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April 22, 2014

Colorado has one of the country's highest rates of un- or undervaccinated school children. And some school districts in Western Colorado have rates five times higher than the state average. The majority of those kids have personal belief exemptions, which allow parents to easily opt out of some or all vaccines. A bill in the statehouse would try to change that by requiring parents to talk to a doctor or watch an online class before signing a personal belief exemption. But a senate committee cut those requirements out of the bill last week. KVNF's Emily Guerin has more. A measure to increase fines against oil and gas operators for violations cleared the house on Monday with bi-partisan support. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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April 21, 2014

The American robin usually doesn't spend the winter in Colorado. But, over the past 40 years, the bird has been moving north. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with ecologist Delia Malone to find out why. A measure aimed at creating a study to measure the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on public health and quality of life in Colorado has drawn fierce debate at the statehouse. Supports say the study is crucial as drilling moves closer to homes and schools. But as Bente Birkeland reports, opponents believe it’s an anti oil and gas bill.
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April 18, 2014

Carbondale trustees are again discussing what to do with the former Gordon Cooper Library building. After a new round of proposals, the board heard several presentations at a recent work session. On this week’s news brief, KDNK’s Eric Skalac spoke to John Colson, who wrote about the meeting in this week’s Sopris Sun.
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April 17, 2014

Sometimes when you set off across the west in search of adventure, you find a bit more than you bargained for. The annual travel issue of High Country News is out this week, and to mark the occasion the magazine held a “Western Travel Horror Story” contest that prompted more than 50 readers to submit stories about trips in the west that went terribly—and hilariously—wrong. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s collaboration with High Country News, KDNK’s Nelson Harvey had three readers tell him their stories. He spoke to Will Toor about getting stripped of his dignity on a hitchhiking trip, to Sheyna Maytum about breaking down in the desert, and to Bruce Drogsvold about a tow truck driver who will live in infamy. Here are their stories.
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April 16, 2014

A series of Bureau of Land Management meetings kicked off Tuesday night, with the agency getting public comments on an Environmental Impact Statement--or EIS--analyzing existing oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest. And that includes controversial leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. The BLM is engaging the public on this scoping process to help identify the issues the local communities want to see addressed in the EIS. KDNK’s Eric Skalac spoke to the BLM’s David Boyd about the meetings this week, and how the agency is responding to local requests to void oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide. American Indian students with historic tribal ties to Colorado would receive in-state college tuition under a bill that cleared the house on Tuesday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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