9:04am

Sat June 14, 2014
marc on the blues

Yes, 'She’s So Unusual,' But Cyndi Lauper Can Sing The Blues

Cyndi Lauper and Allen Toussaint performing at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif., August 27, 2010.
rickh710 Flickr - Creative Commons

With the release of her 2010 album Memphis Blues, Cyndi Lauper put to rest once and for all her reputation as a novelty act. The first major sign most people got that Cyndi had far more to offer than “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” was “Time After Time.”

Ever since, more and more people figured out that she is a musical force to be reckoned with. Now it’s the turn of Blues fans.

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7:00am

Sat June 14, 2014
Business

For Small Business Friendliness, Fort Collins Tops Denver

Fort Collins received high rankings from small business owners.
Credit Aaron Olaf / Flickr - Creative Commons

Fort Collins and the rest of the Front Range are no strangers to ranking high in economic development. A new survey places the city as the second highest in the nation when it comes to hiring new workers. Colorado Springs also received high rankings, but Denver’s reputation is faltering.

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6:00am

Sat June 14, 2014
The Garden Report

To Repel Insect Pests, Consider These Plants

Studies show that catnip rivals Deet as a mosquito repellent.
Credit Claudia Daggett / Flickr - Creative Commons

Anywhere there is standing water, mosquitoes will thrive. While chemical repellents are big business, there is a natural alternative. The scent of several plant species help to keep mosquitoes away. 

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3:12pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Energy

As Special Election Looms, Loveland’s Fracking Moratorium Debate Heats Up

Grace Hood KUNC

Loveland voters will soon become the sixth Front Range community to weigh restrictions on hydraulic fracturing. The June 24, 2014 special election asks voters to decide whether to impose a two-year moratorium on fracking, the process of pumping sand, water and chemicals that are proprietary to oil companies into the ground to extract resources.

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9:57am

Fri June 13, 2014
Agriculture

Colorado's Class Of Hemp Farmers Could Blossom

Hemp plants tower overhead at Centennial Seeds, a hemp seed distributor in Lafayette, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

9:09am

Fri June 13, 2014
Politics

Hickenlooper Trying To Rally Support For Oil And Gas Compromise, Special Session

Governor Hickenlooper speaking in December, 2013.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

Governor John Hickenlooper’s office said he’s still in discussions about whether to call lawmakers back to the state capitol for a special session on oil and gas issues. The goal would be to pass a compromise bill and avoid a fight at the ballot box.

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5:00am

Fri June 13, 2014
Movies

'Maleficent's' Tale Is Far More Emotive, Ambitious Than Most

Courtesy of Disney

The title Maleficent may be beyond the vocabulary of the movie’s target audience, but whatever your age, don’t let that bother you. It’s a far better movie than most adaptations of fairy tales, and it makes a good attempt to rescue ancient folk material from the dominance of male characters.

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5:00am

Fri June 13, 2014
Agriculture

Drought Continues To Hammer Great Plains Wheat

Farmer Jim Haarberg of Imperial, Neb., compares the heads of wheat from two different stalks to demonstrate the stunting effects of drought.
Ariana Brocious Harvest Public Media

Much of the Midwest and the Plains have been battling drought for years. And the current winter wheat crop looks like it will be one of the worst in recent memory, stressing farmers in the heart of the Wheat Belt – from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.

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7:40am

Thu June 12, 2014
Arts & Life

Oh Heck Yeah Dazzles Denver With Massive Interactive Video Games

Oh Heck Yeah's Big Blue's Hood Slam. played on the massive 60'X25' screen at 14th and Champa in Denver.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

A bigger than life video game experience is taking shape in Denver, turning giant LED advertising screens into an interactive and immersive street arcade spanning two city blocks. It’s the hope of Oh Heck Yeah that the experience will unplug you from your smartphone and get you to play outside in the streets – just like back in the day.

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5:00am

Thu June 12, 2014
Energy

Colorado Keeps A Wary Eye As Crude Oil By Rail Shipments Rise

Workers in the midst of clean-up efforts at the site of a train derailment and crude oil spill located south of Greeley, Colo., May 12, 2014.
Grace Hood KUNC

From 2012 to 2013, the transport of crude oil by major freight railroads spiked, increasing nearly 75 percent according to the American Association of Railroads. Even though crude oil accounted for just over 1 percent of overall 2013 traffic, there’s growing public concern about spills and other hazards.

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