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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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NEWS
11:05 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Paonia Town Council Holds Off on Sidewalk Fines

A damaged portion of a Paonia sidewalk
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

The Paonia Town Council last night walked back their “fix the sidewalk or else” approach, after hearing from residents upset about a letter requiring sidewalk repair, based on a decades-old ordinance that has never been enforced. Residents who failed to comply would have been faced with a $1000 fine which could take the form of a lien on their home if they failed to pay. 

Paonia citizens waited through eleven agenda items and several reports before the opportunity to talk about sidewalks finally arrived. By then, one 37-year resident of the town had a bit of pent up anger.

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NEWS
1:40 pm
Sun August 11, 2013

Chickens Abandoned, Rescued from Stevens Gulch Road in Paonia

On Friday, August second, a mysterious bunch of domesticated chickens were left on Stevens Gulch Road, just north of Paonia, seemingly to fend for themselves. A picture of the flock appeared online, and a flurry of social media activity from area residents soon followed, prompting the obvious question: what do you do with stranded chickens? 

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NEWS
10:14 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Supporters of K-12 Funding Overhaul Turn in Signatures

Colorado State Capitol
Credit J. Stephen Conn (CC-NC)

A measure asking Colorado voters if they want to raise income taxes by nearly $1 billion a year to pay for public school upgrades is a step closer to the November ballot. KUNC's Bente Birkeland reports.

Update Monday 12:30 p.m. - Supporters of the measure turned in roughly 160,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office - more than twice the amount required by law.

Democratic senator Mike Johnston of Denver sponsored the underlying legislation. He says gone are the days when the state simply asks voters for a blank check.

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NEWS
10:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Delta County's Conservative Budget in Good Shape

Delta County’s conservative budget process got an A-plus this year from auditor Pete Blair.

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NEWS
9:18 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Education Funding Initiative Seeks A Spot On The Ballot

Early childhood education students at William Roberts Elementary School in Denver learning about native and historic wildlife species
Credit USFWS Mountain Prairie (CC)

A roughly billion-dollar tax increase is likely to go before voters this fall. It’s part of a larger package of education reform that state lawmakers passed last session.

Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) is helping to spearhead the latest initiative. He also took the lead two years ago on an unsuccessful education tax increase to raise several billion dollars for K through 12 schools and higher education.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Can planned grazing revive grassland soil?

William Burnidge, left, an ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, is working with rancher Nathan Andrews to test out a different method of grazing.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

The world’s soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. Farmers and ranchers know in a few decades they’ll have to feed a lot more people, while at the same time, keep the soil healthy and make money doing it. KUNC and Harvest Public Media reporter Luke Runyon takes us to eastern Colorado, where researchers are turning to some unexpected partners to revive the soil.

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ENVIRONMENT
8:15 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Bird Tracking with Jason Beason

Jason Beason of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Marty Durlin/KVNF

As the special monitoring projects coordinator for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, Jason Beason has surveyed yellow billed cuckoos and monitored the breeding sites of great blue herons, snowy egrets and other water birds. KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke to Jason at the farm he owns with his wife Kerry near the North Fork of the Gunnison. 

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Local Newscast
8:45 am
Tue July 30, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Headlines:

  • Oil and Gas Industry, BLM Split Over Cost of New Fracking Rules
  • iSeeChange Report – Western Slope Water Shortages – Relief Soon?
  • 28-Year-Old Montrose Man to Compete in 2013 X Games
  • Colorado Craft Brewing Industry Continues to Grow
COMMUNITY
8:15 am
Tue July 30, 2013

North Fork Valley Airport Hosts Fly-In Breakfast

Herb Anderson with the experimental plane he built himself
Jim Brett

Herb Anderson parks his plane on the tarmac at the North Fork Valley Airport in Paonia. He’s one of a handful of pilots and aviation fans out for a Saturday-morning “fly-in, drive-in” breakfast. Like some of the others here today, his plane is “experimental,” which basically just means he built it himself. 

Born and raised just west of Olathe, Herb started flying when he was a sophomore at Olathe High School, or as he tells it, when he wasn't there: he used to play hookie to take flying lessons. 

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NEWS
10:23 am
Mon July 29, 2013

How Secure is the "Fort Knox" of Seeds?

Dave Dierig, research leader at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, stands among the ceiling-high shelves that hold the 600,000 seed packets in this cold storage vault.
Grace Hood/KUNC

When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations about how it ended up there to start flying. A flurry of initial finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Fort Collins, Colo., which housed the same strain of wheat, developed by Monsanto Corp., for about seven years up until late 2011.

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