4:30am

Mon June 23, 2014
Health

New Hepatitis C Drug's Cost A Steep Climb For Colorado

Screencap of the website for Sovaldi, a new drug to treat hepatitis C.
Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Starting in June, Colorado’s Medicaid agency will cover a breakthrough hepatitis C drug on a case-by-case basis, while it decides who will qualify for the potentially life-saving drug, and who will not.

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10:31am

Sun June 22, 2014
Refugees

Colorado Welcomes More Refugees As Numbers Swell Worldwide

Colorado is taking in more refugees as national numbers soar.
Credit United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees

With global conflicts on the rise, refugee numbers have catapulted to more than 50 million worldwide, making the number of displaced people from conflicts the highest seen since World War II. Colorado has a larger share of refugees than most states, with the majority coming from Bhutan and Myanmar.

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9:00am

Sat June 21, 2014
marc on the blues

Robben Ford is Very Much the Blues Renaissance Man

Miles Davis et Robben Ford in 1986 at Montreux Jazz Festival.
Jean Fortunet Wikimedia - Creative Commons

Robben Ford is primarily known as a very fine Blues guitarist, but his musical resume is more varied than a lot of people. Over the years he has worked with no less of luminaries than Charlie Musselwhite, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Tom Scott, George Harrison and Miles Davis. Oh my!

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6:00am

Sat June 21, 2014
The Garden Report

For Summer Solstice, Balance Garden Work With Relaxation

Mulch keeps the weeds down and holds in moisture.
Credit Christian Wilcox / Flickr - Creative Commons

There's always something to do in the garden. You can spend the longest day of the year weeding, digging, mowing and pruning. Or you can take time to relax and enjoy the flowers and fruits of your labor on the Summer Solstice.

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8:56am

Fri June 20, 2014
Politics

Will The 'War On Rural Colorado' Play At The Ballot Box?

A farm on the rolling plains of Yuma County, June, 2014.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

There’s often a divide between Colorado’s rural lawmakers and those representing larger communities along the urban Front Range. That dynamic was apparent during the 2014 legislative session with Republicans routinely blaming Democrats for waging what they said is a "war on rural Colorado."

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8:06am

Fri June 20, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Oil And Gas Team Additions Means More Wells Get Inspected

A drilling operation near Frederick, Colo., August, 2013.
Jim Hill KUNC

In 2012, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is responsible for keeping track of and inspecting the tens of thousands of oil wells in the state, had just 17 inspectors to examine over 47,000 active wells.

Now, the state has added 11 more inspectors, upping their capacity to where in 2013 they were able to inspect about half of the 53,000 active wells across the state.

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8:44am

Thu June 19, 2014
Environment

Parts Of Southeast Colorado Drier Than The Dust Bowl

Entrance to the town of Rocky Ford, which is experiencing a longer dry period longer than it did during the Dust Bowl.
Luke Runyon KUNC

Parts of Southeast Colorado are experiencing a longer period of drought than the dry times that occurred during the Dust Bowl.

According to Nolan Doesken, the state climatologist, the past three years and eight months have been the driest stretch ever recorded for some parts of the state, including Rocky Ford, La Junta and Ordway.

"It was drier than the worst consecutive drought period of the 30s and of the 50s," said Doesken.

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4:39am

Thu June 19, 2014
Agriculture

Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm

Blake Bohlender attended a three-day camp at Laughing Buck Farm near Fort Collins, Colo.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Farms aren't just for food any more. With the local food movement growing, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.

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5:00am

Wed June 18, 2014
Colorado History

Alan Berg 30 Years On: The Death Of 'The Man You Love To Hate'

The 1400 block of Adams Street in Denver, Colo., as it appears in 2014. In 1984, Alan Berg was gunned down in the driveway of his townhouse on this street.
Jim Hill KUNC

On the night of June 18, 1984, provocative radio talk show host Alan Berg was gunned down in front of his home in Denver, in a killing that sent shock waves across Colorado and the rest of the country. He had been targeted by members of a white supremacist, anti-Semitic militia group called The Order.

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5:00am

Wed June 18, 2014
Housing

Higher Rents May Turn Front Range Tenants Into Owners

A house for sale in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge, as seen in 2009
Bradley Gordon Flickr-Creative Commons

A Colorado Division of Housing 2014 first quarter report [.pdf] found that rents in many Front Range cities hit an all time high, with rents in the Loveland-Fort Collins metropolitan area jumping 17.2 percent from this time last year. Fort Collins average rent hit $1,183, and Denver's average rents are $1,073.

It turns out those high rental rates may also be affecting the local housing market, real estate agents say.

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