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Travel horror stories in the dusty West

Sometimes when you set off across the west in search of adventure, you find a bit more than you bargained for. The annual travel issue of High Country News is out this week, and to mark the occasion the magazine held a “Western Travel Horror Story” contest that prompted more than 50 readers to submit stories about trips in the west that went terribly—and hilariously—wrong. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK’s collaboration with High Country News, KDNK’s Nelson Harvey had three readers tell him their stories. He spoke to Will Toor about getting stripped of his dignity on a hitchhiking trip, to Sheyna Maytum about breaking down in the desert, and to Bruce Drogsvold about a tow truck driver who will live in infamy. Here are their stories.
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BLM collecting public comments on local oil and gas leases; House passes Native American tuition discount

A series of Bureau of Land Management meetings kicked off Tuesday night, with the agency getting public comments on an Environmental Impact Statement--or EIS--analyzing existing oil and gas leases in the White River National Forest. And that includes controversial leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. The BLM is engaging the public on this scoping process to help identify the issues the local communities want to see addressed in the EIS. KDNK’s Eric Skalac spoke to the BLM’s David Boyd about the meetings this week, and how the agency is responding to local requests to void oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide. American Indian students with historic tribal ties to Colorado would receive in-state college tuition under a bill that cleared the house on Tuesday. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.
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Local hummingbirds thrown off by changing climate

Springtime in the Rockies means the return of broad-tailed hummingbirds. But, warming planetary temperatures are creating a confusing environment for these tiny birds, which could permanently alter the population.
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Capitol Conversation: Big issues before the legislative session ends

Lawmakers at the state capitol have some big-ticket items to iron out before the session wraps up in May. Bente Birkeland talks to statehouse reporters about some of those measures, as part of our capitol conversation series.
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Weekly News Brief: Follow-up visits and KDNK News update

On this episode of the weekly news brief, KDNK’s Eric Skalac and Ed Williams talk about follow-up visits after oil and gas chemical spills, and an update on a KDNK story from last month.
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