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3:50 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

Conservation Agreement Protects 780 Acres In Unaweep Canyon

A new conservation agreement with the Mesa Land Trust will permanently protect the 780-acre working West Creek Ranch in Unaweep Canyon.
Credit Josh Duplechain

A new conservation agreement will permanently protect a 780-acre working ranch in the heart of Unaweep Canyon. 

Mesa Land Trust worked for three years to make the deal happen.  

Ilana Moir with the trust describes why the nonprofit wants to preserve West Creek Ranch, which is along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic Byway.

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8:05 am
Fri July 3, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, July 3, 2015

  Newscast

  • Texting ­And­ Driving Teen Crashes Near Olathe
  • Five Rescued On Colorado River In Grand Junction
  • Deer Injures Woman At National Park Near Montrose
  • New Colorado Laws Go Into Effect
  • Montrose Wants To See Local Aviation Industry Grow
  • Forest Service Aims To Reduce Bear Problems With Backcountry Canisters
NEWS
3:32 pm
Thu July 2, 2015

New Rules Could Create A New Class Of Overtime Workers

Originally published on Thu July 2, 2015 5:22 pm

As President Obama promised, a new rule would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay.

Many workers say it's a welcome change. But businesses say employees could see negative, unintended consequences.

Barrett Zenger has managed a music store in Corpus Christi, Texas, for the past seven years, where he oversees two dozen employees, stocks inventory and fills in for sales clerks who call in sick.

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7:55 am
Thu July 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, July 2, 2015

  Newscast

  • New law bans dangerous hash oil production
  • Fire danger high as grasses dry out across the state        
  • CU Boulder study identifies fracking chemicals that most threaten groundwater
  • Grand Junction meeting records requested by newspaper’s attorney
  • Colorado tries to create new job listing site for potential employees
NEWS
4:17 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Dangerous Hash Oil Production Now Illegal In Colorado

Credit Andres Rodriguez via Flickr

A new law that makes it illegal for individuals to use hazardous materials to make hash oil went into effect on Wednesday.  

Republican Representative Yeulin Willett of Grand Junction co-sponsored the measure. He said it targets ‘home cookers’. 

"We had a problem with explosions all over the state from people trying to manufacture marijuana concentrate using dangerous, explosive, volatile substances such as butane," Willett said. 

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NEWS
2:24 pm
Wed July 1, 2015

Recreational Marijuana Is Now Legal In Oregon

In Oregon, people can grow up to four marijuana plants per household.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 3:42 pm

Recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon as of today.

People 21 and older can now possess up to an ounce of pot when away from home and up to 8 ounces at home. It's also legal to grow up to four plants per household.

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NEWS
8:06 am
Wed July 1, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, July 1, 2015

  Newscast

  • Wildfire At Dinosaur National Monument Continues To Burns
  • Hot, Dry Weather Hits Western Colorado
  • Man Dies In Grand Junction After Bicycle Accident
  • Montrose School District Hires New Superintendent
  • City of Delta Narrows Search For City Manager
  • All Points Transit Offers Free Bus Rides In Montrose, Olathe
  • Colorado Sees Record Tourism Year In 2014
  • Highway 133 Cancels  Rockfall Work for Holiday
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
Tue June 30, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 30, 2015

  Newscast

  • State Supreme Court ruling could attract better doctors to Western Slope
  • Colorado Needle Exchanges Grow To Meet Demand
  • School Vouchers for religious schools ruled unconstitutional
  • Parents arrested in Minnesota after infants death in Parachute

Editor's Note: A story in this broadcast reported at least 18 states have laws that permit needle exchanges. That is incorrect. At least 17 states and the District of Colombia have laws that permit needle exchanges.

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NEWS
2:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. On Monday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 11:52 am

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued the last of its opinions for this term — on the death penalty, anti-pollution regulations and the power of independent commissions to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the court issued a set of orders that set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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NEWS
3:25 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. in January 2015.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 4:37 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency made a mistake when it told electric power plants to reduce mercury emissions. The high court says the EPA should first have considered how much it would cost power plants to do that.

The decision comes too late for most power companies, but it could affect future EPA regulations.

Mercury in the air is a health risk. When you burn coal or oil, you create airborne mercury that can end up in fish we eat and cause serious health problems.

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NEWS
8:46 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Embraced Yet Forbidden, Staff Sergeant Comes Out As Transgender

Staff Sgt. Patricia King, who has been in the Army for 16 years, says she decided to start her gender transition in January.
Christian Murdock Colorado Springs Gazette

Originally published on Wed July 1, 2015 2:00 pm

By serving in the Army, Staff Sgt. Patricia King is breaking the rules.

King enlisted 1999 under her birth name, Peter. At the beginning of this year, King — a decorated soldier with three deployments to Afghanistan under her belt — started her gender transition.

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NEWS
8:44 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Says Use Of Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 11:47 am

Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's the background to the case, in the words of SCOTUSblog:

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NEWS
8:00 am
Mon June 29, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 29, 2015

  Newscast

  • DMV sees fee increases for driver’s licenses
  • Motorcycle accidents in Grand Junction
  • Program offers to share cost of weed control
  • Colorado reaction to Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage
  • Hwy 133 closed today
NEWS
3:28 pm
Fri June 26, 2015

Colorado's Evolution Toward Marriage Equality Has Been Incremental, But Quick

An excited crowd outside of the U.S. Supreme Court following the 5-4 decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide, June 26, 2015.
Elizabeth Harball used with permission

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 5:25 pm

Current and former Colorado state Democratic lawmakers are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing same sex marriage nationwide. In the 5-4 decision, the court ruled that same-sex couples have a right to marry under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

"Today is an amazing day for America and equality, said Democratic former Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino, who served as Colorado’s first gay speaker and helped pass a bill to make civil unions legal in the state.

"I knew we would get to this day in my life time, but never thought it would come so quickly. I am so proud of our nation's ability to move towards full equality for all people. The work is not done to end all discrimination but today was a gigantic step forward."

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NEWS
8:23 am
Fri June 26, 2015

Supreme Court Declares Same-Sex Marriage Legal In All 50 States

Same-sex marriage supporters rejoice outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Friday after the U.S Supreme Court handed down a ruling regarding same-sex marriage. The high court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Fri June 26, 2015 2:49 pm

States cannot keep same-sex couples from marrying and must recognize their unions, the Supreme Court says in a ruling that for months has been the focus of speculation. The decision was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy, seen as a pivotal swing vote in the case, wrote the majority opinion. All four justices who voted against the ruling wrote their own dissenting opinions: Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

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NEWS
8:07 am
Fri June 26, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 26, 2015

  Newscast

  • Delta Hospital Withdraws From North Fork Clinics
  • Grand Junction City Manager Resigns
  • Former Olathe Police Chief Indicted Over Ammunition Purchases
  • Mesa County DA Takes Federal Prosecutor Job
  • Meth Bust In Montrose
  • Seven Republican Presidential Hopefuls To Visit Denver
  • 97­Years­Old (Almost) And Still Spinning Tunes On Public Radio
NEWS
8:28 am
Thu June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Rules Obamacare Subsidies Are Legal

Supporters of the Affordable Care Act cheer outside the Supreme Court on Thursday after justices upheld the law's subsidies.
Jim Lo Scalzo EPA/Landov

Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:04 am

Updated at 1 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

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NEWS
8:00 am
Thu June 25, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 25, 2015

  Newscast

  • Montrose County School District faces looming budget deficit
  • State Sen. Ellen Roberts withdraws from possibly running for US Senate
  • Search for city manager for Delta begins again
  • A look into the decision about local energy production and Tri State
NEWS
9:54 am
Wed June 24, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Newscast

  • 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 

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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
2:50 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Just In Time For Summer: National Parks Hiking Entrance Fees

Many national parks, including Yellowstone, are raising visitor fees.
Anick Jesdanun AP

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:23 pm

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

Visiting a national park this summer?

Be prepared to pay more for the experience. Many national parks across the country, faced with tight budgets and delayed maintenance, are increasing entrance fees.

The National Park Service says 106 of the 128 parks that charge entry fees are raising those fees or planning to do so in the coming year.

The list includes many of the most popular parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, as well as monuments and historic sites.

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NEWS
1:41 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Delta County Sees First Human Case Of Tularemia, Health Officials Concerned

Tularemia is caused by bacteria found in the environment. It’s contracted through cuts, insect bites, handing infected animals, eating or drinking contaminated food of water, or by inhaling it.
Credit NRCS Soil Health

A Delta County man is recovering after contracting tularemia. Although it’s the first reported case of the disease on the Western Slope this year, health officials are concerned.

Last year in Colorado 16 people were diagnosed with tularemia.

That's the second highest number of cases in Colorado since 1983 when there were 20 cases, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

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NEWS
3:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

How Fracking Is Fueling A Power Shift From Coal To Gas

Bill Pentak of Panda Power Funds (left), Plant Manager John Martin (center) and Construction Manager Rob Risher (right) stand in front of the construction site for the new Panda Liberty gas power plant in Towanda, Penn. The plant, expected to come online in early 2016, was deliberately sited on top of the Marcellus Shale to take advantage of the cheap, abundant gas.
Marie Cusick WITF

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:10 am

When you flip on a light switch, odds are, you're burning coal. But as the fracking boom continues to unleash huge quantities of natural gas, the nation's electric grid is changing. Power plants are increasingly turning to this low-cost, cleaner-burning fossil fuel.

Bill Pentak stands in the middle of a construction site, looking up at his company's latest project towering overhead — a new natural gas power plant.

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NEWS
6:27 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • School board OK’s alternative education in Paonia Elementary
  • Parachute allows recreational marijuana
  • Annual local government meeting in Breckenridge wraps up
  • Migratory bird protections may be removed
  • Gas leak causes explosion in Lake City

NEWS
5:30 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Colorado's IUD Program Remains Confident On Continuing, Still Seeking State Support

Liz Romer, a nurse practioner and director of the family planning program for Children's Hospital Colorado is looking over a list of patient appointments with Rebecca Cohen M.D.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 2:37 pm

Despite state lawmakers failing to pass a bill to fund the effort, a program to provide long acting reversible birth control to young, low-income women in Colorado is being extended for another year.

The long acting contraceptives, according to state figures, have helped cut teen pregnancy rates in the state by 40 percent. Abortions have gone down too.

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NEWS
4:42 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Residents Fight To Block Fracked Gas In New York's Finger Lakes

At an October protest, hundreds of "We Are Seneca Lake" members block the gates of Crestwood Midstream to protest against the expansion of fracked gas storage in the Finger Lakes.
PR Newswire AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 4:45 pm

New York state's Seneca Lake is the heart of the Finger Lakes, a beautiful countryside of steep glacier-carved hills and long slivers of water with deep beds of salt. It's been mined on Seneca's shore for more than a century.

The Texas company Crestwood Midstream owns the mine now, and stores natural gas in the emptied-out caverns. It has federal approval to increase the amount, and it's seeking New York's OK to store 88 million gallons of propane as well.

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NEWS
6:18 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Paonia Could Get Waldorf Focused Education Program

The inspired by Waldorf program would be part of Paonia Elementary.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The Delta County School Board has approved a Waldorf inspired education program in Paonia.

For the past three years, a group of parents and educators in the North Fork Valley have tried to open a Waldorf inspired charter school.  

The school board and the state board of education denied their charter recognition.

However, the group worked with district officials and school administrators to come up with a compromise.

It would create a K-4 program inspired by the Waldorf model at Paonia Elementary School. 

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NEWS
4:16 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

FERC Gives DMEA Greenlight To Buy More Local Power

Credit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

A federal decision issued Thursday says the Delta-Montrose Electric Association is obligated to purchase power from qualifying facilities.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision means DMEA can buy more locally produced power.

Previously, the electric cooperative could only buy five-percent of its energy from providers other than Tri-State, a wholesale power supplier in four states.

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NEWS
7:57 am
Fri June 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 19, 2015

  Newscast

  • FERC Rules DMEA Can Buy More Local Power
  • Call For Public Comment On Oil & Gas Wells Near Somerset
  • Another Study Links Earthquakes With Injection Wells
  • Voters To Decide On Marijuana Tax
  • Rep. Yeulin Willett On The 2015 Legislative Session

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