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                                   Before the

                       Federal Communications Commission

                             Washington, D.C. 20554

   In the Matter of )


   Western Slope Communications, LLC )  File No. EB-FIELDWR-12-00003822

   Licensee of Station KRGS )

   Facility ID #  71960 )

   Rifle, Colorado )

   )   NOV No. V201332800008 )


                              NOTICE OF VIOLATION

   Released: November 1, 2012

   By the District Director, Denver District  Office, Western Region,
   Enforcement Bureau:

    1. This is a Notice of Violation (Notice) issued pursuant to Section 1.89
       of the Commission's rules (Rules), to Western Slope Communications,
       LLC (Western Slope), licensee of radio station KRGS in Rifle,
       Colorado.  Pursuant to Section 1.89(a) of the Rules, issuance of this
       Notice does not preclude the Enforcement Bureau from further action if
       warranted, including issuing a Notice of Apparent Liability for
       Forfeiture for the violations noted herein.

    2. On August 21, 2012, an agent of the Enforcement Bureau's Denver
       District Office inspected  radio station KRGS located at Rifle,
       Colorado, and observed the following violations:

     a. 47 C.F.R. S: 11.35(a): "...EAS Participants must determine the cause
        of any failure to receive the required tests or activations specified
        in S: 11.61(a)(1) and (2). Appropriate entries indicating reasons why
        any tests were not received must be made in the broadcast station log
        as specified in S:S: 73.1820 and 73.1840 of this chapter for all
        broadcast streams... " At the time of the inspection, KRGS's stations
        logs failed to indicate why numerous received and transmit Required
        Monthly Tests and Required Weekly Tests were missing for the period
        December 1, 2011 - August 21, 2012.

     b. 47 C.F.R. S: 11.52(d)(1): "With respect to monitoring for EAS
        messages that are formatted in accordance with the EAS protocol, EAS
        participants must monitor two EAS sources. The monitoring assignments
        of each broadcast station and cable system, and wireless cable system
        are specified in the State EAS Plan and FCC Mapbook. They are
        developed in accordance with FCC monitoring priorities." At the time
        inspection, KRGS was monitoring incorrect EAS sources  for its  LP-1
        and LP-2. KRGS  was monitoring KNFO, Basalt, CO, frequency 106.1 MHz
        and KSPN, Aspen, CO, frequency 97.7 MHz, which are both located in an
        adjacent EAS operational area, Local Area 12, High Country. KRGS
        should be monitoring the LP-1 and LP-2 assignment for their Local
        Area 11, Plateau, as required in the State of Colorado's State EAS

     c. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.1870(b)(3): "The designation of the chief operator
        must be in writing with a copy of the designation posted with the
        station license." At the time of inspection, there was no current
        written designation posted with the station license designating the
        chief operator.

     d. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.3526(e)(1): "A copy of the current FCC authorization
        to construct or operate the station, as well as any  other documents
        necessary to reflect any modifications thereto or any conditions that
        the FCC has placed on the authorization..." At the time of
        inspection, there was no renewal card in the public inspection file

     e. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.3526(e)(5): "A copy of the most recent, complete
        ownership report filed with the FCC for the station, together with
        any statements filed with the FCC certifying that the current report
        is accurate, and together with all related material. These materials
        shall be retained until a new, complete ownership report is filed
        with the FCC, at which time a copy of the new report and any related
        materials shall be placed in the file..." At the time of inspection,
        there was no ownership report in the public inspection file.

     f. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.3526(e)(7): "Such information as is required by S:
        73.2080 to be kept in the public inspection file. These materials
        shall be retained until final action has been taken on the station's
        next license renewal application." At the time of inspection there
        were no EEO records in the public inspection file.

     g. 47 C.F.R. S: 73.3526(e)(12): "For commercial  AM and FM broadcast
        stations, every three months a list of programs that have provided
        the station's most significant treatment of community issues during
        the preceding three month period. The list for each calendar quarter
        is to be filed by the tenth day of the succeeding calendar quarter
        (e.g. January 10 for the quarter October-December, April 10 for the
        quarter January-March, etc.). The list shall include a brief
        narrative describing what issues were given significant treatment and
        the programming that provided this treatment. The description of the
        programs shall include, but shall not be limited to, the time, date,
        duration, and title of each program in which the issue was treated.
        The lists described in this paragraph shall be retained in the public
        inspection file until final action has been taken on the station's
        next license renewal application." At the time of inspection, the
        file was missing and/or had twenty-seven (27) incomplete  Quarters of
        Issues and Programs lists since the last renewal was granted on
        December 21, 2005.

    3. As the nation's emergency warning system, the Emergency Alert System
       is critical to public safety, and we recognize the vital role that
       broadcasters play in ensuring its success. The Commission takes
       seriously any violations of the Rules implementing the EAS and expects
       full compliance from its regulatees. We also must investigate
       violations of other rules that apply to broadcast licensees.

    4. Pursuant to Section  308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as
       amended, and Section 1.89 of the Commission's Rules, we seek
       additional information concerning the violations and any remedial
       actions taken.  Therefore, Western Slope must submit a written
       statement concerning this matter within twenty (20) days of release of
       this Notice. The response (i) must fully explain each violation,
       including all relevant surrounding facts and circumstances, (ii) must
       contain a statement of the specific action(s) taken to correct each
       violation and preclude recurrence, and (iii) must include a time line
       for completion of any pending corrective action(s). The response must
       be complete in itself and must not be abbreviated by reference to
       other communications or answers to other notices.

    5. In accordance with Section 1.16 of the Commission's Rules, we direct
       Western Slope to support its response to this Notice with an affidavit
       or declaration under penalty of perjury, signed and dated by an
       authorized officer of Western Slope with personal knowledge of the
       representations provided in Western Slope's response, verifying the
       truth and accuracy of the information therein, and confirming that all
       of the information requested by this Notice which is in the
       regulatee's possession, custody, control, or knowledge has been
       produced. To knowingly and willfully make any false statement or
       conceal any material fact in reply to this Notice is punishable by
       fine or imprisonment under Title 18 of the U.S. Code.

    6. All replies and documentation sent in response to this Notice should
       be marked with the File No. and NOV No. specified above, and mailed to
       the following address:

   Federal Communications Commission

   Denver District Office

   215 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 303

   Lakewood, CO 80226

    7. This Notice shall be sent to Western Slope Communications, LLC,  at
       its  address of record.

    8. The Privacy Act of 1974 requires that we advise you that the
       Commission will use all relevant material information before it,
       including any information disclosed in your reply, to determine what,
       if any, enforcement action is required to ensure compliance.


   Nikki P. Shears

   District Director

   Denver District Office

   Western Region

   Enforcement Bureau

   47 C.F.R. S: 1.89.

   47 C.F.R. S: 1.89(a).

   47 U.S.C. S: 308(b).

   47 C.F.R. S: 1.89(c).

   Section 1.16 of the Commission's Rules provides that "[a]ny document to be
   filed with the Federal Communications Commission and which is required by
   any law, rule or other regulation of the United States to be supported,
   evidenced, established or proved by a written sworn declaration,
   verification, certificate, statement, oath or affidavit by the person
   making the same, may be supported, evidenced, established or proved by the
   unsworn declaration, certification, verification, or statement in writing
   of such person . . . . Such declaration shall be subscribed by the
   declarant as true under penalty of perjury, and dated, in substantially
   the following form . . . : `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under
   penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on
   (date). (Signature)'." 47 C.F.R. S: 1.16.

   18 U.S.C. S: 1001 et seq. See also 47 C.F.R. S: 1.17.

   P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. S: 552a(e)(3).

   Federal Communications Commission


                       Federal Communications Commission