KUNC's Colorado Edition: One Fish, Two Fish, Recovering Fish, Invasive Fish

Oct 19, 2018

That version of the book didn't do too well. On this week's Colorado Edition: the personal battles over Proposition 112, closing the "millionaire loophole" for Colorado's politicians, and a look at the recovery of some cute/not cute fish on the Colorado River.

First, we take a look at two voters who stand on different sides of Proposition 112, the contentious measure that would increase setbacks - or the distance between homes and new oil and gas development - to 2,500 feet. One of the voters owns a contracting business he fears 112 could put in jeopardy, while the other owns a home very close to a well pad and worries about the effects that has on her family. Matt Bloom has their stories.

Control of the state Senate is up for grabs in November. To flip the Senate, Democrats must win four of five battleground seats. Republicans need to only win two to maintain control. Desmond O'Boyle spoke with Robert Duffy, a professor in Colorado State University's political science department, about what's at stake.

Then another look at another amendment on this fall's ballot (it's a really long one this year, guys). In 2002, Colorado voters supported sweeping changes to state campaign finance laws. The goal was to reign in the influence of money in elections. The governor's race this year - and its wealthy candidates - have inspired an idea for another fix on the ballot: Amendment 75. But as Michael de Yoanna reports, some fear it will do the opposite of what supporters say.

And now for something different: Fish in the Colorado River have evolved over millions of years to withstand hard conditions. The rushing, turbid water sculpted their bodies, making them well-equipped to handle its highs and lows. But human interference has caused a few species to nearly go extinct. Luke Runyon has more on the decades-long effort to boost their populations.

It's been almost fifty years since Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. No one has made a film about that stunning event until now. But for KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, the film itself is less than stunning.

In the headlines:

  • Ballots are on their way to mailboxes. If you haven't already gotten yours, expect it soon.
  • A new study out from the University of Colorado Boulder confirms that the state's economy is in pretty good shape.
  • Have you seen the viral video featuring Rocky Mountain High School alumni singing "Seasons of Love" for their choir director as she undergoes treatment for cancer? No? Fix thyself.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members . Thank you!

Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. Our outro is "Good Grief" by Ryan Little. Other music this week:

  • Blue Dot Sessions - "Strange Dog Walk"
  • Chad Crouch - "Wilson's Snipe"
  • Monplaisir - "This is Not a Joke"
  • Robbie Reverb - "Bling Bong"
  • Fog Lake - "Oak Island"
  • Doctor Turtle - "Dead From the Beginning Alive till the end"
  • Forest Robots - "By The Stillness of the Lake"

This episode was hosted and produced by assistant news director Erin O'Toole and Karlie Huckels. Digital editor Ashley Jefcoat handled the web. News director Catherine Welch and managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a weekly look at the top stories from our newsroom. It's available every Friday on our website, as well as on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher or wherever (RSS) you get your podcasts. You can hear it on the air every Sunday at 9 p.m. on KUNC.