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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  • Hundreds expected at state capitol for 12th Annual Latino Advocacy Day
  • H2O Radio reports on need for new terms, dialogue about ongoing drought
  • San Miguel County jail faces overcrowding, stressed budget with impending trials

  • Interior Sec. Zinke urged to comply with sage grouse habitat protections
  • Bill allowing conceal carry without a permit passes in Senate, goes to House
  • Bill that would give Coloradans more tax cuts fails in the House
  • Parks and Wildlife funding bill goes to vote on full Senate floor
  • Preview of upcoming prep baseball season; Eagles ranked No. 1

  • Democratic caucus voters select Cary Kennedy as frontrunner for Governor
  • Delta County Planning Commission re-aligned by County Commissioners
  • Planning Commission members respond to criticism about under representation
  • Senate GOP insists crime must be committed to expel a member from chamber

  • Capitol Conversation discusses fallout from expulsion vote
  • Colorado lags behind other states providing food for needy
  • Parks and Wildlife announcements about two birds in state

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Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears welcomes gardening guru Lance Swigart back to the airwaves for a discussion about early spring chores and to take calls from listeners.

  • Grantham says Senate procedures not going to change after historic vote
  • Zombie Trailers in Naturita causing problems for town officials
  • Snowpack melting faster due to dust in snow

It was a dramatic and at times tearful day at Colorado’s Capitol as member after member of the House made statements for and against the removal of a fellow legislator. In the end, the chamber voted 52-9 to oust Rep. Steve Lebsock, who had been accused by five women of sexual harassment and retaliation. Those allegations were “more likely than not” to have occurred, an investigation concluded early this week.

  • Lebsock first lawmaker to be expelled from Capitol in over 100 years
  • Colorado mayors join nationwide movement to enforce Obama climate change effort
  • Colorado wildflower threatened by climate change
  • Update on water storage, snowpack levels
  • Royalties paid by oil and gas companies to taxpayers set to be lowered

  • Montrose school district to hold school safety meeting Monday night
  • Capitol Coverage previews possibly historic vote at state house
  • Lawmakers poised to expel colleague for first time in 102 years
  • Big game hunting license application period underway

  • Denver CoC seeks bill asking voters to raise taxes for transportation
  • Economies that rely upon winter sports having difficulty this year
  • Capitol Coverage feature about potential vote to oust Lebsock
  • Lawmaker stands to be first expelled from capitol in over a century


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