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Chalkbeat On STEM, Matthew Shepard Oratorio, New West Slope Thriller

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STEM is a buzzword in education circles these days, meaning science, technology, engineering and math. But few schools here actually teach it, according to Chalkbeat Colorado, which surveyed the state's 30 largest districts. Then, a new choral work is dedicated to Matthew Shepard, the gay teen who was murdered outside Laramie, Wyoming in 1998. It draws on his diary entries. And, the western slope is the backdrop for the new thriller, "Nothing Short of Dying." We meet the author, who wrote it while living in his small hometown of Rangely. Lastly, we examine the merger between Colorado Springs' Fine Art Center and Colorado College.