On this week's Colorado Edition, a thorough look at some ballot initiatives you'll vote on in November, as well as a look at how gun issues are playing out in the 6th Congressional District Race. Also, how to make your own shoes. No, really. We go there.
First, we hear about a national gun violence prevention group that's running a $1.5 million ad campaign in Colorado's competitive 6th Congressional District, backing Democrat Jason Crow. It's more than they're spending on similar efforts in other states. The Republican incumbent, Rep. Mike Coffman, is, in turn, airing his own gun-focused ad. Leigh Paterson has more on the push to make guns an issue in the fall election.
Staying with the election, we talk about two more items on the ballot, both addressing funding for transportation projects. They both find a way to pay for road construction, but each one goes about it differently. Matt Bloom breaks down the differences between Propositions 109 and 110.
Another amendment on the November ballot focuses on hemp. Amendment X seems like a way to curb the thriving industry by removing it from the state's constitution, but as Esther Honig reports, supporters say it will keep the state competitive as federal laws may soon change.
After all that election coverage, we take a walk on the wild side. Or, at least take a look at what you can wear while you walk on the wild side. The Colorado Shoe School is opening in Bellvue, and Stacy Nick checked out what classes are on offer .
Finally, we KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, shares some rare and unusual films from the 15th annual Denver Indigenous Film and Arts Festival.
In the headlines:
· Boulder County's Building Safety and Inspection Services office will be closed on Tuesdays until further notice due to a dramatic increase in residents filing hail damage claims.
- Meow Wolf has unveiled the first stages of their effort to be a good neighbor to Denver, with a focus on the community, artists, environment and an inclusive economy. It includes a 90 percent ADA accessibility rate for their main building, priority hiring for local residents and a goal of 30 percent of its energy generated from renewable sources.
Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. Our outro is "Good Grief" by Ryan Little. Other music this week:
- Spinning Ratio - "Long Way Home"
- Forest Robots - "A Path Among the Woods"
- Broke for Free - "The Gold Lining"
- Doctor Turtle - "You're Right But I'm Me"
- Eddy - "Building Tension"
- Chad Crouch - "Wilson's Snipe"
This episode is hosted and produced by Karlie Huckels and managing editor Brian Larson. Digital editor Ashley Jefcoat handled the web. News director Catherine Welch and assistant news director Erin O'Toole contributed to this episode.
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