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Colorado Edition: Open Trails Ahead

Matt Bloom

Today on Colorado Edition: We get the latest on Rocky Mountain National Park’s reopening. We also speak with Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold about mail-in voting and the upcoming election. Plus, we get an overview of the state’s economic outlook and explore the new normal for Colorado’s creative sector. And, we hear about a group of teens helping their peers recognize and cope with mental health issues.

Rocky Mountain National Park Reopens To The Public

On Wednesday morning, Rocky Mountain National Park began a phased re-opening. KUNC’s Matt Bloom travelled up through Estes Park to see what that looked like and joined us to talk about the reopening.

Mail-In Voting And The Upcoming Election

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a national debate about mail-in voting. Here in Colorado, that national debate might seem strange, as mail-in voting is such a staple in our elections, including the primary which is quickly approaching in June. Ahead of the printing and mailing of those June primary ballots, we spoke with Colorado's Secretary of State, Jena Griswold.

The Latest Economic Outlook For Colorado

Beginning Wednesday morning, restaurants around the state could reopen for dine-in service. This comes as other businesses, like retail shops and salons have been open for a few weeks, under strict guidelines. So, as Colorado businesses reopen, what does that mean for our state’s overall economy? Lucas High from BizWest joined us to break down the latest economic forecast.

Lending A Helping Hand With Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and as it comes to a close, some Coloradans continue to feel anxious or depressed due to the coronavirus. And this includes teenagers who might be uncomfortable asking for help. As KUNC’s Stephanie Daniel reports, a group of African American teens wants to help their peers recognize and cope with issues during this time.

Reopening The Arts

For the past three months, most arts events and venues have been canceled, closed or made virtual. But as salons and restaurants begin reopening, so too are movies, galleries and shows — just not like they did before. KUNC's Stacy Nick joined us to discuss what the new normal will look like for the creative sector.

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 in the show by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • “Plaque” by Darby
  • "Ghost Byzantine" by Banana Cream
  • "Towboat Theme" by Towboat

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 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.