Colorado is no stranger to the military. From active bases to a large veteran population, many residents of the state have some kind of association with the armed services. This month for Western Skies, we’re exploring some of those relationships.

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One of the biggest topics right now across the state is oil and gas development, specifically, hydraulic fracturing. Communities, industry, and the state are all working to ensure their interests are protected. But it’s a complicated issue, and often contentious. This month for Western Skies, we’re holding a magnifying glass up to fracking, the rules, regulations, and community concerns. (This month’s image by artist and rig-worker, Streeter Wright.)

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We covered a lot of ground this past year with Western Skies, and this month we’re spending some time revisiting those stories and conversations.

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It was Thomas Edison who said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison, of course, is one of the great American inventors. This month, we’re delving into that equation with a look at innovation.

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This month we’re bringing a special fall arts show to the airwaves, highlighting all kinds of creativity in the region.

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News

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · He tweeted, “Religious Freedom is the first freedom.” If confirmed, he’ll leave office with critics unhappy at the effect of tax cuts he championed, but others supportive of his conservative policies.
 

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · Columbus fire officials say some of those injured were thrown from the ride. Gov. John Kasich has ordered all fair rides shut down until they can be inspected.
 

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · Senators have narrowed their options and are likely moving forward on a “skinny repeal” that takes away some key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, leaving the rest intact.
 

Arts & Life

July 26, 2017 | FA · Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is The Great Quake.
 

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July 26, 2017 | FA · Lawrence P. Jackson’s biography tracks the writer’s course from prison to published novelist. Critic Maureen Corrigan says Himes’ life story is well worth reading.
 

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · The “surprising” success of the raunch-com Girls Trip didn’t particularly surprise us; we talk about precisely where this “out-of-nowhere” hit came from.
 

Music

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · It’s nice to know all of these cute boys will have jobs if the whole music thing doesn’t work out.
 

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · Wolfe’s intensity has only increased over time, as proven with a new song from her forthcoming album, Hiss Spun.
 

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July 26, 2017 | NPR · The blind singer and guitarist had a sweet tenor voice and a gentle guitar that made him the best-selling Aboriginal artist of all time in Australia.
 

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