Once again, the North Fork Valley is back on the table for oil and gas development. Despite months of widespread opposition from the community, on Friday, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it plans to offer about 21,000 acres for sale nearPaonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford in February. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports on the new proposal.
Two NFCB (National Federation of Community Broadcasters) member radio stations suffered extreme damage during hurricane Sandy. Visit the websites of WFMU and WBAI to find out more, and see how you can help.
The state health department is deciding—again—whether or not to allow a new uranium mill in Southwest Colorado. It would be the first licensed in the country in more than twenty-five years. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved the project last year—but a judge threw it out, and called for more public hearings. Those were held in Nucla over the last week. They’re the latest in the larger debate about whether or not to revive the uranium industry here. Reporter Elise Thatcher has the story.
A group tasked with tackling the state’s largest challenges says Colorado needs to reform the constitution and discuss putting more money into schools and roads. The report from Governor John Hickenlooper’s TBD initiative concludes that Colorado is on an unsustainable financial path. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Football fans are in for a treat this weekend. With two state football playoff games happening in Delta County on Saturday, this is an opportunity to catch some of the best football action of the season right in our back yard. KVNF’s Tamie Meck gives an update on this and more.
Democrats will control both state legislative chambers when the state’s legislative session convenes in January. Lawmakers will be dealing with several controversial issues, including crafting regulations for recreational marijuana. Bente Birkeland talks to fellow statehouse reporters about what to expect and how the dynamics are likely to change.
The North Fork Valley is now home to a new form of "green" electricity. On Friday, Oxbow’s Elk Creek mine officially launched a 3 megawatt project generating electricity from methane gas. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that the project is the culmination of years of work from an unlikely alliance: involving the mine, a gas company, electric co-ops and the uber environmentally-conscious Aspen Skiing Company.
On the heels of a victory for marijuana legalization advocates, Colorado officials say the federal government could still crack down on the drugs use - since marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Bente Birkeland has more.
On the Western Slope, Republican incumbent Scott Tipton kept his seat with 54 percent of the vote, with Democrat Sal Pace coming up close with 41% of the vote.
Here are the results for the Colorado state house races in our area:
In District 61, Democratic incumbent Millie Hamner kept her seat in a very tight race, getting just 50% of the vote over Republican Debra Irvine, Independent Kathleen Curry, and Libertarian Ellen Temby and American Constitutionalist Robert Petrowsky.
Democrats now have control of both chambers of the Colorado state legislature, putting the GOP in the backseat when it comes to next legislative session. Republican had hoped to expand their one-seat advantage in the house of representatives. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.
It’s now legal in Colorado for people over the age of 21 to smoke marijuana recreationally. Voters passed amendment 64 making Colorado the first state in the country, along with Washington State, to legalize pot. Bente Birkeland has more from Denver.