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2:33 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Questions Remain About How To Use Data From License Plate Scanners

License plate scanners have helped police locate stolen vehicles and have even assisted in murder investigations. But with their ability to track a person's every move, skeptics worry about privacy.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 5:52 pm

License plate scanners have become a fact of life. They're attached to traffic lights, on police cars — even "repo" staff use them. All those devices have created a torrent of data, raising new concerns about how it's being stored and analyzed.

Bryce Newell's laptop is filled with the comings and goings of Seattle residents. The data comes from the city's license plate scanner, acquired from the police through public disclosure requests. He plugs in a license plate number, uncovering evidence of long-forgotten errands.

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NEWS
12:09 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

U.S. Finalizes Rules To Protect Rivers, Streams From Pollution

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 10:31 am

The Obama administration announced new clean water rules Wednesday that it says will protect sources of drinking water for 117 million Americans, rules welcomed by environmental groups, but bitterly opposed by congressional Republicans and farm state democrats.

The rules clarify which waterways fall under the Clean Water Act.

President Obama, in a statement released by the White House, said that in recent years:

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NEWS
9:35 am
Wed May 27, 2015

It Was A Quiet Session At The Colorado Statehouse For Oil & Gas

Ken Lund Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 6:59 am

Energy development is always a hot topic at the statehouse, but 2015 was oddly quiet. Even with recommendations from a task force studying the issue, state lawmakers did little this past session where oil and gas drilling is concerned. As a result, some of the more long-standing issues as local control and public health concerns are still simmering.

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NEWS
7:58 am
Wed May 27, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

  Newscast

  • Delta stabbing
  • Paradise Theater receives Historic Landmark designation
  • Eagle County increases support of renewable energy
  • State lawmakers did little where oil and gas drilling is concerned
NEWS
3:13 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Paradise Theatre Named Historic Landmark

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Paradise Theatre in Paonia is now a Historic Landmark. Last November, the Friends of the Paradise Theatre applied for the designation. And, last week the Delta County Commissioners approved it. KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Tom Stevens, the vice president of the theatre's board, about the designation.

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NEWS
12:50 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Got A Voice For Radio? The Algorithm Speaks

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Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 7:46 am

Nearly a thousand of you heeded our call on All Tech Considered to submit a voice sample. The idea: Let a computer algorithm decide if you have a voice for radio.

Now, we've got the results.

Actor Wilbur Fitzgerald rated highly (surprise, surprise):

But most of you who responded are not actors. And it turns out, you don't need professional training to impress man or machine.

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NEWS
7:55 am
Tue May 26, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, May 26, 2015

  Newscast

  • VA hospital
  • Rocky Mountain National Park working with farmers to fight pollution
  • Accident kills one over weekend in Grand Junction
  • North Fork Seed Library provides plants for all
NEWS
10:39 am
Mon May 25, 2015

CDOT Approves $1 Million for the Southwest Chief

Amtrak's Southwest Chief travels from Chicago to Los Angeles, passing through southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.
Steve Wilson Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 1:41 pm

The Colorado Department of Transportation Commission voted unanimously to approve $1 million to help preserve the Southwest Chief rail line in southern Colorado. It's part of a route that stretches from Chicago to Los Angeles.

The aging track needs major upgrades or Amtrak will have to reroute the line out of Colorado and parts of New Mexico and Kansas. The train stops in Lamar, La Junta and Trinidad, in southeastern Colorado.

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NEWS
10:36 am
Mon May 25, 2015

At Dover Air Force Base, Bringing Home The Fallen With Grief And Joy

A carry team at Dover Air Force Base trains on the proper protocol for a dignified transfer.
Ariel Zambelich NPR

Originally published on Sun May 24, 2015 11:44 am

There is a grim kind of math that comes with war.

Most of the troops who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were flown to Dover Air Force base in Delaware. And for most of the wars, those dignified transfers were off limits to the press. That changed in 2009, when President Obama lifted the media ban and paid a visit to Dover himself.

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NEWS
7:57 am
Mon May 25, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, May 25, 2015

  Newscast

  • Haven House raises money to buy building
  • Delta Middle School grapples with strange incident
  • Bird Flu ravages chicken farms, Colorado untouched for now
  • CDOT approves funding for Amtrak line repairs
  • iSeeChange meeting tomorrow

NEWS
5:19 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

West Slope Homeless Shelter To Stay

Haven House is a long-term homeless shelter that serves families and individuals in six counties in western Colorado.
Credit Haven House

A transitional housing program for homeless families on the Western Slope now has a permanent home. 

Haven House will remain in Olathe. 

"We are happy to report that the housing authority that owned the building has agreed to our contract for the purchase," Larry Fredericksen, the executive director of the nonprofit faith-based shelter, says. "The closing is set for May 28."

Earlier this month, Haven House got a notice from the Montrose County Housing Authority saying it had sold the two-acre site.

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NEWS
2:53 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

Paonia Eagles Win State Track Championship

Top Left to Right: Coach Randall Palmer, Courtney Van Vleet, Mckenna Palmer, Coach Brian Mitchum, Coach Brent McRae, Morgan Hartigan, Jeze Fabijanic , Ashley Van Vleet, Cheyanna Christian, Taylor Carsten, Coach Scott Reinks -- Bottom Left to Right: Randy Rapke, Kassidy Rapke, Brianna Van Vleet, Emily Pieper, Marisa Edmonson, Easton Hartigan, Brooklynd Ericson, Deon Jensen, Chelsea Meilner, Shira Woods, Brooke Hillman
Credit Tannille Van Vleet

The Paonia High School Girls Track team are state champions, again.  Last weekend the Eagles won their third state championship in a row.  To talk about the event, KVNF's Jake Ryan sat down with Ashley Van Vleet and Chelsea Meilner.

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NEWS
11:32 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Who Let The Dogs In? We Did, About 30,000 Years Ago

Josh Brones walks his hunting dogs, Dollar (from left), Sequoia and Tanner, near his home in Wilton, Calif., in 2012.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Fri May 22, 2015 5:36 pm

It looks like dogs might well have been man's (and woman's) best friend for a lot longer than once thought.

The long-held conventional wisdom is that canis lupus familiaris split from wolves 11,000 to 16,000 years ago and that the divergence was helped along by Stone Age humans who wanted a fellow hunter, a sentry and a companion.

Now, DNA evidence suggests that the split between dogs and their wild ancestors occurred closer to 30,000 years ago.

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NEWS
8:07 am
Fri May 22, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • Police reform bills become law
  • Roadless Rule Exception comment period closes
  • BLM looks for more citizen advisors
  • Wildfire bill signed
  • Weather continues to have a wet outlook
  • Kebler pass opens for summer
NEWS
7:57 am
Thu May 21, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, May 21, 2015

  Newscast

  • Three tragedies hit Grand Junction within 18 hours
  • Tobacco banned from a Western Slope college
  • Xcel Energy gets OK for drones
  • Standardized testing bill becomes law
  • Roadwork brings closures for key highways
NEWS
1:40 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Avian Flu Outbreak Takes Poultry Producers Into Uncharted Territory

"No trespassing" signs are posted on the edge of a field at a farm operated by Daybreak Foods near Eagle Grove, Iowa, which has been designated "bio security area," on May 17.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 2:25 pm

An avian flu outbreak is sweeping across the Midwest at a frightening pace, ravaging chicken and turkey farms and leaving officials stumped about the virus's seemingly unstoppable spread.

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NEWS
4:10 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

West Slope College Goes Tobacco-Free

More than 1,000 colleges and universities across the U.S. are tobacco-free, according to the American Nonsmokers' Rights Foundation.
Credit Flickr/smartsignbrooklyn

A college on the Western Slope is joining the growing number of higher education institutions that ban tobacco products.

The Delta-Montrose Technical College will be a tobacco-free school.

"All forms of tobacco products including smoking and smokeless tobacco or chew and e-cigarettes are banned," John Jones, the college's director, said.

He said it was a two-year process to get the policy in place.

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NEWS
11:50 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Thompson Divide Swap Gets Delta County Support

Several counties across the Western Slope have supported the Thompson Divide lease swap.  Delta County was one of the last holdouts, but they made their decision on Monday.

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NEWS
7:54 am
Wed May 20, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

  Newscast

  • Delta County signs on for Thompson Divide Lease Swap
  • Western Slope receives grant for healthy workplaces
  • CDOT closes US 550 to retrieve crashed vehicle
  • Evaporation pit in Mesa County gets another treatment to stop smells
  • Paonia Eagles take state Track and Field championship for third time
  • Ballot initiatives bill becomes law
NEWS
4:41 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Western Slope Communities Get Workplace Wellness Grant

Delta County will oversee the $630,000 state grant to create a regional workplace program in six counties.
Credit flickr/ashkyd

Six counties on the Western Slope have received a large grant to promote workplace wellness.  

The $630,000 grant is from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Over the next three years, Delta, Montrose, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray, and San Miguel counties will share the funding to create a workplace wellness program. 

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NEWS
11:52 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Haven House Nears Goal To Buy Property, Keep Shelter Open

Credit Haven House

The future of a transitional housing program for homeless families on the Western Slope is uncertain. 

Haven House needs to raise $345,000 by Friday to buy the property where it operates. 

The shelter opened in Olathe four years ago. It has 30 units where homeless families and individuals can stay for an extended period.

"Certainly between Grand Junction and Durango there is nothing like it," Larry Fredericksen, the president of the nonprofit faith-based shelter, said.

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NEWS
10:35 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Plan Bee: White House Unveils Strategy To Protect Pollinators

The federal government hopes to reverse America's declining honeybee and monarch butterfly populations.
Andy Duback AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 1:50 pm

There is a buzz in the air in Washington, and it's about honeybees. Concerned about an alarming decline in honeybee colonies, the Obama administration has released a National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators.

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NEWS
7:56 am
Tue May 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, May 19, 2015

  Newscast

  • Highway 133 closes down this Thursday
  • Homeless Shelter nears goal to own building in Montrose
  • Sen. Gardner visits Western Slope over weekend
  • New laws push for more math and science jobs for Colorado grads
  • Talk with new director of wildland firefighting complex
NEWS
2:49 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On

Debra Bowen, then California secretary of state, demonstrates the state's online voter registration system when it was launched in 2012. Voters can also still register using a paper form.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 5:42 pm

Voters in more than half the states will soon be able to register online, rather than filling out a paper form and sending it in.

Twenty states have implemented online voter registration so far, almost all in the past few years. Seven other states and the District of Columbia are now in the process of doing so. That includes Florida, where Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last Friday requiring the state to allow online voter registration by 2017.

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NEWS
8:04 am
Mon May 18, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, May 18, 2015

  Newscast

  • Oxbow mine auctions off equipment
  • Colorado Mesa University receives grant for innovation center
  • A talk with local state representative about session
  • Montrose airport breaks ground on second flight service company
  • Gov. Hickenlooper issues order to protect sage grouse, avoid listing
NEWS
4:59 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Rep. Coram On The 2015 State Legislative Session

Don Coram talks about House Bill 1006 at its signing ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The 2015 state legislative session has come to an end. KVNF's Laura Palmisano caught up with Republican Rep. Don Coram at a recent bill signing event in Montrose. He represents House District 58, which covers Montrose, San Miguel, Dolores and Montezuma counties.

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NEWS
8:00 am
Fri May 15, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 15, 2015

  Newscast

  • Delta road closure opportunity for Chamber of Commerce
  • New law gives tax incentives for new businesses on western slope
  • Federal study finishes report of possibilities for water conservation
  • Man charged with attempted murder in Norwood
  • Area photographer tries to show people behind police uniforms
NEWS
7:55 am
Thu May 14, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, May 14, 2015

  Newscast

  • Hickenlooper signs invasive species bill into law
  • Telluride school district invests heavily into solar power
  • US Judge rules against the approval of two coal mine expansions
  • Fire season forecast looks better as more rain falls
  • New law will study traffic on I­-70
NEWS
5:02 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Montrose Library District Faces Grim Budget Deficit

The Montrose Library in downtown Montrose, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Great Recession officially ended in 2009, but communities on the Western Slope are still feeling its effects.

In Montrose County, unemployment remains high and property values have not returned to pre-recession levels.

Paul Paladino, the director of the Montrose Regional Library District, said low property values affect the libraries.

"We are funded 90 percent from property taxes," said Paladino.

He said since 2013, the library system has faced a $420,000 budget deficit and is dipping into reserves to help make up for that loss.

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NEWS
4:41 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

EPC Commissioners Approve Settlements

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 1:52 pm

El Paso County Commissioners have voted to approve two settlements in claims brought against the Sheriff’s office, former Sheriff Terry Maketa, and former Undersheriff Paula Presley.  The claims allege lost income and benefits due to a hostile work environment.

 

County Attorney Amy Folsom said at Tuesday morning’s commissioner’s meeting that her office has analyzed the risk of liability and evaluated the potential cost of litigation in each case.

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