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ENVIRONMENT
5:52 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

iSeeChange: Mushrooms Boom This Spring

Handfuls of black morels.
Credit Darcie Rose

The unusually wet spring has made some mushroom foragers very happy. 

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KVNF
3:20 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

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NEWS
1:41 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Delta County Sees First Human Case Of Tularemia, Health Officials Concerned

Tularemia is caused by bacteria found in the environment. It’s contracted through cuts, insect bites, handing infected animals, eating or drinking contaminated food of water, or by inhaling it.
Credit NRCS Soil Health

A Delta County man is recovering after contracting tularemia. Although it’s the first reported case of the disease on the Western Slope this year, health officials are concerned.

Last year in Colorado 16 people were diagnosed with tularemia.

That's the second highest number of cases in Colorado since 1983 when there were 20 cases, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

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NEWS
6:27 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • School board OK’s alternative education in Paonia Elementary
  • Parachute allows recreational marijuana
  • Annual local government meeting in Breckenridge wraps up
  • Migratory bird protections may be removed
  • Gas leak causes explosion in Lake City

NEWS
6:18 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Paonia Could Get Waldorf Focused Education Program

The inspired by Waldorf program would be part of Paonia Elementary.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The Delta County School Board has approved a Waldorf inspired education program in Paonia.

For the past three years, a group of parents and educators in the North Fork Valley have tried to open a Waldorf inspired charter school.  

The school board and the state board of education denied their charter recognition.

However, the group worked with district officials and school administrators to come up with a compromise.

It would create a K-4 program inspired by the Waldorf model at Paonia Elementary School. 

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NEWS
4:16 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

FERC Gives DMEA Greenlight To Buy More Local Power

Credit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

A federal decision issued Thursday says the Delta-Montrose Electric Association is obligated to purchase power from qualifying facilities.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision means DMEA can buy more locally produced power.

Previously, the electric cooperative could only buy five-percent of its energy from providers other than Tri-State, a wholesale power supplier in four states.

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
12:59 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Western Slope Skies: Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

“Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight…” The opening lines of the famous nursery rhyme are a poetic, but potentially misleading, tribute to the magic of sunset and twilight. Often the first “star” you see at nightfall isn’t a star at all, but rather a planet! In fact, right now the two brightest objects in the night sky after the Moon are both planets: Venus and Jupiter. These two planets will be putting on a dazzling performance over the next few weeks.

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NEWS
7:57 am
Fri June 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 19, 2015

  Newscast

  • FERC Rules DMEA Can Buy More Local Power
  • Call For Public Comment On Oil & Gas Wells Near Somerset
  • Another Study Links Earthquakes With Injection Wells
  • Voters To Decide On Marijuana Tax
  • Rep. Yeulin Willett On The 2015 Legislative Session
NEWS
8:02 am
Thu June 18, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 18, 2015

  Newscast

  • DMEA annual meeting brings in new board member, billing process
  • Summer heats up next week
  • Highway 133 closure this week
  • Colorado proposed changes to voting rules
  • Spruce beetle plan gets extention for public comment
  • Birth Control program receives another round of funding
AS THE WORM TURNS
6:54 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, June 16th

CSU Extension Agent Ron Godin

Host Jill Spears visits with gardener Lance Swigart & special guest Ron Godin from CSU Extension Service.

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NEWS
10:25 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Black Canyon Astronomy Festival Kicks Off

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park at night.
Credit Courtesy of Greg Owens

The sixth annual Black Canyon Astronomy Festival starts today and runs through Saturday, June 20. 

The festival takes place at the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park outside of Montrose. The event is put on with the help of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Art Trevena, the group’s vice president, to learn more about this year’s festival. 

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NEWS
10:03 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Ride The Rockies Stops In Hotchkiss

Ride the Rockies participants end the second day of the bike tour in Hotchkiss.

Ride the Rockies kicked off its second day with a 96 mile ride from Grand Junction to Hotchkiss on Monday.

Hundreds of riders braved the heat and a steep climb over the Grand Mesa. 

The ride ended in Hotchkiss where cyclists didn’t descend onto the town all at once. Some rode in small groups and others were riding solo.

Carrie Yantzer, the principal of Hotchkiss K8, and a few other supporters greeted people as they peddled past.

Yantzer said she’s happy to see Ride the Rockies return to town. 

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NEWS
7:58 am
Wed June 17, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

  Newscast

  • Safety Tips For Rafting Colorado Waterways
  • City And County Leaders From Across Colorado Meet In Breckenridge
  • Mesa County Regional Workforce Center Changes Status
  • Grand Junction Joins National High­-Speed Internet Effort
  • Black Canyon Astronomy Festival Kicks Off
NEWS
7:56 am
Tue June 16, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • Missing Paonia Man Found Dead
  • Tri-State To Buy Power From Colorado Wind Farm
  • Ride the Rockies Stops in Hotchkiss
  • Hwy 133 Closure On Friday
  • Region 10 Creates Support Group For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Colorado Businesses Can Legally Fire Employees Who Use Marijuana
  • Marijuana Use In Colorado
  • Ridgway Woman Trampled By Donkeys 
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NEWS
7:58 am
Mon June 15, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 15, 2015

  Newscast

  • Federal officials doubt Possibility of public lands transfer
  • Cost of getting ­by increasing faster than wages
  • Radioactive car found in Grand Junction
  • Head of state board of education resigns
  • Battle over funding for Wildland firefighting
NEWS
3:22 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Rainbow Trout On The Rebound In Colorado

Credit Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

State wildlife officials say rainbow trout populations in Colorado are finally on the rebound after they were hard hit by whirling disease in the 1990's. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano spoke to Eric Fetherman, an aquatic research scientist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, to learn more about the recovery of the fish. 

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NEWS
10:31 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Olathe Gets $226K Grant For Walkway Expansion Project

Olathe got a $226,000 grant to help fund a walkway expansion project from the elementary school to the middle and high school in town.
Credit Flickr/jstephenconn

The town of Olathe recently received a large grant for a walkway expansion project.

Olathe got nearly $226,000 through the federal Transportation Alternative Program. The Colorado Department of Transportation distributes the funds to communities.

"The scope of the project is to provide additional walkway for a section of town that has a high volume of pedestrian traffic," Patty Gabriel, Olathe’s town administrator, said.  "And, it would connect our Olathe Middle & High School with our Olathe Elementary School."

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NEWS
8:02 am
Fri June 12, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 12, 2015

  Newscast

  • No Charges In Fatal Fruita Shooting
  • Attempted Robbery In Montrose
  • Local Schools Awarded Millions For Improvement Projects
  • Delta County Gets Its First Car Charging Station
  • Colorado's First Outdoor Summit
  • Ride The Rockies Celebrates 30th Anniversary
  • Rainbow Trout Make A Comeback In Colorado
NEWS
7:57 am
Thu June 11, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 11, 2015

  Newscast

  • Boy Scouts stranded on snowy mountain trail
  • Health officials concerned over possible mosquito surge
  • Montrose County School District struggles with budget
  • More oil and gas wells planned for Mesa County
  • North Fork residents travel to D.C. to weigh in on Thompson Divide lease swap
HEALTH
5:18 pm
Wed June 10, 2015

Wet Weather Could Lead To More West Nile Cases, Health Officials Say

Credit Mesa County Health Department

May was the wettest month on record, according to federal data. Colorado also saw its fair share of precipitation last month. 

This increased moisture could mean more mosquitoes and this has health officials concerned. 

The insects reproduce in standing water so when it rains a lot in can create ideal breeding habitat for them. 

Thomas Orr, a regional epidemiologist at the Mesa County Health Department, says more mosquitoes could lead to more cases of West Nile.

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NEWS
7:59 am
Wed June 10, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

  Newscast

  • Coroner IDs Woman Killed In Crash, Wanted By Western Slope Authorities
  • Palisade Police Chief Resigns, Sgt. Takes Over
  • Olathe Gets Grant For Walkway Expansion Project
  • Water Well Testing In The North Fork Valley
  • From Bills To Ballots, What's Next At The Colorado Statehouse?
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

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