Western Slope Conservation Center

Brett Henderson / High Country Conservation Advocates

  • 125 new COVID cases in Delta County this week, 13 COVID patients hospitalized at Delta Health
  • CDPHE considering reinstating indoor mask mandates
  • Colorado ordering doses of Pfizer shots for kids aged 5-11 as FDA nears decision
  • Lauren Boebert identified among members of Congress allegedly conspiring to block certification of election results at January 6th insurrection
  • State auditors find flaws in pandemic relief program that paid landlords
  • Kate Redmond reports on GMUG forest plan, Western Slope Conservation Center's public comment help

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 

Courtesy of Western Slope Conservation Center

  • The Highland Games return to Grand Junction this weekend and Kate Redmond gets an update on what's planned this time around from board member Jennifer McCurdy
  • Ben Katz talks with Gavin Dahl about what Western Slope Conservation Center has planned for Public Lands Day tomorrow, and how to get involved
  • KGNU's Roz Brown speaks to a former regent about the impending departure of conservative University of Colorado president Mark Kennedy, after faculty and students voted to censure him

  

Local Motion: North Fork Delegation

Jun 23, 2017

A group of North Fork residents went to Washington DC where they spoke with decision makers regarding the community's vision for the future.  Alex Johnson Executive Director at the Western Slope Conservation Center, Mary Marshall of Solar Energy International and local business owner, Frederick Zimmer talk about their trip.

BLM Draft Resource Management Plan

Sep 29, 2016

KVNF looks at the recent Draft Resource Management Plan (called an RMP) released by the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office in June.  Alex Johnson, Director of the Western Slope Conservation Center,  Dana Wilson, Acting Field Manager at the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office and Bill Day of Western Colorado Congress, break it down. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Dec 17, 2015

  • Lake City voters approve OHVs on town roads
  • Winter storm increases avalanche conditions
  • Public safety officials brief lawmakers on state trooper numbers
  • New map shows natural resource data for North Fork
  • Researchers develop new carbon capture technology

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015

Oct 26, 2015

  •  San Miguel County mulls looser restrictions on marijuana operations
  • Teen birthrate drops by half in Colorado
  • Delta County coalition awarded grant to connect kids to outdoors
  • Space is running out for the salt pump in Paradox Valley

Paonia Students Clean Up River­side On Earth Day

Apr 24, 2015
poppy lightfoot, trash clean up
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

In honor of Earth Day on Wednesday, a group of middle schools students in Paonia volunteered to clean up trash along the river. 

Armed with black trash bags and work gloves more than 20 seventh and eighth grade students are searching for rubbish in the woods near Paonia High School.

The area is next to the North Fork of the Gunnison River, a tributary of the Colorado River. And, these middle schoolers are here for a community service project coordinated by the Western Slope Conservation Center, a local nonprofit.

Tracking Changes In Drinking Water

Sep 24, 2014
Jake Ryan

Last weekend, conservationists, students, and volunteers were spread out across the North Fork area, collecting water samples.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan found out why.

Jessica Reeder via Flickr (CC BY creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

There’s a new study that’ll be happening in the North Fork area.  The Western Slope Conservation Center and University of Colorado Boulder are teaming up to test water wells.

The collaboration is looking for drinking well owners who would like to participate in the tests.  The first round of testing is planned for September 20th and 21st. 

North Fork Merchant Herald

Today on Local Motion we talk with three of the people involved with the North Fork Air Quality Study, a year-long project put together by CU-Boulder, the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Delta County School District. 

The project will use low-cost, portable and permanent monitoring devices to get baseline measurements of air quality in the North Fork Valley. 

  • BLM Extends Public Comment Period on Dominguez-Escalante Draft RMP
  • New Study Finds Natural Gas Industry Leaking 9 Percent of Product Into Air
  • Housing Resources of Western Colorado to Offer Weatherization Services for Low-Income Residents
  • Western Slope Conservation Center Awarded Grant to Expand Paonia River Park Trails
  • Childhood Colorado Obesity Up, While National Levels Down
  • Telluride Voters Will Decide on Sugary Drinks Tax
  • State Republicans Criticize Hickenlooper’s “Attack on Transparency”
  • CU-Boulder Falls to

The fight to keep negative impacts of gas drilling out of the North Fork Valley got a boost as community members got a glimpse of the area from a higher plane. On Monday The Western Slope Conservation Center and Eco-Flight offered two tours of the North Fork Valley to graphically show the importance of the North Fork Valley Alternative Plan – a proposal created to provide a rallying point for residents concerned about oil and gas extraction on public lands. The Conservation Center’s director Sarah Sauter explains the purpose of the flights.

Headlines:

  • Benzene detected in Parachute Creek for first time
  • Nearly half a million state residents eligible under new health care laws
  • INFORM loses challenge, uranium waste to remain in Western Colorado
  • Conservation Center sponsors e-cycling event in honor of Earth Day
  • Powderhorn ski resort will be open this weekend after new snow
  • Money sought to sustain program drawing movies to Colorado

A dedicated troupe showed up to tramp around the Paonia River Park yesterday and mark another step in its transformation from an in-stream gravel operation into a thriving fish and wildlife habitat, wetlands, swimming and boating area, and riverside park.

The Conservation Center held an annual meeting yesterday, and chose a new name: Western Slope Conservation Center. The nonprofit was created by the marriage of two deep-rooted local organizations, the North Fork River Improvement Association, known as NFRIA, and the Western Slope Environmental Resource Council, known as WSERC.

Headlines:

  • BLM defers leases from Mesa Verde, Dinosaur National Monument
  • Poll shows residents of Rocky Mountain states strongly favor conservation
  • Dems at State House face conflict from friends and foes over gun control
  • Western Slope Conservation Center moves forward after merger of non-profits