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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.

KSJD's Tom Yoder abd Bob Bragg, host of Ag Markets & More and former agriculture management teacher, discusss the uncertainty of precipitation in the region, and how water scarcity could affect agricultural and livestock producers and municipal water users.

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KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkley from the Four Corners Free Press breakdown local headlines, and discuss the Republican primary races in Montezuma County as well as the controversy over the five-day school week in the RE-1 school district and the future of the Rico School.

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