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2:16 am
Wed September 17, 2014

When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On

In Del Norte, Colo., Public Works Supervisor Kevin Larimore shows off solar panels that provide electricity for the town's water supply. Despite generating its own solar energy, the town is still at risk of a blackout if its main power line goes down.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Originally published on Wed September 17, 2014 5:50 pm

The cost of solar panels is falling rapidly in the United States. And as the panels become more affordable, they're popping up on rooftops around the country.

Meanwhile, the U.S. is trying to find better ways to back up its power system against blackouts. And while it may seem counterintuitive, more solar power does not mean fewer blackouts — at least not yet.

The tiny town of Del Norte, in southwestern Colorado, is a perfect example. Despite being covered in solar panels, Del Norte is still at risk of losing power if its main power line goes down.

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NEWS
5:04 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Preschool Program Focuses On The Brain

Child therapist Kathy Hegberg developed the program "Focused Kids." It teaches young kids how their brain works and it's being used at low-income preschools in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 10:19 am

A growing education program in the Valley is teaching preschoolers how their brain works so they can focus on learning. The “Focused Kids” program is being taught to low income, mostly Latino kids, in a unique preschool. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, this new program is happening inside a school bus.

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NEWS
10:18 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Judge Revokes Arch Coal Lease

Credit NPS

A District Court Judge revoked a lease expansion granted to Arch Coal in 2012.  

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NEWS
8:38 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Homeless Vets: They're Not Just Single Men Anymore

Alexander Morales, who served in the Army in the 1970s, with his family: wife Roberta; Elvia, 7, Elena, 8, and Elvira, 7 (in front), and Ruben Verdugo, 13, and Aaron D. Huerta, 17 (in back). Morales' family has been going for years to the Stand Down event in San Diego, where veterans receive assistance.
David Gilkey NPR

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 2:49 pm

Every summer for 27 years, a small tent city has popped up in San Diego. "Stand Down" is a three-day oasis for homeless veterans, with showers, new clothes, hot meals, medical help, legal aid and a booth set up for every housing program in the city.

Increasingly, the event needs ways to keep children entertained.

"They've got the kids zone and everything. My kids live out here very happy. They're looking forward to it from last year," says Alex Morales, who served in the Army in the 1970s.

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NEWS
8:12 am
Tue September 16, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

  Newscast

  • Arch Coal lease overturned
  • Scientists show wastewater injection directly linked to earthquakes in Colorado
  • Colorado man blows self up making bombs
NEWS
8:11 am
Mon September 15, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

  Newscast

  • Hints at Sage Grouse listing from Fish and Wildlife
  • State officials meet tomorrow to decide rules for medical marijuana
  • Poachers hit near Telluride
  • Winter weather outlook for Western Slope
  • Enterovirus possibly moving towards western slope
  • Denver Post might be sold off
NEWS
2:52 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Millions Of Americans' Wages Seized Over Credit Card And Medical Debt

Kevin Evans relaxes in his small apartment after arriving home from work. Evans, who lost income and his home in the recession, is now having his wages garnished after falling behind on his credit card payments.
Colin E. Braley AP for ProPublica

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 8:52 am

Millions of Americans are still grappling with debt they've accumulated since the recession hit. And new numbers out Monday show many are having a tougher time than you might think.

One in 10 working Americans between the ages of 35 and 44 are getting their wages garnished. That means their pay is being docked — often over an old credit card debt, medical bill or student loan.

That striking figure comes out of a collaboration between NPR and ProPublica. The reporting offers the first available national numbers on wage garnishment.

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NEWS
10:34 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Solar Flare Could Trigger Auroras Tonight For Northern U.S.

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft captures Wednesday's solar flare eruption.
NASA/SDO

Originally published on Fri September 12, 2014 11:19 am

Earth is in the line of fire of a powerful solar flare that has already begun hitting us, but most of the energy from the Coronal Mass Ejection, or CME, will skirt safely by, scientists say, with major disruptions to the electric grid, satellites and communications unlikely.

But if you're lucky — and far enough north — you might see a nice display of aurora borealis.

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NEWS
8:18 am
Fri September 12, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

Newscast

 

  • Tire excavaction continues in Ouray County
  • Today is 20th anniversary of Americorps
  • Bente Birkland discusses recent political debates
NEWS
3:45 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

AmeriCorps Celebrates Twenty Years Of Service

AmeriCorps VISTA Michelle Amiott, center, works at a community garden in Montrose County, Colo.
Credit Valley Food Partnership

AmeriCorps is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month.  

Since 1994 more than 900,000 people have served in AmeriCorps. The federal service program has volunteers across the nation and in U.S. territories.

Michelle Amiott was an AmeriCorps VISTA, short for Volunteers In Service To America. She volunteered for a year in Montrose County at the Valley Food Partnership, a Western Slope nonprofit.

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NEWS
11:04 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Fate of the Southwest Chief

Amtrak's Southwest Chief pulls into the Raton, NM station in May.
Credit Andrea Chalfin/KRCC

Every day, an Amtrak train runs through southern Colorado, connecting the area to major cities and towns across America. 

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NEWS
8:15 am
Thu September 11, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Newscast

  • Governor Hickenlooper names Colorado’s poet laureate
  • Southwest Chief passenger train still in danger

NEWS
8:11 am
Wed September 10, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

  Newscast

  • Amtrak route gets grant to keep it alive
  • Lawmakers struggle with marijuana regulations
  • EPA starts water systems center in Colorado University Boulder
  • Denver sheriff’s department fires deputies over abuse
  • Coal fired plant gets extension on review from EPA
  • Montrose demolishes blight
  • Oil and Gas panel is appointed
NEWS
10:12 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Telluride Keeps Seeing Growth In Tourism

Credit Doug Anderson via Flickr (CC BY)

Tourism is doing well in Telluride.

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NEWS
8:20 am
Tue September 9, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept 9, 2014

  Newscast

  • Enterovirus spreads to Colorado
  • Tourism remains strong in Telluride
  • Mesa county man dies in UTV roll-over
  • No official rules over flood prone gas wells
  • District 7 Judges appointed
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NEWS
8:15 am
Mon September 8, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, September 8, 2014

  Newscast

  • Mountain goat hunter falls and dies
  • Bud Light takes over Crested Butte
  • New water study in North Fork
NEWS
3:27 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol Apprehending Fewer Central Americans

A man looks out towards the US from the Mexican side of the border fence that divides the two countries in San Diego. The U.S. Border Patrol says it has seen about a 60 percent drop in the number of Central Americans apprehended at the border.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 7:51 pm

The number of Central American children and families being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border has dropped dramatically in recent months, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. There has been a 60 percent decline in apprehensions of minors since the record numbers making the illegal trek earlier this summer.

A lot of factors may be contributing to the dramatic drop, including heavy rains along the migrant route and media campaigns in home countries dispelling rumors that kids can stay in the U.S.

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NEWS
1:17 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Blue Jeans Losing Their Grip On American Hips

Levi's didn't even call them "jeans" until after James Dean wore them. Would he have preferred stretch fabrics and elastic waistbands?
AP

The AP says that the nation's devotion to denim is wearing thin. Sales fell a significant 6 percent over the last year after decades of steady growth, according to the market research firm NPD Group.

Seems the nation is leisurizing its pants, bypassing the dungarees and choosing elastic waistbands and sweats instead. Sales of yoga pants and other active wear climbed 7 percent in the same period.

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NEWS
6:30 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Crested Butte Locals Have Mixed Feelings About Bud Light's Whatever Town Takeover

Bud Light has taken over Crested Butte to throw a mega party.
Credit KVNF

Bud Light donated $500,000 to the town of Crested Butte to take it over for an exclusive mega party over the weekend. The town's main street was fenced off and painted blue.

Thousands of people descended upon the mountain community of 1,500 for the Bud Light Whatever USA event.

Area business owners and residents had mixed feelings about the party.

Some were concerned the event would tarnish the town's non-corporate image. 

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NEWS
8:12 am
Fri September 5, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, September 5, 2014

  Newscast

  • Abigayle Wietharn found
  • A look at firefighters and oil wells
  • Montrose and MEDC cut cozy relationship
  • Gov. Hickenlooper raises over half a million dollars in August

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