KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Mar. 31, 2016

Mar 31, 2016

  • Colorado rain barrel bill progresses at state capitol
  • Colorado House Speaker discusses upcoming budget
  • New driver’s license design to rollout to all Colorado DMV offices
  • With coal in decline, Hotchkiss revisits marijuana ban  
Flickr via Jeffrey Beall

As coal mining continues to decline in Delta County, communities are struggling. People are moving away. The school district is losing students. Unemployment remains high. 

In the small town of Hotchkiss, some see marijuana as a way to bring in much needed revenue and think it’s time to reconsider the local ban.  

In the upcoming April municipal election, Hotchkiss voters face three questions.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 19, 2016

Feb 19, 2016

  • Montrose toddler’s death ruled a homicide
  • I­-70 closure to continue through weekend
  • Hotchkiss town council member resigns
  • Grand Junction mulls building a $62 million arena
  • State Forest Service unveils report on health of Colorado forests
  • Governor Hickenlooper pushes for more reservoir storage in the state  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Jan 18, 2016


  • Hotchkiss will vote on marijuana in April
  • U.S. Dept. of Interior halts future coal leases for 3 years
  • School enrollment in Delta County continues to decline
  • A look at Gov. John Hickenlooper’s State of the State address

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 05, 2016

Jan 5, 2016

  • Recreational marijuana may be on Hotchkiss ballot
  • State minimum wage goes up 8 cents an hour
  • State wildlife officials are asking people not to feed big game animals
  • Presidential race may push state issues to back burner
  • Avalanche danger remains after snowfall stops


DMEA Hosts Energy Efficiency Forum In Hotchkiss

Nov 20, 2015
DMEA, Delta Montrose Electric Association, Marv Ballantyne
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Delta Montrose Electric Association hosted an energy efficiency forum in Hotchkiss on Tuesday night.

About 45 people attend the forum at Hotchkiss Memorial Hall.

DMEA set up informational tables about energy efficiency programs the co-op offers such as rebates for LED light bulbs and energy efficient appliances.  

There was even an interactive display where people rode a stationary bike to see how much energy it took to light up an incandescent bulb versus an LED one.  

vote, flag, voting
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Voters across the Western Slope overwhelming approved broadband measures. 

Communities across the region asked residents to opt-out of Senate Bill 152. The decade-old state law prevents local governments from providing internet services or spending money on broadband infrastructure unless residents overturn it.  

Voters in Gunnison, Delta and Ouray Counties approved opt-out measures. Residents in Crested Butte, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Cedaredge, Delta, Ridgway, Ouray and Telluride also passed similar ballot issues.  

Delta County Memorial Hospital
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Over the summer, Delta County Memorial Hospital ended its partnership with the North Fork Clinics. The relationship lasted for a little over a year. DCMH had taken over managing the clinics in Paonia and Hotchkiss. After the hospital announced it was returning management to the two physicians who previously owned the clinics, the facility in Hotchkiss closed and one of the physicians left.

What's Next For The Creamery Arts Center?

Jul 20, 2015
Creamery Arts Center
Creamery Arts Center

The Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss is closing after nearly a decade of operation in the North Fork Valley.

The nonprofit will shut its doors in August. However, this isn’t the end for it. 

Joanne and Linda Tullis, who founded the arts center and own the building, plan on reopening it under a new business plan.  

Pennie Alexander, the Creamy's current co-manager and co-director, says the center will close for the winter, but reopen in the spring with new hours and art offerings and a coffee shop. 


  • News rules proposed for coal mines
  • Revenue Silver Mine owner defaults on payments
  • Waldorf type school in Paonia now officially a reality
  • Two deceased campers identified, carbon monoxide poisoning a possibility
  • CDC Issues Guidelines For Backyard Chicken Flocks
  • What's next for the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss?

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Jun 24, 2015


  • New Colorado Supreme Court Justice Appointed
  • Delta Continues Search For New City Manager 
  • Bicycle Tour of Colorado Stops In Hotchkiss
  • Highway 133 Closes For Blasting North Of Paonia
  • BLM Wants Comments On Grand Junction Airport Land Transfer Plan
  • iSeeChange: Mushroom Hunting 

Ride The Rockies Stops In Hotchkiss

Jun 17, 2015

Ride the Rockies kicked off its second day with a 96 mile ride from Grand Junction to Hotchkiss on Monday.

Hundreds of riders braved the heat and a steep climb over the Grand Mesa. 

The ride ended in Hotchkiss where cyclists didn’t descend onto the town all at once. Some rode in small groups and others were riding solo.

Carrie Yantzer, the principal of Hotchkiss K8, and a few other supporters greeted people as they peddled past.

Yantzer said she’s happy to see Ride the Rockies return to town. 

De Beque, fire truck
De Beque Fire Protection District

More than $34 million in grants from the state will go to local communities for public improvement projects.

Forty communities across the state received grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). 

Hotchkiss got $1.1 million to upgrade the town’s sewer system. De Beque received $2 million to help build a new fire station. The state awarded Mesa County $1 million for road and structure improvements. 

The Montrose Recreation District got $1.9 million to expand its community recreation center. And, Cedaredge received nearly $2 million. 

Local Motion: Mosquito Abatement

Sep 10, 2014
Jake Ryan

The North Form Mosquito Abatement District is a small operation based out of Paonia that has to strike  a balance between keeping populations in check, while also trying to keep the citizens they’re protecting happy and safe.  It's a tricky tightrope that has been the source for debate for years.  KVNF's Jake Ryan talks to the employees about disease, fruit juice, dynamite, and more. 

Feds Seek Comments On Revisions To Clean Water Act

Jun 26, 2014

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a joint proposal earlier this year that outlines changes to the Clean Water Act

More Than Half-A-Million Coloradans Voted In Primary

Jun 24, 2014
vote, voting
Laura Palmisano

Tuesday was the final day to cast your ballot for Colorado’s 2014 primary election. 

Artist Chip Thomas Installs Photo Mural In Hotchkiss

Jun 17, 2014
Church of Art, Chip Thomas
Mary Hockenbery

A small group of people recently gathered outside on a sunny afternoon to look at a new mural on the west side of the Church of Art in Hotchkiss. 

The Sheep Shearer From Cedaredge

Jun 10, 2014
Laura Palmisano

For nearly a decade, Doug Hamilton has put on sheep shearing demonstrations at the Sheep Dog Trials in Hotchkiss. 


  • West Nile Virus Found in Delta County Mosquitoes
  • Hotchkiss Moves Forward with Ban on Commercial Marijuana Sales
  • Paonia’s Historic Paradise Theater Set to Reopen
  • State Lawmakers Begin Summer Committee Meetings
  • Craft Breweries Across the State Issue Letter Opposing Fracking
  • State of Colorado Joins Lawsuit Against Fracking Ban in Longmont


  • Stahl shed burns in Paonia
  • State’s fire-fighting fleet is unfunded
  • Stoned while driving bill passes, along with other marijuana measures
  • Hotchkiss dog trials this weekend
  • CHC launches air-monitoring baseline study
  • Antero fined by COGCC for Rifle pipeline leak in 2010

KVNF Sports Report: 9/27/12

Sep 28, 2012

More than 140 runners competed at the 12th annual Hotchkiss Cross Country meet last Saturday. KVNF’s Tamie Meck has this report.

The Hotchkiss girls team had 16 points for the win—securing the two best times of the day and placing four runners in the top 10. Montrose, led by Dana Shellhorn, placed second with 41 points. Paonia was third with 49 points.

The boys team also claimed the top two times to win the team title with 22 points. Second-place Palisade had 33 points, and Montrose was third with 42 points.

Yesterday afternoon, the Delta County Commissioners took additional evidence and testimony on two applications for laying hen operations in the county. One of them, Western Slope Layers, has been operating for a few months already on Powell Mesa. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that the hearing was required after a district court sent the commissioners original approval of both applications back to the county for further review.


Robert McHugh

Enos T. Hotchkiss arrived in the North Fork Valley in 1881, and started homesteading along with the town’s other founders.