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Mountain states have high rates of suicide and depression, possibly in part due to oxygen deprivation. The crew of a two-year mission inside this sealed experimental facility in Oracle, Arizona suffered declining oxygen levels comparable to climbing a 13,

Today on Colorado Edition: A year ago, Apple announced it would be bringing jobs to our reigion, but little is known about the work they’re doing here. We take a look at what we do know. We also learn about a program that aims to use employment as a way help people with mental illness. Plus, we offer book suggestions for holiday gift giving and look back on the year in reporting from our Mountain West News Bureau reporter, Rae Ellen Bichell.

Apple's Involvement In Colorado

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The Apple Store in Denver, Colorado.

A year ago today, Apple announced it would be adding hundreds of jobs in Boulder, but little else is known about the company’s status or plans for the area. Lucas High from BizWest has been looking into the mystery and joins us to share what we do know about the company’s involvement in our region.

Frontier House

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Clark Bacco has been a member of Frontier House, which is a clubhouse for people with a history of mental illness.

Most Colorado adults have a job. In fact, the state’s unemployment rate is below the national average. But there is a group that has trouble getting and keeping jobs in Colorado: people with mental illness. A decades-old state program is working to change that.

KUNC’s Stephanie Daniel reports.

Colorado Books Gift Guide

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We continue our Colorado Gift Guide today with a look at books. Renee Becher, events coordinator at Old Firehouse Books in Fort Collins, gave us some recommendations for books for all ages by Colorado-based authors.

Looking Back At 2019

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Mountain West News Bureau

We look back on the year in reporting with Rae Ellen Bichell, KUNC’s Mountain West News Bureau reporter, who discusses the responsibility of reporting on science.

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:

  • “UpUpUp And Over” by The Balloonist
  • "Careless Morning" by Glacier Quartet - Arabe
  • "Heartland Flyer" by The Balloonist
  • "Manele" by Cloud Harbor

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.