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HEALTH
6:00 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Flu Quarantine Ends At Mesa County Jail

Health officials say you can reduce the spread of the flu by covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, washing your hands, and staying home if you are sick.
Credit flickr/breatheindigital

Up to nine inmates with influenza at the Mesa County Jail were quarantined for a five-day period that ended earlier this week. 

Heather Benjamin, with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, says the ill men were placed in two separate pods, or sections, during that time. 

"Those two pods were quarantined in the sense that no new inmates were moved into those pods and no inmates were moved out," Benjamin says.

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NEWS
4:11 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

EPA Head: Climate Change An "Economic Issue" For Aspen

U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy stands near the Silver Queen Gondola in Aspen. On Thursday, she spoke about how action on climate change is critical to economies like Aspen that depend on snow.

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 4:44 pm

The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told a small crowd in Aspen Thursday that action on climate change is needed now. Administrator Gina McCarthy timed her visit with the Winter X Games, to reach a younger crowd.

McCarthy’s visit was in conjunction with Protect Our Winters, a climate change advocacy group led by snow sports athletes. Standing next to the ski gondola, McCarthy emphasized how action on climate change is critical to economies like Aspen’s.

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SPORTS
9:25 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Athletes: Let the X Games Begin!

Longtime snowboarder Shaun White speaks while decorated rider Kelly Clark (right) and young phenom Chloe Kim (left) listen.

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 11:14 pm

  The X Games have officially begun, with the Women’s Ski SuperPipe Final Wednesday night at Buttermilk. When it comes to new events, there will be a Special Olympics giant slalom race, as well as a gaming center where people attending the event can compete for prizes and their own X Games Medals. This weekend will also have a wider array of events for disabled athletes than in the past. Overall at least three Aspen-area hometown favorites will be gunning for gold. Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher was at a press conference with the athletes yesterday, and files this report.

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NEWS
8:07 am
Fri January 23, 2015

TSA Agents Discovered 2,212 Guns At Airport Checkpoints In 2014

TSA agents, like this one at Chicago's Midway International Airport, discovered more than 2,000 firearms at the nation's airports last year — the overwhelming majority of them loaded, according to new data.
Nam Y. Huh AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 2:08 pm

The Transportation Security Administration found more than 2,000 firearms at the nation's airports last year — the overwhelming majority of them loaded, the Department of Homeland Security said today.

TSA agents discovered 2,212 firearms — or a little more than six a day — in carry-on bags; 83 percent of them were loaded, the department said.

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POLITICS
8:06 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Senate Says Climate Change Real, But Not Really Our Fault

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., was the only senator to vote against an amendment calling climate change "real and not a hoax."
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 12:20 pm

Breathtakingly broad as its jurisdiction may be, the U.S. Senate does not usually vote on the validity of scientific theories.

This week, it did. And science won. The Senate voted that climate change is real, and not a hoax. The vote was 98-1.

The vote was about an amendment to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The near-unanimity of the climate change judgment was notable, because so many senators have cast doubt on ideas of "global warming."

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NEWS
6:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Colorado Ski Resorts Report Strong Early Season

A skier hitting the slopes in Colorado.
Credit flickr/zachd1_618

Last season a record 12.6 million skier visits were recorded by Colorado resorts. 

Jenn Rudolph is with Colorado Ski Country USA, an industry association that represents 21 ski resorts across the state. She says those resorts are reporting a strong early season. 

"From the beginning of the season which was on Oct. 17 through the end of December we saw the amount of skier visits [reported] was only about 1 percent off of last year’s early season skier visits," Rudolph says.

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NEWS
2:14 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Both Sides Sue Over Gunnison Sage Grouse

Gunnison Sage Grouse
Credit Flick user shellgame

Last November, the Forest Service listed the Gunnison Sage Grouse as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.  That doesn’t mean, though, that the fighting over this contentious bird is done.

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NEWS
12:15 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Settlement Puts Drilling Project On Hold In Gunnison Natl. Forest

Treetops in the Gunnison National Forest
Credit Flickr user diwineanddine

Last Friday saw two big developments concerning oil and gas development in the North Fork Valley.

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HEALTH
10:24 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Disneyland Measles Outbreak Hits 59 Cases And Counting

People who visited Disneyland in December were at risk of getting an unwelcome souvenir: the measles.
George Frey Landov

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 6:50 am

The measles outbreak that started at Disneyland and one other California theme park is expanding, with 59 confirmed cases in patients ranging in age from 7 months to 70 years. The California Department of Public Health has linked 42 of these cases to people who visited Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure Park.

Initially, cases were linked to people who visited the parks in mid-December, but health officials now say that other people with measles were at the parks in January while infectious and also have spread the disease.

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EDUCATION
9:50 am
Thu January 22, 2015

North Fork Charter Initiative Appeals To State Board Of Education

Cassandra Shenk, left, and Chelsea Bookout, with the Valley Charter Initiative, talk about the Waldorf inspired charter school they want to see open in Paonia during a public meeting at Paonia Elementary in December of 2014.
Credit KVNF / Laura Palmisano

A group that was denied charter recognition by the Delta County School Board is appealing to the state. 

The Valley Charter Initiative wants to open a Waldorf inspired public charter school in Paonia. 

In December, the Delta County School Board unanimously denied the groups request for charter recognition.

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POLITICS
4:36 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Republican Sen. Gardner Weighs In On Obama's Speech

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:40 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And for some reaction to the president's speech, we're joined now by Republican Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado. Good morning.

SENATOR CORY GARDNER: Good morning.

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POLITICS
12:06 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Gov. Hickenlooper's State of The State Address

Bellow is the full recording of the State of the State address given by Governor John Hickenlooper on January 15th. 

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ARTS
6:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Ridgway's Sherbino Theater Turns 100, Changes Ownership

The Sherbino Theater in Ridgeway turns 100 this year.
Sherbino Theater

This year the Sherbino Theater in Ridgway is celebrating its one-hundredth anniversary.

The theater is known for the musical acts and guest lecturers it brings to the Western Slope. 

A Tour Of The Historic Sherbino 

"The building was built by Louis Sherbino," Patrick O’Leary, the president of the Ridgway Chautauqua Society, says. "And he built the theater so that his son and daughter-in-law would have a place to play. His son was a fiddle player."

The Chautauqua Society now runs the theater. 

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POLITICS
4:30 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Breaking Down The Gov's State Of The State

Jim Hill KUNC

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:52 am

Governor John Hickenlooper has given his annual State of the State Address in front of a joint session of the General Assembly. What were some of the highlights of his annual report on Colorado's prospects? What should we expect in the year ahead?

We asked some of the reporters that work daily in the capitol building for their thoughts.

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NEWS
3:39 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Bill To Aid Rural Communities During Hard Times

In recent months multiple businesses have closed and shop spaces remain empty on the main drag in Paonia. The town is in Delta County, a place that's seen the boom-or-bust cycle of the coal industry.
Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A Colorado Senate bill introduced last week aims to help rural communities during times of economic crisis. 

SB15-036 seeks to give emergency assistance grants to rural communities during times of economic hardship. The bill is sponsored by freshman Senator Kerry Donovan who represents state Senate District 5. The district covers six counties on the Western Slope including Delta, Hinsdale and Gunnison. 

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ENVIRONMENT
2:38 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

A worker installs solar panels atop a government building in Lakewood, Colo. The industry has added more than 80,000 jobs since 2010, according to The Solar Foundation.
John Moore Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

The solar energy business is growing fast, thanks in part to a steep drop in panel prices.

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NEWS
2:38 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

After Aurora Shooting, A 'New Way Of Responding' To Mental Crises

Mental health therapist Shaundra Drysdale updates daily use numbers inside a crisis support services center in Greeley, Colo.
Grace Hood KUNC

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 5:32 pm

It's been two and a half years since the Aurora, Colo. theater shooting in which James Holmes allegedly killed 12 people at a screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

Jury selection for the 2012 incident is scheduled to start Tuesday. One of the reasons why it took so long to get to court was the battle over Holmes' psychiatric evaluations. After the shooting, Colorado legislators approved $20 million to change how people going through a mental health crisis can get help.

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POLITICS
11:27 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Hickenlooper On His Second Term, 'It Is A Pivot Point'

State of Colorado

Originally published on Fri January 16, 2015 12:49 pm

Governor John Hickenlooper gave his annual State of the State Address in front of a joint session of the General Assembly Thursday. In the speech the governor spoke of his upcoming policies, initiatives, budget proposals and some looming state challenges.

So what does it all mean for the year ahead?

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HEALTH
3:46 am
Sun January 18, 2015

One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

Biologist Rob Knight, co-founder of the American Gut Project, recently moved the project to the University of California, San Diego's School of Medicine.
Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 6:26 am

The rate of recent discoveries about the human microbiome has been dizzying. And Rob Knight wants to crank up the pace.

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NEWS
5:57 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

BLM Releases Statement For Drilling Near Paonia

A photo of the proposed drilling area
Credit Jim Ramey / Citizens for a Healthy Community

Friday saw the release of a document that’s been a long time in the making.

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