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Across the West, rural communities struggle with access to good health care. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss how some towns are finding innovative solutions to fill in the gaps.

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The National Parks have been called America's best idea. But 100 years into that idea, the edges are starting to fray. The National Parks face myriad challenges if they are going to make it to their next centennial, ranging from climate change, funding woes and even a lack of diversity in park visitation. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss those challenges and possible solutions.

In the Southwestern United States, thing seem to be looking up for a population of Mexican wolves. After years of struggle, their population has rebounded, reaching more than 100 for the first time in 2015. But trouble lurks for the wolves. They are dangerously inbred and in desperate need of new blood to recovery. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High County News discuss the future for these endangered wolves... and how mismanagement and turf wars isn't helping them.

Brooke Warren

West Obsessed is a new audio series, where the journalists of High Country News discuss the stories and issues that make the American West such an interesting, unique place.  In the latest episode, editors Brian Calvert and Tay Wiles discuss the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation in Oregon with photographer Brooke Warren, who spent a few days with the occupiers as they set up in the refuge.

  • GJPD: Officers struck by reckless driver
  • Suspicious device at Telluride gas station deemed safe
  • CSU study finds no evidence of dangerous oil, gas contaminants in water
  • Can small communities tackle global food security?

Coal In Decline

Nov 11, 2015
Coal
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A conversation with Elizabeth Shogren of High Country News about bankruptcy and mine closures. 

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Each year, thousands of tourists flock to Crested Butte, a mountain resort town on the Western Slope. This July, saw more people recreating in and around town than ever before. But, Crested Butte is small. So small there aren’t enough houses for the town’s low­-wage workers to rent. And, short-­term vacation rentals are gobbling up whatever housing is available, forcing workers out. 

When people go hiking these days, all kinds of gadgets can help guide their way. But historically, humans used something a lot more low-tech: a pile of rocks.

The piles, technically called cairns, have marked trails for millennia, but in recent years, these stones have become steeped in controversy.

To Beth Dinet, stacking stones provides "an overwhelming sense of peace, and connecting with onenness."

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The HCNU classroom program presents a live radio discussion, "When in (Mega?) Drought," April 8 at 6 p.m. Mountain time. We'll be broadcasting and live-streaming from our local radio station, KVNF, in Paonia, Colorado, with four experts on water, drought, agriculture and the climate.

CLICK HERE FOR ARCHIVED AUDIO STREAM AT HIGH COUNTRY NEWS

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Tonight at  six on KVNF, Paonia-based environmental magazine High Country News will host a live discussion on megadrought. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE STREAM AT 6 PM MDT.

KVNF's Laura Palmisano talks to High Country News Associate Editor Brian Calvert about the event. 

  Newscast

  • Colorado’s teen pregnancy rates improve
  • Montrose Winter Guard wins state championship
  • High Country News will host a mega-drought discussion at KVNF
  • Capitol Conversation discusses budget battle at state capitol

Headlines

  • MSHA Team Will Investigate Ouray Mine Accident
  • KDNK's Sounds of the High Country -  Marshall Swearingen on Repurposing a South Dakota Mine for Physics Research
  • State Senator Evie Hudak Resigns
  • Salvation Army in Grand Junction Feeds 700 on Thanksgiving
  • KVNF Sports Report

Former local resident Lisa Jones is featured on the current episode of the radio program  "First Voices Indigenous Radio" this week. Listen to the interview HERE.