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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
10:24 am
Tue June 25, 2013

North Fork Community Delegation Travels to D.C.

The view from Garvin Mesa; Oogie McGuire says one spill from oil and gas development on surrounding BLM lands could threaten most of these lands.
Travis Bubenik, KVNF

A group of North Fork area residents traveled to Washington, DC last week to meet with the Bureau of Land Management’s National Office and Colorado Senators Bennet and Udall. It was the third in a series of trips to Washington led by area environmental groups aimed at building support for the North Fork Alternative Plan, a guidebook of sorts for how some locals believe oil and gas development should play out in the North Fork Valley.

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NEWS
2:40 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Paonia's Chesnik Gets Four Years in Prison, Five Parole

Paonia Town Hall

In March former Town of Paonia financial officer Kristen Chesnik pled guilty to the theft of $393,000 from the public coffers. On Monday she was sentenced by 7th Judicial Court Judge Charles Greenacre to four years in prison, followed by a mandatory five years of parole. The judge could not have given her more than five years in prison, because of the parameters of the plea bargain.

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Local Newscast
8:47 am
Thu June 20, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Headlines:

  • State Task Force To Limit Building in Fire Zones
  • Wildfire Update
  • San Juan Wilderness Act Making Progress in US Senate
  • Mesa County Foreclosures Spike, While Statewide Levels Drop
  • Missing Grand Junction Man’s Vehicle Found On Uncompahgre
  • Ken Salazar Defends Fracking; Calls For Industry Transparency
  • Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers To The Rescue
  • Community Supported Agriculture A Tricky Business
NEWS
11:37 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Proposal for Aerial Mosquito Spraying Causes Confusion, Concern in the North Fork

Ken Nordstrom (left) delivers a proposal for proactive aerial mosquito spraying in western Delta County.
Credit Travis Bubenik, KVNF.

If you called the Delta County Health Department Tuesday afternoon (June 18), you might've heard this message:

"We are not planning to spray the North Fork for mosquitos." 

Ken Nordstrom, Director of Environmental Health for Delta County, set those words as his voicemail message in response to a flurry of calls from North Fork area residents, who initially thought the health department was proposing to carry out aerial insecticide spraying throughout the county.

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Local Newscast
8:57 am
Wed June 19, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Headlines:

  • County’s Board of Health to spray Orchard City and Delta to prevent West Nile Virus
  • Petition to recall Colorado Senate president John Morse is verified by Secretary of State
  • Senators Udall and Bennet want trains to lay off the horns
  • Mesa County officials warn COGCC against over-regulation
  • BLM imposes stage one fire restrictions on public land
Local Newscast
8:40 am
Tue June 18, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Headlines:

  • Montrose wins All America City Award
  • Former Paonia Town Employee Chesnik to be sentenced June 24
  • Man fined for harming collared lizard at Colorado National Monument
  • Delta County imposes stage one fire restrictions
  • Wildfire Update
  • Wildfire reduction grants available
  • Colorado Air Quality Commission to hold public forum in Grand Junction on Thursday
NEWS
11:45 am
Mon June 17, 2013

DMEA: Election Results and New Initiatives

DMEA President Nancy Hovde, along with general manager Dan McClendon, enjoying stories by Dorothy Dunfelder, whose mother served on the co-op's first board of directors.

The annual meeting of the Delta Montrose Electrical Association focused on the usual difficulties with the co-op’s electricity supplier, Tri-State, as well as a new initiative to extend broadband as well as electricity to members. But there was also an emphasis on renewable energy, and on the history of the 75-year-old member-owned company.

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Local Newscast
8:54 am
Mon June 17, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, June 17, 2013

Headlines:

  • DMEA annual meeting: Marston loses to Lund, Prendergast wins
  • Fracking plus drought equals no water for farmers across western states
  • Telluride restricts water usage
  • Wildfire Update
  • iSeeChange: The Colorado River Conservation District’s Dave Kanzer talks about the effects of climate change on the Colorado River
iSeeChange
8:15 am
Mon June 17, 2013

iSeeChange: Making Every Drop Count

The Colorado RIver
Credit jessstryker.com

The consensus on iSeeChange last week was…it’s hot! Too hot for this time of year. Too hot and too dry. If climate change experts are right, this will only get worse. KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke to Dave Kanzer, senior water resources engineer for the Colorado River Conservation District, about the effects of a hotter, dryer world.

 

The biggest part of Dave Kanzer’s job is to help us conserve water – a job that only gets bigger as the drying effects of climate change are felt across the Colorado River basin.

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NEWS
5:32 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Black Bear Shot by CO Parks & Wildlife

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say a mountain lion ate a colt near Cedaredge last week, and they have shot a bear that killed some 40 chickens near Paonia. When wildlife are a danger to livestock or people, it’s up to the state’s Parks and Wildlife agency to put them down. Last year about 45 wild animals were shot or euthanized in the Muddy Creek area of Delta and Gunnison counties – mostly for predation of sheep.

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