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4:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Citing A 'Gap' In Law, Cadman Introduces Fetal Homicide Bill

Colorado General Assembly

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 12:25 pm

Following a March attack in Longmont where a mother's unborn child was cut from her womb, Colorado's Senate President has introduced a fetal homicide bill. As written, Senate Bill 268 [.pdf], would define a person as an unborn human being from conception until birth for the purposes of homicide and assault cases. It's expected to draw vigorous debate at the statehouse.

"Frankly crime victims deserves justice, society demands justice," said Senate President Bill Cadman (R-Colorado Springs). "Currently there's a significant gap in Colorado."

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NEWS
11:43 am
Thu April 16, 2015

DMEA Forum Focuses On FERC Petition And Broadband

An example of fiber optic cable shown at a meeting in Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Delta Montrose Electric Association is a cooperative meaning its customers are its owners.

DMEA wants to hear what its consumers think about its desire to purchase more locally produced energy and it potentially entering the internet service game. 

Two months ago, DMEA filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). 

"What we are asking FERC to rule on is to declare Tri-State a public utility which would allow us then to enter into agreements with qualifying facilities,"  DMEA CEO Jasen Bronec says.

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NEWS
8:09 am
Thu April 16, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • Bull Mountain comment period closes
  • DMEA hosts meetings with members over FERC and broadband
  • USDA releases organic license numbers
  • Forest acres sold for lumber because of beetle kill
  • iSeeChange member notices antlers still lingering
EDUCATION
10:48 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Real-World Math: A Bit Of Trig And Hay For The Horses

With the math done, student Kendall Hood works the plasma cutter.
Jenny Brundin Colorado Public Radio

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 4:52 pm

Building a giant steel bale feeder is hard. Try it.

Problem No. 1: Unless you live in ranch country, you probably don't even know what it's supposed to look like — regardless of whether you can build one.

Problem No. 2: Arc welding is involved.

Problem No. 3: Getting it right requires some serious math.

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NEWS
9:49 am
Wed April 15, 2015

With Votes Suddenly Scarce, Colorado's American Indian Mascot Bill Is Delayed

Colorado General Assembly

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 7:50 am

Democrats in the House unexpectedly delayed a vote on an American Indian mascot bill after they realized Republicans had enough votes to stop it.

House Bill 1165 [.pdf] would set up a state commission to review American Indian mascot names associated with high school and college athletic teams. Without approval, schools would have to switch their names or face fines.

“You can’t honor people based off of words, based off of racist intentions that required extermination,” said bill sponsor Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton).

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NEWS
8:02 am
Wed April 15, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 15, 2015

  Newscast

  • Chambers of Commerce weigh in on Bull Mountain Unit
  • Bill to review Indian mascots stalls in legislature
  • DMEA hosts meetings to hear from members
  • CPW continues to fight declining salmon numbers
  • Wildfire breaks out near Olathe
NEWS
1:42 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Why The FDA Has Never Looked At Some Of The Additives In Our Food

Food on display at a Miami supermarket. Advocacy groups say they're concerned that Americans are consuming foods with added flavors, preservatives and other ingredients that have never been reviewed by regulators for immediate dangers or long-term health effects.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 15, 2015 1:38 pm

This piece comes from the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.

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NEWS
11:35 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Dispute Over Control Of Montrose Hospital Continues

Credit flickr.com/adrianclarkmbbs

The Montrose County Board of Commissioners and the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees are in an ongoing dispute over control of operations at the hospital. The battle has ended up in court several times.  

Late last year, both parties agreed to mediation so they could avoid a lawsuit. In a few weeks, that mediation is set to begin. 

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NEWS
7:55 am
Tue April 14, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

  Newscast

  • Truancy program nears the end of its funding
  • Mediation over Montrose Memorial Hospital to begin soon
  • Bears start to wake up
  • Capitol Conversation about issues left facing the legislature
NEWS
2:18 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Year After Denying Federal Control, Bundy Still Runs His Bit Of Nevada

Rancher Cliven Bundy holds his 5-month-old grandson Roper Cox on Saturday in Bunkerville, Nev. Bundy was hosting an event to mark one year since the Bureau of Land Management's failed attempt to collect his cattle.
John Locher AP

Originally published on Thu April 16, 2015 12:50 pm

It's been a year since Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his militia supporters stood down federal agents with the Bureau of Land Management outside Las Vegas.

Bundy owes more than $1 million in delinquent cattle grazing fees and penalties, but the BLM has stayed quiet in the year since the showdown, and Bundy's supporters marked the anniversary by throwing a party.

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NEWS
8:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, April 13, 2015

  Newscast

  • Mesa County schools go on lockdown after reported gun violation
  • Early spring starts to melt the already small snowpack
  • Montrose County pulls extra funding for 911 dispatch center
  • Lawmakers balance budget with severance tax
  • San Juan film festival over last weekend looks at water issues
NEWS
6:06 am
Sat April 11, 2015

Colorado Deals Inmates A New Deck Of Cards

Colorado is the latest state to produce the cold case cards.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation

Originally published on Sat April 11, 2015 8:54 am

There's not a whole lot to do in prison, so inmates spend a fair amount of time playing cards.

For several years, law enforcement officials around the country have been putting that prisoners' pastime to good use. They've been putting facts and photos from unsolved crimes in front of prisoners' eyes by printing them on decks of cards, hoping to generate leads.

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NEWS
8:13 am
Fri April 10, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, April 10, 2015

  Newscast

  • Gay conversion bill killed in Senate committee
  • Women’s only hunting class open for enrollment
  • Grand Junction election results
  • Colorado House debates Amtrak
NEWS
8:16 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Civilians Can Record Police Encounters, But When Is It Interference?

Cellphones were used to record a 2012 confrontation between protesters and police in Springfield, Ill.
Seth Perlman AP

Originally published on Fri April 10, 2015 12:50 pm

The arrest of South Carolina police Officer Michael Slager, who shot and killed Walter Scott in North Charleston this week, came shortly after the release of a cellphone video recorded by an eyewitness.

The filming of police by civilians has also sparked controversy, and it often causes confusion about what is legal.

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NEWS
8:03 am
Thu April 9, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 9, 2015

  Newscast

  • Paonia grapples with commercial use of town parks
  • Water Conservation in the West
  • City of Delta Police team up with U.S. Marshals to sweep for wanted men
  • Child Protection Measures
  • Outdoor art displayed in Paonia
NEWS
7:33 am
Thu April 9, 2015

With Partisan Wrangling In The Senate, What's Next For The Colorado Budget?

Ken Lund Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Mon April 6, 2015 7:55 am

The annual Colorado budget is making its way through the statehouse. It cleared the Senate on a vote of 21 to 14, passing largely along party lines, with three Democrats joining Republicans to support it. What are the dynamics in play?

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NEWS
9:20 am
Wed April 8, 2015

High Country News To Host Megadrought Discussion On KVNF

Credit flickr.com/markallanson

  

Tonight at  six on KVNF, Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News will host a live discussion on megadrought. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM AT 6 PM MDT.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano talks to High Country News Associate Editor Brian Calvert about the event. 

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NEWS
8:06 am
Wed April 8, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 8, 2015

  Newscast

  • Colorado’s teen pregnancy rates improve
  • Montrose Winter Guard wins state championship
  • High Country News will host a mega-drought discussion at KVNF
  • Capitol Conversation discusses budget battle at state capitol
NEWS
8:08 am
Tue April 7, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

  Newscast

  • Roadless Rule gets second look
  • Wildfire near Delta over weekend
  • Proposed lease swap for Thompson Divide
  • Fundraising project hopes to build facilities for Paonia Highschool
  • House takes up budget
NEWS
2:15 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Beverage Producers, Farmers Hope To See Agritourism Grow In Delta County

An array of beverages produced in Colorado's Delta County.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

In 2013, tourists spent more than $17 billion dollars in Colorado. And, agritourism is one industry that’s drawing visitors to the state.

In Paonia last Wednesday, local beverage producers and farmers discussed what they could do to increase agritouirsm in Delta County. 

About 30 people are at the Hive Paonia. There are vineyard owners, cider producers and farmers.

They are discussing challenges they face when it comes to attracting visits to the area. 

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NEWS
8:03 am
Mon April 6, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, April 6, 2015

  Newscast

  • Lake City sends notices of drinking water violations
  • Telluride scales back pan handling ordinance
  • Hickenlooper signs bills into law
  • Public input over water plan questionable
  • Owner of storage unit unaware that the men who died were living there
NEWS
7:55 am
Fri April 3, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, April 3, 2015

  Newscast

  • Governments in San Miguel County grapple with housing prices
  • Gov. Hickenlooper works to prevent Sage Grouse listing
  • Small businesses seek collaboration to heighten their profile
  • Presentation about how to ‘get by’ in Paonia
  • Patient in Colorado tests negative for Ebola
  • State Senate passes budget along party lines
  • Head of the VA visits Colorado
NEWS
1:50 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Colorado Budget Clears First Hurdle Of The Split Legislature

Ken Lund Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Thu April 2, 2015 1:34 pm

The State Senate adopted the annual budget Thursday, approving $9.6 billion dollars for Colorado's general fund to pay for schools, parks, roads and prisons among other state programs. The budget gained unanimous support from Republicans who hold a one-seat majority in the chamber.

"I believe it has hit the proper balance," said Senate Majority Leader Mark Scheffel (R-Parker).

Passing a balanced budget is the only job lawmakers are technically required to do under the state constitution. It starts with a draft from the Governor, followed by months of meetings from the Joint Budget Committee to craft it. Following passage in the Senate, the budget moves on to the Colorado House.

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NEWS
12:34 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Paonia Unearths More Budget Misspending

Credit KVNF

More and more issues with the town of Paonia’s bookkeeping have been revealed. 

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NEWS
11:56 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Bill Calls For Study Of Colorado's Bears

Credit U.S. Forest Service

A bill that calls for the state to study black bears advanced at the capitol Wednesday.  

H.B. 1304 instructs Colorado Parks and Wildlife to study the management of black bears in the state. They are they only known species of bear still found in Colorado. 

Republican Representative Yeulin Willett of Grand Junction is co-sponsoring the measure.

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NEWS
8:12 am
Thu April 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 2, 2015

  Newscast

  • More staff issues for the town of Paonia
  • Bill looks to get a handle on Colorado's bear problems
  • Ditches and canals begin to flow
  • State Senate debates the budget as TABOR makes things complicated
NEWS
1:49 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

State Awards Millions Of Dollars For Local Municipal Projects

The town of De Beque received $2 million from DOLA to help build a new fire station.
Credit De Beque Fire Protection District

More than $34 million in grants from the state will go to local communities for public improvement projects.

Forty communities across the state received grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). 

Hotchkiss got $1.1 million to upgrade the town’s sewer system. De Beque received $2 million to help build a new fire station. The state awarded Mesa County $1 million for road and structure improvements. 

The Montrose Recreation District got $1.9 million to expand its community recreation center. And, Cedaredge received nearly $2 million. 

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NEWS
8:02 am
Wed April 1, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

  Newscast

  • Palisade police chief removed from post
  • Two bills in capital targeted minimum wage, one advances to Senate
  • Millions of dollars awarded for local municipal projects
  • iSeeChange story: will winter wildfires predict nasty summer?
  • Lawmakers look to see if tax breaks are working
NEWS
5:14 am
Wed April 1, 2015

Colorado Lawmakers Don't Want Marijuana Going To People On Welfare

Originally published on Wed April 1, 2015 3:22 pm

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NEWS
3:23 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

iSeeChange: Frogs In February?

Western Chorus Frog
Credit Dr. Michael Benard

Spring has officially started, but on the Western Slope of Colorado, people have been noticing signs of warm weather for a while.  iSeeChange.org has seen a lot of postings about early arrivals in the natural world.  Andrea Lecos, for example, noticed a spring time sound in the beginning of February.

Photograph and Western Chorus Frog sound courtesy of Dr. Michael Benard.

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