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Colorado Edition: This Land Is Our Land

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Today on Colorado Edition: We explore where presidential candidates stand on public lands. We’ll also take a look at the state of business confidence in Colorado and we’ll learn about the effort to change the ever-complicated Gallagher amendment. We’ll also hear the third part of a series about gun owners fighting suicide.

Where Presidential Candidates Stand On Public Lands

According to the Bureau of Land Management, Colorado has more than 8 million acres of public lands. Grand Junction is now the location of the BLM’s headquarters. Paige Blankenbuehler recently reported on public lands and the presidential race for High Country News and she joined us to discuss.

Efforts To Change The Gallagher Amendment

Of the 11 ballot questions Colorado voters will decide in November, Amendment B is by far, the most complicated. It seeks to repeal one part of a 38-year-old law affecting how much residents must pay in property taxes. To break it all down, KUNC’s Scott Franz has more on the effort to change the Gallagher amendment.

“In Their Own Hands” Part Three

The Mountain West - which includes Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah - has suicide rates far above average and numbers are rising. In Utah though, there are some hopeful signs. For the Guns And America series “In Their Own Hands”, Heath Druzin has more for KUNC.

And a warning for our listeners: This story discusses suicide and it may not be appropriate for everyone. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.

Business Confidence In Colorado

The quarterly business confidence index is out from the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business and confidence is up from last quarter, but is just below a neutral outlook overall. Dan Mika reported on this for BizWest and he joined us to discuss what it means for Colorado. You can read Dan's reporting on the business confidence index 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:

  • “Ghost Byzantine” by Banana Cream
  • "All American Canal" by Holyoke

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman, and produced by Lily Tyson. The web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. 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.

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