Colorado’s proposal to protect millions of acres of roadless national forest lands has taken another twist now that one of the state’s leading advocates for the rule is slated to head the U.S. Forest Service. Some conservationists are divided over the rule and say this move puts Colorado in a unique situation. Bente Birkeland reports from the Capitol.

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December 13, 2017 | NPR · A review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest in the intergalactic franchise. Fans are especially excited to see what happens to General Leia, played by Carrie Fisher, who died earlier this year.
 

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December 13, 2017 | NPR · The modern day torchbearers of Mississippi blues make their third appearance on Mountain Stage and play songs from their latest release, Prayer For Peace.
 

December 13, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel talks with Gayla Peevey, who sang the original version of “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” in 1953. That song helped the Oklahoma City Zoo get its first hippo — and this past week, Peevey welcomed the zoo’s newest hippo addition.
 

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