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  • With water supply is dwindling in the West, Utah is Utah trying to figure out who can divert water from streams and rivers — and when they can do it. But there isn’t a consistent statewide distribution system in place, and without it, celebrated changes to water law fall flat.
  • Colorado voters will decide in November whether to legalize the use of psychedelic mushrooms. And the window to apply for Utah’s one-time child care worker bonus closes in three weeks.
  • In Utah, a fight is brewing over water rights on the Green River, the chief tributary of the Colorado River. Rocky Mountain Community Radio’s Justin Higginbottom spoke with an attorney to break down the situation.
  • Utah child care employees are now eligible for a one-time 2-thousand dollar bonus. And inflation may drive up Utah fishing and hunting license fees.
  • New Mexico’s primary Election was on Tuesday. Utah’s primary election is coming up as well, on June 28th. And a new study that looks at nearly two thousand years of climate conditions in the Colorado River has identified the worst drought in the recorded history of our region.
  • A partnership between governmental agencies and university researchers has modern-day trappers searching Utah for beavers. But they aren’t after pelts. Instead they’re using the large rodent to lessen the effects of drought.
  • Colorado Governor Jared Polis has signed a bill to spend one hundred million dollars on programs to reduce homelessness. And avian flu is spreading throughout Utah.
  • Thousands of Coloradans are getting ready to flock to the mountains for the long Memorial Day Weekend, and meteorologists say travelers should be vigilant about increased fire danger. And leaders from the Navajo Nation, the federal government and the state of Utah signed a water rights agreement on Friday.
  • Governor Jared Polis has signed a bill to mail Colorado taxpayers a refund check in August. And the birth rate in Utah is quickly falling, according to a new report from the Utah Foundation focusing on the state's investment in the next generation.
  • Two recent moves aim to benefit water access for tribal communities in the Colorado River basin. And the League of Women Voters of Utah is standing by its lawsuit challenging the state’s new congressional maps.