's down to a single lane. 

Harriet Kelly has one word to describe the day she stopped driving four years ago: miserable.

"It's no fun when you give up driving," she says. "I just have to say that."

Kelly, who lives in Denver, says she was in her 80s when she noticed her eyesight declining. She got anxious driving on the highway, so decided to stop before her kids made the move for her.

"I just told them I'd stop driving on my birthday — my 90th birthday — and I did. And I was mad at myself because I did it," she says, laughing. "I thought I was still pretty good!"

Efforts to fund much-needed repairs to Amtrak's Southwest Chief line got an extra boost Monday as the U. S. Department of Transportation awarded $15.2 million to the project.  Combined with matching funds, the grant, known as a TIGER grant, totals $24.5 million.

 

The U.S. Department of Interior decided Tuesday that the greater sage grouse does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act. The bird spans 11 western states including Colorado, where it lives in pockets along the western slope, but is mostly concentrated in the northwest part of the state.

Gov. John Hickenlooper was one of the many people working to avoid a federal listing for the bird. While the sage grouse decision is a win for the governor, a few other initiatives – and longtime battles in Colorado – still need his attention.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Sep 18, 2015

  • Homeless man gets 6 months for trashing federal land near Telluride
  • Montrose chiropractor seriously injured in collision
  • Mesa County DA resigns, takes federal position
  • CDOT says Bustang successful so far, but may expand in 2016
  • Oil and gas fatalities up in 2014
  • Colorado legislature continues to wrangle over rain barrels

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Sep 16, 2015

  • Road closures across Western Slope
  • Montrose Fire District becomes first to sign up for city's new dispatch center
  • A look at TABOR and the recreational marijuana sales tax holiday
  • Legislators debate legality of collecting rain water

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Sep 7, 2015

  • Montrose revokes contract with airport company after 9 months
  • Travel delays begin this week
  • Voters in Cedaredge to tackle broadband and sales tax in November
  • Schools, libraries ask for property tax increase this year
  • CSU researchers study hemp

Durango­-Grand Junction Bus Services Marks One Year

Jul 22, 2015
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SUCAP

This month, marks the one-year anniversary of a regional bus service that connects Durango to Grand Junction. 

The Southern Ute Community Action Programs started Road Runner Stage Lines after Greyhound stopped running the route several years ago. 

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Clayton Richter, the division director of SUCAP’s Road Runner Transportation, about the service. 


KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jul 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • Biden Tours Manufacturing Center In Denver, Leads Workforce Roundtable
  • Montrose County Loses Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
  • Rep. Thurlow Launches 2016 Re-­Election Campaign
  • Durango­-Grand Junction Bus Services Marks One Year
  • Issues Continue With Evaporation Pit In Mesa County
  • Comment Period Extended For Proposed Oil & Gas Project Near Somerset

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Jul 21, 2015

  Newscast

  • Identity of motorcyclist who died over the weekend released
  • Survey highlights problems for long term rentals in ski towns
  • Science program brings students out of the classroom and into the woods
  • Road construction begins in Delta, Montrose Counties
  • Colorado gets a new national monument
  • Glenwood Springs wildfire under control

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, July 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015

  Newscast

  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Visits Colorado
  • Lightning Suspected Cause Of Two Deaths In Aspen Backcountry
  • Authorities Continue Search For Man Who Attacked Ouray Officers
  • Gas Pipeline Proposed For Public Lands In Mesa County
  • Grand Junction Wants Direct Flights To West Coast, L.A
  • Palisade To Get Bike Skills Park
  • City Of Montrose Tries Diagonal Parking Experiment

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Jul 14, 2015

  Newscast

  • Waldorf school close to becoming reality in Paonia
  • CDOT begins transit system from Denver to Glenwood Springs
  • Food Bank in Grand Junction begins looks for new home
  • Time capsule discovered in Lake City
  • Commissioners fight for grazing, roads in BLM area

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jun 24, 2015

Newscast

  • New Colorado Supreme Court Justice Appointed
  • Delta Continues Search For New City Manager 
  • Bicycle Tour of Colorado Stops In Hotchkiss
  • Highway 133 Closes For Blasting North Of Paonia
  • BLM Wants Comments On Grand Junction Airport Land Transfer Plan
  • iSeeChange: Mushroom Hunting 

CDOT Approves $1 Million for the Southwest Chief

May 25, 2015

The Colorado Department of Transportation Commission voted unanimously to approve $1 million to help preserve the Southwest Chief rail line in southern Colorado. It's part of a route that stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The aging track needs major upgrades or Amtrak will have to reroute the line out of Colorado and parts of New Mexico and Kansas. The train stops in Lamar, La Junta and Trinidad, in southeastern Colorado.

CDOT Wants Local Input On Statewide Bike Map

Jan 5, 2015
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Laura Palmisano

The Colorado Department of Transportation, CDOT, maintains a statewide map of bike routes. The agency is looking to upgrade this online map with more local information. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to CDOT spokesman Dan Wilson about the effort. Wilson says the agency wants local governments to help it update the map. 

With its new restaurants and stores, Denver's recently reopened Union Station is bustling now. But five years ago, it would have been empty.

"If you would have come down here on a Saturday, there would have been no one in here," says Walter Isenberg, who runs Sage Hospitality, one of the main architects of Union Station's resurgence. "It would have been this vacant, desolate hall. Ceilings were peeling, kind of in some major disrepair."

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is a long-distance passenger train that travels daily from Chicago to Los Angeles along the Mountain Route of the historic Santa Fe Trail.  Along the way, it knits together rural communities, like La Junta, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico and connects them to larger cities, like Albuquerque and Kansas City.  The route is at risk though.

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