Wildfires

Courtesy of Wilderness Workshop

  • Montrose County joins area governments in declaring Stage 1 fire restrictions
  • Water Quality Control Commission declines to adopt proposal allowing industries to further degrade polluted waterways
  • CU-Boulder professor Hannah Brenkert-Smith at the Institute for Behavioral Science discusses her study on wildfire preparedness
  • KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh reviews the decade-long process to create the CORE Act, which was discussed in the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources last week

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

Sen. John Hickenlooper

  • Colorado will continue paying federal unemployment benefits until September
  • Middle Colorado Watershed Council receives grant from River District & USGS for water quality testing in Colorado River below Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar
  • DMEA announces CEO Jasen Bronec has departed, but won't say if he quit or was fired
  • From KSJD: Lucas Brady Woods speaks with Sen. John Hickenlooper about his trip to the Four Corners region, focused on fighting wildfires and addressing drought

  

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  • USDA, EPA, FDA launch Restore Colorado to reduce food waste
  • Ela Family Farms starts 'adopt a tree' program, supporters get sapling named after them
  • USBR releases Aspinall Water to assist with low Gunnison River flows 
  • Green jobs rebounding after pandemic plunge
  • Luke Runyon reports on water speculation
  • New research says wildfire smoke may have caused bird die-off last year
  • Delta BOCC awards recycling contract to Double J
  • Colorado officials welcome return of federal work on mitigating climate change impacts

  

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

  • Cory Gardner gave his farewell speech in the US Senate on Tuesday
  • CASA plans new facility in Delta
  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife crack 2019 poaching case on Uncompahgre Plateau
  • Body found Saturday in the Adobes area
  • Governors in the west want federal support for wildfire restoration
  • Jodi Peterson reports CU-Boulder researchers say COVID testing could help stop virus spread

  

Daniel Rayzel / KSJD

  • Prop 113 (National Popular Vote) and Prop 114 (Wolf Reintroduction) passed
  • COVID-19 outbreaks are ongoing in 587 Colorado schools, jails, health facilities, offices & businesses
  • Some MCSD students, staff at Centennial Middle School & Early Childhood Center now in quarantine
  • 2 fires are burning in West Elk Wilderness area, east of Gunnison
  • KUER: Engineers in Utah are producing rare earth elements from local ore
  • KSJD: From the Motor City to a riverbank near you, controlling erosion with Detroit Riprap

Courtesy of Jere Lowe

  • San Miguel Power won't increase rates for 2021
  • Montrose City Council approves Russell Stover land purchase
  • Governor activates National Guard to help fight East Troublesome Fire
  • COVID-19 impacting sugar beet harvest
  • Jodi Peterson interviews Independent Delta County Commissioner candidate Jere Lowe

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  • Grand Junction Sentinel finds contradictions in congressional candidate Boebert's claims
  • Theft and vandalism of campaign signs rampant in Ouray County
  • New trails complete at Crossroads Park in Hotchkiss 
  • Governor allows high school football this fall
  • Disability community want to make sure all eligible voters can cast

  • 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

  • Firefighters are finally gaining ground on area wildfires
  • The Pioneer Town Museum in Cedaredge hosts Sunday Farmer's Markets
  • Delta County Democrats launching a mobile campaign HQ
  • Local reservoirs are shrinking in the heat
  • CPW biologist sees gray wolf pup
  • Colorado to distribute millions in coronavirus aid to small businesses
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports Shakespeare in the Park must go on

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Nov 25, 2015

  • Lake City prepares for a special election
  • Agencies band together to save Colorado native fishes
  • November wildfire destroys structures, causes evacuations
  • Montrose warrant stop ends in suicide

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Nov. 2, 2015

Nov 2, 2015

  •  USDA declares Delta County a Disaster Area, along with Montrose, Gunnison, and Mesa
  • Lawmakers try to  incentivize protecting homes from wildfires
  • Amtrak line secure with more federal funding

This has been one of the worst — and most expensive — wildfire seasons ever in the Northwest, where climate change and a history of suppressing wildfires have created a dangerous buildup of fuels.

With fires burning hotter and more intense, there are renewed calls to change how the federal government pays to fight the biggest fires.

"These large and intense fires are a natural disaster in much the same way a hurricane or a tornado or a flood is," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says. "And they ought to be funded as such through the emergency funding of FEMA."

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Aug 20, 2015

  • Wildfires create hazy conditions in Colorado
  • Federal coal program debated at BLM session in Golden
  • Delta selects firm for city manager search
  • Black Canyon Jet Center in Montrose files federal complaint
  • Fungus affects cottonwood trees in Aspen, Roaring Fork

"Extreme." "Unprecedented." "Historic." Those are just a few of the words being used to describe the start of this year's fire season in North America.

The wildfires are centered in the northwest of the continent, but their consequences are far-reaching. Thick smoke has blanketed parts of Wisconsin and North Dakota. It's triggered air alerts in Minnesota and Montana and muddied skies as far south as Tennessee and Colorado.

And, of course, things are even worse at the source.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Apr 1, 2015

  Newscast

  • Palisade police chief removed from post
  • Two bills in capital targeted minimum wage, one advances to Senate
  • Millions of dollars awarded for local municipal projects
  • iSeeChange story: will winter wildfires predict nasty summer?
  • Lawmakers look to see if tax breaks are working

Helping prevent and fight wildfires is one of the top priorities for Colorado lawmakers in both parties this session, but so far they’re only proposing minor policy changes.

A state committee tasked with studying wildfire issues recently finished its work with several recommendations. Among them, a tax credit to encourage people to mitigate fire risks and a proposal to give individual counties more authority to cut down hazardous trees.

Headlines

  • State Wildfire Committee Wraps Up
  • Tipton, Udall Come Together on Wildfire Prevention Measure
  • First Phase of State Tree Inventory Project Finished
  • Telluride Soda Tax Debate Continues as Election Day Draws Near
  • State Flags at Half Staff Today to Honor Astronaut Scott Carpentar
  • KVNF Sports Report

  • Former Ouray Mayor Pam Larson to Run Again
  • Montrose County Commissioners Consider Adding a Fixed-Base Operator to Montrose Regional Airport
  • Former State Patrol Captain Awarded Back and Lost Future Pay After Discrimination Case
  • Area Environmentalists/Conservationists Host Canoe Trip to Discuss Dominguez-Escalante Issues
  • Small Fire Burning on Uncompaghre National Forest Lands
  • USA Pro Challenge Kicks Off in Snowmass Village

iSeeChange: The Rising Threat of Wildfires

Jun 24, 2013
USDA Forest Service

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, May 2013 was the third-warmest May on record for the planet, and the earth's temperature has been above its 20th century average for 339 straight months - more than 28 years. 

Hugh Carson has been fighting fires for more than 40 years, and although he’s retired now, he was in the thick of things last year when he coordinated aircraft to battle the High Park Fire near Fort Collins. Over the years, he’s seen some changes.

Headlines:

  • GBLT Lawmakers elected to power positions
  • Proposed gravel pit near Crawford discussed
  • Fern Lake fire only 20 percent contained
  • NextGen technology debuts at Montrose Airport
  • Old, abandoned coal mines pose threat to safety

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, November 2, 2012

Nov 2, 2012

Headlines:

  • State Budget Looking Up
  • Two Locals Appointed To Coal Mine Board of Examiners
  • Legislator Aims To Remove Guns From College Campuses
  • Juvenile Charged With Arson In Weber Fire
  • Watch Report On Montrose, Ouray and San Miguel Counties
  • KVNF Sports Report
  • Colorado Spruce Heads to US Capitol For Christmas
  • Daylight Saving Time Ends This Weekend

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, October 29, 2012

Oct 29, 2012

Headlines:

  • Roatcap Fire Starter Arrested, Identified
  • Governor Signs Disaster Declaration For Roatcap Fire
  • Capitol Coverage: State House District 3 Race Profile
  • House District 61 Race Profile
  • Insurance Exec Indicted Over Delta Petroleum Insider Trading
  • Hurricane Sandy Affecting DIA Flights

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, October 26, 2012

Oct 26, 2012

Headlines:

  • Wildfire Update
  • Paonia Town Fraud Much Larger Than First Reported
  • First Formal Application Filed For Thompson Divide Drilling
  • Ouray County Commission Race Finance
  • Delta Cannery Razed After 92 Years
  • Western Slope Skies

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oct 25, 2012

Headlines:

  • Fast-moving Wildfire Strikes Between Cortez and Dolores
  • More Wildfire Updates
  • Winter Weather Makes Roads Hazardous State-wide
  • Energy Fuels Affected By Dropping Uranium Prices
  • Presidential Candidates Visit Colorado
  • Secretary of State Identifies More Non-citizen Voters
  • KVNF Sports Report
  • West End Campground Improvements and Road Closures
  • Emergency Room Visits For Routine Health Care Costly
  • Winter Weather Awareness Week Offers Safety Tips

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Oct 24, 2012

Headlines:

  • Fast-moving Wildfire Strikes Wetmore
  • Other Wildfire Updates
  • Early Voting In Full Swing In Delta County
  • Ariana Brocious Speaks With Rep. Millie Hamner
  • Waldo Canyon Fire After Action Report Released
  • Governor Waives Height Restrictions For Livestock Feed Loads

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, October 22, 2012

Oct 22, 2012

Headlines:

  • Delta Commissioners To Decide Chicken Dilemma Today
  • Presidential Candidates In Colorado This Week
  • Early Voting Underway, 70% Mail-in
  • Curry Accuses Opponents of Violating Election Law
  • State Unemployment Records Small Drop
  • Wildfire Updates: Southwest Colorado
  • Colorado Public News: Salt, the Hidden Killer
  • Fly Flags At Half-mast For Aurora Victim

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, October 19, 2012

Oct 19, 2012

Headlines:

  • Court Upholds Montrose Hospital Reorganization
  • Wildfire Updates: Southwestern Colorado
  • KVNF Sports Report From Tamie Meck
  • Watch Report From Gus Jarvis
  • More Questions About Gessler's Propriety With State Money

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