Desmond O'Boyle

Host

I was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. We didn’t have a television in our house as a family, and I grew up listening to Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk. I started working in college radio at KMSA hosting a heavy metal program when I was 18. After earning my Associates at Mesa State, I relocated to the Pacific Northwest, and continued my education at the University of Oregon. (Go Ducks!) I earned my B.S. in Journalism in 2011.

I started interning at KLCC in Eugene in 2011, and worked there for five years as a Weekend Edition / All Things Considered Host and reporter.  I chose to re-locate to Colorado June, 2016 to be closer to my family. I started at KUNC in September, 2016. It is my goal to deliver solid, objective journalism to the people of Northern Colorado through my local reporting and NPR.

I also enjoy camping, skiing, and disc golf. I’ve been playing the Great Highland Bagpipe since I was 12. 

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.

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There were a record number of flu hospitalizations in Colorado last year. More than 4,600 people were hospitalized due to the flu during the last flu season.

Several factors contributed to a spike in hospitalizations, one of which is the strain, said Dr. Rachel Herlihy, epidemiologist for the Colorado Department of Public Health.

"And last year the predominant strain was a virus called H3N2,” said Herlihy. “And that strain of influenza is really known to cause higher rates of hospitalization and more severe illness, particularly in older adults.”

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Colorado’s prison population is growing. Between 1980 and 2016, it increased by 661 percent. It’s projected to increase by another 38 percent by 2024 according to projections from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.

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The Trail Ridge Store in Rocky Mountain National Park is now a little greener. As of July, the high-elevation gift shop is fully powered by a new solar array.

Courtesy of Mental Health Matters Larimer County

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experience some form of mental illness and 20 percent of children between the ages of 13-18 live with a mental health condition. In Larimer County, 83 people died from suicide in 2016 according to the county coroner’s office.

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Since Colorado voters legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012, the state Department of Public Health and Environment has been studying pot use in youth and adults. According to the recently released 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, one in five youth use marijuana. But the state’s chief toxicologist, Matt Van Dyke, says teens think their peers are using pot a lot more than they actually are.

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#MeToo, a movement to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault, was started by civil rights activist Tarana Burke over a decade ago. Since its resurgence in fall 2017, national and regional headlines have been dominated by stories of accusers detailing allegations against bosses, colleagues and even lawmakers.

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There’s still a few weeks left in this year’s ski season, but for many ski and snowboard enthusiasts, it’s to start planning for next season. While early bird deals on season passes tempt winter riders, the upcoming season also offers a new option: the Ikon Pass.

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Bark beetle devastation has been an ongoing issue in Colorado's forests for years and remains a concern into 2018. The latest Colorado State Forest Service report says more than 200,000 acres of active infestations were observed in high-elevation spruce-fir forests in Colorado.

Courtesy of Warren Miller Archives

Ski icon, filmmaker and author Warren Miller passed away Wednesday, Jan. 24 at his home in Orcas Island, Washington.

Miller, a World War II veteran and prolific filmmaker, produced more than 500 films about skiing, surfing, sailing and other sports, and authored 11 books and about 1,200 columns. He was best known for his adventure ski films, which featured thrilling footage, all narrated in his own humorous style.

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