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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
4:59 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Feds: Weekly Wages Highest In Arapahoe, Lowest In San Juan

Credit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average weekly wages in the majority of U.S. counties were below the national average of $958, according to new federal data.  

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2013 San Mateo County in California had the highest average weekly wage at $1,983 and Delta County in Texas had the lowest with $378. 

Colorado's Arapahoe County had the highest average weekly wage at $1,116 followed by Boulder County where the average wage was a dollar less. 

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NEWS
4:40 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Colorado Unemployment Continues To Fall

Credit Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June. It's below the national average of 6.1 percent. 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said the last time the state's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent or lower was October 2008 when the rate was 5.3 percent. 

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased by over 3,000 from May to June to 2,446,800 jobs, according to the department. Colorado has seen 32 consecutive months of payroll job gains. 

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COMMUNITY
6:22 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Mutton Busting A Rodeo Tradition For Rough And Tumble Kids

Two cowboys lift a mutton busting participant onto a wooly sheep at the Greeley Stampede.

Originally published on Wed July 2, 2014 7:19 am

A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.

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COMMUNITY
4:53 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hundreds of Bikers Flock To Paonia For BMW Motorcycle Rally

The 43rd annual Top O' The Rockies Rally brings hundreds of motorcycle riders to Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Don’t be surprised if you see a lot of BMW motorcycle riders in the North Fork Valley over the next four days

Many of them are here for the 43rd annual Top O’ The Rockies Rally

Mark Lee is one of hundreds of BMW rider that have descended on Paonia for the event.  

"I live in Silverton and I thought I’d come down and see the other bikes," Lee said. He owns a 1975 BMW R90/6. 

"It’s a fairly old motorcycle, but its been rebuilt and it’s running really strong," Lee said. 

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POLITICS
12:25 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Hickenlooper Nixes Special Session, Oil And Gas Battle Moves To The Ballot

Jim Hill KUNC

Originally published on Thu July 17, 2014 6:42 am

Governor John Hickenlooper has formally pulled the plug on the possibility of a special legislation session to consider stricter rules for the oil and gas industry. Hickenlooper said there weren't enough stakeholders on board for a bipartisan solution.

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NEWS
6:57 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Local Motion: KVNF's Regional News Roundup

From left to right, KVNF's news producer Jake Ryan, news director Laura Palmisano, and morning host Patricia Naft in the studio.
Credit Skip Naft

On this week's Local Motion we are trying something new: showcasing our news team.

Patricia Naft, the voice of KVNF's morning regional newscast, hosts the program that features six original stories by our news director Laura Palmisano and news producer Jake Ryan.   

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ENTERTAINMENT
10:36 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Not My Job: Skier Mikaela Shiffrin Gets Quizzed On Downhill Cheese Races

Jonathan Nackstrand AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:23 am

Wait Wait is at Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre this week, and so we've invited Colorado native Mikaela Shiffrin to play Not My Job. Shiffrin grew up in Vail, and this year at the Sochi Olympics, she became the youngest person ever to win an Olympic medal in slalom.

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ENVIRONMENT
6:40 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Deer Populations Continue To Decline

Credit Rocky Mountain National Park

Mule Deer populations across Colorado and specifically western Colorado are continuing to decline. 

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NEWS
4:25 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Western Slope Nonprofit Launches Durango-Grand Junction Bus Service

Credit SUCAP

A new bus service run by a Colorado nonprofit will start offering rides to people in the western part of the state Tuesday. 

Greyhound had a route that ran from Durango to Grand Junction, but the company ended the line about three years ago.     

The Southern Ute Community Action Programs decided to resurrect the line with support of the state.  

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NEWS
5:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:12 am

The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue.

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