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Health Officials Work To Reduce Smoking Rates In Colorado

Smoking is still the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. In Colorado, it kills more people than HIV, illegal drug use, alcohol, motor vehicle accidents, suicide, and murder combined. It claims about 5,000 lives in the Centennial State every year. Despite this fact, state data shows nearly 16 percent of Colorado adults smoke.
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  • Mesa sheriff deputy passed away
  • Western Slope sees remarkably mild flu season
  • Snowfall brings possible flooding danger for spring
  • Farm subsidies in question
  • Statewide mandatory rabies vaccination under debate at state capital

After 41 days, the Oregon occupation is over: All four militants who remained at an occupied wildlife refuge have surrendered to the FBI.

Alyssa Pinkerton and Amy Deluca discuss their Paonia  production of Eve Ensler’s "The Good Body". The play explores women's body issues through two acts of monologues merging cross-cultural explorations with Eve’s own personal journey coming to terms with her “less-than-flat, post-forties stomach.” 

In the February 2016 edition of The Delta County Commissioners Report,  Felix Belmont speaks with district 1 commissioner Doug Atchley.

  •  Mesa County Sheriff Deputy Geer passes following shooting, 17-year-old charged 
  • Montrose County School District to reduce staff in order to balance budget
  • Delta School District asks the community for input
  • Lawmakers move forward with full-­day kindergarten proposal
  • Supreme Court puts carbon pollution limits on hold

Guest host Peggy Soup chats with gardening guru Lance Swigart about pruning.

  • Communities take DMEA up on LED streetlight replacement
  • Mesa County flood prevention project moves forward
  • Bill allowing hunters to wear pink advances at the state capitol
  • Planned Parenthood clinic In Colorado Springs set to reopen two months after deadly shootings
  • Obama's budget calls for spending on climate & clean energy  

The heart of the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan is now on hold, after the Supreme Court granted a stay request that blocks the EPA from moving ahead with rules that would lower carbon emissions from the nation's power plants.

The case is scheduled to be argued in June, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. But a decision could be long in coming, particularly if the case winds up in the Supreme Court — meaning that the rules' fate might not be determined before a new presidential administration comes into power in 2017.

Law enforcement officials would love to have a clear way to tell when a driver is too drugged to drive. But the decades of experience the country has in setting limits for alcohol have turned out to be rather useless so far because the mind-altering compound in cannabis, THC, dissolves in fat, whereas alcohol dissolves in water.

  • Mesa Sheriff’s Deputy shot, suspect under arrest
  • Former Western Slope doctor sentenced to prison for pain pill prescriptions
  • Report calls for big housing growth in Grand Valley
  • New website shows effects of drought on Colorado River Basin
  • A Capitol Conversation, focusing on the terminally ill  

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Sugar's Pick February 8, 2016

Richmond Fontaine / You Can't Go Back If There's Nothing To Go Back To / Fluff & Gravy: Reportedly the final release from Willy Vlautin and that band of huge talent, the lyrics are poignant, humorous, heavy.
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