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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
9:04 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Local Firefighter Heads to Front Range to Help Emergency Teams with Floods

Flooding in Boulder, CO
Credit Beth Bartel

As flood waters continued to wreak havoc along the Front Range on Friday (September 13), KVNF spoke to Hugh Carson, a firefighter of over 40 years who was called to Fort Collins to assist with emergency operations.

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NEWS
1:54 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Attorney for Hen House Operators Says They'll Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order

Attorneys for Delta County and the operators of a Powell Mesa Hen House say the two-year-long battle over the facility’s fate isn’t over yet. That's despite a ruling that Western Slope Layers would have to cease and desist operations immediately, handed down by Judge J. Steven Patrick last week.

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Sports
12:11 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

KVNF Sports Report: September 13, 2013

  

KVNF Sports Report 9/13/13

KVNF's Eric Goold brings us the latest in local sports across the Western Slope.

NEWS
12:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Mighty Colorado Statewide Call-In Show This Sunday

On Sunday, September 15, KVNF will broadcast a live statewide call-in show focusing on the Colorado River. 

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NEWS
11:52 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Paonia Town Council Approves Moratorium on Commercial Marijuana

Credit Tom Wills/North Fork Merchant Herald

Though voters in Paonia last November approved Amendment 64the measure legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado - the Paonia Town Council last night approved a moratorium on all commercial marijuana activity within town limits, until the issue can be put to voters in November of next year. Towns and municipalities across the state have been grappling with whether to allow marijuana legalization, a right given to them by Amendment 64.

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NEWS
8:47 am
Wed September 11, 2013

Feds Say They Won't Prosecute Banks for working with Retail Pot Industry

Colorado capitol building
Credit Jason Bechtel via Flickr (CC BY-NC)

A U.S. Department of Justice official told members of Congress yesterday that it wouldn't prosecute banks for doing business with the recreational marijuana industry. As Bente Birkeland reports, Colorado took center stage during the Senate discussion on state and federal marijuana law.

Tuesday’s U.S. Senate committee meeting, Conflicts between State and Federal Marijuana Laws, was aptly named. At issue was the conflict that now exists on the federal level with Colorado and Washington’s legalization of recreational marijuana.

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NEWS
2:35 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Judge Rules that Powell Mesa Hen House will have to Close its Doors

Judge J. Stevens Patrick ruled yesterday that operators of a Powell Mesa Hen House in Delta County must cease and desist operations immediately, bringing to an end (for now) a long and contentious lawsuit brought against the facility's operators and the Board of County Commissioners by a group of concerned residents.

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NEWS
10:31 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Gunnison Basin Roundtable Tasked with Debating State Water Plan

Colorado River
Credit Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr (CC BY)

In May, as the drought lingered for yet another year, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, calling for a new Colorado Water Plan “that will support agriculture in rural Colorado and align state policy to the state’s water values.” Hickenlooper also paid tribute to Colorado’s historic water law, which claims first in time, first in right.

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NEWS
11:06 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk

The Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City, Colorado, is home to what may well be the country’s largest water buffalo dairy.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Past the razor-wire fences, beyond huge metal gates, behind thick walls, you’ll find one of the most unique dairies in the country. 

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NEWS
9:49 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Efforts to Protect Gunnison Sage-Grouse Continue Across Counties

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

On Tuesday at a regular meeting, Delta County Commissioners commented on a pending wildlife ruling by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that would affect the imperiled Gunnison sage-grouse, asking that the commission use current habitat maps to define setbacks and not require a blanket four-mile distance. KVNF's Marty Durlin has more on the threats to the iconic bird.

The Gunnison sage-grouse is known for an elaborate mating display along with a ritual  dance, or strut. And of course there’s the mating call, which sounds something like a sluggish dran.

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