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6:02 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Drones, Oil And Gas Taskforce On Tap At The Capitol

KUNC File Photo

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 5:18 pm

It's a busy week under the gold dome. The Governor's oil and gas task force, which was charged with trying to harmonize local oil and gas regulations with statewide interests will soon be wrapping up. Many lawmakers have been holding off on introducing oil and gas legislation until the commission finishes its work.

A debate on drones - one that does not fall along party lines - will get a hearing in the Senate Tuesday. For thoughts on what's happening at the capitol, talked to some of the reporters who work there daily.

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NEWS
8:06 am
Mon February 23, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 23, 2015

  Newscast

  • Arrest made in NAACP bombing case
  • Bill to compensate mineral owners progresses
  • Telluride begs for snow
  • Discussion with Senator Donovan
  • National Heart Month brings attention to heart disease
NEWS
3:14 pm
Sun February 22, 2015

When Pot Goes From Illegal To Recreational, Schools Face A Dilemma

Schools in Colorado are trying to find effective ways to teach the health effects of marijuana use. "When it's legal for your parents to smoke it or grow it," says one educator, "that changes the conversation."
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 9:21 am

Like many schools across Colorado, Arapahoe Ridge High School in Boulder has seen an increase in overall drug incidents since recreational marijuana became legal.

While public schools aren't required to report marijuana incidents separately from other drugs such as cocaine, evidence compiled by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News suggests more students are using marijuana.

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NEWS
6:03 am
Sun February 22, 2015

Pot Policy Splits Native Americans Over Whether Business Is Worth It

David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 10:23 am

When it comes to marijuana laws, the Justice Department is now treating American Indian tribes the way it treats states that have legalized pot.

The move, announced in December, has inadvertently sparked interest in the marijuana business. While many see dollar signs, others worry about contributing to the impact substance abuse has already had on Indian Country.

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NEWS
4:12 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Arrest Made in Explosion Outside Building that Houses NAACP Chapter

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 4:05 pm

Investigators have arrested a 44-year-old man in connection to an explosion last month outside a building that houses the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.  

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NEWS
11:26 am
Fri February 20, 2015

On Behalf Of Two Coloradans, D.C. Group Sues State Over Marijuana

charenton Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 2:40 pm

The state of Colorado is facing new lawsuits over recreational marijuana legalization. The Washington D.C. based Safe Streets Alliance is suing the state in federal court to try and close down the industry.

"It is illegal under federal law to sell marijuana and in this country federal law is the supreme law of the land," said David Thompson, the lead attorney for the Safe Streets Alliance.

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NEWS
11:14 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Body, SUV Recovered Below Red Mtn. Pass Outside of Ouray

The rented SUV that was pulled from below Red Mountain Pass outside of Ouray on Thursday.
Credit CDOT

Red Mountain Pass between Ouray and Silverton was closed for most of Thursday while emergency personnel recovered an SUV along with the body of a missing man.

Officials say the body of Jin Junge of Denmark was recovered along with a rented white Cadillac Escalade that fell more than 400 below the highway.

Junge was reported missing by family members on Feb. 4.

The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office says GPS equipment installed in the rental vehicle helped them find it.

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NEWS
8:05 am
Fri February 20, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Newscast

  • New Lawsuits Against Colorado's Marijuana Laws
  • Large Marijuana Grow Operation Found in Montrose
  • Cold Temps, Snow Predicted For Western Slope
  • Voter ID Bills Killed By Democratic-Led Committee
  • Limiting access to Wilderness "hot spots"
NEWS
11:19 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Browns Canyon to Become National Monument

Browns Canyon in Chaffee County

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 7:31 am

Browns Canyon in Chaffee County will be designated a National Monument by President Obama on Thursday. 

 

Conservationists, community leaders and businesses are praising the move, which comes after years of work to secure the designation.  It covers a 22,000-acre stretch of public land along the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida known for recreational opportunities. 

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NEWS
8:05 am
Thu February 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

  Newscast

  • Mesa County Plans To Sue Feds Over Gunnison Sage Grouse Listing
  • Bill To Help Volunteer Fire Depts. Heads To Governor’s Desk
  • Cyber Bullying Bill Advances At Capitol
  • Obama To Name Browns Canyon As Natl. Monument
  • Connecting the Drops: Water Quality in Eastern Colorado
NEWS
5:33 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Bill To Aid Colorado Volunteer Fire Depts. Heads To Governor's Desk

Credit flickr/mgabelmann

A bipartisan bill aimed at helping volunteer fire departments organize and get funding heads to the Governor’s desk. 

HB 1017 cleared the state Senate on Tuesday. 

The measure would create the Volunteer Fire Department Organization Act. 

Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, is one of the bills sponsors.

"It will be one of the first bills that will be presented to the Governor to sign into law," Hamner said.

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NEWS
2:43 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Mesa County Plans To Sue Feds Over Grouse Listing

The Gunnison Sage Grouse is found in parts of Utah and Colorado. It’s estimated there are only 4,800 of them left. The largest population of the species, about 4,000 grouse, inhabits the Gunnison Basin.
Credit Flick/bryanto

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. 

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NEWS
8:08 am
Wed February 18, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015

  Newscast

  • Voter ID laws heard at state capitol
  • Natural restorations coming to Telluride open spaces
  • Lawmakers push to get local food served at schools
  • Survey released about living in the West
  • Carbondale sees first possible murder in 12 years
NEWS
2:36 am
Wed February 18, 2015

Kids' Solo Playtime Unleashes 'Free-Range' Parenting Debate

People who practice free-range parenting say it makes kids more independent, but others see it as neglect. State and local laws don't specify what children are allowed to do on their own.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu February 19, 2015 12:57 pm

Parents have made news recently after being detained for purposefully leaving children on their own, prompting renewed debate about so-called "free-range parenting."

That includes Danielle and Alexander Meitiv, a Silver Spring, Md., couple who are being investigated after they let their children, ages 10 and 6, walk home from a park last month by themselves.

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NEWS
6:00 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Colorado Bills To Require Photo ID For Same-Day Voter Registration

Credit Laura Palmisano

Two Republican sponsored bills that would require a photo ID for same-day voter registration get their first hearing at the state capitol Wednesday. 

In 2013 state Democrats overhauled Colorado election laws. Republicans protested the changes especially the provision allowing voters to register on Election Day.

GOP lawmakers want people to show a photo ID to do this.

Two bills scheduled to be taken up by the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee address this topic.

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NEWS
8:06 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Hoops By Day, Hops By Night: This Phys Ed Teacher's Got A Secret Brew

When the homebrewing gets good, the teachers turn pro. Kegs of Line 51 beer fill an Oakland warehouse.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 7:10 am

Listen up, cub reporters. Lesson 1: Never miss an opportunity to catch a good story. I was doing important hop research at my local craft beer emporium, aka my bar.

"This red IPA is great. What is this again?" I asked the bartender.

"That's Line 51. From Oakland. The owner, P.T., does it part time. He has a day job." What's he do? I asked. "He's a schoolteacher."

Bingo! Secret teachers, you can't hide from this NPR Ed sleuth, no sir.

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NEWS
8:03 am
Tue February 17, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

  Newscast

  • Rural relief bill heard at capitol
  • Paonia Town Clerk gives letter of intent to sue the town
  • Methane leaks higher than thought, study suggests
  • Capitol conversation about the myriad of issues facing the legislature
NEWS
2:51 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

With Quakes Spiking, Oil Industry Is Under The Microscope In Oklahoma

A functioning oil rig sits in front of the capital building in Oklahoma City, Okla. The oil industry is an important employer in the state, but officials are concerned a technique used to dispose of wastewater from oil extraction is behind a surge in earthquakes here.
Frank Morris KCUR

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 10:24 am

Out on Oklahoma's flat prairie, Medford, population about 900, is the kind of place where people give directions from the four-way stop in the middle of town.

It seems pretty sedate, but it's not. "We are shaking all the time," says Dea Mandevill, the city manager. "All the time."

The afternoon I stopped by, Mandevill says two quakes had already rumbled through Medford.

"Light day," she laughs. But, she adds, "the day's not over yet; we still have several more hours."

Mandevill may be laughing it off, but Austin Holland, the state seismologist, isn't.

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8:06 am
Mon February 16, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • Volunteer Fire Departments may be eligible for state money if bill passes
  • Pressure system causes warm weather, worry for farmers
  • BLM puts call out for community advisors
  • Bill that would give compensation to owners unable to drill makes progress
NEWS
5:41 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Bill To Aid Colorado Volunteer Fire Departments Progresses

Credit flickr/mgabelmann

A Colorado bill aimed at helping volunteer fire departments organize and get funding has already cleared the House and is progressing in the Senate. 

HB 1017 would create the Volunteer Fire Department Organization Act.  

It would help non-governmental, not-for-profit volunteer fire departments gain official recognition and make them eligible to receive state funding.  

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NEWS
12:34 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Montrose Health Center Gets $422K To Prevent Youth Pot Use, Abuse

The Center for Mental Health in Montrose got a $422,000 grant through Colorado marijuana tax dollars to help prevent youth pot use and abuse.
Credit flickr.com/prensa420

The Center for Mental Health in Montrose has received a grant through marijuana tax dollars to help prevent youth pot use and abuse. 

The $422,000 grant, awarded by the state of Colorado, was announced this week. 

The center will share the funds with 16 other organizations across the Western Slope that work with young people. 

The Delta County School District will receive the most funding with a $100,000 grant.

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10:48 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Mesa County School District Tries To Combat Student Drug Use With Education

Cody Roark, left, and Nick Cunningham oversee Pathways, a new Mesa County Valley School District drug intervention program for students.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A year after recreational marijuana stores opened, Colorado is still trying to determine the impact on youth who aren't legally allowed to use pot.

Recently released data shows that in the last school year drug incidents in Colorado middle and high schools reached a ten-year high and certain districts standout in the data including the Mesa County Valley School District.

Mesa County District officials say they are trying to address the problem through more education. 

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NEWS
8:12 am
Fri February 13, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

  Newscast

  • 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
NEWS
1:33 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age

We finally found this simple, traditional radio at Radioshack — though they are also available, in abundance, online.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:12 am

The United Nations has declared Friday World Radio Day in celebration of radio's unique status as a "simple and inexpensive" technology with the power to reach even the most remote, marginalized communities.

But we wondered — in this digital age, how hard is it to find a simple, inexpensive radio?

Our journey took us to several stores in Washington, D.C., in search of a portable and affordable radio, as well as to the National Capital Radio and Television Museum in Bowie, Md.

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NEWS
8:04 am
Thu February 12, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Newscast

  • Community voices opposed to Bull Mountain Unit
  • Mesa School District grapples with increase in student drug cases
NEWS
6:35 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Mesa County School District Cites Marijuana Legalization For Rise In Student Drug Cases

Last school year, Grand Junction High School reported 51 drugs cases to the state. The school had the highest number of drug incidents within Mesa County Valley School District 51 last year. It's also the largest school in the district.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A year after recreational marijuana stores opened, Colorado is still trying to determine the impact on youth who aren't legally allowed to use pot.

Recently released data shows that in the last school year drug incidents in Colorado middle and high schools reached a ten-year high and certain districts standout in the data.

Last year, Mesa County Valley School District 51 also reported more student drug cases than it had in the past ten-years.

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NEWS
11:05 am
Wed February 11, 2015

The Fall And Rise Of U.S. Inequality, In 2 Graphs

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 12:21 pm

Since World War II, inequality in the U.S. has gone through two, dramatically different phases.

In the first phase, known as the great compression, inequality fell. Incomes rose for people in the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution, as the postwar boom led to high demand for workers with low and moderate skills.

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NEWS
10:24 am
Wed February 11, 2015

How Do You Talk To Students About Weed When It's Legal?

The hallways at Arapahoe Ridge High School in Boulder, Colo.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:34 am

Since Colorado has embraced legal retail marijuana sales, schools are grappling with the best way to discusses it in the classroom amid changing attitudes.

"When it's legal for your parents to smoke it or grow it, that changes the conversation," said Odette Edbrooke, the Health Education Coordinator for the Boulder Valley School District.

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8:07 am
Wed February 11, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

  Newscast

  • BLM releases review of public comments over Thompson Divide drilling
  • Ophir aims to bring in high speed internet with US grant
  • Colorado schools struggle to talk about marijuana with students
NEWS
3:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Paonia Facing Further Cuts To Balance Town Budget

Credit KVNF

The town of Paonia is looking at some serious financial troubles.  

In a recent document about the dismissal of the town clerk, they listed what might have to happen to pull the town out of the red. 

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