Lead Stories

10:35am

Wed July 1, 2015
Environment

Think Fireflies Can’t Be Found In Colorado? Think Again

Fireflies aren't common in Colorado but they can be found.
Ashley Harrigan Flickr - Creative Commons

Whether you call them fireflies or lightning bugs, they are just not very common in the west - but not impossible to find. In fact, thanks to a wetter summer, we may be seeing more of them right now.

“Probably a lot of people have never seen fireflies if they grew up in Colorado,” said Whitney Cranshaw, a Colorado State University entomologist. “Fireflies are always here. The issue is we don’t have a lot of fireflies.”

In Colorado, they can be found in small pockets near permanent water sources. During the larval stage they feed on things that thrive in wet areas – including slugs, snails, and earthworms.

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6:49am

Wed July 1, 2015

5:00am

Wed July 1, 2015
Music

SpokesBUZZ Embodies The Musical Side Of Fort Collins' Innovation Streak

Multiple record labels checked out Denver band, The Yawpers, during their Colorado Music Party showcase at the 2015 SXSW. The Colorado event was sponsored by SpokesBUZZ.
Stacy Nick KUNC

Innovation doesn't have to be limited to constructs of science, technology and business – that's something folks in Fort Collins have figured out.

"I think you have people in Fort Collins who appreciate creativity in all forms," said Joyce Bedi, Senior Historian for the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. "And I think it comes out in super-turbos and improved batteries – and some of it comes out in pianos on the street and sculpture on every corner."

A large focus of that creative innovation has been spurred by Fort Collins' focus on music – the city is often touted as the land of "beer, bikes and bands." And if there's music involved, SpokesBUZZ is often not far behind.

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2:00am

Wed July 1, 2015
Place of Invention

Did Beer And Bikes Build Fort Collins' Innovation Culture?

Nick Frey, owner of Boo Bicycles, says Fort Collins' mix of wide roads and laid back culture made it a good fit for his bamboo bicycle business.
Luke Runyon KUNC

Which came first, Fort Collins’ enviable innovative culture, one that’s put the city in a Smithsonian Institution exhibit about inventive places, or the beer and bike industries that have helped put the city on nearly every “Best Of” list in the country? It’s a classic question.

The city’s brand is tied to beer and bikes, boasting more than 15 breweries, with 5 more in planning stages, and more than 20 businesses devoted to bicycle fabrication and manufacturing. Their successes are intertwined.

It’s a marriage that shows up everywhere in this city of 150,000, from the label of a New Belgium Brewing Company bottle of Fat Tire, to the brewery map handed out at the Fort Collins Bike Library, to the bars built of bike frames, to the beer bar that doubles as a bike shop.

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2:51pm

Tue June 30, 2015
Energy

Fracking's Water Use Varies Across Colorado And Other Boom States

Trucks pump water, sand and chemicals down a well during the hydraulic fracturing process.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing often comment on its high water use. Yet a comprehensive total of just how much water used during the process has been hard to come by.  

A new U.S. Geological Survey study tallied up the amount of water used in fracking -- the process where water is injected underground, along with a mix of sand and chemicals, to fracture rock and release hydrocarbons. The analysis found that certain types of wells, in specific production basins, used a lot more water than others.

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