KUNC's Colorado Edition

Monday-Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

The show explores the big stories of the day, bringing context and insight to issues that matter. And because life in Northern Colorado is a balance of work and play, we explore the lighter side of news, highlighting what makes this state such an incredible place to live.

Colorado Edition airs on KUNC Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., and is available as a podcast each afternoon, online and wherever you get your podcasts:

Stephanie Paige Ogburn / KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: what the coronavirus means for Colorado. Plus, what happens when a private prison closes. We'll also discuss census data on students in Colorado, and the history of the Colorado National Guard.

Courtesy of Colorado College

Last week Colorado College, a private liberal arts college in Colorado Springs, announced that it had reached carbon neutrality. They say they are the first institution of higher education in the Rocky Mountain region to do so.

Ian Johnson, Colorado College’s director of sustainability, joined KUNC’s Colorado Edition to discuss how the college did it, and what work is left to be done.

Stacy Nick / KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: We speak with one of the lawmakers hoping to repeal Colorado's death penalty. We also get the latest on U.S. Rep. Jason Crow's involvement in the impeachment trial. Plus, we explore Colorado College's carbon neutrality, the latest NEA survey about how people interact with the arts, and a Colorado-based reproductive rights group splitting from the national organization.

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Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll discuss misinformation in the news industry and on social media. Plus, why the Boulder City Council is keeping its severe weather shelter open longer. And, we’ll look back at nuclear testing, and a failed experiment in nuclear fracking.

Daniel Chehayl / Courtesy of the Ouray Ice Park

The 25th annual Ouray Ice Festival, a celebration of ice climbing, began on Thursday and runs through Sunday in Ouray, Colorado in the southwestern part of the state.  

Luke Runyon / KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: We look at firearm legislation that's up for debate in the legislature. We also explore the future of Lucky's Market after news it would be closing dozens of stores. In the presidential race, we check in on Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet's campaign in New Hampshire. Plus, a Colorado River fish could be down-listed from "endangered" to "threatened," and we get advice on surviving an avalanche.

Courtesy of Eva Bednar

Today on Colorado Edition: we’ll learn about a new bill that focuses on prescription drug prices. And, we’ll look at why Larimer County residents are questioning the future of prescribed burns. Plus, what lawmakers are trying to do about teacher shortages, and a look at a task force aimed at reforming behavioral health care in our state.

Luke Runyon / KUNC

Today on Colorado Edition: We visit with people near the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Denver's City Park. Plus, we explore what we can learn about the ski industry from the story of Granby Ranch. We also meet an ice farmer in Ouray, and discuss the future of the Colorado River with a pair of experts.

Scott Franz / Capitol Coverage

Today on Colorado Edition: we learn about the role Colorado Rep. Jason Crow will play in the Senate impeachment trial. Plus, we’ll look at a new office being created to help transition workers from coal jobs. We’ll also discuss the role of hospitals in helping secure a safe place for those recovering from illness. Finally, we look at the history of the Western Stock Show and talk to the show’s featured artist.

jimmy thomas / CC BY-SA 2.0

Last week, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association announced it will close Craig Station, one of Colorado’s largest coal-fired plants in Craig, and the nearby Colowyo mine by 2030. The power plant supports nearly 500 jobs in the area.  

It’s one of a few coal plants shuttering around the state, and the state is considering how to assist workers and communities when plants close.