Bill Koch has made news lately for the construction of his own private Western village on his Bear Ranch property near Kebler pass. But this spring, Bear Ranch may also have played host to a private interrogation. A former employee of the energy magnate has filed a complaint against him, alleging that he was illegally held on Bear Ranch and unjustly fired. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious has more.
The West Elk Mine near Somerset has been given a temporary reduction in the royalties it pays to the state and federal governments. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that the reduction is because the mine has encountered some tricky geological conditions.
It’s been more than a month since the Delta County Commissioners held a special public hearing to take more evidence in a decision on whether to allow two laying hen operations in the county. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that neighbors of the already-operational hen house on Powell Mesa are tired of waiting for the county to act.
Supporters and opponents of legalizing marijuana in Colorado faced off on Monday evening during a two-hour debate. Colorado Christian University hosted the event. Bente (BEN tuh) Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
In an effort to give the public more information on the impact of oil and gas drilling in their communities – the Colorado Department of Natural Resources is launching a new public database on water quality near drilling well sites. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
State and federal leaders gathered in Denver on Friday/ today to talk about ways to improve forest health. Lawmakers from both parties agree Colorado forests face many challenges, and any solution will require collaboration. Bente Birkeland reports from the state capitol.
The first wave of Colorado voters will begin casting their ballots for the November election next week/starting this week. On Monday county clerks send out mail ballots to thousands of voters across the state. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Democrats at the statehouse say they’re fed up with Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s partisan games. Two lawmakers plan to introduce legislation next session to try and rein him in. As Bente Birkeland reports, this is just one of several controversies surrounding the high profile official.
With four weeks remaining until prep football playoff season begins, the battle for first place in the 1A Western Slope League is likely to come down to the three Delta County teams. KVNF’s Tamie Meck has this report.
Pass the Mic Arts reporters, Katya Schwieterman and Riven Sky Badgett, interview fashion designers for 2012 Paonia Fashion and Design show. "Pass the Mic" is a project of North Fork Heart and Soul and KVNF Community Radio.
"Pass the Mic" is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, in partnership with the North Fork Heart & Soul Project. Over the course of two years, 14 young reporters will be assigned to a "beat" reporting on a North Fork industry. Youth participants learn the skills of how to produce interviews and stories in a multi-media context, and will be supported in presenting their final projects to the valley.
The state’s tourism industry kicks off a three-day annual conference today in Steamboat Springs. State officials say they’ll take a look at better ways to market the state, but as Bente Birkeland reports, they’ll also discuss messaging, especially in the face of uncontrollable events such as wildfires.
Award-winning progressive journalist Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now! (heard weekdays at 6 pm on KVNF,) visited Paonia Saturday, Oct. 5th, and spoke before an enthusiastic audience at the Paradise Theatre. The event was a fund-raiser for KVNF & High Country News.
Two wildfires are currently burning north of Hotchkiss this afternoon. Both fires are believed to be caused by lightning as the area received numerous lightning strikes during the past 24 hours. Smoke may be visible in the area throughout the day and may settle into valleys overnight.
At last week’s Paonia Town Council meeting, representatives from Union Pacific Railroad announced that they want to close three railroad crossings in the town limits. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke to Delta County Independent Reporter Kathy Browning about the proposal.
Members of the West Elk Mountain Rescue Team completed their fourth rescue of the summer on Sunday when they helped rescue an injured climber from the Marble area. The climber didn’t return to the trailhead Saturday night, and was still missing Sunday morning. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke to West Elk Mountain Rescue President Phil Volckhausen, Training Director Steve Morris, and Team Member Tony Prendergast about the rescue and the team’s efforts.
The West End School District has seen its enrollment continue to drop over the last couple decades, and has had trouble keeping school facilities up to code. This year, the district was awarded a nearly 13 million dollar BEST grant from the State of Colorado. BEST grants — which stands for Building Excellent Schools Today— provide matching money for school districts that can’t afford building repairs on their own.