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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Tue October 7, 2014

Oil And Gas Fuels Colorado's Hotel Construction Boom

Hotel developer David Amin stands in front of the future Homewood Inn and Suites in Greeley, Colo.
Grace Hood KUNC

Hotel construction across the U.S. has been on a tear in 2014. The number of rooms being built is up almost 50 percent compared to the previous year. In Colorado, the demand is partially fueled by the oil and gas boom along the state's eastern plains. But if history is any guide a bust usually follows a boom.

So how long can the building go on? What are developers doing to prepare for that change?

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Wed September 24, 2014
Oil and Gas

Colorado Water Watch Keeps A Close Eye On Oil And Gas Sites With Public Data

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Homeowners and landowners have long expressed concerns about how the fracking process impacts water quality. Colorado regulations require water testing with a half mile of where a well is drilled. The samples are taken before and after the activity.

But what happens if water quality changes over time?

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Sat August 9, 2014

Earthquakes Taper Off At Greeley Injection Well

A seismograph near a Greeley injection well in early June 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

A scientist monitoring earthquakes near a Weld County wastewater injection well said the tremors have decreased significantly in both number and intensity.

"Seismicity has been very low," since the well – which had been shut down for 20 days – was reopened, said Anne Sheehan, a geophysics professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

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