Colorado Lawmakers Debate Bill That Would Make It Easier For Cities To Tax And Regulate Cigarettes

Last year, the town of Avon got little resistance from its residents when it asked them to approve a $3 tax on every pack of cigarettes sold in the town. Town Council member Scott Prince said it was supported by more than 70 percent of voters. "There was zero campaigning done on behalf of that tax measure," Prince said. "It really speaks volumes about the residents and how much people see the impacts of tobacco and cigarette products."

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Catch up with Bob Bragg on all things agricultural!

On the UN's 2013 International Day of the Girl, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Casie LaMunyon, the area coordinator with Girls On The Run, a national program that works to inspire girls to be happy, healthy, and confident through running-based activities.

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New host Lee-Ann Hill from Dolores River Boating Advocates talks with Jim White, an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, about native fish populations in the Dolores River.

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Host Lyn Patrick talks with mining reclamation expert Jens Deichmann about the current situation with the Red Arrow Mine gold mining waste and milling facilities near Mancos, Colorado, and the regulatory and health issues related to the toxic materials that have been found at the site. Originally aired on October 8th, 2013. 

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The role of landscape in how we tell stories plays a vital role in the Four Corners area. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with local author Erica Olsen about how the perceptions of truth in history and the meanings we create through stories shape our understanding of place and identity here where four states meet. 

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Host Sarah Syverson discusses the public health issues and potential agricultural and groundwater impacts surrounding the Red Arrow Mine waste debacle near Mancos, Colorado with Lyn Patrick, naturopathic doctor and co-host of KSJD's environmental health program Pandora's Box.

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KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Arizona State University anthropology professor Dr. Michelle Hegmon about her research on prehistoric Mimbres pottery from southwestern New Mexico, and how we might understand their culture through the iconic art that is found on Mimbres bowls.

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Co-host Lyn Patrick talks with KSJD's Tom Yoder about how recent floods in Colorado have created public health concerns from impacts to oil and gas drilling sites and radioactive waste at Rocky Flats. Updates on geothermal activity in Hawaii and the Fukushima nuclear disater in Japan are also discussed. Originally aired on September 24th, 2013.

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Three artists will join scientists in Southwest Colorado wilderness areas as part of the Aldo & Leonardo Artist-In-Residence program in September. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Leslie Sobel, a painter, about her art and the influences of science and landscape in her abstract landscapes.

Host Sarah Syverson discusses school meal programs with Janet Fogel, the Mancos Schools Food Service Director, and Sandi VanHouten, the Food Service Director for Montezuma-Cortez RE-1 Schools, and the challenges of serving more locally produced foods in school cafeterias.

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Host Lyn Patrick and KSJD's Tom Yoder discuss foods that are part of the American diet that contain ingredients that are banned in other countries, and how to avoid them in your own diet. Originally aired on September 10th, 2103. 

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