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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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NEWS
3:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Bill To Fight Invasive, Thirsty Plants

Governor John Hickenlooper talks about House Bill 1006 at the bill's signing ceremony in Montrose.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

On his tour of the Western Slope this week, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill to create a grant program to help communities fight invasive plants that threaten riparian areas in Colorado.

House Bill 1006 creates the Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill at a ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday.

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NEWS
8:02 am
Wed May 13, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, May 13, 2014

  Newscast

  • Wastewater facility target of smell complaints
  • Overdose antidote is now more accessible
  • Unidentified body found in canal
  • Montrose Library district faces grim deficits
  • Restrictions on hemp may be lifted
  • Bear study bill passed into law
NEWS
12:16 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Do We Talk Funny? 51 American Colloquialisms

Jennifer Maravillas Ikon Images/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 7:25 pm

Has American English become homogenized? Have our regional ways of saying particular things — sometimes in very particular ways — receded into the past? Or do we talk as funny as ever?

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NEWS
7:56 am
Tue May 12, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

  Newscast

  • Seatbelt enforcement ramps up this month
  • Veterans thanks, asked for input
  • Road construction flanks the North Fork area
  • Severance tax helps fund multi million dollar shooting range near Palisade
NEWS
7:54 am
Mon May 11, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, May 11, 2015

  Newscast

  • April doesn’t improve snowpack outlook for state, Western Slope
  • Doctor sentenced to probation for false Medicare claims
  • DMEA begins election process
  • Severance taxes help fund large shooting complex on Western Slope
NEWS
11:43 am
Sun May 10, 2015

Western Colorado Climate Challenge Conference in Paonia

Last weekend saw the Western Colorado Climate Challenge in Paonia.  It was a conference focused on the impacts of climate change on the Western Slope, and what could be done to address them.  This event was a little different than others like it.  This is Rob Menzies, one of the facilitators.

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NEWS
5:25 pm
Fri May 8, 2015

Grant Will Boost Shooting Range, Gun Center In Cameo, Once A Coal Town

The state gave Palisade a $2 million severance tax grant to help fund a regional sports shooting complex at Cameo.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The state collects severance taxes from companies that extract nonrenewable resources in Colorado. Some of this money goes to communities in the form of large grants. Most of these grants go to communities to help build fire stations, upgrade water systems, restore historic sites, and aid with other infrastructure or economic development projects. The program is also providing funds for a shooting range on the Western Slope. 

Roger Granat is the 73-year-old mayor of Palisade. He grew up there. And as a boy, he would often visit the neighboring community of Cameo. 

"The general store and the post office sat over here on our right," Granat said on a recent visit to the old town site.  

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NEWS
8:02 am
Fri May 8, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, May 8, 2015

  Newscast

  • More rain to come, but drought may persist
  • Lake City Medical Center hosts free health fair 
  • Severance tax supports Western Slope projects
  • The State Legislature finishes its session 
  • Emergency drills ran at chemical weapons facility
NEWS
5:31 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Colorado's 2015 Legislature Takes A Bow With A Flurry Of Activity

Gov. John Hickenlooper signing the annual budget bill, April 24, 2015. Under the state constitution the only thing the legislature is required to do is pass a balanced budget each year. The last day of the 2015 session was a mad dash for some bills.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 10:12 am

State lawmakers waited until the last minute to decide some of the biggest issues hanging over the capitol for the 2015 legislative session. They worked overtime to get everything wrapped up before a Wednesday midnight.

Reducing the number of standardized tests public school children take has been a top priority for lawmakers in both parties this session. The Governor even mentioned it during his January State of the State Address. Despite overall agreement on the problem, the issue wasn't resolved until the final moments of the session, after months of negotiations and numerous bills on the topic.

Test reform wasn't alone, priorities such as a felony DUI bill, reauthorization of the Office of Consumer Counsel, a change in the law for rain barrels, and a salary increase for elected officials were all on the docket in the waning moments of the General Assembly.

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