Region 10

  Newscast

  • Region 10 seeks 5 million dollars for fiber optic internet
  • County Judge passes away
  • Fruit growers grapple with freezes, constant rain
  • Officers cleared in fatal shooting
  • Solar program wraps up for the North Fork

  Newscast

  • Missing Paonia Man Found Dead
  • Tri-State To Buy Power From Colorado Wind Farm
  • Ride the Rockies Stops in Hotchkiss
  • Hwy 133 Closure On Friday
  • Region 10 Creates Support Group For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
  • Colorado Businesses Can Legally Fire Employees Who Use Marijuana
  • Marijuana Use In Colorado
  • Ridgway Woman Trampled By Donkeys 

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  • New summer construction starts on Highway 133
  • Bill to address school funding advances at state capitol
  • EPA grant lets Montrose investigate suspected contamination
  • Measure moves forward to hold schools liable for student injuries and deaths
  • Region 10 unveils plans for revitalization of Delta, Gunnison counties
  • Haven House’s future uncertain, but hopeful
North Fork Valley
Laura Palmisano

Over the past two years, hundreds of coal miners in Delta and Gunnison counties lost their jobs.

The decline in the coal industry has affected western Colorado. That’s why Region 10, an association of local governments, hired Utah-based consulting firm Better City.

The company is analyzing ways to foster economic growth in the area. And, the firm recently unveiled its first recommendations on how to do that.

hands, senior citizen
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In 2010, 10 percent of Colorado’s population was over the age of 65.

The state ranked fourth lowest in the nation for people in this demographic. However, this age group is rapidly growing according to the Colorado Demography Office.  

It’s projected this age cohort will more than double to nearly 1.3 million people over the next 20 years. 

hands, senior citizen
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Region 10 is an organization of governments that serves six counties on the Western Slope.  It funds services and resources for senior citizens. The organization recently wrapped up a community conversation series where it got feedback from seniors.  KVNF's Laura Palmisano spoke to Eva Veitch the director of Region 10's Community Living Services about what was learned from the meetings.

With a region like the North Fork so dependent on one or two industries, layoffs like the one at Bowie can be devastating to the local economy. 

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  • Layoffs at Bowie #2
  • Region 10 looks to diversify Western Slope economy
  • Capitol Conversation about last minute politics
fiber optic cable
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A lack of access to high-speed internet is an issue for rural communities on the Western Slope.

Region 10, an organization of governments that serves the area, is trying to address this problem.

The organization recently got a $100,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to make a proposal on how to improve broadband access in six counties: Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel.

There’s good news out of Montrose, or really, out of Washington DC. 

The federal government just awarded a quarter of a million dollars to Region 10, a Montrose based economic development organization. The grant was awarded by the Economic Development Administration, or the EDA.  KVNF's Jake Ryan spoke with Jay Stooksberry, the Regional Development Coordinator for Region 10.

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