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5:00am

Fri November 28, 2014
Water

On The Colorado Plains, Ag Depends On The Drying Ogallala

Deb Daniel, General Manager for the Republican River Conservation District, sitting near the Republican River in Wray, Colo.
Shelley Schlender RMCR

Most Colorado cities and farms get water from snowmelt in the Rockies. That's not the case in Northeastern Colorado. This food-producing powerhouse depends on an ancient, underground reservoir called the Ogallala.

Ever since the Ice Ages, the Ogallala's been slowly accumulating water. Modern farmers, though, pump so much water that this "timeless" aquifer is starting to run out. Someday, Northeast Colorado may have to curtail some crops and some farm towns might become ghost towns.

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2:01am

Fri November 28, 2014
StoryCorps

Once Homeless, Family Feels 'Blessed To Wake Up Another Day'

Originally published on Fri November 28, 2014 5:16 am

Franklin Gilliard and his wife Sherry live in transitional housing, and they hold a circle of thanks at dinner to remember what they have.
StoryCorps

In 2007, Franklin Gilliard and his wife, a teacher's aide named Sherry, started their own business: a driving school. Shortly after, they were hit by the recession.

The couple worked hard to stay afloat, but despite their efforts, they found themselves drowning in past-due bills and late notices and became homeless in 2013.

"We had the car repossessors there. We had the bank knocking on the door. You just feel like you're a prisoner in your own home," says Franklin, 46.

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5:00am

Wed November 26, 2014
Agriculture

NOCO Cluster Wants To Boost Local Food's Economic Heft

Getting food from a farmers field to a market or a restaurant can be tough. Behind the scenes parts of the supply chain like distribution and processing are often forgotten.
Credit Natalie Maynor / Flickr/Creative Commons

More cities want to take eating local food from just a hip trend to an economic generator. But as with many grassroots movements, there can be some growing pains along the way. Northern Colorado advocates are trying a new model to spur growth and they’re borrowing ideas from the tech sector.

The cluster model is seen as a way to address those pains by bringing all the regional players together to solve problems affecting each piece of the supply chain that takes a locally-grown carrot from the ground to your plate.

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5:00am

Wed November 26, 2014
Weather Nerding

Snowpack So Far: Good News For Northern Colorado, Less In South

Precipitation over Colorado, Utah and Wyoming as a percentage of normal.
Colorado Climate Center

After a slow start this fall, snowpack in Colorado's northern mountains has made up some ground with winter storms.

Wendy Ryan, the assistant state climatologist, said the snowpack is uneven across the mountains.

"The northern basins are at or above average and then the further south you get they are doing a little bit worse," she said "It's really the southwestern part of the state that's doing the worst."

The San Juan Basin, for example, is at 78 percent of normal, but the Upper Colorado basin is at 109 percent of normal.

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2:18pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Police Shootings

Racial Disparities Persist In Denver Police Shootings

Demonstrators observe a moment of silence in Denver, Colo., on Monday night, Nov. 24, 2014. A grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., decided not to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

A black Denver resident is about three times more likely than a white resident to be shot by law enforcement. Latino residents are nearly twice as likely to be shot.

At a time when the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, has brought tensions between police and minority communities to the forefront, Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has found that racial disparities persist in police shootings in Denver.

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