Interstate 25 Northbound near Larkspur is reopen after a massive traffic accident this morning forced its closure for about four hours today…U.S. Forest Service chief Tom Tidwell says forests have had bark beetle epidemics before but never one this large and not one that has spread so fast…and, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is ordering federal land managers to consider conservation as the primary focus of some 27 million acres of public lands in the West.

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December 17, 2017 | WNPR · Thousands of Puerto Ricans have moved to the U.S. mainland after Hurricane Maria. On Saturday, Hartford, Conn., welcomed some of its newcomers with a Puerto Rican Christmas tradition: a parranda.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · The Thomas Fire in Southern California is on it’s way to being the largest in the state’s history. Fourteen days in, the flames continue to burn in bone dry, windy conditions. It’s burning above the wealthy areas of Santa Barbara County, it’s only 40 percent contained and will likely burn for days to come.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · The latest film in the space odyssey juggernaut brought in $450 million globally in its debut weekend, and that’s not counting China.
 

Arts & Life

December 17, 2017 | NPR · What were the memorable moments in television this year? NPR’s TV Critic Eric Deggans runs through his list with guest host Ray Suarez.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · The original Casablanca was passionately anti-Nazi. But when it was dubbed for German audiences, Warner Bros. deleted all scenes with Nazis in them, and almost all mention of the war.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · Ursula K. Le Guin’s mastery of fiction has remained so consistent, it’s easy to overlook her accomplishments in other forms — but her new nonfiction collection goes a long way towards fixing that.
 

Music

December 17, 2017 | NPR · Chicago jazz piano legend Willie Pickens died this past week at age 86. Fellow musicians remember him as a talented musician and mentor to generations of jazz students.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · Most of America listens to the same Christmas songs on the radio. But some local programmers seem to have a “real shine” for lesser-known holiday tunes. Walt Hickey of FiveThirtyEight explains.
 

December 17, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Latin jazz legend Eddie Palmieri about turning 81 and his first album in 10 years, Sabiduria.
 

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