Big Spending In Colorado Governor Race Has Some Wondering If Politics Belong To The Wealthy

This year's governor's race is like no other in Colorado history -- at least in terms of money. The $29 million contributed so far to candidates shatters prior records. A large chunk of that money comes from millionaires, spending big in hopes of being elected to a job that pays $90,000 a year. "There actually are no limits to what an individual can contribute to their own campaign," said Steve Bouey, a manager with the elections division of the Secretary of State's Office.

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This month on Air Check, Jeff, Jake and Vicky return to the roundtable to share their favorite recent releases, and we visit with musician, actor, and author Chris Thomas King, perhaps best known for his role as blues musician Tommy Johnson in the film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Today’s jobs report that puts unemployment at a low of 3.9%  is not necessarily good news for companies competing for potential workers, especially in rural areas, where it’s already challenging to attract labor. Businesses and governments are coming up with creative solutions.

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As record wildfires rage across the West, funding for fire prevention science is in jeopardy. Under President Donald Trump's 2019 budget proposal, cuts to various programs will be significant.


On a recent Tuesday morning at the West Jordan library outside Salt Lake City, Peter Sadler was carefully stabbing an orange with a syringe.

Gov. John Hickenlooper wants the federal government to withdraw a proposed rule that restricts conversations health care professionals can have with their patients.

On July 30 Hickenlooper sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services asking that it remove the "Compliance With Statutory Program Integrity Requirements" rule.

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A coalition of advocacy and labor groups have sent a petition to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). They’re calling for specific standards to protect construction, farm and other outdoor laborers from extreme heat. Right now there are no specific protections in place.  

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Hay prices are spiking this year, driven up by a drought-induced shortage of the crop. It’s affecting ranchers across the board, but horse owners in particular are feeling the pinch. Horses eat higher quality hay, so it’s harder to get. It’s forcing horse owners in Colorado to buy more hay from neighboring states like Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana and that’s driving the cost up even more.  


Looking Up: The God Of War Is Getting Rusty

Jul 30, 2018
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This week Mars will be as big as the full moon (as long as it's viewed through a telescope at about 100x magnification).

There’s a rusty planet up on the Southern Colorado sky right now that is definitely worth taking a look at, because you’ll won’t see it this well again until 2035. I’m talking about Mars, and as it turns out, the orbits of Mars and the Earth are such that right now, Mars is about as close as it ever gets to Earth. In more “normal” years, so to speak, Mars is still a pretty thing in a telescope. With decent optics, you can make out the frozen pole and some dark places on the surface. With Mars so close, we should get even better views.

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Westerners in many states are using less water.  However that’s not the case in the Mountain West. In Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, home usage went up; in Montana it stayed the same. Experts say these figures are based less on population growth and more on state water policies.

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1A Moves To 9 - 11 a.m., The Takeaway Airs At 11 a.m.

NPR's 1A Has Moved To 9 a.m. Following Morning Edition

1A has moved to 9 - 11 a.m., and the Takeaway airs at 11 a.m.

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91.5 KRCC's Converge Lecture Series Podcast

A Podcast From 91.5 KRCC And Converge Lecture Series

Conversations with some of the biggest names in contemporary literature and poetry about life, art, and the topic of "moral beauty." Hear the second episode now, featuring poet Richard Blanco.