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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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HEALTH
11:16 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Colorado Tries Hard To Convince Teens That Pot Is Bad For You

This human-scale lab rat cage is parked near a skate park in Denver, Colo., to make a point about the lack of science on marijuana.
Richard Feldman Studio/Sukle Advertising and Design

Colorado's new campaign to deter teen marijuana use tries to make the case that weed is bad for your brain.

One TV ad shows a group of teens lighting up inside a dark car as moody music plays in the background. The commercial cites a Duke University study that found a link between regular marijuana use and a lower IQ.

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NEWS
10:44 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Climber Rescued From Mt. Sneffels

National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk
Credit Ouray Mountain Rescue

A mountain climber was rescued from Mount Sneffels last weekend. 

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NEWS
2:16 am
Wed September 17, 2014

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

In Del Norte, Colo., Public Works Supervisor Kevin Larimore shows off solar panels that provide electricity for the town's water supply. Despite generating its own solar energy, the town is still at risk of a blackout if its main power line goes down.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 5:50 pm

The cost of solar panels is falling rapidly in the United States. And as the panels become more affordable, they're popping up on rooftops around the country.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is trying to find better ways to back up its power system against blackouts. And while it may seem counterintuitive, more solar power does not mean fewer blackouts — at least not yet.

The tiny town of Del Norte, in southwestern Colorado, is a perfect example. Despite being covered in solar panels, Del Norte is still at risk of losing power if its main power line goes down.

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NEWS
5:04 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Preschool Program Focuses On The Brain

Child therapist Kathy Hegberg developed the program "Focused Kids." It teaches young kids how their brain works and it's being used at low-income preschools in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:19 am

A growing education program in the Valley is teaching preschoolers how their brain works so they can focus on learning. The “Focused Kids” program is being taught to low income, mostly Latino kids, in a unique preschool. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, this new program is happening inside a school bus.

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ENVIRONMENT
4:59 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Prescibed Burn Planned Wednesday On Uncompahgre Plateau

The Forest Service is planning a prescribed burn Wednesday on the Uncompahgre Plateau.

The agency plans to burn 147 acres on the northern end of 25 Mesa Road, also known as the Delta-Nucla road.

Lee Ann Goupe is a spokeswoman with the Forest Service.

"This is an area where an Environmental Assessment was done and this is part of those prescribed treatments designed to enhance wildlife habitat, reduce fuels and reintroduce fire into that ecosystem," Goupe says.

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NEWS
10:18 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Judge Revokes Arch Coal Lease

Credit NPS

A District Court Judge revoked a lease expansion granted to Arch Coal in 2012.  

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POLITICS
1:30 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Changing Tack, GOP Candidates Support Over-The-Counter Birth Control

iStockPhoto

Originally published on Mon September 15, 2014 12:32 pm

A string of Republican candidates for Senate are supporting an issue usually associated with Democrats: easier access to contraception.

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NEWS
3:45 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

AmeriCorps Celebrates Twenty Years Of Service

AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Amiott, center, works at a community garden in Montrose County, Colo.
Credit Valley Food Partnership

AmeriCorps is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.  

Since 1994 more than 900,000 people have served in AmeriCorps. The federal service program has volunteers across the nation and in U.S. territories.

Michelle Amiott was an AmeriCorps VISTA, short for Volunteers In Service To America. She volunteered for a year in Montrose County at the Valley Food Partnership, a Western Slope nonprofit.

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HEALTH
2:03 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Rare Virus Has Sickened Hundreds More Children, Hospitals Say

PCR tests like this can tell if a virus is an enterovirus, but they can't ID the new virus that has caused a surge in serious respiratory infections.
BSIP / Science Source

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 3:33 pm

Just 82 children have confirmed cases of enterovirus-D68, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but hospitals around the country say they are treating hundreds more children who have been sickened by the rare virus.

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NEWS
11:04 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Fate of the Southwest Chief

Amtrak's Southwest Chief pulls into the Raton, NM station in May.
Credit Andrea Chalfin/KRCC

Every day, an Amtrak train runs through southern Colorado, connecting the area to major cities and towns across America. 

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