Weekend catch-up: A cautionary wildfire report, and more stories you may have missed

February 27, 2015
Photo: Waldo Canyon Fire burning in Colorado Springs(Photo: Courtesy of Steve Schopper)
The Waldo Canyon Fire burning on Courtney Lane in Colorado Springs in 2012.

More than 49,600 homes across Colorado are at very high risk for damage from a wildfire, according to a new report by the analysis firm CoreLogic.  That places Colorado second highest across 13 western states topped only by California. More here.

Drillers praise Oil and Gas Task Force

Photo: Anti-fracking demonstrators in Denver Feb. 23(Photo: CPR/Grace Hood)

Audio: Gov. John Hickenlooper talks with Ryan Warner about oil and gas taskforce
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Hashing out Vail Valley poverty in high school

Photo: Brie Yao(Photo: CPR/Nathaniel Minor)
Brie Yao, a senior at Eagle Valley High School, wipes away tears as she talks about living in poverty in the Vail Valley. 

Audio: CPR’s Andrea Dukakis reports from Gypsum
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Charting the growth of weed sales

Graph: Marijuana edible sales 2014

Nearly 5 million units of marijuana edibles and about 148,000 pounds of marijuana flowers were sold legally in Colorado in 2014, according to an exhaustive report the state of Colorado released Friday. The Marijuana Enforcement Division's first annual update offers detailed statistics on sales and license information about the state's nascent legal marijuana industry. More here.

Artists cozy up with marijuana industry

Photo: 'Reefer Madness' hub feature(Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Kearney)
Andrew Wilkes plays Jimmy Harper in Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center's production of “Reefer Madness.”

Audio: CPR’s Stephanie Wolf reports on Colo. arts organizations partnering with the pot industry
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Hispanic-owned businesses are borrowing less

Chart: Loans to Hispanic-owned businesses

Audio: CPR’s Ben Markus reports on Hispanic businesses in Colorado
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Look, up in the skies, a light pollution battle

Photo: Dark Sky in Wet Mountain Valley(Photo: Courtesy of Curtis Urban)
The Milky Way stretches across the sky in southern Colorado's Wet Mountain Valley near Westcliffe and Silver Cliff. This long exposure is similar to what someone might see after they allowed their eyes to adapt to the darkness.
Audio: John Barentine of the International Dark Sky Association speaks with Ryan Warner
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Batok and beyond with banjo picker Jake Schepps

Photo: Jake Schepps Quintet horizontal(Photo: Courtesy Jake Schepps)

Audio: Jake Schepps talks with Ryan Warner
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What to do this weekend? Here's some hand-picked ideas

Photo: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir(Photo: Courtesy of Kaupo Kikkas)
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Audio: CPR’s Chloe Veltman highlights events for the Feb. 26-March 1 weekend