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Road closure
Matt Bloom / KUNC

Update at 1:43 p.m.

The Deer Creek Canyon Park fire in Jefferson County is 100% contained.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says area roads have been reopened to residents. Fire crews are still working the blaze and smoke is still visible.

Hickenlooper
Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0

Today on Colorado Edition: former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has announced the end of his presidential campaign. We talk about what's next for him, and all the money he raised during the race. Plus, despite marijuana's legal status in the state, the black market is still booming. Finally, we'll discuss how an ultra-marathon saved a mountain town. 

Hickenlooper
Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0

John Hickenlooper on Thursday ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he may run for the Senate in 2020 against a Republican considered one of the most politically vulnerable incumbents.

The former Colorado governor and Denver mayor made the announcement via YouTube video, where he's shown sitting on a sunny porch, thanking his supporters.

Dusty Daniels
Matt Bloom / KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: 66 motorcyclists and 10 bicyclists have died on Colorado's roads so far this year. We discuss tips for driving, motorcycling and cycling safely. Plus, we learn about the future of abandoned oil and gas wells in the state. At the same time, a long-abandoned plot of land along Highway 36 moves towards development. Finally, a high-security plant destroys the U.S. Army's chemical weapons in a race against the looming threat of climate change. 

Esther Honig / KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: two KUNC reporters reflect on their visit to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in Aurora. Plus, we look ahead at the storylines we'll be watching this school year. And, we'll learn about how climate change is affecting military bases around the world and here in Colorado. Finally, how one local wildlife center is getting creative with the way they help wild baby birds. 

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Colorado Edition is back, bringing you news from around the state. 

Today, we'll discuss a proposed development in Vail and how libraries can help news deserts. We'll also learn about tourism to Colorado, and take a tour of the State Capitol. 

Luke Runyon / KUNC

We've been away for a few weeks, putting together a brand new show. Rather than as a weekly podcast, Colorado Edition will come to you four days a week, Monday through Thursday.

We will launch first as a podcast-only show beginning Aug. 12. Then starting on Labor Day, Sept. 2, Colorado Edition will be broadcast on KUNC at 6:30 p.m., right after All Things Considered.

American bullfrog
Dyan Bone / Kaibab National Forest

Several northern Colorado communities are banding together to rid the region of American bullfrogs, an invasive species hurting the native population of northern leopard frogs.

The Longmont Times-Call reports Jefferson and Boulder counties, along with Longmont, Boulder and Fort Collins, are working with a Denver-based environmental consultant to come up with a plan to substantially decrease the population of the larger predatory bullfrogs.

Courtesy Dinosaur National Monument

This is the last regular weekly episode of Colorado Edition before we go on hiatus to revamp the show. But don't worry, we won't be gone for long — we launch a shiny, new version of Colorado Edition this September!

In this week's episode, there's a domestic war raging right now across the West — against a plant. But is it really the enemy? Plus, in Fort Collins, a therapy class for Parkinson's patients is replacing the boombox with a band, and we also take a listen to the music that nature provides.

The KUNC newsroom won a slate of awards this year, including a prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

KUNC reporter Michael de Yoanna won a national Murrow Award for investigative reporting for his story on a Denver landlord who refused to rent a space to restaurant owners who are Muslims.

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