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NEWS
8:04 am
Thu January 15, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

  Newscast

  • High amount of oil spills reported for Colorado
  • Mesa County makes official records more available
  • Gov. Hickenlooper gives his address this morning
  • A look at the legal grey area surrounding hemp
EDUCATION
10:08 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

A New Study Reveals Much About How Parents Really Choose Schools

A painted map of the U.S. seen from inside a classroom at Homer A. Plessy Community School, a charter school in New Orleans.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 1:19 am

The charter school movement is built on the premise that increased competition among schools will sort the wheat from the chaff.

It seems self-evident that parents, empowered by choice, will vote with their feet for academically stronger schools. As the argument goes, the overall effect should be to improve equity as well: Lower-income parents won't have to send their kids to an under-resourced and underperforming school just because it is the closest one to them geographically.

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NEWS
6:00 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Mesa County Record Requests Go Digital

This week the Mesa County Commissioners also approved a new policy for how much the county can charge for record requests.
Credit flickr.com/jrparis

This week Mesa County launched its new online portal for record requests. 

Now anyone seeking documents from the county can just send an email.

Angela Barnes, the assistant county attorney, says the portal makes getting information easier because people don’t have to go in person, mail or fax a request.

"Everyone is operating via email anymore so it made sense that if a constituent wanted a record or two that they could email us the request," Barnes says. 

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NEWS
2:02 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Ice Climbing Instructor Discusses Sport At Ouray Ice Festival

People ice climbing on the beginner wall at the 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival on Jan. 10, 2015.
Credit Laura Palmisano

This past weekend the 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival took place. The festival is a gathering of ice climbers, gear vendors and ice climbing fans. At the festival you can watch an ice climbing competition or try the sport for yourself. KVNF's Laura Palmisano went to the gathering and spoke to Mark Miller. He's an ice climbing instructor for San Juan Mountain Guides. 

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NEWS
12:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Broadband A 'Necessity,' Obama Says, As He Pushes FCC To Expand Access

President Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday. He encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 2:58 pm

Updated at 4:48 p.m. ET

President Obama is expected to lay out plans today intended to make it easier for cities, towns and rural communities to offer their citizens fast and cheap broadband Internet.

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NEWS
6:23 am
Wed January 14, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

  Newscast

  • Food and Farm Forum happened last weekend
  • Denver patient tests negative for Ebola
  • North Fork Valley gets three new Parks and Wildlife officers
  • Gov. Hickenlooper sworn into office
NEWS
4:10 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Local Motion: Education Issues

Three public meetings to discuss the future of the Delta County School District were held in December.  Hear what community members had to say about budget cuts, standardized testing, academic standards and  charter schools in their district.   Ali Lightfoot spoke to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about these issues as well as a student privacy law and proposed legislation to increase awareness and resources for dyslexic students.

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NEWS
11:42 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Telluride To Exceed Emissions Goal

According to a recent report, the town of Telluride is on track to hit their goal of reducing carbon emissions 20% by the year 2020.

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NEWS
8:12 am
Tue January 13, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015

Editor's Note: The ice climbing instructor interviewed at the Ouray Ice Festival is Mark Miller. In this newscast we referred to him as Mike Miller. Our apologies to Mark. 

  Newscast

  • 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival happened last weekend
  • Patient in Denver hospital tested for Ebola
  • Capitol Conversation discussion over new session, new bills
  • Telluride on track for emission goals
NEWS
1:35 am
Tue January 13, 2015

VA Data Show Disparities In Veteran Benefits Spending

George Murray, who served in Vietnam, was able to access his medical benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs relatively easily while living in Boston. But veterans living in other parts of Massachusetts, like Cape Cod, have more difficulty. Across the U.S., VA data show the unevenness in its benefit spending.
Jesse Costa WBUR

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:08 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first of a three-part series about veteran benefits (Part 2 / Part 3).

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NEWS
8:31 am
Mon January 12, 2015

FBI Releases Sketch of Person of Interest in Explosion

Investigators released this composite sketch of a person they're looking for in relation to an explosion outside a building that includes the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.

Originally published on Fri January 9, 2015 6:18 pm

Investigators have released a sketch of a man they say is connected to an explosion outside a building that includes the offices of the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP.

The man is described as white, around 40 years old, and balding.  Investigators say he was in the area at the time of the bombing and appeared to have carried something down an alley and returned to his truck empty handed.

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NEWS
8:11 am
Mon January 12, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Newscast

  • City of Montrose saves money on trash
  • A conversation with Temple Grandin about autism
  • Infrastructure becomes focus for Colorado lawmakers
NEWS
6:00 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Temple Grandin Discusses Autism

Temple Grandin is a well-known advocate for autism awareness and a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University.
Credit Rosalie Winard

Temple Grandin is a well-known advocate for autism awareness and a professor of animal sciences at Colorado State University. She came to Grand Junction Friday to speak at an autism conference, as someone who has autism. KVNF's Laura Palmisano sat down with Grandin before the conference.

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NEWS
5:00 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Two Dead In Recent Avalanches

An avalanche at Elk Point in Utah
Credit NOAA

Within the past week, two people in Colorado have died in an avalanche, the most recent one just above Silverton.  Ethan Greene is the Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center.  They track avalanche dangers and investigate fatalities.  Listen below for an account of the accidents, and what to look out for.

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NEWS
4:38 pm
Fri January 9, 2015

Grand Junction Approves Senior Housing Project

The Grand Junction city council approved a 128-unit apartment complex for seniors.
Credit flickr.com/chaparral

The Grand Junction city council approved a new affordable housing project for seniors. 

The Grand Junction Housing Authority wants to build a 128-unit apartment complex for seniors. 

The city council unanimously approved the affordable housing project Wednesday night.

The Housing Authority plans to build the complex on a four-acre parcel near St. Mary’s Hospital.

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NEWS
8:12 am
Fri January 9, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

  Newscast

  • Housing project for seniors approved
  • Montrose moves ahead with internet plans
  • Colorado legislature kicks off new session
  • Avalanches kill two in Colorado
EDUCATION
1:26 am
Fri January 9, 2015

A 'Sizable Decrease' In Those Passing The GED

Kaylin Wainwright (center) works with student Natnael Gebremariam (left) during a GED preparation class in Washington, D.C. Seated at right is student Sibusiso Kunene.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 4:54 pm

One year after the launch of a major overhaul of the GED exam — the first since 2002 — the high school equivalency program has seen a sharp drop in the number of people who took and passed the test, according to local and state educators and the organization that runs it. In addition, at least 16 states have begun offering or plan to offer new, alternative tests.

Combined, these changes represent a dramatic shift in the equivalency landscape dominated by the GED since its inception during World War II.

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NEWS
8:14 am
Thu January 8, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015

  Newscast

  • Aircraft crashes in Mesa County
  • Bomb detonates outside NAACP office in Colorado Springs
  • A look at the past year’s weather and next year’s climate
  • State legislature starts new session
  • Colorado’s US Senators introduce energy bill
NEWS
2:23 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

FBI Investigates Explosion in Colorado Springs

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 11:27 am

The FBI is looking for a person of interest in an explosion outside the local chapter of the NAACP in Colorado Springs.  KRCC's Andrea Chalfin reports.

The device exploded Tuesday morning outside the building that houses the offices of the civil rights organization and one other business.  A gasoline can was placed next to the device, but did not explode. There were no injuries, and minor damage to the building.

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NEWS
12:43 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Two Utah Men Survive Gyroplane Crash In Mesa County

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says rescue workers reached the gyroplane crash site using snowmobiles.
Credit MCSO

Tuesday night a gyroplane crashed in Mesa County.

Utah residents Mike Burton, 53, and Josh Humphries, 30, were on board the aircraft when it crashed in a remote area near Glade Park.

Emergency officials say Burton, the pilot, was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction via Careflight for medical treatment. He was complaining of back pain.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says Humphries initially declined medical attention, but was later taken by ambulance to St. Mary's for care.

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NEWS
12:38 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Oil Prices Loom Over State's Income

Locations of State Land Board properties
Credit Colorado State Land Board

Oil prices continue to drop, affecting economies and industries across the world, and Colorado is no different. 

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NEWS
11:51 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Harsher Fines For Oil And Gas Companies

Waste water disposal facility near Platteville, CO
Credit Bill Ellsworth, USGS

There’s been a big shift on the fines that companies pay when they’re in violation of regulations. 

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NEWS
8:13 am
Wed January 7, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

  Newscast

  • Oil prices might affect Colorado budget
  • New, stricter fines for oil and gas violations
  • Leadville hospital scheduled to close, might be saved by outside investors
NEWS
11:10 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Colorado Tries To Educate On Pot Laws

Logo for the campaign
Credit CDPHE

There's a new campaign from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.  Ali Maffey is the Retail Marijuana Education Program Manager, and she says an awareness campaign is needed for Coloradans and visitors.

"Through our legislative mandate, we received funding from the marijuana sales tax dollars," says Maffey, "to educate all of Coloradans and the visitors about what the laws are in Colorado, and what potential health effects to look for. 

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NEWS
10:51 am
Tue January 6, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Newscast

  • Colorado tries to educate citizens, tourists about marijuana
  • State bike maps get local update
  • Social Security benefits sees light raise
  • Three elk become trapped in icy water
NEWS
6:00 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

CDOT Wants Local Input On Statewide Bike Map

Cyclists racing down McClure Pass during Stage 2 of the 2014 USA Pro Challenge in Colorado.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The Colorado Department of Transportation, CDOT, maintains a statewide map of bike routes. The agency is looking to upgrade this online map with more local information. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to CDOT spokesman Dan Wilson about the effort. Wilson says the agency wants local governments to help it update the map. 

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NEWS
8:13 am
Mon January 5, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Jan. 5, 2014

  Newscast

  • Montrose School District saves money on bills
  • Dish Network pays settlement over rate changes
  • A look at where things stand with the Gunnison Sage Grouse
NEWS
8:26 am
Fri January 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

  • Snow removal tough job for Colorado airports
  • Flu season begins
  • A discussion with Colorado House Speaker about upcoming session
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NEWS
12:15 pm
Thu January 1, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

  • State arks across Colorado host guided hikes today
  • National Parks consider raising entrance fees
  • A discussion with the Colorado House minority leader about the new session
  • The Attorney General clarifies the laws about making hash oil
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NEWS
1:48 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Flood Damage Repaired, Aging Congregation Still Faces Challenges

Chapel of the Interlude includes a tiny sanctuary (left) and a fellowship hall (right) for gatherings. Both were severely damaged by 2013 floods in Colorado.
Grace Hood KUNC

Originally published on Thu January 1, 2015 2:55 pm

This is part of a series of stories about starting over, profiling people who, by choice or circumstance, reinvented or transformed themselves.

Chapel of the Interlude is a fitting name for a church in the middle of a narrow, winding canyon.

In 1969, benefactors built the intimate wood-paneled structure to provide an oasis next to one of the busiest roads leading to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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