Lead Stories


Mon August 3, 2015

Labor Dept's Wage Proposal May Roil Colorado's Sheep Industry

A sheep herder returns to his cabin near Meeker, Colo., July 14, 2015. The federal government has proposed tripling the minimum wage for sheep herders in Colorado by 2020 to $2,441 a month.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

From Moffat to Alamosa counties, Colorado is a big player in the nation's sheep industry.

The animals thrive in the state's high, dry mountains. Colorado ranked third in the value of sales of sheep and goats at $87 million in 2012, the latest data available, according to a 2014 USDA fact sheet.

Sheepherders – mostly immigrant guest workers from South America on H2-A visas – are responsible for the health of the flocks, day to day. The workers aren't subject to minimum wage like other farm workers. Instead their wages are set specially by the federal government at $750 a month in Colorado, a wage that has increased by only $50 in the past 20 years for most states, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Now the sheep industry is girding itself for what it sees as a storm.

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Mon August 3, 2015

Spellbinders Oral Storytellers Of Larimer County-Engaging Children Through The Art Of Storytelling

Spellbinders Oral Storytellers of Larimer County was established in Fort Collins, in 2004 by experienced storytellers, Nora J. Heaton and Dora Hildebrand. The Larimer Chapter is the 10th Colorado Chapter formed out of a national non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Germaine Dietsch, now headquartered in Carbondale. 

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Mon August 3, 2015
Oil & Gas

A Word With Dan Haley, COGA's New Executive Director

Dan Haley recently began his position as the new executive director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association. He has a background in journalism and media consulting.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Dan Haley spent 20 years as a journalist and editor, the bulk of which was with The Denver Post. He then joined the private sector as a media consultant. Now though, Haley has taken on a new role – as the executive director of the state's largest oil and gas industry trade group, the Colorado Oil and Gas Association.

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Sat August 1, 2015
marc on the blues

Two Fisted Pianist Henry Gray Is A Powerful Link Between Chicago And Louisiana

There are more than a few Blues historians who pinpoint Henry Gray as the number one creator of what has become Chicago Blues piano. Most any riff or turnaround that shouts "Chicago!" when you hear it very probably originated with Gray. He has played with true giants and became a true giant.

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Fri July 31, 2015