High Country News

West Obsessed: Borderlands

The borderlands are a long-misunderstood region of the country, wrapped up in rhetoric and myth. In this episode of West Obsessed, Tucson-based Associate Editor Maya Kapoor joins Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert and Deputy Editor-Digital Kate Schimel to discuss the realities of the border, the communities along it and their intertwined ecologies and economies.

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  • State patrol recording casts doubt on lawmaker's story
  • Bill at statehouse would help Coloradans pay surprise medical fees
  • Science symposium at Paonia High School examines air quality
  • CU professors and mentors team with local students

  • Lawmakers debate bill that prohibits salary discussion in job interviews
  • Western Slope Resource Reporting about Russian Olive Trees
  • Plan in place to remove invasive Russian Olive Trees outside Durango
  • Colorado Springs ranked second best city to live in across the country

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Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears and her gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen and Lance Swigart discuss spring gardening  and take calls from listeners.

Felix Belmont discusses the Delta County master plan with district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber.

  • Master Plan process continues, three open houses slated this week
  • Lawmakers debate bill that would give emergency aid to Colorado job seekers
  • Two science fairs at local high schools work with University of Colorado
  • Group collects unused food at baseball stadiums, gives it to homeless

  • Capitol Coverage discusses recent report on sexual harassment
  • Report estimates over 30 percent of workers at capitol witnessed harassment
  • KDNK interview with Congressman Scott Tipton
  • Tipton discusses omnibus budget, opioid crisis in Colorado

  • Naturita voters approve recreational marijuana
  • Mayor of Naturita talks about legal, illegal weed on the West End
  • Outside firm studies state capitol, suggests that sexual harassment is rampant
  • Delta County Administrator discusses new resolution, open meetings

  • Lawsuit against Delta Commissioners dropped, transparency improved
  • Congressman Tipton talks about Trump administration with KDNK
  • Colorado River Basin to be dry very early this year

  • Election results from around area
  • Hotchkiss has new mayor; Hotchkiss, Paonia elect women to majority on councils
  • Baumgardner survives vote to remove him, will stay in state Senate
  • Governor Hickenlooper signs broadband bill into law
  • State lawmakers consider removing labor protections from so-called gig employees

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Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears is joined by gardening guru Lance Swigart and "fair-weather worm" Lulu Volckhausen, just back from her winter of ski instructing, for a spring-time gardening discussion.


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