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ENVIRONMENT
5:03 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

20,000-acre Alkali Fire 70 percent contained

The Alkali Fire northwest of Craig has burned more than 20,000 acres. 

Officials said the fire is 70 percent contained. 

The wildfire started Wednesday and the cause of it is still under investigation.

Lynn Barclay with Bureau of Land Management said the fire is burning sagebrush and grass. 

"This year because we did have a wet spring the grass that we have out there is thicker [and] tall and the sagebrush out in that area can get very, very tall, over five feet," Barclay said. "When you get some wind on that continuous fuel bed the fire just runs."

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POLITICS
4:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Personhood's Third Attempt Seeps Into Colorado's Close Senate Race

Opponents of Amendment 67 hold a rally at the state capitol in Denver. The amendment would give unborn babies the same constitutional and legal rights as a person.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:26 pm

Colorado voters will once again decide on an amendment that would give unborn babies the same constitutional and legal rights as a person. The measure is bringing out some familiar faces – it’s also impacting one of the closest U.S. Senate races in the country.

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ENVIRONMENT
1:19 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Advocacy Group Looks To Forest Service Solution

The group working to protect the Thompson Divide area from natural gas development is awaiting a Forest Service plan.

Originally published on Fri July 25, 2014 12:00 pm

Natural Gas drilling in an area near Carbondale known as the Thompson Divide is still a possibility, despite protest from many local residents. The group trying to stop it is hopeful a Forest Service plan, due out later this summer, will prevent future drilling.

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NEWS
11:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Mtn. Lion Struck Near Hotchkiss, Colorado State Patrol Fails To Report It To Parks & Wildlife

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV near Hotchkiss on Sunday. Last week a mountain lion was spotted around town, according to the Hotchkiss Police Department.
Credit National Parks Service

Colorado State Patrol has a failed to report a vehicle hitting a mountain lion near Hotchkiss on Sunday to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV outside of Hotchkiss on Sunday.

Kathy Linnell, a Paonia resident, said she struck the cat on Highway 92.

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HEALTH
11:06 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Mesa County Confirms Case Of Hantavirus

Deer mice are the primary carriers of the hantavirus in Colorado.
Credit John Good / National Parks Service

    

The Mesa County Health Department said a child who lives in the county is being treated for hantavirus.

The boy was transported to Denver over the weekend for treatment, according to a release from the county.

Hantavirus is a rodent-borne illness mainly carried by deer mice in Colorado and other Four-Corner states. It can be deadly

Jennfier House, a veterinarian for the Colorado Department of Public Health, said the virus can make people extremely sick and kills over a third of people who get it. 

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HEALTH
10:21 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Food Products Recalled From Whole Foods Over Listeria Concern

The Colorado Department of Public Health said products made in-store at Whole Foods in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, New Mexico, and Utah are being recalled over concern the food could be contaminated with Listeria.

Whole Foods Market Peach Salsa and Peach Goat Medallion products sold between June 1 and July 21 have been recalled.

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HEALTH
8:47 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Shades Of The Middle Ages: The Plague Popped Up In China And Colorado

Health officials examine rats for signs of bubonic plague in New Orleans, 1914.
U.S. National Library of Medicine

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 2:48 pm

The plague isn't just something you read about in medieval history books.

This past week, five cases were reported: four in Colorado and one in China.

The Colorado residents were diagnosed after coming into contact with an infected dog.

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NEWS
5:59 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Cedaredge Police Officers Testing Body Cameras

Cedaredge police officer Jake Hernandez is wearing a body camera mounted to his sunglasses. The police department is testing the cameras under a pilot program.
Credit Cedaredge Police Department

The Cedaredge police department started testing body cameras on officers last week. 

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano spoke with Cedaredge Police Chief Daniel Sanders about the program. 

PALMISANO: “The Cedaredge Police Department is testing on-body cameras. Can you tell me about that program?”

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NEWS
5:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Colorado Ranks In The Middle On Child Well-Being Report

Colorado ranked 22nd this year on the Annie E. Casey Foundation report that assesses child well-being.
Credit Flickr.com/dis_patch

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its annual report that assesses child well-being in the United States.

The publication ranked states on overall child welfare in four main categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. 

This year Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa ranked top on the list for child well-being while Nevada, New Mexico, and Mississippi ranked lowest.

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POLITICS
3:56 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Stumping For Beauprez, Christie Stands Firm On Colorado Pot

Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez talks to reporters with Chris Christie. Christie, the head of the Republican Governor's Association is in Colorado campaigning for Beauprez.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed July 23, 2014 4:29 pm

While campaigning for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie refused to back down from his comments made earlier in 2014, criticizing Colorado’s quality of life after legalizing recreational marijuana.

“We’ve got to stop in public life worrying about making everybody happy and faking it, like we’re going to agree all the time,” said Christie.

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