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Colorado Edition: Who's Listening?

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Protestors lie down on their stomachs during a demonstration outside the capitol in Denver on May 30.

Today on Colorado Edition: We get a first-hand look at the protests that took place in Denver over the weekend. We also hear about the challenges of getting back to work under new coronavirus guidance and we learn about a legal project aimed at helping Coloradans who can’t pay their rent during the pandemic. Plus, we’ll learn more about how Eagle County is encouraging second homeowners to return to the community.

Protests In Denver

Protests continued this weekend throughout our state, over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed on May 25, after an officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes. Since Floyd’s death, protests have sparked across the country, including in Fort Collins, Boulder and Denver. KUNC’s Adam Rayes was there covering the Denver protests on Sunday evening, and joined us to talk about what he saw.

Getting Back To Work

Restaurants have been among the hardest hit businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, under new state and local rules, they’re able to partially reopen to in-person dining. But as KUNC’s Matt Bloom found out, getting back to work has its own set of challenges. 

Eviction Protection

Gov. Jared Polis has extended the statewide moratorium on evictions through mid-June, giving renters in Colorado an extra two weeks of housing protections. But what happens after this moratorium expires? We spoke to Zach Neumann, founder of the COVID-19 Eviction Defense project, about evections and what resources are available to those who may be facing one.

 

Eagle County And Second Homeowners

When the coronavirus pandemic began in Colorado, mountain communities that attract tourists and second homeowners urged those who are not year-round residents to stay away. But now, some communities are changing their tune, and encouraging second homeowners to return. Jason Blevins has been reporting on this for the Colorado Sun and joined us to discuss. You can read Jason’s story here

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:

  • “Fifteen Street” by Little Rock
  • "Wingspan" by Bayou Birds
  • "Waterbourne" by Algea Fields

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., with a rebroadcast of the previous evening's show Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.