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Colorado Edition: Staying Peaceful

Leigh Paterson
Protesters walk through downtown Denver, in the sixth night of demonstrations against the death of George Floyd.

Today on Colorado Edition: We get the latest on protests in Denver against police brutality, and the debate around deploying the military to the protests. And, we’ll learn about a new app helping families check in virtually on loved ones in long-term care facilities. Plus, we’ll hear the final part in a series on water investment in the West.

Denver Protests Continue

Even as more charges have been filed against the Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing of George Floyd, protests have continued across the country, including many cities in Colorado, with the largest and most intense being in Denver.

KUNC has been on the ground covering these protests a lot over the last week. Reporter Adam Rayes joins us to talk about what he’s been seeing and hearing.

Debate Over Military’s Role In Protests

As protests against police brutality enter their second week around Colorado, the military’s role is under scrutiny. Troops in combat gear have been visible at the protests, but who are they and what role are they playing? And should more troops be brought in? KUNC’s military reporter Michael de Yoanna joins us to sort through these issues, which have been debated furiously this week.

New App Helps Connect Individuals In Long-Term Care

Life is slowly returning to normal in Colorado. People can get their hair cut and restaurants are now reopening. But in-person visits to long-term and residential care facilities are still not allowed under the “safer-at-home” order. But as KUNC’s Stephanie Daniel reports, a new app is helping families check in virtually, to make sure their loved ones are getting the proper care they need.

Water Investment In The West

Water in the western U.S. is scarce, and relied upon by many users. Farmers, businesses and towns all want their share. That’s true too in Northern Nevada with the Humboldt River. The overused watershed is drawing the attention of private investors. In the final part of our series on water investment in the West, the Daniel Rothberg with the Nevada Independent has more.

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:

  • "The Consulate" by Holyoke

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.

Stories written by KUNC newsroom staff.