The spruce beetle is now outpacing the mountain pine beetle as the biggest insect threat to Colorado forests. The information was released to lawmakers in the annual Forest Health Report today. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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December 15, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Kelly McEvers and Pop Culture Happy Hour’s Linda Holmes and Glen Weldon sit down to talk about this era of TV and movies, many of which are catering to Gen X nostalgia — from Stranger Things to the latest Star Wars film.
 

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