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8:05 am
Tue March 24, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

  Newscast

  • Politicians and state organizations visit Paonia
  • Childhood poverty falls across state, remains strong in rural areas
  • Beetle kill doesn’t necessarily lead to more fires
  • Eckert Crane days draws birders from near and far
NEWS
5:44 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Kids Count Report Delivered To Lawmakers, Shows Decrease In Child Poverty

Children visit the state capitol for the release of the annual Kids Count Report from the Colorado Children's Campaign.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 7:56 am

Colorado's childhood poverty rate has decreased for the first time in five years. The latest data comes as part of the annual Kids Count Report, which offers information on the health and well-being of children across the state.

"That is great news for Colorado," said Lt. Governor Joe Garcia. He went on to add that there's always a but, "We know that there are still far too many children growing up in households where they don't have access to the opportunities and resources they need to be healthy and succeed."

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NEWS
2:19 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

In Congress, New Attention To Student-Privacy Fears

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Tue March 24, 2015 8:30 am

Several efforts in Washington are converging on the sensitive question of how best to safeguard the information software programs are gathering on students.

A proposed Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 is circulating in draft form. It has bipartisan sponsorship from Democratic Rep. Jared S. Polis of Colorado and Republican Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana.

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HEALTH
10:30 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Medicare Factoring Patient Satisfaction Into Payments Affects Local Hospitals

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The federal government has changed the way it pays hospitals through Medicare. It now factors in patient satisfaction. To discuss the affects on a local hospital, KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks with Jason Clecker, the CEO of Delta County Memorial Hospital. Over 60 percent of DCHM patients are on Medicare.

To see how your local hospital scored visit http://ow.ly/KGQk4

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NEWS
8:07 am
Mon March 23, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, March 23, 2015

  Newscast

  • State budget delayed
  • Medicare payments now factor in patient satisfaction
  • Lake City passes OHV ordinance
  • Forest service grapples with moose problems
  • New national fracking rules from President Obama
  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs 10 bills into law
NEWS
1:09 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Testing Reform Bill Is Pulled At The Legislature

Colorado General Assembly

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:05 am

A bipartisan measure to reduce testing for students in Colorado's public schools is not proceeding as planned through the statehouse. Senate Bill 215 [.pdf] was scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Education Committee Thursday. No longer, it was pulled from the calendar before the hearing.

"We just need to make sure we get the policy right," said state Senator Owen Hill (R-Colorado Springs), a sponsor of the measure along with Senator Andy Kerr (D-Lakewood).

The sponsors are unsure of when SB 215 will get a hearing. The bill would eliminate mandatory assessments in the 11 and 12th grade and reduce redundant tests in the earlier grades. It has been billed as the major school testing reform bill of the session.

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NEWS
11:03 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Interior Department Issues New Fracking Rules For Federal Lands

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell speaks in Anchorage, Alaska. The Obama administration is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations.
Dan Joling AP

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 6:18 pm

The Department of the Interior has unveiled new regulations on hydraulic fracturing operations that take place on federal lands, requiring companies using the drilling technique to ensure wells are safe and to disclose chemicals used in the process.

The rules change follows a more than three-year review process and will affect the 90 percent of oil and gas wells on federal lands that now use so-called fracking to extract oil and gas.

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NEWS
8:01 am
Fri March 20, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Mar. 20, 2015

  Newscast

  • I-­70 snow tire law progresses in capitol
  • Colorado gets first ever aerial firefighting research center
  • Controversial driver’s license program receives compromise funding
  • Ridgway elections canceled
  • Head of Colorado Oil and Gas Commission steps down
  • Town Hall meeting scheduled for Saturday
NEWS
3:05 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Both Parties Agree The Food Stamp Program Needs To Change. But How?

A new budget plan that calls for turning food stamps into a block grant program for states could affect stores that accept food stamps through an Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT, system like this one in Memphis.
Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 10:21 am

When it comes to the food stamps — or SNAP benefits as they're now called — there are few areas where Republicans and Democrats agree. But getting some of the 46 million people now receiving SNAP into the work force is one of them.

Last year Congress approved $200 million for states to test the best way to move people into jobs. And today, the Obama administration is announcing grants to 10 states to do just that.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the demonstration projects should help able-bodied recipients take advantage of an improving economy.

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NEWS
5:57 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

As Schuller Steps Down, What's Ahead For Colorado's Energy Industry?

Tisha Schuller, the current executive in charge of the state's trade organization for oil and gas has accounced her departure from the position.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 7:59 am

The executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, Tisha Schuller, recently announced that she's leaving the state's largest trade organization for the energy industry.

In a statement released by COGA, Schuller said it was a "wild ride" and that she was honored to have represented the state's oil industry. While remaining in her position until the end of May, Schuller sat down to talk about the future of the industry and why she decided to leave her position.

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NEWS
5:37 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Garfield County Lands Nation's First Aerial Firefighting Research Center

Credit The U.S. Army via Flickr

Colorado has announced the location for a 'first of its kind' aerial firefighting research facility.

The Rifle-Garfield County Airport will be home to the Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting.  

"So virtually everything we do in wildland firefighting will be subject to be looked at by this center of excellence," Paul Cooke, the director of the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, says. 

He says the center will test and evaluate existing and new technologies used in aerial firefighting. 

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NEWS
11:39 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Mixed Economic News As The Legislature's Budget Work Nears

Stephen Butler Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Thu March 19, 2015 9:54 am

As they prepare to write the annual budget, there's mixed news for Colorado lawmakers. The latest revenue forecast shows the economy will remain strong, but there is a lot of uncertainty going forward, especially when it comes to low oil prices and how it ripples through the state's economy.

"On net low oil prices are good for the national economy, but for areas where you have energy production, energy production states, on net it has been negative in the past," said nonpartisan Chief Legislative Economist Natalie Mullis. "Colorado is a third tier energy producing state and it does have a dampening effect on our economy."

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NEWS
10:33 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Economic Development Bill Progresses At State Capitol

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A bill to find ways to boost economic development in highly distressed regions of Colorado has cleared the state House. 

The bipartisan measure calls for the creation of a working group that identifies areas in Colorado that are struggling. 

The group would make recommendations to the legislature on how to improve the economies of these distressed regions. 

Democratic Rep. Dan Pabon of Denver is one of the bill’s sponsors.  

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NEWS
8:02 am
Thu March 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, March 19, 2015

  Newscast

  • Woman allegedly sets her home on fire
  • Tipton asks feds about small banks
  • Paonia sends notice about drinking water violations
  • Waldorf school initiative loses state appeal
  • Economic development bill progresses at state capitol
  • Police reform bills introduced at state capitol
NEWS
12:22 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Curfew Set For City Of Delta Youth

The city of Delta curfew for kids goes in effect in April. Unaccompanied minors need to be off the streets by midnight. There are some exceptions to the rule. For example, kids can be out after the city's curfew if they are getting of work, leaving a movie or coming back from a school event.
Credit flickr/nathanmac87

The city of Delta has put a juvenile curfew into effect.  The town council passed the ordinance at the request of Delta Police Chief Robert Thomas.

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NEWS
8:04 am
Wed March 18, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Weds., March 18, 2015

  Newscast

  • Delta passed curfew law
  • Bill reducing window to sue over building defects advances in Senate
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital seeks to extend federal payments
  • Warm weather to continue on Western Slope
NEWS
4:25 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Which Bills Will Hit The Gov's Desk This Session?

Jim Hill KUNC

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 7:31 am

We're just past the halfway mark for the annual 120-day legislative session. As lawmakers (and the reporters that cover them) enter the home stretch, what's the scuttlebutt under the gold dome? Which bills are being delayed? How is the Governor handling split legislative control?

For insights we picked the brains of reporters who work the halls on daily basis at the capitol.

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NEWS
8:10 am
Tue March 17, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, March 17, 2015

  Newscast

  • Senate pushes bill to repeal ban on high capacity magazines
  • Telluride looks at pan handling ordinance
  • Senior citizens choose to settle in western states like Colorado
  • Capitol conversation about the half way point for the legislature
NEWS
3:58 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

War Criminals Next Door: Immigration Division Brings Violators To Justice

Salvadoran Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova, shown in an undated photo, is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four Americans in 1980.
AP

Originally published on Wed March 18, 2015 3:48 pm

An appeals panel in Florida has upheld a deportation order against a former defense minister of El Salvador, who is alleged to have presided over human rights violations in that country, including the murders of four American churchwomen in 1980. Gen. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was allowed to retire in the U.S. in 1989. Now, a little known unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is trying to expel him as well as others charged with human rights abuses.

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NEWS
3:15 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Cedaredge Citizens Voice Opposition To Pot Facility

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Last week the town of Cedaredge held a meeting to let the community voice their opinion about recreational marijuana. 

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NEWS
1:19 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Home Kitchen Producers, Lawmakers Hope To See Cottage Food Law Expand

Monica Wiitanen adds wood to her outdoor oven that she uses to bake bread.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Cottage food laws are on the books in almost every state. These statutes allow people to make food products in their home kitchens and sell their goods directly to consumers. In Colorado two bills would expand the state's three-year-old Cottage Foods Act.  

Monica Wiitanen is adding wood to her outdoor brick oven. She uses it to bake artisanal breads that she makes in her home kitchen. 

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NEWS
8:06 am
Mon March 16, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, March 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • Cedaredge citizens speak out against marijuana facility
  • Home Kitchen Producers and Lawmakers Hope To See Cottage Food Law Expand
  • Governor Hickenlooper shows some support for wildfire forecasting
  • Colorado seeks dodge No Child Left Behind testing again
NEWS
5:09 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

When Police Are Given Body Cameras, Do They Use Them?

Body cameras, like this one shown at a 2014 press conference in Washington, D.C., are small enough to be clipped to an officer's chest. Washington and Denver are among U.S. cities trying the cameras.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 16, 2015 4:55 am

Back in December, following the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama called for $75 million in funding for 50,000 body cameras to be used by police around the United States. The cameras record police activity, and their use is intended to boost accountability.

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NEWS
10:41 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Paonia Trustees Officially Dismiss Town Clerk

From left to right, Trustee Erik Gould, Trustee Ross King, Mayor Pro-Temp Charles Stewart and Mayor Neal Schwieterman at the Paonia Board of Trustees meeting where Town Clerk Barbara Petersen was officially dismissed.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Paonia Board of Trustees held a meeting on March 10, bringing the hearing over town clerk Barbara Peterson to a close. 

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NEWS
8:05 am
Fri March 13, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, March 13, 2015

  Newscast

  • Connect for Health Audit
  • Industrial Hemp Farming backed by Gardner
  • Shooting Complex Planning in Palisade
  • Eckert Crane Days
  • Reduced Standardized Testing for Colorado K-12
NEWS
6:00 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Federal Hemp, Marijuana Bills Backed By Colorado Congressmen

A bill in the U.S. Senate would legalize industrial hemp.
Credit flickr/edwardthebonobo

A federal bill to legalize industrial hemp farming has the backing of a Colorado Congressman. 

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2015 was introduced in the U.S. Senate last week. 

The bill would remove industrial hemp from the marijuana definition in the Controlled Substance Act thus allowing farmers to grow it.

Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner is one of the bill’s co-sponsors.

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NEWS
8:03 am
Thu March 12, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, March 12, 2015

  Newscast

  • Paonia officially dismisses town clerk Peterson
  • Parks and Wildlife seeks input for future plans
  • State Officers were held hostage near Dinosaur
  • Teen pregnancy bill fails in Senate
  • Representative Tipton visits Delta
NEWS
3:04 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Researchers Think There's A Warm Ocean On Enceladus

A new analysis suggests that Enceladus' ocean is being heated from the bottom up. That could explain plumes of ice seen at its south pole.
NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Tue March 31, 2015 6:07 pm

Saturn's moon Enceladus is a mystery. From Earth it looks tiny and cold, and yet it's not a dead hunk of rock. Passing spacecraft see trenches and ridges, similar to Earth's, and in 2005 NASA's Cassini mission spotted ice geysers streaming from its south pole.

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NEWS
5:25 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Expansion Stumbles In Committee

Senator Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) and Margery Grandbouche with Hilltop Community Resources, which operates the Get Real Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program testify in support of a bill to expand the program statewide.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed March 11, 2015 7:40 am

A bill to expand a teen pregnancy prevention program for low-income youth failed in the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday on a party line 3-2 vote. Republicans defeated the measure, one that was sponsored by one of their own.

"I guess this is my big thing is let's take an inventory of what we're doing before we throw another layer on there," said Senate Finance Committee chair Tim Neville (R-Littleton).

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NEWS
5:24 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Congressman Scott Tipton Checks In On Delta County During Western Slope Tour

Congressman Scott Tipton at the Delta County Courthouse for a meeting with the commissioners on Wed., March 11, 2015.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

U.S. Representative Scott Tipton stopped in Delta on Wednesday as part of his tour of the Western Slope. 

At a meeting with the Delta County Commissioners Tipton discussed economic issues, broadband, rural health care, energy and tax reform. He also gave a congressional update. 

KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed Tipton during his visit.

Tipton represents Colorado's 3rd Congressional District which covers most of the western part of the state. 

He's also scheduled to meet with the Ouray County Commissioners on Thursday in Ridgway.

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