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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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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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NEWS
8:23 am
Wed December 31, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014

  • Woman Killed in Sledding Accident
  • Colorado School Districts Switch to Online Testing
  • Legislative Preview - Morgan Carroll
  • Delta County Memorial Expansion
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NEWS
11:17 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Region 10 Gets Feedback From Western Slope Seniors

Credit flickr.com/sparkleglowplug

Region 10 is an organization of governments that serves six counties on the Western Slope.  It funds services and resources for senior citizens. The organization recently wrapped up a community conversation series where it got feedback from seniors.  KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Eva Veitch the director of Region 10's Community Living Services about what was learned from the meetings.

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NEWS
10:59 am
Tue December 30, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Newscast:

  • Weekend Falling Fatality at Colorado National Monument
  • Grand Junction City Budget
  • Water Diversion from Western Slope
  • Region 10 Gets Feedback from Seniors
  • Colorado Minimum Wage
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