Mesa County

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Apr 5, 2016

  • Mesa County might be sued over foster child’s death
  • Grant will help Montrose County construct arena, event center
  • Animal abuse case discovered near Delta
  • Capitol Conversation about the state budget’s progression  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Mar. 24, 2016

Mar 24, 2016

  • Hickenlooper nominates Donna Lynne for Lt. Gov.
  • Grand Junction job fair for high school students seeking alternative path
  • New CMU program aims to help community college students earn bachelor’s degree
  • Arch Coal paid bonuses days before bankruptcy filing
  • County Commissioner primary ballot rundown: Mesa, Delta, Montrose
  • Study finds cost of elections dropped after Colorado made mail ballot switch  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

Feb 17, 2016

  • I­-70 through Glenwood Canyon to remain closed until Thursday
  • New charges against suspected Mesa County deputy killer
  • Black Hills Energy acquires SourceGas
  • Trains transporting less coal
  • New bill wants to expand access for undocumented driver's licenses  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2015

Feb 16, 2016

  • Avalanche catches skiers on Red Mountain Pass
  • State program gives tax breaks to Mesa County businesses
  • Rock fall causes SMPA power outage
  • Capitol Conversation, looking at last week’s development  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

Feb 10, 2016

  • Communities take DMEA up on LED streetlight replacement
  • Mesa County flood prevention project moves forward
  • Bill allowing hunters to wear pink advances at the state capitol
  • Planned Parenthood clinic In Colorado Springs set to reopen two months after deadly shootings
  • Obama's budget calls for spending on climate & clean energy  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Jan 27, 2016

  • Paonia municipal election: 9 run for 3 trustee vacancies, 1 for mayor
  • Mesa County launches diabetes prevention program aimed at lifestyle changes
  • COGCC approves final rule changes from O&G Task Force
  • Snow tire bill committee

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Jan. 07, 2016

Jan 7, 2016

  • Construction underway to repair erosion in Montrose
  • Commissioners approve backyard chickens in unincorporated Mesa County  
  • With state water plan finalized, ball lands in lawmakers’ court
  • Rep. J. Paul Brown on the 2016 legislative session 
  • Colorado moves away from self-bonding

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

Dec 2, 2015

  • USA Pro Challenge draws financial support in Grand Junction
  • Mesa County woman gets 30 years in toddler’s death
  • State’s top health official requests funding for successful contraceptive program
  • Colorado joins global effort to combat AIDS
  • Region 10 expands small business consulting services

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Sep 17, 2015

  • Two shootings in Mesa County
  • Sharing Ministries Food Bank in Montrose raises over $1 million for new facility
  • Telluride considers tiny homes to address housing shortage
  • Slaughterhouses remain resilient to automation

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Aug 28, 2015

  • Feds pledge $211M to protect sage grouse
  • Thousands without irrigation water in Mesa County due to Issues with 38 Road repairs
  • Delta County hopes to see Rogers Mesa agricultural site comeback to life
  • Interview with incoming State Supreme Court Justice Robert Gabriel

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Aug 27, 2015

  • Fire closes Snow Dogs in Paonia
  • Telluride entrepreneur project produces a new business for Montrose
  • EPA releases report on Animas River spill
  • Montrose County cuts top jobs to save money
  • Mesa County woman faces felony if convicted of repeat DUI

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Aug 12, 2015


  • Body found in Grand Junction culvert ID’ed
  • Two Mesa County men arrested after police discover large pot grow operations
  • San Miguel County gets $330K to boost regional broadband
  • Montrose County conducts emergency exercise at regional airport
  • Mine spill continues causing problems in southwest Colorado, downstream communities

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

Aug 6, 2015

  • Hotchkiss Fire Department Responds To Three Area Blazes
  • Traffic Stop In Mesa County Nets Large Drug Bust
  • Ophir Man Commits Suicide After Wrecking Vehicle
  • Norwood Cat Tests Positive For Plague, Dies
  • Felony DUI Law Goes Into Effect In Colorado
  • What’s Different About The Second Draft Of The Colorado Water Plan?
Mesa County Health Department

Mosquitoes in Mesa County tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Local officials say this is the first confirmed activity of the virus in area mosquitoes this year. 

However, other counties across Colorado have already reported positive tests to the state health department. 

Jennifer House is a state public health veterinarian.  

"We've recently had an increase in the number of positive mosquitoes," House says. "So far we have been able to find West Nile Virus positive mosquitoes in Boulder, Denver, Larimer, Mesa, Pueblo, and Weld counties."

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, July 24, 2015

Jul 24, 2015


  • Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile In Mesa County
  • State Lawmakers Hold Water Meetings Across Colorado
  • Gunnison Man Sentenced For Damaging Federal Lands In Montrose
  • Event Celebrates Grand Mesa’s Moose Population

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jul 22, 2015


  • Biden Tours Manufacturing Center In Denver, Leads Workforce Roundtable
  • Montrose County Loses Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
  • Rep. Thurlow Launches 2016 Re-­Election Campaign
  • Durango­-Grand Junction Bus Services Marks One Year
  • Issues Continue With Evaporation Pit In Mesa County
  • Comment Period Extended For Proposed Oil & Gas Project Near Somerset

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, July 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015


  • Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Visits Colorado
  • Lightning Suspected Cause Of Two Deaths In Aspen Backcountry
  • Authorities Continue Search For Man Who Attacked Ouray Officers
  • Gas Pipeline Proposed For Public Lands In Mesa County
  • Grand Junction Wants Direct Flights To West Coast, L.A
  • Palisade To Get Bike Skills Park
  • City Of Montrose Tries Diagonal Parking Experiment

Colorado Sees First 2015 Human Case Of West Nile

Jul 8, 2015
Mesa County Health Department

Colorado has its first human case of West Nile virus this year. 

Health officials say a Mesa County man hospitalized after contracting the virus is now recovering at home. He’s the first person to be diagnosed with it in Colorado so far this year, according to the state. 

Thomas Orr is a regional epidemiologist at the Mesa County Health Department.  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015


  • Safety Tips For Rafting Colorado Waterways
  • City And County Leaders From Across Colorado Meet In Breckenridge
  • Mesa County Regional Workforce Center Changes Status
  • Grand Junction Joins National High­-Speed Internet Effort
  • Black Canyon Astronomy Festival Kicks Off

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, June 11, 2015

Jun 11, 2015


  • Boy Scouts stranded on snowy mountain trail
  • Health officials concerned over possible mosquito surge
  • Montrose County School District struggles with budget
  • More oil and gas wells planned for Mesa County
  • North Fork residents travel to D.C. to weigh in on Thompson Divide lease swap


  • SMPA to give back $1.7 million to customers
  • Mesa County checks to see if anyone watches public access
  • US Forest Service releases plan for beetle kill, aspen decline  
  • Gov. Hickenlooper signs DUI bill into law
  • Biking festival returns to Paonia
  • Grand Junction resumes issuing drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, March 6, 2015

Mar 6, 2015


  • 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

Mesa County Plans To Sue Feds Over Grouse Listing

Feb 18, 2015
Gunnison Sage Grouse

Mesa County is showing its support for Colorado’s decision to sue the federal government over the listing of the Gunnison sage grouse.  

"We believe that state of Colorado’s decision is solid,"  Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis said. "We join several other counties in doing that [including] Gunnison County [and] Garfield County." 

McInnis said the Mesa County Board of Commissioners has instructed the county attorney to draft a notice of intent to sue over the listing. 

Flu Quarantine Ends At Mesa County Jail

Jan 23, 2015
tissue box, sick, illness, cold

Up to nine inmates with influenza at the Mesa County Jail were quarantined for a five-day period that ended earlier this week. 

Heather Benjamin, with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, says the ill men were placed in two separate pods, or sections, during that time. 

"Those two pods were quarantined in the sense that no new inmates were moved into those pods and no inmates were moved out," Benjamin says.

Mesa County Record Requests Go Digital

Jan 14, 2015
folders, records

This week Mesa County launched its new online portal for record requests. 

Now anyone seeking documents from the county can just send an email.

Angela Barnes, the assistant county attorney, says the portal makes getting information easier because people don’t have to go in person, mail or fax a request.

"Everyone is operating via email anymore so it made sense that if a constituent wanted a record or two that they could email us the request," Barnes says. 

Two Utah Men Survive Gyroplane Crash In Mesa County

Jan 7, 2015

Tuesday night a gyroplane crashed in Mesa County.

Utah residents Mike Burton, 53, and Josh Humphries, 30, were on board the aircraft when it crashed in a remote area near Glade Park.

Emergency officials say Burton, the pilot, was transported to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction via Careflight for medical treatment. He was complaining of back pain.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office says Humphries initially declined medical attention, but was later taken by ambulance to St. Mary's for care.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Dec 24, 2014


  • Flu Hits Mesa County Hard, One Death Reported 
  • Gunnison County Could Sue Feds Over Sage-Grouse Listing
  • State House Democrats Plan Bills To Boost Lagging Colorado Regions
  • CAWS Meets With Delta County To Discuss Animal Control Funding
  • Art Unveiling At Paonia Library
Sawtooth Mountain Ranch
Courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

This week Great Outdoors Colorado announced it will give out $7.7 million in grants.

The money will be used to fund conservation and open space projects across the state. 

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $4.5 million dollars to local governments and land trusts to preserve more than 40,000 acres.

New Colo. K-12 Tests Yield Marginal Results

Oct 28, 2014

Scores from Colorado’s new social studies and science tests for K-12 students show mixed results.

The exams have five rankings.

For science, 34 percent of Colorado’s fifth graders and 32 percent of eighth graders scored in the highest range.

However, statewide 32 percent of fourth graders and 45 percent of seventh graders scored in the lowest range on the social studies test.

The exams were taken by students last school year.

While much of the attention the 2014 election season has been focused on Colorado's Senate and gubernatorial races, voters will also be deciding the fates of four statewide ballot questions. One of those questions seeks to expand gambling at racetracks to help fund K-12 education.

If approved, Amendment 68 would allow horse race tracks in Arapahoe, Mesa and Pueblo counties to offer slot machines, roulette, craps, and card games such as blackjack and poker. Arapahoe Park in Aurora is at the center of the campaign.