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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 Coverage
7:26 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Capitol Conversation

Governor John Hickenlooper is getting push back for recently telling members of Congress that he once drank flack fluid and touting Colorado as a national model for balanced energy rules. The state's oil and gas commission has increased the statewide buffer zone between drilling sites and homes and buildings, but many Democratic state lawmakers say the rules are still too lenient. Bente Birkeland takes a look at the issue and the Governor’s comments as part of our capitol conversation series.

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V-Day Event
10:37 am
Fri February 15, 2013

"One Billion Rising" in Paonia

A group gathered on Thursday in Paonia’s Poulos Park to protest violence against women, part of a world-wide Valentine’s Day action called "One Billion Rising". Marty Durlin covered the event:

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Capitol Coverage
8:46 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gov. Explains Comment About Drinking Frack Fluid

Democratic leaders at the statehouse hope to introduce bills dealing with the impacts of hydraulic fracturing by the end of the month. This comes as Governor John Hickenlooper is touting Colorado’s current regulations on fracking as a national model. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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COMMUNITY
12:07 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

What I Like About Valentine's Day

The reporters, Mason and Noah

On Wednesday,  KVNF cub reporters Noah McDaniel and Mason Lightfoot hit the streets of Paonia to learn what people like best about Valentine’s Day. Mason took some photos while they were at it.

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Capitol Coverage
7:40 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Lawmakers Debate Guns on College Campuses

Guns were once again the focus at the Colorado Statehouse on Wednesday. A Democratic proposal to ban concealed carry weapons on college campuses got its first hearing in the house education committee. It highlights the longer battle that will take place this session on gun laws. Bente Birkeland has more.

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Capitol Coverage
7:24 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Gun Bills Pass in Judiciary Committee

A huge crowd turned out at the state capitol on Tuesday for a hearing on two key Democratic gun proposals. One measure would require universal background checks for gun purchases; the other would ban high capacity magazines. Both bills passed their first test, the house judiciary committee. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Capitol Coverage
8:30 am
Tue February 12, 2013

State Adopts New Drilling Setback Distance

Colorado’s oil and gas conservation commission has voted in favor of increasing the drilling setback distance between oil and gas wells and homes statewide. But the move doesn’t go far enough for the environmental community and goes too far for industry. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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ENVIRONMENT
2:59 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Interview with Sarah Sauter of Western Slope Conservation Center

Sarah Sauter in her Paonia Office

The Conservation Center held an annual meeting yesterday, and chose a new name: Western Slope Conservation Center. The nonprofit was created by the marriage of two deep-rooted local organizations, the North Fork River Improvement Association, known as NFRIA, and the Western Slope Environmental Resource Council, known as WSERC.

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Capitol Coverage
7:29 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Dems discuss strict gun control measures

State Democrats recently unveiled their much-anticipated package of bills aimed at curbing gun violence. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the chances of the bills passing, and the internal debate among state Democrats.

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Local Newscast
8:50 am
Fri February 8, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, February 8, 2013

Headlines:

  • Shots Fired At West End Traffic Stop
  • McClure Pass Wreck Sends Three To Hospital
  • State Senate Takes Up Civil Unions Bill
  • State Rep Wants To Promote Hemp Over Pot
  • Fire and Drought Depress Rafting Visits in 2012
  • NRA Meets With Governor Over Gun Control

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