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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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NEWS
11:16 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Tax Break Study Bill Introduced At The Colorado Statehouse

Jim Hill KUNC

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 7:20 am

Under current state law Colorado provides 186 tax breaks ­— everything from vending machine food to dairy equipment, affordable housing, livestock feed, and fuel for light, heat, and power.

"I think it's worth us taking a look periodically to make sure we are being responsible to the tax payers with their tax money to say where is it being spent and are we getting a good return on the investment," said Representative KC Becker (D-Boulder).

With that in mind, Colorado lawmakers want to see whether the state is getting its money's worth from all those tax breaks designed to create jobs and boost the economy.

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NEWS
9:18 am
Tue March 31, 2015

U.S. Promises To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Up To 28 Percent By 2025

President Obama, seen here inspecting solar panels on the roof of the Department of Energy, has submitted a U.S. pledge to reduce greenhouse gases.
Kevin Lamarque Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 5:57 pm

The Obama administration is pledging that the U.S. will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent of 2005 levels over the next 10 years. The new target was submitted today to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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NEWS
8:09 am
Tue March 31, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, March 31, 2015

  Newscast

  • Severance tax eyed to balance state budget
  • DMEA and Tri State continue arguments over local renewable energy
  • Area art show showcases artists with disabilities
  • Capital Conversation – standardized testing

NEWS
5:40 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Colorado Allows Sales Of Powdered Alcohol

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 5:58 am

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NEWS
1:59 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Cholita, An Abused Bear In Peru, Gets A New Home In Colorado

Cholita, an Andean bear, was abused in a circus in Peru and is now in a small zoo. An animal welfare group has now received permission to take Cholita to a wildlife sanctuary in Colorado, along with more than 30 former circus lions.
Courtesy of Animal Defenders International

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 6:48 pm

A badly abused Peruvian bear named Cholita is coming to a sanctuary in Colorado. Animal Defenders International announced that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expedited the request and she will be on her way next month.

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NEWS
1:10 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Colorado National Parks Grapple With Lack Of Funding For Repairs

According to a federal report, The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park needs $5.5 million for maintenance and repair projects.
Credit NPS

A new report estimates national parks need $11.5 billion to address maintenance and repair projects. The National Park Service report finds Colorado parks alone could use more than $200 million dollars.

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks to Sandra Snell-Dobert, a spokesperson for Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area. 

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NEWS
8:09 am
Mon March 30, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, March 30, 2015

  Newscast

  • Lawsuit filed over decision not to list wildflowers
  • Lawmakers move to repeal background checks for firearms
  • Colorado parks grapple with lack of funding for repairs
  • An iSeeChange story – frogs have been spotted unusually early, are they in danger?
NEWS
1:41 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Uphill Skiing Gains Traction In Colorado

For a more invigorating workout, nonprofit worker Chris Lane uphill skis near Aspen four times a week.
Marci Krivonen Aspen Public Radio

Originally published on Mon March 30, 2015 5:33 am

It's spring break season and families and college students are heading to Colorado's ski resorts. You've heard of downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, but a growing trend in these areas involves people skiing uphill.

It's midday in Aspen, Colo., and uphill skier Chris Lane is on a break from work at a nonprofit. He clicks into his ski bindings and begins his 1,600 vertical foot journey uphill — on skis.

He's going against downhill traffic, so he stays on the side of the ski run.

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NEWS
10:31 am
Sat March 28, 2015

After Abuse In A Peruvian Circus, A Bear Awaits A New Home

Cholita, an Andean bespectacled bear, was rescued from a circus in Peru after suffering from abuse. An animal welfare group is now attempting to take Cholita to the U.S.
Courtesy of Animal Defenders International

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 7:59 pm

In Peru, a beleaguered bear is looking for a new home.

And the former circus animal is getting high-profile help from Michael Bond, the British author of the well-loved children's books about Paddington bear.

The tale of Cholita, an Andean spectacled bear like the fictional Paddington, is less the stuff of children's books and more of horror films.

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NEWS
8:12 am
Fri March 27, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, March 27, 2015

Newscast

  • Bullying addressed in schools through Shakespeare
  • Police reforms making their way through Colorado congress
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife wrapping up comment period
  • Large marijuana trafficking operation shut down in Denver

NEWS
8:11 am
Thu March 26, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, March 26, 2014

  Newscast

  • Investigation develops in case of Kelly Meyers
  • Telluride receives letter from ACLU over ordinance
  • Missing man from Fruita found dead in Utah
  • Storms bring some moisture, not much more expected
  • School testing bill in limbo in Denver
NEWS
5:33 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Co-Pilot Showed 'Willingness To Destroy Aircraft,' Prosecutor Says

An image from AFP TV video taken Tuesday shows smoke billowing from scattered debris of the Germanwings Airbus A320 at the crash site in the French Alps above the town of Seyne-les-Alpes, France.
Denis Bois AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 3:44 pm

Updated at 3:15 p.m. ET

The co-pilot of Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 appears to have deliberately crashed the plane carrying 150 people into the French Alps after the pilot had left the cockpit, Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said at a news conference Thursday.

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NEWS
11:53 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Testing Reform Remains In A Holding Pattern At The Legislature

Gov. John Hickenlooper touting SB 215 alongside Senate Pres. Bill Cadman, Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, and Kelly Brough, the president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The measure is now being reworked.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 11:05 am

On average students in Colorado classrooms take more than two-dozen assessments before they graduate, in some cases up to four times a year according to the Colorado Education Association. Critics say it actually means less time for overall learning.

A bipartisan measure aimed at reducing the number of tests Colorado public school students take remains in limbo at the state Legislature. The sponsors delayed the first hearing and don't know when it will be rescheduled – if at all.

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NEWS
11:13 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Program Trains Soldiers For Careers In Solar

LCpl. Aponte, front, and Sgt. McConnell move a solar module.
Credit Solar Energy International

The U.S. Department of Energy is piloting a program that trains military personnel for careers in the solar industry. The Reach for the Sun course is designed for people exiting the service and returning to civilian life. Paonia-based Solar Energy International is leading two of the three pilot programs including one at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks to Kathy Swartz, the executive director of SEI, an educational nonprofit, about the project.

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NEWS
8:11 am
Wed March 25, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

  Newscast

  • DOLA money for Western Slope set to end soon
  • Program trains veterans in solar energy instillation
  • VA relaxes rule on ‘40 mile radius’
  • Capitol Conversation about the latest economic forecast
NEWS
5:05 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

What Colorado's Latest Economic Report Means For The Budget

Jim Hill KUNC

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:04 am

Colorado's latest revenue forecast was good news for lawmakers, showing a healthy economy and more money for the state budget. There was also one notable hedge, the uncertainty around low oil prices and the oil industry's effect on the state economy.

So just what are the implications of more state revenue? We turn to the reporters that work the halls of the capitol to find out.

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NEWS
10:39 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Eckert Crane Days Draws Birders, 'Craniacs'

In March and April thousands of greater sandhill cranes fly over Delta County in Colorado as part of their spring migration.
Carole Scott Photography

This past weekend was the 15th annual Eckert Crane Days event. People from across Colorado came to Delta County to witness the spring migration of the sandhill crane. 

It’s a clear morning at Fruitgrowers Reservoir in Eckert. There are about 30 people here waiting to see a flock of greater sandhill cranes take flight.

"We have it on 45 power so we so that we can bring the cranes in close," Susan Chandler-Reed with the Black Canyon Audubon Society says.

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