Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 12:45 pm
Even after a full year of being able to purchase recreational marijuana, questions still remain for the state of Colorado. Is cannabis use dangerous? Should there be tighter labeling on pot edibles? Is easy access impacting middle and high school students?
Recent data compiled by the Department of Education and Rocky Mountain PBS I-News show incidents of student drug use in 2014 hitting a 10-year high, but state officials don't have a clear picture if the increased drug use and marijuana legalization are related.
Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 3:11 pm
When voters in four U.S. states — Colorado, Washington, Alaska and Oregon — approved recreational marijuana sales, part of the appeal was the promise of a new revenue source to buoy cash-strapped cities and states.
But tensions are growing in those four states over how the tax rewards from pot sales should be divided. Local governments want to get what they say is their share of pot tax revenue.
Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 3:20 pm
*We used data from the Census Bureau, which has two catch-all categories: "managers not elsewhere classified" and "salespersons not elsewhere classified." Because those categories are broad and vague to the point of meaninglessness, we excluded them from our map.
What's with all the truck drivers? Truck drivers dominate the map for a few reasons.
Driving a truck has been immune to two of the biggest trends affecting U.S. jobs: globalization and automation. A worker in China can't drive a truck in Ohio, and machines can't drive cars (yet).
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.
This week a bill that would extend protections to victims of alleged sex offenses cleared the state house. This is Rep. Millie Hamner, D-Dillon, the bill’s sponsor.
"A few years ago, I successfully carried legislation that protected victims of stalking," says Hamner, "that bill became known as Vonnie's Law. This bill, HB 1060, extends the protections we were able to put in place for victims of stalking, to victims of sexual assault.
Originally published on Tue February 3, 2015 11:10 pm
Governor John Hickenlooper spoke in support of Fort Carson Tuesday at a listening session in Colorado Springs. The forum comes as the Army looks to reduce its numbers of active-duty soldiers by at least 40,000.
The reductions could impact up to 16,000 personnel at Fort Carson. The listening session was one of 30 being held across Army bases aimed at providing input to the Pentagon before any decisions are made.
Governor Hickenlooper said Colorado has a long, proud history with the military, and provides training and support that is unique.
Last weekend was the Winter Celebration at Crawford State Park. It was a chance for the park to highlight the recreation available to winter enthusiasts. One of the events was an ice fishing seminar and demonstration. KVNF’s Jake Ryan was there.
The day started with a class led by Senior Ranger Scott Rist.
“Today we’re teaching people how to catch crappies through the ice, focusing on equipment, strategies, electronics, just everything that’s involved,” says Rist.
Originally published on Wed February 4, 2015 9:02 am
There's a PSA that greets you on the radio when you're driving the flat stretch of Colorado State Highway 113 near the Nebraska state line: "With marijuana legal under Colorado law, we've all got a few things to know. ... Once you get here, can't leave our state. Stick around, this place is pretty great."
Originally published on Mon February 2, 2015 6:26 am
The Fountain, Colo., Fire Department handles a lot of animal rescue calls. But in 11 years with the department, Fire Captain Rick Daniels says the call he got on Jan. 26 was "one of the more challenging animal rescue calls that I've had."
No one's exactly sure how or why, Daniels tells NPR, but two brown cows had wandered out over a frozen pond, and fallen through the half-foot of ice.
Someone driving by the pond called 911 and described seeing just the heads of two cows peeking out over the sheet of ice. The cows were up to their necks in frigid water.
The government may be changing the way they collect money from energy companies.
The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is maybe not as well known as the Bureau of Land Management or Fish and Wildlife Service, but the much smaller agency has a big job. They’re responsible for collecting royalties on government land. Patrick Etchart is a spokesperson with the ONRR.