Colorado Edition: Access to Safe Water in Tribal Homes; trees in the dry season; Latino health care in the West; Colorado Bird Migration

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Across the country, nearly half of tribal households do not have regular access to safe drinking water. The Colorado River Basin is home to many, where families depend on bottled water, trucked in from distant cities. Even in the few communities that see improvements, the road to getting clean water is strewn with obstacles. Alex Hager from KUNC told us the story.

Recent weather along the Front Range has been unusually hot and dry, which can be difficult for trees and other landscaping. Since the forecast calls for warmer temperatures for the season in the coming days, many plant experts say it’s a good idea to water your trees, shrubs, and lawns. For tips on keeping trees healthy, we spoke with Nathalie McNeil, a Master arborist certified by the ISA board and District Manager at Davey Tree Expert Company in Fort Collins.

Latinos have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. They are also more likely than non-Hispanic whites to have diabetes, which puts them at even greater risk. But pandemic disruptions are making it harder than ever to access health care in states like Colorado and Nevada. Bert johnson from the Mountain West News Bureau gave us an update.

Most of the migratory bird species that we can see traveling through Colorado are well past the peak of migration of the year and have already settled into their winter homes. But, as cold as the night air can be, a surprising number of species make their trips late in the year. We listen to a conversation with the assistant professor at Colorado State University Kyle horton on the movement of birds across the state.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O’Toole (@ ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny), Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Salomon (@ raedear1). KUNC News Director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital publisher Jackie Hai.

Colorado Edition’s mission is to deepen an understanding of life in northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It is available as a podcast on itunes, Spotify, google play, Stapler, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can listen to the show on KUNC, Monday to Friday at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Edition is made possible by support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our musical theme was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Point Bleu sessions.

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