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2:14 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Both Sides Sue Over Gunnison Sage Grouse

Gunnison Sage Grouse
Credit Flick/shellgame

Last November, the federal government listed the Gunnison sage grouse as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  That doesn’t mean, though, that the fighting over this contentious bird is done.

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NEWS
12:15 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Settlement Puts Drilling Project On Hold In Gunnison Natl. Forest

Treetops in the Gunnison National Forest
Credit Flickr user diwineanddine

Last Friday saw two big developments concerning oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley.

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EDUCATION
9:50 am
Thu January 22, 2015

North Fork Charter Initiative Appeals To State Board Of Education

Cassandra Shenk, left, and Chelsea Bookout, with the Valley Charter Initiative, talk about the Waldorf inspired charter school they want to see open in Paonia during a public meeting at Paonia Elementary in December of 2014.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A group that was denied charter recognition by the Delta County School Board is appealing to the state. 

The Valley Charter Initiative wants to open a Waldorf inspired public charter school in Paonia. 

In December, the Delta County School Board unanimously denied the groups request for charter recognition.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Thu January 22, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 23, 2015

  Newscast

  • Both sides sue over Gunnison Sage Grouse
  • Charter school appeals to the state
  • Paonia faces more repairs for water system
  • Telluride saves tax money with bond sales
  • Lynx survey underway
  • Lawmakers look to alleviate testing in schools
NEWS
8:03 am
Wed January 21, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

  Newscast

  • Oil and gas development in Gunnison National Forest put on hold
  • Compensation for mineral right’s owners a political issue
  • Montrose VA clinic gets a new home
  • Sherbino Theatre in Ridgway turns 100 this year
NEWS
8:05 am
Tue January 20, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

  Newscast

  • First pot shop in DeBeque opens
  • Police chase car in Grand Junction, suspects escape
  • Bill in state senate will try to help rural communities during hard times
  • Capitol Conversation about Hickenlooper’s new term
  • BLM officially revokes leases on Roan Plateau
NEWS
5:13 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Obama, In Tonight's State Of The Union, Will Focus On Middle Class

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College, in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 9. Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 5:41 pm

President Obama delivers his State of the Union address tonight and is expected to focus on the state of the economy and its impact on the middle class.

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NEWS
3:53 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

Barbara Beskind, 90, is a designer at IDEO who works with engineers on products that improve the quality of life for older people.
Nicolas Zurcher Courtesy of IDEO

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

In Silicon Valley's youth-obsessed culture, 40-year-olds get plastic surgery to fit in. But IDEO, the firm that famously developed the first mouse for Apple, has a 90-year-old designer on staff.

Barbara Beskind says her age is an advantage.

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NEWS
3:39 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Bill To Aid Rural Communities During Hard Times

In recent months multiple businesses have closed and shop spaces remain empty on the main drag in Paonia. The town is in Delta County, a place that's seen the boom-or-bust cycle of the coal industry.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A Colorado Senate bill introduced last week aims to help rural communities during times of economic crisis. 

SB15-036 seeks to give emergency assistance grants to rural communities during times of economic hardship. The bill is sponsored by freshman Senator Kerry Donovan who represents state Senate District 5. The district covers seven counties on the Western Slope including Delta, Hinsdale and Gunnison. 

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NEWS
2:38 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

After Aurora Shooting, A 'New Way Of Responding' To Mental Crises

Mental health therapist Shaundra Drysdale updates daily use numbers inside a crisis support services center in Greeley, Colo.
Grace Hood KUNC

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

It's been two and a half years since the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting in which James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Jury selection for the 2012 incident is scheduled to start Tuesday. One of the reasons why it took so long to get to court was the battle over Holmes' psychiatric evaluations. After the shooting, Colorado legislators approved $20 million to change how people going through a mental health crisis can get help.

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NEWS
8:04 am
Mon January 19, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Jan.19, 2015

  Newcast

  • Environmental Impact Statement released for proposed drilling sites north of Paonia
  • Oil and Gas Task Force finishes two day meeting in Greeley
  • Numbers reveal a disparity in the growth of Colorado schools
  • An interview with Gov. Hickenlooper about his speech and the coming term
EDUCATION
1:35 am
Mon January 19, 2015

What Does Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy Look Like To A 5-Year-Old?

Elspeth Ventresca, center, and the rest of Carolyn Barnhardt's prekindergarten class at John Eaton Elementary School wear the crowns they made to celebrate Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 10:07 am

It's morning meeting time. "When Dr. King was little, he learned a golden rule," sings a class of 4- and 5-year-olds with their teacher, Carolyn Barnhardt.

John Eaton Elementary School, a public school in Washington, D.C., is unusual. It sits in one of the District's wealthiest neighborhoods, but the majority of students hail from different parts of the city, making it one of the most racially and economically diverse elementary schools in the nation's capital.

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NEWS
5:57 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

BLM Releases Statement For Drilling Near Paonia

A photo of the proposed drilling area
Credit Jim Ramey / Citizens for a Healthy Community

Friday saw the release of a document that’s been a long time in the making.

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EDUCATION
4:35 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Disparity In Growth For Colorado Schools

Nearly half of Colorado's districts experienced declining enrollment this school year, according to the state department of education.
Credit flickr.com/bionicteaching

The Colorado Department of Education has released its statewide look at school enrollment. 

The state's preschool through 12th grade pupil count shows Colorado gained more than 12,000 students this school year. 

There are 889,006 public school student in the state, according to the data.  

Schools on the Front Range, like in years past, have the most pupils.

On the Western Slope, the Mesa County Valley School District is the largest. It ranks 12th in the state.

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NEWS
2:32 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Will Rule On Gay Marriage This Term

Jayne Rowse (left) speaks as April DeBoer kisses her during a news conference in Ferndale, Mich., on March 21, 2014. An appellate court upheld Michigan's — and three other states' — bans on gay marriage. The Supreme Court said Friday it will review the appellate court's decision. DeBoer and Rowse are the Michigan couple in the case.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 3:17 pm

Updated at 5:04 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide on gay marriage this term.

The justices said today they will review an appellate court's decision to uphold the ban on same-sex marriage in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky. The four states are among 14 that ban same-sex marriage.

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NEWS
8:04 am
Fri January 16, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • Ice Climbing Draws Thousands To Ouray
  • Denver patient tests negative for Ebola again
  • Gov. Hickenlooper gives state of state address
  • Bill proposes compensation for land owners prohibited from drilling
  • Grand Junction tutoring program gets grant
SPORTS
5:24 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Ice Climbing Draws Thousands To Small Colorado Community

An ice climber competes in a climbing event during the Ouray Ice Festival.
JT Thomas

Rock climbing is already a popular sport. And, its winter cousin ice climbing is gaining popularity too. 

Ice Climbing In Ouray

It’s a chilly morning at the Ouray Ice Park. 

Hundreds of people are gathered here for the 20th annual Ouray Ice Festival.

The event celebrates the sport of ice climbing. And, the park is a mecca for it.

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NEWS
11:22 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Western Slope Food And Farm Forum Educates, Connects Farmers, Ranchers

A session at the Forum looking at the challenges of a grass-only beef regiment
Credit Jake Ryan

The third annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum happened last weekend in Montrose.

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NEWS
9:59 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Free-Climbers Make It To Summit Of Yosemite's El Capitan

Tommy Caldwell (top) climbs what is known as Pitch 17 and Kevin Jorgeson handles the line as they free-climb the Dawn Wall of Yosemite's El Capitan.
Tom Evans AP

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:02 pm

Update at 6:46pm ET:

On their 19th day of climbing, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson reached the top of El Capitan in California's Yosemite National Park at 3:25 p.m. PT. The Los Angeles Times reports the climbers' families were waiting for them at the summit. From The New York Times:

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NEWS
8:04 am
Thu January 15, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

  Newscast

  • High amount of oil spills reported for Colorado
  • Mesa County makes official records more available
  • Gov. Hickenlooper gives his address this morning
  • A look at the legal grey area surrounding hemp

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