Colorado Floods

ENVIRONMENT
4:14 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

When Can A Big Storm Or Drought Be Blamed On Climate Change?

Melbourne visitors and residents took to the waters of Australia's St. Kilda Beach in January 2013 to escape a fierce heat wave.
Scott Barbour Getty Images

Originally published on Wed October 1, 2014 6:52 pm

Nowadays, when there's a killer heat wave or serious drought somewhere, people wonder: Is this climate change at work? It's a question scientists have struggled with for years. And now there's a new field of research that's providing some answers. It's called "attribution science" — a set of principles that allow scientists to determine when it's a change in climate that's altering weather events ... and when it isn't.

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ENVIRONMENT
1:01 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

After The Colorado Flood, Some Rebuild And Others Start Over

Sarah and Ed Egloff stand outside a garage on their new property.
Grace Hood KUNC

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 5:00 am

After waters washed over Boulder, Larimer and Weld counties during the September flood, many started to rebuild. Others haven't been able to go back.

The easiest way for Ed and Sarah Egloff to describe their lost home in the Big Thompson Canyon is to tell you what remained on the property afterward.

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ENVIRONMENT
9:53 am
Tue September 9, 2014

A Year Post-Flood, No Mandated Changes For Oil And Gas Operators

An oil and gas site near the St. Vrain Creek. Metal berms replace earthen ones.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 6:00 am

One of the more striking images during the September flood was of inundated oil and gas pads, washed out earthen berms and overturned storage tanks. In all, over 48,000 gallons of oil and condensate spilled.

While changes have been made in the industry to prepare for another flood, so far, they’re strictly voluntary.

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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
Local Newscast
8:37 am
Tue October 22, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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
Local Newscast
8:51 am
Mon October 21, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, October 21, 2013

Headlines:

  • Debate Over Pot Taxes Continues as State Prepares for Retail Sales
  • Mesa County Officers Seize 92 Pounds of Marijuana During Traffic Crackdown
  • State Regulators Set to Enforce Fracking Rule Violations
  • West Elk Mine attains safety milestone.
  • Sounds of the High Country from KDNK –Bonnie-Sue Hithcock on the Front Range Floods
Local Newscast
9:36 am
Tue October 8, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 8, 2013

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
Local Newscast
8:39 am
Mon September 30, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, September 30, 2013

Headlines:

  • Update on flooded oil and gas wells.
  • September was 3rd wettest on record.
  • Ouray prohibits OHVs from roadways.
  • Sportsman’s Roundtable seeks two.
Local Newscast
8:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Headlines:

  • Former EPA Official Sees Lesson in Unprecedented Floods
  • Poll Says Coloradans Likely to Vote Against Amendment 66
  • State Lawmakers Aim to Tackle Rising Wildfire Risks
  • Arguments Heard Over Lawsuit Against TABOR
  • Wright Opera House Receives $60,000 Grant from Gates Family Foundation
  • Olathe Police Chief Suspended Without Explanation
  • San Miguel County Approves Retail Marijuana in Unincorporated Areas
  • Colorado Goes To Pot, Becomes First State With Rules for Retail Marijuana Sales
Local Newscast
8:42 am
Mon September 23, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, September 23, 2013

Headlines:

  • “Significant” Marijuana Patch Discovered in White River National Forest
  • House Passes Tipton-Led Bill to Increase Logging Activity, Prevent Wildfires
  • Class-Action Suit says Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is Unconstitutional
  • Vice President Biden to Visit Colorado, View Flood Damage
  • Hickenlooper: State Will Help Pay for Flood Recovery
  • Western Slope Water Storage at Normal Levels, Despite Floods
  • NFL Says Von Miller Tried to Cheat Drug Test
NEWS
11:54 am
Fri September 20, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, September 20, 2013

Headlines

  • Judge Denies Motion to Rescind Cease-and-Desist Order for Hen House
  • State Officials Tracking 10 Oil Spills after Floods
  • Hickenlooper Appoints Flood Recovery Cheif
  • Officials say Millions in Aid Money Will Only Begin to Fix Flood Damage
  • Regulators Fault Williams Subsidiary for Natural Gas Leak
  • Olathe Police Cheif Put on Leave Pending Investigation
  • KVNF Sports Report
NEWS
8:43 am
Thu September 19, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, September 19, 2013

Headlines

  • 5,250 Gallons of Oil Spill into South Platte River
  • Norwood Bans Commercial Marijuana
  • Town of Telluride & Telluride Science Research Center Reach Agreement on New Facility
  • Bicyclist Hit and Killed at HWY 50 and Lands End Road South of Grand Junction
  • Energy Companies Concerned about New Wildlife Habitat Regulations
COMMUNITY
12:11 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Rocky Mountain PBS Hosts Fundraiser for Flood Victims

This evening only, KVNF will be helping to raise money for flood victims across the Front Range.

Rocky Mountain PBS operators will be taking your donations at 877-667-6727 from 4-10:30 this evening (9/18.) All the money raised will go to the Red Cross and food banks in Boulder, Broomfield, Larimer and Weld Counties.

Please note - you do NOT need to call KVNF, or tune in for this fundraiser - simply call the number above between 4-10:30 pm. We'll simply be directing people to that number over the air.

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iSeeChange
9:25 am
Wed September 18, 2013

iSeeChange: Signs of Floods to Come?

Flooding along Boulder Creek in Boulder, CO
Credit JGColorado via Flickr (CC BY-NC)

In the wake of the historic Front Range Floods, many climate experts and researchers admit that while they’ve known of the potential for dangerous flooding in the Boulder area for some time now, hardly anybody could’ve predicted such a large-scale disaster.

We decided to look into what the floods might tell us about the future of massive storms, and whether the events of last week might change our definitions of "rare" weather events.

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NEWS
12:00 am
Wed September 18, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Headlines

  • Hickenlooper Says Oil and Gas Safety is a Top Priority after Flooding
  • Lyons One of Hardest-Hit Areas in Floods
  • iSeeChange - Signs of Floods to Come?
  • Floods Hurt One Grand Junction-area Business
  • Garfield County Gas Emissions Study Moves Forward 
NEWS
8:37 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Monday Flood Update from Fort Collins

Colorado Army National Guardsmen and civil rescue personnel unload evacuated residents from Colorado flood zones at the Boulder Municipal Airport in Boulder, Colo., Sept. 13, 2013.
Credit Sgt. Joseph K. VonNida/The National Guard

A number of firefighters from the Western Slope have been traveling to the Front Range to assist with search and rescue and emergency operations there. On Monday (September 16), KVNF spoke to one of them - retired firefighter Hugh Carson. Carson told us about what he's seen so far in Fort Collins. 

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NEWS
8:22 am
Tue September 17, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Headlines

  • Death Toll in Floods Rises to 8, Search and Rescue Continues
  • Western Slope Firefighter Speaks to KVNF from Fort Collins
  • KVNF to Participate in Live Telethon Fundraiser for Flood Victims
  • Delta County to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order from Hen House
  • Ouray County Rodeo Association Hopes to Rebuild Fairgrounds
  • Western Slope Skies - The Sun & Solar Storms
NEWS
9:04 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Local Firefighter Heads to Front Range to Help Emergency Teams with Floods

Flooding in Boulder, CO
Credit Beth Bartel

As flood waters continued to wreak havoc along the Front Range on Friday (September 13), KVNF spoke to Hugh Carson, a firefighter of over 40 years who was called to Fort Collins to assist with emergency operations.

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NEWS
8:47 am
Fri September 13, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, September 13, 2013

Headlines

  • Front Range Flooding Causes 3 Deaths, 2 Broken Dams
  • Heavy Rains Hinder Progress of Post-Waldo Canyon Fire Recovery
  • Arrests Made in Rifle Meth Ring
  • Powell Mesa Hen House Operators to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order
  • State Offering Grants for Rural Movie Theaters to Convert to Digital
  • Western Slope Skies - The Sun and Solar Cycles
  • BLM State Director Helen Hankins to Retire
  • KVNF Regional Sports Report
NEWS
10:31 am
Thu September 12, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Headlines

  • Governor John Hickenlooper "Disappointed" in Recall Outcomes
  • Recalls Could Change Dynamics at State Legislature
  • State Republicans Set Their Sights on Governor's Office
  • Tax Proposed in San Miguel County to deal with Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Delta County Commissioners Call New Wildlife Rules "Unnecessary"
  • Water Losses in Cedaredge Could Lead to New Fees
  • Two Dead after Massive Flooding along Front Range