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Wildlife officials are asking for the public's help to determine what caused thousands of fish to die in a northern Colorado river.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports Colorado Parks and Wildlife is asking if anyone noticed changes in water quality or fish behavior on the Poudre River between Sept. 19 and Sept. 21.

Nikhil Mankekar

The second Monday in October is recognized as Columbus Day, a holiday that celebrates the explorer “discovering” America and ushering in an era for Western European expansion.

For many Native Americans, Columbus Day has long been recognized as the “violent history of colonization,” and the subsequent European expansion that led to the systematic extermination of the Native American Culture.

White River National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service has partnered with the city of Glenwood Springs to offer a seasonal shuttle service and a year-round reservation system to a popular Colorado tourist destination.

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Robert Wideman adjusts his glasses and runs his hand through his gray hair. He's sitting at his desk in his Fort Collins home looking at a grainy, sound-less film.

"I've never seen this," Wideman said. "Never."

It's from March 4, 1973. That's the day that Wideman and dozens of other prisoners of war were released in Hanoi, North Vietnam. KUNC found the rare historical footage in reporting this story.

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The temperature is hovering right around 90 degrees the day Dale Ryden and I float down the Colorado River near Grand Junction, Colorado. The water looks so inviting, a cool reprieve from the heat, but if either of us jumped in we’d be electrocuted.

“It can actually probably be lethal to people if you get in there,” Ryden, a fish biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, says.

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Colorado's gubernatorial candidates didn't need to say a single word Friday night on the downtown Denver debate stage to start drawing a contrast with one another.

Democratic candidate Jared Polis walked onto the stage wearing blue tennis shoes, while Republican Walker Stapleton wore shiny black dress shoes.

The two men also clashed at the microphone when the cameras started rolling.

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Democrat Jared Polis and Republican Walker Stapleton faced off in an hour-long gubernatorial debate Oct. 5 in Denver, the first of many scheduled in the coming weeks leading up to the Nov. 6 midterm election.

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Dozens of advocacy groups from the U.S. and Latin America are asking the FBI to share information from a DNA database to help identify remains among thousands of migrants who have perished along the U.S.-Mexico border.

But U.S. officials said Friday they are hamstringed by a federal law limiting access to the database.

They pledged to continue talks on sharing forensic information and efforts to identify the missing during a field hearing Friday of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Boulder, Colorado.

Courtesy of Amanda Huner

Choir students at Rocky Mountain High School knew, when you were in Barbara Lueck’s class, you were with family.

“We called her ‘Mama Lu’ for a reason,” said Doug Usher, a 2000 Rocky graduate. “She was there for you inside and outside the classroom and you could go to her anytime with anything and she would be there, she would listen. She embodies that spirit of what we all want teachers to be.”

So when her former students found out the beloved choir director had cancer, they knew there was only one thing to do.

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The patriarch of the Denver Zoo’s giraffe herd has died. The zoo says it put Dikembe down Thursday.

For several years, zoo staff treated Dikembe for a host of health issues, and when he showed signs of declining health they decided to put him down.

Dikembe was 24 years old, and the zoo says that made him the oldest male giraffe in North America.

He fathered 17 offspring while at the Denver Zoo.

Dikembe will be remembered by zoo staff as a “gentle, charismatic and goofy” giraffe

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