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2017 Lower Dolores River Spills May Finally Be Over

This week may bring the last of the boatable water releases on the Lower Dolores River this year. Dolores Water Conservancy District Chief Engineer Ken Curtis tells KSJD warm weather over the weekend brought higher snowmelt in the mountains, which increased the flow to the reservoir and prompted one more “spill” from the dam to maintain safe reservoir levels.

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Jeff and Gail break down headlines and discuss how the Navajo Nation is approaching the Navajo Generating Station lease, and how transferrable development rights work in Montezuma County.

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Host Joanie Trussel talks with certified midwife Janneli Miller about the rise in cesarean deliveries, and how they can present health concerns for mothers and their babies. Originally aired on May 7th, 2013.

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Host Jay Loschert of Dolores River Boating Advocates talks with Dennis Schell about the history of how the Dolores River became a candidate for designation as a wild and scenic river, and Amber Kelly, Dolores River Campaign Coordinator for San Juan Citizens Alliance, provides an update on where the federal designation process is now.

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Host Jay Loschert of Dolores River Boating Advocates talks to former Dolores River ranger Rick Ryan about how he started his career and and his experience with river stewardship through the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.

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Winter snowfall across the Four Corners area has people many feeling more optimistic about water supply for irrigators during the upcoming growing season. KSJD's Melissa Betrone talks with Don Magnuson of the Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company about how our winter precipitation is measuring up to the demands that irrigators will have on water resources during the 2013 growing season. 

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On this Valentine's Day debut of The River Trip, host Jay Loschert of Dolores River Boating Advocates hears love stories from two sisters who found their husbands on the river, and learned that the river can be a seductive source of adventure and fun.

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Few studies have been done that examine climate change in southwest Colorado and how environments and species in mountain regions are being affected. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Marcie Demmy Bidwell from the Mountain Studies Institute about their recent study on climate change that was focused on the San Juan mountains, and how rural communities that are connected to mountain ecosystems are being considered as the nation-wide conversation on climate change intensifies. Originally aired  February 6th, 2013.

The effect of climate change on the Dolores River and the possibility of lower spring runoff could deeply impact the boating community as the likelihood of a spill from McPhee Reservoir for recreation could be more and more in doubt. Jay Loschert and Andy Hutchinson from Dolores River Boating Advocates talk to KSJD's Tom Yoder about how they are anticipating issues related to climate change and whitewater recreation. 

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Mercury contamination in southwest Colorado is an issue that has been identified but is not well understood. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dr. Joseph Ryan, professor of environmental engineering at CU Boulder about research that is being done on mercury and its effect on the soils and waters of southwest Colorado.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: Live In Los Angeles

Dec 12, 2012

Now that it's officially two decades in the past, it's increasingly hard to fathom: In the mid-1990s, swing was popular again. It wasn't quite the big band style of Benny Goodman fame — this new variant was blended with rockabilly and ska and perhaps some other things — but the swing revival so captured the country that it landed Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on the Super Bowl halftime show in 1999.

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