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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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ENVIRONMENT
1:53 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

There's A Big Leak In America's Water Tower

Joe Giersch, an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, studies stoneflies that live only in the melt from glaciers and snowpack in the northern Rockies.
Clint Muhlfeld USGS

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 5:29 pm

The northern arm of the Rocky Mountains is sometimes called "the crown of the continent," and its jewels are glaciers and snowfields that irrigate large parts of North America during spring thaw.

But the region is getting warmer, even faster than the rest of the world. Scientists now say warming is scrambling the complex relationship between water and nature and could threaten some species with extinction as well as bring hardship to ranchers and farmers already suffering from prolonged drought.

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ENVIRONMENT
11:14 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Colorado Looks to Advanced Technology for Battling Wildfires

An example of thermal imaging from the 2008 Freeway Fire near the City of Yorba Linda in southern California

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 7:30 am

Colorado’s legislature this year created the state’s own air fleet for fighting wildfires. The endeavor includes four helicopters, two single engine air tankers, and two PC-12 single engine planes equipped with new thermal imaging technology.  The move has put Colorado at the forefront of utilizing advanced technology to battle the destructive blazes.  Reporter Ryan Maye Handy wrote a series of articles for the Colorado Springs Gazette about this new technology.  She spoke with KRCC's Andrea Chalfin about it.

 

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NEWS
5:29 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Police Shootings In Grand Junction, Montrose

There was a police shooting in Grand Junction Monday. 

Not many details have been released, but two officers were responding to a call to remove someone from a property on Grand Avenue when they made contact with someone in a car parked outside.  Shots were fired, and the man in the car was killed.  A gun was recovered from the vehicle.

All of this comes less than 24 hours after a police shooting in Montrose.  Two officers with the City of Montrose were called out to check on the welfare of a 42-year-old man.  His family made the request.

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HEALTH
4:39 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

Edibles available at LoDo Wellness Center, a retail marijuana and medical marijuana dispensary and grow facility in downtown Denver.
Matthew Staver Landov

Originally published on Fri August 29, 2014 2:09 pm

When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier this year, it also opened the door for food products infused with the psychoactive ingredient, THC, to anyone over the age of 21. That means bakers and food companies now have to ensure new products aren't contaminated with foodborne pathogens. And they have to make sure they're not falling into the hands of children or are too potent to eat.

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NEWS
2:16 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

42 Percent Of Colorado's School Districts Not Meeting Financial Benchmarks, Report Finds

A report released Monday looks at the financial health of Colorado’s 178 school districts over a three-year period.

The state audit judged financial health by looking at five financial indicators, like a district’s ability to cover future expenses and pay debt.

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NEWS
10:54 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Federal Grant Awarded To Boost Western Slope Economy

There’s good news out of Montrose, or really, out of Washington DC. 

The federal government just awarded a quarter of a million dollars to Region 10, a Montrose based economic development organization. The grant was awarded by the Economic Development Administration, or the EDA.  KVNF's Jake Ryan spoke with Jay Stooksberry, the Regional Development Coordinator for Region 10.

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NEWS
2:43 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'

The Colorado Rush, a gay rugby team in Denver, at practice. "I've always thought of myself as ... the rugby player that happens to be gay," says Skyler Meyer. "I never want to be the gay man who happens to play rugby."
Luke Runyon KUNC

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:09 pm

Editor's note: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers.

Life as a gay man in the U.S. has changed in the past decade — the law and cultural attitudes toward homosexuality have shifted. And those greater social and legal freedoms have also changed how some gay men choose to express their masculinity — and their femininity.

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AGRICULTURE
12:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Colorado Farm Program Teaches Immigrants Gardening, Healthy Eating & English

Hortenica Galvez learns about gardening and practices her English through a Colorado farm program.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A program in Colorado's Delta County is helping immigrant women learn English, but they're not just sitting in a classroom studying grammar.

These women come from countries as close as Mexico and as far away as Myanmar. And they're learning English on a farm where they also pick up tips on healthy eating and gardening on the Western Slope.

A Trip to the Farm

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NEWS
5:52 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Roadside Fans Cheer USA Pro Challenge Cyclists Racing Stage 2

Cyclists racing down McClure Pass during Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The second stage of the USA Pro Challenge bike race kicked off Tuesday morning. 

Over 120 top cyclists from around the world pedaled 105 miles from Aspen to Crested Butte. 

American Robin Carpenter won Stage 2 of the race. Golden native Alex Howes took second again. Howes now holds the yellow jersey as the race lead. 

About 50 race fans gathered on Highway 133 where it forks right to go up Kebler Pass or left to head up McClure Pass. 

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NEWS
11:19 am
Tue August 19, 2014

USA Pro Challenge Cyclists Race Across Colorado

The USA Pro Challenge started in Aspen on Monday.  Over 120 cyclists from around the world competed in a circuit race between Aspen and Snowmass. 

Colorado Public Radio talked to race announcer Phil Liggett.  He said the riders were worried about the opening day because aspen is already at altitude. 

"The guys who want to win this race…the race is over 7 days, a total of just over 800 miles in a week, it’s a tough week for them…but they know that a mistake on the first day and they may as well not bother with the rest of the week," Leggit told CPR. 

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