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Colorado Edition: A Restaurant In Winter

A waitress wearing a mask stands outside black tents set up on the sidewalk in front of businesses and restaurants.
Matt Bloom
A waitress takes an order outside the Pourhouse Bar & Grill in Loveland. The state moved Larimer County to Level Red on the COVID-19 restriction dial on Nov. 20, 2020.

Today on Colorado Edition: We explore the impact of recent police reform efforts in the state, and what might be next on the horizon. We hear about how restaurants are trying to stay afloat amid COVID-19 health restrictions this winter, and how one small western Colorado community is finding a way to keep people dining comfortably outdoors. And we look at how traditional shopping malls, which had been struggling even before the pandemic, may have to find new ways to operate.

Today’s guests include: Denise Maes with ACLU of Colorado; and Dan Mika, reporter for BizWest. This episode features reporting from KUNC’s Rae Solomon, and Gavin Dahl of KVNF.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and Henry Zimmerman. We get production help from Rae Solomon and Adam Rayes. KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai.

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs.

Other music in this episode was provided by Blue Dot Sessions:

  • The Consulate
  • Horizon Liner
  • Villano

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, Monday through Thursday at 6:30 p.m., or Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.

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