wildfire

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

  

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.

  • Russell Stover facility in Montrose will reopen as Western Slope Food & Innovation Center
  • District 51 summer extension enrolls 2500 students
  • Telluride Blues & Brews announces schedule, plans for 100% capacity
  • Vail Fire Chief Mark Novak calls for more urgent fire mitigation
  • Kate Redmond speaks with US Senator Michael Bennet about new disaster mitigation legislation he's pushing to include in President Biden's Jobs & Infrastructure Plan

Anne Landman

  • Montrose broke ground on a new development at the Colorado Outdoors site & a new Public Safety Complex downtown
  • Montrose City Council members nominated Doug Glaspell as new mayor
  • Independent Congressional Redistricting Commission voted unanimously to remove chair
  • Firefighters warn this year's conditions will be just as bad if not worse than last year
  • Grand Junction blogger Anne Landman reflects on the city's changing politics, as voters this week repealed a ban on retail marijuana & rejected a slate of conservative candidates

Kate Groetzinger / KUER

  • Tax Day pushed back to May 17
  • Grand Junction City Council candidates release campaign finance reports
  • Ridgway cancels April election
  • Montrose City Council approves La Raza Park improvements
  • 42nd annual Crawford Pioneer Days back in the saddle in June
  • Polis signs bills to help prepare for wildfire season
  • Moab has less water in aquifer than previously thought

  

Kate Redmond

  • Planet Bluegrass announces plans for this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival
  • Delta County Sheriff's Department eyes takeover of historic Delta Library building
  • Colorado lawmakers approve bill to spend tens of millions more on wildfire preparedness
  • Water scarcity in the Colorado River Basin causes some states to rethink water law
  • Law scholars argue for Indigenous knowledge to be admissible as court testimony
  • KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks to Mayor Mary Bachran about tree removal in Paonia

  

Luke Runyon / KUNC

  • New federal lawsuit challenges Fish & Wildlife Service de-listing gray wolves from Endangered Species list
  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife begins phasing in reintroduction of gray wolves, as approved last election
  • Littleton man Patrick Montgomery becomes 4th Coloradan arrested since insurrection in Washington
  • Kori Stanton: 9th annual Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum goes virtual this Friday & Saturday
  • Luke Runyon: Scientists investigate what happens when a river's headwaters goes up in smoke

Courtesy of Alex Hager

  • Nearly 2 million ballots have already been returned in Colorado
  • State commits additional funds to help landlords collect missed rent payments
  • 50 state legislators sign letter demanding action from ICE as over 100 detainees in Aurora test positive for COVID-19
  • Hospitals starting to show signs of stress due to increasing COVID cases
  • After wildfires, people are finding themselves in new flood zones

  

Courtesy of William Woody

  • Cameron Peak Fire, near Fort Collins, now the largest wildfire in Colorado history
  • COVID-19 testing relocates from Montrose Memorial Hospital to County Event Center
  • While new COVID cases are up in Mesa County, few hospitalizations mean overflow facility unneeded
  • Human rights groups release new report on growing far-right movement in our region
  • Part one of KVNF's interview with Democratic congressional candidate Diane Mitsch Bush

  

GRIZZLY CREEK FIRE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAM

  • John Hickenlooper campaigns in Grand Junction
  • Colorado Air Quality Commission will require pollution monitoring at new oil & gas wells
  • Curecanti Rec Area getting major upgrade
  • Unemployment rates high in our region
  • Activists want climate questions in the debates
  • State climatologist Russ Schumacher talks wildfires

  

  • Firefighters got a new wildfire near Carbondale under control quickly
  • Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford ask residents to reduce water use
  • Jere Lowe will challenge Wendell Koontz for Delta County Commission
  • Montrose, Olathe sales tax up during June
  • Paonia, Grand Junction will vote on new ballot measures
  • Local residents Bob Kalenak, Allison Elliot, Thomas Markle, Danielle Carre share their concerns about Land Use Code changes proposed by Delta County ahead of public comment deadline

  • Gov. Polis bans open burning amidst 4 major Colorado wildfires
  • CDPHE releases COVID-19 guidance to help parents make school decisions
  • Eligible unemployed Coloradans can get additional money
  • New survey: Reopening schools not safe
  • Cowboy up, mask up
  • Initiative to lower state income tax qualifies for Nov. ballot
  • Air quality expert Andrea Holland shares advice. See smoke forecast outlooks here.

  • DMEA implements fire precautions, so power outages may last longer
  • Mesa County and BLM implement Stage 2 fire restrictions
  • Delta County reports first human case of West Nile virus in Cedaredge
  • State Capitol building could soon be fortified
  • Aurora Police Department under investigation by Colorado attorney general
  • BLM makes its move to Grand Junction official as opposition to making William Perry Pendley permanent director grows

  • Wildfires in Arizona and near Mancos make for hazy skies on the Western Slope
  • Fire crews find COVID-19 complicates operations
  • COVID-19 case numbers update, information on testing sites
  • Lake City tourism down due to pandemic

iSeeChange: Hazy Days

Aug 27, 2015

Something’s in the air.  Ridgway resident Sue Husch noticed last week the same thing a lot of people on the Western Slope noticed: smoke.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, August 3, 2015

Aug 3, 2015

  Newscast

  • Disconnect found in wildfire risk assessment
  • West Nile cases develop on Western Slope
  • North Fork gains community chorus

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

Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior and Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture, came to Colorado Tuesday to urge a change in how the federal government pays to fight catastrophic wildfires.

"The solution is for these fires to be looked upon in the same way we look at tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods, they're natural disasters and they should be funded as such," Vilsack said.

Interior's Jewell agrees the funding mechanism should change.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

  Newscast

  • Hard freezes in springtime likely to continue
  • Wildfire awareness day this weekend
  • Senate kills racial profiling bill
  • Attorney General joins suit against BLM over fracking rules

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, April 27, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

  Newscast

  • Wildfire bill progresses in legislature
  • DeBeque town marshall arrested on embezzlement charges
  • State cracks down on a Western Slope business seeking investors
  • Study calculates the amount of money National Parks bring to the state
  • Capitol Conversation looks at federal lands and I­-70

iSeeChange: Forecasting A Fire Season

Apr 9, 2015
Hotchkiss Fire Department

With record wet and cold in the east, and record dry and hot in the west, some meteorologists are scratching their heads.

The so-called King Fire, one of several sweeping through parts of California, has destroyed 10 homes and 22 other buildings, fire officials say.

As of early Monday morning, crews had been able to contain about 18 percent of the fire, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire):

Sacramento's Capital Public Radio reports that more than 5,500 firefighters are battling the blaze.

Colorado’s legislature this year created the state’s own air fleet for fighting wildfires. The endeavor includes four helicopters, two single engine air tankers, and two PC-12 single engine planes equipped with new thermal imaging technology.  The move has put Colorado at the forefront of utilizing advanced technology to battle the destructive blazes.  Reporter Ryan Maye Handy wrote a series of articles for the Colorado Springs Gazette about this new technology.  She spoke with KRCC's Andrea Chalfin about it.

 

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sep 24, 2013

Headlines:

  • Former EPA Official Sees Lesson in Unprecedented Floods
  • Poll Says Coloradans Likely to Vote Against Amendment 66
  • State Lawmakers Aim to Tackle Rising Wildfire Risks
  • Arguments Heard Over Lawsuit Against TABOR
  • Wright Opera House Receives $60,000 Grant from Gates Family Foundation
  • Olathe Police Chief Suspended Without Explanation
  • San Miguel County Approves Retail Marijuana in Unincorporated Areas
  • Colorado Goes To Pot, Becomes First State With Rules for Retail Marijuana Sales

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, July 08, 2013

Jul 8, 2013

Headlines:

  • Rains Help Slow West Fork Fire; Holding at 110,000 Acres
  • Hay Prices and Horse Owners Affected by Severe Drought
  • New Laws Aimed at Protecting Pregnant Women Take Effect
  • Century Old Cemetery Uncovered at School Construction Site
  • North Fork Mosquito Abatement District Releases West Nile Update
  • Western Slope Skies – Summer Skies Mean a Bright Milky Way

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, July 01, 2013

Jul 1, 2013

Headlines:

  • The Worst Hot and Dry in Decades
  • West Fork Fire Complex Grows to Over 96,000 acres
  • iSeeChange: Do Warmer Temperatures Equal Earlier Sunflowers?
  • Annual Fairview School Reunion Meets over the weekend at Pleasure Park
  • New Colorado Gun Regulations Take Affect

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Jun 20, 2013

Headlines:

  • State Task Force To Limit Building in Fire Zones
  • Wildfire Update
  • San Juan Wilderness Act Making Progress in US Senate
  • Mesa County Foreclosures Spike, While Statewide Levels Drop
  • Missing Grand Junction Man’s Vehicle Found On Uncompahgre
  • Ken Salazar Defends Fracking; Calls For Industry Transparency
  • Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers To The Rescue
  • Community Supported Agriculture A Tricky Business

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Jun 19, 2013

Headlines:

  • County’s Board of Health to spray Orchard City and Delta to prevent West Nile Virus
  • Petition to recall Colorado Senate president John Morse is verified by Secretary of State
  • Senators Udall and Bennet want trains to lay off the horns
  • Mesa County officials warn COGCC against over-regulation
  • BLM imposes stage one fire restrictions on public land

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