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EDUCATION
4:25 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Delta School Board Denies North Fork Charter Recognition

On Dec. 5, 2014 more than 50 parents, teachers, and community members attended a public meeting at Paonia Elementary to learn about the proposed Waldorf inspired charter school the Valley Charter Initiative wants to open.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Delta County School Board has denied a North Fork Valley group its request for charter school recognition. 

The Valley Charter Initiative is a group of parents and educators trying to open a Waldorf inspired public charter school in Paonia. 

On Wednesday the five-member school board unanimously denied the initiative's request. 

Kurt Clay, the assistant superintendent for the school district, says the board cited seven reasons for rejecting the charter.

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NEWS
8:13 am
Fri December 19, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2014

  Newscast

  • Lawsuit threatens Colorado’s recreational marijuana
  • Survey results show gay, lesbian, bisexual Colorado teens at huge risk for suicide
  • Urgent Care center opens in Delta
  • Montrose Sheriff’s Department finds bags full of stolen mail
  • Former Mesa Sheriff’s deputy avoids jail time for online harassment
  • First time legislators settle in for new session
WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Western Slope Skies - Women In Astronomy

This is an ongoing series on Women in Astronomy.  Today, we meet three modern women in astronomy, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Andrea Ghez, and Carolyn Porco.

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HEALTH
6:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Urgent Care Center Opens In Delta

Delta County Memorial Hospital recently opened an Urgent Care center in Delta.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

Delta County Memorial Hospital is once again expanding its health care options for patients. Earlier this month the hospital opened an Urgent Care center in Delta. 

"We have a lot of the same things that an emergency room would have to care for people," Jane Rosen, a nurse practitioner with DCMH's new Urgent Care, says. 

Rosen explains how it differs from the emergency room.

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NEWS
5:55 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Newscast

  • Enrollment centers push to sign people up for health insurance
  • A look at the work of Theo Colborn
  • Work begins on Lake City’s Armory renovations
HEALTH
10:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Enrollment Centers Help Coloradans Navigate Health Coverage Options

Janet Schafer, background, and Anna Cubel, foreground, at Hilltop's Health Access site in Grand Junction. Cubel is answering a caller's questions about open enrollment.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Open enrollment for Colorado’s health exchange ends Feb. 15. If you need help figuring out coverage options there are enrollment centers across the state where you can get it.  

Hilltop’s Health Access site in Grand Junction is busy. It's 1 of 13 enrollment centers in the state.

People can come here to get help navigating Colorado’s insurance exchange.

Rhonda Lofing manages the site for Hilltop, a local nonprofit. Lofing is also a certified health coverage guide.

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NEWS
8:12 am
Thu December 18, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

  Newscast

  • EPA regulates chemicals that were focus of Theo Colborn
  • Thousands sign up for health care in Colorado
  • Variety of voices heard at recent oil and gas meeting
  • Presidential pardons granted to two people on Western Slope 
HEALTH
4:37 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

More than 100000 Coloradans Enroll For Private Health Plans

Credit connectforhealthco.com

According to the latest data, more than 100,000 Coloradans have sign up for private health insurance through the state’s exchange.  

Open enrollment for Connect for Health Colorado started last month.

As of Monday, more than 136,000 residents have signed up for coverage.

Breaking down those numbers, more the 27,000 people enrolled for Medicaid and 932 signed up for CHP+, the state’s health plan for low-income children and pregnant women.

The exchange has also seen more than 108,000 enrollments in private insurance plans.

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LOCAL MOTION
1:47 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Local Motion: Regional News Roundup Dec. 2014

Listen to the regional newscast weekdays at 8 a.m. and 5:50 p.m.

On this week's Local Motion we are showcasing the regional reporting by the KVNF news team. We'll hear stories from Laura Palmisano, Jake Ryan and Bente Birkeland. They report on the struggles volunteer fire departments face, groundwater monitoring in the North Fork Valley, Colorado's spruce beetle epidemic, the proposed physician-assisted suicide bill, domestic violence, and solar energy.

Listen to the regional newscast weekdays at 8 a.m. and 5:50 p.m. to hear reports from the KVNF news team. 

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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:08 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

As the Worm Turns, 12/16/14

Host Jill spears welcomes Wind Clearwater to the show.

'To mulch, or not to mulch - that is the question' (from a caller.)

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NEWS
12:48 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Pioneering Scientist Theo Colborn Dies At Age 87

Dr. Theo Coborn
Credit TEDX

Last weekend, Theo Colborn passed away at the age of 87. 

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NEWS
8:11 am
Tue December 16, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

  Newscast

  • Health Insurance enrollment deadline passed
  • Theo Colborn dies
  • Hermosa Creek now protected
  • Christmas Bird Count last weekend
  • Colorado internet sales tax issue heard by Supreme Court
NEWS
8:14 am
Mon December 15, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

  Newscast

  • Western Slope farmer works to maintain genetic diversity in rare sheep breed
  • New lawmakers learn about how to make laws
  • Colorado Sues Feds Over Sage Grouse Listing
FIJI RAFFLE 2014
8:17 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Credit Koro Sun Resort

Good Fortune smiled on Crystal Adams of Grand Junction Friday evening!

She's the lucky winner of the 2014 KVNF - Koro Sun Resort Fiji Raffle! Here's your ride to Fiji, Crystal! ;^)

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AGRICULTURE
6:02 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Colorado Farmer Works To Ensure Diversity In Rare Sheep Breed

Black Welsh Mountain sheep, a rare breed, are being raised at Desert Weyr, a farm near Paonia, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A rare breed of sheep is being raised in the hills of western Colorado.

Unlike the millions of white sheep found across the country, these animals are completely black and hail from the United Kingdom.

They number fewer than 10,000 worldwide. So one Colorado farmer is working with federal researchers and fellow producers to ensure the breed’s genetic diversity.

It's a sunny morning at Desert Weyr, a 40-acre sheep farm outside of Paonia. 

Oogie McGuire and her husband own this farm.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT
10:47 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Interview: Paonia's New Town Manager Jane Berry

Jane Berry is the town manager of Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Here's an extended interview with recently hired Paonia Town Manager Jane Berry. 

Berry talks with KVNF's Jake Ryan about the town's 2015 budget, the costs of the embezzlement, projects the Paonia is undertaking, and plans for how to get it back on track. 

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ENVIRONMENT
10:41 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Great Outdoors Colorado Awards $7.7M For Conservation, Open Space Projects

Great Outdoors Colorado awarded the The Trust for Public Land $680,000 to purchase a 2,448-acre conservation easement on the Sawtooth Mountain Ranch in Ouray County.
Credit Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

This week Great Outdoors Colorado announced it will give out $7.7 million in grants.

The money will be used to fund conservation and open space projects across the state. 

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $4.5 million dollars to local governments and land trusts to preserve more than 40,000 acres.

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NEWS
8:18 am
Fri December 12, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

  Newscast

  • Oil and Gas Taskforce meets in Rifle
  • Grants awarded to the area for conservation projects
  • Paonia Town Manager Jane Berry discusses the budget
  • Montrose School District tries to clear air over prayer in schools
ARTS
12:14 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

New Art For North Fork Libraries

Credit Laura Palmisano

Last weekend saw an art unveiling at the Paonia Library.  It features four doors, fanned out on a hillside

behind the library, each brightly colored but featuring a silhouette of the young and old, traveling to somewhere beyond the doors.

It was funded through the Orton Family Foundation as part of the Pass the Mic Project. 

Surrounded by people there for the unveiling, KVNF's Jake Ryan talked with artist Seth Weber. 

There are also two companion pieces at the Crawford and the Hotchkiss libraries.

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ECONOMY
11:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Montrose County Given Heightened Tax Incentives

Credit Flickr user agrilifetoday

There's more of a reason to hire someone if your business is in Montrose County.

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