6:00am

Wed October 22, 2014
Politics

Opponents Are Clearly Ahead In Colorado's Prop 105 Ad Spend

Credit Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Colorado's voters continue to be pounded by multimillion dollar political advertising campaigns, often with the two candidates or issue opponents fairly evenly matched, with no respite in sight until Election Day.

But on one particular issue the campaign ads are entirely lopsided. Labeling genetically modified food, commonly called GMOs – meaning "genetically modified organisms" – is on the ballot as Proposition 105, and has become a nearly $12 million issue.

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5:00am

Wed October 22, 2014
Mountain Living

Summit County Middle Class Feels The Squeeze Of Attainable Housing

The Wellington Neighborhood in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Summit County has distinct advantages like sprawling mountain vistas and world class ski resorts, making it a prime vacation spot. But for the county's educated middle class, living there full-time, there are disadvantages to calling the county home.

Making ends meet, and buying a home here, is harder than it looks.

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5:00am

Wed October 22, 2014
Agriculture

Farmers Gear Up For Record Harvest, Brace For Lower Prices

Nationwide, farmers are expected to harvest record-breaking amounts of corn and soybeans this year.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

U.S. farmers are bringing in what’s expected to be a record-breaking harvest for both corn and soybeans. But all that productivity has a big financial downside: plunging prices that have many Midwest farmers hoping to merely break-even on this year’s crop.

Farmers will haul in 4 billion bushels of soybeans and 14.5 billion bushels of corn, according to USDA estimates. Those are record-breaking numbers, made possible by producers planting more corn and soybean acres and near-perfect weather in the Corn Belt.

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3:26pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Parks & Rec

RMNP Proposes Raising Fees For Entry, Camping And More

Rocky Mountain National Park's Grand Lake Entrance station.
daveynin Creative Commons

For the first time since 2008, Rocky Mountain National Park is considering a bevy of fee increases on everything from camp sites to entrance fees.

Under the proposed changes, the weeklong entrance pass would change from $20 to $30. Park officials would introduce a day-use pass at the $20 level. The annual park pass would increase from $40 to $50. By 2017, the price for an annual pass would be $60.

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1:58pm

Tue October 21, 2014
Politics

Colorado Key Races Still Close, New Poll Finds Parties Bolstering Their Bases

Senator Mark Udall, Congressman Cory Gardner, Bob Beauprez, and Governor John Hickenlooper from left to right.

A new poll finds Colorado's Governor and Senate races remain close. Republican Cory Gardner is still ahead of Democrat Mark Udall in the Senate race, but the gap has closed to 3 points, with 46 percent for Gardner, and 43 percent for Udall. The governor's race remains a statistical dead heat between Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper and Republican Bob Beauprez, with 45 percent in favor of Hickenlooper and 44 percent for Beauprez.

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