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NEWS
3:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Colorado Unemployment Falls To 6%, Lowest Since Nov. 2008

Colorado's unemployment rate dropped to 6 percent in April, lowest since its been since Nov. 2008.
Credit Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

Unemployment continues to drop in Colorado. 

The state’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in about five in a half years, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The unemployment rate for April was 6 percent. The last time is was 6 percent or lower was November 2008 when the rate was 5.7 percent. 

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NEWS
7:55 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Colorado's 2014 Wildfire Outlook Released

The 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire, which destroyed 346 home, was one of Colorado's most destructive wildfires.
Credit U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jeremy Lock

As crews in California battle wildfires in San Diego County, it’s a reminder that the wildfire season has already started here in the West. Colorado’s 2014 fire outlook was released earlier this week. 

The outlook, presented by the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention & Control, predicts the state’s wildfire potential is normal at least for the early part of the wildfire season. 

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NEWS
10:21 am
Thu May 15, 2014

Africanized Bees Found In Palisade

Credit CSU Extension

    

Africanized honey bees were just found in Colorado.  KVNF's Jake Ryan talks with Tri River extension agent Bob Hammon about what he found, what makes these bees different, and what this means for Colorado.  

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NEWS
4:48 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Forest Service Officials: Spruce Beetle Populations Exponentially Increasing

A spruce beetle is about the size of a grain of rice.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

The spruce beetle epidemic and aspen decline in the Grand Mesa, Umcompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests were discussed Tuesday at a public meeting in Montrose. 

Over 70 people attended the meeting, and learned from U.S. Forest Service officials the spruce beetle population is exponentially increasing within the three National Forests.

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NEWS
3:53 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Spring Storm Brings Snow To The Rockies

Snow falling in Paonia, Colo. on Monday, May 12, 2014
Credit Laura Palmisano

Snow fell across the state Monday. 

The National Weather Service in Boulder reported significant snowfall in the mountains with up to 28 inches in some parts. 

Ryan Pedersen of Seattle said he wasn't ready for the unexpected snowfall.

"I love it but I’m kind of upset that I didn't bring the right toys for this weather."

The storm is slowly moving across the state towards the Plains but should clear out by Tuesday. 

The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a freeze warning.

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NEWS
11:49 am
Mon May 12, 2014

BLM Seeks Comments On Proposal To Upgrade Existing Line

Credit BLM

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comment on a proposal to upgrade an existing transmission line that runs through southwestern Colorado.

The proposal by the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association seeks to upgrade and rebuild the Montrose-Nucla-Cahone transmission line. 

Drew Kramer, a Tri-State spokesman, said the agency wants to upgrade the line’s capacity from 115 kilovolts to 230 kilovolts.

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NEWS
11:46 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Delta Hospital To Take Over North Fork Clinics

North Fork Valley residents know how hard it can be to get an appointment to see a local doctor. Many medical practitioners have left the Valley in recent years, leaving the The North Fork Medical Clinics understaffed. Three week waits are not uncommon. But there's hope that things could get better.

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NEWS
5:18 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Feds: Climate Change Already Affecting Colorado

Mt. Lamborn, Paonia, CO
Credit Laura Palmisano

 A report released Tuesday by the Obama Administration found climate change has already caused extensive changes across the United States including here in Colorado. 

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REGIONAL NEWS
10:50 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Delta County School Budget Cuts

Caryn Gibson

The Delta County School district lost around 400 students over the past 5 years and they expect to lose another 100 this year due to recent mine lay-offs. Each student is worth approximately 6 thousand dollars to the district, adding up to an over 2 million dollar shortfall. The district has been looking for ways to reduce spending in all areas of their budget over the past several years. 

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REGIONAL NEWS
10:43 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Ridgway RAMP Project

Last October the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) announced the names of 44 towns across the state awarded road improvement monies from a competitive grant program called RAMP. In Ridgway, Colorado the community will be going to the ballot box on April 1st to determine whether or not they will make use of  their $10.4 million one-time-only, use-it-or-lose-it award. 

KVNF's JT Thomas speaks with Ridgway mayor, John Clark and community members, Tammee Tuttle and Jill Markey.

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