Business is booming at cattle sales yards throughout Colorado, but that’s not so good for ranchers. Last year’s dry winter combined with an ongoing drought are forcing the hands of many. And as KVNF’s Ariana Brocious reports as part of our series on snow, without a wet winter, ranchers will be forced to make even tougher decisions next year.

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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach and his staff addressed city layoffs and community development today at his monthly media conference…Federal officials say a 22-acre marijuana farm was discovered by firefighters battling the Waldo Canyon blaze…More Colorado layoffs have been announced by wind turbine maker Vestas…Stage Two of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge Race started in Montrose this morning.

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In the three weeks since the Bureau of Land Management announced that about 30,000 acres in the North Fork Valley could be leased for oil and gas development, a coalition has formed to keep the industry from moving in. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio sister station KVNF in Paonia, Ariana Brocious reports.

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A proposed rule goes before the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Comission today that would require all oil and gas companies to post online the makeup of the fluids used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Some are lauding it as a way to make the industry more transparent, but environmentalists say it’s riddled with [...]

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Beijing rejected U.S. claims that one of its warplanes made a reckless intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 and said if Washington wants good relations with China, it should end “close surveillance” flights.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · If you’re grossed out by the idea that tiny relatives of scorpions are living in the pores of your nose, you’re not alone. But everybody’s got Demodex mites, a study finds. And they’re kind of cute.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · New York City police allege Ailina Tsarnaeva made threats against her boyfriend’s ex. “I know people who can go over there and put a bomb on you,” Tsarnaeva allegedly said.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · TED speakers explore big ideas while you explore the great outdoors.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Also: Leslie Jamison on a lonely whale; Ben Lerner on writing fiction.
 

August 28, 2014 | NPR · Veteran cartoonist Jules Feiffer has just written his first graphic novel, the noirish Kill My Mother. Reviewer Alan Cheuse is discovering graphic novels equally late, but still finds it a good read.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · Download new music from Merchandise, Reigning Sound, The Barr Brothers, Field Report and more.
 

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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The nine-note tune made famous in Carl Douglas’ 1974 song has served as a stereotype of Asian music since the 19th century.
 

August 27, 2014 | NPR · As part of an All Things Considered series on trade lingo, music producer Don Was explains the word “clam” — a mistake made by a musical performer.
 

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