Lead Stories


Mon March 2, 2015
American Graduate

Even With Improvements, Colorado Faces Costs When Kids Don't Graduate

Jonathan Payne

High school dropout rates in Colorado have been falling over the past eight years. According to the most recent dropout statistics released in January by the state Department of Education, the current statewide rate is 2.4 percent. That's tied with a previous low in 2002.

Still, that means 10,546 Colorado students left high school without graduating in 2014.

State education officials are encouraged by the declines, but acknowledge that more work is needed to address the problem.

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Mon March 2, 2015


Mon March 2, 2015

What Is Oil And Gas Wastewater And What Do We Do With It?

Oilfield waste arrives by tanker truck at a wastewater disposal facility near Platteville, Colo. After removal of solids and oil, the wastewater is injected into a deep well for permanent storage underground.
William Ellsworth USGS

When most people think about oil and gas production, water probably isn't something that comes to mind. But maybe it should.

When a typical oil well starts producing, there are three main products pumped out: gas, oil, and water. The amount of water is significant. In Colorado, for every barrel of oil produced in 2013, there were 6 barrels of wastewater pumped from the ground. (A barrel is 42 gallons.)

How that water -- sometimes referred to as produced water -- is treated and disposed of has become a growing issue as oil and gas production has increased in Colorado and across the United States.

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Mon March 2, 2015
Capitol Conversation

What's Next Politically For Oil & Gas In Colorado?

Stephen Butler Flickr - Creative Commons

Governor John Hickenlooper's oil and gas task force recently proposed nine recommendations to try and easy concerns for people living near energy development, but it did not vote to give local communities more control over oil and gas drilling.

The big question on everyone's mind now: What's next for the state Legislature and for a possible anti-fracking initiative going before voters in 2016?

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Sun March 1, 2015

Fort Collins Musicians Turn To Crowdfunding Following Gear Theft

Brian Weikel and Daisy Mauterer are launching a crowdfunding campaign to replace their instruments recently stolen from their car.
Stacy Nick KUNC

It was 2 a.m. on a snowy February night when Daisy Mauterer and Brian Weikel arrived home exhausted after playing a double bill for their bands The B.A.B.E.S and La Cucarachas.

The cold, along with the late hour, and the relative safety of their West Fort Collins neighborhood lulled the couple into deciding to leave their instruments and music gear in the locked car, parked in the driveway, for the night.

"Every musician has done it - we know it's wrong but it felt... like it would be OK," Mauterer said.

It wasn't.

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