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KVNF's original reporting covers a variety of issues affecting the Western Slope - everything from environmental and energy issues to breaking news and statewide legislative debates. We also feature content from our Rocky Mountain Community Radio partner stations and Harvest Public Media. Our news team is always looking for leads. Let us know what's happening in your area, what issues you care about and what you'd like to hear us cover - email us at news@kvnf.org.

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COMMUNITY
3:18 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Local Motion: KVNF Board Candidate Forum Fall 2014

This week's Local Motion aired live.  

KVNF's Jake Ryan interviewed six people who are running for four open positions on the station's Board of Directors

July Briscoe, Mike Campo, Pam Ellison, Bruce Herr, Bob Pennetta, and Steve Rubick explained why they are running for a director position. 

Also on this episode, a proposed change to a KVNF bylaw was discussed. The proposed change will be on the KVNF ballot.  

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NEWS
12:04 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Brewers Dodge FDA Rule

The FDA has backed down from a proposed rule that would have affected brewers.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The FDA has backed down from a proposed rule that would have impacted brewers.  

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COMMUNITY
4:44 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

A Squishy Affair: Mountain Harvest Festival Grape Stomp

Left to right, Kris Sutton, Jay Pozer, Lena Wilensky, and four-year-old Tazzy Wilensky climb into a wooden bucket to stomp grapes.
Laura Palmisano KVNF

The 14th annual Mountain Harvest Festival took place in Paonia over the weekend. And one of its events is messier than the others.

The Contest

Four-year-old Tazzy Wilensky is about to compete in the Grape Stomp contest at the festival.

She’s dressed like a butterfly and is a bit shy.

She says she's there to "squish grapes" and it's here first time trying it.

Lena Wilensky is Tazzy’s mom. She’s also dressed like a butterfly.

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NEWS
9:15 am
Mon September 29, 2014

East Peak Fire Tests the Mettle of Huerfano County Volunteer Firefighters

Volunteer firefighter Fred Partee of the Huerfano County Fire Protection District

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 7:39 am

It’s been over a year since the East Peak fire in Huerfano County challenged the largely rural area’s resources. It came at a time when other fires were burning throughout the state, including the devastating Black Forest fire. Huerfano County’s volunteer fire protection district was the first responding agency to the southern Colorado blaze. KRCC’s Kate Perdoni reports on the challenges of the volunteer agency in the wake of the East Peak fire.

 

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HEALTH
2:59 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Diabetes Highest On Western Slope In Delta County

Map of Colorado Counties, colored by percentage of residents diagnosed with diabetes.
Credit CDC

Diabetes is a huge issue for Americans. 

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COMMUNITY
1:22 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Arid Adversity Of Prairie Life Has Yet To Erase Keota, Colorado

Keota's water tower looms in the distance. In the foreground, Clyde Stanley's general store sits on main street.
Grace Hood KUNC

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 9:16 am

Resource-rich Colorado has a long history of mining and exploration that's left many ghost towns across the state. What most often comes to mind are old "silver boom" towns abandoned in the mountains.

Far from the peaks of the Rockies, out on the northeastern prairie is a tiny spec on the map, a piece of history once known as the "Arcadia of the West": Keota, Colorado.

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NEWS
11:31 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Hermosa Creek Protection Plan Dips Into The Unknown

The Hermosa Creek watershed is an expanse north of Durango that covers roughly 108 thousand acres. 

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POLITICS
10:38 am
Thu September 25, 2014

In Colorado's Tight Senate Contest, A Race To Court Women Voters

Kathy Holderith making calls at a GOP field office in Lakewood, Colo. Jefferson County is considered a key swing area in the close U.S. Senate race.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 10:09 am

Colorado's U.S. Senate race is a considered by many to be a tossup. Incumbent Senator Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner are trying to win over as many key voting blocs as they can before Election Day – and that includes women.

In the previous close Senate contest between appointed Democratic Senator Michael Bennet and Republican Ken Buck, women played a critical role. During the waning days of that 2010 race, Bennet focused his attention on the female vote – and narrowly won. With women making up 51.4 percent of all registered voters in Colorado this election, it's a scenario Democrats are hoping to repeat.

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NEWS
5:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Solidarity Eases Burden Of Volunteer Firefighting

The Paonia Fire Department is staffed by volunteers.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

There are 198 all-volunteer fire departments in Colorado that serve about half of the state’s population. And a recent report finds many of these operations are seriously understaffed.

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FOOD
4:36 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

To Stop Picky Eaters From Tossing The Broccoli, Give Them Choices

Students are given healthy choices on a lunch line at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam, N.Y., in 2012. To keep students from tossing out the fruits and vegetables they're served, researchers say it helps to give them a choice in what they put on their trays.
Hans Pennink AP

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 3:11 pm

In many communities, the local school district is the largest food provider, filling thousands of hungry bellies every day. But trying to feed healthful food to some of the pickiest eaters can result in mountains of wasted food.

Now, many schools are finding that giving kids a say in what they eat can cut down on what ends up in the trash.

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