6:00am

Fri August 29, 2014
Agriculture

Above Colorado’s Fruited Plains, Local Food Faces Hurdles

Yampa Valley Farms sit about 20 miles outside Steamboat Springs.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Local food is no longer just a novelty. Farmers markets are growing nationwide and farms that sell directly to consumers brought in $1.3 billion in 2012, up eight percent from just five years earlier. Despite the demand, making local food work in some places is decidedly more difficult than others. Steamboat Springs is one of those places.

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5:00am

Fri August 29, 2014
Movies

Who You Gonna Call? 30 Years On, The Answer's Still 'Ghostbusters'

Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray and Harold Ramis in 'Ghostbusters.'
Courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Aside from the furniture in her apartment and the costumes and hair worn by actress Sigourney Weaver, Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters hasn’t aged much.

You have to wonder why.

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10:30am

Thu August 28, 2014
Colorado

Coloradans Love Their Politically Purple State

Coloradans love their state in part due to its great access to places like Rocky Mountain National Park, shown here.
Frank Kovalchek Flickr-Creative Commons

If you live in Colorado and also think it's a great place to call home, you're not alone.

A new Gallup Poll shows that Centennial state residents rank their home as one of the better states to live in, and most of them don't want to leave.

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7:49am

Thu August 28, 2014
Energy

Solar Sparks An Old Grid Debate: Centralized Or Decentralized?

On the left, Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb and on the right, George Westinghouse, entreprenuer and inventor of the air/steam brake.
Edison: Perry-Castañeda Library/UT-Austin / Westinghouse: Joseph G. Gessford-Library of Congress Public Domain

A rapidly increasing number of U.S. households are installing rooftop solar panels, and that’s foreshadowing a wider debate over the future role of our traditional electric grid. Ironically, it is a debate we’ve already had.

In the 1880s, heralded inventor Thomas Edison was locked in a bitter battle with engineer and entrepreneur George Westinghouse over how this new invention of electric power should spread across the country, a battle commonly known as The War of the Currents.

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6:28am

Thu August 28, 2014
Oil and Gas

3-0: Judge Strikes Lafayette's Voter-Approved Fracking Ban

Fracking pump trucks during a fracturing operation at a well pad site near Longmont, Colo.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

A Boulder district court judge struck down a 2013 voter-approved fracking ban in Lafayette. The move follows similar court rulings against Longmont and Fort Collins, where voters passed bans or moratoriums restricting hydraulic fracturing.

The lawsuit was initiated by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, which argued that a ban on fracking was effectively a ban on oil and gas development.

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7:24am

Wed August 27, 2014
Politics

Citizens Ballot Review Gets Test Drive With Colorado GMO Label Measure

An car decorated with an anti-GMO message at a rally in Washington, D.C.
Daniel Lobo Flickr-Creative Commons

Colorado voters will have extra help making up their minds about a ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods.

A new effort, the Colorado Citizens Initiative Review, will produce a voter guide on Proposition 105, a ballot measure that proposes labeling foods containing genetically modified ingredients. The review is a pilot project aimed at helping voters better understand complicated ballot measures.

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5:00am

Wed August 27, 2014
Energy

Utilities Balk As Customers Embrace Rooftop Solar

Employees with Namaste Solar install mounting brackets for a new rooftop system in Boulder, Colo.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

The cost of solar is falling rapidly – down 60 percent since 2011. These days, solar is not only good for the environment; it's becoming more of a smart financial move for households and communities.

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4:01pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Marijuana

Brush Businessman Keeps Defunct Prison Pot Grow Efforts Alive

Colorado's High Plains Correctional Facility sits just north of Brush, Colorado.
Grace Hood KUNC

Brush leaders have blocked efforts from a local entrepreneur to turn an old prison into a spot for researching and growing marijuana. But that's not stopping Nick Erker from pursuing another path for approval for his plan.

"In the privacy of the voting booth, I think we're going to get to see how people really feel about this," said the Brush-based owner of Colorado Farm Products.

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3:14pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Marijuana

Colorado's Marijuana Industry Faces Food Safety Test

Maka Kalaí, manager of Organic Alternatives, a recreational and medical marijuana store in Fort Collins, Colorado, holds up a card that tells the reader to "start low, go slow." when it comes to edibles, meaning eat a little bit and give it some time to kick in.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When Colorado legalized recreational marijuana use earlier in 2014, it also opened the door for food products infused with the drug to anyone over the age of 21. That means a whole set of bakers and food companies have to ensure new products aren’t contaminated with foodborne pathogens. And they have to make sure they’re falling into the hands of children or are too potent to eat.

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2:06pm

Tue August 26, 2014
Business

Lodging Numbers Show Colorado Not Just A Winter Playground

Resorts, like Copper Mountain, are courting summer vacationers with activites like biking, hiking, and boating.
Tripp Fay, Copper Mountain

Tourism is a multibillion dollar industry in Colorado. Mountain resort communities do a majority of their business during the winter months – but summer can be just as profitable. According to the Denver-based travel research firm Destimetrics, Colorado’s resorts are poised to have a banner 2014.

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