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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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  • 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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Suze Smith

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

  • Capitol Conversation: first week of legislature, upcoming bills
  • Colorado teens finding service, volunteer options online
  • Parks and Wildlife to host trapping workshop in Montrose
  • Schoolhouse in Maher named Montrose County landmark

  • Tension at State Capitol after Trump's immigration remarks
  • School District 51 in Mesa County announces administration overhaul
  • Governor John Hickenlooper gives last state of the state address

  • Colorado legislative session opens, first day speeches
  • Cloud of sexual harassment hangs over State Capitol
  • Lawmakers face issues in transportation, health care, retirement
  • Paonia hosts Cedaredge in matchup of top two teams in 2A wrestling

  • Legislative session opens at state capitol underneath a cloud
  • Gunnison Sage Grouse gets help, large sanctuary designated near Norwood
  • 200 thousand Salvadorans among 13 other nations losing protected status
  • Study of South Platte River shows Colorado needlessly losing water


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