Luke Runyon

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To Save Their Water Supply, Colorado Farmers Taxed Themselves

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The recent drought in the West forced people to take a hard look at how they use water. In Colorado, some farmers tried an experiment: make their water more expensive without hurting business.


Kids Learn How To Survive In Zombie Camp

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Campfires, singalongs, and ... zombies? Summer camps can impart all kinds of new skills. One camp in suburban Denver is teaching kids how to survive an uprising of the undead.


Will The Government Help Farmers Adapt To A Changing Climate?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.


Immigrants Make This Farm Town Work. Now They're Applying For Citizenship

Friday, April 21, 2017

Many immigrants come to Morgan County, Colo., for its plentiful, if grueling, jobs in agriculture. Now, fears about changes to immigration policy under Trump are prompting many to act.


A Forgotten Piece Of African-American History On The Great Plains

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Nearly a century ago, Dearfield, Colo., was a thriving African-American farm community, admired by many of its white neighbors. There were even early signs of integration. Then came the Dust Bowl.


Rural Colorado's Opioid Connections Might Hold Clues To Better Treatment

Monday, January 23, 2017

Opioid abuse is rising fast among those who live in rural areas. Research suggests the drugs' illicit use there spreads rapidly via social networks, which could be part of the solution, too.


For These Entrepreneurs, Cutting Food Waste Starts In A Maggot Bucket

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Instead of letting food rot, some entrepreneurs want to use it to feed insects, which can then nourish livestock. But federal regulations have been slow to catch up to the growth of insect farms.


Rocky Mountain Oysters Are What?! We Try A Dish Of Cowboy Lore

Thursday, October 20, 2016

They're known by many names: lamb fries, bull fries, huevos de toro. There's a rich tapestry of Western lore built around this food, which is, well, fried testicles. Our reporter bites into this tale.


Farmer Wants Candidates To Address Rural Issues

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Becky Ravenkamp is a farmer who's taken on many roles to keep her Colorado farm town afloat. She thinks candidates this election year have largely overlooked rural America.


U.S. Forest Service Takes Steps To Protect Popular Colorado Hot Springs

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

The U.S. Forest Service says the growing popularity of the Conundrum Hot Springs near Aspen, Colo., is threatening the fragile ecosystem, and they're starting to crack down.


Fines For Meat Industry's Safety Problems Are 'Embarrassingly Low'

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Slaughterhouses, while safer than decades ago, are some of the country's most hazardous workplaces. They are fined by the government for safety violations, but those fines may not be big enough.


Slaughterhouses Often Face Meager Safety Violations, Critics Say

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hundreds of thousands of people go to work each day preparing the beef, pork and poultry that ends up on our dinner tables. Their workplace is among the most hazardous in the country. Slaughterhouses — while safer than they were decades ago — can exact a steep price from workers. As it tries to enforce safety rules, the government fines the businesses for violations, but one former official calls those fines ineffective and "embarrassingly low."


Beaks On Fleek: Meet Some Of Colorado's Most Charming Chickens

Friday, August 05, 2016

Some of the chickens perform tricks — one pale-feathered rooster named Bruce pretends to sleep on command — while others, like Buff Brahma hen Miss Felicia Fancy Feet, don dapper costumes.


Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.


How A Cheese Factory Is Transforming The Landscape Of Northern Colorado

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Leprino's is the largest mozzarella manufacturer in the world. Now that the company is expanding, Colorado dairy farmers are beefing up their operations. The changes don't come without costs.


How Colorado Is Turning Food Waste Into Electricity

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

At the Heartland Biogas Project, spoiled milk, old pet food and vats of grease combine with helpful bacteria in massive tanks to generate gas. It's all thanks to anaerobic digestion.


Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows?

Friday, March 18, 2016

Cows are being bred to be larger, hungrier, and more productive. But this drive to raise ever-larger, hulking Holsteins has some prominent livestock advocates ringing alarm bells.


Dispute Over Prayer Breaks Divides Muslim Meatpacking Workers

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The conversation about religious accommodation in the workplace is playing out in a rural Colorado meatpacking town where Muslim workers at a Cargill plant were fired over prayer breaks.


World's Largest Meatpacking Firm Wants To Test Out Robot Butchers

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million Americans prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up on dinner tables. But some of those workers could eventually be replaced by robots. The world's largest meatpacking company is looking at ...


World's Largest Meatpacking Company Tests Out Robot Butchers

Friday, January 01, 2016

Slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million Americans prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up on dinner ...