Montrose County

NEWS
5:19 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

West Slope Homeless Shelter To Stay

Haven House is a long-term homeless shelter that serves families and individuals in six counties in western Colorado.
Credit 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.

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NEWS
11:52 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Haven House Nears Goal To Buy Property, Keep Shelter Open

Credit Haven House

The future of a transitional housing program for homeless families on the Western Slope is uncertain. 

Haven House needs to raise $345,000 by Friday to buy the property where it operates. 

The shelter opened in Olathe four years ago. It has 30 units where homeless families and individuals can stay for an extended period.

"Certainly between Grand Junction and Durango there is nothing like it," Larry Fredericksen, the president of the nonprofit faith-based shelter, said.

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NEWS
5:02 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Montrose Library District Faces Grim Budget Deficit

The Montrose Library in downtown Montrose, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

The Great Recession officially ended in 2009, but communities on the Western Slope are still feeling its effects.

In Montrose County, unemployment remains high and property values have not returned to pre-recession levels.

Paul Paladino, the director of the Montrose Regional Library District, said low property values affect the libraries.

"We are funded 90 percent from property taxes," said Paladino.

He said since 2013, the library system has faced a $420,000 budget deficit and is dipping into reserves to help make up for that loss.

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NEWS
8:05 am
Wed April 29, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

  Newscast

  • Marijuana tax refund might go to voters
  • Montrose County sued over airport, again
  • State bill could help rural communities
  • Program seeds clouds for snow over Grand Mesa
  • Forecast calls for above average rainfall
  • Fetal homicide bill clears Senate
NEWS
1:50 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Approval Sought Again For Gravel Pit In Montrose County

A satellite image from Google Earth that shows the site of the proposed Uncompahgre Gravel Pit in Montrose County west of State Highway 550.
Credit Google Earth

Two years ago, the Montrose County Commissioners denied a special use permit to construct a gravel pit.

The commissioners cited concerns over the location of the haul road, the length of time the asphalt plant would operate and the size of the pit as reasons for denying the permit.

However, the commissioners encouraged the applicant to reapply if they could address those concerns. 

The Montrose County Planning Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday to hear feedback on the proposed Uncompahgre Pit. 

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NEWS
8:00 am
Thu April 23, 2015

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 23, 2015

  Newscast

  • Missing teen’s body recovered from below Red Mountain Pass
  • Earth Day 
  • Approval sought again for Montrose County gravel pit
  • Forest Service reviews applications for easements on private land
  • Colorado bill looks to study bear-human interaction
  • Avain flu threatens Colorado poultry
  • Applications open for men's only hunting & fishing event
NEWS
11:35 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Dispute Over Control Of Montrose Hospital Continues

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The Montrose County Board of Commissioners and the Montrose Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees are in an ongoing dispute over control of operations at the hospital. The battle has ended up in court several times.  

Late last year, both parties agreed to mediation so they could avoid a lawsuit. In a few weeks, that mediation is set to begin. 

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HEALTH
10:02 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Therapeutic Specialist Discusses Recreation Program For Western Slope Seniors

Volunteers of America offers a senior therapeutic recreation program on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Paonia.
Credit Laura Palmisano

February is National Therapeutic Recreation Month. Volunteers of America has therapeutic recreation programs for seniors in Montrose and Delta counties. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Anne Johnson, a therapeutic specialist, who oversees the program. 

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ECONOMY
11:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Montrose County Given Heightened Tax Incentives

Credit Flickr user agrilifetoday

There's more of a reason to hire someone if your business is in Montrose County.

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HEALTH
10:24 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Colorado Groups Awarded Grants To Advance Health Equity

LiveWell Montrose Olathe received a $200,000 grant from Colorado Trust, a health foundation.
Credit Valley Food Partnership

Two Western Slope organizations have been awarded grants to promote fair access to health care. 

LiveWell Montrose Olathe received $200,000 from Colorado Trust, a health foundation, and Tri-County Health Network got $180,000. 

Tera Wick with LiveWell Montrose Olathe explains how her organization will use the funds. 

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COMMUNITY
9:51 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Western Slope Habitat For Humanity Chapters Merge

Habitat for Humanity volunteers build a home in Oakland, Cali.
Credit www.flickr.com/sandialabs

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that helps people build affordable housing.  Two chapters of the organization on the Western Slope recently merged. 

Habitat for Humanity of Montrose County and Habitat for Humanity of the Telluride Region are now one entity called Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans

KVNF’s Laura Palmisano speaks to Heather Zeilman, the organization's development director, about the union.

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NEWS
11:28 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Montrose And Nation Celebrate GIS Day

A view of the Montrose County GIS interactive viewer.
Credit Montrose County GIS

Thursday was a special day if you appreciate contour lines, true north versus magnetic north, and aerial photography. 

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NEWS
4:34 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

New Colo. K-12 Tests Yield Marginal Results

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.

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NEWS
11:33 am
Thu October 2, 2014

City Of Montrose Reeling From County's Fees

The city of Montrose is looking at a very tight budget for next year, and part of that is due to dispatching fees. 

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NEWS
3:30 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Colorado To Get $34.5M Under Public Land Payment Program

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is in Montrose County, which is approximately 70 percent federal lands.
Credit NPS

Under the Department of Interior’s Payment In Lieu of Taxes program Colorado communities will receive $34.5 million this year.

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NEWS
3:00 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Colorado Unemployment Falls To 6%, Lowest Since Nov. 2008

Colorado's unemployment rate dropped to 6 percent in April, lowest since its been since Nov. 2008.
Credit Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining & Safety

Unemployment continues to drop in Colorado. 

The state’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point in about five in a half years, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. The unemployment rate for April was 6 percent. The last time is was 6 percent or lower was November 2008 when the rate was 5.7 percent. 

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NEWS
12:52 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

"Uranium Drive-In" Tells Story of Struggling But Hopeful West End

The proposed uranium mill would be located in Colorado's Paradox Valley in western Montrose county, but as for now Energy Fuels has no plans to move forward with the project.
Credit San Juan Huts Day 5 via Flickr (CC BY-SA)

Residents from Montrose County’s West End recently gathered for a screening of “Uranium Drive-In,” a documentary that tells the story of the ill-fated Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill, and a tight-knit community desperate for jobs and some hint of a brighter economy.

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NEWS
8:38 am
Fri December 27, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, December 27, 2013

Headlines:

  • Montrose County welcomes new county attorney
  • Home grown’s alright with me
  • Bald Eagles keep dying in Utah
  • Eco-Flight Gives Navajo youth another way of looking at things
NEWS
10:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

KVNF Regional Newcast: Friday, December 20, 2013

Headlines

  • Montrose County Sheriff's Sergeant on Leave after Child Abuse Allegations
  • Ouray County Mine Cited for Nearly 100 Safety Violations
  • Hickenlooper Calls for Bipartisanship Next Year
  • San Miguel County Commissioners Approve Funding for EcoAction Partners
  • Tree Hunting in one of Colorado's National Forests
  • Western Slope Skies - The Star Cluster Pleides
NEWS
8:42 am
Tue November 5, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Headlines:

  • Republicans Still Outpacing Democrats in Voter Turnout
  • Delta County Clerk on Changes in Voting after New Election Rules
  • Montrose County Schools Embarking on Ambitious IT Upgrades
  • Colorado Farmers Say Proposed Air-Quality Regulations are Too Weak
  • CPW Accepting Public Comments on Management Plans for Mule Deer
  • Independence Pass Closed for Season
  • Free Entrance to National Parks This Weekend

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