A listeria outbreak in cantaloupes last fall that was traced to a southeastern Colorado farm killed thirty people and sickened dozens more in 28 states. The economic fallout from the tragedy has also been far reaching; consumer demand for melons dropped in half. Now with the spring planting season underway, farmers are looking to […]

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A bill to eliminate state background checks for firearm purchases cleared the Colorado house today.

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is backing an effort to postpone the closure of rural post offices for at least two years.

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A new study highlights a lack of access to mental health care in many parts of Colorado…and, Colorado has applied to the Federal Aviation Administration for a federal spaceport designation.

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Who could resist the intrigue of a novel about a young idealistic lefty learning the messy lessons of life during the 1960s against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the San Luis Valley, especially when the book is illustrated by none other than Colorado Springs’ own ultra-conservative political cartoonist […]

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If you’ve never been to the county fair, you’re missing out on a living tradition rich in the history and knowledge to which all of us are still tied in some form by the food we eat and the agrarian traditions that make all of our lives possible. Of course it’s far more […]

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One of the most beautiful towns in Southern Colorado is undoutedly San Luis. Though it’s situated at 8,000 feet in high desert, the acequias (traditional water canals, which we’ll feature in our August episode of Western Skies) keep it a lush green in summer, which provides stark contrast to the arid hills above. Those […]

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The Hanna Ranch south of Colorado Springs along Fountain Creek has been an important crossroads for the environmental movement and traditional ranching culture. Kirk Hanna, who grew up on the ranch and also went to college, was one of the first ranchers in Colorado to see the overlap between ranching and sustainability as […]

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If you’ve never been to the county fair, you’re missing out on a living tradition rich in the history and knowledge to which all of us are still tied in some form by the food we eat and the agrarian traditions that make all of our lives possible. Of course it’s far more than just a celebration of the animal husbandry and the skills of country living; the county fair is rides and funnel cakes and shows and … fun!

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June 24, 2018 | NPR · Administration officials unveiled the plan to reunify families separated under the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy, but offered few details on how and when reunifications would happen.
 

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June 24, 2018 | NPR · Hall, the author of more than 40 books, died on Saturday at his family farm in the town of Wilmot, N.H.
 

June 24, 2018 | NPR · President Trump wants to abolish the Education Department as a standalone agency. He’s the latest Republican to try. NPR’s Michel Martin looks back on the history with Alyson Klein of Education Week.
 

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June 24, 2018 | NPR · Hall, the author of more than 40 books, died on Saturday at his family farm in the town of Wilmot, N.H.
 

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June 24, 2018 | NPR · This weekend, Youth Cinema Project students screened their films for the public. The program aims to create a pipeline to get kids of color in underachieving schools into the filmmaking industry.
 

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June 24, 2018 | NPR · “There is a need to say, ‘Ya basta,’ ” Luna says, “you know, enough is enough.” A few years ago, Luna left Hollywood and returned to Mexico, where he became a political activist.
 

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June 23, 2018 | NPR · Music critic Lindsay Zoladz explains how and why music fans are grappling with art and violent life of Florida rapper XXXTentacion, following his murder.
 

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June 23, 2018 | NPR · Dolly Parton, one of Renea’s favorite singers, says you have to stay quiet to make it in show business. But Renea refuses to downplay her experiences as a black woman in country music.
 

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June 23, 2018 | NPR · The Canadian singer known for folk and jazz switches genres, this time to write an album about the place of women in modern times.
 

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