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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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Capitol Conversation
6:37 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Capitol Conversation

A major re-write of how Colorado funds K through 12 schools is now making its way through the state legislature. As part of our capitol conversation series Bente Birkeland talks about how it would change school funding and its prospects for passage.

Listen to the conversation.

Capitol Coverage
8:54 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Civil Unions Now Lawful In Colorado

Colorado is now the 8th state in the country to allow civil unions for same sex couples. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the measure into law on Thursday in front of an enthusiastic crowd. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
8:48 am
Fri March 22, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, March 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • Gov Threatens Veto of Death Penalty Repeal
  • Joint Committee Struggles With Marijuana Regs
  • Thompson Divide Drilling Could Mean Big Economic Loss
  • Energy Companies Cited As Mystery Leak Subsides
  • Gov Signs Civil Unions Bill Into Law
Capitol Coverage
9:04 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Gov Signs Gun Bills, Opponents Vow Political Revenge

Governor John Hickenlooper signed a trio of gun control bills on Wednesday, just hours after news broke that Colorado’s top corrections officer had been gunned down in his home. While the moment was overshadowed by the news of Tom Clements death, gun rights groups say they will use the gun legislation as part of a campaign to try and remove Democrats from power. Bente Birkeland reports from the capitol.

Listen to Bente's report.

Local Newscast
8:58 am
Thu March 21, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Headlines:

  • Gov Signs Gun Bills, Opponents Vow Political Revenge
  • Doctors Refuse Fracking Fluid Confidentiality
  • Child Poverty in Colorado Growing
  • Residents Return Home After Grand Junction Gas Explosion
  • KVNF Sports Report with Tamie Meck
NEWS
5:01 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Honoring Gordon O'Brien

Delta County Commissioners honor O'Brien

On Monday, Delta County Commissioners honored Gordon O’Brien by giving the Veterans Service Office in the County Courthouse his name. O’Brien ran the office in the basement of the Delta County Courthouse for 24 years, before handing the job off to Brian Ayers a decade ago. At a reception for O’Brien, Ayers talked about how O’Brien had inspired him.

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ENVIRONMENT
4:21 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Commentary: Sandhill Cranes

Andrea Robinsong, who took these these photos at the Escalante State Wildlife Area west of Delta, has been reporting on the Sandhill Cranes in the area since they began arriving in early March. Both Andrea and Evelyn Horn have been counting birds at Fruitgrowers Reservoir in Eckert and the Escalante area where they rest and feed before flying north.

Evelyn has been keeping track of the numbers of cranes at the reservoir, and here is what she reports:

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Capitol Coverage
9:27 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Death Penalty on the Legislative Table

A bill to repeal the death penalty in Colorado got its first committee hearing at the capitol on Tuesday. The issue is especially personal for some lawmakers and is sure to be contentious as it moves through the statehouse. After a long debate the committee delayed a vote on the measure, and as Bente Birkeland reports, the hearing was filled with heart wrenching stories.

Listen to Bente's report.

Local Newscast
9:18 am
Wed March 20, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Bill Would Fund More Oil & Gas Inspectors
  • Grand Junction Gas Explosion Causes Injuries, Evacuations
  • Parachute Hydrocarbon Leak Continues
  • Death Penalty On Table At Legislature
  • DOE Favors Uranium Leasing Continuation
  • Delta County Honors Local Veteran
Local Newscast
11:52 am
Tue March 19, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Headlines:

  • Parachute Oil Leak Continues; Source Remains a Mystery
  • Delta County Oil/Gas Liaison To Report on Nominations/Sales
  • Attend a Bear Hunting Workshop
  • State Unemployment Drops
  • State Economy Looking Up

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