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Local Motion: The Latest from High Country News

This week on Local Motion, KVNF's Gavin Dahl speaks with two reporters at nonprofit magazine High Country News about their latest stories focused on specific communities in Colorado.

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Kori Stanton

100% of the state of Colorado is in drought. It’s the middle of winter and this kind of thing is extraordinarily unusual. The southwestern areas are in extreme drought, the worst category. These areas are reporting between 39-1% of normal snowpack. This is a serious condition because water is something we all (humans and every other form of life) rely on. It's also something we can all do something about.

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  • Governor Polis signs 5 bills 
  • President Biden beings process to restore Bears Ears, Grand Staircase-Escalante boundaries
  • Retail marijuana will be on April ballot in Grand Junction
  • Ridgway switching water filtration from chlorine dioxide to carbon
  • Drought plan activated for upper Colorado River
  • Delta County Health director shares COVID-19 update
  • Ian Silverii of Progress Now says Western Slope residents should share comments on redistricting

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Step outside on a clear night this week and gaze upward. You’ll see a bright gibbous Moon – or a full Moon on January 28.

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  • Mesa County Economic Development group hopes BLM headquarters stays in Grand Junction
  • X Games will proceed in Aspen with no spectators
  • Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum kicks off with virtual screening tonight
  • Governor Polis urges hospitals to use now the COVID vaccines reserved for second doses
  • KGNU's Maeve Conran reports one researcher shining a light on the impact of fossil fuel emissions on air quality has become a target of the industry

  

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  • New federal lawsuit challenges Fish & Wildlife Service de-listing gray wolves from Endangered Species list
  • Colorado Parks & Wildlife begins phasing in reintroduction of gray wolves, as approved last election
  • Littleton man Patrick Montgomery becomes 4th Coloradan arrested since insurrection in Washington
  • Kori Stanton: 9th annual Western Colorado Food & Farm Forum goes virtual this Friday & Saturday
  • Luke Runyon: Scientists investigate what happens when a river's headwaters goes up in smoke

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Unwilling to admit defeat but with his time in office at its end, President Trump left the White House early Wednesday, skipping the Inauguration Day ceremony that generations of outgoing presidents have attended — a symbolic peaceful transfer of power that had been made all but impossible by his actions after losing the election to Joe Biden.

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  • Cedaredge trustees leaning toward cap of 2 recreational, 1 medical marijuana retailers
  • Delta County Health Department not ready to vaccinate individuals younger than 70
  • Colorado's largest union of educators calling on lawmakers to increase funding, make classrooms safer
  • KSJD's Austin Cope: As Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association shifts focus to more renewable energy, undoing years of fossil fuel influence won't be easy

  

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  • Colorado sending National Guard troops to inauguration
  • Governor launches Greenhouse Gas Pollution Reduction roadmap
  • Congresswoman Lauren Boebert's communications director resigns
  • Senator John Hickenlooper announces 7 regional offices, including Grand Junction, Durango
  • Colorado lawmakers adjourned for at least a month after 3-day 'soft opening'
  • KBUT's Christopher Biddle reports on the fight for clean drinking water in Somerset

  

Lucas Vader / Delta County Independent

  • Rapid COVID testing now deployed to all Colorado school districts
  • Joe Biden's new COVID relief proposal includes increased Child Tax Credits championed by Senator Michael Bennet
  • Colorado marijuana sales reached over $2B in 2020 for the first time
  • Lawmakers backtrack on relief earmarked for minority-owned businesses
  • Kate Redmond speaks to teens about Kids Pasta Project
  • KOTO's Julia Caulfield reports elected officials in 3rd District want investigation into Lauren Boebert's connection with violent mob

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