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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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NEWS
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

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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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NEWS
9:14 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Legal Pot Linked To Higher School Drug Use? Colorado's Not Sure

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Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 12:45 pm

Even after a full year of being able to purchase recreational marijuana, questions still remain for the state of Colorado. Is cannabis use dangerous? Should there be tighter labeling on pot edibles? Is easy access impacting middle and high school students?

Recent data compiled by the Department of Education and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News show incidents of student drug use in 2014 hitting a 10-year high, but state officials don't have a clear picture if the increased drug use and marijuana legalization are related.

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NEWS
8:11 am
Tue February 10, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

  Newscast

  • Open enrollment for health insurance ends soon
  • The health of Colorado kids lag behinds nation, adults
  • Figures show rise in student drug use during first year of recreation marijuana
  • Paonia facing even more cuts to balance the budget
NEWS
11:21 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Victims Of Social Security Number Theft Find It's Hard To Bounce Back

Stolen Social Security numbers can be used to create bogus documents like these, but also over the phone to open bank accounts or make purchases.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 3:26 pm

Tens of millions of people may have had information stolen, including their names, Social Security numbers and birth dates, when health insurer Anthem's database was hacked.

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NEWS
8:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

  Newscast

  • Paonia explains charges for dismissal against town clerk
  • Telluride ski patrollers vote on unionizing
  • Grand Junction to vote on internet, parkway
  • SMPA upgrades West End, foresees outages
  • Colorado Housing and Finance Authority has new grant for first time home buyers
  • Colorado House hears testimony on ‘Death with Dignity’ bill
  • Vaccination rates have Colorado health officials concerned
NEWS
2:55 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

Customers browse the pot products at Cannabis City in Seattle. In Washington, the 2012 initiative to legalize pot was sold as a way to decrease expenses for local governments.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 3:11 pm

When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states.

But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales should be divided. Local governments want to get what they say is their share of pot tax revenue.

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NEWS
5:38 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Records Request Details Potential Reasons For Paonia Town Clerk's Dismissal

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Through a public records request, KVNF has obtained the written charges for the dismissal of the former Paonia Town Clerk.

The document explains at length the financial issues the town is facing and cites those problems as the original reason for laying off Barbara Petersen.

According to the notice, the town asked Petersen to resign, but she declined. So the town let her go.

However, the issue is that under Colorado statute appointed officials can’t be dismissed without written charges and a hearing.

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NEWS
8:03 am
Fri February 6, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

  Newscast

  • Teen pregnancy bill proposed in state legislature
  • S and P settles with Colorado for 21 million dollars
  • Rural aid bill killed in committee
  • Snowpack looks thin for this year
  • Horse disease cleared from Colorado
NEWS
6:15 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Local Motion: Regional News Roundup Feb. 2015

On this week's Local Motion, we’ll hear a roundup of some of the regional reporting that KVNF and partner stations have done.

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NEWS
5:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Bill To Expand Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention Program

HB1079 seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program. Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose co-sponsored the legislation.
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A Colorado bill aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and keeping kids in school will be heard by the House Appropriations Committee Friday morning. 

HB1079 seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program. Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose co-sponsored the legislation. 

Coram says the pilot program has been running for over a decade in Mesa, Montrose and Delta counties.

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NEWS
3:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Map: The Most Common* Job In Every State

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 3:20 pm

*We used data from the Census Bureau, which has two catch-all categories: "managers not elsewhere classified" and "salespersons not elsewhere classified." Because those categories are broad and vague to the point of meaninglessness, we excluded them from our map.

What's with all the truck drivers? Truck drivers dominate the map for a few reasons.

  • Driving a truck has been immune to two of the biggest trends affecting U.S. jobs: globalization and automation. A worker in China can't drive a truck in Ohio, and machines can't drive cars (yet).
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NEWS
3:49 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

RadioShack, The Electronics Chain, Files For Bankruptcy

A person rides by a RadioShack store in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:33 pm

RadioShack, the electronics chain that has hung on for years despite a steep decline in its business, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday.

According to the AP, the company plans to sell up to 2,400 of its stores nationwide.

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NEWS
3:14 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Bill To Aid Rural Colorado Communities Dies In Committee

In recent months multiple businesses have closed and shop spaces remain empty on the main drag in Paonia. The town is in Delta County, a place that's seen the boom-or-bust cycle of the coal industry.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A bill that aimed to help rural Colorado communities during times of economic crisis was killed in committee this week.  

The bill was sponsored by freshman Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, who represents seven counties including Delta, Hinsdale and Gunnison.   

Donovan says the bill would’ve allowed the state to react quickly with financial assistance when there’s an economic emergency in a community like a plant shutdown or industry-wide layoffs. 

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NEWS
2:16 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Bill To Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault Clears House

This week a bill that would extend protections to victims of alleged sex offenses cleared the state house.  This is Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, the bill’s sponsor.

"A few years ago, I successfully carried legislation that protected victims of stalking," says Hamner, "that bill became known as Vonnie's Law.  This bill, HB 1060, extends the protections we were able to put in place for victims of stalking, to victims of sexual assault.

NEWS
10:27 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Governor Speaks in Support of Fort Carson

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 11:10 pm

Governor John Hickenlooper spoke in support of Fort Carson Tuesday at a listening session in Colorado Springs.  The forum comes as the Army looks to reduce its numbers of active-duty soldiers by at least 40,000.

The reductions could impact up to 16,000 personnel at Fort Carson.  The listening session was one of 30 being held across Army bases aimed at providing input to the Pentagon before any decisions are made.

Governor Hickenlooper said Colorado has a long, proud history with the military, and provides training and support that is unique.

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NEWS
8:04 am
Thu February 5, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

  Newscast

  • Bills at state capitol look to incentivize energy savings
  • SMPA to give incentives for energy efficiency
  • Hickenlooper voices support for Colorado military base
  • Health effects of marijuana weighed in Colorado
  • Arrests in Mesa County

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