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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January 25, 2015 | NPR · Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the Obamas at the airport in New Delhi, starting off a three-day trip. The leaders are expected to discuss trade, climate change and global terrorism.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · There is a common belief that requiring the use of “politically correct” language in the workplace stifles creativity. Researchers decided to see if that notion held up to scrutiny.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Writer Greg O’Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease five years ago. He describes what it was like to hear the news — and break it to his family.
 

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January 25, 2015 | NPR · Critic Juan Vidal says winter is a time for turning inwards and warding off the chill with your favorite books, the ones you return to over and over again when the days get shorter and snow closes in.
 

January 25, 2015 | NPR · Richard K. Morgan’s epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit For Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction.
 

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January 25, 2015 | NPR · J. Ivy says his father grew up in pain and passed that pain on to the next generation. In his new book, he says that forgiveness is an ongoing act — and you must constantly remember to forgive again.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · Clinton, the founding father of funk, is the creator of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic. We’ll ask him three questions about another kind of parliament — namely, the British Parliament.
 

January 24, 2015 | NPR · It’s timed for the release of his 36th studio album, and shepherded by an editor who used to run Rolling Stone.
 

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January 24, 2015 | NPR · “I’m more of a communicator than a technician,” says the self-taught, hugely successful UK jazz-pop artist. Hear him perform live in NPR’s studios.
 

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