Bente Birkeland / RMCR

A program to provide long acting reversible contraceptives to low-income women has been funded for another year. About a dozen health and community foundations have stepped up to provide the funds, something the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment had been working overtime to try and secure.

Stacy Nick / KUNC

Whether it's pre-Columbian burial ties from South America or a pre-millennium MC Hammer doll, you never know what you might find at Colorado State University's Avenir Museum.

At the Avenir – French for "future" – the collection of more than 20,000 items of clothing and textiles aid students in directing the future of fashion by showing them the past.

"In today's society, we have it so easy," said Doreen Beard, director of operations and engagement at the Avenir, which is part of CSU's Department of Design and Merchandising. "I mean, every age probably thinks that but - relatively speaking - we do. If we need a new bedspread, we go out and buy it."

Organic Farmers Struggle With Stigma Of 'Dirty Fields'

Aug 26, 2015
Luke Runyon / KUNC/Harvest Public Media

While consumers might seek out organic food for its purity, organic farmers have a reputation for being anything but.

A study conducted by Southern Illinois University Carbondale found that farmers who go organic are often subject to a “weedy field bad farmer” mentality in their communities, a social stigma organic corn and soybean growers face for having mare’s tails and pigweeds poking their raggedy heads up through the neat rows of cash crops.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that the judgment can be so harsh, it’s an actual risk factor [.pdf] conventional farmers who are interested in transitioning to organic should consider before making the switch.

Jonathan Payne / special to KUNC

Students are heading back to school, but the road to graduation for this the incoming crop of seniors varies by high school. The reason? Unlike other states, Colorado does not have a set requirement for what it takes to receive a diploma.

Creating a standard is an ongoing debate and one that state lawmakers tried to answer in 2007 and 2008 when they approved legislation requiring a minimum statewide requirement.

Freshwaters Illustrated and USGS

The Colorado River rushes through the Grand Canyon in a powerful pulse. Trips down the remote river are legendary for knock-down rapids and gorgeous grottos. Being far from civilization, though, apparently doesn’t offer much help when it comes to keeping out pollution.

A study released in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry found high levels of two serious contaminants in the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Sorry Robots, Meatpacking Is Still A Human Job — For Now

Aug 24, 2015
Stephanie Paige Ogburn / KUNC

Slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million workers in the U.S. stun, kill and eviscerate the animals we eat. Most of those jobs are physically demanding and require few skills.

So why haven’t we started using more robots to cut up our beef?

The answer to the lack of meat processing robots gives insight into the limits of the technology and the economics of what it takes to put meat on American tables. Because meat processing makes up a huge portion of Great Plains communities’ rural economies, what happens inside meat processing plants affects not only the companies involved, but the very culture of rural America.

Paul Natkin / courtesy of the artist

An agent once said to me, "if you can't give your best to an empty room you don't deserve a full one."

That's something Curtis Salgado would fully approve of, since the singer and harmonica player always gives 100 percent. It's a habit he picked up from watching watched his friend singer Buddy Ace perform at a casual house party like he was playing a make or break show.

More Farmers Logging Onto The Internet

Aug 21, 2015
Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that farms across the country are increasingly gaining internet access. As it stands, 70 percent of U.S. farms and ranches have access, an increase of three percentage points since 2013. But even while rural America becomes more connected, a large percentage of farms still aren’t able to go online.

courtesy of GKIDS

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet – that's the full title of this animated book adaptation – wavers somewhere between transcendent wisdom and preachy self-help baloney. It can be either; it can be both simultaneously. At its best, the animation in the film is genuinely beautiful and imaginative.

Jim Hill / KUNC

Voters in Fort Collins and Loveland will decide this November if they want their respective cities to pursue municipal broadband internet service. Recently both Fort Collins and Loveland city councils unanimously approved putting the initiative on their ballots.

According to a Coloradoan opinion piece by city manager Darin Atteberry, the city of Fort Collins currently “owns or has rights to many miles of unused fiber optic cable” but under most interpretations of state law the city can’t make that network available to the public unless voters give the city the go ahead.