Health Survey Shows Colorado's Gains Under The Affordable Care Act

The number of Coloradans who don't have health insurance has dropped by about half since President Barack Obama's signature health care law went into effect. The state's uninsured rate fell from 14.3 percent in 2013 to 6.7 percent in 2015. Not only does the Colorado Access Health Survey say that the uninsured are at a record low, it also finds that more people have enrolled in Medicaid.
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KVNF Live! Summer Concert Series

Broadcasting live on Thursdays at 7pm from the cities of Ouray, Ridgway and Paonia. Tune in or see the shows live.

iSeeChange

A crowd-sourced reporting project with KVNF that draws on community observations about seasonal shifts in the weather

New Releases August 31, 2015

The newest music to reach the KVNF Studios. Check it out!

Sugar's Pick August 31, 2015

1. Various Artists / True Detective Soundtrack / Harvest: Grand collection of artists (Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Lera Lynn, Cassandra Wilson, Father John Misty...) backing up the HBO Series Season 2.
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Host Jill Spears is joined by regular gardening experts Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen, and special guest Frank Stonaker of Osito Orchard on Rogers Mesa west of Hotchkiss.

  • Remains of missing Rico man found in Nevada desert
  • Community Options breaks ground on new regional center
  • Ouray, Mountain Village seeing increased bear activity
  • Health survey shows Colorado's gains under the Affordable Care Act

  • More towns put municipal internet on November’s ballot
  • Delta considers allowing OHV use on roads
  • Paonia River Park to become ADA compliant
  • Discussions continue for oil and gas industry on how to communicate

The greater sage grouse is a peculiar and distinctly Western bird. It's about the size of a chicken and about as adaptable as the dodo bird, which is to say it's not very adaptable at all — at least not in a human-driven time scale.

In biological terms, the greater sage grouse is perfectly adapted for its habitat: the rolling hills of knee-high silver scrub that's sometimes called the sagebrush sea. It's the oft-forgotten parts of the fast-changing West — The Big Empty, as settlers used to call it.

  • The chief of police for the City of Delta was put on administrative leave
  • Ouray County courthouse gets needed upgrades to security
  • Possibly record breaking El Nino will bring fall rains
  • A talk with outgoing supreme court justice about the importance of water

Leah Song of the band Rising Appalachia talks with KVNF's Dallas Meck and Ali Lightfoot after her performance at the Arise Music Festival.


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."

Robert Gabriel

Formerly serving on the Colorado Court of Appeals, Richard Gabriel will soon be sworn in as Colorado's next State Supreme Court Justice. Justice Gabriel will assume his new role on Sept. 1, which follows the retirement of Justice Gregory Hobbs. Ahead of his appointment, Gabriel sat down for a discussion about his view of politics in the judicial process, why he became a lawyer, and some of his significant cases. 


CSU Rogers Mesa Agricultural Research Center
Linda Rubick

A group of Delta County stakeholders wants to breathe new life into a shuttered agricultural research center. The Colorado State University facility sits on 83 acres outside of Hotchkiss on Rogers Mesa. 

The property has a residence, classrooms, laboratory space, offices, cold storage, a greenhouse and equipment storage sheds. 

CSU used the site to conduct research on fruit trees, but now the classrooms and laboratories sit empty.

  • Feds pledge $211M to protect sage grouse
  • Thousands without irrigation water in Mesa County due to Issues with 38 Road repairs
  • Delta County hopes to see Rogers Mesa agricultural site comeback to life
  • Interview with incoming State Supreme Court Justice Robert Gabriel

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