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Trees Lost To Emerald Ash Borer Are Now Heating Buildings In Boulder County

Wood infested with an invasive beetle is being used to heat some Boulder County buildings, including the jail. The Emerald Ash Borer has been in Colorado for years now, but remained undetected until 2013, when it was found in the city of Boulder. So far, it’s the furthest point west that EAB has been detected, prompting a quarantine to keep Ash wood from leaving the county. No one has been able to stop or eradicate the EAB.
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"Colorful Colorado" may one day need to be referred to as "Crowded Colorado," given the number of people expected to soon move here.

Weld County's population is expected to double to half-a-million – and El Paso County will still be the largest county. It's not just the Front Range; A Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis of data from the state demographer and the U.S. Census Bureau shows seven of the 10 fastest growing counties will be on the Western Slope, including Eagle, Garfield and Routt.

The numbers show an estimated 7.8 million people will call Colorado home by 2040. All that growth will take a toll on the state's infrastructure as well as water and other natural resources.

Colorado Deptartment of Transportation

Drivers may soon see less traffic congestion along eastbound I-70 starting in December 2015 – if they are willing to pay. That’s when a 13 mile stretch of toll lane will periodically open between Empire and Idaho Springs. The part time toll lane will only be open when the Colorado Department of Transportation sees that traffic is getting backed up.

Here’s what you need to know about the new eastbound I-70 Mountain Express Lane.

On-air challenge: For each category given, I'll name something in the category that closely follows the name of the category alphabetically.You tell me the only other thing in the category that fits between these two things alphabetically.

For example: "Shakespeare Plays" and "Tempest" --> "Taming of the Shrew."

Last week's challenge, from listener Dan Pitt of Palo Alto, Calif.: The following three Thanksgiving dishes have something very unusual in common:

  • Spit-roast turkey
  • Cornbread stuffing

Call him Lemon Henry Jefferson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Lemon Pledge or a dozen other parodies -- but definitely call him a Blues pioneer. When Jefferson passed away at age 36 he was called "Father of the Texas Blues."

The man arrested after a deadly attack and standoff at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday is Robert Lewis Dear, 57, officials confirm. Police gave an honor guard to an officer who died in the attack.

Update at 3 p.m. ET: Few Details Revealed At News Event

Praising the police response and saying they're relieved that more than three people were not killed, local and state officials offered few details about the case, citing the ongoing investigation during a news conference Saturday afternoon.

Kerry Brown / courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures

John Crowley’s Brooklyn is as respectable a movie as there is – which is not really a compliment.

It’s like a dog that got As in obedience school. The film doesn’t bark; it knows when to fetch, and most of all, it knows how to sit on its hind legs and beg. The movie overflows with nice – the people in the Irish village are nice; the people on the boat to America are nice; the guards at Ellis Island are nice; the Italian boy is nice; his family is nice, and on it goes.

Marge Klindera spent decades teaching home economics to kids in Illinois. But in the early 1980s, after she had retired, she was looking for another way to pass along her knowledge.

That's when she decided to join a Thanksgiving call center — where thousands of panicked home cooks call every year, hoping for last-minute guidance in cooking their dinner.

"We like to say we kind of deal with turkey trauma," Klindera, now 79, tells her longtime coworker, Carol Miller, on a recent visit with StoryCorps.

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Even with about a month left in 2015, it’s already been a record-setting year for visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park. Just over 3.9 million people visited the park between January and October – topping 3.4 million in 2014. Park officials say the number could easily top 4 million if trends continue.

"When you look back at what our visitation was last November and December [2014], we had roughly 170,000 people during those last two months," said park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson. "Given that we’re already really close, we’re assuming that we will likely hit the four-million mark – if not by the end of November, then certainly by the end of December."

At this point the park is less than 60,000 visitors away from hitting that milestone.

There's A Lot Of Energy Behind Agriculture (And That Thanksgiving Feast)

Nov 25, 2015
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Have you ever stopped to wonder about the everyday energy that goes into the food you buy at the grocery store? Or maybe even behind a Thanksgiving feast? Behind that turkey leg you're dreaming about right now?

"Food is energy, it's just converted into a different form," Bright Agrotech CEO Nate Storey points out. "I mean when we eat a salad, we are consuming diesel and we're consuming electricity and we're consuming nuclear energy. It's an energy industry."

Up to a fifth of the nation's total energy use goes into growing, transporting, processing and eventually preparing our food. Often, the energy inputs behind agriculture are hidden.