Local Motion: Post Notes - A Gift Economy

This week on Local Motion Kate Redmond speaks with Addie Cranson and Rand Kokernot on Post Notes, a unique system of gifting and exchanging in the North Fork Valley.

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  • CPW offering free entry to all Colorado state parks today
  • Black-footed ferrets declared extinct twice before now reintroduced at 7 sites in Colorado
  • New digital mapping tool The Climate Atlas launches this week
  • Kate Redmond gets update from Grand Junction Mutual Aid Partners 
  • Over 3 decades, artist James Niehues has painted 300 resort trail maps, now he's retiring

Western Slope Skies - The Big End

Nov 26, 2021
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In his 1925 poem “The Hollow Men,” English poet T. S. Eliot wrote “this is the way the world ends / not with a bang but a whimper,” referring to the irony of modernity. But Eliot could have easily been speaking about the cosmic condition-- how everything may end. Cosmologists generally agree on the Universe’s beginning, as an instantaneous, seething quantum inflation of space, time, and energy— the Big Bang. But its swan song is open to debate, with several theoretical scenarios in play.

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Interior Secretary Deb Haaland delivers an address at Alcatraz Island off the coast of San Francisco, California, on the 52nd anniversary of its occupation by Indigenous activists in pursuit of Tribal self-determination. Secretary Haaland remarks on the progress that has been made in Indian Country in the intervening years, as well as the work ahead.

  

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Colorado Inside Out, produced for television by PBS12 in Denver and now airing Monday nights at 6 on KVNF, is off this week because of the holiday. Instead news director Gavin Dahl interviews host Dominic Dezzutti, PBS12 station manager, and regular panelist Patricia Calhoun, editor of Westword, to learn more about the Emmy-winning show.

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  • Denver Health CEO: System 'on the brink of collapse'
  • Public health leaders send letter to Governor requesting new mask mandate
  • Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies sees 600% rise in visitors 
  • Top of the Pines near Ridgway gains Dark Skies certification
  • Ski areas open: Crested Butte, Aspen, Snowmass, Powderhorn & Steamboat
  • MCSD school board will seat Eric Kelley as recount gets underway
  • Montrose County issues most home building permits since 2008
  • KSJD's Lucas Brady Woods: residents buy mobile home park, create co-op   

The Canyons School District has been under fire recently for removing nine books from library shelves following an emailed complaint from a parent.

Community Rebuilds

  • Front Range counties enact new indoor mask mandates
  • Delta County reports 95 percent of COVID dead were unvaccinated
  • Colorado Tourism Office helping 10 western slope communities promote stargazing
  • Kate Redmond reports bus driver shortage is impacting Delta County School District
  • KZMU's Justin Higginbottom shares story of organization in Moab that builds affordable housing while educating builders and providing more space for future homeowners

  

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  • Ridgway town council gives Uncompahgre River symbolic legal rights
  • Colorado Center for the Blind accused of covering up sexual misconduct
  • Biden names KC Becker regional administrator for EPA
  • Republican state rep Ron Hanks suing Secretary of State Jena Griswold
  • After-school nutrition key to kids overcoming health obstacles
  • SBA has loaned over $1B to Colorado small businesses during the pandemic

President Biden has chosen to keep Jerome Powell in place for a second term as Federal Reserve chairman — a move that signals continuity with the central bank's policies at a time when the economy faces critical challenges, including surging inflation

Biden nominated current Fed governor Lael Brainard to serve as vice chair. Brainard had been seen as a leading contender to replace Powell.

A new survey shows that the majority of people around the Mountain West are worried about the health of our democracy.

Commissioned by the Frank Church Institute at Boise State University, research firm Morning Consult surveyed nearly 1,900 people total from Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.

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The World Health Organization is convening a special session of its governing body, the World Health Assembly, to start talks on a new global treaty covering pandemics. Representatives of WHO's 194 member states will meet virtually for three days starting on Monday to consider new international rules for handling future outbreaks.

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, says the world has not worked well together to confront the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal begin again Monday in Vienna. It'll be the seventh round of meetings between the United States, Iran, European powers and China but the first in nearly six months.

And a lot has happened since the last round to raise the stakes for any deal.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Netherlands confirmed 13 cases of the new omicron variant of the coronavirus on Sunday and Australia found two as the countries half a world apart became the latest to detect it in travelers arriving from southern Africa.

A raft of curbs being imposed by nations around the world as they scramble to slow the variant's spread also grew, with Israel deciding Sunday to bar entry to foreign nationals in the toughest move so far.

About one in 10 lung transplants in the United States now go to COVID-19 patients, according to data from the United Network for Organ Sharing, or UNOS.

The trend is raising questions about the ethics of allocating a scarce resource to people who have chosen not to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

"They are accumulating on a steady basis. So it's very much a real thing," says David Klassen, chief medical officer for UNOS.

"If there were more lungs available for transplants, I believe the numbers would be greater than they are," he says.

A colorful cast of characters is on Sunday's ballot for the next president of Honduras.

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