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.