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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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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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NEWS
12:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Oh, I don't wanna share you with nothing else, I gotta have you to myself.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu July 24, 2014 4:01 pm

When you kiss your husband, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?

Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame. But it's hard to find out what animals are really feeling. And researchers say that understanding that could give us valuable insights into human emotions, too.

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NEWS
10:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Mesa County: Weapons Okay Unless You’re Acting In Hostile Manner

Under an amendment unanimously passed Monday by the Mesa County Board of Commissioners it is okay for anyone to openly carry a weapon or have a concealed weapon if they have a permit on county property unless staff feel a person is acting in a threatening manner. 

The amendment is part of a workplace safety resolution that was approved by the board earlier this year.

The resolution originally barred people from having unauthorized weapons on county property. 

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HEALTH
9:53 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Fruit Recalled at City Market & King Soopers Over Listeria Concern

Peaches and other soft-skinned fruit packed by Wawona Packing Company were recalled Monday from City Market and other King Soopers out of fear the produce could be contaminated with Listeria.
Credit flickr.com/bcostin

A food safety recall has been issued for certain produce sold at City Market and other King Soopers out of fear the fruit could be contaminated with Listeria. 

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke with Laura Van Wagenen-Birdsill, an environmental public health specialist for the Colorado Department of Public Health, about the recall.  

PALMISANO: The Colorado Department of Public Health issued a food safety recall Monday. What was recalled?

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AGRICULTURE
9:27 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Local Motion: An In-Depth Look At What Organic Farming Really Means

Thistle Whistle is a 15-acre farm in Hotchkiss,Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano

On this week's Local Motion, we’ll be looking at organic farming, and really, what that means.  There are a number of unique certifications that differentiate produce from conventional farming.  It can get a little confusing as to what the word "organic" means, what makes a farm certified USDA organic, and why some farmers choose different programs, or none at all.  

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AGRICULTURE
1:16 pm
Tue July 22, 2014

Working Out The Kinks To Rebrand Colorado As An Agritourism Destination

Carol Zadrozny, owner of Z's Orchard in Palisade, Colorado has had trouble securing insurance coverage for her agritourism attractions.

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:03 pm

Colorado already draws thousands of visitors each year for skiing, hiking, beer drinking and, most recently, marijuana sampling. In 2012, those visitors spent more than $16 billion in the state. Tourism officials want more and they’re looking to do it by bringing well-educated “traveling foodies” to the state.

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ENVIRONMENT
4:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

BLM Seeks Comment On Gunnison Sage-Grouse

The Gunnison sage-grouse is being considered for the Endangered Species List.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It is estimated there are 4,800 Gunnison sage-grouse left. The largest population of the species, about 4,000 birds, inhabits the Gunnison Basin. 

The Bureau of Land Management wants the public to help it identify conservation measures to protect the sage-grouse on federal lands in Colorado and Utah.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended the BLM adopt additional conservation measures for the bird.

The comments are due to the BLM by August 22.

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NEWS
4:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Natl. Park Service Sites Bring Millions of Dollars to Western Slope, Report Finds

Visitors to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park spent $10.2 million in communities near the site last year, according to a federal report.
Credit J. Schwartz

A new report found areas managed by the National Park Service received over 273 million visitors last year and those visitors spent $14.6 billion in local gateway communities.

The NPS report found tourism at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area had an economic impact of $43.5 million in 2013. 

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AGRICULTURE
12:15 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm

Blake Bohlender attended a three-day camp at Laughing Buck Farm near Fort Collins, Colo.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Tue July 15, 2014 2:03 pm

Farms aren't just for food any more. With the local food movement growing, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.

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NEWS
10:25 am
Sat July 19, 2014

States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (right) and Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess cut a cake to celebrate city's raised minimum wage.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 4:42 pm

New data released by the Department of Labor suggests that raising the minimum wage in some states might have spurred job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.

In a report on Friday, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. The data run counter to a Congressional Budget Office report in February that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as the White House supports, would cost 500,000 jobs.

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