1:34pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Wildlife

Saving Sagebrush Helps More Than Grouse: Deer, Local Economy Benefit Too

Mule deer bucks in velvet Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, also greater sage grouse habitat.
Tom Koerner U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Rolling sagebrush-covered foothills may seem like an almost commonplace symbol of the American West, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service calls it "one of the most imperiled ecosystems in America," threatened and fragmented by invasive species, wildfire, and development.

Loss of quality habitat has led to steep declines in the numbers of greater sage grouse, a bird that lives and breeds in the sagebrush. Because of this, many Western states are working on plans to improve and preserve the sagebrush steppe the birds rely on. Now, two new studies show that saving sagebrush can benefit more than just the grouse.

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1:12pm

Tue September 30, 2014
Emerald Ash Borer

Officials Introduce Ash Borer Parasite To Stem Boulder Infestation

An adult Tetrastichus wasp.
Credit Colorado Deptartment of Agriculture / APHIS

Agriculture officials are introducing stingless, parasitic wasps from Asia in an effort to control another non-native insect – the Emerald Ash Borer.

The tiny wasps (Tetrastichus Planipennisi) are a natural parasite of the invasive beetle, native to Asia,that has decimated the ash tree population across the U.S. EAB was found in the city of Boulder in 2013, the furthest west it has yet been found.

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A long time KUNC member, Patty is delighted to use her commitment to Colorado and extensive public media experience to grow KUNC’s major giving support. Her resume includes stops at classical KVOD in its commercial days, Rocky Mountain PBS, Colorado Public Radio and WRTI, a jazz and classical music public radio station in Philadelphia.

Patty grew up on Long Island and lives in Denver with her husband, Stephan. They love to travel, hike, attend concerts and volunteer in their community. They have a daughter Alexandra who is a DPS elementary school counselor.

9:32am

Tue September 30, 2014
Community

Embrace The Gut Churn With Radiolab's Jad Abumrad

Jad Abumrad is coming to Fort Collins & Boulder

8:53am

Tue September 30, 2014
Politics

Colorado GMO Labeling Opponents Draw Millions In Donations

This sugar beet, plucked from a field in rural Weld County, Colo., has been genetically modified to withstand herbicide applications. The sugar derived from this beet would be subject to Proposition 105 if it passes.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Each campaign finance filing in the fight over whether some foods in Colorado should sport a label about genetically modified ingredients shows an increasingly lopsided race. In a two week period in September the committee working to get the measure passed raised about $120,000. Those opposed raised $8.1 million.

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6:00am

Tue September 30, 2014
Emergency Preparedness

FEMA PrepareAthon Gets You Ready In Case Disaster Strikes

Eddie Codel Flickr-Creative Commons

If you were at work and a disaster occurred, would you know what to do? According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, most people do not. The agency says 70 percent of Americans haven't participated in an emergency drill or exercise, besides a fire drill, at their office, school or home for the past two years. Their study also states 50 percent of Americans don't have an adequate emergency plan.

Along with state and local officials, FEMA is hoping to change that during a National Day of Action.

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5:00am

Tue September 30, 2014
Climate Change

Colorado's Iconic Aspens Face Steep Decline From Climate Change

Aspens outside of Frisco, in Summit County, Colorado.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

In late September and early October, Coloradans swarm to the mountains, clutching cameras and phones, hoping to experience the magical transformation of aspens from green to gold.

A few decades from now, though, those glorious aspen stands are likely to be fewer, as global climate change shifts the places where aspen grow and thrive.

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Cory Turner edits and reports for the NPR Ed Team. He's led the team's coverage of the Common Core while also finding time for his passion: exploring how kids learn — in the classroom, on the playground, at home and everywhere else.

Before coming to NPR Ed, Cory was Senior Editor of All Things Considered. There he worked closely with the staff and hosts to make sure the right questions were asked of the right people at the right time. As the show's editor, Cory was its narrative custodian: story architect, correction czar, copy writer and polisher, guardian of the show's "voice," and the person by the phone when the hosts had an emergency question.

12:50pm

Mon September 29, 2014
Weather Nerding

Climate Change Unlikely To Have Caused 2013 Colorado Floods

A car on a flooded road in Boulder during the 2013 September floods.
Dan Greenwood KUNC

After the extreme rains of 2013 hit Colorado, scientists wanted to know if the intense weather event was linked to climate change. After a year's worth of research, they have concluded that the unusual rain event was not made more likely or worsened by human-caused climate change.

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8:36am

Mon September 29, 2014
Politics

In Colorado's Close Senate Race, Ad Funders Pay To Win, Not Push Policy

Udall - U.S. Senate | Gardner - U.S. House

Energy is a key political issue in the state of Colorado, although the campaign ads overwhelming the airwaves right now often gloss over the topic – even if energy interests are behind the ads.

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