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8:01 am
Wed June 24, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Newscast

  • Delta County man diagnosed with infectious disease
  • Two dead, two missing in Colorado rivers over the weekend
  • Judge won’t dismiss case against Grand Junction over panhandling ordinance
  • Birth control program gets another year of funding despite lack of legislative support

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NEWS
2:50 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Just In Time For Summer: National Parks Hiking Entrance Fees

Many national parks, including Yellowstone, are raising visitor fees.
Anick Jesdanun AP

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:23 pm

Updated at 4:45 p.m. ET

Visiting a national park this summer?

Be prepared to pay more for the experience. Many national parks across the country, faced with tight budgets and delayed maintenance, are increasing entrance fees.

The National Park Service says 106 of the 128 parks that charge entry fees are raising those fees or planning to do so in the coming year.

The list includes many of the most popular parks such as Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, as well as monuments and historic sites.

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NEWS
1:41 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Delta County Sees First Human Case Of Tularemia, Health Officials Concerned

Tularemia is caused by bacteria found in the environment. It’s contracted through cuts, insect bites, handing infected animals, eating or drinking contaminated food of water, or by inhaling it.
Credit NRCS Soil Health

A Delta County man is recovering after contracting tularemia. Although it’s the first reported case of the disease on the Western Slope this year, health officials are concerned.

Last year in Colorado 16 people were diagnosed with tularemia.

That's the second highest number of cases in Colorado since 1983 when there were 20 cases, according to the Colorado Department of Health and Environment.

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NEWS
3:02 am
Tue June 23, 2015

How Fracking Is Fueling A Power Shift From Coal To Gas

Bill Pentak of Panda Power Funds (left), Plant Manager John Martin (center) and Construction Manager Rob Risher (right) stand in front of the construction site for the new Panda Liberty gas power plant in Towanda, Penn. The plant, expected to come online in early 2016, was deliberately sited on top of the Marcellus Shale to take advantage of the cheap, abundant gas.
Marie Cusick WITF

Originally published on Tue June 23, 2015 6:10 am

When you flip on a light switch, odds are, you're burning coal. But as the fracking boom continues to unleash huge quantities of natural gas, the nation's electric grid is changing. Power plants are increasingly turning to this low-cost, cleaner-burning fossil fuel.

Bill Pentak stands in the middle of a construction site, looking up at his company's latest project towering overhead — a new natural gas power plant.

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NEWS
6:27 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • School board OK’s alternative education in Paonia Elementary
  • Parachute allows recreational marijuana
  • Annual local government meeting in Breckenridge wraps up
  • Migratory bird protections may be removed
  • Gas leak causes explosion in Lake City

NEWS
5:30 pm
Mon June 22, 2015

Colorado's IUD Program Remains Confident On Continuing, Still Seeking State Support

Liz Romer, a nurse practioner and director of the family planning program for Children's Hospital Colorado is looking over a list of patient appointments with Rebecca Cohen M.D.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 2:37 pm

Despite state lawmakers failing to pass a bill to fund the effort, a program to provide long acting reversible birth control to young, low-income women in Colorado is being extended for another year.

The long acting contraceptives, according to state figures, have helped cut teen pregnancy rates in the state by 40 percent. Abortions have gone down too.

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NEWS
4:42 pm
Sat June 20, 2015

Residents Fight To Block Fracked Gas In New York's Finger Lakes

At an October protest, hundreds of "We Are Seneca Lake" members block the gates of Crestwood Midstream to protest against the expansion of fracked gas storage in the Finger Lakes.
PR Newswire AP

Originally published on Sat June 20, 2015 4:45 pm

New York state's Seneca Lake is the heart of the Finger Lakes, a beautiful countryside of steep glacier-carved hills and long slivers of water with deep beds of salt. It's been mined on Seneca's shore for more than a century.

The Texas company Crestwood Midstream owns the mine now, and stores natural gas in the emptied-out caverns. It has federal approval to increase the amount, and it's seeking New York's OK to store 88 million gallons of propane as well.

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NEWS
6:18 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Paonia Could Get Waldorf Focused Education Program

The inspired by Waldorf program would be part of Paonia Elementary.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The Delta County School Board has approved a Waldorf inspired education program in Paonia.

For the past three years, a group of parents and educators in the North Fork Valley have tried to open a Waldorf inspired charter school.  

The school board and the state board of education denied their charter recognition.

However, the group worked with district officials and school administrators to come up with a compromise.

It would create a K-4 program inspired by the Waldorf model at Paonia Elementary School. 

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NEWS
4:16 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

FERC Gives DMEA Greenlight To Buy More Local Power

Credit Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

A federal decision issued Thursday says the Delta-Montrose Electric Association is obligated to purchase power from qualifying facilities.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision means DMEA can buy more locally produced power.

Previously, the electric cooperative could only buy five-percent of its energy from providers other than Tri-State, a wholesale power supplier in four states.

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NEWS
7:57 am
Fri June 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 19, 2015

  Newscast

  • FERC Rules DMEA Can Buy More Local Power
  • Call For Public Comment On Oil & Gas Wells Near Somerset
  • Another Study Links Earthquakes With Injection Wells
  • Voters To Decide On Marijuana Tax
  • Rep. Yeulin Willett On The 2015 Legislative Session
NEWS
8:02 am
Thu June 18, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 18, 2015

  Newscast

  • DMEA annual meeting brings in new board member, billing process
  • Summer heats up next week
  • Highway 133 closure this week
  • Colorado proposed changes to voting rules
  • Spruce beetle plan gets extention for public comment
  • Birth Control program receives another round of funding
NEWS
10:25 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Black Canyon Astronomy Festival Kicks Off

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park at night.
Credit Courtesy of Greg Owens

The sixth annual Black Canyon Astronomy Festival starts today and runs through Saturday, June 20. 

The festival takes place at the south rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park outside of Montrose. The event is put on with the help of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Art Trevena, the group’s vice president, to learn more about this year’s festival. 

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NEWS
10:03 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Ride The Rockies Stops In Hotchkiss

Ride the Rockies participants end the second day of the bike tour in Hotchkiss.

Ride the Rockies kicked off its second day with a 96 mile ride from Grand Junction to Hotchkiss on Monday.

Hundreds of riders braved the heat and a steep climb over the Grand Mesa. 

The ride ended in Hotchkiss where cyclists didn’t descend onto the town all at once. Some rode in small groups and others were riding solo.

Carrie Yantzer, the principal of Hotchkiss K8, and a few other supporters greeted people as they peddled past.

Yantzer said she’s happy to see Ride the Rockies return to town. 

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NEWS
9:28 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Reactions To Colorado's Supreme Court Decision On Medical Marijuana In The Workplace

Colorado Supreme Court

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 3:16 pm

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that companies can legally fire employees for using medical marijuana, even off duty.

The decision is based on the case of Brandon Coats, a quadriplegic who takes medical marijuana to control muscle spasms in his legs. Dish Network fired him from his job as a customer service representative in 2010 after he failed a random drug test. Coats then sued for unlawful termination.

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NEWS
7:58 am
Wed June 17, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

  Newscast

  • Safety Tips For Rafting Colorado Waterways
  • City And County Leaders From Across Colorado Meet In Breckenridge
  • Mesa County Regional Workforce Center Changes Status
  • Grand Junction Joins National High­-Speed Internet Effort
  • Black Canyon Astronomy Festival Kicks Off
NEWS
3:02 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Concern Grows Over Unregulated Pesticide Use Among Marijuana Growers

Using chemicals to control bugs or mold is common among commercial cannabis growers. But with no federal oversight, experts are concerned growers may be using dangerous pesticides.
Ted S. Warren AP

Originally published on Wed June 17, 2015 5:19 am

The marijuana industry has a pesticide problem. Many commercial cannabis growers use chemicals to control bugs and mold. But the plant's legal status is unresolved.

The grow room at Medical MJ Supply in Fort Collins, Colo., has all the trappings of a modern marijuana cultivation facility: glowing yellow lights, plastic irrigation tubes, and rows of knee-high cannabis plants.

"We're seeing a crop that's probably in it third or fourth week," says Nick Dice, the owner.

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NEWS
7:56 am
Tue June 16, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • Missing Paonia Man Found Dead
  • Tri-State To Buy Power From Colorado Wind Farm
  • Ride the Rockies Stops in Hotchkiss
  • Hwy 133 Closure On Friday
  • Region 10 Creates Support Group For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Colorado Businesses Can Legally Fire Employees Who Use Marijuana
  • Marijuana Use In Colorado
  • Ridgway Woman Trampled By Donkeys 
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NEWS
10:16 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Colorado Supreme Court Says Employees Can Be Fired For Marijuana Use

Brandon Coats works on his computer at his home in Denver in December 2012.
Ed Andrieski AP

Originally published on Mon June 15, 2015 9:27 am

Now that marijuana use is legal in Colorado, can employees be fired for lighting up a joint in their free time?

That was the question before the Colorado Supreme Court this term and on Monday it came to a conclusion: Yes, you can get fired.

The case was brought by Brandon Coats, who sued Dish Network after it fired him for using his "state-licensed ... medical marijuana at home during nonworking hours."

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NEWS
7:58 am
Mon June 15, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 15, 2015

  Newscast

  • Federal officials doubt Possibility of public lands transfer
  • Cost of getting ­by increasing faster than wages
  • Radioactive car found in Grand Junction
  • Head of state board of education resigns
  • Battle over funding for Wildland firefighting
NEWS
3:22 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Rainbow Trout On The Rebound In Colorado

Credit Courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

State wildlife officials say rainbow trout populations in Colorado are finally on the rebound after they were hard hit by whirling disease in the 1990's. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano spoke to Eric Fetherman, an aquatic research scientist for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, to learn more about the recovery of the fish. 

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NEWS
10:31 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Olathe Gets $226K Grant For Walkway Expansion Project

Olathe got a $226,000 grant to help fund a walkway expansion project from the elementary school to the middle and high school in town.
Credit Flickr/jstephenconn

The town of Olathe recently received a large grant for a walkway expansion project.

Olathe got nearly $226,000 through the federal Transportation Alternative Program. The Colorado Department of Transportation distributes the funds to communities.

"The scope of the project is to provide additional walkway for a section of town that has a high volume of pedestrian traffic," Patty Gabriel, Olathe’s town administrator, said.  "And, it would connect our Olathe Middle & High School with our Olathe Elementary School."

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NEWS
8:02 am
Fri June 12, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 12, 2015

  Newscast

  • No Charges In Fatal Fruita Shooting
  • Attempted Robbery In Montrose
  • Local Schools Awarded Millions For Improvement Projects
  • Delta County Gets Its First Car Charging Station
  • Colorado's First Outdoor Summit
  • Ride The Rockies Celebrates 30th Anniversary
  • Rainbow Trout Make A Comeback In Colorado
NEWS
10:03 am
Thu June 11, 2015

From Solitary To The Streets: Released Inmates Get Little Help

Brian Nelson, 50, at his home in Chicago. Five years after he was released from solitary confinement, he says it's still hard to be around people.
Peter Hoffman for NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 4:12 am

In prison, Brian Nelson lived in solitary confinement. That meant 23 hours a day in a small cell. No human contact, except with guards — for 12 years straight.

Then, his prison sentence for murder was over. One moment he was locked down. The next, he was free.

NPR and The Marshall Project, an online journalism group that focuses on the criminal justice system, investigated the release of tens of thousands of prisoners from solitary confinement to find out how many prisoners, like Nelson, go straight from solitary to the streets.

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NEWS
7:57 am
Thu June 11, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 11, 2015

  Newscast

  • Boy Scouts stranded on snowy mountain trail
  • Health officials concerned over possible mosquito surge
  • Montrose County School District struggles with budget
  • More oil and gas wells planned for Mesa County
  • North Fork residents travel to D.C. to weigh in on Thompson Divide lease swap
NEWS
3:02 am
Thu June 11, 2015

America's Next Economic Boom Could Be Lying Underground

Pump jacks and wells work in an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation in California. Economist Michael Porter says that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a "game changer" for the U.S. economy.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 12:42 pm

There's a serious problem in the American economy: Big corporations are doing well, but real household income for average Americans has been falling over the past decade — down 9 percent, according to census data.

"That's not good for America," says Harvard economist Michael Porter. "That's not good for America's standard of living. That's not good for our ultimate vitality as a nation."

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NEWS
9:57 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Interior, Agriculture Secretaries Call For Wildfire Funding Reforms

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell came to Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Commerce City to urge a change in how the federal government funds large wildfire suppression.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed June 10, 2015 7:06 am

Sally Jewell, the Secretary of the Interior and Tom Vilsack, the Secretary of Agriculture, came to Colorado Tuesday to urge a change in how the federal government pays to fight catastrophic wildfires.

"The solution is for these fires to be looked upon in the same way we look at tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods, they're natural disasters and they should be funded as such," Vilsack said.

Interior's Jewell agrees the funding mechanism should change.

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NEWS
9:34 am
Wed June 10, 2015

From Bills To Ballots, What's Next At The Colorado Statehouse?

KUNC File Photo

Originally published on Mon June 8, 2015 6:33 am

It's been a month since Colorado lawmakers wrapped up their 2015 legislative session at the state capitol, but the work is far from over. Many of the bills that failed this year will likely be back next session and some long-standing issues may already be poised to go before voters in 2016.

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7:59 am
Wed June 10, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 10, 2015

  Newscast

  • Coroner IDs Woman Killed In Crash, Wanted By Western Slope Authorities
  • Palisade Police Chief Resigns, Sgt. Takes Over
  • Olathe Gets Grant For Walkway Expansion Project
  • Water Well Testing In The North Fork Valley
  • From Bills To Ballots, What's Next At The Colorado Statehouse?
NEWS
2:07 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

The Unfinished VA Hospital That's More Than $1 Billion Over Budget

Sloan Gibson, deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs, speaks in April at the construction site of the VA hospital in Aurora, Colo. The unfinished hospital is more than $1 billion over its original budget and congressional funding runs out this week.
David Zalubowski AP

Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 4:57 pm

A decade ago, plans were drawn up for a huge Veterans Affairs hospital near Denver intended to replace old and crowded facilities for nearly 400,000 vets in Colorado and neighboring states.

The original budget was $328 million, but that was totally unrealistic, the VA now acknowledges. So how much did it finally cost?

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NEWS
8:05 am
Tue June 9, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 9, 2015

  Newscast

  • Plane crash kills Crawford resident
  • Collbran avoids flash flood
  • Arrest made in Delta stabbing
  • A look at highschool graduation for ethnic refugees living on the Western Slope
  • Rafter drowns in Colorado River near Glenwood Springs

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