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Colorado Edition: Legacy Of Discrimination In The Mountain West; Investigating The Air Pollution Control Division

Today, Dostal Alley is a casino and brew pub in Central City, Colorado.
Stephanie Daniel / KUNC
In the late 19th century, Chinese miners lived in the Dostal Alley section of Central City in Gilpin County, Colorado. Today, it is a casino and brew pub.

Sundown towns are communities that once prohibited or pushed out people of color or other marginalized groups from living within city limits. And while the practice began in the late 19th century, the legacy lives on today. As part of a new series from the Mountain West News Bureau, “After the Sun Goes Down,” KUNC’s Stephanie Daniel tells us about the lives of Chinese workers who flocked to Colorado in search of gold, and the discrimination they often faced.

Back in March, three employees of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment filed a formal whistleblower complaint, alleging that high-level leaders in the Air Pollution Control Division instructed them to ignore federal evaluation standards for some major polluters. We speak to Colorado Newsline reporter Chase Woodruff about his investigation of the inner-workings of APCD in his new four-part series, “Smokescreen.”

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. 

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Thursday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m. Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members

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.

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.