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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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COMMUNITY
10:32 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Volunteers Gather to Give Kids Some Holiday Fun

Santa and his elf wait to take photos with kids. The kids' bags of presents are pictured to the right.
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

We're well into the holiday season now, a time filled with food, lights, and gathering with friends and family. But it's also a time where many people give back to their communities.

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NEWS
9:21 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Garfield County Asks Governor to Intervene on Insurance Rules

Amy Barr, Executive Director of United Way for Garfield and Pitkin Counties
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Garfield County wants Governor John Hickenlooper to intervene with the state's new health insurance rules. The county has some of the highest premiums in Colorado under new guidelines. which are part of the Affordable Care Act.

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NEWS
1:19 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Fatal Wreck on Stewart Mesa Road Kills One

27-year-old Jacob Saunders was killed on Tuesday after an accident at the intersection of Crawford Road and Stewart Mesa Road in the North Fork Valley.

According to the Colorado State Patrol, a call about the accident was received just after 8 am Tuesday morning.

Authorities say Saunders was driving south on Crawford Road from Paonia when he was struck by a 1989 Ford Pickup traveling westbound on Stewart Mesa Road. The driver of the pickup reportedly failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the car.

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NEWS
9:25 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Spruce Beetles a Growing Threat in GMUG National Forests

An adult spruce beetle bores into the bark of a spruce.
Credit S. Munsen/US Forest Service

This week Delta County commissioners heard a wide ranging assessment of the past year’s activities and a glimpse of the future from Grand Mesa Uncompahgre Gunnison (GMUG) Forest Supervisor Scott Armentrout. 

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COMMUNITY
9:35 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Bross Was First Luxury Hotel In Delta County

A detail from one of four bronze panels created by local sculptor Lincoln Fox, installed in 1998. The panels are part of a faux elevator shaft
Marty Durlin/KVNF

Delta County Commissioners recently named two historical landmarks, one being the Rogers Mesa Community House, the other the historic Bross Hotel. 

The Bross was built in 1906 and according to early newspapers, was Delta County's first luxury hotel (and early on, its only one.)

Now, after over 100 years and eight different owners, the Bross is a bed & breakfast.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Future of Coal Uncertain as Tennessee Valley Authority Cuts Production

One of the North Fork Valley's three mining operations
Credit KVNF File Photo

It’s been a rough season for the coal mines of the North Fork Valley. Last week, Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine in Somerset laid off another 115 workers, bringing the total number of jobs cut at that mine this fall to over 250.

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COMMUNITY
5:50 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Historic Schoolhouse Spurred Modern Women's Club

1896-97 Hurst students at the Hurst School
Modern Women's Club

On Monday, Delta County Commissioners named two historical landmarks. One of them is Paonia’s Bross Hotel, built in 1906 and now a bed and breakfast. The other - the Rogers Mesa Community House, built in the mid-1890s as the Hurst School. 

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NEWS
12:10 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Statewide Call-In Show on the Colorado River

Connecting the Drops is a collaboration between KDNK, KRCC, KGNU and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. You can find out more at yourwatercolorado.org

On September 15th, KVNF presented a statewide call-in show on the Colorado River, looking at water issues and the future of the Colorado River. 

The program is a part of the year-long collaborative reporting series Connecting the Drops, and is hosted by KDNK in Carbondale, KRCC in Colorado Springs and KGNU in Boulder. 

Guests on the program include Taylor Hawes, a Nature Conservancy program director (who testified before a Senate committee on the Colorado River), Jim Pokrandt with the Colorado River District, and a representative from Colorado Springs Utility.

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NEWS
10:18 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Hydropower on the Colorado River

The Shoshone hydroelectric powerplant holds the largest historic water right on the Colorado River.
Credit Maeve Conran

A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state.  Along the Colorado River, farms, cities & towns, and the recreation industry are all big players.  But everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that’s over one hundred years old.  It’s the Shoshone Generating Station, and it plays a critical role on the Upper Colorado.

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NEWS
11:36 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ali Lightfoot talks about KVNF's Pass the Mic Project

KVNF Youth Reporters interviewing Todd Harding
Credit Ali Lightfoot/KVNF

This Saturday, December 7th at the Paradise Theater, KVNF is screening a series of documentary films on the Pass the Mic project, featuring the full-length interviews our youth reporters conducted themselves.

The event is free and open to the public, and runs from 3-4 pm.

I recently spoke to Ali about the project, and what she’s learned from working with youth reporters. 

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