Montrose County

Local Motion: Shavano Valley Petroglyphs

Jul 13, 2016
Shavano Valley Petroglyphs
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Shavano Valley outside of Montrose, Colorado contains petroglyphs drawn by hunters and gatherers, Ute Indians and other indigenous people. Archaeologist Carol Patterson has studied these drawings for over a decade. Through the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose she leads guided tours of the rock art site. This week on Local Motion, we'll go on that tour with Patterson. 


KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Apr 19, 2016

  • Montrose County updates discrimination policy
  • 40 chickens stolen in unusual theft
  • Jobs report shows Colorado doing well, as Western Slope lags behind
  • Bernie Sanders wins Colorado, Hillary Clinton has super delegate support
  • U.S. to sign Paris agreement, good news for local green energy

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: Monday, April 4, 2016

Apr 4, 2016

  • Montrose County spends nearly $300,000 on armored truck
  • Against expectations, Colorado budget progresses  

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  
medical equipment, health

A coalition in Montrose is working to create a nonprofit health center that provides physical, mental and dental services under the same roof.

The Community Dental Clinic is collaborating with the Center for Mental Health and the Delta-Montrose Technical College on the project. 

Melanie Hall, the executive director of the clinic, says the new site will be called PIC Place, which stands for Partners in Integrated Care.

  • El Niño may have peaked, bringing drier weather
  • District judge denies Montrose County’s appeal for lawyer’s fees
  • Colorado Rep. Don Coram talks about upcoming session
  • Colorado reconsiders self bonding for coal mines
  • Anti-fracking initiatives try to make it on the ballot

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015

Dec 30, 2015

  • Proposed bill could allow Colorado to sue feds over Gold King Mine spill damage claims
  • Investigation: Montrose traffic stop shooting ruled suicide
  • Montrose County agrees to continue providing temporary dispatch services
  • As Colorado ages, lawmakers are starting to look at the road ahead

Population Surge Projected For Western Slope

Dec 29, 2015
Paonia, North Fork Valley
Steve Huntley

It’s estimated 7.8 million people will live in Colorado by the year 2040. A Rocky Mountain PBS News analysis of data from the state demographer and the U.S. Census Bureau shows, seven of the 10 fastest growing counties will be on the Western Slope, including Garfield and Montrose. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Dec 23, 2015

  • Montrose authorities asking for help finding missing man
  • Connect for Health extends enrollment deadline to Dec. 26th
  • New scholarships available to Montrose residents
  • Sen. Donovan on Colorado’s upcoming legislative session

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Dec 21, 2015

  • Suspect in custody after Telluride bomb threat
  • Hundreds of acres of ranchland preserved in Montrose County through grant
  • Cedaredge spends big on new water treatment plant
  • Montrose commits to rodeo arena
  • Grand Junction facility creates energy from waste

Grant Preserves Ranchland In Montrose County

Dec 18, 2015
Galley Ranch
Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust

A grant will help preserve a ranch within the Uncompahgre National Forest.

The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust received $436,000 to conserve 705 acres of the Galley Ranch. The money comes from Great Outdoors Colorado. 

Volunteers of America, food
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A program on the Western Slope that makes sure seniors have enough food to ride out winter storms kicked into gear Monday. 

Workers with Volunteers of America packed “blizzard” boxes at the Senior CommUnity Meals site in Eckert.

The packages contain non-perishable items like tuna, cereal, powdered milk and canned soup.  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Dec 8, 2015

  • Delta County’s only homeless shelter gets a permanent space
  • Dispute between city, county of Montrose ends up in court
  • Hinsdale County gets more money for tourism
  • Colorado economy looking strong going forward

vote, flag, voting
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Voters across the Western Slope overwhelming approved broadband measures. 

Communities across the region asked residents to opt-out of Senate Bill 152. The decade-old state law prevents local governments from providing internet services or spending money on broadband infrastructure unless residents overturn it.  

Voters in Gunnison, Delta and Ouray Counties approved opt-out measures. Residents in Crested Butte, Paonia, Hotchkiss, Crawford, Cedaredge, Delta, Ridgway, Ouray and Telluride also passed similar ballot issues.  

River Valley Family Health Center

A health center in Olathe that primarily serves low-income and uninsured patients is expanding.  

River Valley Family Health Center is opening a location in Montrose this week. A majority of the health center’s patients are on Medicaid or don’t have insurance.  

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Oct 6, 2015

  • Marijuana grow operation on public lands found in Montrose County
  • Schools take the fight against bullying into the 21st century
  • Gov. Hickenlooper pushes to develop state’s recreation opportunities

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Sep 29, 2015

  • Plane crashes in Garfield County
  • Report released on helicopter crash
  • New dispatch center takes business from Montrose County Operation
  • Rep. Millie Hamner on education, TABOR, state budget
  • Colorado begins to grapple with Clean Power Plan

Program Helps Families Eat Healthy, Locally

Sep 25, 2015

Montrose County in western Colorado is an agricultural community. Everything from apples to zucchini is grown there. However, not everyone knows what’s in season, how they can access it or how to prepare it.

The Local Farmacy Rx program is trying to change that. Through it low-income families learn how to eat healthy locally. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Sep 25, 2015

  • BLM conducts horse gather on schedule
  • Montrose County declines to appeal lawsuit
  • Schools grapple with negative factor that might never be repaid
  • Mountain Harvest in Paonia supported by 150 volunteers
  • Governor throws support for keeping Marijuana tax money

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Sep 15, 2015

  • 14­-year-­old killed while hunting on Grand Mesa
  • Syphilis cases becoming more common in Colorado
  • Montrose County ordered to pay more than $750K in discrimination suit
  • Conference in Grand Junction looks to diversify coal economy of Western Slope
  • Statewide hearings look at Colorado’s new water plan
  • Severance tax distributed to communities, cuts expected next year
  • ACT scores dip in Colorado

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Sep 7, 2015

  • Montrose revokes contract with airport company after 9 months
  • Travel delays begin this week
  • Voters in Cedaredge to tackle broadband and sales tax in November
  • Schools, libraries ask for property tax increase this year
  • CSU researchers study hemp

Telluride Program Helps Entrepreneurs Launch Businesses

Aug 27, 2015
Thomas Hawk/Flickr

A Telluride nonprofit that helps entrepreneurs launch their businesses is seeking applicants for its 2016 startup program. 

Telluride Venture Accelerator, an initiative of the Telluride Foundation, started three years ago. 

It brings entrepreneurs to the mountain town for a five-month residency program.  

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
Irv Halter
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A lack of access to high-speed internet is an issue for rural communities in western Colorado. 

montrose regional dispatch center
City of Montrose

The city of Montrose is going to create its own regional dispatch center with an estimated price tag of $1.8 million. 

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: 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: Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jun 4, 2015


  • Plane crashes in Montrose County
  • Pitkin County supports Thompson Divide Lease Swap
  • CDOT bus service from Denver to Glenwood Springs launches in July
  • Landslide near Collbran threatens more damage
  • Grand Junction homicide

West Slope Homeless Shelter To Stay

May 22, 2015
Haven House
Haven House

A transitional housing program for homeless families on the Western Slope now has a permanent home. 

Haven House will remain in Olathe. 

"We are happy to report that the housing authority that owned the building has agreed to our contract for the purchase," Larry Fredericksen, the executive director of the nonprofit faith-based shelter, says. "The closing is set for May 28."

Earlier this month, Haven House got a notice from the Montrose County Housing Authority saying it had sold the two-acre site.