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West Obsessed: 2017 in Review

The past year has been one of huge changes for the West. The Trump administration has made huge strides in rolling back environmental regulations, while natural disasters across the region surged. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss what 2017 meant for the West.

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Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears chats with gardener Lance Swigart and special guest Frank Stonaker of Osito Orchard on Rogers Mesa outside of Hotchkiss. Frank is also involved with the newly-reopened CSU Extension Rogers Mesa Research Station.

Ali Lightfoot

The Old County Courthouse in Grand Junction was alive with activity and citizens exercising their First Amendment rights as they gathered for the 2nd Annual Western Colorado Women's March.   

  • Ongoing investigation of Paonia shooting
  • 4,000 participants show up for Western Colorado Women's March
  • Government officials warned by scientists, drought conditions around state

Theo, Aiya, Sky and Helena share creative stories, ideas, opinions and British accents from the 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

  • High Country News shifts some staff to Gunnison
  • Groups around the state create map to end hunger
  • Snowpack near 60 percent of median, lowest in 37 years

  • Colorado lawmaker brings loaded gun to DIA, no charges filed
  • Resignation of committee in Dept. of Interior displays conflict with Zinke
  • Snowmobile Awareness week kicks off, report from Crested Butte
  • Hotchkiss visits Paonia in basketball, boys pull off a shocking upset

  • New allegations against Representative Lebsock at state house
  • Tipton wants to move BLM headquarters to Grand Junction
  • Bill introduced that would fund Colorado energy office

The Four Portals (Kalia, Hannah, Trinity and Twyla) take us to strange and wonderful places in the stories they produced during the 2017 Fall Radio Camp. 


  • Representative Lebsock defends records, makes accusations in letter
  • Harassment claims cloud state legislature
  • Tipton talks jobs, opioid epidemic, and moving the BLM West

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Host Jill Spears and gardening guru Lance Swigart discuss winter gardening chores.


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