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KUNC's Colorado Edition: I'm Some Lumber(jack) And I'm OK

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On this week's Colorado Edition, a politician, a punk rocker, a preschool teacher and a lumberjack walk into a podcast.

For decades, the road to the governor's mansion has included a turn through Grand Junction to attend a debate at Club 20, a group that represents Western Slope counties. But because of a scheduling conflict, Democrat Jared Polis will be missing the event. Democratic leaders aren't happy about that. Michael de Yonna visited the western side of our state and spoke with Kyra Buckley about the fallout.

If you're looking for more future-governor news, check out our story on this election's historic spending.

At the beginning of the summer, we hosted our first Java with a Journalist event, where we sat down at a coffee shop and invited you, dear listener, to join us for a cup and share what's going on in your community. (Side note: We have another event coming up on Sept. 15 in Boulder.) Sarah Marsh heard our ongoing coverage of the state's teacher shortage and the role low salaries play in it. But she wanted us to know that this also affects another group of educators - preschool teachers. Stephanie Daniel investigated the issue .

The price of lumber is up and many American sawmills are booming (or something less explode-y and flammable). Rural communities are flourishing as well. Esther Honig explains that this success is because of a little-known trade dispute that wasn't started by President Trump.

Musicians carry a lot of equipment with them when they hit the road - instruments, speakers, microphones, to name a few. One of the more important things they need - and often overlook - is themselves. Stacy Nick dug into what a punk-rocker-turned-audiologist is doing to help musicians take care of their hearing .

In this week's film review, KUNC critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, takes us to a bookstore in a charming seaside village in England. It sounds ideal, but in "The Bookshop," the entire town seems to be against the idea .

In the headlines:

  • Some of the strongest consumer data protection laws go into effect in Colorado this weekend.
  • Colorado's 3-member public utilities commission gave their final approval to a proposed $2.5 billion investment in solar, wind and natural gas power in Colorado.
  • The Colorado River is experiencing one of its driest periods in the past 1,200 years.

Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. Our outro is "Good Grief" by Ryan Little. Other music this week:

  • "Dead From the Beginning Alive till the End" by Doctor Turtle
  • "Green-Winged Teal" by Chad Crouch
  • "Kiss the Sky" by Scott Holmes
  • "Transformations II" by David Hilowitz
  • "Confluence" by So Far as I Know

This episode is hosted and produced by Erin O'Toole and Karlie Huckels. Editors Ashley Jefcoat and Brian Larson contributed to our show. Ashley also manages digital.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a weekly look at the top stories from our newsroom. It's available every Friday on our website, as well as on  iTunes,  Google PlayStitcher or wherever (RSS)  you get your podcasts. You can hear it on the air every Sunday at 9 p.m. on KUNC.