Montrose

  Newscast

  • No Charges In Fatal Fruita Shooting
  • Attempted Robbery In Montrose
  • Local Schools Awarded Millions For Improvement Projects
  • Delta County Gets Its First Car Charging Station
  • Colorado's First Outdoor Summit
  • Ride The Rockies Celebrates 30th Anniversary
  • Rainbow Trout Make A Comeback In Colorado
Gardening, AmeriCorps
Valley Food Partnership

A program that teaches families in Montrose and Olathe about eating healthy locally is expanding.

Local Farmacy Rx started last year.  

"The meaning behind [the name] is your food is your medicine, sort of speak,"said Abbie Brewer, a coordinator for LiveWell Montrose Olathe.

The organization oversees the program. 

Governor John Hickenlooper
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

On his tour of the Western Slope this week, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill to create a grant program to help communities fight invasive plants that threaten riparian areas in Colorado.

House Bill 1006 creates the Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill at a ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday.

ouray hot springs pool
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

    

Severance taxes are a vital source of funding for communities across Colorado. This tax applies to revenue the state collects from mining and energy extraction. Half of these funds go directly to communities affected by those activities. The other half goes towards grants for infrastructure and economic development.  

"We have just under a million gallons of hot, natural spring water that flows into the pool," said Patrick Rondinelli, the city administrator of Ouray, while visiting the city's hot springs pool. 

"There’s always been ponds in the early years that were in this location and then finally in the late 1920’s a formal swimming pool was built on this very site," he said.  "And, it’s been maintained in that condition in some variation. There’s been some changes made to it but basically in this same very site all these years."  

Rondinelli said Ouray closes the pool in the spring for about a week to clean it and do basic repairs. The site attracts about 135,000 visitors a year and is a major tourism draw for the small mountain community.

financial literacy, Centennial Middle School, sixth-grade, students
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Many states require students be taught financial literacy. However, Colorado is one of the few that also tests on it. To help students learn, some schools are bringing outside experts into the classroom. 

Six teams of students are playing a quiz game similar to Jeopardy. The purpose of the game is to gauge the financial literacy of sixth-graders who just completed a weeklong course on the topic. 

"I wish that somebody had taught me this when I was this age,"Autumn Lettau with NuVista Federal Credit Union says.

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  • Man shot and killed in Fruita over weekend
  • Construction set to begin for Montrose Rec Center
  • Program continues to supply federal money to rural schools
  • Norwood medical center now can serve those with VA benefits
  • Lake City petition puts brakes on OHV ordinance
  • Introduced state bill would raise salaries for elected officials
montrose recreation center
KVNF / Laura Palmisano

On Friday, hundreds of people attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the new multimillion-dollar recreation center in Montrose.  

The facility has an estimated price tag of $28 million. 

"Tracking the whole history, it’s probably going on almost two decades of effort to bring a recreation center to Montrose," Ken Sherbenou, the executive director of the Montrose Recreation District, says. 

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  • City of Montrose considers leaving county dispatch
  • Fatality in I-70 crash identified
  • Job numbers show Western Slope still struggling
  • Bill may expand farm to school program
  • 4/20 brings boom for new DeBeque pot shop
  • Legislature considers butane hash oil ban 
De Beque, fire truck
De Beque Fire Protection District

More than $34 million in grants from the state will go to local communities for public improvement projects.

Forty communities across the state received grants from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). 

Hotchkiss got $1.1 million to upgrade the town’s sewer system. De Beque received $2 million to help build a new fire station. The state awarded Mesa County $1 million for road and structure improvements. 

The Montrose Recreation District got $1.9 million to expand its community recreation center. And, Cedaredge received nearly $2 million. 

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  • 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
kayak, Montrose water sports park
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.

Gary Gratton, woodworking
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.  

Pet Store, Chow Down, Tim Bush
Laura Palmisano

Buy local movements are happening across the country from Richmond to San Francisco. Cities and towns know that getting people to shop in their community means more tax revenue for municipal budgets. The City of Montrose in western Colorado is in on the game too. 

It’s a cold morning in downtown Montrose. The lobby at the visitor center is full of people standing in line, trying to get their hands on Montrose Bucks. They’re large checks that can only be spent at businesses within city limits.

Cory Gardner
Laura Palmisano

Republican Congressman Cory Gardner stopped in Montrose for a voter meet-and-greet Monday.

Gardner is currently the U.S. Representative for Colorado's 4th Congressional District, which covers most of the eastern part of the state. He faces Democratic incumbent Mark Udall in a hotly contested race that could decide which party controls the Senate.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Gardner at his campaign event and brings us this candidate interview. 

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women's suffrage
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The 19th Amendment guarantees women in the United States the right to vote. Tuesday was the 94th anniversary of its passage and Women’s Equality Day.

To celebrate about 15 women dressed like they’re from the early 1900's marched around the courthouse in downtown Montrose. They chanted and waved signs that said “vote it counts” and “women make a difference”.

Karen Connor wore a tri-color sash that read “votes for women”. 

"We’re here to remind people that women worked really hard to get the vote and they need to remember that and go out and vote," Connor said.

candy, russell stover
Flickr.com/dlifson

Russell Stover Candies has been bought by Swiss chocolate company Lindt & Sprüngli. The purchase was announced earlier this month. 

Russell Stover has two factories in Kansas, one in Texas, and one in Montrose, Colorado.

The purchase makes Lindt the number three chocolate manufacturer in North American, according to the announcement.

KVNF tried to reach Russell Stover to comment on the acquisition and see how it will affect the factory in Montrose. The company has yet to respond to the request.

Mark Udall
Laura Palmisano

Voters in Montrose met with U.S. Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) at a campaign event Tuesday. 

Montrose producers,  Phil Ward and Dianna Beshoar talk to locals with a passion for cars.  

Montrose Police Department

The Montrose City Police Department just got a new vehicle, and it’s something they hope they’ll never need.  KVNF’s Jake Ryan has more.

Headlines:

  • Obama Nominates New Head of BLM
  • Moffat County Coal Mine Could Face $200,000 in Fines
  • Thousands Still Waiting on Relief Money after Front Range Floods
  • Roads in Lyons, Estes Park Re-Open, Bringing Relief to Local Businesses
  • Montrose City Files Claim Against Tri-County Water Company
  • New Brewery Set to Launch in Carbondale

KVNF's Wednesday Morning Music Mix host Jeff Reynolds visits with legendary Texas singer-songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey, whose iconic 1972 self-titled album influenced almost every songwriter who came out of Texas in subsequent years. Ramsey's wife & musical partner Alison Rogers joins him. The two will perform in concert Friday, Oct. 18th in Montrose. The long-awaited 2nd album is previewed in the interview.

The victim of a shooting in Montrose has been issued a citation for false reporting to authorities. 

Headlines:

  • Montrose wins All America City Award
  • Former Paonia Town Employee Chesnik to be sentenced June 24
  • Man fined for harming collared lizard at Colorado National Monument
  • Delta County imposes stage one fire restrictions
  • Wildfire Update
  • Wildfire reduction grants available
  • Colorado Air Quality Commission to hold public forum in Grand Junction on Thursday

Headlines:

  • City of Montrose installs solar energy system at wastewater treatment plant
  • Deadly Glenwood Canyon construction zone to end June 3
  • Parachute Creek tests benzene-free
  • Delta County Commissioners to announce decision on Powell Mesa hen-laying operation at hearing on Tuesday
  • Evelyn Horn on the state of birds
Nathan Rice

A hearing officer is making no recommendation about whether to approve or deny a license for the Pinyon Ridge uranium mill in western Montrose County. Instead, he's leaving the decision to state regulators. Retired judge Richard Dana submitted his six-page ruling to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment yesterday. From KOTO in Telluride, Stephen Barrett reports.

Headlines:

  • Gates Grant To Aid Colorado Students
  • Study Suggests Toxic Emissions From Drilling
  • Small Business Saturday This Weekend In Montrose
  • Mesa County Transit To Add More CNG Buses
  • Turkey Talk

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot interviewed local musician Donny Morales. Hear what he said, and listen to what he played in the studio!

Headlines:

  • CO Dems Select 1st Openly Gay Man as Speaker of State House
  • USFS Upholds West Elk Mine Expansion
  • Montrose City Attorney Retires
  • Cañon City Residents Concerned about Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill
  • CPW Cites Med Pilot For Harrassing Elk
  • Ouray Ice Park Adds Climbing Tower
  • Rim Rock Drive Closed Saturday for Marathon
  • State Offices Closed Monday