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9:48 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Current, Former Colorado Govs. Make A Pitch For School Testing

Gov. John Hickenlooper joined by former Democratic Governor Roy Romer and Republican Governor Bill Owens. They spoke about the importance of standardized tests in schools as the legislature debates the issue.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed April 22, 2015 3:51 pm

Two former governors, Roy Romer and Bill Owens, joined current Gov. John Hickenlooper at the state capitol to urge lawmakers not to go too far in reducing the numbers of standardized assessments school children take. This comes as legislators are debating several bills to lower the number of exams.

Republican Bill Owens said it's important to have standards and test against those standards to see if students are learning what they should, and to evaluate schools and teachers.

"Our friends from the left and the right for differing reasons, don't want to test, don't want to measure, don't want to have accountability," said Owens. "This is stunning to me."

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NEWS
8:00 am
Thu April 23, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 23, 2015

  Newscast

  • Missing teen’s body recovered from below Red Mountain Pass
  • Earth Day 
  • Approval sought again for Montrose County gravel pit
  • Forest Service reviews applications for easements on private land
  • Colorado bill looks to study bear-human interaction
  • Avain flu threatens Colorado poultry
  • Applications open for men's only hunting & fishing event
NEWS
4:49 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

Missing Texas Teen Found Dead Below Highway Outside Of Ouray

Red Mountain Pass outside of Ouray, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A missing 18-year-old from Texas was found dead in Colorado on Thursday. 

Rescue workers recovered the body of Edgar Alfredo Vargas from the canyon below U.S. 550 on Red Mountain Pass outside of Ouray, according to a release.

The Ouray County Coroner's Office identified Vargas.

The El Paso teen was reported missing last week. Officials say a search in the area for him started last Friday. 

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NEWS
8:01 am
Wed April 22, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 22, 2015

  Newscast

  • City of Montrose considers leaving county dispatch
  • Fatality in I-70 crash identified
  • Job numbers show Western Slope still struggling
  • Bill may expand farm to school program
  • 4/20 brings boom for new DeBeque pot shop
  • Legislature considers butane hash oil ban 
NEWS
6:00 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Colorado Recovery Not Equal

Credit Solar Energy International

The latest Colorado jobs report shows some communities across the state still struggle with high unemployment. 

State economists say for the past four months, Colorado’s unemployment rate has stayed at 4.2 percent. That figure is still below the national unemployment rate of 5.5 percent.

Alexandra Hall is chief economist for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. 

"The labor force in Colorado is continuing to grow and the number of people employed are continuing to grow," Hall says.  

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NEWS
8:13 am
Tue April 21, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

  Newscast

  • Discussion with former Oil and Gas Task Force member
  • TEDX publishes paper on endocrine disruptors
  • Rainwater bill meets resistance at capitol
  • CSU surveys farmers on agri­tourism
  • Teen runaway found two weeks later in Salt Lake City
NEWS
11:16 am
Mon April 20, 2015

'This Is Going To Be Too Hard': Keeping Kids From Using Pot

Christopher Furlong Getty Images

Originally published on Sun April 19, 2015 9:00 am

Public perceptions of marijuana have come a long way. Once a symbol of the counterculture, pot has become part of the culture.

In Colorado, it's part of everyday culture.

Colorado has allowed medical marijuana since 2001, but voters amended the state constitution in 2012 to allow private marijuana consumption for adults aged 21 or older. The first-ever stores to sell state-regulated recreational pot opened their doors on Jan. 1, 2014.

The law has raised serious concerns for parents and those working with kids to keep young people away from drugs.

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NEWS
7:55 am
Mon April 20, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, April 20, 2015

  Newscast

  • Cold threatens Western Colorado fruit crops
  • Teen pregnancy, bbortion prevention bill advances in state House
  • National Parks Week in effect
  • I­-70 chain law is in limbo
  • Fired DeBeque town marshal is now under investigation
  • Funding for Colorado Amtrak route in serious danger
NEWS
3:01 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Anti-Test 'Opt-Out' Movement Makes A Wave In New York State

A school bus passes a sign encouraging parents to have their children opt out of state tests in Rotterdam, N.Y.
Mike Groll AP

Originally published on Thu April 23, 2015 7:25 am

Across New York state this week, some students are refusing to take a test, and they're not getting punished for it. The test is a Common Core-aligned, federally mandated exam, and students, parents and educators are part of what they're calling the opt-out movement.

Opt-outs made news last week in several states: Colorado, Florida, Oregon, Maine, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, to name a few. The objections are similar everywhere. But no state is posting numbers like New York.

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NEWS
5:46 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Funding For Successful Colorado Contraceptive Program In Limbo

State officials say the program helped 30,000 get IUDs.
Credit flickr/stickypearls

An amendment to the state budget that would’ve continued a program credited with reducing teen pregnancies and abortion was killed this week. However, a controversial bill that would do the same thing cleared its second reading in the House on Friday. 

House Bill 1194 would provide $5 million to continue a program that helps low-income young women and teens access long-acting birth control. 

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NEWS
8:08 am
Fri April 17, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, April 17, 2015

  Newscast

  • Stream in Ouray County suspected of arsenic contamination
  • Vision Charter Academy closes north fork classrooms
  • Partners employee wins creative leadership award
  • Bill in state senate addresses fetal homicide
NEWS
5:39 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Vision To Close North Fork Classrooms

Vision Charter Academy won't offer classes at its Paonia campus next school year.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Vision Charter Academy, a public charter school with three campuses in Delta County, won't offer classes at its North Fork campus next school year.  

Parents of students at Vision’s school in Paonia received the news Thursday via email.

Teri Kinkade the executive director of Vision Charter Academy wrote the letter.

In her email, Kinkade tells parents Vision’s board met earlier this week and decided to no longer offer classes at its Paonia location.

She cites a 'lack of interest' and 'declining enrollment' as reasons for the board’s decision.

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NEWS
5:39 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket, And Why You Can't Use It

Originally published on Fri April 17, 2015 6:01 am

You may not know it but most of today's smartphones have FM radios inside of them. But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off.

The National Association of Broadcasters has been asking mobile makers to change this. But the mobile industry, which profits from selling data to smartphone users, says that with the consumer's move toward mobile streaming apps, the demand for radio simply isn't there.

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NEWS
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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