High Country News

West Obsessed: Borderlands

The borderlands are a long-misunderstood region of the country, wrapped up in rhetoric and myth. In this episode of West Obsessed, Tucson-based Associate Editor Maya Kapoor joins Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert and Deputy Editor-Digital Kate Schimel to discuss the realities of the border, the communities along it and their intertwined ecologies and economies.

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  • Former Delta Commissioner Olen Lund to run for District 5 senate seat
  • Two year program to eradicate Russian Olive Trees around Gunnison River
  • Rundown of recent election results

What’s that brilliant object in the western evening twilight? An Airplane? A bright star? No. It’s Venus, Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor!

  • Large number of phone scams prompts meeting today in Denver
  • Civil Rights Commission future still up in air, needs funding, appointments
  • Version of Farm Bill would require SNAP recipients to get a job
  • Survey of three bills working their way through legislature

  • Pending water war over Colorado River could erupt in 7 Western states
  • Denver Post seeks local ownership, hopes to start trend
  • Parks and Wildlife offers plenty of early season fishing options

Host Jill Spears and gardeners Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss spring gardening, including ideas for surviving tonight's expected freeze, and take calls from listeners.

Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! NPR's news quiz show.

Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Md. He was 84.

  • Teachers rally at state capitol for more education funding
  • Local broadband protections may be the answer for Facebook data thefts
  • Capitol Conversation discusses bills left to work on in remaining session
  • Highway 133 resurfacing project starts April 23rd, lasts to October

  • State Assemblies nominate candidates for November election
  • November ballot picture still unclear after state assemblies
  • History of 100th Meridian in Colorado impacted by climate change

  • Snowpack levels picking up in North, staying dry in the South
  • Colorado River Basin might have already peaked, runoff very low
  • Bill under debate would allow voting by region, not county, for Commissioners

Singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Shawn James talks with Ali Lightfoot before his show at Mesa Theater in Grand Junction.

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