Gunnison Sage Grouse

  • Legislative session opens at state capitol underneath a cloud
  • Gunnison Sage Grouse gets help, large sanctuary designated near Norwood
  • 200 thousand Salvadorans among 13 other nations losing protected status
  • Study of South Platte River shows Colorado needlessly losing water

The U.S. Department of Interior has decided that the greater sage grouse, a peculiar and distinctly Western bird, does not need protection under the Endangered Species Act.

In a statement, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said that an unprecedented land conservation effort has already significantly reduced the threats to sage grouse.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the conservation marked a successful effort by the government and ranchers on public and private lands.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015


  • Feds Unveil Sage­Grouse Protection Proposal
  • Roaring Fork Residents Experience Telecommunication Outage
  • Trial Of Pastor Accused Of Sexual Abuse Scheduled For Later Date
  • Collbran Man Arrested For Attempted Murder of Stepfather
  • Extra Water Savings Likely Addition To State Water Plan
  • Connecting the Drops: Land Planning and Water Use

Mesa County Plans To Sue Feds Over Grouse Listing

Feb 18, 2015
Gunnison Sage Grouse

Mesa County is showing its support for Colorado’s decision to sue the federal government over the listing of the Gunnison sage grouse.  

"We believe that state of Colorado’s decision is solid,"  Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis said. "We join several other counties in doing that [including] Gunnison County [and] Garfield County." 

McInnis said the Mesa County Board of Commissioners has instructed the county attorney to draft a notice of intent to sue over the listing. 

Colorado Sues Feds Over Gunnison Sage Grouse Listing

Feb 13, 2015
Gunnison Sage Grouse
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over the listing of the Gunnison sage grouse.

Last November, the grouse was listed as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. 

After the announcement, Colorado along with environmental groups and local governments threatened to sue. 

On Wednesday the state filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the listing.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Feb 13, 2015


  • Republicans Gut Funding for Driver's License Program
  • Colorado Sues Feds Over Gunnison Sage Grouse Listing
  • Parent’s Bill of Rights Initially Passes Senate
  • Mesa County School District Uses Education To Combat Student Drug Use
  • Montrose Health Center Gets $422K To Prevent Youth Drug Use, Abuse

Both Sides Sue Over Gunnison Sage Grouse

Jan 22, 2015
Gunnison Sage Grouse

Last November, the federal government listed the Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  That doesn’t mean, though, that the fighting over this contentious bird is done.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2015

Jan 22, 2015


  • Both sides sue over Gunnison Sage Grouse
  • Charter school appeals to the state
  • Paonia faces more repairs for water system
  • Telluride saves tax money with bond sales
  • Lynx survey underway
  • Lawmakers look to alleviate testing in schools

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Jan. 5, 2014

Jan 5, 2015


  • Montrose School District saves money on bills
  • Dish Network pays settlement over rate changes
  • A look at where things stand with the Gunnison Sage Grouse

Gunnison County Could Sue Feds Over Sage Grouse Listing

Dec 24, 2014
Gunnison Sage Grouse
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

On Monday Gunnison County sent a letter to the federal government saying that it plans to sue to stop the listing of the Gunnison sage-grouse as a threatened species.

The county follows the state in this move. Last week, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office sent a similar letter to the federal government. 

The Gunnison sage-grouse was listed as a threatened species last month. 

The birds are found in parts of Utah and Colorado. It’s estimated there are only 4,800 of them left. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Dec 24, 2014


  • Flu Hits Mesa County Hard, One Death Reported 
  • Gunnison County Could Sue Feds Over Sage-Grouse Listing
  • State House Democrats Plan Bills To Boost Lagging Colorado Regions
  • CAWS Meets With Delta County To Discuss Animal Control Funding
  • Art Unveiling At Paonia Library

Gunnison Sage Grouse
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This week the Gunnison sage grouse, a point of contention for several years, was listed as a threatened species.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jul 22, 2014


  • Natl. Park Service report: rec. sites contribute millions to Colorado economy
  • Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson steps down amidst allegations of abuse at Denver Jail
  • BLM wants help identifying Gunnison sage-grouse conversation measures
  • Rebranding Colorado as an agritourism destination

BLM Seeks Comment On Gunnison Sage-Grouse

Jul 21, 2014
Gunnison Sage Grouse
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

It is estimated there are 4,800 Gunnison sage-grouse left. The largest population of the species, about 4,000 birds, inhabits the Gunnison Basin. 

The Bureau of Land Management wants the public to help it identify conservation measures to protect the sage-grouse on federal lands in Colorado and Utah.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended the BLM adopt additional conservation measures for the bird.

The comments are due to the BLM by August 22.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, July 17, 2014

Jul 17, 2014


  • Capitol reporters discuss the push for gay marriage in Colorado
  • Rep. Tipton tries to block Sage Grouse listing in budget bill
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s race changes its lineup


  • Former Colorado Governor John Vanderhoof Dies at 91
  • Passengers Unharmed after Missed Landing at Mack Mesa Airport
  • Delta County Announces 2 New West Nile Cases
  • Three New Oil Spills Reported in Weld County
  • Montrose County Commissioners Continue public Hearings on Sage Grouse Regulations
  • iSeechange - Rain and Snow - Signs of a Wet Winter?


  • Governor John Hickenlooper "Disappointed" in Recall Outcomes
  • Recalls Could Change Dynamics at State Legislature
  • State Republicans Set Their Sights on Governor's Office
  • Tax Proposed in San Miguel County to deal with Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Delta County Commissioners Call New Wildlife Rules "Unnecessary"
  • Water Losses in Cedaredge Could Lead to New Fees
  • Two Dead after Massive Flooding along Front Range

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

On Tuesday at a regular meeting, Delta County Commissioners commented on a pending wildlife ruling by the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that would affect the imperiled Gunnison sage-grouse, asking that the commission use current habitat maps to define setbacks and not require a blanket four-mile distance. KVNF's Marty Durlin has more on the threats to the iconic bird.

The Gunnison sage-grouse is known for an elaborate mating display along with a ritual  dance, or strut. And of course there’s the mating call, which sounds something like a sluggish dran.

  • Grand Valley Water Officials Say State Should Import Water to Meet Demand
  • Delta County Commissioners Discuss Efforts to Protect Sage Grouse
  • Mountain Village's Green Gondola Project to Install 10 New Solar Panels
  • More Colorado Marijuana on Black Market Than Ever Before
  • Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk

  • Mesa County Authorities Report Rise in Domestic Violence Calls
  • Colorado State Auditors Say Medical Marijuana Not Sufficiently Overseen
  • West Fork Fire 66% Contained, Still Covering Nearly 110,000 Acres
  • Colorado Secretary of State Demands Recall Election Date Be Set
  • Gunnison Sage Grouse Likely to be Declared Endangered

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Jul 17, 2013


  • Anti-fracking Protestors Gather at Democratic Governors’ Association Meeting in Aspen
  • Mark Udall Calls Senate Hearing on Predicted Colorado River Shortages
  • State Audit Committee Seeking Answers from Federal Broadband Project
  • Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife Joins Vails Resort Company
  • US Fish and Wildlife Gives More Time for Decision on Protecting Birds
  • Flour Milling Company to Make its Headquarters in Colorado


  • Montrose County closes road 77 to protect Sage Grouse
  • Grand Junction man sentenced after illegal lion hunts
  • Hotchkiss man pleads guilty to stealing weapons from deputy sheriff
  • Bluebell Fire near Conifer contained


  • Big changes proposed in school funding bill
  • Hydrocarbon leak outside Parachute traced to nearby treatment plant
  • Western Slope counties sign MOU regarding sage grouse protection
  • Pot regulations slow in coming and hotly debated
  • Surplus for legislators working on state budget

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Mar 5, 2013


  • Federal Sequestration Will Affect County Health Services
  • State Senate Committee Passes Several Gun Measures
  • Delta Commissioners Hear Both Sides On Gun Debate
  • High School Basketball Update
  • Sage-Grouse Comment Period Extended


  • Reporters discuss Hickenlooper's state of the state address, upcoming Leg. issues
  • Gunnison Sage Grouse may be designated "endangered"