Colorado

5:00am

Tue June 17, 2014
Ask About Energy

Why Is There A Large Burning Flare At A Well Site?

A well operated by Synergy Resources Corporation, flaring in the early morning, June 13, 2014. The well site is on County Road 26 on the south side of Union Reservoir, outside of Longmont, Colo.
Jim Hill KUNC

As the oil and gas boom in Northern Colorado brings more development closer to the urban core, sights that are common on the plains or in rural development areas like North Dakota’s Bakken may come as a surprise.

For example, a large pillar of fire burning at an oil and gas well site.

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6:32am

Mon June 16, 2014
Mental Health

Now Considered 'Treatment Failure,' Colorado Moves Away From Seclusion, Restraint

Julie Reiskin, left, executive director of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, and Marlene Murillo, a Coalition executive assistant, advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.
Joe Mahoney Rocky Mountain PBS I-News

In 2010, a man named Troy Geske died at the Colorado Mental Health Institute of Pueblo after being wrestled by staff members onto a bed, where he was restrained with straps and left by himself, face down. He asphyxiated.

Geske’s death resulted in the state’s paying a $775,000 settlement to his family and a ban on the use of prone restraint in state hospitals. The tragedy also accelerated a concerted effort in Colorado to limit the use of seclusion and restraint for people receiving mental-health treatment.

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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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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
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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