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Colorado Edition

  • Some former and current Lamar High School students are openly critiquing the racially insensitive school culture and are calling for the school board to make a change. They’ve organized under the name “Lamar Proud,” and their work lends community support to longstanding efforts by Native American groups to rethink offensive mascots.
  • Today on Colorado Edition: We speak to an expert about how extremist groups gain traction and what can be done to help minimize the harm. Plus, we’ll get a picture of the mental health situation in Colorado in the new year. We’ll also learn more about legal challenges involving the rights of second home owners in Gunnison County, and get the latest on the state of the oil and gas industry.
  • Today on Colorado Edition: As state lawmakers return to the Capitol for the start of the 2021 session, we’ll explore how the pandemic, and last week’s violence at the U.S. Capitol, will impact opening day. We’ll also get a preview of education-related bills lawmakers are expected to take up in the coming year. We’ll learn how large wildfires may impact water supplies. And finally, we check in with folks in Colorado’s restaurant industry to hear how the recently relaxed pandemic restrictions have affected business.
  • Today on Colorado Edition: We also get the latest on vaccine rollout disparities across Colorado. Plus, we explore the challenges of bilingual contact tracing, speak with Colorado’s insurance commissioner, and learn why convalescent plasma isn’t the coronavirus miracle treatment some thought it could have been.
  • With the whirlwind that 2020 has been, more people than ever are going to national parks as a way to social distance and reconnect with nature. That can mean a lot of additional stress to those resources, including one that most people probably don’t think about.
  • Much of Colorado now has snow on the ground, so if you’re looking for a creative, outdoor, socially distanced activity, why not build a snowman? Steve Mercia, a competitive snow sculptor and founder of the Berthoud Snowfest, joined Colorado Edition to share some creative tips on leveling up your snowman game.
  • The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Colorado Monday morning. We look at the excitement surrounding their arrival, and the distribution challenges that lie ahead. We’ll hear how state officials are reconsidering plans to close the state’s three alternate care sites in January, and learn more about a new statewide effort to boost contact tracing capacity. We’ll also hear about Colorado’s nine electors casting their votes in the 2020 presidential election. And finally, we get some tips from a competitive snow sculptor about how to take your snowman to the next level.
  • As the spike in COVID-19 cases continues and businesses close, people are finding themselves out of work again. To survive, many are turning to the state's unemployment system for support. It’s a complex, messy system, not built for these unprecedented times and the unprecedented surge in demand. Tamara Chuang of the Colorado Sun tries to help readers navigate these hurdles each week through her “What's Working” column. She spoke with KUNC’s Colorado Edition about what's going on with the State Extended Benefits program.
  • Some public officials are pushing back against state restrictions, arguing that COVID-19 is not the only health concern facing their communities. Among them is Steve Johnson, a Larimer County commissioner.
  • Between the pandemic, wildfires and a record-breaking drought, it's been a long and difficult year for many of Colorado's farmers and ranchers. Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg spoke with KUNC's Erin O'Toole about how the state is working to help support Colorado’s producers through the pandemic and beyond.