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Colorado Edition: Winter water forecast; Proposition 120; increase in SNAP benefits

A photo of a small stretch of the Yampa River, near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The photo shows the flowing river flanked on either side by autumnal trees and foliage.
Alex Hager
The Yampa River near Steamboat Springs, Colorado is just one of many in the Colorado River Basin feeling the sting of drought. As dry conditions leave streams and reservoirs in the region parched, forecasters say this winter is unlikely to provide significant relief.

After a hot, dry summer in the West, many are hoping for a wet winter, but even a few snowy months won’t be enough to mitigate the damage from more than two decades of drought. KUNC’s Alex Hager visited Steamboat Springs to learn more about what residents and climatologists are expecting in this winter’s forecast.

Election Day is next Tuesday, and in addition to a slew of various local races, Colorado voters are facing three statewide ballot questions. KUNC’s Scott Franz tells us why one of those questions, Proposition 120, is pitting conservatives, educators and state lawmakers against one another.

On Oct. 1, Coloradans participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, saw a 21% increase in their monthly benefits. Division director for food and energy for the Colorado Department of Human Services, Karla Maraccini, and social worker and SNAP recipient and advocate, Janelle Jenkins, tell us why this increase is so important.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). 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 iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m.

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.