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.

Pages

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. 

Read more
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. 

Read more
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. 

Read more
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.  

Read more
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. 

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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
Read more
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
Read more
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
Read more

Pages