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Don't kiss your chickens!

That's the message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is blaming a salmonella outbreak on backyard chicken owners being overly affectionate with their flocks.

The CDC says more than 180 people have come down with salmonella across the U.S. this year from contact with backyard poultry. Thirty-three of them became so sick they required hospitalization.

An avian flu outbreak is sweeping across the Midwest at a frightening pace, ravaging chicken and turkey farms and leaving officials stumped about the virus's seemingly unstoppable spread.

A farm in Iowa is going to destroy more than five million of its chickens in an attempt to curb the spread of the highly infectious avian flu.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the H5N2 avian influenza outbreak Monday, adding that the agency says that there is little chance that humans could become infected. According to the department's press release:

For the past two years, at an undisclosed location in the Upper Midwest, a large commercial egg farm has been probed with every tool of modern science. Researchers have collected data on feed consumed, eggs produced, rates of chicken death and injury, levels of dust in the air, microbial contamination and dollars spent. Graduate students have been assigned to watch hours of video of the hens in an effort to rate the animals' well-being.

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The Colorado Court of Appeals overturned a previous ruling about the chicken farms in Delta County.

Headlines:

  • Court Upholds Cease-and-Desist Order for Powell Mesa Hen House
  • BLM Says It Will Consider Input from North Fork Valley for Uncompaghre Resource Management Plan
  • EPA Holds Denver Hearing over New Carbon Dioxide Regulations
  • West Nile Cases Down in Delta County This Year
  • Governor's Budget Proposal Calls for Investment in Education, Disaster Recovery and more
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  • Udall Calls for Tougher Reforms for NSA
  • Ballots Mailed in Today May Not Arrive on Time

Headlines:

  • Colorado’s Health Exchange is generating complaints, too.
  • Front Range Floods Lead to Water and Irrigation Systems Damage
  • Amendment 66 Opponents Say Funds Would be used for Pensions
  • Delta County Hires Denver-Based Attorney for Ongoing Hen House Case
  • Ridgway Could Soon See Improved High-Speed Internet

Headlines:

  • Fundraiser for Chicken Farmers’ Legal Defense Renews Questions of Bias
  • Right-to-Farm Policy dates to a More Rural Delta County
  • State Audit Criticizes Lottery
  • Front Range Flooding Leads to Thousands of Students Classified as Homeless
  • US Forest Service Entomologist Says Ouray Beetle Infestation is Impossible to Stop

Headlines:

  • Toll Lanes Likely to be Included in I-70 Updates
  • Bernie Herpin to Challenge John Morse in September Recall
  • White Buffalo Farm Allegedly Involved in Dumped Chickens near Paonia
  • Business-as-usual at Western Skyways Engine Maintenance Facility, Despite FAA Probe
  • Overturned Tanker Truck Spills 4,000 Gallons of Gasoline on Loveland Pass

Headlines:

  • Drones in Mesa County
  • Commissioners require air pollution testing for hen-laying facilities
  • Lawyers defend first amendment rights for marijuana publications in Colorado
  • Delta County Housing Authority spearheads grants for area counties to rehab low-income residents’ homes
  • Red flag warning again today
Brian Cambria

Headlines:

  • Colorado Now Has Elder Abuse Law
  • New Marijuana Measures Signed Into Law
  • Delta County Commissioners Approve Hen-Laying Facility, Again
  • KPP dinners benefit local needs

Headlines:

  • Chicken Farm Redux: Delta County Commissioners hear more evidence in Western Slope Layers case
  • Uranium mines get license from state
  • Chesnik pleads guilty to $400,000 theft from Town of Paonia
  • Crawford resident Craig Childs wins Orion Book Award
  • Cockers choose Teacher of the Year in North Fork

Headlines:

  • President In Denver To Push National Gun Legislation
  • Chicken farm case remanded back to commissioners
  • Water: every drop counts during drought
  • Full Environmental Impact Statement for Proposed Bull Mt Wells
  • Big Game Hunting Applications Crash Online System
  • Boulder County Commissioner On Her Debate With Governor
Mart Durlin

Delta County Commissioner Olen Lund left his county office on Monday. He served two four-year terms, the maximum allowed. During a break in his last regular commissioner’s meeting, Lund took time out to reflect on his tenure with KVNF’s Marty Durlin.

The case between Delta county and opponents of two laying hen operations in the county is finally settled, for now. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious has more.


Yesterday, the Delta County Commissioners upheld their earlier decision approving specific development applications for two laying hen operations. The decision review was required by a district court ruling in July. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that while the commissioners have now complied with the court ruling, the story isn’t over yet.