Delta County

NEWS
5:20 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Region 10 Seeks Input On Econ. Development Ideas For Delta, Gunnison Counties

The North Fork Valley is an agricultural area in Delta County know for its organic farms.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Over the past two years, hundreds of coal miners in Delta and Gunnison counties lost their jobs.

The decline in the coal industry has affected western Colorado. That’s why Region 10, an association of local governments, hired Utah-based consulting firm Better City.

The company is analyzing ways to foster economic growth in the area. And, the firm recently unveiled its first recommendations on how to do that.

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NEWS
5:46 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Funding For Successful Colorado Contraceptive Program In Limbo

State officials say the program helped 30,000 get IUDs.
Credit flickr/stickypearls

An amendment to the state budget that would’ve continued a program credited with reducing teen pregnancies and abortion was killed this week. However, a controversial bill that would do the same thing cleared its second reading in the House on Friday. 

House Bill 1194 would provide $5 million to continue a program that helps low-income young women and teens access long-acting birth control. 

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NEWS
2:15 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Beverage Producers, Farmers Hope To See Agritourism Grow In Delta County

An array of beverages produced in Colorado's Delta County.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

In 2013, tourists spent more than $17 billion dollars in Colorado. And, agritourism is one industry that’s drawing visitors to the state.

In Paonia last Wednesday, local beverage producers and farmers discussed what they could do to increase agritouirsm in Delta County. 

About 30 people are at the Hive Paonia. There are vineyard owners, cider producers and farmers.

They are discussing challenges they face when it comes to attracting visits to the area. 

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LOCAL MOTION
10:40 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Local Motion: Delta County's Lake City Roots

This historical mural in downtown Paonia features Samuel Wade and Tony Bear. Wade is the founder of Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The North Fork Valley in Delta County opened to settlers in the early 1880's. The founders of Paonia, Hotchkiss and other communities in the area lived in Hinsdale County's Lake City before coming to the valley. As part of our Local Motion episode on community roots, KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed North Fork Valley historian and author Chuck Farmer to find out more about the area's connection to Lake City. Farmer co-authored the book "In the Footsteps of the Hotchkiss Brothers" with his wife Mary.

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NEWS
5:24 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Congressman Scott Tipton Checks In On Delta County During Western Slope Tour

Congressman Scott Tipton at the Delta County Courthouse for a meeting with the commissioners on Wed., March 11, 2015.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

U.S. Representative Scott Tipton stopped in Delta on Wednesday as part of his tour of the Western Slope. 

At a meeting with the Delta County Commissioners Tipton discussed economic issues, broadband, rural health care, energy and tax reform. He also gave a congressional update. 

KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed Tipton during his visit.

Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District which covers most of the western part of the state. 

He's also scheduled to meet with the Ouray County Commissioners on Thursday in Ridgway.

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NEWS
6:23 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Sheriffs, Prosecutors Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Law

A medical marijuana plant grown in Colorado's Delta County.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Colorado has been under fire lately over Amendment 64.  The state is currently being sued by neighboring states and a Washington, D.C. organization over recreational marijuana.  Now, Colorado is being sued by its own sheriffs. 

Six sheriffs from across Colorado and sheriffs and prosecutors from Nebraska and Kansas are plaintiffs in the suit. Governor John Hickenlooper is named as the defendant.

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NEWS
6:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Facing Financial Woes North Fork Ambulance Looks For Solutions

The North Fork Ambulance Association is the only emergency medical services provider in the North Fork Valley. It's staffed by volunteer emergency responders.
Credit North Fork Ambulance Association

The North Fork Ambulance Association is facing a large budget deficit. 

The association has been operating in Delta County for 46 years. 

"We are the only emergency response in the valley for medical," Kathy Steckel, the organization's executive director, says. "The next closest emergency medical comes out of Delta."

The nonprofit has five employees and about 50 volunteer emergency responders. 

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HEALTH
10:02 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Therapeutic Specialist Discusses Recreation Program For Western Slope Seniors

Volunteers of America offers a senior therapeutic recreation program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano

February is National Therapeutic Recreation Month. Volunteers of America has therapeutic recreation programs for seniors in Montrose and Delta counties. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Anne Johnson, a therapeutic specialist, who oversees the program. 

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NEWS
3:14 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Bill To Aid Rural Colorado Communities Dies In Committee

In recent months multiple businesses have closed and shop spaces remain empty on the main drag in Paonia. The town is in Delta County, a place that's seen the boom-or-bust cycle of the coal industry.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A bill that aimed to help rural Colorado communities during times of economic crisis was killed in committee this week.  

The bill was sponsored by freshman Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, who represents seven counties including Delta, Hinsdale and Gunnison.   

Donovan says the bill would’ve allowed the state to react quickly with financial assistance when there’s an economic emergency in a community like a plant shutdown or industry-wide layoffs. 

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HEALTH
5:50 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Colorado Officials Try To Raise Radon Risk Awareness

Health officials say the best way to protect yourself from radon is by testing your home. And, winter is the perfect time to do it because when you test you need to keep all of your doors and windows closed.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Radon is an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that occurs naturally in our environment. Long-term exposure to radon can cause lung cancer. That's why Colorado and the Environmental Protection Agency have declared January a call to action month for radon testing. 


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NEWS
3:39 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Bill To Aid Rural Communities During Hard Times

In recent months multiple businesses have closed and shop spaces remain empty on the main drag in Paonia. The town is in Delta County, a place that's seen the boom-or-bust cycle of the coal industry.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A Colorado Senate bill introduced last week aims to help rural communities during times of economic crisis. 

SB15-036 seeks to give emergency assistance grants to rural communities during times of economic hardship. The bill is sponsored by freshman Senator Kerry Donovan who represents state Senate District 5. The district covers seven counties on the Western Slope including Delta, Hinsdale and Gunnison. 

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NEWS
1:08 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

CAWS Meets With Delta County To Discuss Animal Control Funding

The CAWS animal shelter is in the city of Delta.
Credit CAWS

Earlier this year the Delta County Citizens for Animal Welfare and Shelter, better know as CAWS, asked the county for $25,000. 

Last week the commissioners approved the county budget for next year.

JoAnn Kalenak, a CAWS board member, says the group didn’t get the money it asked for.

She says the budget does allocate $10,000 that will be split between the four animal rescue groups in Delta County. The money CAWS receives is earmarked for spay and neuter programs.  

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NEWS
4:34 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Colo. K-12 Tests Yield Marginal Results

Scores from Colorado’s new social studies and science tests for K-12 students show mixed results.

The exams have five rankings.

For science, 34 percent of Colorado’s fifth graders and 32 percent of eighth graders scored in the highest range.

However, statewide 32 percent of fourth graders and 45 percent of seventh graders scored in the lowest range on the social studies test.

The exams were taken by students last school year.

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NEWS
5:21 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Solidarity Eases Burden Of Volunteer Firefighting

The Paonia Fire Department is staffed by volunteers.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

There are 198 all-volunteer fire departments in Colorado that serve about half of the state’s population. And a recent report finds many of these operations are seriously understaffed.

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NEWS
11:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Gov. Hickenlooper Talks Economy On Western Slope

Governor John Hickenlooper during a tour of DIP in Delta
Credit Jake Ryan

Over the weekend, Governor John Hickenlooper visited several businesses on the Western Slope.  In Delta County he toured business that received REDI grants.  The Rural Economic Development Initiative gives out grants to rural businesses that are looking to expand. 

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NEWS
2:59 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Four Delta County Businesses Awarded Economic Development Grants

Four companies in Delta County recently received economic development grants from the state. Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade gives out the grants under its Rural Economic Development Initiative Program.

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AGRICULTURE
12:57 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Colorado Farm Program Teaches Immigrants Gardening, Healthy Eating And English

Hortenica Galvez learns about gardening and practices her English through a Colorado farm program.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A program in Colorado's Delta County is helping immigrant women learn English, but they're not just sitting in a classroom studying grammar.

These women come from countries as close as Mexico and as far away as Myanmar (also known as Burma). And they're learning English on a farm where they also pick up tips on healthy eating and gardening on the Western Slope.

A Trip to the Farm

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COMMUNITY
4:58 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Kids Showcase Their Dog Training Skills At Delta County Fair

Trevor Pike, 11, and his mutt Echo were the overall grand champions of the show.
Laura Palmisano

Ten kids and their dogs competed in the 4-H Dog Obedience Show at the Delta County Fair.

Dog trainer Rayna Stout of Cedaredge judged the competition where young trainers and their K-9s were scored based on their performances in showmanship, obedience and agility. 

Kenda Falkner, 13, and her dog Australian Shepherd-Red Heeler mix Ashkie entered the show for fun.

"Well we just got this new puppy so I just thought it would be kind of fun just to kind of help train him," she said. 

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NEWS
11:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Mtn. Lion Struck Near Hotchkiss, Colorado State Patrol Fails To Report It To Parks & Wildlife

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV near Hotchkiss on Sunday. Last week a mountain lion was spotted around town, according to the Hotchkiss Police Department.
Credit National Parks Service

Colorado State Patrol has a failed to report a vehicle hitting a mountain lion near Hotchkiss on Sunday to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV outside of Hotchkiss on Sunday.

Kathy Linnell, a Paonia resident, said she struck the cat on Highway 92.

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HEALTH
2:59 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Mosquitoes In Five Colorado Counties Test Positive For West Nile

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Colorado Department of Public Health said mosquitoes testing positive for the West Nile virus have been found in Delta, Mesa, Adams, Boulder and Weld counties.

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