San Miguel County

  • River guide saves drowning woman on San Miguel rafting trip
  • Delta County GOP to investigate chairwoman’s actions
  • Colorado Democrats denouncing Trump after racist comments aimed at US judge
  • Solarize Delta County hits halfway point
  • Feds forecast low summer gas prices  

  • Former San Miguel County Commissioner Elaine Fischer passes away
  • Montrose School District grant for school renovations depends on voters
  • Sharing Ministries Food Bank expands to meet growing demand
  • Ballot campaign making it tougher to change state constitution launches  

  • Wild weather in Montrose sends two to hospital; funnel cloud forms
  • Decline in severance taxes affects funding for state water projects
  • San Miguel County Commissioner Elaine Fischer resigns due to health issues
  • Cocker Kids’ Foundation closes doors
  • Energy­-related CO2 emissions dropped in 2015  

  • Colorado snowpack is thinner in the south and west
  • Western Slope communities receive DOLA funding
  • San Miguel County sees a continued drop in energy use
  • Colorado considers regulating fantasy sports

  • Shutdown of Bowie #2 mine brings more loss to a struggling Delta County
  • Another man in San Miguel County dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound
  • Empty building could become a regional center for veterans support
  • A Capitol Conversation about the recently failed end-of-life bill

  • Colorado sees first avalanche death of the season
  • Former DeBeque town marshal under arrest again
  • San Miguel County Commissioner Art Goodtimes will not be running for re­election
  • A look at the quagmire of coal mine cleanup  
San Miguel County Courthouse
J. Stephen Conn via flickr

Authorities arrested a 65-year-old man for allegedly threatening to blow up government buildings and making threats against Telluride schoolchildren.

Law enforcement arrested Kenneth Joseph Krawchuk in Cortez on Friday afternoon, according to a release from the San Miguel County Sheriff's Office.  

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.  

  •  San Miguel County mulls looser restrictions on marijuana operations
  • Teen birthrate drops by half in Colorado
  • Delta County coalition awarded grant to connect kids to outdoors
  • Space is running out for the salt pump in Paradox Valley

  • Mesa County DA investigation clears Grand Junction officials
  • Black Canyon receives international dark sky designation
  • Hickenlooper appoints replacement for San Miguel County judge vacancy
  • Wild horse gather in Rio Blanco County draws criticism, group files suit
  • Currently temperate, the political climate in Colorado may be in for a change
Irv Halter
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

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


  Newscast

  • 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

  • Body found in Grand Junction
  • Norwood emergency medical service seeks tax payer help
  • San Miguel commissioners OK ballot question over their own term limits
  • Western Slope now home to a breast milk donation center
  • Olathe receives funds for Main Street improvement project
  • State Capitol building renovation wraps up

Newscast

  • Petition calls for term limits in San Miguel County
  • Recordings of private Grand Junction meeting nonexistent
  • Telluride Medical District buys plot of land for new hospital
  • Conservation Agreement Protects 780 Acres In Unaweep Canyon
  • Rep. Hamner talks with KVNF
  • Legislators talk about the importance of climate change laws
  • Koch Industries focusing on mass incarceration
Habitat for Humanity, construction, housing
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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.

Telluride, housing
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The Telluride Town Council recently approved a new affordable housing project, but it’s only a drop in the bucket when it comes to addressing the area’s affordable housing shortage. 

Telluride Mayor Stu Fraser says the town has about 300 affordable housing units. He estimates 65 percent of those are rentals. 

"It’s very difficult to find rentals within the community," Fraser says. "And, we try to make sure that the folks who are working here have the ability to live within the town of Telluride."

EcoAction Partners

Four years ago, Telluride, Mountain Village, and San Miguel County all looked at their greenhouse gas emissions and set the goal of reducing them by 20 percent by the year 2020. 

Although it’s been years since the housing bubble burst, its ripples are still being felt. 

Tri-County Health Network is conducting a survey to try and get a better understanding of community health needs in San Miguel County, Ouray County and the West End.

Lynn Borup is the executive director of Tri-County Health Network, a nonprofit network of medical providers on the Western Slope.

She says the purpose of the survey is to find out what people want out of their health care. Borup says the organization has several methods of getting the survey out to the community.

hash oil
Andres Rodriguez via Flickr

San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters has asked the County Board of Commissioners to ban butane hash oil production.

  Newscast

  • Colorado broadband bill signed to law
  • US Rep. Jared Polis now using Bitcoin
  • San Miguel County awards money for going green
  • Capitol conversation about possible special legislative session about oil and gas

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

Headlines:

  • Jury Summonses Go Out for Case of Accused Palisade Mother
  • Over 1,000 People Gather to Remember Family Lost in Chaffee County Rockslide
  • Mesa Verde National Park Will Back Away from Managing Wild Horses
  • Most Colorado Resort Towns Welcoming Retail Marijuana
  • San Miguel County Commissioners Begin Campaign for Utilities Tax Increase

Headlines:

  • 5 Hikers Die, 1 Injured in Chaffee County Rockslide
  • Federal Energy Revenues in Mesa County Drop 40%
  • Colorado Job Growth Better than Last Year
  • Governor’s Tourism Conference to be held in Telluride and Mountain Village
  • San Miguel County Removed from Lawsuit Against Proposed Uranium Mill
  • Moving Millet from the Bird Feeder to the Dinner Plate

Headlines:

  • Former EPA Official Sees Lesson in Unprecedented Floods
  • Poll Says Coloradans Likely to Vote Against Amendment 66
  • State Lawmakers Aim to Tackle Rising Wildfire Risks
  • Arguments Heard Over Lawsuit Against TABOR
  • Wright Opera House Receives $60,000 Grant from Gates Family Foundation
  • Olathe Police Chief Suspended Without Explanation
  • San Miguel County Approves Retail Marijuana in Unincorporated Areas
  • Colorado Goes To Pot, Becomes First State With Rules for Retail Marijuana Sales

Headlines

  • Governor John Hickenlooper "Disappointed" in Recall Outcomes
  • Recalls Could Change Dynamics at State Legislature
  • State Republicans Set Their Sights on Governor's Office
  • Tax Proposed in San Miguel County to deal with Greenhouse Gas Emissions
  • Delta County Commissioners Call New Wildlife Rules "Unnecessary"
  • Water Losses in Cedaredge Could Lead to New Fees
  • Two Dead after Massive Flooding along Front Range

Headlines:

  • Wildfire Updates - Southwest Colorado Heats Up
  • Ski Season Begins, With A-Basin Opening Yesterday
  • Norwood Cell Tower Gets Planning Approval
  • San Miguel Power Will Likely Pass Wholesale Power Increase To Members
  • Abraham House Homeless Shelter To Expand

Headlines:

  • Declining Revenue Stresses San Miguel County Budget
  • Vandals Attach Aspen GOP HQ For Third Time
  • Curbside Recycling Returning To Montrose
  • State County Clerks Criticize Colorado Secretary of State
  • Voter Registration Deadline TODAY
  • Tipton Introduces Legislation To Eliminate Cash For Surveys
  • Giant Tortoise Arrested In Northern Utah Town