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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A group of 20 state attorneys general — including Colorado’s — injected their support this week into an effort to pass legislation allowing banks to serve legal marijuana businesses without fear of federal retaliation.

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The proposal to raise entrance fees at 17 national parks is “horrendous” and “hugely stupid.”

Those are just two of the tens of thousands of comments recorded by the National Park Service in response to its recent idea to hike one-time entrance fees from $20 or $30 to $70.

“This is NOT Disneyland,” one Grand Junction resident wrote. “I know many families who would not be able to afford taking their kids to more than one park at this increase.”

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The Trump Administration has ended special protections for about 200,000 people from El Salvador living in the United States. They now have 18 months to figure out another way to remain in the country legally or face deportation.  

On Monday, Dec. 8, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced it would end the Temporary Protected Status, known as TPS, for people fleeing the small Central American country of six million in September 2019. The U.S. originally granted protections to Salvadorans following two earthquakes that roiled the country in 2001.

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The response in Colorado to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approach on marijuana enforcement was clear: no you don’t.

What wasn’t immediately clear, is whether marijuana businesses and consumers in the state will be protected in the long term from federal prosecution.

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Brad Inhulsen has been a real estate broker in Greeley for about 5 years. He says 2018 will be “the year” for homeowners to sell.

“We’re so skewed to the left, to the sellers’ market, that it’s not even funny right now,” he said
 

 

 

More than 77,000 new residents arrived in Colorado this year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. With the state’s unemployment rate sitting at 2.7 percent, many of the homes Inhulsen has listed along the Front Range are selling in less than one month, Inhulsen said.

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Ten years ago, Bill Conkling worked in quality assurance at Anheuser Busch where he tested batches of beer for a living. Now, he crushes Colorado-grown grapes into more than 12,000 bottles of wine each year.

In 2007 he saw an opportunity to produce wine in Northern Colorado, so he started Ten Bears Winery in Laporte during his spare time. After 8 years of promoting his wine at farmers markets and festivals, he grew the business into his full-time job.

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Speak now or forever pay more to enter the country’s most popular national parks.

Friday, Dec. 22 is the last day to submit a public comment on a proposal to increase entrance fees at 17 parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park. After that, the National Park Service will determine if - and by how much - it will ramp up the cost during parks’ peak seasons.

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Colorado’s job and population growth will slow for the third consecutive year in 2018, according to a University of Colorado economic outlook released Dec. 11.

Overall, the state is projected to add 47,100 jobs next year, an increase of 1.8 percent. That’s less than the 56,000 jobs added in 2017 and 57,000 added in 2016.

Colorado’s unemployment rate is also projected to remain one of the lowest in the country, hovering around 2.6 percent

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On a Sunday night in D.C., eager spectators braved the cold to get in line early for a potential seat inside the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Come Tuesday Dec. 5, the court would hear arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a case first amendment experts say has the potential to sap the strength of anti-discrimination laws. Colorado and 18 other states have granted some form of legal protection for sexual minorities. 

It all began in 2012, when two men walked into a local bakery in search of a wedding cake. 

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It all almost seems like a fluke to her now.

One night about a decade ago, Ashley Hausman Vaughters stumbled upon Little’s Wine and Spirits, a small liquor shop on the south side of Denver. At the time an unemployed NYU graduate student, she’d just faced a flurry of rejections from summer jobs in Colorado – including one from a takeout Indian Restaurant. The frustration sent her on a quest to drown her sorrows.

 

A glass of wine would do the trick, she remembers thinking.

 

 

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