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Dan Boyce / Inside Energy

Colorado Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled that state laws protecting the oil and gas industry overrule a hydraulic fracturing ban in Longmont [.pdf] and a five-year moratorium in Fort Collins [.pdf], calling both of the voter-approved moves "invalid and unenforceable." While the industry sees the decision as a big win, opponents view the ballot box as the likely outlet now for gaining more local control.

Fort Collins and Longmont's oil and gas control measures were the headline examples, but they weren't alone in the state. What happens now with similar efforts in Boulder County and Broomfield?

Jim Hill / KUNC

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the city of Longmont's hydraulic fracturing ban and the moratorium in Fort Collins Monday. The state's highest court said that Longmont's ban conflicts with state law and is invalid and unenforceable. The court ruled that state law also preempts the moratorium in Fort Collins.

courtesy Menemsha Films

English director John Goldschmidt's Dough is a perfectly nice, pleasant and harmless movie, until you let yourself think about it.

It's a little like The Odd Couple. Against the probabilities, two very different people join forces. An aging Jewish baker in an English town winds up sharing his life, and his bakery, with a young Muslim from Sudan. It's enough to make your heart swell with self-satisfaction and convince yourself – at least for a little while – that the world is just what you want it to be, and all things are in their place.

Courtesy of Denver Silent Film Festival

Whether you like your movies with silent operas or screaming guitars, we’ve got you covered.

For those of you who missed comedian David Cross in March, he’s back and in Fort Collins, ready to skewer everything from politics to the holidays to hipsters…

Helen Dombalis / used with permission

Lawmakers in both parties have unveiled a proposal to bring a presidential primary back to Colorado. It's estimated that conducting a primary will cost anywhere from $5 to $7 million. Despite the price tag, the heads of both the state Democratic and Republican parties and Gov. John Hickenlooper support it.

We asked two reporters working at the capitol on a daily basis what that means.

Peter Pearsall / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Every April, the Mountain Plover arrives on Colorado’s eastern plains. Despite its unassuming size and appearance, it draws plenty of bird watching enthusiasts to the tiny community of Karval for the annual Mountain Plover festival.

"Karval has a population of, I think, about 30 -- there’s not much out there," said Betty Snow, a bird watcher who’s attending the festival for her third time. "It’s interesting to go and connect with the people and the farmers, and listen to what they do, and why they have gone to lengths to conserve this bird."

Luke Runyon / KUNC, Harvest Public Media

It’s no secret Northern Colorado is growing. Weld, Larimer and Boulder counties are welcoming thousands of new residents each year. People are flocking to the area, and population numbers are on the rise.

The same thing is happening with dairy cows.

Weld and Larimer already sport high numbers of beef and dairy cattle, buttressed by the region’s substantive feeding operations. But an expansion of a Leprino Foods-owned cheese factory in Greeley will require even more cows to churn out the milk needed to produce bricks of mozzarella cheese and whey protein powder.

Jakob Ihre / Motlys AS

One thing in human life that seems clear is that memory and grief don't follow straight lines. They come in fits and starts; they jump the tracks and switch gears, cathcing you when you're not paying attention. In movies, the hand-held camera, usually jumpy and often incoherent, has become the cliché look of memory. Louder Than Bombs manages to use that instability to get inside how a family re-organizes itself around a mother's death.

A war photographer named Isabelle (Isabelle Huppert), who became famous for her pictures from Iraq, dies in a car crash after she returns home to upstate New York. She left behind a husband and two sons. It's a disordered family, separated from each other by grief, guilt and secrecy.

Jason Levine / Reel Motion Media

With the death of Prince, it’s been a rough week for music.

Whether you’re looking for some home-grown tunes, some hot jazz or just want to geek out to a Theremin (you know who you are), here are a few options for a reprieve from the bad news.

Regional Transportation District Flic / Used With Permission

Travelers will soon be able to board a train from Denver’s Union Station to Denver International Airport. The route will be fast, cheap and -- Mayor Michael Hancock hopes -- the first piece of the aerotropolis puzzle.

The plan is to parcel out more than 9,000 acres of land surrounding the airport to companies specializing in tech, agriculture, aerospace and more. Hancock promises the plan will herald new jobs and innovation, and will make the Denver area more competitive worldwide. But the first step is getting people there. That’s where the Regional Transportation District’s new University of Colorado A-Line commuter train comes in.

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