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NEWS
5:52 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Roadside Fans Cheer USA Pro Challenge Cyclists Racing Stage 2

Cyclists racing down McClure Pass during Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge.
Credit Laura Palmisano

The second stage of the USA Pro Challenge bike race kicked off Tuesday morning. 

Over 120 top cyclists from around the world pedaled 105 miles from Aspen to Crested Butte. 

American Robin Carpenter won Stage 2 of the race. Boulder's own Alex Howes took second again. Howes now hold the yellow jersey as the race lead. 

About 50 race fans gathered on Highway 133 where it forks right to go up Kebler Pass or left to head up McClure Pass. 

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NEWS
11:19 am
Tue August 19, 2014

USA Pro Challenge Cyclists Race Across Colorado

The USA Pro Challenge started in Aspen on Monday.  Over 120 cyclists from around the world competed in a circuit race between Aspen and Snowmass. 

Colorado Public Radio talked to race announcer Phil Liggett.  He said the riders were worried about the opening day because aspen is already at altitude. 

"The guys who want to win this race…the race is over 7 days, a total of just over 800 miles in a week, it’s a tough week for them…but they know that a mistake on the first day and they may as well not bother with the rest of the week," Leggit told CPR. 

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HEALTH
10:17 am
Tue August 19, 2014

North Fork Keeps West Nile At Bay

Captured mosquitoes
Credit Jake Ryan

Chris Tschinkel is stuffing mosquitoes into small plastic test tubes. 

He’s the field operations manager for the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District.  It’s a very small organization that tries to keep the local mosquito population under control.  Their territory runs from Hotchkiss to Paonia and further up the valley. 

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ENTERTAINMENT
9:47 am
Tue August 19, 2014

A Native American Story That Leaves 'Feathers Or Leather' Cliches Behind

Chaske Spencer plays Virgil First Raise in the film adaptation of James Welch's Winter in the Blood.
KBD Photography Ranchwater Films

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 1:55 pm

The new film Winter in the Blood is based on a landmark of literature from the American West: a novel, published to critical acclaim in 1974, about a 30-something American Indian man living in Montana. It was written by Native American author James Welch, and adapted for the screen, for the first time, by two non-Native Americans — twins Alex and Andrew Smith.

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NEWS
6:09 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Europe's Latest Grass-Roots Movement: Cannabis Social Clubs

Eliane Detraz, a 42-year-old Swiss national member of the Sibaratas Med Can club, rolls a joint at the plantation of the association in Spain's Canary Islands in April 2013.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue August 19, 2014 11:46 am

Gabriela walks into a large, dimly lit apartment, goes to a counter, buys a bag of sativa and sits on the sofa with her friends, joint in hand, like in Amsterdam. Except this is not Amsterdam. This is Barcelona, and the open sale of marijuana is illegal.

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NEWS
5:21 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Colorado's Unemployment Rate Down, Labor Force Increases

Credit flickr.com/kylemay

Colorado's economy is doing better.

Numbers released Monday show the state's unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in July. The last time it was this low was Oct. 2008. 

The national unemployment rate for June was 6.2 percent. 

In Colorado nonfarm payroll jobs increased 5,500. Private sector jobs increased 6,000 while government jobs decreased 500. The state has had 33 consecutive months of payroll job gains.

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ENVIRONMENT
3:30 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Hunting and Fishing Gains Popularity With Women In Colorado, Nationwide

Mary Ann Gaston, 69, lines up with other women to practice archery at a two-day female-only shooting and fishing clinic held outside of Norwood, Colo.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Listen to the report.

Hunting and fishing are male dominated sports, but the number of women participating in these activities is on the rise. 

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NEWS
3:14 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Once-Dilapidated City Train Stations Enjoying A Renaissance

Denver's Union Station, which was remodeled to include restaurants, stores and a hotel, reopened last month.
Gary C. Caskey UPI/Landov

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 9:49 am

With its new restaurants and stores, Denver's recently reopened Union Station is bustling now. But five years ago, it would have been empty.

"If you would have come down here on a Saturday, there would have been no one in here," says Walter Isenberg, who runs Sage Hospitality, one of the main architects of Union Station's resurgence. "It would have been this vacant, desolate hall. Ceilings were peeling, kind of in some major disrepair."

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NEWS
9:42 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Beyond Braille: 3-D Printed Books For The Blind

Surf & Style European Championships 2013, Munich Airport Center.
Munich Airport

Originally published on Wed August 13, 2014 4:39 pm

This post is part of our Weekly Innovation series, in which we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share? Use this quick form.

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NEWS
6:17 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

A Funding Quandary: Who Should Pay to Save the Southwest Chief?

Amtrak's Southwest Chief pulls into the Raton, NM station in May.

Originally published on Mon August 11, 2014 3:02 pm

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is a long-distance passenger train that travels daily from Chicago to Los Angeles along the Mountain Route of the historic Santa Fe Trail.  Along the way, it knits together rural communities, like La Junta, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico and connects them to larger cities, like Albuquerque and Kansas City.  The route is at risk though.

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