Buffs Playing In Biggest Game In 10 Years

Dec 2, 2016

The University of Colorado Buffaloes are poised to play their most important game in more than a decade -- and a win could put them on the path to one of the most important games in the team’s history.  Now, after years of blowouts, coaching changes and rebuilding, the football team plays in the Pac-12 Championship game on December 2. 

The last time things were so good for CU was decades ago.The team won a national championship in 1990, followed by a decade of successful seasons and bowl appearances.

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There’s been so much talk about the troubles of the white working class in America that Kenneth Lonergan’s new film Manchester By the Sea comes at just the right time. Whether it’s the right film is something else. In spite of people’s good intentions, it can be hard for filmmakers who have access to tens of millions of dollars for a project like this one to avoid condescension. Filmmakers who operate at that level usually can’t help imposing on an entire class of people the curse of a well-meaning outsider’s view of their lives.

Town of Estes Park

By just one vote, Estes Park’s board of trustees narrowly approved a controversial plan to create a traffic loop through the downtown area in order to combat increasing tourist gridlock. The 4 to 3 vote was a culmination of four years of project evaluations and discussions that divided the community on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. But bulldozers won’t appear any time soon. It will be five years before construction begins on the Downtown Estes Loop.

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Crops genetically-engineered to withstand certain pesticides have a short shelf-life in Boulder County, Colorado.

The county’s commissioners voted Wednesday to ban growing genetically engineered crops on county open space. The decision does not apply to privately-owned farmland.

The vote puts in place a transition plan to remove GMO corn and sugar beets -- the only GMO crops grown locally on open space land -- from public land within the next 5 years. 

Michael de Yoanna

NPR's Daniel Zwerdling and Colorado journalist Michael de Yoanna reported in 2015 that 22,000 soldiers with traumatic brain injuries and mental health disorders were kicked out of the Army after serving in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The reason? Misconduct -- for things like driving while drunk or talking back to commanders. Psychological experts say those kinds of behaviors can also be symptomatic of "hidden" wounds incurred during combat.

Twelve U.S. senators demanded an investigation of the discharges after the two journalists released "Missed Treatment." The Army launched a probe in response. The journalists have now obtained that report. Rather than settle the controversy, the Army report is generating a new one

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Colorado agriculture officials are taking steps to make industrial hemp -- marijuana’s agrarian cousin  -- more mainstream. They’ve certified three hemp seed varieties, becoming the first state in the country to do so.

A seed certification is akin to a stamp of approval, letting farmers know the plant performs well in Colorado’s soil and climate.

The certification also ensures that farmers won’t break federal law by cultivating plants above the legal threshold for THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Hemp that tests above a concentration of 0.3 percent THC must be destroyed, according to state rules. That threshold was set in the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Americans waste a staggering amount of food. Instead of letting it rot and wreck the environment, some entrepreneurs want to put it to work feeding insects, and see the potential to revolutionize how we feed some of the livestock that provide us our meat.

Phil Taylor’s enthusiasm for insects is infectious. The University of Colorado Boulder research ecologist beams as he weaves through a small greenhouse in rural Boulder County, Colorado. A room about the size of a shipping container sits inside.

It's a breeding chamber, Taylor says. “I hesitate to say it, but it’s called ‘the brothel.’”

Focus Features

Director and writer Jeff Nichols films Loving in long takes with a rock-steady camera. He shows the lush fields and the modest white frame homes of people who do farm and construction work in rural Virginia in the 1950s. The movie never gets arty or self-consciously important. The style fits Nichols’s characters who, to say the least, are people of few words. Yet at times, the film reaches moments and images that are profound, and the movie gives a remarkable sense of how the grand principles of law affect the lives of actual human beings.

Saving Seeds, To Spur Return To Indigenous Foods

Nov 23, 2016
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Long before European settlers plowed the Plains, corn was an important part of the diet of Native American tribes like the Omaha, Ponca and Cherokee. Today, members of some tribes are hoping to revive their food and farming traditions by planting the kinds of indigenous crops their ancestors once grew.

Taylor Keen is hoping to lead that comeback in Nebraska. On a warm, bright September afternoon, Keen is singing to the corn. Walking through a maze of corn rows and a carpet of pumpkin vines behind his home in Omaha, Nebraska, he wears a cowboy hat, Wranglers, and a traditional bead necklace.

“Well, this is what was formerly known as my backyard and is now home to the ‘four sisters,’” Keen says. “We have corn, bean, squash and the sunflower.”

David Anderson

The fall of 2013 did not seem like a great time to buy a small candy store in Estes Park. The town’s economy was in iffy shape. Flooding had decimated roads into and out of the mountain community. Internet and cellphone service, not to mention grocery delivery, were out for days.

Right after the flood, Mark and Kelly Igel took the plunge and bought the Taffy Shop - and the secret recipe from the retiring original owner. They were betting that people would still come to the tourism-dependent town on the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park for a piece of old-fashioned candy and charm.

“We’ve lived here for years,” Mark Igel said. “We knew the town would bounce back.”