Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Administration's Fracking Rules

A federal judge in Wyoming has struck down the Obama administration's regulations on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management doesn't have the authority to establish rules over fracking on federal and Indian lands.In the ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said Congress had not granted the BLM that power, and had instead chosen to specifically exclude fracking from federal oversight.Skavdahl made it clear what he was — and wasn't — considering in...
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KVNF DJ Rob Miller sits down with Grammy award-winning musician Jerry Douglas for a great conversation at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. 

  • Colorado releases economic forecast
  • New Mexico sues Colorado over Animas River spill
  • Update on regional efforts to improve internet
  • Grand Junction woman arrested for sexual assault on teenage boy
  • Public comment taken over coal royalties

  • Update on two wildfires burning on the Uncompahgre Plateau
  • Western Slope libraries to participate in CPW backpack program
  • BLM Resource Management Plan for North Fork, surrounding areas up for review  

Colorado has a new head of the state's Department of Natural Resources. Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Bob Randall now gets the official nod as head of the organization that oversees everything from state parks and wildlife, to oil and gas drilling, mining and water conservation.

  •  Voters are slowly returning ballots for Colorado’s primary election 
  • Two wildfires continue to smolder on the Western Slope.
  • American Indian mascots 
NPS photo by Mark Lellouch

The public lands are one of the West's most precious resources. But an ongoing investigation by High Country News reveals that sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse are widespread through the agencies we rely on to protect the public land. In the latest episode of West Obsessed, the magazine's editors and writers discuss what is--and isn't--being done to protect women employees in public lands agencies.

  • Heat wave continues in CO
  • Conversation with new head of state DNR
  • US considering ending self bonding for mining

  • DMEA announces new board, unveils fiber optic internet
  • Vast oil and gas reserves raise concerns on Western Slope
  • Colorado aims for comprehensive trail guide  

A Colorado woman managed to fight off a mountain lion that was attacking her 5-year-old son.

During the harrowing rescue Friday evening, she "reached into the animal's mouth and wrested her son's head from its jaws," The Aspen Times reported.

KVNF's Rachel Boschen interviews performers from the first annual Bite the Mic festival in Montrose.   Features interviews with:   Kreature of Habit, Black Lab and the Banjo, Erik Stucky,  Darcy Figgs,  Johnson County Coroners, Sergio Sabaleta,  Taylor Malone,  The Poachers, Rico, Vince Lovato, and the Blue Gators

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Sugar's Pick June 20, 2016

Sugar's Pick June 20, 2016

The Motet / Totem / Motet: In a week filled with a lot of great music; the Denver based "Funk Revivalist" band wins out with their Funk/Jazz/Afrobeat / Upbeat sound and with 12 tracks co-written by everyone in the 7 piece ensemble, you will be up and testifying...
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