Montrose CASA Program Helps Youth Aged Out of Foster Care

Oct 5, 2021


Imagine turning 18 and finding yourself aged out of the foster care system. You don’t have the resources to support yourself and now face homelessness. There’s a program in Montrose to help youth in this situation. As KVNF's Laura Palmisano reports, the program provides affordable housing plus support and guidance.

Gleaning Reduces Food Insecurity

Sep 13, 2021

In a 2019 survey, one in ten Coloradans reported they felt like they weren’t getting enough food. For Rocky Mountain Community Radio, Tay Glass looks at food insecurity in the Four Corners region, and one solution that might already be in your backyard.

Helpline Fills Gaps in Local Housing Assistance

Jun 29, 2021
Aspen Community Foundation

The cost of housing has been rising in the Roaring Fork Valley. For some locals already dealing with housing insecurity, COVID-19 was a tipping point. KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon reports on a new effort to connect those people to assistance.

The Domino Effect of No Affordable Housing

Jun 23, 2021
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Businesses across the West are struggling to find employees and many are cutting services or hours. Soon, some might have to close completely. KHOL's Will Walkey talked to business owners in Jackson, WY and reports on what they say is the main reason for the labor shortage

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KVNF's Kate Redmond speaks with Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet about new disaster mitigation legislation he’s pushing to get included in President Biden's Jobs & Infrastructure Plan.

Youth Activists Fight Fracking in Boulder County

Jan 31, 2021
Maeve Conran, KGNU

A proposal for what could be the state’s largest fracking site is drawing community opposition in Boulder County, including from a group of high school students.  Maeve Conran reports from KGNU.  This story is part of a collaboration of Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network stations, reporting on fossil fuels.  

Mark Duggan KSUT

The Biden Administration put the brakes on new oil and gas leases on public lands. The move is being met with cheers from conservationists and legal threats from the fossil fuel industry. KSUT’S Mark Duggan looks at what it means for a large drilling proposal in southern Colorado.

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The Colorado Outdoor Recreation Economy Act would protect 400,000 acres of public lands across the state, including the Thompson Divide near Carbondale. It was introduced in Congress in 2019 but has yet to become law. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with locals  who have worked on these issues for over a decade.

Colorado Coal Plants Won't Close Early

Jan 25, 2021
Cody Perry

Colorado regulators proposed early closures for three coal-fired power plants to improve air quality and fight Climate Change. Then, they “pulled a 180” on the decision a month later. KVNF’s Jodi Peterson has more on the proposal and why it was abandoned.

Water Woes in Somerset, Colorado

Jan 20, 2021
Roberta McGowan, courtesy The Sopris Sun

Residents of a tiny, unincorporated coal town on Colorado’s Western Slope are pitted against billionaire mine owner Bill Koch in a fight for clean drinking water. KBUT’s Christopher Biddle reports.

Daniel Rayzel

Photographers, migrating animals, and cultural histories all share a reliance upon - and admiration for - one thing: clear, dark, starry skies. But the preservation of dark skies is threatened by development, including sprawl and oil and gas infrastructure. As KSJD’s Daniel Rayzel reports, southeast Utah is one place where advocates say light pollution mitigation is often ignored.

What Else is Shut In When Wells Aren't Producing?

Jan 6, 2021
Ray Bloxham/Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance

With changing commodity prices and speculation, oil and gas wells on public lands aren’t always pumping. KZMU’s Justin Higginbottom investigates the lost zones in Utah, where wells are holding land from wilderness management, if not polluting. This story is part of a collaboration of Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network stations, reporting on fossil fuels.

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The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission was tasked with overhauling oil and gas rules after SB-181 was passed in 2019. A central part was giving local communities more authority to regulate the industry. But two Front Range counties have different ideas of what local control means. KGNU's Maeve Conran reports.

Local Governments Sue Fossil Fuel Companies

Dec 23, 2020

Three local governments in Colorado have joined the growing rank of lawsuits filed against fossil fuel companies for their role in climate change. KOTO’s Julia Caulfield reports on the effect the lawsuits could have before they’re decided in court. This story comes from a collaboration of Rocky Mountain Community Radio Network stations, reporting on fossil fuels.

Raleigh Burleigh

Capitol Coverage is a project created by the Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition (made up of 19 stations in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, and Wyoming) and managed by KUNC in Greeley. Reporter Scott Franz joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to talk about his second year covering the State Capitol on behalf of the stations who carry his coverage around Colorado.

Rocky Mountain Community Radio coalition is a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop, promote and support the role of community radio stations through communication with and collaboration of member stations. We support our member stations by: 

●     Producing and distributing regional programming

●     Providing opportunities for the exchange of needs, ideas, and training

●     Sharing of resources to maximize the impact of community radio

●     Advancing the use of new technologies

The Environmental Protection Agency released an action plan Thursday regarding potentially toxic chemicals known as PFAS. The chemicals have been detected in drinking water in Security, Widefield, and Fountain, among other locations across the country.

Raleigh Burleigh

Rocky Mountain Community Radio has a new capitol reporter. News Director Raleigh Burleigh gave Scott Franz the opportunity to introduce himself to KDNK listeners at this week's conference.

Rocky Mountain Community Radio’s Bente Birkeland has reported on sexual harassment at the State Capitol since November. This past week additional accusations against Senator Randy Baumgardner were found credible. Doubtful of another expulsion vote, Birkeland has made these reports public with the accusers’ consent. Last week, the Society of Professional Journalists named Bente the Colorado Journalist of the Year. Her coverage of allegations of sexual harassment at the Capitol also won a regional Edward R Murrow award for investigative reporting. KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh has more.

While Colorado’s congressional delegation had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, many continue to show bipartisan support for the policy. The executive order, signed by President Obama, gave children brought into the United States illegally a chance to stay in the country legally.