NEWS

NEWS
6:00 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Colorado Bills To Require Photo ID For Same-Day Voter Registration

Credit Laura Palmisano

Two Republican sponsored bills that would require a photo ID for same-day voter registration get their first hearing at the state capitol Wednesday. 

In 2013 state Democrats overhauled Colorado election laws. Republicans protested the changes especially the provision allowing voters to register on Election Day.

GOP lawmakers want people to show a photo ID to do this.

Two bills scheduled to be taken up by the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee address this topic.

Read more
NEWS
8:06 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Hoops By Day, Hops By Night: This Phys Ed Teacher's Got A Secret Brew

When the homebrewing gets good, the teachers turn pro. Kegs of Line 51 beer fill an Oakland warehouse.
Eric Westervelt NPR

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 7:10 am

Listen up, cub reporters. Lesson 1: Never miss an opportunity to catch a good story. I was doing important hop research at my local craft beer emporium, aka my bar.

"This red IPA is great. What is this again?" I asked the bartender.

"That's Line 51. From Oakland. The owner, P.T., does it part time. He has a day job." What's he do? I asked. "He's a schoolteacher."

Bingo! Secret teachers, you can't hide from this NPR Ed sleuth, no sir.

Read more
NEWS
8:03 am
Tue February 17, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

  Newscast

  • Rural relief bill heard at capitol
  • Paonia Town Clerk gives letter of intent to sue the town
  • Methane leaks higher than thought, study suggests
  • Capitol conversation about the myriad of issues facing the legislature
NEWS
2:51 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

With Quakes Spiking, Oil Industry Is Under The Microscope In Oklahoma

A functioning oil rig sits in front of the capital building in Oklahoma City, Okla. The oil industry is an important employer in the state, but officials are concerned a technique used to dispose of wastewater from oil extraction is behind a surge in earthquakes here.
Frank Morris KCUR

Originally published on Tue February 17, 2015 10:24 am

Out on Oklahoma's flat prairie, Medford, population about 900, is the kind of place where people give directions from the four-way stop in the middle of town.

It seems pretty sedate, but it's not. "We are shaking all the time," says Dea Mandevill, the city manager. "All the time."

The afternoon I stopped by, Mandevill says two quakes had already rumbled through Medford.

"Light day," she laughs. But, she adds, "the day's not over yet; we still have several more hours."

Mandevill may be laughing it off, but Austin Holland, the state seismologist, isn't.

Read more
NEWS
8:06 am
Mon February 16, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 16, 2015

  Newscast

  • Volunteer Fire Departments may be eligible for state money if bill passes
  • Pressure system causes warm weather, worry for farmers
  • BLM puts call out for community advisors
  • Bill that would give compensation to owners unable to drill makes progress
NEWS
5:41 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Bill To Aid Colorado Volunteer Fire Departments Progresses

Credit flickr/mgabelmann

A Colorado bill aimed at helping volunteer fire departments organize and get funding has already cleared the House and is progressing in the Senate. 

HB 1017 would create the Volunteer Fire Department Organization Act.  

It would help non-governmental, not-for-profit volunteer fire departments gain official recognition and make them eligible to receive state funding.  

Read more
NEWS
12:34 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Montrose Health Center Gets $422K To Prevent Youth Pot Use, Abuse

The Center for Mental Health in Montrose got a $422,000 grant through Colorado marijuana tax dollars to help prevent youth pot use and abuse.
Credit flickr.com/prensa420

The Center for Mental Health in Montrose has received a grant through marijuana tax dollars to help prevent youth pot use and abuse. 

The $422,000 grant, awarded by the state of Colorado, was announced this week. 

The center will share the funds with 16 other organizations across the Western Slope that work with young people. 

The Delta County School District will receive the most funding with a $100,000 grant.

Read more
NEWS
10:48 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Mesa County School District Tries To Combat Student Drug Use With Education

Cody Roark, left, and Nick Cunningham oversee Pathways, a new Mesa County Valley School District drug intervention program for students.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A year after recreational marijuana stores opened, Colorado is still trying to determine the impact on youth who aren't legally allowed to use pot.

Recently released data shows that in the last school year drug incidents in Colorado middle and high schools reached a ten-year high and certain districts standout in the data including the Mesa County Valley School District.

Mesa County District officials say they are trying to address the problem through more education. 

Read more
NEWS
8:12 am
Fri February 13, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

  Newscast

  • Republicans Gut Funding for Driver's License Program
  • Colorado Sues Feds Over Gunnison Sage Grouse Listing
  • Parent’s Bill of Rights Initially Passes Senate
  • Mesa County School District Uses Education To Combat Student Drug Use
  • Montrose Health Center Gets $422K To Prevent Youth Drug Use, Abuse
NEWS
1:33 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Finding A 'Radio That Is Just A Radio' In The Digital Age

We finally found this simple, traditional radio at Radioshack — though they are also available, in abundance, online.
Emily Jan NPR

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:12 am

The United Nations has declared Friday World Radio Day in celebration of radio's unique status as a "simple and inexpensive" technology with the power to reach even the most remote, marginalized communities.

But we wondered — in this digital age, how hard is it to find a simple, inexpensive radio?

Our journey took us to several stores in Washington, D.C., in search of a portable and affordable radio, as well as to the National Capital Radio and Television Museum in Bowie, Md.

Read more
NEWS
8:04 am
Thu February 12, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Newscast

  • Community voices opposed to Bull Mountain Unit
  • Mesa School District grapples with increase in student drug cases
NEWS
6:35 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Mesa County School District Cites Marijuana Legalization For Rise In Student Drug Cases

Last school year, Grand Junction High School reported 51 drugs cases to the state. The school had the highest number of drug incidents within Mesa County Valley School District 51 last year. It's also the largest school in the district.
Credit Laura Palmisano

A year after recreational marijuana stores opened, Colorado is still trying to determine the impact on youth who aren't legally allowed to use pot.

Recently released data shows that in the last school year drug incidents in Colorado middle and high schools reached a ten-year high and certain districts standout in the data.

Last year, Mesa County Valley School District 51 also reported more student drug cases than it had in the past ten-years.

Read more
NEWS
11:05 am
Wed February 11, 2015

The Fall And Rise Of U.S. Inequality, In 2 Graphs

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 12:21 pm

Since World War II, inequality in the U.S. has gone through two, dramatically different phases.

In the first phase, known as the great compression, inequality fell. Incomes rose for people in the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution, as the postwar boom led to high demand for workers with low and moderate skills.

Read more
NEWS
10:24 am
Wed February 11, 2015

How Do You Talk To Students About Weed When It's Legal?

The hallways at Arapahoe Ridge High School in Boulder, Colo.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 9:34 am

Since Colorado has embraced legal retail marijuana sales, schools are grappling with the best way to discusses it in the classroom amid changing attitudes.

"When it's legal for your parents to smoke it or grow it, that changes the conversation," said Odette Edbrooke, the Health Education Coordinator for the Boulder Valley School District.

Read more
NEWS
8:07 am
Wed February 11, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015

  Newscast

  • BLM releases review of public comments over Thompson Divide drilling
  • Ophir aims to bring in high speed internet with US grant
  • Colorado schools struggle to talk about marijuana with students
NEWS
3:00 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Paonia Facing Further Cuts To Balance Town Budget

Credit KVNF

The town of Paonia is looking at some serious financial troubles.  

In a recent document about the dismissal of the town clerk, they listed what might have to happen to pull the town out of the red. 

Read more
NEWS
9:14 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Legal Pot Linked To Higher School Drug Use? Colorado's Not Sure

halseike Flickr - Creative Commons

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 12:45 pm

Even after a full year of being able to purchase recreational marijuana, questions still remain for the state of Colorado. Is cannabis use dangerous? Should there be tighter labeling on pot edibles? Is easy access impacting middle and high school students?

Recent data compiled by the Department of Education and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News show incidents of student drug use in 2014 hitting a 10-year high, but state officials don't have a clear picture if the increased drug use and marijuana legalization are related.

Read more
NEWS
8:11 am
Tue February 10, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015

  Newscast

  • Open enrollment for health insurance ends soon
  • The health of Colorado kids lag behinds nation, adults
  • Figures show rise in student drug use during first year of recreation marijuana
  • Paonia facing even more cuts to balance the budget
NEWS
11:21 am
Mon February 9, 2015

Victims Of Social Security Number Theft Find It's Hard To Bounce Back

Stolen Social Security numbers can be used to create bogus documents like these, but also over the phone to open bank accounts or make purchases.
Charles Rex Arbogast AP

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 3:26 pm

Tens of millions of people may have had information stolen, including their names, Social Security numbers and birth dates, when health insurer Anthem's database was hacked.

Read more
NEWS
8:00 am
Mon February 9, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Feb. 9, 2015

  Newscast

  • Paonia explains charges for dismissal against town clerk
  • Telluride ski patrollers vote on unionizing
  • Grand Junction to vote on internet, parkway
  • SMPA upgrades West End, foresees outages
  • Colorado Housing and Finance Authority has new grant for first time home buyers
  • Colorado House hears testimony on ‘Death with Dignity’ bill
  • Vaccination rates have Colorado health officials concerned
NEWS
2:55 pm
Sun February 8, 2015

Cities Argue For a Bigger Share Of Pot Tax Revenue

Customers browse the pot products at Cannabis City in Seattle. In Washington, the 2012 initiative to legalize pot was sold as a way to decrease expenses for local governments.
Elaine Thompson AP

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 3:11 pm

When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states.

But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales should be divided. Local governments want to get what they say is their share of pot tax revenue.

Read more
NEWS
5:38 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Records Request Details Potential Reasons For Paonia Town Clerk's Dismissal

Credit KVNF

Through a public records request, KVNF has obtained the written charges for the dismissal of the former Paonia Town Clerk.

The document explains at length the financial issues the town is facing and cites those problems as the original reason for laying off Barbara Petersen.

According to the notice, the town asked Petersen to resign, but she declined. So the town let her go.

However, the issue is that under Colorado statute appointed officials can’t be dismissed without written charges and a hearing.

Read more
NEWS
8:03 am
Fri February 6, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

  Newscast

  • Teen pregnancy bill proposed in state legislature
  • S and P settles with Colorado for 21 million dollars
  • Rural aid bill killed in committee
  • Snowpack looks thin for this year
  • Horse disease cleared from Colorado
NEWS
6:15 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Local Motion: Regional News Roundup Feb. 2015

On this week's Local Motion, we’ll hear a roundup of some of the regional reporting that KVNF and partner stations have done.

Read more
NEWS
5:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Bill To Expand Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention Program

HB1079 seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program. Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose co-sponsored the legislation.
Credit flickr/isnow

A Colorado bill aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and keeping kids in school will be heard by the House Appropriations Committee Friday morning. 

HB1079 seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program. Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose co-sponsored the legislation. 

Coram says the pilot program has been running for over a decade in Mesa, Montrose and Delta counties.

Read more
NEWS
3:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Map: The Most Common* Job In Every State

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 3:20 pm

*We used data from the Census Bureau, which has two catch-all categories: "managers not elsewhere classified" and "salespersons not elsewhere classified." Because those categories are broad and vague to the point of meaninglessness, we excluded them from our map.

What's with all the truck drivers? Truck drivers dominate the map for a few reasons.

  • Driving a truck has been immune to two of the biggest trends affecting U.S. jobs: globalization and automation. A worker in China can't drive a truck in Ohio, and machines can't drive cars (yet).
Read more
NEWS
3:49 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

RadioShack, The Electronics Chain, Files For Bankruptcy

A person rides by a RadioShack store in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 4:33 pm

RadioShack, the electronics chain that has hung on for years despite a steep decline in its business, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday.

According to the AP, the company plans to sell up to 2,400 of its stores nationwide.

Read more
NEWS
3:14 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Bill To Aid Rural Colorado Communities Dies In Committee

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 bill that aimed to help rural Colorado communities during times of economic crisis was killed in committee this week.  

The bill was sponsored by freshman Sen. Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, who represents seven counties including Delta, Hinsdale and Gunnison.   

Donovan says the bill would’ve allowed the state to react quickly with financial assistance when there’s an economic emergency in a community like a plant shutdown or industry-wide layoffs. 

Read more
NEWS
2:16 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Bill To Protect Victims Of Sexual Assault Clears House

This week a bill that would extend protections to victims of alleged sex offenses cleared the state house.  This is Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, the bill’s sponsor.

"A few years ago, I successfully carried legislation that protected victims of stalking," says Hamner, "that bill became known as Vonnie's Law.  This bill, HB 1060, extends the protections we were able to put in place for victims of stalking, to victims of sexual assault.

NEWS
10:27 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Governor Speaks in Support of Fort Carson

Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 11:10 pm

Governor John Hickenlooper spoke in support of Fort Carson Tuesday at a listening session in Colorado Springs.  The forum comes as the Army looks to reduce its numbers of active-duty soldiers by at least 40,000.

The reductions could impact up to 16,000 personnel at Fort Carson.  The listening session was one of 30 being held across Army bases aimed at providing input to the Pentagon before any decisions are made.

Governor Hickenlooper said Colorado has a long, proud history with the military, and provides training and support that is unique.

Read more

Pages