Tackling the issue of low water supplies and increasing demand will be a top priority for lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session. As part of our series on snow, Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland takes a look at some of the proposals being floated around and talks to state leaders about preparing for the worst.

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For many in Southern Colorado, the Arkansas River is the lifeblood of healthy communities. But the region suffered through this year’s extreme and exceptional drought conditions. And as KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, all along the Arkansas River, people are in some ways, holding their breaths to see what this winter brings.

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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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The ski industry runs on snow, some resorts more than others. Ski towns like Aspen and Vail still get business in spite of poor snow. Last year while many resorts took a huge hit, Aspen did well because of one type of guest: the international visitor. This sought after tourist books longer vacations, spends [...]

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Avalanche warnings are out for portions of Colorado’s central and northern mountains. Based in Boulder, the Colorado Avalanche Information Center is responsible for avalanche and related-weather forecasting for the backcountry. As part of Rocky Mountain Community Radio’s series on snow, KGNU’s Jim Pullen recently went along with one of the agency’s snow [...]

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From wildfires to ranching and farming to next year’s water supplies, everyone is wondering what kind of winter Colorado is going to have. Over the next few weeks Rocky Mountain Community Radio partner stations are going to take a look at how snow, or the lack of it, will impact the state going into 2013. [...]

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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the state’s experts on water and the health of rivers say the current method of determining the health of a stream is no longer valid.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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There’s little question Colorado holds some serious potential for geothermal power. Reservoirs of hot water across the state that can be used to heat homes and generate electricity are just waiting to be tapped. But geothermal still has to find its place in a competitive energy marketplace… and right now it’s growing slower than [...]

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While Colorado boasts 300 days of sunshine, a lot of questions still surround the harnessing of that sun for power. It’s not uncommon to see homes or businesses throughout the state with solar panels strapped to roofs, and some developers are working on large, utility scale solar arrays. One young entrepreneur in Colorado Springs [...]

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Northeastern Colorado is fast becoming the sight of one of the country’s next big oil booms. New technologies for hydraulic fracturing are now allowing companies to get a piece of the Niobrara Shale. Previously deemed too expensive to drill, the formation extends from beneath Denver all the way to western Nebraska and is thought [...]

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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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The recession is putting a lot of people across Colorado out of work and reducing the hours that others are working. Often, one of the first household budget items that is cut is food, and people are increasingly turning to food pantries and other organizations for help. Food programs across the state have seen a [...]

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With the economic downturn, many consumers are looking for ways to ease the burden on their weekly household budget. Activities like clipping coupons, buying store labeled brands are all on the rise, as is another shopping activity.. buying groceries at salvage or discount food stores. As part of a series on the economy from Rocky [...]

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Demand for emergency assistance programs is at historic highs. Colorado, for instance, has the fifth fastest growing caseload for food stamps in the country. That’s putting a strain on scores of human services agencies. And even as the economy begins to turn around, many worry things will get much worse, before they get better. As [...]

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The economic recession has not been kind to nonprofits – especially as discretionary and leisure dollars have tightened for families. But this trend isn’t uniform across the board. As KUNC‘s Grace Hood reports as part of a series on the economy from Rocky Mountain Community Radio, one organization is finding fewer dollars in [...]

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The holiday season is a season of giving and sharing, and thus food drives, toy drives, and all sorts of drives naturally abound. As part of a statewide series on the economy from Rocky Mountain Community Radio, KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin checked in with a food bank that serves primarily southern Colorado, to find out what [...]

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Colorado is facing a budget shortfall of 1.5 billion dollars for this and last year’s budget cycle, and that means furlough days and pay cuts for state workers. As part of a statewide series on the economy from Rocky Mountain Community Radio, capitol correspondent Bente Birkeland talks to government employees to see how the cuts [...]

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is a 787 billion dollar stimulus bill that combines tax credits with new federal spending. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin recently sat down with Colorado College economics professor Dan Johnson to try and lend perspective to the bill and the status of the recovery effort. Their conversation [...]

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Colorado is poised to receive about 7 billion dollars from the federal stimulus package over the next three years. And for government officials the process of tracking how and where the money is spent is a tremendous administrative task. Bente Birkeland examines what the state is doing to prevent waste, fraud and abuse.

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan and is usually a time for family celebration. This year, it also marks three weeks since the current war in Gaza started.
 

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July 27, 2014 | NPR · In the Land of Love and Drowning, the islands are a magical setting for three generations of one family living through the modern history of the territory as it passes from Danish to American hands.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · A group with cinematic sweep hardwired into its sound, Band of Horses is tailor-made for outdoor performances. The group performed at the Newport Folk Festival on Friday, July 25.
 

July 28, 2014 | NPR · Brothers Kenny and Curt Thompkins were inspired to record an album in a racquetball court after hearing the acoustics there last year. The result appears in their new album, out this week.
 

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July 28, 2014 | NPR · One hundred years after the start of World War I, hear a range of pop and classical music from artists of the era. Some music reflects the war’s violence, some gives solace.
 

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