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Colorado Edition: Helping vulnerable populations after a wildfire; rural versus urban teaching during COVID

Smoke rises from Superior, Colorado, the morning of Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 as seen from Hwy 128 in Broomfield.
Broomfield Police Department
Smoke rises from Superior, Colorado, the morning of Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 as seen from Hwy 128 in Broomfield.

In the immediate aftermath of the Marshall Fire, many survivors were thankful to have escaped, oftentimes with kids and pets. Soon after, people from over 1,000 households learned that their homes had been completely destroyed. We check in with KUNC’s Leigh Paterson, who has been speaking with experts in the recovery of the Marshall Fire, about how sociodemographic factors impacted residents' ability to evacuate during the fire, and what led to the limited reach of Boulder County's emergency alert system.

Since students returned to classrooms in early January, there have been many changes to COVID policies in Colorado schools. Some districts have adjusted or dropped their mask requirements as more counties have done so. And with changes to rules around COVID testing, quarantines and sick time, it can be challenging for parents, teachers and staff to keep up with the latest. We speak with Ivory Jarman, an English language education kindergarten teacher at Samuels Elementary in Denver, and CarrieAnn Mathis, a career & technical education teacher at Middle Park High School in Granby.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny). KUNC interim news director Sean Corcoran 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.