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LOCAL MOTION
12:25 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Local Motion: dZi Foundation - Nepal

The dZi Foundation is a Ridgway-based non-profit helping Nepal's most remote communities recover from the devastating earthquakes. Jim Nowak, dZi president and co-founder, joined KVNF's Ali Lightfoot to talk about the situation in Nepal and current rebuilding efforts.

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MUSIC
11:34 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Talkin Music: Davis Coombe

Film editor Davis Coombe talks about his latest film,  "Keep On Keepin On" a documentary about  jazz legend  Clark Terry.  

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NEWS
7:55 am
Thu May 14, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, May 14, 2015

  Newscast

  • Hickenlooper signs invasive species bill into law
  • Telluride school district invests heavily into solar power
  • US Judge rules against the approval of two coal mine expansions
  • Fire season forecast looks better as more rain falls
  • New law will study traffic on I­-70
NEWS
5:02 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Montrose Library District Faces Grim Budget Deficit

The Montrose Library in downtown Montrose, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Great Recession officially ended in 2009, but communities on the Western Slope are still feeling its effects.

In Montrose County, unemployment remains high and property values have not returned to pre-recession levels.

Paul Paladino, the director of the Montrose Regional Library District, said low property values affect the libraries.

"We are funded 90 percent from property taxes," said Paladino.

He said since 2013, the library system has faced a $420,000 budget deficit and is dipping into reserves to help make up for that loss.

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NEWS
3:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Bill To Fight Invasive, Thirsty Plants

Governor John Hickenlooper talks about House Bill 1006 at the bill's signing ceremony in Montrose.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

On his tour of the Western Slope this week, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill to create a grant program to help communities fight invasive plants that threaten riparian areas in Colorado.

House Bill 1006 creates the Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill at a ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday.

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NEWS
8:02 am
Wed May 13, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, May 13, 2014

  Newscast

  • Wastewater facility target of smell complaints
  • Overdose antidote is now more accessible
  • Unidentified body found in canal
  • Montrose Library district faces grim deficits
  • Restrictions on hemp may be lifted
  • Bear study bill passed into law
NEWS
7:56 am
Tue May 12, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

  Newscast

  • Seatbelt enforcement ramps up this month
  • Veterans thanks, asked for input
  • Road construction flanks the North Fork area
  • Severance tax helps fund multi million dollar shooting range near Palisade
NEWS
7:54 am
Mon May 11, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, May 11, 2015

  Newscast

  • April doesn’t improve snowpack outlook for state, Western Slope
  • Doctor sentenced to probation for false Medicare claims
  • DMEA begins election process
  • Severance taxes help fund large shooting complex on Western Slope
NEWS
11:43 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Western Colorado Climate Challenge Conference in Paonia

Last weekend saw the Western Colorado Climate Challenge in Paonia.  It was a conference focused on the impacts of climate change on the Western Slope, and what could be done to address them.  This event was a little different than others like it.  This is Rob Menzies, one of the facilitators.

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ENVIRONMENT
11:02 am
Sun May 10, 2015

iSeeChange: Birds Not Thrown Off By Warm Temps

Black Chinned Hummingbird
Credit Flickr User colorob

Spring is in full effect, and for quite a while birds have been migrating through the area.  One listener, Marylin Stone, commented on the iSeeChange website that she noticed, for the first time this year a Bullock's oriole and a hummingbird, she wasn’t positive which species.  I brought this observation to Jeff Birek, a biologist with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory.

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NEWS
5:25 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Grant Will Boost Shooting Range, Gun Center In Cameo, Once A Coal Town

The state gave Palisade a $2 million severance tax grant to help fund a regional sports shooting complex at Cameo.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The state collects severance taxes from companies that extract nonrenewable resources in Colorado. Some of this money goes to communities in the form of large grants. Most of these grants go to communities to help build fire stations, upgrade water systems, restore historic sites, and aid with other infrastructure or economic development projects. The program is also providing funds for a shooting range on the Western Slope. 

Roger Granat is the 73-year-old mayor of Palisade. He grew up there. And as a boy, he would often visit the neighboring community of Cameo. 

"The general store and the post office sat over here on our right," Granat said on a recent visit to the old town site.  

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WESTERN SLOPE SKIES
10:46 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Western Slope Skies: Star Formation

Our closest star, the Sun, is a middle-aged star.  This is good for us, but what exactly does ‘middle-aged star’ mean? 

Throughout their lives, stars are in a battle between gravity trying to collapse the star and pressure of the internal nuclear reaction trying to expand the star.

Make a note… It may take time, but gravity always wins!! 

Star formation begins with a massive cloud of dust and gasses.  The large majority of the cloud is hydrogen. 

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NEWS
8:02 am
Fri May 8, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 8, 2015

  Newscast

  • More rain to come, but drought may persist
  • Lake City Medical Center hosts free health fair 
  • Severance tax supports Western Slope projects
  • The State Legislature finishes its session 
  • Emergency drills ran at chemical weapons facility
NEWS
5:26 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Severance Taxes Critical To Colorado Communities

Ouray got a $200,000 grant from the state to develop a master plan to reconstruct its hot springs pool with the help of severance tax dollars.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

    

Severance taxes are a vital source of funding for communities across Colorado. This tax applies to revenue the state collects from mining and energy extraction. Half of these funds go directly to communities affected by those activities. The other half goes towards grants for infrastructure and economic development.  

"We have just under a million gallons of hot, natural spring water that flows into the pool," said Patrick Rondinelli, the city administrator of Ouray, while visiting the city's hot springs pool. 

"There’s always been ponds in the early years that were in this location and then finally in the late 1920’s a formal swimming pool was built on this very site," he said.  "And, it’s been maintained in that condition in some variation. There’s been some changes made to it but basically in this same very site all these years."  

Rondinelli said Ouray closes the pool in the spring for about a week to clean it and do basic repairs. The site attracts about 135,000 visitors a year and is a major tourism draw for the small mountain community.

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NEWS
8:00 am
Thu May 7, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, May 7, 2015

  Newscast

  • Colorado makes 3rd DUI a felony
  • Western Slope property values mostly up
  • Birds migrations unhampered by warm temps
  • Oil taxes support communities across the state, but funding is uncertain
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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:22 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, May 5th

Host Jill Spears visits with gardening experts Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

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COMMUNITY
11:24 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Local Motion: Reporting On Immigrant Issues

Atlanta
Credit Laura Palmisano

This episode of Local Motion is a reporter's notebook from Atlanta. KVNF's Laura Palmisano traveled there last month for fellowship training. She is one of 15 journalists from across the U.S. selected by the Institute for Justice & Journalism (IJJ) for its 2015 fellowship on immigrant families.

In Atlanta, the fellows attended workshops and presentations put on by immigration experts, reporters and advocacy organizations. Palmisano brought her recording gear to interview presenters and other journalists. 

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NEWS
8:03 am
Wed May 6, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

  Newscast

  • District 51 buys food truck to feed kids over summer
  • Area clinic receives 700 thousand dollars to serve low income patients
  • Ouray County approves another marijuana grow operation
  • Ski towns send letter about coal industry
  • National fire forecast calls for above average fire activity
  • Capitol Conversation looks at final days.
NEWS
4:38 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

District 51 Buys Food Truck To Feed Needy Students

A design of what District 51's new food truck might look like.
Credit District 51

In Mesa County, 42 percent of children qualify for free or reduced lunch.  

During the summer, many of these same kids qualify for a meal program when school is out. 

Usually Mesa Valley School District 51 offers this program at four or five schools, but this year there’s only enough funding to have it at two.

However, this summer the district plans on bringing meals to some students.

With the help of a $50,000 grant from the Western Colorado Community Foundation it purchased a food truck from Denver. 

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NEWS
7:58 am
Tue May 5, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, May 5, 2015

  Newcast:

  • Montrose apartment fire
  • Paonia board of trustees find  possible fraudulent use of the town’s debit card
  • Western Colorado Climate Challenge Conference  in Paonia
  • Paonia Chief of Police Scott Leon retires
  • Students taught financial literacy
  • Federal lands bill dies
NEWS
5:25 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Local Schools Bring In Experts To Teach Kids About Money

Autumn Lettau with NuVista Federal Credit Union teaches sixth-graders at Centennial Middle School in Montrose, Colo about financial literacy.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Many states require students be taught financial literacy. However, Colorado is one of the few that also tests on it. To help students learn, some schools are bringing outside experts into the classroom. 

Six teams of students are playing a quiz game similar to Jeopardy. The purpose of the game is to gauge the financial literacy of sixth-graders who just completed a weeklong course on the topic. 

"I wish that somebody had taught me this when I was this age,"Autumn Lettau with NuVista Federal Credit Union says.

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NEWS
8:11 am
Mon May 4, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, May 4, 2015

  Newscast

  • New summer construction starts on Highway 133
  • Bill to address school funding advances at state capitol
  • EPA grant lets Montrose investigate suspected contamination
  • Measure moves forward to hold schools liable for student injuries and deaths
  • Region 10 unveils plans for revitalization of Delta, Gunnison counties
  • Haven House’s future uncertain, but hopeful
ENVIRONMENT
2:36 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

iSeeChange: Frozen Fruit

A bright green new cherry, in front of blackened dead cherries.
Credit Jake Ryan / KVNF

A hard freeze in April damaged a wide range of fruit crops on the Western Slope of Colorado.

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NEWS
5:20 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Region 10 Seeks Input On Econ. Development Ideas For Delta, Gunnison Counties

The North Fork Valley is an agricultural area in Delta County know for its organic farms.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Over the past two years, hundreds of coal miners in Delta and Gunnison counties lost their jobs.

The decline in the coal industry has affected western Colorado. That’s why Region 10, an association of local governments, hired Utah-based consulting firm Better City.

The company is analyzing ways to foster economic growth in the area. And, the firm recently unveiled its first recommendations on how to do that.

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NEWS
8:02 am
Fri May 1, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 1, 2015

  Newscast

  • Hard freezes in springtime likely to continue
  • Wildfire awareness day this weekend
  • Senate kills racial profiling bill
  • Attorney General joins suit against BLM over fracking rules
NEWS
7:59 am
Thu April 30, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 30, 2015

  Newscast

  • Telluride passes panhandling ordinance
  • DeBeque Town Marshall formally charged
  • Climate event to take place in Paonia
  • State water plan comment period to close tomorrow
  • State bill would fund programs to uproot invasive, thirsty plants
HEALTH
3:02 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Local Motion: Western Colorado AIDS Project

Western Colorado AIDS  Project (WESTCAP) provides services to HIV positive clients and at-risk individuals in 22 counties on the Western Slope. Jeff Basinger and CJ Tobe of WESTCAP share information about new treatments for those who are HIV+ and talk about resources  for the LGBT community in Western Colorado.   

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NEWS
1:08 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Bill Aims To Draw New Businesses To Struggling Colorado Communities

A going out of business sign in Paonia. The Colorado town is in a county with high unemployment and a sluggish economy.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A bipartisan bill introduced in the state legislature this week looks to give struggling Colorado communities a jump-start. 

Senate Bill 282 would create ‘tax-friendly zones’ in up to 30 highly distressed counties across the state. 

"We are talking about areas that have the highest unemployment and lowest wages," said bill sponsor House Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. 

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:34 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A lively discussion about seed saving. Host Jill Spears is joined by regular guests Lance Swigart and Lulu Volkhausen, along with special guests Pat Frazier and Sara Pope. Pat is a biodynamic gardening expert, and Sara is in charge of the seed library at Hotchkiss Public Library.

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NEWS
8:05 am
Wed April 29, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

  Newscast

  • Marijuana tax refund might go to voters
  • Montrose County sued over airport, again
  • State bill could help rural communities
  • Program seeds clouds for snow over Grand Mesa
  • Forecast calls for above average rainfall
  • Fetal homicide bill clears Senate

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