8:44am

Thu July 17, 2014
Politics

New Ad Campaign Aims To Persuade Pols Conservation Matters

A view from the popular Indian Peaks wilderness area, outside Boulder.
Chad K Flickr-Creative Commons

Western voters have said they care about conservation and protection of public lands.

Now, an advertising campaign by the Denver-based group Center for Western Priorities aims to persuade elected officials – and those up for election – that land and water conservation is an issue that could affect their candidacy.

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5:00am

Thu July 17, 2014
Water Resources

Colorado's River Basin Users Discuss Statewide Water Plan

Colorado's Yampa River.
Colorado Water Trust

For the first time, water users from Colorado’s nine river basins are meeting to discuss their individual basin wide water plans. The users are presenting their assessments in Rangley, Colorado.

Their goal is to create a comprehensive statewide water plan.

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4:57pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Politics

Hickenlooper Nixes Special Session, Oil And Gas Battle Moves To The Ballot

Jim Hill KUNC

Governor John Hickenlooper has formally pulled the plug on the possibility of a special legislation session to consider stricter rules for the oil and gas industry. Hickenlooper said there weren't enough stakeholders on board for a bipartisan solution.

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12:00pm

Wed July 16, 2014
Health

In The Wake Of Fort Collins VA Scandal, American Legion Offers Help

American Legion is holding a week-long health clinic in Fort Collins to connect veterans with VA appointments and care.
Grace Hood

Just one of several events held across the country, the American Legion is visiting Fort Collins, working to assist veterans after the Veterans Affairs health care scandal. The VA outpatient clinic here was part of nationwide problems involving appointment wait times — which the VA has connected to 23 deaths.

At every visit the formula is the same: Day One is a town hall to collect comment. Day Two and going forward is a command crisis center to help vets reschedule appointments and follow-up on claims.

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9:57am

Wed July 16, 2014
Agriculture

Study: Controversial Feed Additive Zilmax Doesn't Affect Cattle Health

Colorado State University professor Temple Grandin has been an outspoken critic of the use of beta agonist Zilmax.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The feed additive Zilmax, which was pulled from the market after reports of lame and stressed cattle, does not harm an animal’s health, a university study found.

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6:00am

Wed July 16, 2014

5:00am

Wed July 16, 2014
Oil and Gas

Oil And Gas Glut Taxing The West's Pipeline Networks

The "pig trap" for a pipeline at a tank farm in Guernsey, Wyoming.
Stephanie Joyce Wyoming Public Media

In the first quarter of 2014, the United States surpassed both Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest oil producer. It already hit that mark for natural gas in late 2013. All of that oil and gas has to be transported from the fields where it’s drilled to refineries and processing plants.

Most of that is done by pipeline, but the nation’s pipeline infrastructure isn’t currently up to the task.

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3:58pm

Tue July 15, 2014
Air Quality

Research Flights Over Front Range Part Of A Bigger Air Quality Effort

Researcher Gabriele Pfister in front of the C-130 plane the National Center for Atmospheric Research will be using to measure air quality.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

When Front Range residents look to the skies for the next few weeks, they may see something unusual – a NASA P-3 airplane buzzing just a thousand feet above.

The plane is one of three research aircraft plying the skies, as scientists from NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research work to learn more about air pollution in Colorado.

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10:30am

Tue July 15, 2014
Music

Back For A Third Turn, Scenes From The Telluride Ride Festival

At times loud, at others rootsy and bluesy, The Ride Festival - now three years old - returned to the beautiful confines of Telluride's box canyon.
Jim Hill KUNC

It's never goes unsaid on stage: Telluride provides one of the best backdrops of any venue anywhere. Every band, whether it's their first trip or not, says it on stage. It happens with such frequency, one cynic in the crowd wondered aloud if there was a stage note telling them to say it.

Now in it's third year, there was a mix of what you could call Ride veterans and Telluride first-timers. All were there to wonder at the scenic beauty and deliver the music to match.

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5:00am

Tue July 15, 2014
Oil and Gas

Confusion Among Voters As Energy Ballot Initiative Deadline Looms

Jessica Cerise collects signatures for Coloradans for Safe and Clean Energy on the 16th Street Mall in Denver.
Grace Hood KUNC

Summer isn’t the only thing heating up Denver’s 16th Street Mall this July. Pedestrians and workers are seeing more activity as advocates gather signatures for energy-related ballot issues.

A few of these proposals restrict oil and gas drilling, while others support it. With their contradictory messages  – including sometimes inaccurate talking points from both sides – some Colorado voters say they are getting confused.

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