7:00am

Wed September 10, 2014
Wind Power

Wyoming Has The Wind, But Powerlines Hinder Development

High Plains Wind Farm near McFadden, Wyoming on a breezy summer day.
Leigh Paterson Inside Energy

Wyoming wind is indeed legendary. The University of Wyoming's Wind Energy Research Center claims the state has the best land-based class 6 and 7 wind sites, a categorization based on wind speed and power generation. But according to the American Wind Energy Association, Wyoming ranks just 14th in installed wind capacity.

The proposed Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project could change that. In August, Wyoming issued the last necessary state permit, and if the wind farm gets federal approval, it will be the biggest in the country with 1,000 turbines that could generate up to 3,000 megawatts of energy.

For now this is all hypothetical, because the transmission capabilities that the Chokecherry project requires just don't exist.

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6:00am

Wed September 10, 2014
Suicide Prevention

As Colorado Makes Headway On Suicide Awareness, More Data Could Help

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth and young adults ages 10 to 34 in Colorado.
Credit Loren Kerns / Flickr - Creative Commons

5:00am

Wed September 10, 2014
Colorado Flood

Years Of Work Still To Come For Flood-Damaged Colorado Roads

The 2013 floods wiped out roads in narrow canyons, including U.S. 34, in Larimer County, and U.S. 36, in Boulder County.
Capt. Darin Overstreet U.S. Air National Guard

The massive September floods of 2013 tore houses from their foundations and washed away roads as if they were made of sand, not asphalt.

While the Colorado Department of Transportation was able to re-open all damaged roads before Dec. 1, 2013, those roads still need a lot more work before they will be able to withstand future floods.

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9:00am

Tue September 9, 2014
Agriculture

Monsanto Set To Settle GMO Wheat Cases

Genetically modified wheat has never been approved for farming, so nearly all of the wheat grown in the U.S. is a conventional variety.
Credit Brian McGuirk / Flickr

Monsanto has agreed to settle some of the lawsuits brought by U.S. farmers who allege they lost money when an Oregon field was discovered to have been contaminated with an experimental genetically modified strain of wheat.

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8:34am

Tue September 9, 2014
Energy

New Oil And Gas Commission Has Significant Industry And Government Representation

A drill site in Frederick abuts a residential neighborhood, August 2013. The growth of drilling near Front Range population centers has prompted bans and calls for more local control of drilling.
Jim Hill KUNC

Governor John Hickenlooper announced the 19 members of a task force whose goal is to address some of the recent controversy around energy development in the state.

The task force will examine land use issues and what role local governments have in regulating oil and gas activities within their boundaries. The creation of a task force is part of an agreement struck by the governor in order to avoid a citizen vote on oil and gas related ballot initiatives during the November 2014 election.  The governor and many others were concerned that passage of the ballot initiatives could have extremely negative consequences for the state.

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6:54am

Tue September 9, 2014
Colorado Flood

Add Housing Shortage To A List Of Challenges In Post-Flood Lyons

Lyons' Main Street shows few signs of flood damage one year post flood.
Grace Hood KUNC

One of the hardest hit areas following the 2013 flood was the small 2,000-person town of Lyons. Key pieces of the town's infrastructure like sewer, water and gas lines were severely damaged. Fast forward a year, the town is working off a list of 87 projects ranging from park and river bank repair to bridge rebuilding.

Another challenge is replacing housing lost to the flood.

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5:00am

Tue September 9, 2014
Education

Colorado Experiment To Move Beyond Grade Levels Taps Into Larger Ed Movement

Samuel Mann Flickr-Creative Commons

A few years ago, a school district in Colorado did away with grade levels – instead of being a kindergartner, a third grader, or a sixth grader, students began to be defined by how much they knew.  

Starting in the 2009-2010 school year, Adams County School District 50, a 21-school district serving 10,000 students in the Westminster area that had struggled academically, began implementing a system they called competency-based education. Students, regardless of their age or grade level, are now tested into levels in areas like math and literacy, and then learn at their own pace.

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8:31am

Mon September 8, 2014
Media

BBC 'Pop-Up' Seeks Colorado Stories For A Global Audience

Screencap of BBC Pop Up's tumblr page
bbcpopup.tumblr.com

Throughout the month of September, the BBC will have a temporary news bureau in Boulder called BBC Pop-Up. It’s a unique journalistic experiment – a mobile bureau that will visit six U.S. cities over the course of six months, gathering stories to report for the BBC’s worldwide audience.

They’re relying on crowdsourcing to determine what those stories should be.

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6:00am

Mon September 8, 2014
Energy

A Year Post-Flood, No Mandated Changes For Oil And Gas Operators

An oil and gas site near the St. Vrain Creek. Metal berms replace earthen ones.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

One of the more striking images during the September flood was of inundated oil and gas pads, washed out earthen berms and overturned storage tanks. In all, over 48,000 gallons of oil and condensate spilled.

While changes have been made in the industry to prepare for another flood, so far, they’re strictly voluntary.

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5:00am

Mon September 8, 2014
Food

Once Lost Colorado Orange Helps Seed State's New Fruit Economy

A wide variety of heirloom apples -- this group includes the Maiden Blush, Chenango Strawberry, and Duchess of Oldenburg -- are found in old orchards across Colorado, which was once a major apple producing state.
Adalyn Schuenemeyer Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project

The Colorado Orange is not an orange, in color or essence.

"It is an apple, with a unique texture and taste. It has a little bit of a citrus bite," said Paul Telck, one of the few people today to have tasted the apple – a yellow fruit with an occasional red blush, once thought to be extinct.

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