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High Country News

West Obsessed: Ecocide

Climate chaos, mass extinction, and the potential collapse of civilization? In the episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News ask the question: How can we face grief in the age of ecocide?

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  • Committee to help new and young farmers holds its first meeting
  • Governor candidate Jared Polis visits Roaring Fork Valley
  • Community gardens at health centers in Colorado fill vital role

The western sky darkens, air temperatures drop, birds and animals become suddenly quiet.  Almost instantly, daylight is transformed into deep twilight, as Venus and the brighter stars appear.  Incredibly, where the Sun stood sits a black disk surrounded by a pearly white halo with delicate, spiky streamers extending outward in all directions.  You’re experiencing a total solar eclipse.

  • Democratic Party leaders talk health care in Colorado bus tour
  • Senator Michael Bennet introduces bill to help coal counties recover
  • Commerce City neighborhood in Denver the most polluted in country
  • Police initiate program to identify, crack down on drugged driving
  • Dance troupe in Carbondale sends unique letter to Congress

  • Coal industry hopes to expand West Elk Mine in Somerset
  • Methane collection in the North Fork a big issue
  • EPA under President Trump seeks to rollback regulations on coal
  • First industrial hemp business in Paonia approved by town council

Marilyn Stone

Host Jill Spears chats with gardening guru Lance Swigart, and our usual 3rd  crew member, Lulu Volckhausen, calls in from Glenwood Springs.

Calls from Darrell in Peach Valley, Duna in Norwood, Sue in Ridgway, Katie in Crawford.

Listener Marilyn Stone emailed us the picture shown here, with this question: "We have 2 nests of these bees or wasps near RxR ties that border the yard. They don't seem to be overly aggressive. I've never seen bees or wasps build this kind of nest before. Any ideas what they are? Are they beneficial?"

  • New law protects dogs and children left in hot cars
  • Residents encouraged to have a pet plan in case of wildfires
  • Parks and Wildlife urge residents to be bear aware
  • Bears looking to stock up on food as hibernation approaches

KVNF DJ Lauren Ziccardi speaks with members of Yonder Mountain String Band at the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

  • Mental health patients facing fewer and fewer options for treatment
  • Prison system in Colorado top provider of care for mental health patients
  • New commission tasked with establishing rail system on Front Range
  • Earthquakes in Oklahoma due to fracking wastewater storage

  • Capitol Coverage beat reporter Bente Birkeland in studio
  • Governor's race, transportation, rural/urban divide all issues facing lawmakers
  • 25th annual Olathe Sweet Corn Festival is tomorrow

  • Parks and Wildlife continues cutthroat restoration in Southwest CO
  • Annual smallmouth bass fishing contest at Ridgway a success
  • Free admission to 41 Colorado state parks on Monday
  • US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs welcomes diverse athletes

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