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Driving south on Interstate 25 toward the Colorado-New Mexico border, right around mile marker 40, a flat-topped peak in the distance begins rising above everything else.

That's Fisher's Peak, and it marks a new named state park announced in mid-September. It's just a few miles south of Trinidad, a city built by coal mining and farming. In the past decades, the town of about 9000 has been struggling to find a foothold in a new economic reality.

The question is, can a 5 million year old peak help to level out the economic peaks and valleys?

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The man who allegedly plotted to blow up Temple Emanuel in Pueblo is expected to appear in court Friday. 27-year-old Richard Holzer is charged with a federal hate crime in a plot that Justice Department officials say meets the definition of "domestic terrorism."

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As temperatures plummet, some hemp farmers in Southern Colorado are worried about how the first freeze will affect a crop that is especially sensitive to cold. 

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It's chile season and people are stocking up on the fruit to roast and eat. As usual, the governors of New Mexico and Colorado are keeping up a good-natured fight about which state's chile is the best—Hatch from New Mexico, or Pueblo chile from Colorado. And this weekend 150,000 people are expected at the 25th annual Chile and Frijoles Festival in Pueblo. 

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On Sunday, as President Obama's plane touches down in Havana, Cuban-Americans will be watching. Many of them have endured periods of separation from their families since the early 1960s.

Award-winning author Margarita Engle is one of those people. She is the first Latina to win the prestigious Newbery Honor, for her 2008 book, The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle For Freedom. She is also the author of Enchanted Air, Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir, a 2015 autobiographical book of narrative poetry.