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2:44pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Marijuana

Nebraska, Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Recreational Marijuana

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning says Colorado's marijuana laws should be struck down because they violate the Controlled Substances Act.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Two of Colorado’s neighboring states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down the state’s recreational marijuana laws. Attorneys General for Nebraska and Oklahoma say Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws clearly conflict with federal law, and they want the country’s highest court to shut the industry down.

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5:00am

Thu December 18, 2014
Community

Flood Damage Restored, Chapel Of The Interlude Now Turns To Its Flock

Chapel of the Interlude includes a tiny sanctuary (left) and a fellowship hall (right) for gatherings. Both were severely damaged by 2013 floods in Colorado.
Grace Hood KUNC

Chapel of the Interlude is a fitting name for a church in the middle of a narrow, winding canyon. In 1969, benefactors built the intimate wood-paneled structure in Drake, Colorado to provide an oasis next U.S. 34 — one of the busiest roads leading to Rocky Mountain National Park.

In 2013, a raging river between Estes Park and Loveland Colorado deposited mud, sticks and debris inside the chapel's Fellowship Hall — a casualty of the state's historic floods. The structure has been restored, but as the aging members of the small mountain church return, the biggest challenge lies ahead.

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5:00am

Wed December 17, 2014
Hidden Colorado

'World's Smallest Ski Resort' Once Lived Outside Of Greeley

Sharktooth as it appears now, seen from the nearby Poudre Trail.
Jim Hill KUNC

Colorado is known worldwide for incredible skiing on its magnificent mountains… but the resort experience also comes with long lines and uber-expensive lift tickets. Back in the 1970s you could have simply headed to Greeley.

Instead of dodging moguls, you could have been dodging tumbleweeds at Sharktooth Ski Area – located on the plains east of the Rockies, perched atop a 150-foot bluff overlooking the Poudre River.

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5:00am

Wed December 17, 2014
Water

Drought Of 2012 Took Big Toll On Ogallala Aquifer

A center pivot irrigation system in Northeast Colorado
Greg Goebel Flickr-Creative Commons

In Northeastern Colorado, farmers growing food like corn and potatoes depend for water on a giant, underground reservoir. Called the Ogallala, or High Plains aquifer, this water source spreads across eight high plains states like a giant, underground lake.

In times of drought, farmers who use the aquifer for water take more of it. A report from the U.S. Geological Survey, published December 16, shows the 2012 drought significantly diminished the Ogallala's water.

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3:46pm

Tue December 16, 2014
Health

With Budget Approval, Rape Kits Will Again Be Available in Boulder County

Credit Joe Mahoney / Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

Beginning in 2015 sexual assault exams will once again be available in Boulder County. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program, or SANE will be housed at Boulder Community Health and utilize nurse training assistance through the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Until their reintroduction, the exams haven’t been available in Boulder County or on the campus of the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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