Matt Bloom

Reporter

Matt is a passionate journalist who loves nothing more than good reporting, music and comedy. At KUNC, he covers breaking news stories and the economy. He’s also reported for KPCC and KCRW in Los Angeles. As NPR’s National Desk intern in Culver City during the summer of 2015, he produced one of the first episodes of Embedded, the NPR podcast hosted by Kelly McEvers where reporters take a story from the headlines and “go deep.”

A true Hoosier, he graduated with degrees in Journalism and Spanish from Indiana University. He also executive produced the weekly podcast, American Student Radio, which still broadcasts every Sunday on WIUX 99.1 FM Pure Student Radio, winner of the IBS college award for “Best Large College/University Station.” Matt is a firm believer that everybody has an important story to tell.

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Courtesy of the City of Fort Collins.

When it opened in 1963, the Larimer County Landfill had plenty of room to hold most of the trash produced by the residents of Estes Park, Fort Collins and Loveland. Its annual input was 50,000 tons per year.

But last year, the landfill swallowed 350,000 tons of garbage.

By 2025, according to projections, it will balloon to 540,000 tons.

Colorado State University Police

Colorado State University Police have released body camera footage and a recording of a 911 call from an alleged racial profiling incident on campus earlier this week.

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[Updated May 4, 2018, 11:50 a.m] Colorado State University on Friday invited the Gray family back to campus for a VIP, all expenses-paid tour to make up for the incident, according to a series of tweets from the school’s twitter account. The family has not responded to the offer.

Original story continues below. 

Colorado State University officials are investigating an alleged case of racial profiling that took place on campus earlier this week.

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A woman with electric blonde hair and floral print pants floated among the six dancing couples, stopping only to correct a step or give praise.

“Step! Step together, step! Step! Step together, step!” she yelled over the Diana Krall song coming from a stereo in the corner of the room. “So, scoot a little instead of marching, ok?!”

The floorboards in the basement of the Masonic Temple in Fort Collins creaked beneath Sandy Newlin’s feet as she came to a stop.

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Underneath a blue sign reading “I will vote” in bold white print, 17-year-old Carlos “Carlitos” Rodriguez addressed a crowd in Littleton, Colorado about life since a former student shot and killed 17 of his peers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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As he walked through the front door of his new 14,000 square foot lab in Wellington, Emek Blair couldn’t help but remember the Craigslist chair.

In 2015, he and the staff of his nutritional supplement company, Valimenta, were moving into the business’ first office space in Fort Collins. The group was dealing with the onslaught of challenges most startups undergo: Money was tight, space was limited and they needed office supplies.

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The National Park Service is raising entrance fees at more than a hundred of its parks starting as soon as April 15 this year — but not by as much as previously proposed. The increases come after the NPS received more than 100,000 public comments, many critical, on potential fee increases.

Screenshot of a map from choosecolorado.com

126 low-income urban and rural zones in Colorado, coined “Opportunity Zones,” are now eligible for a new federal tax incentive created by last fall’s GOP tax overhaul.

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When asked what they thought the defining issue facing Colorado is, the panel of seven candidates at Monday night’s gubernatorial debate in Greeley couldn’t pick just one.

“The most important thing the next governor has to do is to build a coalition statewide to go to the ballot and repeal the worst parts of TABOR to build schools,” Mike Johnston, a Democrat, said to the crowd of 100 people in UNC’s University Center Grand Ballroom.

Fellow Democrat Erik Underwood echoed Johnston’s concerns, but was quick to call him a “Johnny-come-lately” on repealing TABOR.  

Courtesy The Green Solution

Thirteen applicants are are seeking to be one of Longmont’s first recreational marijuana dispensaries. All have cleared the hurdle of getting a license from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division, but that’s no guarantee they’ll soon be in business.

Longmont’s officials say they will approve just four of the applicants.

 

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