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KUNC's Colorado Edition: Homes, Homes On The Front Range

Mountain bikers take a break along a trail in the Maxwell Natural Area just west of the Hughes property in Fort Collins.
Matt Bloom
Mountain bikers take a break along a trail in the Maxwell Natural Area in Fort Collins. Nearby, the former site of Hughes Stadium is the future site of a proposed 600- to 700-home neighborhood.

In this week's episode of Colorado Edition, we explore some of the growing pains facing communities along the northern Front Range and hear how a world-renowned landscape photographer helped shape the vision of the campus of the Air Force Academy. Plus, we meet up with a new women's empowerment group in Boulder that's all about smashing expectations — literally.

High-profile events like the Columbine or Parkland shootings — and the recent shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch — have many school districts taking a hard look at their security plans. But there's no definitive evidence as to what programs and technology work best. Guns and America's Adhiti Bandlamudi  has more on the big business of school security.

Depending on your budget, it can be hard to find a home in northern Colorado. That's the issue playing out right now in Greeley and Fort Collins. Hundreds of new homes could soon be built at the base of the foothills west of Fort Collins. But as Matt Bloom reports, some residents are speaking out because open space is on the line.
It's commencement season, and the U.S. Air Force Academy is holding its graduation ceremony on May 30 at Falcon Stadium. Something you may not have known about its campus is the role a world-reknowned landscape photographer and environmentalist played in bringing it to life. From KRCC in Colorado Springs, Abigail Beckman reports on how Ansel Adams helped shape the Air Force Academy.

Have you ever accidentally broken a plate or shattered a glass? Most of us have, and it's often followed with apologies or possibly some colorful language. But a new movement out of Boulder wants to reframe the idea of breaking things from regret to healing and power. Stacy Nick speaks with the founders and smashes some plates herself.

A new film from China, Long Day's Journey Into Night, is reportedly the biggest art house hit ever in that country. For KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU-Denver, the movie is like an ancient tale rewoven into the fabric of the 21st century.

In the headlines:

  • Zayd Atkinson, the black college student who was detained by police while picking up trash outside his apartment building in Boulder is planning to file a lawsuit over the incident, according to his attorney. The officer has since resigned but will be paid through February. Atkinson's lawyer says this punishment is inappropriate, but it will likely be months before the lawsuit is formally filed.
  • Gov. Jared Polis has been on a bill-signing marathon: he's signed a bill to fund full-day kindergarten, one that will create specialty license plates for women who have honorably served in the military, and a bill that aims to narrow the pay gap between men and women, among others.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our intro music is "Remember Me" by Colorado musician Kalatana. The midshow break is "Bling Bong" by Robbie Reverb. Other music this week by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • "Lamplist"
  • "The Cornice"
  • "Lights Out"
  • "Palms Down"
  • "El Tajo"

This episode was hosted and produced by assistant news director Erion O'Toole and Karlie Huckels. Digital editor Jackie Hai handled the web. Managing editor Brian Larson and news director Catherine Welch contributed to this episode.

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.