NEWS

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.


Local Newscast
8:20 am
Thu January 24, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, January 24, 2013

Headlines:

  • Paonia Mayor discusses BLM meeting at Town Hall
  • Immigrants who finish high school expected to get in-state tuition
  • Coal projected to become top energy provider by 2030
  • Elk Creek Mine in Somerset still closed
  • Minor earthquake felt on Western Slope
  • Snowmobile fatality near Overland Reservoir

BLM Oil and Gas Leases
9:06 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Crowd Gathers to Question BLM in Paonia

The community gathers to question the BLM regarding natural gas leases.

What would have been a sparsely attended regular council meeting turned into a crowded and contentious event when state BLM officials visited Paonia to talk about pending gas leases in the North Fork Valley on Tuesday, January 22. KVNF’s Marty Durlin talked to Paonia Mayor Neal Schwieterman on the morning after.

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Delta County Politics
11:21 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Citizens Protest New Ordinance Relating to Amendment 64

New Delta County Commissioner, Mark Roeber

Delta County Commissioners took a step back from a proposed ordinance curtailing Amendment 64 Tuesday after a group of concerned business owners and marijuana activists complained. 

Marty Durlin reports that six people spoke to commissioners at their regular meeting Tuesday, asking them to rethink their effort to ban commercial marijuana establishments in Delta County. Comments ranged from a defense of marijuana as a valuable agricultural crop to a plea to at least drop part of the proposed ordinance that would designate soil and fertilizer as “marijuana accessories.”

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Local Newscast
8:28 am
Wed January 23, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Headlines:

  • BLM faces packed house in Paonia Town Hall regarding leases
  • Civil Unions bill introduced at state capitol, passage is almost certain
  • Delta County Commissioners re-examine possible restrictions to 64
  • New ski resort might open near Telluride
  • Cold snap freezing pipes in Montrose, all over listening area

North Fork Leasing
11:03 am
Tue January 22, 2013

BLM Staff Visits Hotchkiss Town Council About Gas Leases

BLM staff visits the Hotchkiss Town Council.
Credit Marty Durlin

The Bureau of Land Management held the first of three meetings with local town councils last night. About 50 people showed up at the Hotchkiss town hall to hear what agency representatives had to say about the pending gas lease auction of parcels in the North Fork Valley. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports.


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Education
10:51 am
Tue January 22, 2013

North Fork Vision School Seeks Charter Designation

Members of the Vision School’s board of stewards addressed the Delta County School Board last week about the school’s desire to secure a charter designation. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports.


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Local Newscast
8:17 am
Tue January 22, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Headlines:

  • Nearly half of U.S. children don't get properly vaccinated
  • BLM visits Hotchkiss Town Council; will be in Crawford, Paonia tonight
  • Rep. Ray Scott wants oil and gas leasing taxes for higher education

Capitol Coverage
8:37 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Reporters discuss upcoming actions in Legislature

This year’s legislative session got off to a slow start, but that’s about to change. Two of the biggest items for Democrats are scheduled for hearings in the coming days. As part of our capitol conversation series, statehouse Bente Birkeland takes a sneak peek at what to expect.


Local Newscast
8:29 am
Mon January 21, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, January 21, 2013

Headlines:

  • Southern Colorado groups represent at Inaugural Parade
  • Vision Schools in Delta County seek charter status
  • iSeeChange update, Almanac launch party is tonight
  • Reporters preview upcoming Legislature actions
  • Unemployment level in Colorado sees small drop, US rate stays same

Local Sports
10:07 am
Fri January 18, 2013

KVNF Sports Report: 1/17/13

Paonia's Morgan Rieder wrestles Braxton Stewart of Palisade at the Montrose Invitational.
Credit Tamie Meck

The state wrestling championship is just five weeks away. And while you'd have to travel to the Front Range to see those games, KVNF’s Tamie Meck reports that there are several opportunities in the coming days to see some of the best wrestlers in the state close to home.


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Marijuana
9:54 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Delta Commissioners To Ban Growing, Selling Marijuana

On Tuesday (1/22), Delta County Commissioners will further discuss an ordinance that would block certain parts of Amendment 64, the constitutional amendment that makes recreational marijuana legal in Colorado. KVNF’s Marty Durlin reports on the ins and outs of marijuana legislation at the local level.

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Capitol Coverage
9:29 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Colorado State Legislature Goes Paperless

The Colorado legislature prints millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state a hefty sum. But that could soon be a thing of the past. This year in an effort to cut down on costs, each of the 100 lawmakers received new i-Pads. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.


Capitol Coverage
9:25 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Colorado Dems React to Obama’s Gun Violence Plan

Colorado’s Speaker of the House says he expects lawmakers to act on several of President Barack Obama’s recommendations to curb gun violence. Bente Birkeland reports that Governor John Hickenlooper has also called for a broad discussion on guns during the legislative session.


Local Newscast
8:37 am
Fri January 18, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Friday, January 18, 2013

Headlines:

  • Colorado Democrats hope to act on gun control
  • CHC sends delegation to DC to lobby against BLM oil and gas leasing
  • Legislature hopes to be paper-free in future sessions
  • San Miguel commissioners pass moratorium on cell towers
  • State offices closed on Monday for MLK jr. Day
  • Weekly Western Slope Skies report

Capitol Coverage
8:38 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Dems introduce in-state tuition bill for immigrants

Colorado Democrats are once again trying to pass a bill to give illegal immigrants who graduate from Colorado high schools in state college tuition. Students currently pay out of state rates. Similar measures have failed in the past, but supporters expect the bill to easily clear the legislature now that Democrats control both chambers. Bente Berkland has more from the state capitol.


Local Newscast
8:29 am
Thu January 17, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, January 17, 2013

Headlines:

  • Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to step down, return home in March
  • Democrats introduce tuition bill for resident illegal immigrants
  • Delta County Commissioners address Amendment 64 compliance issues
  • Paonia grapplers ranked No. 1, Weekly Local Sports Report
  • CDOT to close Highway 145 starting tonight
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Capitol Coverage
8:33 am
Wed January 16, 2013

First Gun Control Bills Introduced

State lawmakers have already introduced more than 100 bills on a wide variety of topics since the legislature began last Wednesday. From the state capitol, Bente  Birkeland has more on the first of many gun measures.


Local Newscast
8:29 am
Wed January 16, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Headlines:

  • Legislature takes up issue of gun control
  • State debates accepting federal health insurance money, job creation
  • BLM Grand Junction office welcomes comment on RMP
  • 670 hospitalized cases of the flu so far in Colorado; vaccination urged
  • Rusty water in Paonia not dangerous
  • Elk Creek Mine hopes to stabilize and re-open within a week

Recreation
10:56 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Avalanche Takes Second Life This Season

An avalanche killed a Summit County man outside the town of Marble this past weekend. It's the second avalanche related death in as many weeks this winter. From Aspen Public Radio, Luke Runyon reports:

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Uranium Mill
10:46 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Pinon Ridge Mill Decision Goes Back to State

Paradox Valley
Credit Nathan Rice

A hearing officer is making no recommendation about whether to approve or deny a license for the Pinyon Ridge uranium mill in western Montrose County. Instead, he's leaving the decision to state regulators. Retired judge Richard Dana submitted his six-page ruling to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment yesterday. From KOTO in Telluride, Stephen Barrett reports.

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Local Newscast
8:26 am
Tue January 15, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Headlines:

  • Work halted at Oxbow's Elk Creek Mine due to high levels of Carbon Monoxide
  • No ruling yet on Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill in Montrose County
  • Avalanche Fatality in high country near Marble
  • Commissioners set hunting regulations for 2013 season
  • Arvada Pastor court ordered to change name of program

Capitol Coverage
8:28 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Statehouse Reporters Discuss Hickenlooper's State Address

Nearly a third of this year’s state lawmakers are newly elected, and they’ll be expected to debate a host of complex issues from Medicaid to marijuana, gun laws to the death penalty. As part of our capitol conversation series statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland takes a look at the first week of the session, and gets reporter’s thoughts on the Governor’s state of the state address.


Local Newscast
8:19 am
Mon January 14, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Monday, January 14, 2013

Headlines:

  • Reporters discuss Hickenlooper's state of the state address, upcoming Leg. issues
  • Gunnison Sage Grouse may be designated "endangered"

Capitol Coverage
9:45 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Gov. Calls for Universal Gun Background Checks

Governor John Hickenlooper called for universal background checks for all gun sales in his annual state of the state address on Thursday. Hickenlooper outlined several proposals he plans to back on issues such as marijuana, hydraulic fracturing, and mental health. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Local Newscast
8:19 am
Fri January 11, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Friday, January 11, 2013

Headlines:

  • Governor Hickenlooper delivers state of the state address
  • Oil and gas commissions define new setback rules
  • BLM to start charging fees to boaters of Ruby-Horsethief
  • January is Radon Action Month

Capitol Coverage
8:54 am
Thu January 10, 2013

State Legislators More Diverse Than Ever

Freshman lawmaker Joseph Salazar-D, Thornton.
Credit Bente Birkeland

Wednesday's opening ceremonies of the Colorado legislature were marked by the typical pomp and circumstance as in years past. But even before it started, the 2013 session made history as one of the most diverse groups of lawmakers ever to gather under the golden dome. Bente  Birkeland has more.


Local Newscast
8:45 am
Thu January 10, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, January 10, 2013

Headlines:

  • Diverse group of lawmakers open new legislative session
  • Oil and Gas Commission to study effects of fraking emissions
  • USDA declares drought disaster areas in 14 states
  • iSeeChange examines role of microorganisms in water conservation

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