Grand Junction

bull moose
Colorado Parks and Wildlife

The Grand Valley had an unusual visitor last week. Colorado Parks and Wildlife received calls about a moose in Grand Junction near Orchard Mesa. 

"As curious as that may sound it turned out to be true," said JT Romatzke, the area wildlife manager. "We did respond and did indeed find a young bull moose in the Grand Valley."

  • Rare sighting: moose in Grand Junction
  • State water board awards $5.5M for projects at Montrose meeting
  • Governor submits sage grouse conservation plan to feds
  • Organic agriculture in Colorado continues to grow
  • Governor releases Colorado climate change plan
  • Paonia homecoming parade features vintage car tour

  • 14­-year-­old killed while hunting on Grand Mesa
  • Syphilis cases becoming more common in Colorado
  • Montrose County ordered to pay more than $750K in discrimination suit
  • Conference in Grand Junction looks to diversify coal economy of Western Slope
  • Statewide hearings look at Colorado’s new water plan
  • Severance tax distributed to communities, cuts expected next year
  • ACT scores dip in Colorado

  • Five killed in plane crash in southwestern Colorado
  • Counterfeit money surfacing in Grand Junction
  • Connecting The Drops: Winter water for ducks

  • Delta County sees spike in whooping cough cases
  • Three running for Delta County School Board
  • Grand Junction hires Glenwood Springs firm to create strategic broadband plan
  • iSeeChange: Coyotes on the Western Slope
  • Colorado State Fair opens with strong attendance


  • Body found in Grand Junction culvert ID’ed
  • Two Mesa County men arrested after police discover large pot grow operations
  • San Miguel County gets $330K to boost regional broadband
  • Montrose County conducts emergency exercise at regional airport
  • Mine spill continues causing problems in southwest Colorado, downstream communities

  • Body found in Grand Junction
  • Norwood emergency medical service seeks tax payer help
  • San Miguel commissioners OK ballot question over their own term limits
  • Western Slope now home to a breast milk donation center
  • Olathe receives funds for Main Street improvement project
  • State Capitol building renovation wraps up
bus, sucap, rroad runner stage lines

This month, marks the one-year anniversary of a regional bus service that connects Durango to Grand Junction. 

The Southern Ute Community Action Programs started Road Runner Stage Lines after Greyhound stopped running the route several years ago. 

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Clayton Richter, the division director of SUCAP’s Road Runner Transportation, about the service. 


  • Fire Officials: WCCC Blaze Suspicious, Under Investigation
  • Two Ouray Officers Injured In Attack, Authorities Searching For Suspect
  • Former Olathe Police Chief Appears In Court
  • Woman Sentenced For Stealing Funds From Eagle County
  • Earned Income Tax Credit Triggered For Colorado Residents
  • iSeeChange: Cicadas In Of The West


  • Waldorf school close to becoming reality in Paonia
  • CDOT begins transit system from Denver to Glenwood Springs
  • Food Bank in Grand Junction begins looks for new home
  • Time capsule discovered in Lake City
  • Commissioners fight for grazing, roads in BLM area


  • Delta Commissioners Support Protecting Some North Fork Lands From Oil & Gas Development
  • City Of Montrose Could Create Its Own Regional Dispatch Center
  • Grand Junction Fire Marshal Wants Charges In July Fourth Brush Fire
  • Troop Reductions Spare Much of Fort Carson
  • Colorado Entrepreneur Works To Build A Better Bike Helmet


  • Petition calls for term limits in San Miguel County
  • Recordings of private Grand Junction meeting nonexistent
  • Telluride Medical District buys plot of land for new hospital
  • Conservation Agreement Protects 780 Acres In Unaweep Canyon
  • Rep. Hamner talks with KVNF
  • Legislators talk about the importance of climate change laws
  • Koch Industries focusing on mass incarceration
medical, syringe, IV drug use, WESTCAP, needle exchange, syringe exchange
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Needle exchange programs in Colorado are expanding.

The programs are designed to keep illegal drug users from sharing used needles and spreading deadly diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C. And, not too long ago they were illegal in this state. 

Five years ago only one needle exchange operated in Colorado and it was illegal. 


  • Delta County man diagnosed with infectious disease
  • Two dead, two missing in Colorado rivers over the weekend
  • Judge won’t dismiss case against Grand Junction over panhandling ordinance
  • Birth control program gets another year of funding despite lack of legislative support


  • Safety Tips For Rafting Colorado Waterways
  • City And County Leaders From Across Colorado Meet In Breckenridge
  • Mesa County Regional Workforce Center Changes Status
  • Grand Junction Joins National High­-Speed Internet Effort
  • Black Canyon Astronomy Festival Kicks Off


  • Gay conversion bill killed in Senate committee
  • Women’s only hunting class open for enrollment
  • Grand Junction election results
  • Colorado House debates Amtrak


  • Woman allegedly sets her home on fire
  • Tipton asks feds about small banks
  • Paonia sends notice about drinking water violations
  • Waldorf school initiative loses state appeal
  • Economic development bill progresses at state capitol
  • Police reform bills introduced at state capitol


  • Tipton plans visit to the Western Slope
  • Oil and gas future discussed at forum as well as task force recommendations
  • Solar facility saves city of Grand Junction thousands
  • I­-70 construction to start up again
  • GOP religious liberty bills draw criticism, fail in state House
  • Artists capture North Fork in art installation

Editor's Note: KVNF's Regional Newscast for Wednesday, March 11, 2015 did not air due to technical difficulties. We apologize for any confusion. 


  • Ice Climbing Draws Thousands To Ouray
  • Denver patient tests negative for Ebola again
  • Gov. Hickenlooper gives state of state address
  • Bill proposes compensation for land owners prohibited from drilling
  • Grand Junction tutoring program gets grant
Temple Grandin
Rosalie Winard

Temple Grandin is a well-known advocate for autism awareness and a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University. She came to Grand Junction Friday to speak at an autism conference, as someone who has autism. KVNF's Laura Palmisano sat down with Grandin before the conference.

senior citizen

The Grand Junction city council approved a new affordable housing project for seniors. 

The Grand Junction Housing Authority wants to build a 128-unit apartment complex for seniors. 

The city council unanimously approved the affordable housing project Wednesday night.

The Housing Authority plans to build the complex on a four-acre parcel near St. Mary’s Hospital.

Hilltop's Health Access, office
Laura Palmisano

Open enrollment for Colorado’s health exchange ends Feb. 15. If you need help figuring out coverage options there are enrollment centers across the state where you can get it.  

Hilltop’s Health Access site in Grand Junction is busy. It's 1 of 13 enrollment centers in the state.

People can come here to get help navigating Colorado’s insurance exchange.

Rhonda Lofing manages the site for Hilltop, a local nonprofit. Lofing is also a certified health coverage guide.

President Obama commuted the prison sentences of eight people who were convicted of drug-related crimes Wednesday, in a move that also saw 12 presidential pardons issued, for offenses ranging from theft to running an illegal distillery.

Half of the eight whose sentences were commuted had been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Citing "unduly harsh sentences issued for drug offenses under an outdated sentencing regime," a White House official said Wednesday that all eight of those who were punished for drug offenses "would receive a substantially lower sentence today."

There’s a new idea for Grand Junction to help keep businesses, and jobs, in Colorado.

AStar, Helicopter
St. Mary's Hospital

St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction has a new helicopter in service. 

Flight staff say the Eurocopter AS 350 B3, also known as the AStar, is smaller and faster than the old helicopter. That aircraft has been sold and is now flying around Saudi Arabia doing medical transport.   

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Tom Feller about the AStar. He's a flight nurse for St. Mary's CareFlight. 


bus, sucap, rroad runner stage lines

A new bus service run by a Colorado nonprofit will start offering rides to people in the western part of the state Tuesday. 

Greyhound had a route that ran from Durango to Grand Junction, but the company ended the line about three years ago.     

The Southern Ute Community Action Programs decided to resurrect the line with support of the state.  

The Colorado Department of Transportation is holding an open house in Grand Junction on Wednesday. 

CDOT said the purpose of the meeting is to get feedback on how to improve local and regional transit. The  information from the meeting will be included in the department’s statewide transit plan, according to CDOT. 

One of agency’s newer programs, set to launch early next year, is a bus service to connect the Front Range to the Western Slope.


  • Orchard Mesa Man Killed in Officer-Involved Shooting
  • Encana Says It Will Suspend Drilling in Piceance Basin Next Year
  • Higher-Than-Average Snowfal Increases Avalanche Risk
  • Governor Hickenlooper Visits Victim of Araphoe School Shooting
  • Evie Hudak Replacement Takes Office


  • Grand Junction Police Dropping Stolen Monkey Investigation
  • Small Hydro Plant near Silverton First to be exempt from Federal Permits
  • Study Says Many Public Lands in Colorado Aren’t Accessible
  • Conservation Groups Fighting Fees for Uphill Skiers, Coasters at Ski Resorts
  • A Major Winter Storm this week could affect our weather into next summer
  • Volunteers Gather to Wrap Christmas Presents for Those in Need


  • 2 Dead, 20 Injured at Mine Accident in Ouray County
  • GJ High School Locked Down after Nearby Suicide
  • Tipton’s Water Rights Protection Bill To Get House Vote
  • Telluride Soda-Tax Campaigns Drew in over $148,000
  • Ban on Drone-Assisted Hunting Moves Forward
  • Future of Rural Movie Theaters Still Uncertain, Even with State Grants