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Colorado Edition: What's The Goal?

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Smog settles over the city of Denver.

Today on Colorado Edition: we'll learn about discussions about the impact of the oil and gas industry on air quality in Colorado. Plus, a look at school finance reform. We'll also get some advice about some of the best Colorado music to gift this year, and look back at our Capitol reporter's favorite projects from 2019. 

News of the Day: 

  • New Belgium Sale - Employees of New Belgium have approved the sale of the company to Lion Little World Beverages and its parent company, Kirin Holdings. New Belgium agreed to the sale in mid-November, but was waiting on a vote from employee owners. A New Belgium spokeswoman confirmed the vote to BizWest. The company expects to close the deal by the end of the year. 

Air Quality

An oil and gas rig in Weld County, Colo.
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An oil and gas rig in Weld County, Colo.

It’s been 10 months since Gov. Polis signed Senate Bill 181. The far-reaching law makes public health and safety a top priority when regulating Colorado’s powerful oil and gas industry. And this week, officials in Denver are deciding how it could help improve air quality. KUNC’s Matt Bloom has more. 

School Finance

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Capitol Coverage

Changes to Colorado's school finance formula could be on the horizon in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January. State lawmakers in the school finance committee met yesterday and presented a draft bill that could rework how schools around the state receive funding. Erica Meltzer, bureau chief at Chalkbeat Colorado, has been following this story.

Colorado Music Gift Guide

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If you are scrambling for the perfect, last-minute gift or if you haven’t given it any thought until just now, you’re in luck. This week we’re sharing recommendations for gifts from Colorado.

Today, it’s all about music from local artists and bands. For a little help, we turned to Benji McPhail from our sister station, The Colorado Sound

Scott Franz Reflects On Being A Capitol Reporter

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As 2019 comes to a close, we are looking back at some of KUNC’s reporting from the past year.  

Not all KUNC reporters are based out of our offices in Greeley. In fact, we are lucky to have a reporter based out of Colorado’s Capitol building, keeping an eye on state politics for us. That reporter is Scott Franz, and he joined us to tell us about his reporting in 2019. 

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.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman (@HWZimmerman), and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. 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.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.