Regional News

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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
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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Local Newscast
8:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, July 29, 2013

Headlines:

  • TX US Senator Ted Cruz Speaks at Conservative Western Summit
  • Colorado US Senator Mark Udall Calls for Reforms to Patriot Act
  • Sounds of the High Country from KDNK – The Past, Present and Future of Wildfires in Colorado
  • Nine Colorado Counties Chosen for Alternative Fuel Vehicles Pilot Project
  • Harvest Public Media Report – How Secure is the Fort Knox of Seeds?
NEWS
11:40 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Water Shortages in the San Luis Valley

Karla Shriver standing by one of the many pivot sprinkler systems that she uses to irrigate her approximately 1,000 acres of potatoes, small grains, and hay on her farm, just north of Alamosa, Colorado
Maeve Conran

In early July, Colorado designated 14 counties "primary natural disaster areas" due to agricultural losses caused by the recent and ongoing drought.  Several of those counties are in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado.  Farmers there are now eligible for low interest emergency loans, but as KGNU’s Maeve Conran reports, that may not be enough for this agricultural hub, which is facing a long term water crisis that could permanently affect the entire valley.  

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NEWS
8:15 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Local Sheep Ranchers Unveil Open-Source, DIY Tracking System

Oogie and Ken McGuire talk sheep tagging with John Bartmann. Ken's hommeade EID reader, built with PVC pipe and LED lights, sits at the bottom right
Travis Bubenik, KVNF

With severe drought continuing to affect agriculture on the Western Slope, KVNF’s Travis Bubenik explores how two tech-savy local sheep farmers found a way to cut costs and manage their animals more efficiently. 

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