Grand Junction

NEWS
12:17 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Colorado Needle Exchanges Grow To Meet Demand

An example of injecting supplies available at the syringe exchange in Grand Junction.
Credit 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. 

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NEWS
8:01 am
Wed June 24, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Newscast

  • 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

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NEWS
7:58 am
Wed June 17, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

  Newscast

  • 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
NEWS
8:13 am
Fri April 10, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, April 10, 2015

  Newscast

  • Gay conversion bill killed in Senate committee
  • Women’s only hunting class open for enrollment
  • Grand Junction election results
  • Colorado House debates Amtrak
NEWS
8:02 am
Thu March 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, March 19, 2015

  Newscast

  • 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
NEWS
8:12 am
Wed March 11, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Newscast

  • 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. 

NEWS
8:04 am
Fri January 16, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • 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
NEWS
6:00 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Temple Grandin Discusses Autism

Temple Grandin is a well-known advocate for autism awareness and a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University.
Credit 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.

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NEWS
4:38 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Grand Junction Approves Senior Housing Project

The Grand Junction city council approved a 128-unit apartment complex for seniors.
Credit flickr.com/chaparral

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.

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HEALTH
10:05 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Enrollment Centers Help Coloradans Navigate Health Coverage Options

Janet Schafer, background, and Anna Cubel, foreground, at Hilltop's Health Access site in Grand Junction. Cubel is answering a caller's questions about open enrollment.
Credit 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.

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NEWS
2:34 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Obama Issues 12 Pardons, Commutes 8 Sentences

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."

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NEWS
10:27 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Grand Junction Looks To Create Duty Free Zone

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

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HEALTH
4:24 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

St. Mary's Hospital Gets A New Chopper

The AStar accommodates one patient, travels at an average speed of 140 miles per hour, and has high altitude capabilities, according to St. Mary's.
Credit 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. 

  

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NEWS
4:25 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Western Slope Nonprofit Launches Durango-Grand Junction Bus Service

Credit SUCAP

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.  

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NEWS
3:30 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

CDOT Wants Public Input On Programs Like Its Interregional Bus Service

The map shows CDOT's planned route for its interregional bus service set to launch in early 2015.

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.

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NEWS
8:23 am
Mon December 16, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, December 16, 2013

Headlines:

  • 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
NEWS
8:38 am
Mon December 2, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, December 2, 2013

Headlines:

  • 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
NEWS
8:21 am
Mon November 18, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, November 18, 2013

Headlines:

  • 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
NEWS
8:52 am
Tue October 29, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Headlines:

  • Man Steals Monkey in Grand Junction
  • Mesa County Judge Considers Tossing Out Guilty Verdict for Man Charged with Threats
  • iSeeChange: Colorado Wildfires Greater Threat to Humans than animals
  • NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Bill & Melinda Gates Top Donor List for Pro-Amendment 66 Campaign
  • Ouray County to Receive Around $12 Million for Highway Projects
Local Newscast
8:27 am
Tue July 9, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Credit Fir0002/Flagstaffotos

Headlines:

  • Aurora Shooter James Holmes’ Parents Will Be Allowed to Watch Trial
  • Colorado Health Exchange Opens October First
  • Ouray City Councilor Gary Hansen Dies Succumbs to Cancer
  • Grand Junction Apartments Evacuated After Homemade Explosives Found
  • Pressure Is On for Colorado Republicans to Back Immigration Bill
  • iSeeChange Report: Ditch Lining and Wildlife
Local Newscast
8:58 am
Thu March 21, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Headlines:

  • Gov Signs Gun Bills, Opponents Vow Political Revenge
  • Doctors Refuse Fracking Fluid Confidentiality
  • Child Poverty in Colorado Growing
  • Residents Return Home After Grand Junction Gas Explosion
  • KVNF Sports Report with Tamie Meck