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9:20 am
Mon March 9, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, March 9, 2015

Newscast

  • DMEA on board with Region 10 internet plan
  • New water park opens in Montrose
  • Data shows Colorado worker’s comp is drastically different than other states
  • Lawmakers grapple with LGBT conversion bill
  • Snowpack grows, but still below average
  • Mesa School District to experiment with performance based learning
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NEWS
1:57 am
Mon March 9, 2015

In Kansas City, Superfast Internet And A Digital Divide

Since Google Fiber rolled out gigabit broadband in Kansas City four years ago, residents have enjoyed fast Internet connections, including what locals call "the world's fastest Starbucks."
Frank Morris KCUR

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 11:35 am

Kansas City has some of the Internet's best service anywhere. Providers there jostle for customers who can now expect broadband that's about 100 times faster than the national average.

But, four years after Google Fiber landed in Kansas City, people are still trying to figure out just what to do with all that speed.

Kansas City's a modest, Midwestern place. Residents are proud of their barbecue and baseball team. But Aaron Deacon says that now there's something else: inexpensive, world-class Internet.

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NEWS
7:00 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

Water Sports Park Opens In Montrose

Marine veteran Jared Bolhuis tests the waves in a kayak before the park opened.
Credit Welcome Home Montrose

There’s still snow on the ground, but that’s not stopping people from enjoying a new water park on the Western Slope. 

The city of Montrose has finished construction two months ahead of schedule on its Water Sports Park. The recreation area is now open to the public. 

The park utilizes a section of the Uncompahgre River. Montrose created ‘wave stimulators’ so people can kayak, paddle board, raft and swim in the waves.

City Engineer Scott Murphy explains how it works.

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NEWS
12:24 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, March 6, 2015

Newscast

  • Mesa County DA looks to close online gambling cafes
  • Local sheriffs sue Colorado over Amendment 64
  • Cedaredge looks at possibly approving pot manufacturing facility
  • Lawmakers fund evidence testing equipment after fighting over gun amendment
NEWS
6:23 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Sheriffs, Prosecutors Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Law

A medical marijuana plant grown in Colorado's Delta County.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Colorado has been under fire lately over Amendment 64.  The state is currently being sued by neighboring states and a Washington, D.C. organization over recreational marijuana.  Now, Colorado is being sued by its own sheriffs. 

Six sheriffs from across Colorado and sheriffs and prosecutors from Nebraska and Kansas are plaintiffs in the suit. Governor John Hickenlooper is named as the defendant.

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NEWS
2:42 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Peterson Hearing Results Postponed Until March 10

Credit Jake Ryan / KVNF

Tuesday the Board of Trustees for the town of Paonia held a hearing, a trial of sorts, for Barbara Peterson, the town clerk that was dismissed last December.

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NEWS
11:09 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Colorado Cottage Foods Act Sees Possible Expansions

Under the the Colorado Cottage Foods Act products like bread can be made by producers in their home kitchens and sold directly to consumers.
Credit flickr/chiotsrun

A bill to expand the Colorado Cottage Foods Act is scheduled to get its first hearing early next week. 

The act allows people to sell certain products made in an unlicensed home kitchen directly to consumers. 

House Bill 1102 seeks to broaden it. Republican Rep. Yeulin Willett of Grand Junction is one of the bill’s sponsors.

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NEWS
8:02 am
Thu March 5, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thurs, March 5, 2015

Newscast

  • Peterson hearing results delayed until Tuesday
  • Cottage Food Act sees possible expansions
  • Region 10 proposes $17 million plan to bring fiber optic to Western Slope
  • State bills aim to prepare Colorado for aging population

Editor's Note:  The original broadcast of this newscast incorrectly stated that the board of trustees will reveal their decision "whether or not to retain Berry next Tuesday."  Town Manager Jane Berry's employment is not being considered.  It should have read "whether or not to retain Peterson next Tuesday."  We apologize for any confusion. 

NEWS
8:13 am
Wed March 4, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Weds, March 4, 2015

  Newscast

  • Paonia holds hearing for town clerk’s dismissal
  • Woman charged with day care child abuse offered plea deal
  • North Fork Ambulance desperately needs money
  • Distilleries might be able to serve food soon
  • Democrats kill Republican bill to lower renewable energy requirements 
NEWS
6:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Facing Financial Woes North Fork Ambulance Looks For Solutions

The North Fork Ambulance Association is the only emergency medical services provider in the North Fork Valley. It's staffed by volunteer emergency responders.
Credit North Fork Ambulance Association

The North Fork Ambulance Association is facing a large budget deficit. 

The association has been operating in Delta County for 46 years. 

"We are the only emergency response in the valley for medical," Kathy Steckel, the organization's executive director, says. "The next closest emergency medical comes out of Delta."

The nonprofit has five employees and about 50 volunteer emergency responders. 

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NEWS
8:02 am
Tue March 3, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tues, March 3, 2015

  Newscast

  • Missing woman's remains were found in Mesa County
  • Winter weather brings highly dangerous avalanche conditions
  • Land around thousands of shuttered oil and gas wells still unrestored
  • Capitol reporters discuss the oil and gas task force and its political impact
NEWS
1:41 am
Tue March 3, 2015

States Face Correctional Officer Shortage Amid A Cultural Stigma

Corrections officer Sgt. Charles Galaviz secures an inmate for transfer with handcuffs and shackles Jan. 24 at the Lexington Assessment and Reception Center, in Lexington, Okla. Overtime is mandatory for correctional officers in the state's prisons, which have a manpower shortage of about 33 percent and the highest inmate homicide rate in the country.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 12:40 pm

More than 1.3 million people are incarcerated in state prisons in this country, and keeping those prisons running requires tens of thousands of corrections officers. But right now, some states are facing major staffing shortages.

Much of this shortfall is because of the strong economy, but recruiters also are struggling with the job's cultural stigma.

Cadets at Wyoming's Department of Corrections Training Academy are practicing how they'll handcuff prisoners. In a few weeks this scenario will be very real, but right now everyone is pretty relaxed.

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NEWS
9:06 am
Mon March 2, 2015

'The Black Summit' Draws African-American Skiers And Boarders To Aspen

Art Clay, 78, of Chicago takes a run in a light snowfall on Wednesday. Clay is a co-founder of the National Brotherhood of Skiers.
Sonya Doctorian for NPR

Originally published on Sat February 28, 2015 1:28 pm

We've all heard the old adage that every snowflake is different, but they do have one thing in common: They're all white. That's also the image that many have of the people taking part in winter sports, including skiing and snowboarding, here in the U.S.

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NEWS
8:21 am
Mon March 2, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, March 2, 2015

  Newscast

  • North Fork Ambulance faces a steep deficit
  • Ski Patrollers in telluride are unionizing
  • Gov. Hickenlooper discusses the oil and gas task force results
  • Paonia will have the hearing to discuss Clerk Peterson’s dismissal
  • The average age of farmers is rising
NEWS
11:23 am
Sun March 1, 2015

6 In 10 Young Republicans Favor Legal Marijuana, Survey Says

A user prepares to roll a marijuana cigarette on the first day of legal possession of marijuana for recreational purposes in the District of Colombia on Thursday.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sun March 1, 2015 7:28 pm

Nearly two-thirds of Millennials who identify as Republican support legalizing marijuana, while almost half of older GOP Gen-Xers do, according to a recently released Pew survey that could be an indicator of where the debate is heading.

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NEWS
6:00 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Facing Financial Troubles North Fork Ambulance Asks Public For Solutions

More than 25 people attended the North Fork Ambulance Association's meeting in Hotchkiss on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The North Fork Ambulance Association is facing a large budget deficit.

That’s why the organization is hosting a series of meetings to gather ideas from the community on what to do about the problem. The first meeting was in Hotchkiss on Thursday night. 

The association is the only ambulance service provider in the North Fork Valley. About 50 volunteer emergency responders staff it. 

The nonprofit is funded by paid memberships, grants from the state, charging non-members for ambulance services and donations. 

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NEWS
8:02 am
Fri February 27, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

  Newscast

  • Gov Hickenlooper makes plans to combat pill abuse
  • Politicians react to Oil and Gas Task Force findings
  • DMEA / Tri State negotiations break down, petition to federal agency continues
  • Therapeutic Specialist Discusses Recreation Program For Western Slope Seniors
NEWS
1:40 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Colorado Pushes For Concealed Guns In K-12 Schools

Colorado educators take part in a concealed carry course in Englewood, Colo., on Nov. 8. The course is open to all state school employees. Participants who complete the training are eligible to apply for a permit to carry a handgun.
MATTHEW STAVER Landov

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:42 am

Patrick Neville was a 15-year-old sophomore at Columbine High School in 1999. He was on his way to a fast food lunch when the shooting started.

Two students, armed with guns and pipe bombs, had stormed the Colorado school, on their way to killing one teacher and 12 students — some were Neville's friends.

Neville, now a Colorado state representative, says many of Columbine's teachers and faculty acted heroically that day.

But, he says, "I truly believe that had some of them had the legal authority to be armed, more of my friends might be with me today."

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NEWS
11:52 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Paonia Wins Big At Wrestling State Championships

Four time state champion Jesse Reed during a match.
Image by Tamie Meck

The Colorado High School State Wrestling Tournament finished up over the weekend.  Once again Paonia was well represented at the top. 

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NEWS
10:31 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Higher Wages, Lower Prices Give Consumers A Break

A sharp drop in gasoline prices led the consumer price index to fall in January. The CPI posted its first year-over-year drop since 2009.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 11:54 am

Economists usually worry about a "wage-price spiral" taking hold. That's when workers are earning more, but losing buying power as prices rise.

For now, at least, something very rare is happening: Paychecks and prices are heading in opposite directions.

"You have a schism that's helpful to consumers," IHS economist Doug Handler said about the recent decline in prices and rise in wages.

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NEWS
10:06 am
Thu February 26, 2015

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For 'Open Internet'

At the start of a meeting to decide the issue of net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (center) holds hands with FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn (left) and Jessica Rosenworcel at the FCC headquarters Thursday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 4:27 pm

The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will ensure "that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free open access to the Internet."

The Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.

"Today is a red-letter day," Wheeler said Thursday.

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NEWS
8:13 am
Thu February 26, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

  Newscast

  • Paonia High School wins several titles in state wrestling championship
  • State foresters report challenges fighting beetle kill in the wilderness
  • A look at the skier killed in Aspen, and dangers of avalanches in Colorado
NEWS
2:37 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Hinsdale, Mineral Counties Hit Roadblock In Public Health Merger

Credit Colorado Division of Insurance

Hinsdale County and Mineral County are pretty similar.  They’re right next to each other, have comparable populations, and if their county commissioners work things out, might have the same public health district.

Susan Thompson is the chair of the Hinsdale Board of County Commissioners. 

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NEWS
9:28 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Colorado Family Planning Program Funding Bill Takes First Step

Colorado House

Originally published on Thu March 5, 2015 7:55 pm

A bill attempting to reduce teen pregnancies and provide state funding for intrauterine devices has passed its first test at the capitol. House Bill 1194 would provide $5 million for clinics across the state that offer long-term reversible contraceptives to low-income women and teenagers. Colorado has been running the program with a private grant, which will run out at the end of June 2015.

"Our teen birth rate has dropped 40 percent over the last four years and 34 percent drop in abortions," said Larry Wolk, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment.

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NEWS
8:05 am
Wed February 25, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

  Newscast

  • Oil and gas task force held last meeting
  • Two skiers died on Monday
  • Public health district merger for Hinsdale, Mineral Counties on hold
  • Cane program has veterans thanking other vets
NEWS
5:22 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

With Gratitude Veterans Craft Canes For Fellow Vets

Vietnam veteran Gary Gratton carves an eagle head.
Laura Palmisano

Throughout history, the eagle has symbolized strength and courage.

It’s been called “the king of the skies” and in mythology it was often a messenger for the gods.

And now the eagle is also becoming a symbol of gratitude.

Military veterans on the Western Slope are handcrafting canes decorated with the head of an eagle for fellow veterans. 

Gary Gratton leans over a lathe. He’s sanding a piece of basswood shaped like an eagle’s head.

Gratton retired from the Marines as an officer. He spent some of his career fighting in Vietnam.

"I’ve spent 27 years serving my country," he says. "Now I want to serve my community." 

Gratton volunteers at the Warrior Resource Center in Montrose.

There he helps coordinate the Eagle Head Cane Program.  

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NEWS
8:02 am
Tue February 24, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

  Newscast

  • Teen pregnancy prevention bill makes it to Senate
  • DMEA finds work around in dealing with Tri State
  • Bill up for vote over water conservation education
  • Two men die in storage container fire in Grand Junction
  • Capital Conversation about oil and gas task force
NEWS
5:12 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Marijuana Is Now Legal In Alaska, The 3rd U.S. State With Legal Pot

Leaders of the Alaska Cannabis Club share a joint at their medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage. On Tuesday, Alaska became the third state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Mark Thiessen AP

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 11:33 am

Alaska's voter initiative making marijuana legal takes effect Tuesday, placing Alaska alongside Colorado and Washington as the three U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal. The new law means people over age 21 can consume small amounts of pot — if they can find it. It's still illegal to sell marijuana.

"You can still give people marijuana, but you can't buy it — or even barter for it," Alaska Public Media's Alexandra Gutierrez reports. "So, it's a pretty legally awkward spot. That probably won't stop people from acquiring it, though."

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NEWS
1:42 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Washington State County Unsure If It Can Take Wave Of North Dakota Crude

Quinault Indian Nation President Fawn Sharp stands on the docks as tribal crabbers unload their catch. The tribe has vowed to fight the oil train-to-ship terminals proposed for Grays Harbor.
Ashley Ahearn KUOW

Originally published on Tue February 24, 2015 12:42 pm

Oil companies in North Dakota are looking for the fastest and cheapest way to get their product to refineries, and they've set their sights on moving more of their product by rail to the Northwest.

There are six new oil terminals proposed for Washington state. Half of them could be built in the small communities around Grays Harbor, a bay on the Pacific coast about 50 miles north of the mouth of the Columbia River.

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NEWS
6:02 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention Bill Advances At State Capitol

HB 1079 seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program.
Credit flickr/isnow

A Colorado bill aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and keeping kids in school cleared the state House last week. 

The bill seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program. 

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