Delta County

NEWS
10:49 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine

Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, Colorado
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Two weeks ago, the coal mine near Paonia owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers.  In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.

“It’s very sad time around the mine, you know to lose your income and lose your job is real traumatic, so it’s very painful decision for us," says Mike Ludlow, the Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations.

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NEWS
9:21 am
Fri October 11, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, October 10, 2013

Headlines

  • Shutdown Could Delay Benefit Checks for Over 90,000 Veterans
  • New Online Healthcare Marketplaces Running Smoothly for Delta County Residents
  • Cedaredge Police Chief Robert Yant Resigns
  • Ethics Group Says Anti-Pot Tax Group Should've Reported Free Joints in Campaign Finances
  • State Democrats Criticize New Recall Effort
  • Morgan Carroll Chosen as Next Colorado Senate President
NEWS
2:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Right-to-Farm Policy dates to a More Rural Delta County

The Powell Mesa Hen House dispute has renewed questions about zoning and the "right to farm" in Delta County. Adopted in 1996 by the state of Colorado and the county, the "Right to Farm and Ranch" policy lays out some parts of rural life that residents are expected to accept, including noise from tractors, manure, odor from animal confinement and the use of pesticides.

For some historical context on the policy, KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke with former Delta County Commissioner Jim Ventrillo about the early days of the right-to-farm policy.  

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NEWS
12:14 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Montrose, Hotchkiss Connect for Health Offices See Busy First Days

The Connect for Health Office in Montrose
Connect for Health Colorado

Officials with Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s new online health exchange, said the website saw 79,000 unique visitors for its first day on Monday.

Alicia Plantz with the Montrose Connect for Health Office says she’s received plenty of calls and some walk-ins over the past few days. She says most of the people she’s talked to so far want to know whether they’re eligible for financial assistance.

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NEWS
1:54 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Attorney for Hen House Operators Says They'll Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order

Attorneys for Delta County and the operators of a Powell Mesa Hen House say the two-year-long battle over the facility’s fate isn’t over yet. That's despite a ruling that Western Slope Layers would have to cease and desist operations immediately, handed down by Judge J. Steven Patrick last week.

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NEWS
10:00 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Delta County's Conservative Budget in Good Shape

Delta County’s conservative budget process got an A-plus this year from auditor Pete Blair.

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Local Newscast
9:10 am
Tue August 6, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Headlines:

  • Hallmark Channel TV Series Won’t Be Filmed in Telluride After All
  • Doug Lamborn Aims to Lift Regulations on Coal Mining Near Streams
  • iSeeChange Report – Drought and the Future of Western Forests
  • Supporters of School Funding Increase Gather Double the Required Signatures for November Vote
  • Delta County Conservation Budget Looks Good in Audit
NEWS
12:25 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Delta County Property Values Drop

Many property owners in Delta county were surprised to see their assessed valuation plummet this year, some by as much as 20%. 

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Local Newscast
8:38 am
Tue July 16, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Headlines:

  • Ouray County Officials Aim to Bring in New Tax Revenue
  • Delta County Property Values Fall Dramatically
  • Monsoon Rains Lead to Fire Restrictions in San Juan National Forest
  • iSeeChange Report – The Not-So-Simple Science of Monsoon Forecasting
NEWS
10:08 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Delta County Meals on Wheels Hit by Sequester

Hungry senior citizens in Montrose, Delta and San Miguel counties may soon have to tighten their belts even more. Delta County Commissioners learned Monday at their regular meeting that funding for the Meals on Wheels program, which includes meals at senior centers around the area, has been severely impacted by the sequester – a huge hit for a program that was already foundering. KVNF’s Marty Durlin has more.

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NEWS
11:37 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Proposal for Aerial Mosquito Spraying Causes Confusion, Concern in the North Fork

Ken Nordstrom (left) delivers a proposal for proactive aerial mosquito spraying in western Delta County.
Credit Travis Bubenik, KVNF.

If you called the Delta County Health Department Tuesday afternoon (June 18), you might've heard this message:

"We are not planning to spray the North Fork for mosquitos." 

Ken Nordstrom, Director of Environmental Health for Delta County, set those words as his voicemail message in response to a flurry of calls from North Fork area residents, who initially thought the health department was proposing to carry out aerial insecticide spraying throughout the county.

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Local Newscast
8:57 am
Wed June 19, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Headlines:

  • County’s Board of Health to spray Orchard City and Delta to prevent West Nile Virus
  • Petition to recall Colorado Senate president John Morse is verified by Secretary of State
  • Senators Udall and Bennet want trains to lay off the horns
  • Mesa County officials warn COGCC against over-regulation
  • BLM imposes stage one fire restrictions on public land
Local Newscast
8:47 am
Tue June 11, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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
Local News
5:39 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Study Ordered to Establish Baseline for Groundwater in Delta County

Credit North Fork Merchant Herald

Delta County Commissioners recently approved a $15,000 study to be performed by Ken Kolm Hydrologic System Analysis that will provide a baseline for the state of groundwater in the North Fork Valley.

Environmental Health Director Ken Nordstrom presented a contract for commissioners to sign, launching the second phase of a groundwater study for the county. The first phase covered the Oak Mesa area and the second will address the North Fork.

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COMMUNITY
5:38 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Event Honors 97 year old Nellie Clark & Sister

Nellie's four daughters -- Mary Lou, Linda, Nancy and Joanna.

On Saturday the Delta Historical Museum hosted a tribute to two sisters for their many contributions to the community.

Nellie Clark and Sula Mathews have lived in Delta since 1932 where they have spent a lifetime of community service -- at the library, the schools, the church, and a variety of other worthy causes. This week Nellie turns 97 -- her younger sister is only 89.

 

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Local Newscast
8:37 am
Thu May 2, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, May 02, 2013.

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

Local Newscast
8:48 am
Mon April 22, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, April 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • Loveland Pass Avalance Victims Were Back Country Experts
  • Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa heads to another hearing
  • New marijuana players in a new environment
  • The Forest Service gets into the Aspen real estate market
  • Archaeological Conservancy buys Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
  • iSeeChange: Amber Kleinman and the journals of William Beezley
Local Newscast
8:48 am
Mon April 22, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, April 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • Loveland Pass Avalance Victims Were Back Country Experts
  • Hostetler hen-laying operation on Powell Mesa heads to another hearing
  • New marijuana players in a new environment
  • The Forest Service gets into the Aspen real estate market
  • Archaeological Conservancy buys Shavano Valley Rock Art Site
  • iSeeChange: Amber Kleinman and the journals of William Beezley
Local Newscast
8:40 am
Tue April 2, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Headlines:

  • Delta County Stands For Second Amendment
  • Legislature Debates School Funding
  • Drought Prompting Water Users To Think Outside The Irrigation Box
  • Local Vintner Working For Alternative To Gas Development
  • Delta County Landfill Now Charges To Accept Tires
  • Sandhill Crane Count
Local Newscast
9:18 am
Wed March 20, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, March 20, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Bill Would Fund More Oil & Gas Inspectors
  • Grand Junction Gas Explosion Causes Injuries, Evacuations
  • Parachute Hydrocarbon Leak Continues
  • Death Penalty On Table At Legislature
  • DOE Favors Uranium Leasing Continuation
  • Delta County Honors Local Veteran

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