Colorado

NEWS
5:38 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Governors Talk Infrastructure At Annual Meeting

Originally published on Sat July 12, 2014 10:12 am

The National Governors Association held its annual summer meeting in Nashville, Tenn. this week, and the collapsing highway trust fund was the centerpiece issue.

NEWS
4:46 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Rocky Mountain High: Colorado Uses A Lot Of Pot, Report Finds

Credit flickr.com/veganflower

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Six months after the first retail marijuana stores opened in the state people in Colorado are using a lot of pot, according to a recent report. 

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POLITICS
3:46 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Obama Stumps In Colorado, With Women's Vote As Backdrop

President Obama greets a woman at Wazee Supper Club in Denver on Tuesday. He was in Colorado this week speaking about the economy and raising money for congressional candidates.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:39 pm

In Colorado, where President Obama's approval rating is low and the Senate race is tight, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall largely bowed out of the spotlight of the president's visit Wednesday.

But as Obama made the rounds speaking about the economy and raising money for Democratic congressional candidates, he also spoke about the women's issues that could be key to Udall's electoral success.

At a morning outdoor rally in Denver's Cheesman Park, Obama emphasized just how much is on the line in the midterms.

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NEWS
4:33 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls, Colorado's Still Lower

The U.S. unemployment rate is the lowest it's been since September 2008. 

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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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ENVIRONMENT
5:20 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

EPA Wants Western Input On Changes To 'Waters of the U.S.' Rule

The North Fork of the Gunnison River is protected under the "Waters of the U.S." clause of the Clean Water Act. The EPA and Army Corps have proposed changes to the "Waters of the U.S." definition.
Credit Laura Palmisano.

The North Fork of the Gunnison River flows through southwestern Colorado. It’s a waterway the feeds into the Gunnison River, a tributary of the Colorado River, which supplies drinking water to millions of people in the West.

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POLITICS
4:01 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Denver Won't Host 2016 GOP Convention

Colorado lost the bid to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. 

The Republican National Committee announced Wednesday that Denver and Kansas City lost the bid to host its 2016 convention. The committee has selected Cleveland and Dallas as host contenders. 

CPR reports, the two finalist cities had an edge over Denver—tax money to help pay for the convention. Dallas has $25 million in public funds and Cleveland has $10 million.

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POLITICS
10:24 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Beauprez Gets GOP Nod, Will Face Hickenlooper In Governors Race

Bob Beauprez has won the GOP Primary for the Governors Race and will face off against the incumbent, John Hickenlooper in November.
Beauprez-U.S. House / Hickenlooper-State of Colorado

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 9:45 pm

The race to be Colorado’s next Governor is officially underway. Former Congressman Bob Beauprez will challenge Governor John Hickenlooper in November after winning a four way GOP primary race. Beauprez captured a four-point lead over his closest challenger, Tom Tancredo.

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FOOD
5:29 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Cherries Are Ripe For The Pickin' In The North Fork

Bing cherries on a branch at Delicious Orchards in Hotchkiss.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The summer fruit harvest season has started in western Colorado. Cherries are usually the first fruit ready for picking in the North Fork Valley.

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POLITICS
5:01 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

More Than Half-A-Million Coloradans Voted In Primary

Colorado voters have until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 to vote or drop off their mail ballots at a polling center.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Tuesday was the final day to cast your ballot for Colorado’s 2014 primary election. 

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POLITICS
3:33 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

As Special Election Looms, Loveland’s Fracking Moratorium Debate Heats Up

Grace Hood KUNC

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 4:04 pm

Loveland voters will soon become the sixth Front Range community to weigh restrictions on hydraulic fracturing. The June 24, 2014 special election asks voters to decide whether to impose a two-year moratorium on fracking, the process of pumping sand, water and chemicals that are proprietary to oil companies into the ground to extract resources.

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POLITICS
2:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

A Primary Eve Look At Two Of Colorado's GOP Races

Two GOP primaries are June 24 to decide the Republican candidate that will challenge Governor Hickenlooper (left) in November and for who will face the Democratic candidate for Cory Gardner's (right) vacated seat in the 4th Congressional District.
Hickenlooper-State of Colorado / Gardner-U.S. House of Representatives

Originally published on Mon June 23, 2014 12:42 pm

Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday June 24, and in many ways it marks the beginning of the political season that will culminate in November. Two GOP primary races are being closely watched.

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NEWS
3:30 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Colorado To Get $34.5M Under Public Land Payment Program

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in Montrose County, which is approximately 70 percent federal lands.
Credit NPS

Under the Department of Interior’s Payment In Lieu of Taxes program Colorado communities will receive $34.5 million this year.

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POLITICS
2:53 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Will The 'War On Rural Colorado' Play At The Ballot Box?

A farm on the rolling plains of Yuma County, June, 2014.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Fri June 20, 2014 8:56 am

There’s often a divide between Colorado’s rural lawmakers and those representing larger communities along the urban Front Range. That dynamic was apparent during the 2014 legislative session with Republicans routinely blaming Democrats for waging what they said is a "war on rural Colorado."

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ENVIRONMENT
9:38 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Local Motion: Geologist Explains Why Grand Mesa Is Prone To Slide

Skyway Point on the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway is a good place to view the geography of Grand Mesa.

On this week's Local Motion, KVNF's Laura Palmisano takes us on a drive around Grand Mesa with geologist Andres Aslan. On the drive, Aslan talks about the geological history of the mesa and why it's landslide prone. He also discusses May's massive landslide on the edge of the Grand Mesa near Collbran that claimed the lives of three men.

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NEWS
5:56 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Hickenlooper Trying To Rally Support For Oil And Gas Compromise, Special Session

Governor Hickenlooper speaking in December, 2013.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Fri June 13, 2014 9:11 am

Governor John Hickenlooper’s office said he’s still in discussions about whether to call lawmakers back to the state capitol for a special session on oil and gas issues. The goal would be to pass a compromise bill and avoid a fight at the ballot box.

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NPR Story
10:12 am
Tue June 10, 2014

With More Tech On The Farm, Rural Colorado Left Waiting, Wanting For Broadband

Yuma County is one of the largest agricultural producing counties in the state. Farmers here are starting to embrace precision agriculture, to use the latest technology to monitor information on the farm such as planting, yield, water and nutrients.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 6:54 am

People living in many parts of rural Colorado still don’t have access to high speed Internet. It’s a problem for schools and businesses, and in eastern Colorado it is making it harder for farmers to take full advantage of the latest technology even as state lawmakers passed legislation to try and even the playing field.

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NPR Story
10:02 am
Mon June 9, 2014

At Recent GOP Governor Candidate Debate, Only Kopp And Beauprez Show

Only two out of four candidates showed up for a recent GOP Governer candidate debate. Pictured Mike Kopp and Bob Beauprez.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 6:41 am

Four Republicans are vying to be the lone candidate to run against Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper in the fall. But with the primary election coming up June 24, only two of the candidates participated in a taped debate hosted by CBS 4 and Colorado Public Television.

Debate organizers knew ahead of time that former congressman Tom Tancredo never planned to be a part of the hourlong program. But Secretary of State Scott Gessler didn’t show up – even though his campaign confirmed that he would.

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NPR Story
10:10 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie

Canada legalized hemp in 1998 and many companies there are anxiously awaiting cultivation in the U.S. At Centennial Seeds in Colorado, growers have started planting.

Originally published on Thu May 29, 2014 10:17 am

The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain hemp is growing, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, estimated at $500 million per year, runs on foreign hemp.

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NEWS
3:52 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

San Miguel County Sheriff Asks Board To Ban Butane Hash Oil Production

Credit Andres Rodriguez via Flickr @symic

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters has asked the County Board of Commissioners to ban butane hash oil production.

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NEWS
9:13 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Brand Colorado Slowly Gaining Steam

John Scaggs with Haystack Mountain Goat Dairystands beside aging cheese. Scaggs' company has started using the state's new Colorado branding.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 5:16 pm

More and more companies are starting to use the new Colorado logo and slogan - “it’s our nature” - to promote their products, helping the state's efforts to strengthen its brand and global competitiveness. The branding effort though has been somewhat controversial and it will take some time to determine its success.

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HEALTH
4:10 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Feds OK Changes To Colorado Health Insurance Regions

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has given the okay for Colorado to consolidate its 11 geographic regions for health insurance to nine next year.
Credit Colorado Division of Insurance

The federal government has approved the state’s request to consolidate its geographic rating areas for health insurance. These insurance regions were created as a part of the Affordable Care Act, and are used by insurance companies to set premiums. 

The Colorado Division of Insurance said the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has given approval for the state to shuffle its 11  regions for health insurance into nine next year. 

The reshape will combine four rural areas into two larger ones while keeping seven established urban areas.  

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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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Capitol Coverage
9:45 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Gov. Calls for Universal Gun Background Checks

Governor John Hickenlooper called for universal background checks for all gun sales in his annual state of the state address on Thursday. Hickenlooper outlined several proposals he plans to back on issues such as marijuana, hydraulic fracturing, and mental health. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Capitol Coverage
9:41 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Colorado Legalizes Marijuana

It’s now legal in Colorado for people over the age of 21 to smoke marijuana recreationally. Voters passed amendment 64 making Colorado the first state in the country, along with Washington State, to legalize pot. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.


Capitol Coverage
10:04 am
Wed October 10, 2012

State Tourism Conference Launches

The state’s tourism industry kicks off a three-day annual conference today in Steamboat Springs. State officials say they’ll take a look at better ways to market the state, but as Bente Birkeland reports, they’ll also discuss messaging, especially in the face of uncontrollable events such as wildfires.

Capitol Coverage
9:58 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Colorado TV Viewers Tire Of New Mexico Political Ads

It’s election season, and for anyone who turns on the television that means being bombarded with political ads and information. Now imagine those ads coming from candidates you can’t even vote for. That’s the case for some people in southwest Colorado who can only get New Mexico television. As Bente Birkeland reports, the lack of Colorado TV has been a major complaint in the region for decades, but especially flares up this time of year.

Capitol Coverage
9:25 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Voter Registration Up in Colorado

The Colorado Secretary of State's office expects more people to register to vote this election cycle because of the closely watched Presidential race. As Bente Birkeland reports, voters have until midnight on Tuesday to register to vote online.

Local Newscast
12:07 pm
Thu April 12, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, April 12, 2012

  • Governor Discusses Water in Colorado
  • Capitol Coverage: Budget Debate
  • Public Input Sought On Colorado National Mon Park Proposal
  • San Miguel County Considering Regs For Med Marijuana
  • KVNF Sports Report
  • BLM Southwest RAC to Meet In Hotchkiss, Hear Comments
  • Southern Utah Earthquake
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