Fri November 21, 2014
Train Noise

For Colorado's Rail Towns Muffling Train Horns Ain't Easy

A BNSF train lumbers southbound on Mason Street in downtown Fort Collins, Colo.
Grace Hood KUNC

Since 2005, the Federal Railroad Administration has required conductors to sound their horns for at least 15 seconds before all public rail crossings. Since then accidents and deaths have decreased 20 percent nationwide.

But with progress comes complaints — lots of them for the city of Fort Collins.

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Wed November 19, 2014

Watch Greeley Get Surrounded By 15,000 Oil Wells In 13 Years

A screen shot of the maps of oil wells from the Center for Western Priorities
Center for Western Priorities

We all know oil and gas drilling has taken off around the Front Range. Sometimes, though, it's hard to actually visualize that change.

A new set of animations created by the Center for Western Priorities shows how wells expand around the Front Range and other Colorado communities over the past 13 years.

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Mon November 17, 2014

Pop-Up Stores Bolster Colorado's Health Insurance Shopping Season

Grace Hood KUNC

A new open enrollment period started for the state's health insurance exchange Nov. 15, and with that comes changes to how Connect For Health Colorado is reaching out to potential customers.

In addition to applying for an insurance policy online, Coloradans can now choose between three pop-up stores in Denver, Commerce City and Greeley. In the coming weeks, brick and mortar stores selling health insurance will come to Colorado Springs, Lafayette, Pueblo, Thornton and Grand Junction.

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Fri October 24, 2014

In GOP Friendly Weld, Both Sides Working To Turn Out The Latino Vote

Cinthia Nevarez Ruiz (left) and Monica Martinez (right) canvas for Mi Familia Vota on the eastern edge of Greeley.
Grace Hood KUNC

In 2012, more than half of Colorado Latinos registered to vote, and 90 percent actually cast a ballot, according to data analyzed by Rocky Mountain PBS I-News. That makes this group highly sought after in several too-close-to-call 2014 political races.

Nowhere is this quest for turnout more evident than in Weld County, where an estimated 28 percent of the population identifies as Latino. While the county is solidly Republican, Latino voters sided heavily with the Democrats in 2012.

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Mon October 20, 2014

In GOP Stronghold Weld County, Udall Pushes To Get Out The Vote

Udall speaks to supporters on the University of Northern Colorado campus in Greeley on October 20, 2014.
Grace Hood KUNC

Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Udall swung through the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley to recruit volunteers and get voters fired up for Election Day. The county is well-known as a conservative stronghold expected to support Republican challenger Cory Gardner.

"We need you all to get out, get people into the neighborhoods, knocking on the doors, making the case," Udall told the small group, stressing that every vote counts.

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