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Colorado Edition: Leading The Pack

Seven wolves walk across snowy ground, with a stand of bare trees in the background.
Douglas Smith
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National Park Service
A gray wolf pack photographed in 2011.

Today on Colorado Edition: We learn what’s next after Coloradans voted this year to reintroduce gray wolves to our state. We’ll also explore why it was such a close race. Plus, we’ll take a look at what environmental policy could look like under the incoming Biden-Harris administration. Lastly, we’ll hear about one man’s work to keep Estes Park online during the recent wildfires.

What’s Next After Voters Approve Grey Wolf Reintroduction

Coloradans have voted to pass Proposition 114 and reintroduce gray wolves in our state. Travis Duncan joined us to talk about what’s next now that the ballots have been counted. He is a communications specialist and public information officer for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Why Was Wolf Reintroduction A Close Race?

Coloradans voted to pass Proposition 114 to reintroduce gray wolves by a very narrow margin. The latest data from the Secretary of State’s office shows about 50.6% of the votes were in favor of the measure, and about 49.4% against, making this one of the last ballot measures to be called. So why was this issue so close? Rebecca Niemiec, assistant professor in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University, joined us to discuss the answer to that question.

A Look Ahead In The World Of Environmental Policy

Now that the dust has settled from the election, we’ll be looking ahead at what we can expect in the next few months and years, as a new administration takes office. Today, we spoke with Inside Climate News’ Mountain West reporter Judy Fahys about what we could expect in terms of the environment, energy and water.

Keeping Estes Park Plugged In

The two largest wildfires in our state’s history, Cameron Peak and East Troublesome, are coming closer to full containment. But we’re going to travel back in time to a few weeks ago, when the fires were threatening the town of Estes Park.

Tamara Chuang’s latest reporting for the Colorado Sun details how over a dozen agencies worked together over a weekend to keep the internet running. She joined us to tell us what happened.

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:

  • “When In The West” by Landsman Duets
  • "Cradle Rock" by Nursery

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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