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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
ENVIRONMENT
6:00 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

Local Motion: I See Change's New Season

On this show,  a conversation KVNF's Jake Ryan had with Julia Kumari Drapkin, executive producer for iSeeChange.  The project started here at KVNF as a way to connect people to the bigger picture of climate change, and it’s now grown to a nation wide platform. 

Included at the end is a piece that was produced about a month ago, after a hard frost came through.  A Paonia orchardist, like a lot of farmers, was hit hard by the frost. 

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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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NEWS
7:57 am
Thu May 21, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, May 21, 2015

  Newscast

  • Three tragedies hit Grand Junction within 18 hours
  • Tobacco banned from a Western Slope college
  • Xcel Energy gets OK for drones
  • Standardized testing bill becomes law
  • Roadwork brings closures for key highways
AS THE WORM TURNS
6:39 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, May 19th

Credit Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears chats with gardeners Lulu Volkhausen & Lance Swigart about spring chores, wetter-than-normal weather, and more. They also take a few calls.

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NEWS
4:10 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

West Slope College Goes Tobacco-Free

More than 1,000 colleges and universities across the U.S. are tobacco-free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
Credit Flickr/smartsignbrooklyn

A college on the Western Slope is joining the growing number of higher education institutions that ban tobacco products.

The Delta-Montrose Technical College will be a tobacco-free school.

"All forms of tobacco products including smoking and smokeless tobacco or chew and e-cigarettes are banned," John Jones, the college's director, said.

He said it was a two-year process to get the policy in place.

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NEWS
11:50 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Thompson Divide Swap Gets Delta County Support

Several counties across the Western Slope have supported the Thompson Divide lease swap.  Delta County was one of the last holdouts, but they made their decision on Monday.

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NEWS
7:54 am
Wed May 20, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

  Newscast

  • Delta County signs on for Thompson Divide Lease Swap
  • Western Slope receives grant for healthy workplaces
  • CDOT closes US 550 to retrieve crashed vehicle
  • Evaporation pit in Mesa County gets another treatment to stop smells
  • Paonia Eagles take state Track and Field championship for third time
  • Ballot initiatives bill becomes law
NEWS
4:41 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Western Slope Communities Get Workplace Wellness Grant

Delta County will oversee the $630,000 state grant to create a regional workplace program in six counties.
Credit flickr/ashkyd

Six counties on the Western Slope have received a large grant to promote workplace wellness.  

The $630,000 grant is from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Over the next three years, Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray, and San Miguel counties will share the funding to create a workplace wellness program. 

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NEWS
11:52 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Haven House Nears Goal To Buy Property, Keep Shelter Open

Credit Haven House

The future of a transitional housing program for homeless families on the Western Slope is uncertain. 

Haven House needs to raise $345,000 by Friday to buy the property where it operates. 

The shelter opened in Olathe four years ago. It has 30 units where homeless families and individuals can stay for an extended period.

"Certainly between Grand Junction and Durango there is nothing like it," Larry Fredericksen, the president of the nonprofit faith-based shelter, said.

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NEWS
7:56 am
Tue May 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

  Newscast

  • Highway 133 closes down this Thursday
  • Homeless Shelter nears goal to own building in Montrose
  • Sen. Gardner visits Western Slope over weekend
  • New laws push for more math and science jobs for Colorado grads
  • Talk with new director of wildland firefighting complex

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