Humpback Chub 'Alien Abductions' Help Frame the Future of the Colorado River

Charismatic is hardly the best word to describe the humpback chub, a fish with a frowny eel face jammed onto a sportfish body in a way that suggests evolution has a sense of humor. Nor did tastiness build a fan base for this "trash fish" across its natural habitat throughout the Colorado River Basin. But, in 1973, the humpback chub became famous by winning federal protection under the Endangered Species Act .

Read More

KSJD Local Newscast - July 10, 2020

Jul 10, 2020


The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that about half of the land in Oklahoma is within a Native American reservation, a decision that will have major consequences for both past and future criminal and civil cases.

The court's decision hinged on the question of whether the Creek reservation continued to exist after Oklahoma became a state.

KSJD Local Newscast - July 9, 2020

Jul 9, 2020


A tight-lipped Western Colorado irrigation association is remaining neutral on the growing presence of private investors in their sizable pool of senior water rights.

KSJD Local Newscast - July 8, 2020

Jul 8, 2020


In Nevada, Investors Eye Underground Water Storage As A Path To Profits

Jul 8, 2020

Twenty-two miles outside of the nearest town (Wells, pop. 1,246), graffiti on a crumbling hotel wall reads: "Home on the Strange." Down a dirt road, there's an abandoned car. An arch stands at the entrance of a dilapidated school. It's what is left of a town that lost most of its water rights.

Around the turn of the last century, New York investors established Metropolis, Nevada as a farming community. By 1912, they had constructed a dam. They built a hotel, a school and an events center. The Southern Pacific Railroad constructed an office and built a line to the town.

Then the water ran dry.

KSJD Local Newscast - July 7, 2020

Jul 7, 2020


Central Arizona has been booming -- more people, more houses, more need for water. There's also a long-term drought, and less water to buy from the Central Arizona Project canal system . It's leading Phoenix exurbs to cast about, looking for new buckets.

Other regions of the state say: don't come here.

KSJD Local Newscast - July 6, 2020

Jul 6, 2020


Updated at 5:40 p.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously upheld laws across the country that remove or punish rogue Electoral College delegates who refuse to cast their votes for the presidential candidate they were pledged to support.

The decision Monday was a loss for "faithless electors," who argued that under the Constitution they have discretion to decide which candidate to support.

Pages

Season 3 Available Now on Apple Podcasts & Spotify!

A podcast connecting the experiences of Ancestral Puebloans from the Mesa Verde Region with people today

Do You Have a News Tip?

Click the link below to submit your news tip to KSJD.

Farm News and Views

Catch up with Bob Bragg on all things agricultural!

Stream an archive of KSJD's music programs