Megan Verlee

Megan Verlee is a reporter with Colorado Public Radio.

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3:24am

Sat February 18, 2012
Fine Art

6 Miles Of Silver Ribbon: Locals Protest Christo

Originally published on Sat February 18, 2012 8:16 am

Artist Christo finances his projects by selling design drawings like this one, a preparatory sketch for the Over the River project on Colorado's Arkansas River.
Wolfgang Volz Copyright Christo 2007

Bighorn Sheep Canyon in Colorado holds a chuckling ribbon of water, with a highway running alongside. Artist Christo wants to drape sections of it — almost 6 miles' worth — with long, billowing panels of silvery fabric.

"The silver-color fabric panel will absorb the color," he says. "In the morning, it will become rosy, in the middle of the day, platinum, and [during] the sunset, the fabric will become golden."

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10:47am

Mon February 13, 2012
All Tech Considered

Braille Under Siege As Blind Turn To Smartphones

Originally published on Tue February 14, 2012 11:15 am

The National Federation of the Blind estimates that today only one in 10 blind people can read Braille. That's down dramatically from the 1900s.
Steve Mitchell AP

Like a lot of smartphone users, Rolando Terrazas, 19, uses his iPhone for email, text messages and finding a decent coffee shop. But Terrazas' phone also sometimes serves as his eyes: When he waves a bill under its camera, for instance, the phone tells him how much it's worth.

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1:39am

Wed January 18, 2012
Governing

Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 10:30 am

Scott Gessler gives a victory speech on Nov. 2, 2010, after being elected secretary of state in Colorado.
Jack Dempsey AP

In his first year as Colorado's secretary of state, Republican Scott Gessler has been sued eight times.

He has outraged Democrats by rewriting the state's campaign finance rules, tangled with counties over which voters they can send mail-in ballots to, and attracted national attention for participating in a fundraiser to pay off a campaign finance fine levied by his office.

"We've definitely shaken up the status quo, and I think that's happened a bit in some other states, too," he says.

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4:30am

Sun September 4, 2011
Around the Nation

Gator Wrestling: 'Not A Thinking Man's Sport'

Jay Young, owner of Colorado Gators, holds Peewee, his 11-year-old daughter's former pet. Colorado Gators offers classes on how to wrestle alligators.
Sean Post

Standing in a pool full of 2-foot-long alligators, Jay Young starts teaching a class on gator wrestling.

"He who hesitates gets bit. Don't think about it," says Young, owner of Colorado Gators. "Alligator wrestling is not a thinking man's sport."

It takes a certain kind of crazy to want to pay $100 to handle animals sensible people run away from. People do sign up, however, ready to try their hands at this most extreme of sports.

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6:00am

Thu August 4, 2011
Water

Thirsty Cities, Dry Farms: Part Two

Field revegetated by the Aurora Range Project.
Megan Verlee

For more than fifty years, Colorado’s farm land has been drying up. Not from drought, but to meet the thirst of growing cities.  Now farmers in one of the most threatened basins are trying a new approach -- one that keeps most of their lands growing crops but also supplies urban needs.  Colorado Public Radio’s Megan Verlee has the second of two reports on the movement of water from farms to cities.

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