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  • Colorado River water managers are facing a monumental task. Federal officials have given leaders in seven western states a new charge, to commit to an unprecedented amount of conservation and do it before a deadline later this summer. Without major cutbacks in water use the nation’s two largest reservoirs are in danger of reaching critically low levels. KUNC’s Alex Hager reports. Plus, Gavin Dahl speaks with one of the leaders of the Canary Committee.
  • Erin Easton, host of KVNF's Mindful Moments, stopped by Studio M to talk about the new nonprofit she just launched called Healing Collective of Western Colorado. Plus, the snow that supplies most of the water to local rivers is melting. KUNC’s Alex Hager shares a preview of what to expect this summer in the Colorado River basin.
  • Kate Redmond took a tour last week of the one million gallon tank for the domestic water supply in Paonia. The tank has been offline for years, but now the Public Works Department is preparing it to run again. Plus, a controversial proposal to bring water from the San Luis Valley to Douglas County is now unlikely to become a reality. As KUNC’s Alex Hager reports, county commissioners voted against using American Rescue Plan funds to build the pipeline.
  • As Earth Day is celebrated across the globe today, we continue inching toward a tipping point where reversing the climb of greenhouse gasses in the environment may no longer be possible. Some corporations and organizations respond by using carbon offsets. But a group of locals is digging their hands in the dirt to not only act locally and think globally, but also engage in a practical response. Kate Redmond reports. Plus, Colorado lawmakers are unveiling another effort to help survivors of natural disasters like wildfires rebuild their homes, creating a new grant program and a new government office.
  • As Earth Day is celebrated across the globe today, we continue inching toward a tipping point where reversing the climb of greenhouse gasses in the environment may no longer be possible. Some corporations and organizations respond by using carbon offsets. But a group of locals is digging their hands in the dirt to not only act locally and think globally, but also engage in a practical response. Kate Redmond reports. Plus, Colorado lawmakers are unveiling another effort to help survivors of natural disasters like wildfires rebuild their homes, creating a new grant program and a new government office.
  • KVNF board member Betsy Marston was honored with a Keeper of the Flame award by the Society of Professional Journalists on Saturday for her two decades of work as editor at High Country News and her ongoing work as editor of Writers on the Range. Plus Nevada, Idaho and other states are looking at reservoirs as a solution to secure a water supply. Alex Hager of KUNC reports on one huge project known as Chimney Hollow.
  • KVNF board member Betsy Marston was honored with a Keeper of the Flame award by the Society of Professional Journalists on Saturday for her two decades of work as editor at High Country News and her ongoing work as editor of Writers on the Range. Plus Nevada, Idaho and other states are looking at reservoirs as a solution to secure a water supply. Alex Hager of KUNC reports on one huge project known as Chimney Hollow.
  • A new study from the U.S. Forest Service shows that existing water conservation efforts might not be enough to meet demand in the future, as climate change causes drought to be more severe. KUNC’s Alex Hager will bring us that story.The League of Women Voters sponsored a webinar which welcomed Jeff Roberts, Executive Director of the Freedom Of Information Coalition. He brought some specific examples of school boards who seek to circumvent Open Meeting and Sunshine Laws.
  • A new study from the U.S. Forest Service shows that existing water conservation efforts might not be enough to meet demand in the future, as climate change causes drought to be more severe. KUNC’s Alex Hager will bring us that story.The League of Women Voters sponsored a webinar which welcomed Jeff Roberts, Executive Director of the Freedom Of Information Coalition. He brought some specific examples of school boards who seek to circumvent Open Meeting and Sunshine Laws.
  • A proposed diversion to carry water out of the San Luis Valley and into Douglas County is drawing opposition from farmers, environmentalists, and politicians like U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper. If approved, it would transfer over 20,000 acre feet per year of groundwater from underneath Great Sand Dunes National Park and Baca National Wildlife Refuge to the Front Range. Plus, last week in Delta 20 members of local law enforcement joined staffers from the nonprofit Center for Mental Health, to participate in Crisis Intervention Training. Retired sergeant Jeff Santelli and his coaches wrapped up week-long sessions with role-playing scenarios to give participants practice handling crisis situations. Gavin Dahl reports.