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    This week on Local Motion, reporter Laura Palmisano interviews Dr. Nicki Gonzales about how Latinos shaped Colorado history. Dr. Gonzales is a noted historian and Professor of History and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Regis University in Denver. She is also a member of History Colorado’s State Historian’s Council. Gonzales was appointed Colorado State Historian last year by Governor Jared Polis for a one-year term that ended at the beginning of this month. She was the first Latino to hold that position.
  • The Canyonlands Research Center offers summer internships to Native American students interested in conservation for the second year. Students visit and tour the land in and around Canyonlands National Park to learn about issues such as watershed health. The initiative is a part of the center's NATURE program, which stands for Native American Tribes Upholding Restoration and Education. Plus, activists call on federal water managers to update antiquated plumbing at Glen Canyon Dam.
  • Wil-Dog, Ulises, Raúl and Asdrubal of Ozomatli join Taya Jae on Talkin' Music to talk about the social causes they're fired up about right now, their new album, Marching On and what they love about what they do.
  • A group of goat farmers in La Plata County in Southwest Colorado are working to tackle noxious weeds. The farm, Durangoats, attends farmers markets each weekend to talk about how goats can assist with land management and fire prevention. The county is looking into partnering with the farm and the goats in new noxious weed management. And, Capitol Coverage reporter Scott Franz reports on a new federal bill that will protect Coloradoans from surprise hospital bills. Plus other stories from the Mountain West News Bureau report on living wages and inflation and a federal at-home care that assists with births in rural communities will soon expire.
  • Many states in the region have banned abortion. But in Colorado, providers are seeing a sharp rise in demand from out-of-state patients, including some who are in desperate situations. And, as negotiations continue in the Colorado River basin, a group of tribes is asking for more of a voice about conserving the river’s water amid historic drought.
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  • The Rocky Mountain region is experiencing more wildfires in the midst of drought and high temperatures. And more of those blazes are being caused by people as our population grows. The job of fire investigators has never been more important. They track down the spark that can lead to prosecutions and their work provides crucial data for studying fire causes. Plus, Colorado ramps up its monkeypox response and Colorado republicans file a complaint against Governor Polis regarding a letter he wrote accompanying TABOR refund checks.
  • Lake Powell is the nation’s second-largest reservoir. But climate change and overuse have shrunk it to a record low, leaving the water supply uncertain for tens of millions in the Southwest. KUNC’s Luke Runyon took a boat trip to report on the changing landscape. Plus, a lightning strike killed a 22-year-old student participating in a National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) educator course last week in northwest Wyoming.
  • President Biden signed an executive order Wednesday, he says will make it easier for people to travel to other states for abortions. A bill to improve the country’s road and mountain biking infrastructure passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week. And, a sound rich visit to hear The Casper Trooper's new show. The nation's oldest drum and bugle corps reunite after taking two years off due to the pandemic.
  • Astrobiologists study extreme environments preserved within National Parks to learn how life might exist in similar niches on other worlds.