9:36am

Tue September 2, 2014
Agriculture

Heirlooms Passed Down By Seed Savers

Steve Carlson handles some seeds of Trail of Tears corn. During the forced march in the 1830s from the southeastern U.S. to Oklahoma and Arkansas, Cherokee planted these seeds along the way.
Credit Sarah Boden for Harvest Public Media

Most vegetable seeds today are bred by seed companies to be hearty and easier to grow. They’re created by cross-breeding different varieties and selecting for specific characteristics.

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8:31am

Tue September 2, 2014
Community

Imagine! Colorado - Helping People Toward A Life Of New Possibilities

Credit Imagine! Colorado

Get Involved Colorado is KUNC's monthly series spotlighting a local organization that offers listeners an opportunity make a difference where they live. By volunteering their time, KUNC listeners can make a meaningful contribution and help to build a stronger community. This month, we feature Imagine! Colorado.

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6:30am

Tue September 2, 2014
Firefighters

Colorado Volunteer Fire Departments Struggling For Recruits

Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Chief Brita Horn is also the Routt County treasurer and a part-time EMT.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

In many parts of Colorado when you dial 9-1-1 to report a fire, the firefighters who arrive to extinguish it are volunteers. These firefighters have other jobs, and serve half of the state’s population. But Colorado has an ever-shrinking pool of volunteers, leaving many communities at risk.

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6:15am

Tue September 2, 2014
Firefighters

Statewide, The Volunteer Fire Force Is Critically Understaffed

Lt. Mike Heckard talks to firefighters at the beginning of their weekly training session at the all-volunteer station in Peyton, Colo., Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Volunteer firefighters protect about half of Colorado’s residents, with solely volunteer departments being responsible for about 70 percent of the state’s land surface.

And they are significantly understaffed.

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5:00am

Mon September 1, 2014
Music

On Tour With The Everymen Of The Hard Working Americans

From left to right, Jesse Aycock, Neal Casal and Todd Snider of Hard Working Americans.
Jim Hill KUNC

Hard Working Americans are a super group with a diverse background, consisting of Todd Snider, Dave Schools of Widespread Panic, Neal Casal from the Chris Robinson brotherhood, Chad Staehly from Great American Taxi, Duane Trucks and Jesse Aycock of Jars of Clay and Garth Brooks.

The band lives up to its name - they've been on the road since they formed.

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