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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
9:13 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Brand Colorado Slowly Gaining Steam

John Scaggs with Haystack Mountain Goat Dairystands beside aging cheese. Scaggs' company has started using the state's new Colorado branding.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:16 pm

More and more companies are starting to use the new Colorado logo and slogan - “it’s our nature” - to promote their products, helping the state's efforts to strengthen its brand and global competitiveness. The branding effort though has been somewhat controversial and it will take some time to determine its success.

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COMMUNITY
5:28 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Veterans Host Memorial Day Service In Crawford

A flag left at the grave of a veteran laid to rest in Crawford, CO.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Over 60 people attended a Memorial Day service at the Crawford Cemetery on Sunday. 

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NEWS
8:12 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Rescuers Halt Search For 3 Missing After Sunday's Landslide Near Collbran

Officials said energy resources in the area were also threatened by debris and energy companies had to bring in a bulldozer on Monday to try and clear a road for workers to access condensate tanks, which are used in natural gas production in a process known as hydraulic fracturing, in order to drain them.
Credit Mesa County Sheriff's Office

 

    

Three people are missing including a county worker and his son after Sunday's massive landslide outside of the town of Collbran. 

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COMMUNITY
7:45 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

Memorial Day Rendezvous Near Montrose

Credit Adelphous Woodman

Memorial Day weekend, 50 people gathered out in the wilderness, about 15 miles south of Montrose.  It was the site of the Uncompahgre Freetrappers Happy Canyon Rendezvous.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan went to go find out what a rendezvous is, and why they show up.

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NEWS
3:30 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

CDOT Wants Public Input On Programs Like Its Interregional Bus Service

The map shows CDOT's planned route for its interregional bus service set to launch in early 2015.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is holding an open house in Grand Junction on Wednesday. 

CDOT said the purpose of the meeting is to get feedback on how to improve local and regional transit. The  information from the meeting will be included in the department’s statewide transit plan, according to CDOT. 

One of agency’s newer programs, set to launch early next year, is a bus service to connect the Front Range to the Western Slope.

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NEWS
9:42 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Governor Hickenlooper Signs Stricter Pot Regulations

Governor John Hickenlooper signs House Bill 1361 to create an equivalency between marijuana that is smoked, and marijuana in a concentrate form that is vaporized.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 6:57 am

Governor John Hickenlooper signed two measures into law Wednesday, both aimed at tightening rules around marijuana edibles and concentrates. One goal is to make sure young children don’t accidentally ingest the drug.

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NEWS
7:02 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Landslide Causes Economic Problems For Ouray

In January a massive landslide closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass. The pass reopened in March, but closed again on a limited basis in late April so crews could continue repairs.
Credit Laura Palmisano

In January a massive landslide closed Highway 550 through Red Mountain Pass for a month while crews cleared debris. 

That stretch of Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway connects the city of Ouray to the town of Silverton. Construction on the highway resumed in April to repair damage and place chain covers over the areas most susceptible to rock movement.

Last week, Ouray declared a state of economic emergency as a result of the natural disaster.

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HEALTH
10:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Bill Aimed At Boosting Vaccine Rates Becomes Law

Credit U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

A bill seeking to boost vaccination rates was signed into law by Governor John Hickenlooper on Wednesday.   

House Bill 1288 requires schools to standardize how they track vaccine exemption rates and make that data available to parents if they ask for it.

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HEALTH
4:10 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Feds OK Changes To Colorado Health Insurance Regions

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has given the okay for Colorado to consolidate its 11 geographic regions for health insurance to nine next year.
Credit Colorado Division of Insurance

The federal government has approved the state’s request to consolidate its geographic rating areas for health insurance. These insurance regions were created as a part of the Affordable Care Act, and are used by insurance companies to set premiums. 

The Colorado Division of Insurance said the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has given approval for the state to shuffle its 11  regions for health insurance into nine next year. 

The reshape will combine four rural areas into two larger ones while keeping seven established urban areas.  

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NEWS
6:54 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Colorado Craft Breweries Generated $826m

Credit Laura Palmisano

A recent report finds Colorado has more than doubled its number of craft breweries since 2009. 

The state’s craft brewery industry is doing well, according to the report by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

The study, commissioned by the Colorado Brewers Guild, found the state ranks third in the nation, just behind California and Washington, in number of craft breweries.  

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