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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The Colorado Secretary of State’s office has rolled out a mobile option that allows people to register to vote or update their registration right from their smartphones or tablet devices…The Royal Gorge Scenic Railway has scheduled its last ride for Sunday, just after 4 PM.

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Pueblo’s City Council decides to vote October 9th on benefits for domestic partners…The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $200-thousand dollar grant to conduct a feasibility study on locating a spaceport in Denver.

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This year’s stubborn drought and the changing climate will have serious consequences for Colorado’s multi-billion dollar recreation and farming industries, as well as the state’s forests that have seen severe, unnaturally large wildfires recently…Colorado Springs police are offering a reward for information regarding the start of the Waldo Canyon fire…Chimney Rock to be designated a National Monument.

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Governor John Hickenlooper says the drought gripping most of Colorado is at “historical dimensions,” and the state’s water supplies are being stressed like no other time in history. The Governor’s remarks came at a statewide drought conference this yesterday in Denver.

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has announced a deal that will permanently protect nearly 170,000 acres of land in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Dubbed the Sangre de Christo Conservation Area, the new national wildlife refuge is in part on a large private ranch.

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For many parents and students in Colorado, this time of year marks new beginnings with schools ushering in a fresh school year. But one group of Colorado educators is already looking way beyond this school year. They’re helping create tests for future students meant to help them learn in a completely different way. Continue Reading

Some well-funded Pro-Mitt Romney super PACs are pulling their TV ad dollars out of Pennsylvania and Michigan and doubling down on efforts in what they consider to be more crucial swing states; such as Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

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Two former Governors joined with current Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper yesterday to kick off the ballot campaign to reform state personnel rules…The law enforcement team investigating the cause of this summer’s Waldo Canyon Fire says the blaze was human-caused…Some well-funded Pro-Mitt Romney super PACs are doubling down on efforts in what they consider to be more crucial swing states; such as Florida, Ohio and Colorado.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to Colorado’s strategy to reduce air pollution, which relies heavily on switching some coal fired power plants to natural gas…Pueblo City Council voted last night to postpone indefinitely a decision on city employee benefits for domestic partners, the Chieftain reports…Colorado government leaders have marked 11 years since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a service that also recognized the victims of the Aurora theater shooting and historic summer wildfires.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has given final approval to Colorado’s strategy to reduce air pollution, which relies heavily on switching some coal fired power plants to natural gas. The Regional Haze Plan is being praised by Governor John Hickenlooper for meeting national air quality standards. Tisha Schuller is President of the Colorado Oil and [...]

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A new study led by a team of University of Colorado scientists shows that mid-level altitude forests are the most sensitive to rising global temperatures and a decline in snowpack. As KUNC‘s Kirk Siegler reports, the study was done in California but researchers say its findings apply across the entire West.

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Environmental groups have filed a formal protest against an Obama Administration plan to fast-track large-scale solar power development in Colorado and five other western states. The public lands at the center of the dispute in Colorado are in the San Luis Valley near the New Mexico border….More firefighters are on their way to help fight a wildfire near the Wyoming border.

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Colorado Springs voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved plans to lease city-owned Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health…Residents in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area looking to purchase flood insurance should do so before September 8th in order to take advantage of a waiting-period waiver…Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton was recently chosen to build and operate the next Mars Spacecraft.

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The final tally of deaths associated with a 2011 listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe from Jensen Farms in Southeast Colorado has increased to 33…Crews are battling a growing wildfire burning in beetle-killed forests in remote northwestern Larimer County near the Wyoming border.

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It’s been almost two months since the country saw the devastating pictures of the Mountain Shadows subdivision burning in Colorado Springs. Those images drove down lodging numbers 13% in July according to a recent report. Today as the USA Pro Challenge rolls into town, officials hope a new image will emerge—and a brighter future [...]

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If elected president, Mitt Romney says he’d push to streamline oil and gas development on western public lands. The call comes as part of Romney’s newly announced energy policy platform. KUNC’s Kirk Siegler reports Colorado Democrats are calling it a return to Bush-era policies.

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For seven days across Colorado, transportation is interrupted, delayed and detoured by the USA Pro Challenge. Major highways are closed, and cities like Aspen shut down streets and intersections for the event. For the agencies responsible, like the Colorado Department of Transportation, it’s the culmination of months of planning.

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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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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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As awareness about the critical role bees play in agriculture grows, so has interest in backyard bee keeping. For KVNF in Paonia and the iSeeChange project, Julia Kumari Drapkin looks into questions that North Fork Valley beekeepers have about bee swarms this year.

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