Fri August 22, 2014

See The Burn: New Map Shows Flaring In Your State

A well site flares outside of Longmont, Colo., in Weld County, June 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

Flaring – the practice of burning natural gas, often when it's produced as a byproduct of oil drilling – has come under scrutiny in recent years. In part this is because new oil plays are resulting in a lot of gas being flared off.

A new map released by the group SkyTruth uses U.S. satellite data to show flaring in the United States You can see flaring between March and August 2014, and zoom in and out to see flaring in specific locations.

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Fri August 22, 2014
Reporter's Notebook

Boom And Bust Along Colorado's Pawnee Pioneer Trails Byway

Colorado has 25 historic and scenic byways, the Pawnee Pioneer Trails are 128 miles found on the eastern plains.
Grace Hood KUNC

Small town, rural life has always fascinated me. I’ve met Coloradans who find the wide, open skies of the plains compelling. There’s something about the feeling you get from just being there, they say.

To get a sense of this region, I decided to drive along the Pawnee Pioneer Trails Scenic Byway.

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Fri August 22, 2014

In Woody Allen's Latest, The 'Magic' Doesn't Pop

From left to right: Emma Stone, Woody Allen and Colin Firth.
Jack English Gravier Productions, Inc

Years ago, the former head of production at United Artists, Steven Bach, wrote that studios loved to work with Woody Allen. They knew they wouldn’t make a lot of money, but they’d come out OK. They could rely on Allen to shoot the script he said he would shoot, bring the film in on time and on budget, and the work always brought prestige.

You can see all that in Allen’s latest picture, Magic in the Moonlight.

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Fri August 22, 2014

When Living Out Of A Car, It's Hard To Feel At Home

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 6:25 am

Erika Kalberer (left) and her mother, Kris. Their family has been living in their car. Kris tells her daughter, "I don't think sometimes you know how strong you are."

About a decade ago, Kris Kalberer left her job as a retail manager to raise her kids and care for her elderly mother. For a while, the family did well on her husband's income. Then he lost his job.

Their finances spiraled out of control. They lost their house in March 2011, and since then, their lives have become transient. They stayed in motels, or with friends. Currently they live in their car.

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Thu August 21, 2014

National Push To Label GMOs Comes To Colorado Ballot

A "March Against Monsanto" rally last May in Denver, where activists called for GMO labeling legislation.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado voters will decide in November whether foods containing genetically modified ingredients should be labeled in the state, after an initiative officially garnered enough signatures to go on the ballot.

The ballot initiative comes on the heels of unsuccessful labeling initiatives in Washington and California, and a successful GMO labeling bill that was passed in Vermont.

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