The High Country News takes a look at President Obama’s record on environmental issues in the west*. Snow returns to the Front Range (Gazette). Challenges face John Salazar, Governor Hickenlooper’s choice to direct the state Agriculture Department (Chieftain).

In Colorado Springs, the notion to examine the city’s pension obligations fails to gain traction (Gazette). Congressman Doug Lamborn (R) says those planning the area’s new VA clinic are expecting to announce a site soon and break ground this year (Gazette). Some Air Force Academy officials are defending the planned prayer luncheon (Gazette). A planned educational museum on World War II inches closer to reality (Business Journal*).

Pueblo tax revenues are falling short (Chieftain). Student leaders at CSU-Pueblo look at revising the school’s calendar (Chieftain).

Parents, officials, and more discuss changes happening in Falcon D-49 (Gazette). The San Luis Valley opens its biggest agricultural conference today (Chieftain). A proposed hydroelectric plant planned near Penrose clears committee (Chieftain).

Las Animas County sees budget cuts pay off (Trinidad Times-Independent).

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Humans have lighter bones than other primates, and that change happened a lot later than anthropologists had thought. Blame our sedentary ways after our ancestors took up farming.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Carmen Martinez Ayuso was evicted from her apartment due to a loan her son took out and couldn’t repay. Now she’s been the recipient of unexpected kindness this holiday season.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The Pentagon said action against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl could range from no further action to convening a court martial. The Taliban held Bergdahl for five years until his release in a prisoner exchange.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Christmas carp is a holiday mainstay in many central European nations. Traditionally, it swims in the family tub for a day or two, sometimes becoming a sort of pet before it ends up on the plate.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · The Game of Thrones author has blasted the studio for canceling its release of The Interview, offering to screen the film himself at his own movie theater.
 

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December 22, 2014 | KUNC · At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. “We have kind of a corner on the market” for grass-fed beef, says one sister. “People just kind of believe in it.”
 

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December 22, 2014 | WXPN · Fueled by Naseem Khuri’s songwriting, the folk-rock band is releasing an EP for each season in 2015.
 

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December 22, 2014 | WXPN · Hear a mix of old and new music in this session, recorded at Philadelphia’s Tower Theater.
 

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December 22, 2014 | NPR · Joe Cocker, the raspy-voiced British singer famous for hit songs such as “Feelin’ Alright” and “Up Where We Belong,” has died, his management agency says.
 

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