Wed March 26, 2014

Colorado Is No Poster Child For Perfect Health

Colorado may be a mecca for outdoor activity, but the state still has room to improve when it comes to health
Tyler Hitchcock Creative Commons/Flickr

Coloradans famously enjoy a wealth of outdoor recreation opportunities, from hiking and biking to rafting, rock climbing, and skiing. Despite being healthier than almost every other state, Colorado still has room to improve – especially when it comes to children’s well-being.

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Wed March 26, 2014

Working Together, Firefighting Air Resources Train For Fire Season

A military helicopter practices a water drop near Chatfield Reservoir in Littleton Tuesday.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Flexing its firefighting air power, the Colorado National Guard and wildland firefighters are conducting aerial fire suppression training exercises at reservoirs across the Front Range. When preparing for the upcoming wildfire season nothing is being left to chance.

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Wed March 26, 2014

Retirement Could Bring A Wave Of Boomer Businesses To Market

Roy Hansen, left, has put his truck driving school on the market and is planning for retirement. “I turn 69 next month, and you know it’s just time to do it.”
Grace Hood KUNC

So-called “business brokers” match buyers and sellers for all kinds of small enterprises, everything from high-end hair salons to septic tank cleaning. For those in the business of selling businesses, 2014 is expected to be a big year across Colorado and the U.S.

When it comes to the recent boom, it’s, well, baby boomers who are mostly behind the uptick.

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Tue March 25, 2014

Flash Flood Risk High in Boulder, Larimer County From Spring Runoff

Snowpack levels around the state as of March 19, 2014.
Credit National Resources Conservation Service / U.S.D.A

A combination of higher than average snowpack and saturated ground from the September 2013 flood has raised the risk of spring runoff flooding in the Saint Vrain, and Boulder Creek, Big Thompson and the upper Cache La Poudre River drainages.

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Tue March 25, 2014

Gardner's Personhood Shift: Open-minded Or Political Expediency?

Lead in text: 
In another shake-up just as dramatic as his entrance into the Senate race, Rep. Cory Gardner in an interview with The Denver Post changed his position on 'personhood' measures. AP Reporter Nick Riccardi says this change reflects the "clout of Colorado's female voters."
Source: Ap
Gardner, once a stronger proponent of "personhood" measures, says he's changed his mind and accepts the argument of critics that such measures not only ban abortion but prohibit some forms of contraception.


Tue March 25, 2014
Transportation Policy

Bid To Save The Southwest Chief Winds Through The Statehouse

Amtrak's Southwest Chief makes a stop March 5, 2006. The rails that run through New Mexico into Colorado and Kansas need repair, without it the line could be rerouted through Texas and Oklahoma.
Sheila Thomson Flickr - Creative Commons

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line runs through the towns of Lamar, La Junta, and Trinidad - part of a longer passenger route stretching from Chicago to L.A. The rails are in need of major repairs and the upgrades are expected to be in the millions.

Part of a multistate effort, a measure is moving through the statehouse to try and find ways to finance the project and save the rail line.

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Mon March 24, 2014

'Seemed Like You Drove Through A Wall Of Snow'

Lead in text: 
Beyond the pictures and reports that many saw of the March 1 accident on I-25 Denver, there's the stories of the people in those 103 vehicles. The Denver Post has some of those emotional stories.
Source: Denverpost
Somewhere between the overpasses for Downing and Logan streets, as Doug Newkirk headed north on Interstate 25 in Denver, the weather swallowed his car — as it would 103 other vehicles along a roughly mile-and-a-half stretch. Newkirk found himself cast into a nightmare of spinning red taillights and utter helplessness, one part of a chain-reaction traffic accident unlike any that police investigators have seen.


Mon March 24, 2014

Drones: Coming Soon To A Farm Near You?

A remote-controlled quadcopter hovers over a Bloomington, Ill., parking lot, where Colby offered test flights of new unmanned vehicle models.
Credit Peter Gray / Harvest Public Media


Mon March 24, 2014

Poverty Is A Barrier To Well-Being For Colorado Children

Credit Vicki Watkins / Flickr - Creative Commons

In 2012, 224,000 Colorado children lived in poverty. That’s one out of every six in the state, according to the annual Kids Count report.

Colorado also has the eighth fastest growing child population in the country.

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Sun March 23, 2014
Parks & Rec

CDOT Releases Interactive App For Statewide Bike Routes

CDOT's new online Bicycle & Byways map, seen here on an iPhone.
Credit Jim Hill / KUNC

Spring is just around the corner and that means more Coloradans will be on their bicycles. Whether you plan to ride the mountains or on city streets, the Colorado Department of Transportation just made it easier to pick a route based on where you are headed.

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