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11:28am

Wed September 17, 2014
firefighters

Small Volunteer Fire Departments, Like Galeton, Colo., Look To Evolve

Nathan Heffel KUNC

Colorado has a shortage of volunteer firefighters, nearly 3,500, according to numbers recently compiled by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News Even with statewide recruitment efforts underway, smaller agencies may have to find ways to adapt in order to survive.

One of those agencies is the small 14 person Galeton Volunteer Fire Department, northeast of Greeley. The department has been around since the early 50s and has always been volunteer driven.

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10:33am

Wed September 17, 2014
Politics

Colorado Board Votes Down Medical Marijuana Caregiver Patient Cap Change

Jenea Cox - who testified at the hearing - and her 5-year-old daughter Haleigh. They moved to Colorado from Georgia so Haleigh could take a special medical marijuana strain to help with her seizures.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

The Colorado Board of Health has voted against setting maximum patient caps for medical marijuana caregivers. The proposed rule would have limited caregivers to just 10 patients. After a tense and at times tearful hearing Tuesday, the board said the change was unnecessary.

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3:46pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Politics

Money Starts To Flow In Colorado GMO Labeling Fight

Larry Cooper is a leader of Colorado Right To Know, an advocacy group that's pushing for a statewide GMO labeling ballot initiative. The group's finances are currently lagging behind the issue committee opposed to mandated labels, the No On 105 Coalition.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

In just a two week period, the amount of money flowing into Colorado’s battle over whether or not to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, colloquially known as GMOs, has reached staggering amounts. Voters will decide Proposition 105 in November.

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3:12pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Marijuana

Legalization Lessons And Other Frank Advice From Wash., Colo. City Managers

A budtender at Choice Organics outside Fort Collins, Colo., weighs marijuana.
Grace Hood KUNC

Local leaders in Colorado and Washington are writing the playbook when it comes to recreational marijuana use. With voters in places like Alaska, Washington D.C. and Oregon likely to soon consider legalization, officials shared their experiences during the International City County Management Association's 100th Annual Conference.

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6:45am

Tue September 16, 2014
Energy

What's The Regulatory Threshold For Oil Industry Fatalities?

Smoke from the 1968 explosion at the Consol No. 9 Mine in Farmington, WV.
Centers For Disease Control

As the oil and gas industry has grown to employ over half a million oil and gas workers nationwide, the number of fatalities has grown as well. In 2013, 112 oil and gas workers died on the job; the year before, 142. Nationwide, oil and gas workers are still six times more likely to be killed on the job than the average American.

Texas had the most fatalities overall in 2011 and 2012 – 106 – but, according to a new analysis by Inside Energy, North Dakota had the highest fatal injury rate in the country, 75 deaths per 100,000 workers. That's three times higher than the national rate for oil and gas fatalities.

Which raises a question, how bad does it have to get before regulators and elected officials step in and do something?

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