Travis Bubenik

Headlines Head of Oil and Gas Commission Praises Industry's Response to Flooding State Department of Agriculture Still Investigating Case of Stolen Monkey Drought Prompts Study of Gold-Medal Fishery Near Basalt Delta County Residents to Vote on Ending More Term Limits US Rep. Cory Gardner Criticizes "Brobamacare" Ads

North Fork Merchant Herald

Today on Local Motion we talk with three of the people involved with the North Fork Air Quality Study, a year-long project put together by CU-Boulder, the Western Slope Conservation Center and the Delta County School District. The project will use low-cost, portable and permanent monitoring devices to get baseline measurements of air quality in the North Fork Valley. The researchers behind the study say at the moment we simply don't have that information, so the data collected over the next...

Headlines Republican Voters Turn Out in Higher Numbers So Far Delta County Schools Superintendent Says Amendment 66 Would Help District Arch Coal Reports Lower-than-Expected Losses for Third Quarter US Rep. Scott Tipton Criticizes EPA on Proposed Fracking Regulations Over $100,000 Flows Into Telluride Soda Tax Debate

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Here are the latest numbers for voter turnout in statewide elections so far. Have you voted yet?

Randy Hampton/Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Recently on the Almanac, Peter Cullen noticed he hasn't seen many bears in the mountains of New Mexico this year. Bears are foragers, and Cullen says the lack of piñon , oak and juniper trees caused them to head down to mountain towns looking for thrown-away leftovers. That got us thinking about our bear populations here in western Colorado. Though the San Luis Valley doesn’t have the largest bear population in the state, they're still around, and if you think back to this summer after the...

Headlines Winner of the Trip to Fiji Contest Drawn at KVNF Annual Meeting Paonia Voters to see Ballot Question on Sidewalks Colorado US Senators ask to Delay Health Insurance Deadline More Help Coming for Farmers and Ranchers on the Front Range after Flooding KDNK's Ed Williams Speaks to Legislative Reporter Bente Birkeland about Amendment 66 Layoffs at Elk Creek Mine Could Challenge Local Economy, Delta County Schools

Hugh Carson

For this episode of Local Motion, we spoke to retired firefighter Hugh Carson about his experience helping to coordinate emergency response in the wake of the historic flooding that hit the Front Range in September. Carson has a long history with disaster management, and has spoken to KVNF before about his experiences with wildfire. He joins us this time for an insider's look at how emergency personnel deal with a much different element: water, and lots of it. On September 13th, the day after...

Headlines Judge Delays Trial of Heather Jensen Until January Group Opposed to Christo's Arkansas River Installation Continues Fight Delta County Pays $10,000 Retainer for Denver Legal Firm in Hen House Case Crawford Continues Discussion on Municipal Court Colorado Gears Up for Move to All-Mail Ballots

Headlines Committee Will Look at State's Flood Response Logging Production Hurt by Government Shutdown After Shutdown, Maroon Bells May See Cutbacks US Representative Cory Gardner Questions Health Exchange Problems Delta County to hold Tax Lien Sale in Early November

Headlines Heather Jensen Will Stand Trial in Grand Junction Water Conflicts Escalating between Agriculture and Growing Colorado Cities Aspen Medical Marijuana Dispensary Gears Up for Retail Sales Colorado Oil and Gas Association Donates Over $604,000 to Pro-Fracking Campaigns KVNF Sports Report

Headlines Turning a Public Park into an Edible Forest Free-for-All School Board Members and Candidates Sound Off on Amendment 66 US Marshals Looking for Telluride Man Suspected of Attempted Murder "It's Crap!" - North Fork Valley Residents on the Government Shutdown Around the World in 3 Minutes - Commentary from North Fork Valley Vision School Student

Headlines Mesa County Sheriff and District Attorney Sound Off Against Proposed Budget Cuts Opponents and Supporters of Telluride Soda Tax Step Up Campaigning Efforts Elk Creek Mine Layoffs Likely to Hurt Local Economy Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Petition Process for Amendment 66 Delta County Libraries Selected for Trial-Run of Super Wifi Technology

Headlines Cedaredge Man Commits Suicide Hours Before Sentencing for Manslaughter Charges Permits for Oil and Gas, Mining Delayed by Government Shutdown Personhood Question to Appear on 2014 State Ballot American Sheep Industry Sees a Long, Slow Decline Oil and Gas Industry Critics Gather in Glenwood Springs

Headlines Pilot Unharmed after Crash Landing at Telluride Airport Contaminated Gasoline Sold at Two Colorado Stores State Panel to look at Disaster Relief, Emergency Management Water to play a Big Role in State Legislature Next Year Budget Cuts Could Mean the end of Work Release in Mesa County

Headlines US District Court in Denver Preparing for Shutdown State Study Details Impact of Regional Airports Judge Limits Testimony of Forensic Pathologist in Case of Accused Palisade Mother Campaign for School Funding Tax Increase Raises over $5 Million

Headlines Shutdown Could Delay Benefit Checks for Over 90,000 Veterans New Online Healthcare Marketplaces Running Smoothly for Delta County Residents Cedaredge Police Chief Robert Yant Resigns Ethics Group Says Anti-Pot Tax Group Shouldve Reported Free Joints in Campaign Finances State Democrats Criticize New Recall Effort Morgan Carroll Chosen as Next Colorado Senate President

Julia Kumari-Drapkin/KVNF

Dallas and June Harding are regulars on the Almanac, but most of their daily weather observations youll see there date back to the late 1980s. Thats because those entires were transcribed from the journals June started keeping in 1985, when she and Dallas moved to their current home at the Harding Ranch near the base of Coal Mountain. I recently paid the Hardings a visit to talk about how they got involved with the iSeeChange project, and how journaling has played a role in their lives and...

Headlines Colorado Wind Industry Expected to Grow Baca County Farmer Harvests First Hemp Crop in 56 Years Government Shutdown Not Affecting Mines Yet Thompson Divide Drilling Talks Suggest Deal is in the Works iSeeChange - Journaling with the Hardings

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on Saturday reported that the Delta County Farm Bureau will host a fundraiser for the Hostetler family, owners of a Hotchkiss hen house at the center of a years-long legal dispute over whether the facility is compatible with the surrounding Powell Mesa neighborhood. The Daily Sentinel reports the ad in the October 2 nd High Country Shopper invites guests to show their support for agriculture and help raise money for the Hostetlers legal defense. A Delta...

Headlines Around Half of Elk Creek Miners Laid Off Anadarko Officials Say Flood Damage Continues to Cut Oil and Gas Production US Air Force Academy Says Shutdown is Completely Disruptive US Forest Supervisor for White River National Forest Talks about Shutdown Impact Republican Recall Victors Sworn Into Office

Rita Claggett

Neighbors, Strangers and Friends is an audio/visual exhibit currently on display at the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. The exhibit features a series of interviews and photographs of North Fork Valley seniors created by local writer and photographer Rita Clagett. KVNFs Ali Lightfoot spoke with Clagett about the project.

Connect for Health Colorado

Officials with Connect for Health Colorado , the states new online health exchange, said the website saw 79,000 unique visitors for its first day on Monday. Alicia Plantz with the Montrose Connect for Health Office says shes received plenty of calls and some walk-ins over the past few days. She says most of the people shes talked to so far want to know whether theyre eligible for financial assistance. Under the new system some federal money is available to help individuals and families pay...

Headlines State Lawmakers Wont Hold Special Session on Flood Recovery Montrose and Hotchkiss Healthcare Exchange Offices Busy for Opening Days Over 600 BLM Employees Furloughed after Government Shutdown Lawsuit Filed Against Petition Signatures for School Funding Tax Proposal Neighbors, Strangers and Friends Exhibit on Display at Creamary Arts Center through 10/4/13

Headlines Bike Tour at Colorado National Monument to Proceed Despite Government Shutdown Maroon Bells, Area Military Installations Impacted by Shutdown Colorados Online Health Exchange Sees Heavy Traffic During First Day Colorado Becomes First State to Accept Retail Marijuana Shop Applications Former GOP Leader Mike Kopp Enters Governors Race Nucla Woman Charged with Attempted Second-Degree Murder

Travis Bubenik/KVNF

KVNF recently spoke in Ridgway with Susan Long, manager for the Ouray County Fairgrounds as well as the 4-H Events Center for the past eight years. Ms. Long and I spent an afternoon touring the rodeo grounds and talking about the associations plans to renovate the fairgrounds historic WWII-era grandstands, as well as the aging announcers booth and bucking shoots. Long says the planned renovations are aimed at increasing safety and bringing more outdoor to the grounds, all while preserving the...

Headlines Oil and Gas Contamination Emerging on the Front Range Front Range Communities to Vote on Fracking Bans Charges Brought Against Farmers Linked to Deadly Cantaloupe Outbreak Paonia Will Bring Civil Lawsuit Against Convicted Embezzler Ridgway Begins Project to Rehabilitate Lake O Investors Pour Over $1 Million Into Marijuana Industry Western Slope Skies - The Stars of Early Fall KVNF Sports Report

Headlines Shell Oil Announces Plans to Close R&D Project in Rio Blanco County Aspen Collects Nearly $45,000 in Fees from Plastic Bag Ban Report - Glenwood Springs Brought in over $95 Million from Tourism Last Year Unemployment Rate in Mesa County Drops to 7.9% Hickenlooper Says Many Roads Reopened after Floods Senior Meals Program in Delta County Drops to a 3-Day-Per-Week Schedule Carbondale Approves All Forms of Retail Marijuana Businesses

Travis Bubenik/KVNF

For this week's iSeeChange report, we looked into the recent flurry of rain and some snow, and what, if anything, it might tell us about the coming winter. After historic rains and flooding devastated the Front Range, western Colorado recently got its own brief taste of storms. The town of Hotchkiss saw some minor flooding, and a short but heavy storm with pea-sized hail swept through Paonia over the weekend. Along with those rains came the exciting sight of the season’s first snow on the...

Headlines Former Colorado Governor John Vanderhoof Dies at 91 Passengers Unharmed after Missed Landing at Mack Mesa Airport Delta County Announces 2 New West Nile Cases Three New Oil Spills Reported in Weld County Montrose County Commissioners Continue public Hearings on Sage Grouse Regulations iSeechange - Rain and Snow - Signs of a Wet Winter?

Headlines Judge Denies Motion to Rescind Cease-and-Desist Order for Hen House State Officials Tracking 10 Oil Spills after Floods Hickenlooper Appoints Flood Recovery Cheif Officials say Millions in Aid Money Will Only Begin to Fix Flood Damage Regulators Fault Williams Subsidiary for Natural Gas Leak Olathe Police Cheif Put on Leave Pending Investigation KVNF Sports Report