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ENVIRONMENT
12:55 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Local Motion: John Buerger on Using Mushrooms to Fight Weeds

Oyster mushrooms, John's culture of choice for fighting weeds.
Credit Stu's Images via Flickr (CC BY http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

Today we're joined by John Buerger, owner and operator of Alpha Natural Holistic Land Management based in Cedaredge. 

He recently gave a talk at the Blue Sage Center in Paonia about how we can use native mushroom cultures to fight noxious weeds. 

John joined us to talk about his history practicing and educating the public about using natural methods to work with the land and control weeds.

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NEWS
5:50 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Paonia Mayor Says Drinking Water Is Safe

Water flows through an irrigation pipe at Zephyros Farm in Paonia.
Credit Jessica Reeder via Flickr (CC BY creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Some Paonia residents recently received a letter from the town with a header that read (in all caps and red text): “Important information about your drinking water.”

The letter explains that part of the town’s water supply isn’t meeting some treatment requirements. But according to Mayor Neal Schwieterman, the water’s still safe, and residents don’t need to worry.  

We spoke with Schwieterman about what exactly this letter means, and why it was sent in the first place. 

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NEWS
1:20 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

US 550 Remains Closed, Netting Work To Continue Through Tuesday

A helicopter from Silverton Mountain drops safety provisions and supplies to crews on the mountain.
Credit Dan Bender/La Plata County Sheriff's Office

Update January 27: Technical climbing crews were on hand at the side of recent rockslides along Red Mountain Pass/US 550, installing wire cable netting to stabilize boulders that continue to plague the road below. 

The alternate route south toward Durango, Cortez and beyond is SH 62 to SH 145 through Telluride, and US 160.The Colorado Department of Transportation says that work will continue through at least Tuesday, and there's still no estimated time for when the road could re-open.

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NEWS
12:52 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"Uranium Drive-In" Tells Story of Struggling But Hopeful West End

The proposed uranium mill would be located in Colorado's Paradox Valley in western Montrose county, but as for now Energy Fuels has no plans to move forward with the project.
Credit San Juan Huts Day 5 via Flickr (CC BY-SA)

Residents from Montrose County’s West End recently gathered for a screening of “Uranium Drive-In,” a documentary that tells the story of the ill-fated Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill, and a tight-knit community desperate for jobs and some hint of a brighter economy.

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NEWS
11:52 am
Mon January 20, 2014

A Regional Look At Retail Marijuana

James Leonard, owner of the Doctor's Garden, Carbondale's first outlet for retail marijuana sales. Leonard's medical dispensary opened for recreational sales on January 15.
Credit Doug Tucker

The first batch of Colorado's recreational marijuana stores opened this month on New Years Day in Telluride, Breckenridge and Denver among other places, marking the beginning of what's expected to be a multi-million dollar industry.

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COMMUNITY
2:45 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Local Motion: Rural Movie Theaters Facing Costly Upgrades to Stay Open

Outside the Paradise Theatre on Grand Ave in Paonia
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

For this episode of Local Motion, we take a look at the plight of rural movie theaters in Colorado. 

The film industry has by and large mandated that starting this year, first-run movies (the blockbusters like "Frozen") will only be distributed digitally. The 35 mm films of old are on their way out and digital films are on their way in. 

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NEWS
2:02 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

US 550 South Of Ouray Closed Through Weekend

Rocks falling onto US 550 created a 6" hole in the highway
Credit Colorado Department of Transportation

Update: 12:30 PM (January 15): CDOT has confirmed that US 550/Red Mountain Pass two miles south of Ouray will be closed at least through this weekend (until Monday, January 20.) Rocks have reportedly been continually falling on the road near mile marker 90 as crews try to clear the rubble. 

Kerrie Neet, the regional director for CDOT, acknowledged that motorists in southwest Colorado don't have many alternative travel options, saying "there is a hardship anytime we close this pass."

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NEWS
8:47 am
Fri January 10, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, January 10, 2014

Headlines

  • Governor Delivers 4th "State of the State" Address
  • Citizen Groups Pushing for Tougher Air Quality Rules
  • Sounds of the High Country from KDNK - Wyoming's Abandoned Wells
  • Antler Collecting Prohibited in Gunnison Basin Until March
NEWS
8:36 am
Thu January 9, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, January 9, 2013

Headlines

  • Colorado Legislative Session Kicks Off with a New Senate President
  • Hunting Guides Facing Federal Charges for Illegally Maiming Big Cats
  • New Pot Shops Seeing Steady Demand, Limited Supplies
  • First Retail Pot License Approved in Aspen
  • Former KVNF GM is the New President of the NFCB
  • Coloradans Could See Northern Lights Tonight
NEWS
9:08 am
Wed January 8, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Headlines

  • Avalanche Near Vail Kills One, Injures Three
  • Snowpack Levels Off to Better Start than Last Year
  • New Medical Marijuana Licenses on hold in Pitkin County
  • Oil & Gas Groups Say New Rules will be costly
  • Telluride Foundation Awards Millions in Grants
NEWS
9:07 am
Tue January 7, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Headlines

  • Amid Dispute, El Paso Country Sheriff Releases Timeline of Black Forest Fire
  • Aspen Airport Reopens as Wreckage From Crash is Removed
  • Delta County Commissioners asked to support a Grant for Improved Healthcare Services
  • Avalanche Forecaster says Conditions Improving, but Still Dangerous
NEWS
5:49 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

National Transportation Safety Board Investigating Aspen Plane Crash

Eye witnesses to the fatal plane crash at the Aspen Airport say the private plane "cartwheeled" before it burst into flames.
Credit Roger Adams/Aspen Public Radio

One person is dead and two have been injured after a fiery plane crash at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport on Sunday afternoon.

Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen has been following the story, and joined us this evening (Monday, January 6) to discuss the latest developments.

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NEWS
9:42 am
Mon January 6, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: January 6, 2014

Headlines

  • Two Injured, One dead after Plane Crash in Aspen
  • GJ Airport Authority Board Chairman was asked to Resign
  • Legal Pot Buyers Could Face DUI Charges in Utah Weeks after Smoking
  • Without a Legal Precedent, State of Colorado Depositing Pot Revenue in Banks
  • CAWS Extending Animal Shelter Hours
NEWS
10:35 am
Fri January 3, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, January 3, 2013

Headlines

  • Long Lines, Eager Customers Reported at First Day of Legal Pot Sales in Denver, Telluride
  • Town of Marble's Lawsuit Against 9th Judicial District DA Complicates Theft Case
  • San Miguel Power Association and DMEA Warn Customers about Scams
  • Western Slope Skies  - the Bright Stars of Winter
COMMUNITY
10:53 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Local Motion: Carol Parker with the Valley Food Partnership

A field of pinto beans
Credit Jeri Mattics Omernik/Valley Food Partnership

The 2nd Annual Western Slope Colorado Food & Farm Forum is coming up on Saturday, January 11th at the Montrose Pavilion. The conference brings together farmers, ranchers and others in the ag industry for conversations about sustainability, food production and marketing. 

For some details about the conference and this year's main theme of "Making Every Drop Count," we spoke to Carol Parker, President of the Valley Food Partnership based in Montrose.

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NEWS
9:17 am
Thu January 2, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, January 2, 2013

Headlines

  • Denver Post Hires Marijuana Editor, Launches Pot Website
  • Boulder District Attorney Discusses Future of Industry
  • DMEA Customers to See Rate Increase This Year, San Miguel Power Association Rates to Hold Steady
NEWS
8:15 am
Wed January 1, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Headlines

  •  Montrose Prosecutor "Separated" from Job after DUI Suspicion
  • FAA Won't Use Colorado for Drone Testing
  • Colorado Lawyers, Law Enforcement Advising Drivers to Keep Pot in Trunk
  • Law Enforcement in Pitkin County Gears Up for Retail Marijuana Industry
ARTS
2:38 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Local Motion: Celebrating the Winter Solstice with Craig Child's "Dark Night"

Author and poet Craig Childs performs on December 20th as a part of the "Dark Night" multimedia extravaganza
Credit Cooper Woods-Darby

For this year's winter solstice, the darkest night of the year, people filled the seats of the Paradise Theatre in Paonia for the 5th annual performance of Craig Childs' "Dark Night," a multimedia and spoken-word extravaganza celebrating the time of year when "the snakes of winter coil tightly around us," as Childs describes it.

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NEWS
1:29 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Fraud Investigation Continues, Lawsuit Filed At Grand Junction Regional Airport

The Grand Junction Regional Airport, formerly known as Walker Field
Credit Tomorrow Hill Farm (CC-BY)

It's been a dramatic couple of months at the Grand Junction Regional Airport, since FBI agents searched the airport's administrative offices in early November and seized some documents as part of a fraud investigation.

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NEWS
10:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

KVNF Regional Newcast: Friday, December 20, 2013

Headlines

  • Montrose County Sheriff's Sergeant on Leave after Child Abuse Allegations
  • Ouray County Mine Cited for Nearly 100 Safety Violations
  • Hickenlooper Calls for Bipartisanship Next Year
  • San Miguel County Commissioners Approve Funding for EcoAction Partners
  • Tree Hunting in one of Colorado's National Forests
  • Western Slope Skies - The Star Cluster Pleides

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