Drought

NEWS
11:40 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Water Shortages in the San Luis Valley

Karla Shriver standing by one of the many pivot sprinkler systems that she uses to irrigate her approximately 1,000 acres of potatoes, small grains, and hay on her farm, just north of Alamosa, Colorado
Maeve Conran

In early July, Colorado designated 14 counties "primary natural disaster areas" due to agricultural losses caused by the recent and ongoing drought.  Several of those counties are in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado.  Farmers there are now eligible for low interest emergency loans, but as KGNU’s Maeve Conran reports, that may not be enough for this agricultural hub, which is facing a long term water crisis that could permanently affect the entire valley.  

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Local Newscast
8:35 am
Mon July 22, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, July 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • Climber Found Dead at Capitol Peak
  • Mountain Village May Soon Require Recycling at Construction Sites
  • Colorado State Troopers Begin Special Training This Week
  • Colorado Lottery Criticized for Awarding Contract to Overseas Company
  • Former Ouray Mayor Pam Larsen to Fill City Councilor Vacancy
  • Colorado’s Drought Fueling More Water Disputes
Local Newscast
8:56 am
Mon July 8, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, July 08, 2013

Headlines:

  • Rains Help Slow West Fork Fire; Holding at 110,000 Acres
  • Hay Prices and Horse Owners Affected by Severe Drought
  • New Laws Aimed at Protecting Pregnant Women Take Effect
  • Century Old Cemetery Uncovered at School Construction Site
  • North Fork Mosquito Abatement District Releases West Nile Update
  • Western Slope Skies – Summer Skies Mean a Bright Milky Way
Local Newscast
8:40 am
Thu July 4, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, July 04, 2013

Headlines:

  • Randy Udall Found in Wyoming, Deceased
  • Body Discovered Tuesday at Colorado National Monument Ruled a Homicide
  • 38 Drought-stricken Colorado Counties Declared Drought Disaster
  • Gov Appoints Panel to Help Implement State’s New Renewable Energy Law
  • State Recall Elections Good to Go
  • What’s Cherry Days Without a Carnival
Local Newscast
9:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, July 01, 2013

Headlines:

  • The Worst Hot and Dry in Decades
  • West Fork Fire Complex Grows to Over 96,000 acres
  • iSeeChange: Do Warmer Temperatures Equal Earlier Sunflowers?
  • Annual Fairview School Reunion Meets over the weekend at Pleasure Park
  • New Colorado Gun Regulations Take Affect
Local Newscast
8:54 am
Mon June 17, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, June 17, 2013

Headlines:

  • DMEA annual meeting: Marston loses to Lund, Prendergast wins
  • Fracking plus drought equals no water for farmers across western states
  • Telluride restricts water usage
  • Wildfire Update
  • iSeeChange: The Colorado River Conservation District’s Dave Kanzer talks about the effects of climate change on the Colorado River
Local Newscast
8:43 am
Tue May 28, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Headlines:

  • State Supreme Court Rules for State in Lobato Lawsuit
  • Western Slope Mines must Clean-Up
  • Oxbow Mine Still Dealing with Spontaneous Combustion
  • San Diego Meeting To Focus on Colorado River Shortages
  • Plans for a Waste-to-Energy Facility in Ilium Valley
  • Colorado Moose Increasing as Herds Decline Elsewhere
Local Newscast
9:12 am
Fri May 17, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, May 17, 2013

Headlines:

  • Governor activates drought task force
  • State water plan mandated by Hickenlooper
  • Grand Junction clean-up yields piece of Radium 226
  • No fine for Williams
  • WildEarth Guardians ask BLM to halt drilling because of ozone levels
  • One more thing
Local Newscast
8:48 am
Wed May 15, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Headlines:

  • April showers: an aberration, not a trend
  • Sounds of the High Country: Idaho’s political polarization
  • Number of children needing fostering and adoption soars
  • Ozone violations in Western Colorado for the first time
  • Parachute Leak Update
  • Growing A Local Beer, Farm To Glass

Local Newscast
9:38 am
Thu April 11, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, April 11, 2013.

Details surrounding Parachute "hydrocarbons" leak at Williams facility seem to change every day.
Credit Denver Post File

Headlines:

  • Judge rules against industry trade group in local suit against BLM
  • Stricter reporting of gas and oil spills clears committee
  • Williams says failed pressure gauge is the source of Parachute leak
  • Half of state’s sheriffs consider legal challenge to gun restrictions
  • Why are the deer in your yard? They may be starving.
  • Delta County athletes keep records falling; double-header doubles as fundraiser
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
9:29 am
Thu February 28, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, February 28, 2013

Headlines:

  • Delta PD Incident Sends One to Hospital
  • Adultery and Fornication - Change the Law
  • iSeeChange: Farmers, Miners and Scientists Talk Over Climate Change
Local Newscast
8:45 am
Thu January 10, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, January 10, 2013

Headlines:

  • Diverse group of lawmakers open new legislative session
  • Oil and Gas Commission to study effects of fraking emissions
  • USDA declares drought disaster areas in 14 states
  • iSeeChange examines role of microorganisms in water conservation

Ranching
9:53 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Ranchers Struggle with Drought

Crawford rancher Dick Hansen drives through the property where he pastures his herd. This year's drought meant that his hay crop was only half of what it normally is.

Business is booming at cattle sales yards throughout Colorado – but that’s not so good for ranchers. Last year's dry winter combined with an ongoing drought are forcing many ranchers to sell more than they like.


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Local Newscast
8:31 am
Mon December 17, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, December 17, 2012

Headlines:

  • Questions Persist About Federal Treatment of Legal Marijuana
  • Pitkin County Will Likely Support Sopris Land Swap
  • State Ranchers Struggle With Drought
  • Protest Deadline Today For NF Oil/Gas Lease Sale
  • Native Seed Warehouse Opens In Delta

Local Newscast
8:28 am
Fri November 30, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, November 30, 2012

Headlines:

  • Authorities Search Mark Redwine's Property
  • Accused of Embezzlement, Former Town Finance Officer Has No Plans For Payback
  • With Reservoirs Low, Water Managers Preparing For More of Less
  • Seniors Food Assistance Program Expanding
  • Western Slope Skies
  • Keblar Pass Closed For The Season

iSeeChange
4:35 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

iSeeChange: Water Worries for Hay Farmers

Marla Bishop looks for rain.

While the dry weather has been fueling catastrophic wildfires, it’s also fueling worries about hay. Without water, there’s no hay. Without hay, there’s no food for livestock. For KVNF and iSeeChange, Julia Kumari Drapkin has been talking to ranchers and scientists about what water stress on the Western Slope looks like in the long run.

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iSeeChange
12:07 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

iSeeChange: Drought

Residents in Paonia look to Mount Lamborn every year to gauge whether there will be enough irrigation water in the summer. But with a winter that never came and the earliest, driest spring on record, residents are preparing for drought. Yet 2011 saw record snow and rain? iSeeChange has been talking to citizens and scientists about what's driving extreme weather in the Western Slope and what declining irrigation water means for farmers, ranchers, and residents.

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