Colorado legislators in Washington are pushing for Congress to pass the Farm Bill. Senators approved their version last week, and as KUNC’s Luke Runyon reports, now it’s the House’s turn.

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Industrial hemp could be Colorado’s next cash crop. But until rules are crafted for the growing and processing of the plant, state officials are telling would-be hemp farmers to wait. KUNC’s Luke Runyon has more.

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The country’s craft beer industry is growing at a tremendous rate. Last year, more than 400 breweries opened nationwide. In some states, like Colorado, there are so many craft breweries they’re beginning to blend together. As Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, in such a crowded field, startups are trying a more unique approach.

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Two years ago, a cantaloupe farm in southeastern Colorado was responsible for the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in decades. A packing facility there sent cantaloupe infected with listeria, a pathogen known for its high mortality rate, across the country. Since then, melon growers in the renowned Rocky Ford region have been trying to repair [...]

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Federal food inspectors will start checking cantaloupe farms and other processing facilities throughout the country and here in Colorado for deadly food borne bacteria. As KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon reports, the increased scrutiny is in direct response to two large-scale outbreaks.

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Farmers throughout the Great Plains are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They’re scrambling to find irrigation water, made scarce by the region’s persistent drought. In eastern Colorado, thirsty cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, selling what they don’t need back to farmers. As KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke [...]

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A Western Slope public library is trying something new this spring: a seed collection. With a library card in hand, you can check the seeds out, grow the plants, and within nine months, harvest the new seeds and bring them back. Aspen Public Radio‘s Luke Runyon recently spent some time in the [...]

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An avalanche killed a Summit County man outside the town of Marble this past weekend. It’s the second avalanche related death in as many weeks this winter.

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The Colorado River basin is facing a massive water shortage in the coming years, according to a report released today. The basin will see demands for water grow exponentially in the next 50 years. Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon has more.

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Supporters of the Personhood Amendment filed a lawsuit yesterday in Denver District court as part of a last minute attempt to get the measure on the November ballot…A recent report shows Colorado on track to more than double its obesity rate within 20 years…

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A recent report shows Colorado on track to more than double its obesity rate within 20 years. That could mean billions of dollars more in health care costs unless the trend begins to reverse. Aspen Public Radio‘s Luke Runyon reports.

One out of every five adults in Colorado is obese now. Which [...]

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Racers with the USA Pro Challenge roared down Independence Pass yesterday at speeds of around 60 miles an hour before finishing in downtown Aspen. It was the end of a grueling 130-mile run from Gunnison. A Colorado rider took the winning spot in the race leg. Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon has this recap.

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Signs of the approaching autumn season have begun in Colorado’s high country. Nighttime temperatures are dipping lower and small pockets of color are beginning to show themselves on mountaintops. The color change from green to gold is early, and because of an early spring, prolonged dry spell, and leaf-eating bugs, this year’s fall could [...]

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The Highway 24 hole is 100-feet deep, and has shut down traffic between Leadville and the Vail Valley, where many residents commute to work each day. But this is more than your average sinkhole. As Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports, this particular hole gives a glimpse into Leadville’s past, [...]

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The large hole that has shut down traffic on Highway 24 northwest of Leadville could affect plans for upcoming bike races, including the ProCycling Challenge. Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports.

Both Aspen Public Radio and KRCC are members of Rocky Mountain Community Radio.

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Not long after Highway 24 reopened in the Pikes Peak Region, a large hole has altered traffic along the route between Minturn and Leadville in the central part of the state. But as Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports, it’s not your average sinkhole that’s causing commuter headaches in the mountains.

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Aspen trees in Colorado are still feeling the effects of drought that occurred a decade ago. The southern Rockies have lost more than one point three million acres of aspen, and some stands in lower elevations continue to die off. As the much of the state grapples with current drought conditions, scientists are still [...]

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Colorado boasts the least obese population in the country, but Governor John Hickenlooper told a crowd in Aspen earlier this week he’s now trying to make Colorado the healthiest state in the nation…Regional airports throughout Colorado will share 15.6 million dollars in funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation, including airports in Lamar and LaJunta…The Veterans Association is closer to deciding on a location for a new national cemetery in El Paso County.

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The Crystal River in Western Colorado has made its way onto a list of the country’s most endangered rivers. A national environmental group says the main threat is a new dam and reservoir proposed a few miles upstream from the town of Redstone. But as Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon reports, water providers [...]

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Rivers are rising and reservoirs are filling, which is a sure sign that spring runoff is already underway. But the process is occurring much earlier this year than usual. The main reason has to do with warmer temperatures, but dust is another factor causing snowpack to melt faster. Water supplies in the West are [...]

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Two of the state’s experts on water and the health of rivers say the current method of determining the health of a stream is no longer valid. They say a more nuanced approach is needed, and recently presented their ideas to a citizen’s water board in Aspen. As part of a new ongoing series [...]

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Much like the rest of the country, Colorado is getting older. The state’s group of baby boomers is reaching the golden years, and quickly. Some private companies in the state are starting to cash in on this aging demographic, on those people who might have a little cash to spare, and who will soon [...]

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Movies are bound to be on many people’s minds as the Oscar race heats up in the coming weeks. But during this upcoming legislative session, it’s quite possible that movies will be on Colorado lawmakers’ minds for another reason. Governor John Hickenlooper has indicated that he wants to sweeten the deals aimed at luring [...]

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · The 29-year-old cyclist will become the first Italian to wear the yellow jersey into Paris since Marco Pantani in 1998. This year’s event was marked by favorites dropping out early on.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Rights workers say civilians are being killed by government attacks with so-called barrel bombs — the crude weapons made famous in Syria’s current conflict.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · It is the latest in a slew of missile tests conducted by North Korea in recent weeks in the lead up to the 61st anniversary of the signing of the an armistice that halted fighting in the Korean War.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · Remember in Empire Strikes Back where Han Solo slices open the belly of a tauntaun so Luke can stay warm? That’s not much different from how Eli Presser climbs into his T-Rex costume.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · Newly-released love letters from President Warren Harding to his mistress make some wonder whether she was trying to influence foreign policy. NPR’s Scott Simon talks to historian Jim Robenalt.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with Stephen L. Carter about his new novel, Back Channel. It’s a political thriller set during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · For Eric Deggans, Prince’s movie wasn’t just a spectacle. Sitting in a theater packed with kids his age, he saw Purple Rain as “a validation of the musical world I was already seeking out.”
 

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July 26, 2014 | NPR · With labor negotiations growing more strained, a lockout seems likely next week at the Metropolitan Opera. Management says payroll must be trimmed while unions want to curb production costs.
 

July 26, 2014 | NPR · Soul singer Bobby Patterson got his start in the 1960s, and he’s still singing. At 70 he’s put out a new album, “I Got More Soul.” NPR’s Scott Simon talks to Patterson about the album.
 

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