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NEWS
8:05 am
Tue June 9, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

  Newscast

  • Plane crash kills Crawford resident
  • Collbran avoids flash flood
  • Arrest made in Delta stabbing
  • A look at highschool graduation for ethnic refugees living on the Western Slope
  • Rafter drowns in Colorado River near Glenwood Springs
NEWS
5:09 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

A 'Higher Expectation' Was Part Of One Refugee's Journey From Myanmar To Colorado

Htoo Ler Moo, middle, with his parents at a scholarship award ceremony in Delta, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Across the United States, millions of high schools seniors have just graduated. With diplomas in hand, they are getting ready for what’s next. 

In the rural community of Delta in western Colorado, three Karen refugees recently graduated from the local high school. Their families had to leave behind their homeland in Myanmar, once known as Burma, where the Karen people face violence and persecution.

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NEWS
10:48 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Paonia Alternative School Officially Stops Classes

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A deadline passed last week for several students in the North Fork.

The Vision Charter Academy announced plans earlier this school year to stop all classes at the Paonia campus, reverting back to a resource for homeschooling families.

Avery McJunkin just finished up his sophomore year at the alternative school.  He was one of several students that campaigned to keep the classes going. 

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NEWS
7:43 am
Mon June 8, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 8, 2015

  Newscast

  • New law expands Cottage Foods Act
  • May’s showers bring lots of snow
  • Vision Charter Academy’s North Fork campus reverts to only homeschooling
  • Capitol Conversation about the flurry of bill signing
NEWS
5:15 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Gov. Hickenlooper Inks Cottage Foods Expansion Bill

Bread made in a home kitchen under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

A bill signed into law Friday broadens the state's three-year-old cottage foods act. 

House Bill 1102 expands the number of homemade items people can make and sell under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act

It adds pickled vegetables, tortillas, fruit empanadas and flour to the list.

Earlier this year, Monica Wiitanen of Delta County spoke in favor of the measure to state lawmakers in Denver.  

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NEWS
11:05 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Hantavirus Kills Three In Colorado, Sickens A Fourth

Deer mice are the primary carriers of the hantavirus in Colorado.
Credit John Good / National Parks Service

Health officials said a Garfield County man who contracted hantavirus is now recovering at home, but the disease has killed three others in Colorado so far this year.

The Sin Nombre Virus is a strain of hantavirus found in the Four Corners states.

"Rodents, deer mice in particular, shed the virus in their urine and droppings," said Thomas Orr, a regional epidemiologist at the Mesa County Health Department, "and then when humans come in contact with those droppings they breathe in the virus." 

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NEWS
8:09 am
Fri June 5, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 5, 2015

  Newscast

  • Flash Flood Watch for Collbran
  • Rare disease on track to sicken more in Colorado
  • Department of Labor considers major changes for guest sheep herders
  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs law asking citizens for marijuana funds
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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Western Slope Skies: Astronomy at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Spring is quickly shifting into summer. For us at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, this means that the busiest visitation days of the year are just around the corner. Folks from all over the world will soon fill the visitor center, planning adventures into the canyon and asking about park wildlife. Rangers will begin presenting geology walks along the rim and talks out at Chasm View. It’s an exciting time of year in the park.

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NEWS
7:59 am
Thu June 4, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 4, 2015

  Newscast

  • Plane crashes in Montrose County
  • Pitkin County supports Thompson Divide Lease Swap
  • CDOT bus service from Denver to Glenwood Springs launches in July
  • Landslide near Collbran threatens more damage
  • Grand Junction homicide
NEWS
9:58 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Local Nonprofit Now Providing Legal Aid For Immigrants

Credit Jake Ryan / KVNF

Two employees of the Hispanic Affairs Project, a Western Slope nonprofit, recently got certified to offer legal aid to immigrants. 

The organization is helping people who can’t afford to hire an attorney.  

"I’m an immigrant myself and I know how difficult, complicated and sometimes very frustrating the immigration process can be," said Marketa Zubkova with HAP. 

It took her two years to become an accredited legal representative.

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NEWS
7:48 am
Wed June 3, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  Newscast

  • Grand junction looks at costlier amphitheatre for park renovation
  • Local nonprofit now provides legal aid for immigrants at low cost
  • Person of interest sought in suspicious death
  • City of Montrose sees more tourism dollars
  • Rescue operation on Mt. Sneffels
  • Tree pushed aside for rafting on North Fork of the Gunnison
  • Former attorney General elected mayor of Colorado Springs
NEWS
6:49 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  Newscast

  • SMPA gives back 1.7 million to customers
  • Mesa County checks to see if anyone watches public access
  • US Forest Service releases plan for beetle kill
  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs DUI bill into law
  • Biking festival returns to Paonia
  • Grand Junction resumes issuing drivers licences to illegal immigrants
COMMUNITY
12:31 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Town Hall Update: Paonia

Paonia Town Manager Jane Berry explains the current situation with the Paonia police department and the lawsuit against former Town Finance Officer and convicted embezzler, Kristin Chesnik.   She also fills us in on a new retirement housing development that is being discussed.

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NEWS
9:24 am
Tue June 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 2, 2015

Newscast

  • SMPA to give back $1.7 million to customers
  • Mesa County checks to see if anyone watches public access
  • US Forest Service releases plan for beetle kill, aspen decline  
  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs DUI bill into law
  • Biking festival returns to Paonia
  • Grand Junction resumes issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants 
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NEWS
12:09 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Program That Teaches How To Eat Healthy Locally Expands

AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Amiott, center, works at a community garden in Montrose County, Colo.
Credit Valley Food Partnership

A program that teaches families in Montrose and Olathe about eating healthy locally is expanding.

Local Farmacy Rx started last year.  

"The meaning behind [the name] is your food is your medicine, sort of speak,"said Abbie Brewer, a coordinator for LiveWell Montrose Olathe.

The organization oversees the program. 

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NEWS
10:26 am
Mon June 1, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 1, 2015

Newscast

  • Airplane causes car crash in Mesa County on I-70
  • Woman sentenced to 10 years in jail for embezzling from Garfield County
  • Montrose Planning Commission gives OK for gravel pit
  • Rains bring relief for snowpack, irrigation
  • Program that teaches how to eat healthy locally expands
  • Homeless shelter closes for season

MUSIC
4:45 pm
Fri May 29, 2015

Talkin Music: Russ Chapman

Musician Russ Chapman plays some tunes and talks with Ali Lightfoot.

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NEWS
7:57 am
Fri May 29, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 29, 2015

  Newscast

  • Feds Unveil Sage­Grouse Protection Proposal
  • Roaring Fork Residents Experience Telecommunication Outage
  • Trial Of Pastor Accused Of Sexual Abuse Scheduled For Later Date
  • Collbran Man Arrested For Attempted Murder of Stepfather
  • Extra Water Savings Likely Addition To State Water Plan
  • Connecting the Drops: Land Planning and Water Use
NEWS
7:56 am
Thu May 28, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, May 28, 2015

  Newscast

  • DMV resumes immigrant driver’s license program
  • Cleanup planned for trash site in forest outside Telluride
  • Delta narrows field of prospective city managers
  • Mesa County Jail gets grant to reduce the number of re-offenders
  • Gov. Hickenlooper discusses Department of Human Services
NEWS
5:00 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

State's Immigrant Driver's License Program Reopens Offices, Takes New Appointments

The state program allows undocumented immigrants in Colorado to get a driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card.
Credit Flickr/cryptozoologist

The state’s Division of Motor Vehicles immigrant ID program is once again scheduling appointments. And next week the DMV will reopen two locations to handle applicants. 

The program started last year. It allows undocumented immigrants in Colorado to get a driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card. 

Originally, five DMV locations offered these IDs . And, the program is self-sustaining through fees.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:24 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, May 26th

Lance's Garden

Our weekly conversation about Western Slope gardening, hosted by Jill Spears, with gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

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COMMUNITY
9:55 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Local Motion: Seed Libraries, Seed Saving

Sarah Pope shows off seed packets available at the North Fork Seed Library, which is inside of the Hotchkiss Library.

This week on Local Motion, we'll learn about seed libraries and seed saving.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviews seed librarian Sarah Pope about the North Fork Seed Library in Hotchkiss. She also talks to Mark Waltermire of Thistle Whistle Farms, based in Delta County, about seed saving and attorney Neil Thapar with the Sustainable Economies Law Center about challenges seed libraries are facing.

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NEWS
7:58 am
Wed May 27, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

  Newscast

  • Delta stabbing
  • Paradise Theater receives Historic Landmark designation
  • Eagle County increases support of renewable energy
  • State lawmakers did little where oil and gas drilling is concerned
NEWS
3:13 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Paradise Theatre Named Historic Landmark

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Paradise Theatre in Paonia is now a Historic Landmark. Last November, the Friends of the Paradise Theatre applied for the designation. And, last week the Delta County Commissioners approved it. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Tom Stevens, the vice president of the theatre's board, about the designation.

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NEWS
7:55 am
Tue May 26, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

  Newscast

  • VA hospital
  • Rocky Mountain National Park working with farmers to fight pollution
  • Accident kills one over weekend in Grand Junction
  • North Fork Seed Library provides plants for all
NEWS
7:57 am
Mon May 25, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, May 25, 2015

  Newscast

  • Haven House raises money to buy building
  • Delta Middle School grapples with strange incident
  • Bird Flu ravages chicken farms, Colorado untouched for now
  • CDOT approves funding for Amtrak line repairs
  • iSeeChange meeting tomorrow

NEWS
5:19 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

West Slope Homeless Shelter To Stay

Haven House is a long-term homeless shelter that serves families and individuals in six counties in western Colorado.
Credit Haven House

A transitional housing program for homeless families on the Western Slope now has a permanent home. 

Haven House will remain in Olathe. 

"We are happy to report that the housing authority that owned the building has agreed to our contract for the purchase," Larry Fredericksen, the executive director of the nonprofit faith-based shelter, says. "The closing is set for May 28."

Earlier this month, Haven House got a notice from the Montrose County Housing Authority saying it had sold the two-acre site.

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NEWS
2:53 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Paonia Eagles Win State Track Championship

Top Left to Right: Coach Randall Palmer, Courtney Van Vleet, Mckenna Palmer, Coach Brian Mitchum, Coach Brent McRae, Morgan Hartigan, Jeze Fabijanic , Ashley Van Vleet, Cheyanna Christian, Taylor Carsten, Coach Scott Reinks -- Bottom Left to Right: Randy Rapke, Kassidy Rapke, Brianna Van Vleet, Emily Pieper, Marisa Edmonson, Easton Hartigan, Brooklynd Ericson, Deon Jensen, Chelsea Meilner, Shira Woods, Brooke Hillman
Credit Tannille Van Vleet

The Paonia High School Girls Track team are state champions, again.  Last weekend the Eagles won their third state championship in a row.  To talk about the event, KVNF's Jake Ryan sat down with Ashley Van Vleet and Chelsea Meilner.

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NEWS
8:07 am
Fri May 22, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • Police reform bills become law
  • Roadless Rule Exception comment period closes
  • BLM looks for more citizen advisors
  • Wildfire bill signed
  • Weather continues to have a wet outlook
  • Kebler pass opens for summer
WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
7:00 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Western Slope Skies: Women in Astronomy

Women in Astronomy – Sydney Wolff

This is a continuing series on Women in Astronomy.  Today we meet Sidney Wolff.

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