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County program seeks to reduces barriers to healthy eating, staying active

Garfield County’s LiveWell program addresses the challenges county residents face in order to stay active, find healthy foods, and generally stay in good health. At Tuesday's Carbondale trustee meeting, LiveWell Garfield County coordinator Dana Wood gave the the trustees an update on the program and on an upcoming statewide competition. KDNK’s Eric Skalac spoke to Wood after the meeting to find out more about the competition, and about the barriers to health and fitness in Garfield County.
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Western Colorado schools have high rates of unvaccinated kids; House moves to increase oil and gas penalties

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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Robins wintering locally in recent years; House approves oil and gas health study

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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Weekly news brief: New round of uses for the old library building

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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Travel horror stories in the dusty West

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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