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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

Credit KVNF

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.
Credit flickr/isnow

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
NEWS
5:30 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Bill To Boost Renewable Energy In Colorado Schools

A bill by Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, seeks to give grants to schools for alternative energy projects.
Credit flickr/theentiremikey

A bill that seeks to give grants to schools for alternative energy projects will be taken up by a state Senate committee next week. 

A federally funded program that started in 2007 gave grants to public school for wind energy projects. In Colorado 16 schools took advantage of it. 

The money for that program has since dried up, but a bill introduced by Democratic State Senator Kerry Donovan of District 5 seeks to revive it at the local level. 

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NEWS
1:41 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Ice Fishing Seminar Reels In Enthusiasts, Beginners

Trout caught at Crawford State Park
Credit Jake Ryan / KVNF

Last weekend was the Winter Celebration at Crawford State Park.   It was a chance for the park to highlight the recreation available to winter enthusiasts.  One of the events was an ice fishing seminar and demonstration.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan was there.

The day started with a class led by Senior Ranger Scott Rist.

“Today we’re teaching people how to catch crappies through the ice, focusing on equipment, strategies, electronics, just everything that’s involved,” says Rist.

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NEWS
8:05 am
Wed February 4, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

  Newscast

  • Paonia looking at the legality of firing a appointed official
  • St. Vincent in Leadville looks like it will remain open
  • City of Delta discussing ban on hash oil production, possession
  • Winter Celebration draws ice anglers out into the cold
NEWS
4:33 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Paonia To Serve Former Town Clerk

Paonia Town Hall in downtown Paonia.
Credit KVNF

The Paonia Board of Trustees is in an awkward position after they laid off the town clerk late last year to save money.

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NEWS
2:37 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Nebraska Says Colorado Pot Isn't Staying Across The Border

Deuel County Sheriff Adam Hayward shows off a container of confiscated marijuana in Chappell, Neb., in July.
Nikki Kahn The Washington Post/Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 9:02 am

There's a PSA that greets you on the radio when you're driving the flat stretch of Colorado State Highway 113 near the Nebraska state line: "With marijuana legal under Colorado law, we've all got a few things to know. ... Once you get here, can't leave our state. Stick around, this place is pretty great."

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NEWS
11:51 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Sheriff Pushes For Detox In New Medical Facility

The San Miguel Sheriff’s Office is asking that a new detox facility be built into the planned medical facility in Mountain Village.

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NEWS
10:23 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Arrests Made In Hays Drug Store Burglary

There’s been an arrest regarding the break-in late last month at Hays Drug Store in Paonia. 

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NEWS
8:04 am
Tue February 3, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015

  Newcast

  • Arrests made in Hays Drug Store break-in
  • Local ice climbing guide dies in fall
  • State looks at marijuana’s negative effects
  • Bill at state capitol looks to protect victims of sexual assault
  • Capitol Conversation on physician assisted suicide
NEWS
6:00 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Veteran Ouray Ice Guide Dies In Climbing Accident

Mark Miller of Ouary taught ice climbing for over 20 years. He worked as an instructor for San Juan Mountain Guides.
Credit San Juan Mountain Guides via Facebook

Tragedy has struck the ice climbing community of Ouray. A local climbing instructor died while guiding clients in San Juan County last week.

Mark Miller, 50, was guiding clients on an ascent near Eureka last Friday. It’s reported an ice bulge broke when Miller was climbing off-rope causing him to fall to his death. 

Miller taught ice climbing for over 20 years. He worked as an instructor for San Juan Mountain Guides.

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NEWS
8:06 am
Mon February 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

  Newscast

  • San Miguel Sheriff requests detox facility in new medical center
  • Changes to big game hunting rules
  • 13-year-old dies in Mesa County ATV accident
  • Colorado bill would fund successful birth control program
  • Data released over marijuana DUI arrests
  • Oil and gas task force  meets today
  • Colorado National Monument superintendent to move to park in Utah
NEWS
3:24 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

To Save 2 Cows, All It Took Was A Good Icebreaker

A cow walks away from an icy pond after firefighters rescued it and one other cow that had fallen through the ice.
Darin Anstine AP

Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:26 am

The Fountain, Colo., Fire Department handles a lot of animal rescue calls. But in 11 years with the department, Fire Captain Rick Daniels says the call he got on Jan. 26 was "one of the more challenging animal rescue calls that I've had."

No one's exactly sure how or why, Daniels tells NPR, but two brown cows had wandered out over a frozen pond, and fallen through the half-foot of ice.

Someone driving by the pond called 911 and described seeing just the heads of two cows peeking out over the sheet of ice. The cows were up to their necks in frigid water.

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NEWS
8:05 am
Fri January 30, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

  Newscast

  • DMEA grapples with Tri State over local production
  • Bill requiring background checks for youth sports fails at the Capitol
  • Health authorities raise awareness of radon dangers
EDUCATION
5:08 am
Fri January 30, 2015

True Or False? Free And Reduced-Price Lunch = Poor

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Fri January 30, 2015 2:58 pm

In the education world, you see this phrase all the time: "free and reduced-price lunch." What's the percentage at a given school? In a given district or state?

It's not necessarily out of concern about who's getting fed. Instead, it's most often used to talk about concentrations of poverty and how that affects learning.

The phrase refers to students enrolled in the National School Lunch Program — an easily available data point for any school and any district.

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NEWS
3:35 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

DMEA Explores Plans For Providing Internet

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

High speed internet is a priority for many businesses and individuals on the Western Slope.

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NEWS
12:04 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Changes Proposed To Energy Royalty Payments

Credit NPS

The government may be changing the way they collect money from energy companies.

The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is maybe not as well known as the Bureau of Land Management or Fish and Wildlife Service, but the much smaller agency has a big job.  They’re responsible for collecting royalties on government land.  Patrick Etchart is a spokesperson with the ONRR.

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