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REGIONAL NEWS
10:50 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Delta County School Budget Cuts

Caryn Gibson

The Delta County School district lost around 400 students over the past 5 years and they expect to lose another 100 this year due to recent mine lay-offs. Each student is worth approximately 6 thousand dollars to the district, adding up to an over 2 million dollar shortfall. The district has been looking for ways to reduce spending in all areas of their budget over the past several years. 

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REGIONAL NEWS
10:43 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Ridgway RAMP Project

Last October the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the names of 44 towns across the state awarded road improvement monies from a competitive grant program called RAMP. In Ridgway, Colorado the community will be going to the ballot box on April 1st to determine whether or not they will make use of  their $10.4 million one-time-only, use-it-or-lose-it award. 

KVNF's JT Thomas speaks with Ridgway mayor, John Clark and community members, Tammee Tuttle and Jill Markey.

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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
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
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
11:29 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Connecting the Drops: Water and Power

The Colorado River in Marble Canyon
Credit Joshua M via Flickr (CC-BY)

It takes water to produce electricity, but how much water varies a lot depending on the fuel source and the power generating technology.

In Colorado, around half a percent of our total water usage is used to generate electricity.

It’s a small percentage, says Stacy Tellinghusen, water policy analyst for Western Resource Advocates, a non-profit conservation group, but adds that it’s not inconsequential. 

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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
8:24 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry

A marijuana plant glows purple under grow lights at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colo.
Luke Runyon/KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business.

Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.

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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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