The Delta County School district lost around 400 students over the past 5 years and they expect to lose another 100 this year due to recent mine lay-offs. Each student is worth approximately 6 thousand dollars to the district, adding up to an over 2 million dollar shortfall. The district has been looking for ways to reduce spending in all areas of their budget over the past several years.
Last October the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the names of 44 towns across the state awarded road improvement monies from a competitive grant program called RAMP. In Ridgway, Colorado the community will be going to the ballot box on April 1st to determine whether or not they will make use of their $10.4 million one-time-only, use-it-or-lose-it award.
KVNF's JT Thomas speaks with Ridgway mayor, John Clark and community members, Tammee Tuttle and Jill Markey.
Slow Internet is a fact of life for many rural Americans, and residents of Western Colorado are no exception. There have been many failed attempts to bring faster Internet to KVNF's listening area, the latest being Eagle Net.
Now, there's yet another idea on the table. The Delta Montrose Electric Association is considering expanding broadband to much of rural Delta and Montrose counties. We begin our report at a local non-profit organization whose business is seriously impacted by the slow internet speeds.