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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February 18, 2018 | NPR · Trump’s flurry of weekend tweets about the Russia investigation and the latest school shooting drew condemnation from both sides of the aisle.
 

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February 18, 2018 | NPR · An Aseman Airlines spokesman first said everyone was killed, but then the airline said it could not reach the crash site and could not “accurately and definitely confirm” everyone died.
 

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February 18, 2018 | NPR · Proposed cuts in funding for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau come amid questions about a Trump appointee softening the agency’s stance on payday lenders. Democrats vow to fight the cuts.
 

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February 18, 2018 | NPR · The Bible’s famous verse and chapter structure is relatively recent — and surprisingly unpopular. And a new version out now aims to make it more approachable by structuring it like any other book.
 

February 18, 2018 | NPR · Fred Rogers’ pioneering childrens’ show debuted on Feb. 19, 1968. We look at what made the series different for its time and how Fred Rogers contributed to saving public broadcasting.
 

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February 18, 2018 | NPR · Kim Fu’s new novel about a sleepaway camp sojourn that turns shattering for five young girls. But though the troubles seem tame — thirst and a lack of gummi bears — the horror comes later.
 

Music

February 18, 2018 | NPR · For Black History Month, Alt.Latino offers up some new Latin music with African roots.
 

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February 18, 2018 | NPR · With a Pultizer, an Oscar, five Grammys and over 100 works to his credit, the American composer is still hard at work.
 

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February 17, 2018 | NPR · The Canadian singer covers the Chess Records catalog, from Chuck Berry to Etta James, on her debut album.
 

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