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5:09 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

A 'Higher Expectation' Was Part Of One Refugee's Journey From Myanmar To Colorado

Htoo Ler Moo, middle, with his parents at a scholarship award ceremony in Delta, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Across the United States, millions of high schools seniors have just graduated. With diplomas in hand, they are getting ready for what’s next. 

In the rural community of Delta in western Colorado, three Karen refugees recently graduated from the local high school. Their families had to leave behind their homeland in Myanmar, once known as Burma, where the Karen people face violence and persecution.

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2:51 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Lunch Lady Knows There's No Quick Fix For Feeding Hungry Kids

Dakota Valley Elementary School kitchen manager Della Curry said she "knew the whole time it was a firing offense" to give out free lunches.
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Originally published on Tue June 9, 2015 9:25 am

Della Curry gave a free lunch to a hungry child that may be costly.

Curry is the kitchen manager — the lunch lady — at the Dakota Valley Elementary School in Aurora, Colo. She set off a national debate this week when she said that last Friday, "I had a first-grader in front of me, crying, because she doesn't have enough money for lunch," Curry told Denver's KCNC TV. "Yes, I gave her a lunch."

And shortly thereafter, Curry was fired.

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NEWS
10:48 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Paonia Alternative School Officially Stops Classes

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A deadline passed last week for several students in the North Fork.

The Vision Charter Academy announced plans earlier this school year to stop all classes at the Paonia campus, reverting back to a resource for homeschooling families.

Avery McJunkin just finished up his sophomore year at the alternative school.  He was one of several students that campaigned to keep the classes going. 

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NEWS
7:43 am
Mon June 8, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 8, 2015

  Newscast

  • New law expands Cottage Foods Act
  • May’s showers bring lots of snow
  • Vision Charter Academy’s North Fork campus reverts to only homeschooling
  • Capitol Conversation about the flurry of bill signing
NEWS
5:15 pm
Fri June 5, 2015

Gov. Hickenlooper Inks Cottage Foods Expansion Bill

Bread made in a home kitchen under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

A bill signed into law Friday broadens the state's three-year-old cottage foods act. 

House Bill 1102 expands the number of homemade items people can make and sell under the Colorado Cottage Foods Act

It adds pickled vegetables, tortillas, fruit empanadas and flour to the list.

Earlier this year, Monica Wiitanen of Delta County spoke in favor of the measure to state lawmakers in Denver.  

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NEWS
11:05 am
Fri June 5, 2015

Hantavirus Kills Three In Colorado, Sickens A Fourth

Deer mice are the primary carriers of the hantavirus in Colorado.
Credit John Good / National Parks Service

Health officials said a Garfield County man who contracted hantavirus is now recovering at home, but the disease has killed three others in Colorado so far this year.

The Sin Nombre Virus is a strain of hantavirus found in the Four Corners states.

"Rodents, deer mice in particular, shed the virus in their urine and droppings," said Thomas Orr, a regional epidemiologist at the Mesa County Health Department, "and then when humans come in contact with those droppings they breathe in the virus." 

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NEWS
8:09 am
Fri June 5, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, June 5, 2015

  Newscast

  • Flash Flood Watch for Collbran
  • Rare disease on track to sicken more in Colorado
  • Department of Labor considers major changes for guest sheep herders
  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs law asking citizens for marijuana funds
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NEWS
7:59 am
Thu June 4, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 4, 2015

  Newscast

  • Plane crashes in Montrose County
  • Pitkin County supports Thompson Divide Lease Swap
  • CDOT bus service from Denver to Glenwood Springs launches in July
  • Landslide near Collbran threatens more damage
  • Grand Junction homicide
NEWS
3:07 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Trial Of Aurora Theater Shooting Suspect Could Be A Battle Of The Experts

Jurors in the trial of Aurora theater shooting suspect James Holmes will hear differing expert opinions about whether Holmes was legally insane at the time of the shooting.
Andy Cross AP

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 7:21 am

In the trial of James Holmes, prosecutors spent the first month re-creating the night of the shooting. But this isn't a question of whether Holmes killed 12 people at the midnight premiere of the latest Batman movie in Aurora, Colo. The question has always been: Was he insane at the time?

For prosecutors, detailing that night is critical in exploring Holmes' mindset. During the process, jurors watched a lengthy, videotaped psychiatric examination. It was ordered by the court after Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

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NEWS
9:58 am
Wed June 3, 2015

Local Nonprofit Now Providing Legal Aid For Immigrants

Credit Jake Ryan / KVNF

Two employees of the Hispanic Affairs Project, a Western Slope nonprofit, recently got certified to offer legal aid to immigrants. 

The organization is helping people who can’t afford to hire an attorney.  

"I’m an immigrant myself and I know how difficult, complicated and sometimes very frustrating the immigration process can be," said Marketa Zubkova with HAP. 

It took her two years to become an accredited legal representative.

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NEWS
7:48 am
Wed June 3, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 3, 2015

  Newscast

  • Grand junction looks at costlier amphitheatre for park renovation
  • Local nonprofit now provides legal aid for immigrants at low cost
  • Person of interest sought in suspicious death
  • City of Montrose sees more tourism dollars
  • Rescue operation on Mt. Sneffels
  • Tree pushed aside for rafting on North Fork of the Gunnison
  • Former attorney General elected mayor of Colorado Springs
NEWS
6:49 pm
Tue June 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, June 2, 2015

  Newscast

  • SMPA gives back 1.7 million to customers
  • Mesa County checks to see if anyone watches public access
  • US Forest Service releases plan for beetle kill
  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs DUI bill into law
  • Biking festival returns to Paonia
  • Grand Junction resumes issuing drivers licences to illegal immigrants
NEWS
9:24 am
Tue June 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 2, 2015

Newscast

  • SMPA to give back $1.7 million to customers
  • Mesa County checks to see if anyone watches public access
  • US Forest Service releases plan for beetle kill, aspen decline  
  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs DUI bill into law
  • Biking festival returns to Paonia
  • Grand Junction resumes issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants 
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NEWS
12:09 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Program That Teaches How To Eat Healthy Locally Expands

AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Amiott, center, works at a community garden in Montrose County, Colo.
Credit Valley Food Partnership

A program that teaches families in Montrose and Olathe about eating healthy locally is expanding.

Local Farmacy Rx started last year.  

"The meaning behind [the name] is your food is your medicine, sort of speak,"said Abbie Brewer, a coordinator for LiveWell Montrose Olathe.

The organization oversees the program. 

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NEWS
10:26 am
Mon June 1, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, June 1, 2015

Newscast

  • Airplane causes car crash in Mesa County on I-70
  • Woman sentenced to 10 years in jail for embezzling from Garfield County
  • Montrose Planning Commission gives OK for gravel pit
  • Rains bring relief for snowpack, irrigation
  • Program that teaches how to eat healthy locally expands
  • Homeless shelter closes for season

NEWS
7:57 am
Fri May 29, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 29, 2015

  Newscast

  • Feds Unveil Sage­Grouse Protection Proposal
  • Roaring Fork Residents Experience Telecommunication Outage
  • Trial Of Pastor Accused Of Sexual Abuse Scheduled For Later Date
  • Collbran Man Arrested For Attempted Murder of Stepfather
  • Extra Water Savings Likely Addition To State Water Plan
  • Connecting the Drops: Land Planning and Water Use
NEWS
5:25 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Colorado's Growth Brings A Call To Link Water And Land Planning

This almost 9 acre parcel of land just off Highway 36 in Westminster will be home to 65 single family detached houses. This is one of the last undeveloped parcels of land in city limits, and unlike older developments, it will have a lot less lawn.
Maeve Conran KGNU

Originally published on Thu May 28, 2015 11:37 am

Colorado has experienced massive population growth in the last few years, a that trend is projected to continue. Finding enough water to meet the demands of the booming Front Range has city planners closely looking at how new developments can be built with conservation as a key component.

"The 2040 forecast for Colorado is about 7.8 million people, increasing from about 5 million in 2010," said Elizabeth Garner, the state demographer. "How will we deal with it? Where will we put them? How will we provide water resources and other resources, whether it takes 20, 30, 40, 50 years to get there?"

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NEWS
2:00 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

Feds Announce New Plans For Sage Grouse Protection

Bob Wick, Bureau Of Land Management Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 7:49 am

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service has announced a new plan to protect the greater sage grouse from extinction, while hoping to prevent the bird from being added to the endangered species list.

The sage grouse population has dropped from 16 million birds to less than half a million, mainly due to lost sagebrush habitat. The bird's range spans 11 western states including Colorado.

"As land managers of two-thirds of greater sage grouse habitat, we have a responsibility to take action that ensures a bright future for wildlife and a thriving western economy," said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell at the announcement in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

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NEWS
10:10 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Hickenlooper Stands By Embattled Human Services Director

Gov. John Hickenlooper and Department of Human Services Executive Director Reggie Bicha with an award the state won from the National Center for Adoption. Bicha has been under fire from state lawmakers who say they want major changes in the dept.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed May 27, 2015 11:32 am

Earlier in May a majority of state lawmakers signed a letter to the governor expressing concerns over what they said are disturbing issues within the Colorado Department of Human Services. The letter states that the state is over prescribing psychotropic drugs to youth in corrections and foster care, and that the department fails to adequately supervise the county run foster care system.

In their first public appearance since lawmakers called for overhaul – or possibly firing the executive director – Gov. John Hickenlooper stood by Reggie Bicha.

"They are among the best in the United States, [that] doesn't mean they're perfect," said Hickenlooper. "Running a Department of Human Services is the hardest job in state government, because there's zero tolerance, it's like public safety. We all expect absolute perfection."

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7:56 am
Thu May 28, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, May 28, 2015

  Newscast

  • DMV resumes immigrant driver’s license program
  • Cleanup planned for trash site in forest outside Telluride
  • Delta narrows field of prospective city managers
  • Mesa County Jail gets grant to reduce the number of re-offenders
  • Gov. Hickenlooper discusses Department of Human Services
NEWS
5:00 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

State's Immigrant Driver's License Program Reopens Offices, Takes New Appointments

The state program allows undocumented immigrants in Colorado to get a driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card.
Credit Flickr/cryptozoologist

The state’s Division of Motor Vehicles immigrant ID program is once again scheduling appointments. And next week the DMV will reopen two locations to handle applicants. 

The program started last year. It allows undocumented immigrants in Colorado to get a driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card. 

Originally, five DMV locations offered these IDs . And, the program is self-sustaining through fees.

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NEWS
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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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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12:50 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Got A Voice For Radio? The Algorithm Speaks

iStockphoto

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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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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