Fri August 1, 2014

Despite Hoffman, 'Most Wanted' Would Have Benefited From More Time On The Vine

Philip Seymour Hoffman in 'A Most Wanted Man.'
Kerry Brown Roadside Attractions

Even a few moments into Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, it’s obvious how great a loss came with actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death. He’s an actor of astonishing, deft power. I don’t know just what he does, but his physical presence – all that sloppy, unshaven grubbiness – demands that you watch, and his person and his characters become fused.

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Fri August 1, 2014


Fri August 1, 2014

Farmers On Colorado's Plains Work Through Modern Day Dust Bowl

Farmer John Schweiser, 80, has had to take shelter from recent dust storms. He also lived through the Dust Bowl in the 1930s.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When the wind picked up from the south on John Schweiser’s farm outside Rocky Ford, Colorado, the sky would go black. A charging wall of dust would force the 80-year-old farmer and his wife to hunker down in their ranch-style farmhouse.

“You’d look up and here’d come this big ol’ rolling dirt,” Schweiser said. “You couldn’t see how high it was.”

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Fri August 1, 2014

Colorado Launches Statewide Mental Health Hotline

raindog808 Creative Commons

On August 1, the state will flip the switch on a crisis hotline that will offer assistance and support on a wide range of mental health issues — from those feeling suicidal to those who are grieving or stressed.

1-844-493-TALK is a 24/7 hotline will have trained crisis clinicians and peer support specialists. It’s operated by Metro Crisis Services, which scaled up its operations after winning a $2.2 million contract from the state.

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Fri August 1, 2014
Hidden Colorado

New Castle's Coal Legacy Smolders Under Burning Mountain

A memorial to miners who died in a series of mine explosions in New Castle sits in the town's Burning Mountain Park.
Luke Runyon KUNC

The mountains surrounding New Castle, Colorado are on fire. But don’t panic. They’re always on fire, under the surface, out of sight.

The town, 12 miles west of Glenwood Springs and an inevitable stop along I-70, is home to some of the oldest burning coal seam fires in the country. While the fires themselves smolder underground, barren scars on the mountain sides are a reminder of their presence.

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