Local news from around the KVNF listening area.

  •   Today is primary day
  • Wildfires spread in Colorado
  • Two die in car crash
  • The issue of water rights for desert farming

  • Demands made for Delta GOP leader’s resignation
  • High temps melt snowpack, but enough is still there to last
  • Programs helps hungry Delta County kids
  • Coal states struggle to adapt to renewable demand  

  • Colorado releases economic forecast
  • New Mexico sues Colorado over Animas River spill
  • Update on regional efforts to improve internet
  • Grand Junction woman arrested for sexual assault on teenage boy
  • Public comment taken over coal royalties

  • Update on two wildfires burning on the Uncompahgre Plateau
  • Western Slope libraries to participate in CPW backpack program
  • BLM Resource Management Plan for North Fork, surrounding areas up for review  

Colorado has a new head of the state's Department of Natural Resources. Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Bob Randall now gets the official nod as head of the organization that oversees everything from state parks and wildlife, to oil and gas drilling, mining and water conservation.

A federal judge in Wyoming has struck down the Obama administration's regulations on hydraulic fracturing, ruling that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management doesn't have the authority to establish rules over fracking on federal and Indian lands.

In the ruling on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl said Congress had not granted the BLM that power, and had instead chosen to specifically exclude fracking from federal oversight.

  •  Voters are slowly returning ballots for Colorado’s primary election 
  • Two wildfires continue to smolder on the Western Slope.
  • American Indian mascots 

  • Heat wave continues in CO
  • Conversation with new head of state DNR
  • US considering ending self bonding for mining

  • DMEA announces new board, unveils fiber optic internet
  • Vast oil and gas reserves raise concerns on Western Slope
  • Colorado aims for comprehensive trail guide  

A Colorado woman managed to fight off a mountain lion that was attacking her 5-year-old son.

During the harrowing rescue Friday evening, she "reached into the animal's mouth and wrested her son's head from its jaws," The Aspen Times reported.

  • DMEA can purchase locally produced power without having to pay Tri-­State
  • Arch Coal’s bankruptcy plan
  • A teen accused of killing his ex­-girlfriend will be tried in Larimer County
  • Hickenlooper signs a bill into law last week, to help prevent suicide.

  • Man dies while rafting Roaring Fork River
  • Coroner ID’s body of backpacker found at Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  • Stump Fire outside of Montrose 100 percent contained
  • Mosquito abatement for West Nile starts
  • Air pollution shows up more during ‘flowback’ on natural gas wells
  • Hickenlooper signs full strength beer & wine in grocery stores bill
  • Supreme Court rejects latest challenge to mercury pollution rule  

This week, as part of the Nation Engaged project, NPR and some member stations will be talking about what the 2016 primary season has revealed about voters' confidence in the American electoral system.

Voters unhappy with the political system this year and unsure about whether their vote matters have big complaints how the country's two main political parties choose their candidates.

  • Body of backpacker recovered from Black Canyon of the Gunnison
  • Montrose County experiences issues with primary ballots
  • Security to be tightened at Denver PrideFest after Orlando attack
  • Communities across Colorado face budget issues as energy sector declines
  • U.S. Energy Secretary addresses Western governors

Vigils, marches and rallies were held across the country and the world on Monday evening to remember the victims of the deadly attack in Orlando, Fla.

Events were held in New York, Vermont, Florida, California, Alaska, Rhode Island, Colorado, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and in Washington, D.C. Another vigil is scheduled for Tuesday in Atlanta, Ga.

In New York, thousands gathered outside the Stonewall Inn, the site of a 1969 police raid that launched the modern gay rights movement.

It's crunch time for the Republicans striving to be the nominee to campaign against Democrat Michael Bennet in Colorado's U.S. Senate race. The primary is still wide-open, and when the mail ballots are counted June 28, each candidate has a plausible shot of winning.

"I cannot pick a frontrunner. I couldn't even come close to picking a frontrunner," said political consultant Eric Sondermann.

"There's not a dominant figure in this race."

  • Pilot who flew into power lines gets license revoked temporarily
  • Ski resort visitations are up
  • Ouray County Road 1 might be paved if county approves
  • Republican candidates face a crowded field to take on Senator Bennet
  • Coal production down nationally to 1981 levels  

The luminous glow of light pollution prevents nearly 80 percent of people in North America from seeing the Milky Way in the night sky.

That's according to a new atlas of artificial night sky brightness that found our home galaxy is now hidden from more than one-third of humanity.

  • Estimate of natural gas on Western Slope balloons into one of the largest in nation
  • 90 Road on Uncompahgre Plateau blocked with barriers
  • Coal production down this year, continuing trend
  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs bill to investigate new reservoir  

  • River guide saves drowning woman on San Miguel rafting trip
  • Delta County GOP to investigate chairwoman’s actions
  • Colorado Democrats denouncing Trump after racist comments aimed at US judge
  • Solarize Delta County hits halfway point
  • Feds forecast low summer gas prices  

  • Primary ballots mailed for GOP U.S. Senate race
  • CMU to offer winemaking degree
  • A report from the 2016 Mountain Connect Broadband Conference in Keystone, Colorado
Sharing Ministries Food Bank
Laura Palmisano/KVNF

Sharing Ministries Food Bank recently broke ground on its new facility in Montrose, a much needed expansion officials with the organization say.  The new warehouse will triple the regional food bank's capacity.  In the past five years, Sharing Ministries has seen a 92 percent increase in the amount of people needing food assistance. Officials say the new building will help them keep up with the growing demand. 

  • Demands made for Delta GOP leader’s resignation
  • High temps melt snowpack, but enough is still there to last
  • Programs helps hungry Delta County kids
  • Coal states struggle to adapt to renewable demand  

  • Arch Coal announces layoffs at West Elk Mine in western Colorado
  • Governor vetoes red light camera ban
  • Will more milkweed bolster the monarch butterfly? The jury is still out on that one  
West Elk Mine
WildEarth Guardians

The last fully operational coal mine in the western part of the state announced layoffs Thursday.

The West Elk Mine outside of Paonia is owned by Arch Coal. The company filed for bankruptcy in January and says it’s letting go of 80 workers.

An F-16 with the Air Force Thunderbirds crashed Thursday afternoon after the group's demonstration at the Air Force Academy commencement ceremony. 

  • Feral cat tests positive for plague in Delta County
  • Kebler Pass opens for the season
  • Latest state campaign finance filings show groups raising substantial sums
  • Renewables reach 10% of U.S. electricity mix for first time  

A U.S. pilot who was part of the Navy's Blue Angels demonstration team died Thursday after his F/A-18 aircraft crashed in Smyrna, Tenn., southeast of Nashville, according to military and local officials. The Blue Angels had been preparing to hold an air show this weekend.

The jet went down in an open field not far from an apartment complex, local officials said during a news conference Thursday afternoon. The crash occurred some 2 miles from the runway.

These details come from the Navy:

  • Former San Miguel County Commissioner Elaine Fischer passes away
  • Montrose School District grant for school renovations depends on voters
  • Sharing Ministries Food Bank expands to meet growing demand
  • Ballot campaign making it tougher to change state constitution launches  

  • Montrose County to participate in state economic development program
  • Future uncertain for beer and wine liquor store bill
  • Coal leasing on federal land