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With summer here, people are flocking to the outdoors, including the trails, campsites and reservoirs of the Colorado State Parks system. Last year, the parks hit a record number of visitors – 13.5 million.  But Colorado is struggling to keep up with the demand.

Golden Gate Canyon State Park is rolling and green, nestled deep in the Rocky Mountain foothills. Just 45 minutes from Denver, this is the state’s fourth most popular state park. It stays that way for most of the year.

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Denver officials have proposed a first-of-its-kind program to address dangerous code violations in artist DIY spaces and allow owners and tenants to stay while those issues are being addressed.

The Safe Occupancy Program recognizes that with the cost of real estate in Denver skyrocketing, many artists are being priced out of live/work spaces and looking to unpermitted -- and potentially dangerous -- locations as an alternative, said Brad Buchanan, Executive Director of Denver’s Department of Community Planning and Development.

“We believe this will -- we hope -- open up a lot of opportunities to individuals who don’t think they have a choice,” Buchanan said.

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Bees are in trouble. Master arborist Kevin Marks says many factors contribute to the decline of the tiny buzzing insect that pollinates our food loss of habitat, parasites, pesticides, to name a few.


And that’s why this is National Pollinator Week.


“Pollinators are what allow us to eat the foods we eat on a daily basis,” says Marks.


Chuck Stewart courtesy of 'Chasing Trane'

I don't know much about jazz, and until this film, I knew even less about saxophone master John Coltrane, but watching Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary is like being transported to a land that is elegant, exciting and peaceful.

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Republicans in the U.S. Senate today released a health plan meant to replace former President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Colorado’s two senators, Republican Cory Gardner and Democrat Michael Bennet have reacted.

Bennet criticized Republicans for crafting the bill behind closed doors.

"Instead of writing a bill in secret and rushing to pass it before an arbitrary deadline, we should work in a bipartisan and transparent way to provide more predictability, affordability and transparency to give Coloradans the health care system they deserve," said Bennet in a statement.

Colorado Town Hall Tally Reveals Partisan Divide

Jun 22, 2017
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Town halls give constituents an opportunity to engage with politicians. Citizens can voice their opinions and ask elected officials tough questions, often in front of an audience and face to face. Since the 2016 election, voters have increasingly used town halls as a way to hold politicians accountable.


Town halls are also important to elected officials.


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How safe are oil and gas wells? That question is being asked by residents up and down the Front Range after a couple of high-profile incidents in Weld County.

In May, an oil and gas worker was killed and two more were injured at an explosion in Mead, a town 10 miles west of Longmont. In April, two people died and another was severely wounded at a home explosion in Firestone. That blast was caused by an abandoned flow line that was still connected to a well. Gases seeped into the home because the line was severed.

Since 2014, Greg Becker has worked to prevent disasters like those from happening in the city of Greeley, which has long been in the heart of the oil and gas industry. City officials decided they didn’t want to rely solely on the state to inspect the hundreds of wells as the population grew to over 100,000 people and interests continued to overlap.

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James Beard award-winning food writer Adrian Miller (“Soul Food: The Surprising Story of An American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time" and "The President’s Kitchen Cabinet,”) joins artist and Latinos Who Lunch podcast host Justin Favela and Platform Americas host Elaine Appleton Grant for a surprising meal in the Platform Americas studios. Through fried catfish, mojarra frita, a “red drink,” and agua de Jamaica, they explore the common roots of soul food and Mexican food -- and have a grand old time.

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The 2018 contest for Colorado governor is shaping up to be a battle of the big bucks.

One wealthy Republican already put $3 million into his campaign. Democratic Congressman Jared Polis, who entered the race mid-June, has spent $10 million on his campaigns since 2000.

But money doesn’t always buy political victory.

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Up until this year, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (DPHE) had immunization data on only 350 kindergartners. Now, the department maintains a database with the vaccine statuses of over 850,000 children in Colorado. A 2016 Colorado Board of Health rule requires all schools and child care facilities with 10 or more children to report immunization data directly to the state.

Dr. Larry Wolk, executive director and chief medical officer at the Colorado DPHE, called his department’s program “one of the greatest preventative initiatives of this century.”