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Colorado Edition: Pressure In The Mountains

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U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Flaming Gorge Dam, on the Green River in Utah, pictured in 2013. U.S. water engineers announced this week they will be taking water from Flaming Gorge and two other Colorado River Basin reservoirs to bolster hydropower production at Lake Powell's Glen Canyon Dam.

Today on Colorado Edition: We hear how drought is pressuring the massive plumbing systems that divert water from the Colorado River to faraway communities. We also explore the results of a recent survey that asked 150 people experiencing homelessness in Denver to share their lived experiences and recommendations for more helpful policies. Plus, we learn how inflation across the country is impacting Coloradans, and we revisit a conversation with a record-breaking professional mountaineer.

Today’s guests include: Denver Homeless Out Loud’s Terese Howard; Dan Mika, a Fort Collins-based reporter with ETF.com; and Grace Staberg, professional mountaineer and athlete. Today’s show features reporting from: Alex Hager, a reporter with Aspen Public Radio.

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. Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny), Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Solomon (@raedear1). 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 the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

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.

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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