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Colorado Edition: Using And Losing

Nick Cote for KUNC/LightHawk
Legal uncertainty over the Colorado River is affecting which water rights are being included, and left off the 2020 abandonment list.

Today on Colorado Edition: We hear a story about tenants facing difficulty since the states’ eviction moratorium ended. Then, what police-worn body cameras can and can’t do for departments and the people they interact with in their communities. And we look at the ways people can lose their established water rights.

Evictions Resume In Colorado

Evictions are starting up again for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began. Tenant advocates say thousands of Coloradans could be at risk of losing their homes because unemployment is still high. Not surprisingly, local groups offering housing assistance are seeing a surge in requests for help. KUNC’s Matt Bloom reported on how this is affecting Colorado’s renters.

What Body-Worn Cameras Might Do To Policing

Body-worn cameras have long been a staple of police reform efforts. Activists, civil rights groups, politicians and law enforcement value the accountability they provide. A new law requires all Colorado departments to use them by 2023. But cameras have a wide range of uses, and as KUNC’s Adam Rayes found, some unclear impacts on police-community relations.

Four Black Scholars

The Mountain West News Bureau is taking a moment to listen to people of color across our region to share their perspectives on racial injustice and police violence. KUNC’s Rae Ellen Bichell spoke to four Black women from Colorado who are all scholars and activists. Their names are Rosemarie Allen, Janiece Mackey, Michaela Lee and Carolyn Love.

Water Rights And Who Might Lose Them

“Use it or lose it.” That saying is at the heart of how water is managed in the Western U.S. — laws that govern water incentivize users to always take their full share from rivers and streams, or risk states like Colorado taking it from them. KUNC’s Luke Runyon reported on the once-a-decade document that lists the people who could “lose it.”

The Impact Of Impact Investing

As social justice continues to be top of mind for people across our state and the country, it turns out that some investors are changing the way they invest to make more of a social impact. There’s a term for this — impact investing. Tamara Chuang, a reporter for the Colorado Sun, joined us to talk about it. She recently worked on an in-depth piece that explores impact investing further. You can read that 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.

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. We get production help from Rae Solomon.

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 iTunes , Google Play , Stitcher , 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.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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