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Colorado Edition: Clean water access in tribal homes; trees in dry seasons; Latino health care in the West; Colorado bird migration

Tohajiilee signs
Alex Hager
Signs describe a pump providing safe water near town administration buildings in To'hajiilee. Although a new pipeline will soon deliver clean water to the community, asbestos pipes near homes will need costly replacements.

Across the nation, almost half of tribal homes don’t have steady access to clean drinking water. The Colorado River basin is home to many of those, where families depend on bottled water, trucked in from faraway cities. Even in the few communities that are seeing improvements, the road to getting clean water is lined with hurdles. KUNC’s Alex Hager brought us the story.

Recent weather along the Front Range has been abnormally warm and dry, which can be tough on trees and other landscaping. Given that the forecast calls for more unseasonably warm temperatures in the coming days, many plant experts say it's a good idea to your water trees, shrubs and lawns. For tips on keeping trees healthy, we spoke with Natalie McNeil, an ISA board-certified master arborist and district manager with Davey Tree Expert Company in Fort Collins.

Latinos have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. They’re also more likely than non-Hispanic whites to have diabetes, which puts them at even greater risk. But pandemic-related disruptions are making it harder than ever to access health care in states like Colorado and Nevada. Bert Johnson of the Mountain West News Bureau gave us an update.

Most migratory bird species we can see traveling across Colorado are well past peak migration for the year and have already settled into their winter homes. But, as chilly as that night air might be, a surprising number of species make their journeys late into the year. We listen back to a conversation with Colorado State University assistant professor Kyle Horton about bird movement across the state.

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.

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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.