NEWS

Local Newscast
8:22 am
Fri February 22, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Friday, February 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • A second company wants Thompson Divide leases suspended
  • Mesa County Commissioners want more time to examine RMP
  • New House bill might require Colorado food to carry GMO labels
  • Paonia Eagles soaring at state wrestling tournament
  • Former Interior Sec. Babbitt urges conservation

Local Newscast
8:26 am
Thu February 21, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, February 21, 2013

Headlines:

  • Forest report reveals damage by spruce beetles
  • Miners back to work at Elk Creek in Somerset
  • $895 million price tag to clean uranium tailings from Arkansas River
  • Controlled burns planned for some 12,000 acres on Western Slope
  • Increased ozone linked to oil and gas drilling in Eastern Utah
  • Playoff time for local hoops players, wrestlers go to state

Capitol Coverage
7:27 am
Thu February 21, 2013

2012 Forest Health Report

The spruce beetle is now outpacing the mountain pine beetle as the biggest insect threat to Colorado forests. The information was released to lawmakers in the annual Forest Health Report on Wednesday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


NEWS
12:03 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

County Commissioners Study Impact of Delta County Tire Recycling Program

Landfill manager Kevin Hunt estimates the landfill gets about 50 tires a week, but occasionally he has seen dumptrucks full of tires unloaded for free.

For years Delta County has allowed people to dump tires for free at its Adobe Buttes Landfill – a policy that they are now re-examining. Old tires are not popular at landfills. They take up a lot of space, they can trap methane gases and become housing for rodents. Burning tires pollute air, soil and water. So why has Delta County agreed to take them for free, no questions asked? Other counties either charge or refuse to take them into their landfills.

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Local Newscast
8:35 am
Wed February 20, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Headlines:

  • Sex Ed bill passes state house after vigorous debate
  • Task force recommends marijuana tourism, local ownership of pot shops
  • Delta County Commissioners discuss alternatives to dumping old tires in landfills
  • Mesa County school safety task force meets weekly, will inform school board

Capitol Coverage
7:33 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Sex Ed Bill Draws Debate

A bill to revamp sex education classes for Colorado students has initially passed the house on Tuesday after a rigorous debate. The measure aims to make instruction more culturally sensitive and add information on homosexuality. But opponents say it would take away the rights of parents. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
8:25 am
Tue February 19, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Headlines:

  • Regulators seek to define terms in Amendment 64
  • Dems pass controversial gun control bills in state house
  • Wildlife experts seeking help in restoring black-footed ferrets
  • Former Interior Secretary Babbitt urges conservation

Capitol Coverage
7:24 am
Tue February 19, 2013

House Dems Pass Gun Bills

A controversial package of Democratic gun control bills cleared the house yesterday. The measures now head to the state senate. And as Bente Birkeland reports the bills still face strong opposition from Republicans and some Democrats.


Local Newscast
8:37 am
Mon February 18, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, February 18, 2013

Headlines:

  • Capitol Coversation covers Gov. Hickenlooper's oil and gas conflict
  • Environmental Impact Statement on uranium in Western Colorado due in March
  • BLM collects $2.1 million in oil and gas lease sale on Feb. 14thth
  • Leases on Thompson Divide set to expire; company asks for extension
  • Fossils from Snowmass Village are on display in Denver
  • Talking turkey on the almanac.org

Capitol Coverage
7:26 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Capitol Conversation

Governor John Hickenlooper is getting push back for recently telling members of Congress that he once drank flack fluid and touting Colorado as a national model for balanced energy rules. The state's oil and gas commission has increased the statewide buffer zone between drilling sites and homes and buildings, but many Democratic state lawmakers say the rules are still too lenient. Bente Birkeland takes a look at the issue and the Governor’s comments as part of our capitol conversation series.


V-Day Event
10:37 am
Fri February 15, 2013

"One Billion Rising" in Paonia

A group gathered on Thursday in Paonia’s Poulos Park to protest violence against women, part of a world-wide Valentine’s Day action called "One Billion Rising". Marty Durlin covered the event:

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Capitol Coverage
8:46 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gov. Explains Comment About Drinking Frack Fluid

Democratic leaders at the statehouse hope to introduce bills dealing with the impacts of hydraulic fracturing by the end of the month. This comes as Governor John Hickenlooper is touting Colorado’s current regulations on fracking as a national model. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
8:41 am
Fri February 15, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Friday, February 15, 2013

Headlines:

  • Lawsuit makes BLM disclose identities of lease buyers
  • Lawmakers debate fracking regs, Gov. Hickenlooper under fire for political stunt
  • Well near Windsor spills 84,000 gallons of fracking fluid
  • Western Slope Skies
  • First Grand Junction film festival starts tonight
  • Paonia V-Day celebration includes protest against violence towards women
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Local Newscast
8:23 am
Thu February 14, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, February 14, 2013

Headlines:

  • Lawmakers debate concealed weapons on college campuses
  • Local Sports Report
  • Police report record number of DUI arrests over Super Bowl Weekend
  • KVNF cub reporters interview Paonia about Valentine's Day

Capitol Coverage
7:40 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Lawmakers Debate Guns on College Campuses

Guns were once again the focus at the Colorado Statehouse on Wednesday. A Democratic proposal to ban concealed carry weapons on college campuses got its first hearing in the house education committee. It highlights the longer battle that will take place this session on gun laws. Bente Birkeland has more.

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Local Newscast
8:31 am
Wed February 13, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Headlines:

  • Gov. Hickenlooper says fracking is safe, testifies before Senate
  • NY town bans any discussion of fracking in public meetings
  • Two gun control bills pass in Judiciary Committee
  • Marijuana regulators in Colorado grapple with safety issues
  • State Republicans starting to favor instate tuition for illegals

Capitol Coverage
7:24 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Gun Bills Pass in Judiciary Committee

A huge crowd turned out at the state capitol on Tuesday for a hearing on two key Democratic gun proposals. One measure would require universal background checks for gun purchases; the other would ban high capacity magazines. Both bills passed their first test, the house judiciary committee. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Capitol Coverage
8:30 am
Tue February 12, 2013

State Adopts New Drilling Setback Distance

Colorado’s oil and gas conservation commission has voted in favor of increasing the drilling setback distance between oil and gas wells and homes statewide. But the move doesn’t go far enough for the environmental community and goes too far for industry. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
8:27 am
Tue February 12, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Headlines:

  • Gov. Hickenlooper to testify before Senate Natural Resources Committee
  • Pitkin County DA needs help in case defending Thompson Divide
  • Community group urges park status for Colorado National  Monument
  • COGCC approves new controversial setback limits between gas wells and homes
  • iSeeChange Almanac records signs of whacky early Spring

Local Newscast
8:26 am
Mon February 11, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, February 11, 2013

Headlines:

  • BLM defers leases from Mesa Verde, Dinosaur National Monument
  • Poll shows residents of Rocky Mountain states strongly favor conservation
  • Dems at State House face conflict from friends and foes over gun control
  • Western Slope Conservation Center moves forward after merger of non-profits

Capitol Coverage
7:29 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Dems discuss strict gun control measures

State Democrats recently unveiled their much-anticipated package of bills aimed at curbing gun violence. As part of our capitol conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at the chances of the bills passing, and the internal debate among state Democrats.


Local Newscast
8:50 am
Fri February 8, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, February 8, 2013

Headlines:

  • Shots Fired At West End Traffic Stop
  • McClure Pass Wreck Sends Three To Hospital
  • State Senate Takes Up Civil Unions Bill
  • State Rep Wants To Promote Hemp Over Pot
  • Fire and Drought Depress Rafting Visits in 2012
  • NRA Meets With Governor Over Gun Control

Capitol Coverage
9:10 am
Thu February 7, 2013

State Announces Child Welfare Reform

The Governor and Democratic lawmakers announced plans to try and improve the state’s child welfare system Wednesday. The move comes after the deaths of dozens of children linked to human service departments over the last several years. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
9:03 am
Thu February 7, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, February 7, 2013

Headlines:

  • State Announces Child Welfare Reforms
  • Another Skier Death At Aspen
  • State Snowpack Less Than Last Year
  • People Respond To BLM Deferral of NF Gas Leases
  • Oxbow's Elk Creek Mine To Re-open
  • Grant Will Improve Paonia River Park

NEWS
10:59 am
Wed February 6, 2013

BLM Defers All NF Parcels from Oil & Gas Lease Sale

In a press release sent out early this morning, the BLM Colorado Office announced that all 20 North Fork Valley parcels have been removed from the Feb. 14th oil and gas lease sale. 

“We’ve listened to concerns raised in numerous comments and public meetings and we are responding by deferring the North Fork Valley parcels at this time,” said Colorado State Director Helen Hankins.  “We are addressing the deferred parcels through continued dialogue with the local community and with ongoing planning efforts in the Uncompahgre Field Office.  

KVNF’s Marty Durlin interviewed BLM spokesperson Steven Hall, a Hotchkiss native, about the decision. He was speaking on his cell phone from an airport, and began by stressing that the parcels were not deferred because the the agency’s 20-year-old Resource Management Plan is inadequate. Hear that interview below:



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Local Newscast
8:38 am
Wed February 6, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, February 6, 2013.

Headlines:

  • State Dems Want to Extend Liability for Assault Weapon Mayhem to Gun Sellers and Manufacturers
  • Proposed Legislation Would Cut Wasted Election Costs for Uncontested Primaries
  • State Considers Closing Western Slope Prison
  • BLM Gets More Pushback For Gas Leasing In Colorado Than Region-wide
  • Utah Woman Contests Choking Allegations

Delta County Politics
3:18 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Delta County Bans Commercial Marijuana

Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee (right) was part of the crowd Monday when commissioners passed an ordinance banning commercial marijuana enterprises in the unincorporated areas.

Yesterday Delta County Commissioners passed an ordinance banning commercial marijuana enterprises in the unincorporated areas of the county. Amendment 64, which legalizes recreational marijuana in Colorado, allows counties to opt out of some provisions. A small group attended the commissioners’ regular meeting to discuss the issue. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reported on the story.

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Local Newscast
8:46 am
Tue February 5, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Headlines:

  • Delta County Commissioners Ban Commercial Marijuana Growing
  • Capitol Coverage: State Senate Slaps State Energy Office Over Fiscal Mismanagement
  • Western Slope Skies

Capitol Coverage
8:37 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Capitol Coverage: State Legislators Slap Energy Office

State senators took the unusual move of voting to take away a portion of state money from the Colorado Energy office for the rest of the fiscal year. As Bente Birkeland reports, the move follows a scathing audit, which showed the energy office mismanaged millions of dollars.


NEWS
8:29 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Sounds of the High Country: Coloradans on Gun Control

The debate over gun violence and gun control is everywhere today. Here's a different way to look at it, something called Sounds of the High County, a collaboration between Paonia-based High Country News and Rocky Mountain Community Radio affiliate KDNK. KDNK’s Nelson Harvey talks with High Country News Senior Editor Jonathan Thompson about his story on how westerners feel about gun control.

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