Lead Stories

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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5:00am

Tue November 25, 2014
Health

Death With Dignity Movement Sweeping Nation, Colorado Part Of The Wave

A map showing states considering legislation on physician-assisted suicide.
Compassion and Choices

This fall, the highly publicized death of Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old with terminal brain cancer who decided to end her life, brought the "right to die" movement a lot of attention.

Anne Singer, campaigns communications manager at the group Compassion and Choices, which advocates for death with dignity, as it is sometimes called, said the public response has been astonishing.

"Nothing like this has ever happened to our organization before. Our website crashed…the momentum is definitely picking up."

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4:56pm

Mon November 24, 2014
Transportation

First RTD Commuter Rail Cars Arrive In Denver

The first of 66 new RTD commuter rail cars arrive in Denver.
Regional Transportation District

The East Commuter Rail Line between Denver's Union Station and the Denver International Airport remains on schedule to open in 2016. The first four commuter cars that will travel the line have arrived in Colorado and are parked at Union Station in preparation for public tours.

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