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Democrats at the state Capitol have tried for several years to create a paid family and medical leave program, but concerns from small businesses and Gov. Jared Polis have kept it from becoming law.

Now the political battle is moving from the state Capitol to the ballot box, where voters will have the final say.

Kris Garcia, who has spent more than a decade advocating for stronger paid leave benefits, is attending virtual rallies and sharing his story about what life is like without family and medical leave programs.

Native Lens

At a time when stay-at-home orders lead to feelings of isolation from your community, a new DIY storytelling project based in the Four Corners hopes to connect and boost stories through public media.

Native Lens, a project launched this summer in collaboration with Rocky Mountain PBS and KSUT Tribal Radio, is taking a do-it-yourself approach in sharing stories from Native Americans and Indigenous people from around the world. 

Dan Thompson says he has seen wolves at their best, and their worst.

As the big carnivore supervisor for Wyoming Fish and Game, Thompson has gotten to step within a few feet of a wolf after biologists prepared to tranquilize the animal in a trap.

“Just to see that yellow in the eyes and that little bark and howl, I mean, it kind of penetrates your soul quite honestly,” Thompson said last month from his home in Lander, Wyoming.

But on the flip side, Thompson says he has seen a more unflattering side of wolves.

The Colorado River’s largest reservoirs are expected to keep struggling over the next five years due to climate change, according to the federal agency that oversees them.

The Bureau of Reclamation’s new modeling projections, which include this year’s record-breaking heat and dryness in some parts of the southwestern watershed, show an increasing likelihood of an official shortage declaration before 2026.

Courtesy of Suzanne Deane

As local schools finish the first month of a new school year, teachers are facing overlapping challenges, like starting their classes in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, or needing extra classroom supplies to protect themselves and their students. 

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