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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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Capitol Coverage
9:12 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Capitol Conversation: the Gun Debate in Colorado

The gun debate will be one of the central issues during the state’s legislative session, and lawmakers have already heard the first Republican proposals. They both failed along party lines and highlight the wide difference between Democrats and the GOP when it comes to tackling gun violence. Bente Birkeland discusses the dynamic as part of our capitol conversation series.


Local Newscast
8:50 am
Mon February 4, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, February 4, 2013

Headlines:

  • North Fork Valley Oil and Gas Leasing Makes It To NY Times
  • Study Finds Colorado Well Inspections Can't Keep UP
  • Capitol Conversation: Gun Debate at the Statehouse
  • More Than Half of Denied Gun Sales are Overturned on Appeal
  • Bi-partisan Bill in US House Would Favor Small Hydroelectric Projects
  • iSeeChange Changecast: Winter Bird Feeding Habits

Amendment 64
11:30 am
Fri February 1, 2013

The NORML View of Amendment 64

Lenny Frieling is the current board chair of Colorado NORML – the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. The organization recently worked to pass Amendment 64, and now has a seat on the governor’s 24-member task force to advise the legislature on regulating marijuana and hemp. A criminal defense attorney for the past 37 years, Frieling is also a one of the 350-plus lawyers who make up the NORML legal committee. Marty Durlin spoke with Frieling from his office in Boulder about the future of regulating legal marijuana in Colorado.

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Local Newscast
8:21 am
Fri February 1, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Friday, February 1, 2013

Headlines:

  • Washington state puts pot jobs up for bid
  • Colorado NORML officials work to enact Amendment 64 regulations
  • ATV users challenge BLM's new RMP draft for Mesa County  public lands
  • Fatality at Winter X Games for first time in 18 years

Local Newscast
8:27 am
Thu January 31, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, January 31, 2013

Headlines:

  • Elk Creek Mine working on cleanup, still weeks away from opening
  • Environmental groups challenge roadless rule in appeals court
  • Governor Hickenlooper issues new wildfire prevention orders
  • Paonia grapplers No.1, girls basketball undefeated as regionals approach

Capitol Coverage
7:34 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Governor Signs Wildfire Executive Orders

Governor John Hickenlooper announced new initiatives on Wednesday to try and make Colorado better prepared for wildfires. State officials say they’re also planning for a drought this summer and a potentially bad fire season. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Delta County Politics
10:35 am
Wed January 30, 2013

CHC's Jim Ramey on BLM Lease Sale

Last week the local advocacy group Citizens for a Healthy Community announced it would file a lawsuit against the Bureau of Land Management if the agency does not withdraw the remaining 20,000 acres in the North Fork from its February 14 lease sale. Along with other citizens’ groups and individuals, CHC has been fighting the proposed sale since it was announced in December of 2011, saying it jeopardizes the North Fork’s economy, its organic farms, orchards, ranches, wineries and way of life. KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke with CHC director Jim Ramey.

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Local Newscast
8:21 am
Wed January 30, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Headlines:

  • CHC director Jim Ramey discusses possible legal action
  • BLM accepting nominations for advisory councils
  • Fern Lake Fire continues to smolder in Rocky Mtn. Nat. Park
  • Colorado shoppers don't face new surcharges, fees
  • Gov. Hickenlooper hopes tourism industry recovers from drought

Capitol Coverage
6:45 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Governor fears drought's impact

Governor John Hickenlooper says a lack of water in Colorado poses a series challenge for the state’s tourism industry. Hickenlooper answered questions from industry representatives as part of the annual tourism day at the state capitol. Bente Birkeland has more.


Local Newscast
8:25 am
Tue January 29, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Headlines:

  • Grand Junction BLM hosts open houses, seeks RMP comments
  • BLM withdraws three parcels near Dinosaur National Monument from sale
  • First gun control bill in State Legislature defeated by Dems
  • Sheriffs McKee, Dunlap attend pro-gun rally in Delta
  • KVNF intern reports on attitudes toward school

Capitol Coverage
7:09 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Concealed gun bill fails

The gun control debate sounded off both inside and outside the state capitol yesterday. Gun control advocates rallied at the capitol, and Democratic state senators struck down the first gun bill of the legislative session. The measure would’ve allowed school employees to carry concealed handguns. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
8:33 am
Mon January 28, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, January 28, 2013

Headlines:

  • Recent earthquake caused by brine injections in Paradox Valley
  • CHC sends letter to BLM, requests decision on North Fork Leasing
  • Civil Unions bill certain to pass with new bipartisan support
  • Oil and Gas commission defers judgment on new setback rules till Feb. 11
  • iSeeChange Almanac records unusually high rainfall for January

Capitol Coverage
7:29 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Capitol Conversation: reporters discuss civil unions

A measure to allow civil unions in Colorado is expected to easily pass the state legislature this year, and as Bente Birkeland examines, the tenor of the debate is much different than in previous attempts. As part of our capitol conversation series, she talks to fellow statehouse reporters about the new dynamic, and whether gay marriage will be next on the agenda.

Local Newscast
8:23 am
Fri January 25, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Friday, January 25, 2013

Headlines:

  • Civil Unions bill expected to easily pass in Legislature
  • District 51 sets up advisory board regarding school safety
  • San Miguel Commissioners approve controversial gun control letter
  • Flu season starts early, strong in Delta County

Capitol Coverage
7:50 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Civil Unions bill passes first legislative test

A measure to give Colorado gay couples many of the same legal rights as married heterosexual couples cleared its first committee at the state capitol on Wednesday. After being at the center of a political storm last year, the bill passed easily on a party line vote. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Capitol Coverage
8:23 am
Thu January 24, 2013

In-state tuition bill expected to pass

Supporters of a bill to give illegal immigrant students in-state college tuition expect a full house during the measure’s first committee hearing later today. As Bente Birkeland reports, the bill’s passage is all but certain.


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