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KUNC's In The NOCO is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The show explores the big stories of the day, bringing context and insight to issues that matter. And because life in Northern Colorado is a balance of work and play, we explore the lighter side of news, highlighting what makes this state such an incredible place to live.

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KUNC's In The NOCO is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The show explores the big stories of the day, bringing context and insight to issues that matter. And because life in Northern Colorado is a balance of work and play, we explore the lighter side of news, highlighting what makes this state such an incredible place to live.

    Cities across the Front Range have a secret weapon to prevent wildfires: A herd of 300 goats

    Cities across the Front Range have a secret weapon to prevent wildfires: A herd of 300 goats

    Two years ago, Jordan Sarazen lived a comfortable, perhaps even mundane life, working in an office as a financial planner.  
     
    Then one day, he decided to make a change. He set out to fulfill a dream of managing a goat herd and renting their services to landowners. Today, Jordan and his wife Toni own 300 goats, and a company called Goat Bros. 
     
    They travel around the Front Range and let the herd graze on vegetation for cities like Longmont, Northglenn, and Superior. And the goats provide a form of wildfire prevention by clearing out weeds and dense brush growth from open space land. 
     
    Using goats to clear out dry vegetation isn’t a new idea in Colorado, but its popularity has picked up in recent years, including after the 2021 Marshall Fire burned through neighborhoods in Boulder County. 
     
    The Sarazens live in a fifth-wheel camper that they park near where the herd is grazing. Jordan spoke with ITN host Erin O’Toole from a grazing spot near Superior. 
    * * * * * Sign up for the In The NoCo newsletter: Visit KUNC.orgQuestions? Feedback? Story ideas? Email us: NOCO@KUNC.org
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    Host and Producer: Erin O'TooleProducer: Ariel LaveryExecutive Producer: Brad Turner
    Theme music by Robbie ReverbAdditional music by Blue Dot Sessions
    In The NoCo is a production of KUNC News and Community Radio for Northern Colorado.
      

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    How a $70 million deal in Northwest Colorado creates a blueprint for future coal plant closures

    How a $70 million deal in Northwest Colorado creates a blueprint for future coal plant closures

    $70 million is the amount a utility company will pay to a community in Northwestern Colorado when it shuts down a coal plant that drives a large part of the local economy. 
    Tri-State Energy plans to close its coal-fired power station, and all three coal mines, in Craig by 2028. The closure comes as Colorado moves to do away with coal-fired power and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.  
    The $70 million payment to Craig and Moffat County sets a precedent. It’s the first time a utility company that closes a coal plant will pay money to address the hole that’s left behind in the local economy.   
    Host Erin O’Toole talked with Eli Pace, editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today and the Craig Press, about how the settlement come together. He’s been covering the settlement and talked about how it creates a blueprint for Colorado communities facing similar shutdowns. 

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    The 1955 bombing of a Denver flight has gone largely forgotten. A Colorado group wants a memorial

    The 1955 bombing of a Denver flight has gone largely forgotten. A Colorado group wants a memorial

    On November 1, 1955, a man planted a bomb aboard a United Airlines plane shortly before it departed from Denver. The plane exploded in midflight over beet fields in Weld County, killing all 44 people aboard. It was a mass murder that grabbed headlines across the country. And viewers saw footage of the trial on TV – which was unusual then.  
    If you've never heard of this crime, though, you're hardly alone. There's no marker at the site of the crash, near what is now Firestone.  
    A local nonprofit group hopes to change that. The Flight 629 Memorial Committee wants to create a memorial to honor the lives lost in the tragedy, as well as the nearby residents who turned up to try to search for survivors. They hope to complete it before the 70th anniversary, which will happen in 2025.  
    Andrew J. Field is a retired Staff Attorney for the Colorado Supreme Court, where he specialized in criminal law. He’s the author of Mainliner Denver: The Bombing of Flight 629. He spoke with host Erin O’Toole about the bombing and its legacy for modern air travel. 
    The Flight 629 Memorial Committee plans to hold a number of fundraising events leading up to the 70th anniversary, including a concert at the Rialto Theater in Loveland on August 3.  Read more in the Greeley Tribune here.  
    Donations can be made to the committee’s GoFundMe page.
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    Host and Producer: Erin O'TooleProducer: Ariel LaveryExecutive Producer: Brad Turner
    Theme music by Robbie ReverbAdditional music by Blue Dot Sessions
    In The NoCo is a production of KUNC News and Community Radio for Northern Colorado.

    • 9 min
    Why a Boulder group wants to turn the city’s airport into an affordable neighborhood

    Why a Boulder group wants to turn the city’s airport into an affordable neighborhood

    Boulder, like many cities in Colorado, has an ongoing shortage of housing for the middle class – which means many people who work in Boulder can’t afford to live there.   
    One local group is proposing an unconventional solution: They want to decommission Boulder’s municipal airport and turn that city-owned land into a neighborhood with around 2,000 homes.  At least half of those homes would be designated affordable.   
    That group, the Airport Neighborhood Campaign, organized the two initiatives that, if approved, would put this plan into action. They’ve collected enough signatures to place them on the November ballot, although the idea faces opposition from organizations like the Boulder Chamber.  
    Laura Kaplan, one of the group’s organizers, sat down with host Erin O’Toole to discuss what they want to accomplish by repurposing the municipal airport. 
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    Sign up for the In The NoCo newsletter: Visit KUNC.orgQuestions? Feedback? Story ideas? Email us: NOCO@KUNC.org
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    Host and Producer: Erin O'TooleProducer: Ariel LaveryExecutive Producer: Brad Turner
    Theme music by Robbie ReverbAdditional music by Blue Dot Sessions
    In The NoCo is a production of KUNC News and Community Radio for Northern Colorado.

    • 9 min
    Hop on board with the quirky history of the Fort Collins trolley

    Hop on board with the quirky history of the Fort Collins trolley

    Summer in Northern Colorado means the return of an old-school mode of transportation -- in the form of a ride on the Fort Collins Trolley. Electric streetcars were once a common sight in the streets of Fort Collins, at least until the early 1950s, when car ownership rose and fewer people relied on public transportation. In the late 1970s, a group of dedicated volunteers began to restore the aged trolley cars and to reinstall the track. 
    This season marks 40 years since the restored trolley began once again to take passengers on a leisurely journey along Mountain Avenue into Old Town. Host Erin O’Toole hopped on board earlier this year, where she learned some of the trolley's quirky history – including the time the old depot became a victim of the CU-CSU football rivalry… and how a group of people opposed to bringing the trolley back nearly derailed the restoration. 
    You can learn more about the trolley's history and find schedule and fare information here. 
    Thanks to depot agent Kathy Mabry and conductor Kevin Mabry for sharing their stories. They co-authored and illustrated a children's book about the trolley (available at the depot). And a huge thank you to motorman Bethany O'Brien for sharing both her historical knowledge and her expert driving skills. 
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    Sign up for the In The NoCo newsletter: Visit KUNC.orgQuestions? Feedback? Story ideas? Email us: NOCO@KUNC.org
    Like what you're hearing? Help more people discover In The NoCo by rating the show on your favorite podcast app. Thanks!
    Host and Producer: Erin O'TooleProducer: Ariel LaveryExecutive Producer: Brad Turner
    Theme music by Robbie ReverbAdditional music by Blue Dot Sessions
    In The NoCo is a production of KUNC News and Community Radio for Northern Colorado.

    • 9 min
    Why more Colorado communities are prioritizing the night sky

    Why more Colorado communities are prioritizing the night sky

    Adjusting streetlamps and other exterior lights to allow the stars to shine more brilliantly – that's part of the process for becoming a certified Dark Sky community. More than 200 places in 22 countries around the world have this designation. Advocates say limiting light pollution helps preserve expansive views of the night sky, and helps nocturnal creatures thrive. And the Colorado Tourism Office believes the Dark Sky designation helps attract visitors. 
    Town leaders in Grand Lake recently took the first steps toward becoming an official Dark Sky community. They would join five other towns in Colorado that already have that designation. About two dozen more Dark Sky places are in the pipeline, including communities and parks across the state. 
    Aaron Watson is with the group DarkSky Colorado. He joined host Erin O'Toole to discuss the problem with light pollution, and why a growing number of Colorado towns are taking this idea of dark skies so seriously. We’re listening back to that conversation, recorded in May. 
    Read more about the overview effect that Watson mentions near the end of the conversation. And check out a list of great places to stargaze in Colorado here.
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    Sign up for the In The NoCo newsletter: Visit KUNC.orgQuestions? Feedback? Story ideas? Email us: NOCO@KUNC.org
    Like what you're hearing? Help more people discover In The NoCo by rating the show on your favorite podcast app. Thanks!
    Host and Producer: Erin O'TooleProducer: Ariel LaveryExecutive Producer: Brad Turner
    Theme music by Robbie ReverbAdditional music by Blue Dot Sessions
    In The NoCo is a production of KUNC News and Community Radio for Northern Colorado.

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39 Ratings

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I love KUNC’s Colorado Edition. These reporters give a good variety of well-researched news from around the state in a concise, accurate manner. It’s my favorite way to know what is happening in the state and feel confident I’m getting accurate reporting. Thank you and please don’t stop!!

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KUNC's Colorado Edition is a newscast covering a wide array of local issues in and around Colorado. Flawlesly curated and hosted by Erin O'Toole and Karlie Huckels, the program has a strong emphasis on taking into account the voice and opinions of the local citizens of Colorado. Highly recommend it.

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