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11:52 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Leftover Colorado Big-Game Hunting Licenses Go On Sale Aug. 5

Leftover big-games licenses for elk and other animals go on sale Aug 5.
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Colorado Parks and Wildlife said it has plenty of leftover big-game licenses for the 2014 season.

The agency said it has about 6,000 deer, 30,000 elk, 5,000 pronghorn, and 1,800 bear licenses for the fall hunting season. 

Joe Lewandowski, a spokesman for Parks and Wildlife, said the deadline to apply for big-game licenses was in April. He said most hunters don’t get their first choice and the agency usually have leftover licenses available for purchase.

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NEWS
10:54 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Russell Stover Candies Bought By Swiss Chocolate Company Lindt

Swiss chocolate company Lindt has purchased Russell Stover Candies, which had a factory in Montrose.
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Russell Stover Candies has been bought by Swiss chocolate company Lindt & Sprüngli. The purchase was announced earlier this month. 

Russell Stover has two factories in Kansas, one in Texas, and one in Montrose, Colorado.

The purchase makes Lindt the number three chocolate manufacturer in North American, according to the announcement.

KVNF tried to reach Russell Stover to comment on the acquisition and see how it will affect the factory in Montrose. The company has yet to respond to the request.

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NEWS
8:28 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Dollar Tree To Buy Family Dollar In $8.5 Billion Deal

People shop outside of a Family Dollar discount store in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

With Dollar Tree's agreement to purchase Family Dollar on Monday, two of the United States' biggest discount stores are coming together in a deal estimated at $8.5 billion in cash and stock.

The New York Times reports:

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NEWS
8:20 am
Mon July 28, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, July 28, 2014

  Newscast

  • Elks Springs Fire
  • Update on Alkali Fire burning northwest of Craig
  • Lindt & Sprüngli Buys Russell Stover Candies
  • Personhood proposal impacts Colorado U.S. Senate race
  • Christie, governors on immigrant kids, Republican image
  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife Has Plenty Of Leftover Fall Hunting Licenses 
NEWS
4:09 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Colorado Rockies Hand Out Free Jerseys — With A Typo

Originally published on Mon July 28, 2014 11:52 am

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NEWS
11:47 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Mtn. Lion Struck Near Hotchkiss, Colorado State Patrol Fails To Report It To Parks & Wildlife

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV near Hotchkiss on Sunday. Last week a mountain lion was spotted around town, according to the Hotchkiss Police Department.
Credit National Parks Service

Colorado State Patrol has a failed to report a vehicle hitting a mountain lion near Hotchkiss on Sunday to Colorado Parks and Wildlife. 

A mountain lion was reportedly hit by an SUV outside of Hotchkiss on Sunday.

Kathy Linnell, a Paonia resident, said she struck the cat on Highway 92.

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NEWS
8:19 am
Fri July 25, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, July 25, 2014

  Newscast

  • Boulder District Court Rules Longmont Can’t Ban Fracking,
  • Wildfire Burns Northwest Of Craig Grows
  • Food Recalled At Whole Foods Over Listeria Concern
  • Mesa County Confirms Case of Hantavirus
  • Colorado Highway Patrol Fails to Notify Parks & Wildlife Of Potentially Injured Mountain Lion
  • Advocacy Group Looks To Forest Service Solution Thompson Divide 
NEWS
8:13 am
Thu July 24, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, July 24, 2014

Newscast

  • Judge rules against Colorado's gay marriage ban
  • Colorado’s ranking on child well-being report falls
  • NJ Gov. Chris Christie visits to Denver to support Bob Beauprez
  • Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen steps back due to Alzheimer's
  • Cedaredge police officers test body cameras 

NEWS
5:59 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Cedaredge Police Officers Testing Body Cameras

Cedaredge police officer Jake Hernandez is wearing a body camera mounted to his sunglasses. The police department is testing the cameras under a pilot program.
Credit Cedaredge Police Department

The Cedaredge police department started testing body cameras on officers last week. 

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano spoke with Cedaredge Police Chief Daniel Sanders about the program. 

PALMISANO: “The Cedaredge Police Department is testing on-body cameras. Can you tell me about that program?”

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NEWS
5:47 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Colorado Ranks In The Middle On Child Well-Being Report

Colorado ranked 22nd this year on the Annie E. Casey Foundation report that assesses child well-being.
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released its annual report that assesses child well-being in the United States.

The publication ranked states on overall child welfare in four main categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. 

This year Massachusetts, Vermont, and Iowa ranked top on the list for child well-being while Nevada, New Mexico, and Mississippi ranked lowest.

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NEWS
12:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Does Your Dog Feel Jealous, Or Is That A Purely Human Flaw?

Oh, I don't wanna share you with nothing else, I gotta have you to myself.
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Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 8:47 am

When you kiss your husband, does your dog try to get your attention? And does that mean that your dog feels jealous? Threatened? Or are we just imagining that?

Many if not all dog owners are sure that their pets have feelings. And we've known for a while that animals exhibit behaviors that look like jealousy, guilt and shame. But it's hard to find out what animals are really feeling. And researchers say that understanding that could give us valuable insights into human emotions, too.

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NEWS
10:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Mesa County: Weapons Okay Unless You’re Acting In Hostile Manner

Under an amendment unanimously passed Monday by the Mesa County Board of Commissioners it is okay for anyone to openly carry a weapon or have a concealed weapon if they have a permit on county property unless staff feel a person is acting in a threatening manner. 

The amendment is part of a workplace safety resolution that was approved by the board earlier this year.

The resolution originally barred people from having unauthorized weapons on county property. 

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NEWS
8:15 am
Wed July 23, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

  Newscast

  • Produce recalled at City Marker & King Sooper over Listeria concern
  • Weapons okay in Mesa County building unless staff find carrier threatening
  • Anti-Personhood campaign kicks off
  • Judge to issue ruling on gay marriage in Colorado Wednesday
  • U.S. Appeals of Court Rulings On Obamacare Subsidies Don’t Affect Colorado
  • State’s Gubernatorial race narrows
NEWS
8:12 am
Tue July 22, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, July 22, 2014

  Newscast

  • Natl. Park Service report: rec. sites contribute millions to Colorado economy
  • Denver Sheriff Gary Wilson steps down amidst allegations of abuse at Denver Jail
  • BLM wants help identifying Gunnison sage-grouse conversation measures
  • Rebranding Colorado as an agritourism destination
NEWS
4:19 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Natl. Park Service Sites Bring Millions of Dollars to Western Slope, Report Finds

Visitors to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park spent $10.2 million in communities near the site last year, according to a federal report.
Credit J. Schwartz

A new report found areas managed by the National Park Service received over 273 million visitors last year and those visitors spent $14.6 billion in local gateway communities.

The NPS report found tourism at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area had an economic impact of $43.5 million in 2013. 

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NEWS
8:17 am
Mon July 21, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, July 21, 2014

  Newscast

  • State economist discusses Colorado’s June employment outlook
  • Weekly wages highest in Arapahoe County, lowest in San Juan County
  • Agritourism industry growing in Colorado
  • Pneumonic plague
NEWS
10:25 am
Sat July 19, 2014

States That Raised Minimum Wage See Faster Job Growth, Report Says

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (right) and Seattle City Council President Tim Burgess cut a cake to celebrate city's raised minimum wage.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 8:24 am

New data released by the Department of Labor shows that raising the minimum wage in some states does not appear to have had a negative impact on job growth, contrary to what critics said would happen.

In a report on Friday, the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1 have added jobs at a faster pace than those that did not. The data run counter to a Congressional Budget Office report in February that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as the White House supports, could cost as many as 500,000 jobs.

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NEWS
10:27 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Colo. Clerk Recalls Issuing Same-Sex-Marriage Licenses — In 1975

Clela Rorex (right) tells her friend Sue Larson that she doesn't regret her decision to grant the controversial marriage licenses.
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Originally published on Fri July 18, 2014 11:32 am

For the past month, county clerks in Colorado have been challenging a ban on same-sex marriage by issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

The Colorado Supreme Court is expected to rule on their actions any day now.

But few know that this is history repeating itself.

Back in 1975, when Clela Rorex was the newly elected county clerk in Boulder, she began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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NEWS
4:59 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Feds: Weekly Wages Highest In Arapahoe, Lowest In San Juan

Credit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Average weekly wages in the majority of U.S. counties were below the national average of $958, according to new federal data.  

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2013 San Mateo County in California had the highest average weekly wage at $1,983 and Delta County in Texas had the lowest with $378. 

Colorado's Arapahoe County had the highest average weekly wage at $1,116 followed by Boulder County where the average wage was a dollar less. 

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NEWS
4:40 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Colorado Unemployment Continues To Fall

Credit Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

The state's unemployment rate fell to 5.5 percent in June. It's below the national average of 6.1 percent. 

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said the last time the state's unemployment rate was 5.5 percent or lower was October 2008 when the rate was 5.3 percent. 

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased by over 3,000 from May to June to 2,446,800 jobs, according to the department. Colorado has seen 32 consecutive months of payroll job gains. 

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