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Colorado Edition: Moving Forward

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Kathryn Scott
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A vinyl skirting kit in boxes on the ground, seemingly ready for installation on a house in Lamplighter Village, a mobile-home park in Federal Heights.

Today on Colorado Edition: We'll hear about the latest in the development of the former site of Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins. Plus, how towns and nonprofits are helping mobile home residents across the state. We'll also discuss the disappearance of Jonelle Matthews from Greeley and the renewed interest in the case. And, we'll talk about youth climate action in advance of Friday's strike. 

Hughes Stadium

A draft plan for the proposed development at the former Hughes site in Fort Collins. Lennar submitted the draft in May of this year.
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Fort Collins city staff will present their zoning recommendations for the former Hughes Stadium site at a public hearing Thursday Evening. KUNC's Matt Bloom joins us to tell us about the history, and the future, of this site

Colorado State University Meeting

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Students gathered at the Colorado State University student government meeting on Wednesday night.

Students and community leaders from around the state gathered at Colorado State University on Wednesday night to show support for those protesting racism on campus.

The standing-room-only meeting of the student government followed a recent incident in which four students were shown on social media in blackface. Over several hours, many stepped up to the microphone to share their concerns. Students called for the university to be more proactive in addressing racism and to education people about it. And, sometime after midnight, the student government voted to pass several resolutions, including one focused on holding people accountable for hate speech.

In a statement, the university says they invite every member of the CSU community to email President Joyce McConnell directly with constructive and actionable ideas. 

Parked: Part 4

WestwoodMobile-home parks are under increasing pressure as redevelopment occurs near them, including this community about a half block from new housing built in the Westwood neighborhood of Denver.
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This week, we featured a series of conversations about mobile homes across the state. Today, in the final conversation about this statewide reporting collaboration led by The Colorado Sun, we're going to talk about solutions. 

Jennifer Brown, a writer for The Colorado Sun, joins us to tell us about what's ahead for mobile homes in Colorado, and how the state and nonprofits are looking to help residents. 

Investigating the Disappearance of Jonelle Matthews

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Mike Peters holds a photo of Jonelle Matthews in his home in Greeley.

Earlier in the summer, the remains of a long-missing 12-year-old girl were found in Weld County. Jonelle Matthews first disappeared in 1984, and the community has been wondering what happened ever since. Since the remains were found, there has been a renewed interest in the case. 

Erin Udell from The Coloradoan has been going into the past to learn more, and joins us to discuss what she's found

Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins

A new film called Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins traces the career of newspaper reporter and columnist Molly Ivins who died in 2007. For KUNC film critic Howie Movshovitz, who teaches film and television at CU Denver, the movie is fun, but it could be richer. 

Youth Climate Strike

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For the second time this year, kids from around the world are striking from school to demand action around climate change. Friday's walkout is ahead of a meeting of world leaders at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York. For KUNC, Ali Budner has more on a group of Colorado students who will be speaking out. 

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

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music this week by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • "Neil Takes Two" by  Studio J 

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital manager Ashley Jefcoat. News director Catherine Welch and managing editor Brian Larson contributed to this episode.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily news magazine taking an in-depth look at the issues and culture of Northern Colorado. It's available on our website, as well as on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC's air, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

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Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.