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In the fall of 2017, four 7th grade girls from Ridgway formed a group with the goal of banning single-use plastic bags in their hometown. More than a year later, the Ridgway Town Council banned plastic bags. KVNF’s Ali Lightfoot spoke with the young activists about their efforts. The report was produced as part of the Western Slope Resources Reporting Project.

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State lawmakers are weighing in on Gov. Jared Polis’ budget proposal. Among other priorities, he’s seeking $227 million for full-day kindergarten. KDNK's Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz has more.

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Gov. Jared Polis presented his budget request to state lawmakers Wednesday.
The biggest ask is for his top priority, free full-day kindergarten throughout Colorado, estimated to cost about $227 million. Colorado Public Radio's Bente Birkeland reports for KDNK.

KDNK is starting a new show about books and authors. Get Lit can be heard on the second Monday of each month. It's hosted by KDNK Development Director Erin Galbreath and DJ April Spaulding. On the first installment, Erin and April make cocktails and talk about The Girl With All the Gifts, by M.R. Carey. It's a science-fiction novel published in June 2014 and written alongside the screenplay for the 2016 film of the same name. The book tells the story of a dystopian future where most of humanity has been wiped out by a fungal infection.

Gov. Jared Polis wants to leverage Colorado's stronger than expected revenue projections to pay for full-day kindergarten next school year.

He's asking lawmakers to approve $227 million in the budget for the kindergarten classes.

Polis says the spending will allow 30,000 families to stop paying tuition.

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Here’s your community calendar for Wednesday, January 16th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine on the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale announcing the official SLW beer, Cerveza Sopris Mexican Lager offered in partnership with Roaring Fork Beer Company.  For a list of today's events like Naturalis Nights at the Third Street Center featuring The White-tailed Ptarmigan follow the headline...

One of the last remaining Navajo Code Talkers, who relayed messages that were never decoded by enemies in World War II, has died at age 94.

Alfred Newman died Sunday afternoon at a New Mexico nursing home, one of his sons, Kevin Newman, tells NPR.

He says his father was a quiet yet courageous man. "My dad told me that the U.S. was in trouble and when they were calling for him, he needed to answer that call with the armed forces," he says.

On this month's edition of Immigrant Stories, local attorney Claire Noone contrasts her recent work with Central American refugees to her experience with the war widows of Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia.

More Americans are being impacted by what is now the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. This week, the already stressful world of air travel is feeling the pinch as Transportation Security Administration workers call in sick.

But for now, things are still operating smoothly at Denver International Airport.

DIA spokeswoman Emily Williams said the average wait time at security checkpoints averaged about 10 minutes on Sunday.

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Alpine Bank’s program to offer loans to furloughed government workers began two days ahead of time this week – on Monday instead of Wednesday. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Carbondale branch manager Garrett Jamarron to find out more.

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Gov. Polis Lays Out His Agenda: Containing Health-Care Costs, Renewable Energy, and More

Jared Polis addressed lawmakers for the first time as Colorado Governor Thursday. His State of the State Address, delivered before a Democratic majority of legislators, lasted about 55 minutes. In it, he said the state of Colorado is solid, strong, and successful. But he also said it was time to address education and the high cost of living and health care, particularly in mountain communities. Hear the State of the State Address in its entirety .

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Colorado Creative Corridor Receives $25,000 from Colorado Tourism Office

Carbondale Arts Executive Director Amy Kimberly shares about the Colorado Creative Corridor which received $25,000 for a second year from the Colorado Tourism Office to promote Carbondale, Paonia, Crested Butte, Ridgway and Salida as tourism destinations.

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