Desmond O'Boyle

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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. 

MattPowerPhotography.com / Courtesy of Aspen Skiing Company

Colorado, a long-time leader in the ski industry, may become home to the world’s largest ski resort companies after Aspen Skiing Company’s spring expansions.

Roberto Volterra / Flickr

In the past four years, the FBI’s Rocky Mountain Innocence Lost Task Force has fielded more than 2,100 tips. Those tips have led to 128 arrests for the trafficking or pimping of a child. Another 67 arrests were for sex assault cases and adults accused of soliciting child prostitutes.

Courtesy of CDOT / Colorado Department of Transportation

Texting  and driving. Posting to social media while behind the wheel. Driving within two hours of having a couple of drinks. Failing to put on  seatbelt.

These are examples of some of the worst habits of drivers, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. An annual survey shows the trends show no sign of improving in the assessment of Colorado residents’ attitudes and behaviors.

“The biggest thing that jumps out for us is how these behaviors remain consistent, unfortunately, year after year,” said Sam Cole, a spokesman for the department

Ryan Lockwood / Colorado Satte Forest Service

The Forests to Faucets partnership originally began in 2010 as a response to a series of wildfires, namely the 1996 Buffalo Creek and 2002 Hayman wildfires. Since its inception, the partnership’s goals have grown to not only reduce catastrophic wildfires, but to also restore forests impacted by reservoirs, erosion and beetle devastation.  On Monday, Feb 27, Forests to Faucets was granted a $33 million extension to continue its ongoing projects.

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Home sharing services have become very popular in Colorado, and local municipalities are paying attention. Between Feb. 20 – 24, more than 1,000 notices were mailed to Denver hosts for being in violation of a city ordinance. The ordinance, passed last June, require hosts to have short-term rental licenses and collect Denver’s 10.75 percent lodging tax.

Once hosts obtain a license, they must post it on their listing in order to avoid any fines. The license fee is $25, and the fines for failing to obtain a license can range from $150 to nearly $1,000.

Sean Coburn

In 2015, a storage facility near Los Angeles experienced a blowout. More than 10,000 tons of natural gas was released. . For responders, that created a problem. Natural gas is invisible and tracking just when the gas was dissipating and where it was going proved to be a challenge. The incident inspired a team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder to make that process easier.

Trent Bona Photography

Colorado’s 10th Special Forces Group based in Fort Carson has tapped a Colorado company to fit its soldiers with special skis.

Romp Skis, based out of Crested Butte, is  co-owned by two brothers, Caleb and Morgan Weinberg. They specialize in custom skis. But the ski they’ve designed for the soldiers is more of a tool than a toy.

Caleb Weinberg says the military had some very specific requirements to accommodate soldiers: Each soldier can weigh more than 200 pounds on their own and they carry 75-pound backpacks.

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In an effort to reduce drug addiction, Colorado will expand drop-off locations for the disposal of prescription drugs.

Data shows most people who abuse prescription drugs get them from a family member or friend, said Gregg Fabisiak, a coordinator with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

“We really believe that if people rid their homes of the medications that they no longer need, it’ll reduce the supply of those drugs that are obtained illicitly,” he said.

Jeremy Swanson / Colorado Ski Country USA

The big storm that blanketed Colorado with snow this week made for a rough commute for drivers. Now, it’s going to lure them to the mountains. And the timing of the storm wasn’t bad for Colorado’s ski country. It hit on a Wednesday afternoon, meaning that by the time the weekend hits, all that powdery, soft snow will be on the minds of skiers and snowboarders.

And that’s good news for resort owners. Up to 20 inches fell on the resort mountains along the Interstate 70 corridor. Mountains elsewhere reported at least another 6 inches.

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