Gunnison Sage Grouse

ENVIRONMENT
12:51 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Gunnison County Could Sue Feds Over Sage-Grouse Listing

The Gunnison sage-grouse has been listed as a threatened species.
Credit 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. 

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NEWS
8:10 am
Wed December 24, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Newscast

  • 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
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ENVIRONMENT
9:43 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Gunnison Sage Grouse Listed As Threatened Species

The Gunnison sage grouse is now protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Credit 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.

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NEWS
8:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  Newscast

  • 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
ENVIRONMENT
4:37 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

BLM Seeks Comment On Gunnison Sage-Grouse

The Gunnison sage-grouse is being considered for the Endangered Species List.
Credit 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.

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NEWS
8:12 am
Thu July 17, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, July 17, 2014

  Newscast

  • 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
NEWS
8:28 am
Wed September 25, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Headlines

  • 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?
NEWS
10:31 am
Thu September 12, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, September 12, 2013

Headlines

  • 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
NEWS
9:49 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Efforts to Protect Gunnison Sage-Grouse Continue Across Counties

Credit 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.

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NEWS
8:19 am
Wed September 4, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Wednesday, September 4, 2013

  • 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
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NEWS
8:18 am
Thu July 18, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Thursday July 18, 2013

  • 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
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Local Newscast
9:09 am
Wed July 17, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Headlines:

  • 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
Local Newscast
8:18 am
Wed June 5, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Headlines:

  • 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
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Local Newscast
8:20 am
Tue March 26, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Headlines:

  • 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

Local Newscast
8:53 am
Tue March 5, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Headlines:

  • 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
Local Newscast
8:19 am
Mon January 14, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, January 14, 2013

Headlines:

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