Gov. Polis Called His New Health Care Office Unprecedented. But History Tells Another Story

When Gov. Jared Polis used an executive order to create his new Office of Saving People Money on Health Care eight months ago, he said it was the first office of its kind.

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Farm News and Views

Catch up with Bob Bragg on all things agricultural!

On Monday in the nation's capital, there is no Columbus Day. The D.C. Council voted to replace it with Indigenous Peoples' Day in a temporary move that it hopes to make permanent. Several other places across the United States have also made the switch in a growing movement to end the celebration of the Italian explorer in favor of honoring Indigenous communities and their resiliency in the face of violence by European explorers like Christopher Columbus.

Climate change has been called the new normal. But residents in some parts of the Southwest say after living through the last two years, there’s nothing normal about it. 

Communities in the Four Corners -- where the borders of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona meet -- have been bouncing between desperately dry and record-breaking moisture since the winter of 2017, forcing people dependent on the reliability and predictability of water to adapt.

Inside The Bridge’s New Building

Oct 10, 2019
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The Bridge has a new home at 735 N. Park St. in Cortez and will be opening for the winter on Oct. 21. 

 

Rebranding from “The Bridge Emergency Shelter” comes from the new combination of three services under one roof: an emergency shelter, a day labor center, and transitional apartments.

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Farmers had been growing lettuce in the San Luis Valley for decades, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the crop started to take off, thanks to advances in farming and vacuumed sealed shipping containers. At the time, locals referred to lettuce as “green gold,” and thousands of heads were shipped to East Coast cities each day.

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The Montezuma-Cortez School District RE-1 is pursuing a property tax increase on November’s ballot, two years after voters defeated a similar campaign by a 10-point margin. This time, the district’s board hopes a refocused message on how the increased funds would be used will win over voters.

Listen to the Rico Town Board Candidate Forum

Oct 7, 2019
Daniel Rayzel/KSJD

The Rico Women’s Club hosted a candidate forum Thursday night for the Rico Board of Trustees election. 

Sunflower Theatre

“A Couple of One Acts” comes to the Sunflower Theatre next week, featuring the short plays “Three Women and an Onion” and “The Zoo Story.”

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The Purple Fox Conundrum opens in the heart of the Mancos Valley this weekend. Based at Sacred Song Farm, the interactive art experience brings visitors through a series of vignettes along a path of sagebrush.

Something odd is happening to streams and rivers on the high plains of Kansas and Colorado. Some have disappeared.

"We would go and visit these streams, and in many cases it's like a dirt bike channel. It's no longer functioning as a stream," says Joshuah Perkin, a biologist at Texas A&M University who studies the fish that live in these streams.

Call it a sign of the times.

Renewable energy has gotten so cheap that even oil giant Exxon Mobil, which reported $20.8 billion in earnings in 2018, is getting in on the savings.

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Blues and Americana at the Sunflower Theatre, Friday, October 18th at 7:30pm

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