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Since 1964 the Land and Water Conservation Fund has used royalties from oil and gas leasing to protect natural areas, water resources and cultural heritage, as well as to provide recreation opportunities. The Fund expired at the end of September, but both the House and Senate have proposed bills to permanently reauthorize it so its future doesn't remain in jeopardy.

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A Colorado man sentenced to life in prison without a chance of parole for his involvement in a fatal 1995 carjacking as a teenager will be released next year, the state's outgoing governor ordered Friday.


On Friday the city of Boulder began work to clear an encampment of people living out of their cars in the Diagonal Plaza, a shopping center on the city’s northeastern edge. According to the Daily Camera, the encampment recently grew to include “dozens of people” but has been there for many years.

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On stage in a conference room at Las Vegas's Caesars Palace, Keith Moses said coming to terms with the limits of the Colorado River is like losing a loved one.

"It reminds me of the seven stages of grief," Moses said. "Because I think we've been in denial for a long time."

Moses is vice chairman of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, a group of four tribes near Parker, Arizona. He was speaking at the annual Colorado River Water Users Association meeting.

Sediment and ash from the 416 Fire piles up along the banks of Hermosa Creek, a tributary of the Animas River.
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The restoration of the Animas River is underway, as Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials have poured 1,500 rainbow trout into the river.

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Out of the dozens of lawmakers who hold leadership positions at the State Capitol, only five live on the Western Slope. State Rep. Dylan Roberts is one of them. The Democrat from Avon will lead the state's new Rural Affairs Committee. He says the rising cost of health insurance will be at the top of his agenda when the session starts next month.


From minute one, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma looks confident and alert to itself. The brave opening shot holds on a tile floor. It watches as water splashes across the tiles, and then the water gets sudsy. By the time the image tilts upward, you see that the place is a garage which looks out to a street, and a young woman named Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) is washing the family dog’s poop from the floor before the father comes home.

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On this week's Colorado Edition, we climb a mystery mountain of dirt. Other stories this week include the state of locally-grown hops - it's not good - and a look at how a Colorado ballet company is making their performance of "The Nutcracker Suite" more inclusive.

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Starting next year, some parents in Larimer County will pay more for full-day kindergarten.

The Poudre School District Board of Education voted to raise tuition by about six percent, which is the estimated inflation rate and program cost increase. Full-day kindergarten will cost an additional $180 for the 2019-2020 school year, bringing the total fee to $3,015.

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Authorities say there is no threat to Columbine High School, but students will be kept inside for the rest of the school day after someone called in a bomb threat against the school.