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4:59 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Construction Starts On $28M Montrose Recreation Center

If construction stays on schedule, officials estimate the Montrose recreation center will open in the fall of next year.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

On Friday, hundreds of people attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the new multimillion-dollar recreation center in Montrose.  

The facility has an estimated price tag of $28 million. 

"Tracking the whole history, it’s probably going on almost two decades of effort to bring a recreation center to Montrose," Ken Sherbenou, the executive director of the Montrose Recreation District, says. 

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NEWS
8:04 am
Mon April 27, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, April 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
MUSIC
3:22 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Talkin Music: Ky Burt & Melanie Jean

Paonia musicians Ky Burt and Melanie Jean play some music and discuss plans for a crowd funded tour where they hope to perform free concerts for organizations around the country that build community.

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MUSIC
2:44 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Talkin Music: Mike Gwinn

Paonia musician Mike Gwinn talks about the connections between blues and jazz and plays songs where they intersect.

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NEWS
11:21 am
Fri April 24, 2015

6 Million People Visited Colorado National Parks Last Year

Colorado National Monument
Credit National Parks Service

A new federal report finds in 2014 national parks saw a record number of visitors. And, those tourists generated nearly $30 billion in economic activity. 

Colorado has a dozen national parks. More than 6 million people visited these sites last year, according a National Park Service report. 

It says tourists contributed more than $370 million in visitor spending to local gateway communities. And, the study says that spending supported 5,800 jobs in the state. 

Overall, NPS estimates national parks had an economic impact of $552 million on Colorado’s economy.  

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COMMUNITY
8:49 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Paonia Students Clean Up River­side On Earth Day

Poppy Lightfoot, 14, searches for trash in the woods next to North Fork of the Gunnison River on Earth Day.
Credit 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.

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NEWS
8:10 am
Fri April 24, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, April 24, 2015

  Newscast

  • Burglary reported at Delta airport
  • School boards push for restoration of funding
  • Montrose Police station gets money to fix leaky roof
  • Teens clean up river­side for Earth Day
  • Governors of Colorado stand by testing
  • Gallop releases poll on environmental thought
WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Western Slope Skies: Seeing Double in Perseus

You may know the Greek myth of Perseus, a young hero who slew the petrifying Medusa and the sea monster Cetus, in order to rescue the beautiful Andromeda from her cruel mother Cassiopeia.  The ancient Greeks saw fit to immortalize the story in the sky, by tracing constellations resembling these characters. We recognize these constellations today-- in particular, Andromeda with its legendary naked-eye galaxy M31, our closest spiral galactic neighbor.

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NEWS
1:50 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Approval Sought Again For Gravel Pit In Montrose County

A satellite image from Google Earth that shows the site of the proposed Uncompahgre Gravel Pit in Montrose County west of State Highway 550.
Credit Google Earth

Two years ago, the Montrose County Commissioners denied a special use permit to construct a gravel pit.

The commissioners cited concerns over the location of the haul road, the length of time the asphalt plant would operate and the size of the pit as reasons for denying the permit.

However, the commissioners encouraged the applicant to reapply if they could address those concerns. 

The Montrose County Planning Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday to hear feedback on the proposed Uncompahgre Pit. 

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HEALTH
11:37 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Local Motion: Drug Free Delta County

Ali Lightfoot talks about meth addiction and treatment with Pam Bliss, volunteer coordinator and sober events planner for Drug Free Delta County, and to Misty, a recovering meth addict who is soon to be a graduate of the program. 

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NEWS
8:00 am
Thu April 23, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 23, 2015

  Newscast

  • Missing teen’s body recovered from below Red Mountain Pass
  • Earth Day 
  • Approval sought again for Montrose County gravel pit
  • Forest Service reviews applications for easements on private land
  • Colorado bill looks to study bear-human interaction
  • Avain flu threatens Colorado poultry
  • Applications open for men's only hunting & fishing event
NEWS
4:49 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Missing Texas Teen Found Dead Below Highway Outside Of Ouray

Red Mountain Pass outside of Ouray, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A missing 18-year-old from Texas was found dead in Colorado on Thursday. 

Rescue workers recovered the body of Edgar Alfredo Vargas from the canyon below U.S. 550 on Red Mountain Pass outside of Ouray, according to a release.

The Ouray County Coroner's Office identified Vargas.

The El Paso teen was reported missing last week. Officials say a search in the area for him started last Friday. 

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AS THE WORM TURNS
3:13 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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

Our regular host, Jill Spears, is away this week, so Patricia Naft is acting as guest host. Gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen discuss  a variety of issues, including the "dirty dozen," non-organic products that have the highest levels of pesticide residues. Weather, of course, is a big subject this week, as we had a bout of cold temperatures & quite a bit of snow. Several callers chimed in with questions & comments.

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NEWS
8:01 am
Wed April 22, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • City of Montrose considers leaving county dispatch
  • Fatality in I-70 crash identified
  • Job numbers show Western Slope still struggling
  • Bill may expand farm to school program
  • 4/20 brings boom for new DeBeque pot shop
  • Legislature considers butane hash oil ban 
NEWS
6:00 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Colorado Recovery Not Equal

Credit Solar Energy International

The latest Colorado jobs report shows some communities across the state still struggle with high unemployment. 

State economists say for the past four months, Colorado’s unemployment rate has stayed at 4.2 percent. That figure is still below the national unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.

Alexandra Hall is chief economist for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. 

"The labor force in Colorado is continuing to grow and the number of people employed are continuing to grow," Hall says.  

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AGRICULTURE
9:37 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Study To Compare Agritourism in Colorado, California

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Colorado State University is surveying farmers and travelers for a study on agritourism.

Earlier this year, nearly 800 farmers across Colorado received a questionnaire from CSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

The survey asks producers about agritourism. The university wants to know what portion of their business comes from the industry, how they attract tourists and what challenges they face.

The study is partnership between CSU and the University of California, Davis.

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NEWS
8:13 am
Tue April 21, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

  Newscast

  • Discussion with former Oil and Gas Task Force member
  • TEDX publishes paper on endocrine disruptors
  • Rainwater bill meets resistance at capitol
  • CSU surveys farmers on agri­tourism
  • Teen runaway found two weeks later in Salt Lake City
NEWS
7:55 am
Mon April 20, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, April 20, 2015

  Newscast

  • Cold threatens Western Colorado fruit crops
  • Teen pregnancy, bbortion prevention bill advances in state House
  • National Parks Week in effect
  • I­-70 chain law is in limbo
  • Fired DeBeque town marshal is now under investigation
  • Funding for Colorado Amtrak route in serious danger
NEWS
5:46 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Funding For Successful Colorado Contraceptive Program In Limbo

State officials say the program helped 30,000 get IUDs.
Credit flickr/stickypearls

An amendment to the state budget that would’ve continued a program credited with reducing teen pregnancies and abortion was killed this week. However, a controversial bill that would do the same thing cleared its second reading in the House on Friday. 

House Bill 1194 would provide $5 million to continue a program that helps low-income young women and teens access long-acting birth control. 

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COMMUNITY
5:14 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Delta County Commissioner's Report: Doug Atchely

In the April 2015 edition Ali Lightfoot speaks with district 1 commissioner Doug Atchley about new efforts to provide broadband, the local economy and a surge in robberies in Delta county.

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