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.
More than 140 runners competed at the 12th annual Hotchkiss Cross Country meet last Saturday. KVNF’s Tamie Meck has this report.
The Hotchkiss girls team had 16 points for the win—securing the two best times of the day and placing four runners in the top 10. Montrose, led by Dana Shellhorn, placed second with 41 points. Paonia was third with 49 points.
The boys team also claimed the top two times to win the team title with 22 points. Second-place Palisade had 33 points, and Montrose was third with 42 points.
As new technology allows the oil and gas industry to develop areas once thought to be off-limits, across Colorado, local governments are pushing the boundaries of the state’s regulatory authority to protect land and citizens. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that can land them in tricky territory.
The KVNF Annual Meeting is right around the corner, on Thursday, October 4th at 6pm at Paonia Town Hall. This year there are 3 open seats on the Board. If you are a KVNF member, we hope that you will cast a vote. Your membership and participation is vital, enabling KVNF to remain at the forefront of community radio stations nationwide. There are four nominees to fill three open seats on the KVNF board of directors: Linda Bacigalupi (incumbent), Smyth Boone, Jay Canode (incumbent) and Jill Spears.
Hotchkiss outside hitter Brielle Palmer goes up for a kill shot against Paonia’s Carson Pipher (11) and Abby Campbell. Paonia won the match in three. The two North Fork rivals will play again on Oct. 6.
It’s been a busy week for local prep sports teams. KVNF’s sport reporter Tamie Meck has these highlights.
After a five-year hiatus, the rivalry between the Delta and Montrose football teams was resurrected last Friday, when Montrose junior Angelo Youngren scored three touchdowns and kicked five extra points in the Indians’ 35-0 routing of Delta. Montrose held Delta to just 84 yards rushing and 49 yards passing.
The Olathe Pirates will try for their first win of the season Friday night when they host Grand Valley.
A new statewide coalition is trying to make Colorado homeowners and communities better prepared for wildfires. The group is hosting three trainings for people who are rebuilding and repairing damaged homes. KVNF’s Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
Change is in the air in the North Fork. What can newcomers to the valley do to show respect to long time residents and their traditions while still being civically engaged and involved in planning local events? Listen as long-time locals and newcomers discuss these sometimes uncomfortable issues in our community.
The Hotchkiss Fire Protection District has been busy this year. They’ve already sent crew members out to major fires around the state: Sunrise Mine, Lower North Fork, High Park and Pine Ridge. But they’re busy close to home, too. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke to Hotchkiss Fire Chief Doug Fritz about fires and fire danger, as the toll on lives and homes in Colorado continues to grow.
Local governments and federal agencies are upping the fire restrictions across much of the Western Slope. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports that continued hot, dry and windy weather, low humidity and several large fires already burning within the state have caused fire managers to effectively ban anything that might cause a spark.
Hugh Carson is the deputy air operations branch director on the High Park Fire, and also a KVNF DJ. Carson is responsible for aviation assets, strategy and tactics on this fire. KVNF’s Ariana Brocious spoke with Carson yesterday about his operations so far.
For those who aren’t aware, in 1994 the lightning-sparked Wake fire burned more than 3800 acres of pinion-juniper about four miles northeast of Hotchkiss.