Local Motion: Immigrant Rights and Resources in Colorado

Two Colorado organizations that provide resources and legal aid to immigrants weigh in on the humanitarian crisis on the border. We hear from Tom Acker from the Hispanic Affairs Project – a grassroots organization serving western Colorado and Cristian Solano-Córdova from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – a statewide organization advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.

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

Eric Whyte

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe operates a large farm and ranch on its lands in Southwestern Colorado. It grows crops like alfalfa and artisan corn, and over 600 head of cattle.   The tribe went through a long settlement process to obtain the water rights to operate this enterprise.  But just because they have the farm and rights to the water doesn't mean they can use as much as they want.  Austin Cope with KSJD and Western Slope Resources Reporting has this story.

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The gravel road that leads to the Ute Mountain Tribe and Ranch Enterprise winds through 11 miles of desert grass and dry brush. But 20 minutes' drive from the highway, as the road comes over the top of a hill, the desert landscape stops at the edge of a huge field of bright green alfalfa plants. More fields appear as you come closer to the farm.

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


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