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NEWS
10:31 am
Tue June 10, 2014

BLM Ends Input Over Controversial Leases

The White River National Forest
Credit Recreation.gov

The Bureau of Land Management has wrapped up its comment period about the leases under question in the White River National Forest.

The BLM is currently running an Environmental Impact Study on some existing oil and gas leases, leases they’ve already given out.

"The BLM is looking at 65 existing leases on the White River National Forest," said David Boyd, a BLM spokesman.  "BLM either needs to adopt the Forest Service analysis, or do our own.  Back in '93, we did not do either of those, so we're we're doing this Environmental Impact Study now to address that." 

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NPR Story
10:12 am
Tue June 10, 2014

With More Tech On The Farm, Rural Colorado Left Waiting, Wanting For Broadband

Yuma County is one of the largest agricultural producing counties in the state. Farmers here are starting to embrace precision agriculture, to use the latest technology to monitor information on the farm such as planting, yield, water and nutrients.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:54 am

People living in many parts of rural Colorado still don’t have access to high speed Internet. It’s a problem for schools and businesses, and in eastern Colorado it is making it harder for farmers to take full advantage of the latest technology even as state lawmakers passed legislation to try and even the playing field.

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NEWS
1:23 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Largest Morrow Point Dam Spilling In Decades

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison receives water from the Morrow Point Dam.
Credit J. Schwartz

Listen to the report.

For the first time in thirty years all four gates at the Morrow Point Dam are open. 

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NPR Story
10:02 am
Mon June 9, 2014

At Recent GOP Governor Candidate Debate, Only Kopp And Beauprez Show

Only two out of four candidates showed up for a recent GOP Governer candidate debate. Pictured Mike Kopp and Bob Beauprez.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 6:41 am

Four Republicans are vying to be the lone candidate to run against Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper in the fall. But with the primary election coming up June 24, only two of the candidates participated in a taped debate hosted by CBS 4 and Colorado Public Television.

Debate organizers knew ahead of time that former congressman Tom Tancredo never planned to be a part of the hourlong program. But Secretary of State Scott Gessler didn’t show up – even though his campaign confirmed that he would.

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NEWS
4:34 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Montrose PD Receives Armored Rescue Vehicle

Credit Montrose Police Department

The Montrose City Police Department just got a new vehicle, and it’s something they hope they’ll never need.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan has more.

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NEWS
4:08 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

On A Drive Around Grand Mesa A Geologist Explains Why It's Prone To Slide

The perimeter of the Grand Mesa is rimmed by landslides.
Laura Palmisano

May’s massive landslide on the edge of the Grand Mesa near Collbran claimed the lives of three men. 

Geologists I spoke to said landslides in western Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region are a normal occurrence because the earth is dynamic and erosion is happening all around us. 

To get a better understanding of why experts told me the nature of the flat-topped mountain is to slide, I took a drive on Grand Mesa with a geologist. 

I met Andres Aslan, a Colorado Mesa University professor and geologist, at the visitor center on the mesa. 

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NEWS
5:43 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

U.S. Pilot & German Soldier Share Their WWII Stories

Allied troops storming the beach in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Credit United States Department of Defense

The 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, is Friday, June 6. D-Day, a part of Operation Overlord, was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and set the stage for the Allies to drive the Germans from France and led to the ultimate defeat of Nazi Germany. 

The men and women who fought in this war are now mostly in their 80’s and 90's.  

These are the stories of two men who fought in World War II on opposite sides.  

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NEWS
3:52 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

San Miguel County Sheriff Asks Board To Ban Butane Hash Oil Production

Credit Andres Rodriguez via Flickr @symic

Listen to the interview.

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters has asked the County Board of Commissioners to ban butane hash oil production.

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NEWS
5:22 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

NPS To Offer Tours At Blue Mesa Reservoir For First Time

The National Park Service will offer boat tours for the first time at Blue Mesa Reservoir starting in June.
Credit NPS

    

The National Park Service will not offer Morrow Point boat tours in June this year. 

Park officials said this winter’s generous snowpack in the upper Gunnison Basin means the Bureau of Reclamation will have to send a lot of water downstream this summer. 

Brant Porter, a Curecanti park ranger, said the water management scenario for the Gunnison River from Blue Mesa to Black Canyon is not compatible for boat tours at the reservoir. 

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NEWS
1:39 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Now Appearing: Hemp, For The First Time In Decades

At Centennial Seeds in Lafayette, Colo., Ben Holmes is testing hemp varieties. Holmes made his name distributing and breeding strains of medical and recreational marijuana, but recently has become a prominent figure in Colorado’s fledgling hemp industry.

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 9:08 am

A handful of farmers are set to plant the country’s first hemp crop in decades, despite federal regulations that tightly restrict the plant’s cultivation.

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