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ECONOMY
12:08 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Business, Community Leaders Discuss North Fork Valley Economy

The Hive Paonia and the Paonia Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum exploring the economy of the North Fork Valley.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Business and community leaders in Delta County’s North Fork Valley say Paonia, Crawford, and Hotchkiss need an economic boost. They recently held a forum on the North Fork Valley’s economy and what can be done to improve it.

About 100 people attended the forum in Paonia last week.

They came to hear different perspectives on the local economy, what’s working and what’s not, and how to make things better.

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ECONOMY
6:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Forum Explores The Future Of The North Fork Valley

The Hive Paonia and the Paonia Chamber of Commerce hosted a forum exploring the economy of the North Fork Valley.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

About 100 people attended a forum on the North Fork Valley's economy and what can be done to improve it. 

Thirteen people ranging from the president of a coal mine to the head of the Paonia Chamber of Commerce spoke at the forum held at the Hive Paonia. 

"We have our farms," says Alexis Halbert, president of the chamber. "We have our hunting resources. We have are restaurants, wineries, [and] people who are creating things out of the natural assets of the valley."

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ENVIRONMENT
9:54 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Arch Coal and Forest Service Decline To Appeal Ruling

Credit NPS

Arch Coal and the Forest Service will not be appealing a decision that revokes the company's expansion lease, as well as vacating an exception in the Colorado Roadless­ Rule that allows for expanded mining in the North Fork. 

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NEWS
6:34 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Local Reaction To Bowie Coal Mine Layoffs

A Paonia resident shows their support for the coal industry.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Bowie Resource Partners laid off 150 people at its Bowie #2 mine near Paonia. 


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NEWS
5:03 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Bowie Coal Mine In Colorado Lays Off 150 Workers

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Bowie Resource Partners says it has eliminated 150 jobs at the Bowie #2 coal mine near Paonia.

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POLITICS
5:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

KVNF Candidate Interview: Mark Udall

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall at a voter meet-and-greet in Montrose.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Editor's Note: This story aired in July and was rebroadcast in October. 

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., campaigned in Montrose at a voter meet-and-greet Tuesday. 

Udall faces Republican challenger Cory Gardner in a hotly contested race that could decide which party controls the Senate. 

KVNF's Laura Palmisano was at the event and brings us this candidate interview. 


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HEALTH
4:35 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

CDC's Black Lung Screening Unit Stops In Colorado

The mobile black lung screening unit stopped in Paonia, Colo. to screen miners for the disease.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention is offering black lung screenings across the West. 

The National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety, a division of the CDC, has a mobile unit that travels around the United States to screen coal miners for the disease.

The unit recently stopped in Colorado. 

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NEWS
4:16 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Bowie Rescue Crew Prepares For Competition

The Bowie Mine rescue team trains at the Delta-Montrose Technical College in Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano

This week the mine rescue crew from the Bowie #2 Mine is at the Delta-Montrose Technical College in Paonia preparing for an upcoming competition. 

Tony Wachowicz, a member of the Bowie coal mine rescue team, is participating in rescue training at the college.

“Mine rescue training is where you have a group of guys who go into a simulated problem and you go into a simulated field and you vent different gases and you save different people that have gotten into a situation," Wachowicz said. 

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NEWS
1:58 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Electric coop could bring broadband to rural Delta and Montrose counties

A motel in Delta advertises Internet in its rooms. Cities on the Western Slope generally have much faster Internet than rural areas.
Credit Flickr user Jasperdo

Slow Internet is a fact of life for many rural Americans, and residents of Western Colorado are no exception. There have been many failed attempts to bring faster Internet to KVNF's listening area, the latest being Eagle Net.

Now, there's yet another idea on the table. The Delta Montrose Electric Association is considering expanding broadband to much of rural Delta and Montrose counties. We begin our report at a local non-profit organization whose business is seriously impacted by the slow internet speeds.

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NEWS
5:44 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Senator Gail Schwartz and other state officials offer little to reassure laid off coal miners

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Coal miners and their families filled the gym at the Paonia branch of the Delta Montrose Technical College on Saturday. Many of them were among the 300 people laid off by Oxbow’s Elk Creek Mine in Somerset last month. They were there to hear state Senator Gail Schwartz and others talk about how the state could help them deal with the job losses. Some ideas included rural economic development grants and financial aid for miners to go back to school. But many people left the meeting feeling just as lost as before. 

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NEWS
11:29 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Connecting The Drops: Water And Power

The Colorado River in Marble Canyon
Credit Joshua M via Flickr (CC-BY)

It takes water to produce electricity, but how much water varies a lot depending on the fuel source and the power generating technology.

In Colorado, around half a percent of our total water usage is used to generate electricity.

It’s a small percentage, says Stacy Tellinghusen, water policy analyst for Western Resource Advocates, a non-profit conservation group, but adds that it’s not inconsequential. 

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NEWS
8:47 am
Mon November 11, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, November 11, 2013

Headlines:

  • Obama Nominates New Head of BLM
  • Moffat County Coal Mine Could Face $200,000 in Fines
  • Thousands Still Waiting on Relief Money after Front Range Floods
  • Roads in Lyons, Estes Park Re-Open, Bringing Relief to Local Businesses
  • Montrose City Files Claim Against Tri-County Water Company
  • New Brewery Set to Launch in Carbondale
NEWS
10:15 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Critics of Proposed EPA Regulations Flock to Denver for Hearing

EPA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Credit Elizabeth Wynne Johnson (CC BY)

Last Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency held a hearing in Denver on its upcoming carbon dioxide regulations for power plants.

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