Marty Durlin

Contributing Reporter

Marty Durlin contributes freelance news features, including coverage of Delta County Commissioner's meetings and local governmental issues.

Marty  is a writer, reporter and playwright currently living in Paonia, Colorado. She contributes to Writers on the Range, a service of High Country News, and is a Delta County native. Her prestigious works include the plays, "Babbit", "Pollyana", and the completely original musical, "Beautiful Radiant Things". Marty was General Manager of KGNU Community Radio in Boulder, Colorado for more than 20 years.

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NEWS
11:46 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Delta Hospital To Take Over North Fork Clinics

North Fork Valley residents know how hard it can be to get an appointment to see a local doctor. Many medical practitioners have left the Valley in recent years, leaving the The North Fork Medical Clinics understaffed. Three week waits are not uncommon. But there's hope that things could get better.

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NEWS
5:33 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Delta County animal rescue org. hopes to help more animals

CAWS hopes to help more stray cats like these.
Credit Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue in Denver via Flickr Creative Commons

    

 About 1500 unwanted dogs and cats are rescued every year in Delta County. But many more are turned away. One local rescue organization wants to change that by building a bigger shelter.

But to do that, they need more money. So the group Citizens Animal Welfare and Shelter, or CAWS, is launching a capital campaign. 

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NEWS
2:56 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

North Fork Valley Receives about Half of County Lottery Funds

Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds. Delta County spent $10,000 of its lottery funds on maintenance of the building, as well as fertilizing the fairgrounds.
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

Last year the North Fork Valley received about half of Delta County’s lottery-funded Conservation Trust Fund monies. 

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NEWS
3:33 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Majority Of Delta Hospital Patients Covered By Medicare, Medicaid

Jason Cleckler, Hospital Administrator for the Delta County Memorial Hospital
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

As the Affordable Care Act takes effect this year, Delta County Memorial Hospital Administrator Jason Cleckler is navigating uncertain terrain.

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NEWS
9:25 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Spruce Beetles a Growing Threat in GMUG National Forests

An adult spruce beetle bores into the bark of a spruce.
Credit S. Munsen/US Forest Service

This week Delta County commissioners heard a wide ranging assessment of the past year’s activities and a glimpse of the future from Grand Mesa Uncompahgre Gunnison (GMUG) Forest Supervisor Scott Armentrout. 

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COMMUNITY
9:35 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Bross Was First Luxury Hotel In Delta County

A detail from one of four bronze panels created by local sculptor Lincoln Fox, installed in 1998. The panels are part of a faux elevator shaft
Marty Durlin/KVNF

Delta County Commissioners recently named two historical landmarks, one being the Rogers Mesa Community House, the other the historic Bross Hotel. 

The Bross was built in 1906 and according to early newspapers, was Delta County's first luxury hotel (and early on, its only one.)

Now, after over 100 years and eight different owners, the Bross is a bed & breakfast.

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COMMUNITY
5:50 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Historic Schoolhouse Spurred Modern Women's Club

1896-97 Hurst students at the Hurst School
Modern Women's Club

On Monday, Delta County Commissioners named two historical landmarks. One of them is Paonia’s Bross Hotel, built in 1906 and now a bed and breakfast. The other - the Rogers Mesa Community House, built in the mid-1890s as the Hurst School. 

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NEWS
1:09 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Paonia Town Council Looks at 2014 Budget

The Paonia Town Council held a contentious study session on next year’s approximately $2 million dollar budget last week, with declining revenues pushing a host of competitive agendas. 

Tax revenues have fallen all over the western slope, said Elyse Ackerman, regional manager of the Department of Local Affairs, or DOLA, who attended the session.

 “The whole western slope is seeing a secondary dip happening,” Ackerman says. “If you talk to Mesa County, Montrose County, everyone’s kind of seeing it. The question is why, why is that happening again?”

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NEWS
10:43 am
Fri November 8, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast, Friday, November 8, 2013

Headlines

  • Colorado’s failed secessionists look to the Legislature
  • Pitkin County Commissioners ponder medical marijuana greenhouses
  • Paonia Council struggles with declining revenues
  • Area Sports Report by KVNF’s Eric Gould
NEWS
8:22 am
Thu November 7, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast, Thursday November 7, 2013

  • Political reporters analyze impacts of the election
  • Sidewalk measure passes in Paonia
  • Chickens have to move
  • 250,000 state residents may lose insurance
  • Grand Junction airport raided by federal agents
  • New Hemp Regulations Unveiled
NEWS
9:57 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Paonia Residents to Vote on Sidewalks and Mill Levy Questions

Marty Durlin/KVNF

Paonia’s five and a quarter miles of bumpy, deteriorating sidewalks are a problem. Earlier this year the Town attempted to get homeowners to pay for their own sidewalk repair -- but met with resistance from residents who said they could not afford it, even if the Town contributes half the cost of concrete up to $500.

Now ballot question 2A calls for a three dollar per month addition to utility bills for ten years to cover the cost of sidewalk maintenance. 

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NEWS
9:05 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Delta County Tax Lien Sale set for November 7th

Lisa Tafoya, Delta County Treasurer
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

Delta County Treasurer Lisa Tafoya visited commissioners on Monday to obtain permission to close her office at 1 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 6, in preparation for the county’s annual tax lien sale on Thursday Nov. 7.

The closure would allow staffers to prepare for the sale, which begins promptly at 10 am in the district court room. Properties with outstanding taxes were printed once in the Delta County Independent and are listed on the county treasurer’s website, updated every Monday. 

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NEWS
12:09 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Delta County Hires Denver-Based Attorneys for Ongoing Hen House Case

Western Slope Layers, the Hostetler hen house
Marty Durlin/KVNF

On Monday the Delta County Commissioners went into executive session to discuss ongoing litigation over the Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa. The closed door sessions with county attorney Christine Knight have become a hallmark of the commissioners’ regular meetings as the case has dragged on for two years. 

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NEWS
2:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Right-to-Farm Policy dates to a More Rural Delta County

The Powell Mesa Hen House dispute has renewed questions about zoning and the "right to farm" in Delta County. Adopted in 1996 by the state of Colorado and the county, the "Right to Farm and Ranch" policy lays out some parts of rural life that residents are expected to accept, including noise from tractors, manure, odor from animal confinement and the use of pesticides.

For some historical context on the policy, KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke with former Delta County Commissioner Jim Ventrillo about the early days of the right-to-farm policy.  

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NEWS
8:15 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Delta County to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order for Hen House

Tom Kay, a farmer who supplies Western Slope Layers with feed, said the decision to close the facility could force him into bankruptcy
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

After a closed-door session with county attorney Christine Knight, Delta County Commissioners on Monday announced they would appeal the decision by District Court Judge J. Steven Patrick that forced them to issue a cease and desist order to the Hostetler hen laying operation on Powell Mesa earlier this month. 

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NEWS
10:31 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Gunnison Basin Roundtable Tasked with Debating State Water Plan

Colorado River
Credit Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr (CC BY)

In May, as the drought lingered for yet another year, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, calling for a new Colorado Water Plan “that will support agriculture in rural Colorado and align state policy to the state’s water values.” Hickenlooper also paid tribute to Colorado’s historic water law, which claims first in time, first in right.

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NEWS
9:49 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Efforts to Protect Gunnison Sage-Grouse Continue Across Counties

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

On Tuesday at a regular meeting, Delta County Commissioners commented on a pending wildlife ruling by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that would affect the imperiled Gunnison sage-grouse, asking that the commission use current habitat maps to define setbacks and not require a blanket four-mile distance. KVNF's Marty Durlin has more on the threats to the iconic bird.

The Gunnison sage-grouse is known for an elaborate mating display along with a ritual  dance, or strut. And of course there’s the mating call, which sounds something like a sluggish dran.

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NEWS
8:30 am
Fri August 30, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Friday, August 30, 2013

  • US Attorney General Eric Holder Says Feds Won’t Disrupt Legalization of Marijuana
  • Despite Holder’s Announcement, Issues Persist for Legalization
  • US House Representatives from Colorado Say Immigration Reform Not Likely
  • Colorado US Congressional Reps Advise Obama to Fully Explain Decisions on Syria
  • Some Colorado Schools Closed Due to Heat
  • New State Logo Draws Criticism
  • Western Slope Skies - Steps to Stargazing
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NEWS
8:29 am
Thu August 29, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Friday, August 29, 2013

  • Grand Junction Night Club Dancers Sue Over Employment Status
  • Colorado River Official Says Upper River Basin Not Threatened in the Short-Term
  • Money Begins Flowing Into Colorado Recall Races
  • Commercial Marijuana Opponents Pack Hall at Paonia Town Council Meeting
  • City of Delta Finalizes Ban on Commercial Marijuana
  • Labor and Business Communities Support Taxes on Commercial Marijuana
  • First West Nile death of 2013 Reported in Colorado
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NEWS
8:28 am
Wed August 28, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Wednesday, August 28, 2013

  • Colorado Supreme Court Says Language in Recall Rules Conflicts with US Constitution
  • After Audit, Colorado Energy Office Moves to Fix Financial Problems
  • Faced with Water Shortages, Farmers Doing More With Less
  • Governor Hickenlooper Says State is Facing a “Water Crisis”
  • Move to Raise Taxes for Public School Funding Put On Hold
  • Mesa County to Offer Tax Incentives to Keep Businesses in the State
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