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Colorado Edition: Family legacies on rural lands; recidivism reduction

A calf sticks its head through the bars of a gate. A hand reaches in from the right to pet its nose.
Adam Rayes
In 2020, U.S. Department of Agriculture data showed Yuma had the second-largest total inventory of cattle in the state.

While small farming communities are — for the most part — only getting smaller, some young people are returning to the rural lands they once left behind. KUNC’s Adam Rayes talks to families who come from generations of Colorado farmers and explores the legacies of their lands.

Each year, more than 8,500 people are released from Colorado prisons, but nearly half go back behind bars within three years of release. The Colorado Sun’s Tatiana Flowers tells us about a new initiative from the Attorney General’s office to invest in reentry services and increase hiring rates for those recently released from prison.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy) and edited by Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny). Our production team includes 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.