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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. 

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Capitol Coverage
9:05 am
Tue October 16, 2012

State Launches Oil and Gas Water Quality Database

In an effort to give the public more information on the impact of oil and gas drilling in their communities – the Colorado Department of Natural Resources is launching a new public database on water quality near drilling well sites. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

Local Newscast
9:02 am
Tue October 16, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Headlines:

  • Koch accused of holding former employee captive
  • COGCC launches new water quality database
  • Gessler continues to draw fire for RNC trip
  • Ouray Student National Merit Finalist
  • Abraham Connection Continues to Grow
Capitol Coverage
9:31 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Mail-in Ballots Mailed Out

The first wave of Colorado voters will begin casting their ballots for the November election next week/starting this week. On Monday county clerks send out mail ballots to thousands of voters across the state. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

Local Newscast
8:28 am
Mon October 15, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, October 15, 2012

Headlines:

  • Mail Ballots Mailed Out Today
  • Tax Break For West Elk Coal Mine
  • Bi-Partisan Collaboration For Forest Health
  • Gov, US Senators Pushing For Post-Fire Recovery
  • Uranium Drive-in Sign Still Glowing
Local Newscast
9:02 am
Fri October 12, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, October 12, 2012

Headlines:

  • Gessler Continues To Generate Controversy
  • Goblin Fire Continues To Grow
  • DMEA and SMPA Facing Wholesale Power Increase
  • Rifle Hunt Preview With Wildlife Manager Kirk Madriaga
  • Walk/Run/Bike To Support Breast Cancer Program
  • Western Slope Skies
Local Newscast
8:49 am
Thu October 11, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, October 11, 2012

Headlines:

  • Democrats Fed Up With Republican Secretary of State
  • First Lady Visits Colorado Springs
  • Wildfire Updates
  • Energy Fuels Moving To Re-open Newly Acquired Uranium Mines
  • Telluride and San Miguel County Support Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill
  • Amendment 64 Draws Support and Opposition
Capitol Coverage
10:04 am
Wed October 10, 2012

State Tourism Conference Launches

The state’s tourism industry kicks off a three-day annual conference today in Steamboat Springs. State officials say they’ll take a look at better ways to market the state, but as Bente Birkeland reports, they’ll also discuss messaging, especially in the face of uncontrollable events such as wildfires.

Capitol Coverage
9:58 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Colorado TV Viewers Tire Of New Mexico Political Ads

It’s election season, and for anyone who turns on the television that means being bombarded with political ads and information. Now imagine those ads coming from candidates you can’t even vote for. That’s the case for some people in southwest Colorado who can only get New Mexico television. As Bente Birkeland reports, the lack of Colorado TV has been a major complaint in the region for decades, but especially flares up this time of year.

Election 2012
9:36 am
Wed October 10, 2012

House District 61 DEBATE

  This is the debate between candidates for State House District 61, which, after redistricting, includes Summit, Lake, Pitken, and parts of Gunnison and Delta counties. There are actually five candidates for this race, but three were present at the Club 20 debate: Democratic Incumbent Millie Hamner, Independent Kathleen Curry and Republican Debra Irvine. Derek Wagner, Director of Special Projects at Colorado Mesa University, moderated the debate.

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Local Newscast
9:02 am
Wed October 10, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Headlines:

  • Wildfire Update
  • Last Minute Voter Registration Floods State Website
  • Southwest Colorado Television Viewers Get New Mexico Political Ads
  • Preview of Tonight's 3rd Congressional Debate
  • State Tourism Conference Starts Today In Steamboat
  • Claim Period For 2011 Crop Losses Opens Oct 22
  • Garfield County Commissioner Expresses Support For Increased Oil and Gas Setbacks
Local Newscast
9:22 am
Tue October 9, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Headlines:

  • Declining Revenue Stresses San Miguel County Budget
  • Vandals Attach Aspen GOP HQ For Third Time
  • Curbside Recycling Returning To Montrose
  • State County Clerks Criticize Colorado Secretary of State
  • Voter Registration Deadline TODAY
  • Tipton Introduces Legislation To Eliminate Cash For Surveys
  • Giant Tortoise Arrested In Northern Utah Town
Capitol Coverage
9:25 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Voter Registration Up in Colorado

The Colorado Secretary of State's office expects more people to register to vote this election cycle because of the closely watched Presidential race. As Bente Birkeland reports, voters have until midnight on Tuesday to register to vote online.

Local Newscast
9:12 am
Mon October 8, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, October 8th, 2012

Headlines:

  • Two wildfires burned Friday near Hotchkiss
  • Highway 13 fire nearly contained
  • Railroad starts Goblin Fire near Durango
  • Flags lowered in honor of Fire Prevention Week
  • Voter registration deadline approaches
  • Health Care law makes insurance more affordable for businesses
  • GMUG Open House for new Forest Supervisor
  • Columbus Day Closures
NEWS
4:50 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Two Fires Burning North of Hotchkiss

Two wildfires are currently burning north of Hotchkiss this afternoon. Both fires are believed to be caused by lightning as the area received numerous lightning strikes during the past 24 hours. Smoke may be visible in the area throughout the day and may settle into valleys overnight.

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The Watch Report
10:52 am
Fri October 5, 2012

The Watch Report: 10/5/12

In this week's report from the Watch Newspaper: Miner in stable condition after accident, Montrose Memorial Hospital acquires new buildings, Hydropower on the Horizon from Ridgway Dam.

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Railroads
10:22 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Union Pacific Hopes to Close 3 Paonia RR Crossings

At last week’s Paonia Town Council meeting, representatives from Union Pacific Railroad announced that they want to close three railroad crossings in the town limits. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke to Delta County Independent Reporter Kathy Browning about the proposal.

For more on the story, read Kathy Browning’s piece in this week’s edition of the Delta County Independent.

Capitol Coverage
2:55 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Presidential Debate Analysis

Coloradans across the state turned out for watch parties last night, as President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Governor squared off in their first debate at the University of Denver. Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland attended a watch party in downtown Denver. She talked to fellow reporters and voters about the debate’s impact and whether it lived up to expectations.

Local Newscast
2:50 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Headlines:

  • Recap of Presidential Debate
  • Delta Police Identify Man Found dead
  • Wildfire north of Rifle closes highway
  • Shearer Creek Fire contained
  • Montrose BOCC May Fund Clinics Next Year
Mountain Rescue
3:16 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

West Elk Mountain Rescue Saves Climber

Members of the West Elk Mountain Rescue Team completed their fourth rescue of the summer on Sunday when they helped rescue an injured climber from the Marble area. The climber didn’t return to the trailhead Saturday night, and was still missing Sunday morning. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke to West Elk Mountain Rescue President Phil Volckhausen, Training Director Steve Morris, and Team Member Tony Prendergast about the rescue and the team’s efforts.

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Election 2012
3:05 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

House District 58 DEBATE

  This is the debate between Republican incumbent Don Coram and Democratic challenger Tammie Theis, candidates for House district 58, which encompasses Montrose, San Miguel, Dolores and Montezuma counties. Club 20 Chairman Steve Reynolds moderated the debate. Each candidate was given three minutes for opening remarks, and Don Coram was first.

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Delta County
2:56 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Delta County Expands Hazmat Facilities

A few years ago, an 8,000 gallon gas tanker clipped a curb and tipped over in near Delta, spilling gasoline. Now, Delta County is more able to respond to hazardous materials spills like that one. Delta County’s emergency manager Rob Fiedler reported the news to Delta County Commissioners on Monday. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.

HEALTH
2:56 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Delta County Expands Hazmat Facilities

  A few years ago, an 8,000 gallon gas tanker clipped a curb and tipped over in near Delta, spilling gasoline. Now, Delta County is more able to respond to hazardous materials spills like that one. Delta County’s emergency manager Rob Fiedler reported the news to Delta County Commissioners on Monday. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.

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Education
11:22 am
Tue October 2, 2012

West End School District Wins BEST Grant

The West End School District has seen its enrollment continue to drop over the last couple decades, and has had trouble keeping school facilities up to code. This year, the district was awarded a nearly 13 million dollar BEST grant from the State of Colorado. BEST grants — which stands for Building Excellent Schools Today— provide matching money for school districts that can’t afford building repairs on their own.

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West Nile Virus
11:14 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Local News: West Nile Still Present on Western Slope

CBS Denver

Summer is waning, and the Western Slope is already starting to feel some fall weather. But Delta County is still a breeding spot for mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports.

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Oil and Gas
11:39 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Counties Negotiate More Local Control for Oil and Gas

As new technology allows the oil and gas industry to develop areas once thought to be off-limits, across Colorado, local governments are pushing the boundaries of the state’s regulatory authority to protect land and citizens. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that can land them in tricky territory.

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Hen Houses
1:10 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Delta BOCC Hearing on Hen Houses, Round 2

Yesterday afternoon, the Delta County Commissioners took additional evidence and testimony on two applications for laying hen operations in the county. One of them, Western Slope Layers, has been operating for a few months already on Powell Mesa. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that the hearing was required after a district court sent the commissioners original approval of both applications back to the county for further review.

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NEWS
3:56 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Local News: Hotchkiss Fire Protection District

The Hotchkiss Fire Protection District has been busy this year. They’ve already sent crew members out to major fires around the state: Sunrise Mine, Lower North Fork, High Park and Pine Ridge. But they’re busy close to home, too. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke to Hotchkiss Fire Chief Doug Fritz about fires and fire danger, as the toll on lives and homes in Colorado continues to grow.

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NEWS
12:07 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Local News: Fire Bans Increase

Local governments and federal agencies are upping the fire restrictions across much of the Western Slope. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that continued hot, dry and windy weather, low humidity and several large fires already burning within the state have caused fire managers to effectively ban anything that might cause a spark.

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NEWS
12:07 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

High Park Fire Update: Hugh Carson

Hugh Carson is the deputy air operations branch director on the High Park Fire, and also a KVNF DJ. Carson is responsible for aviation assets, strategy and tactics on this fire. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke with Carson yesterday about his operations so far.

For those who aren’t aware, in 1994 the lightning-sparked Wake fire burned more than 3800 acres of pinion-juniper about four miles northeast of Hotchkiss.

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